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  1. The Photo Thread

    Hi guys, Here a some pics our little group tour, with @meepmeepmayer who came frome Germany to ride with us !
  2. Hi guys, I'm posting this annoucement, if you want to join are next "Easter France" group meeting in Strasbourg Saturday the 15th of October (next week), we would be very pleased to ride with you on this occasion !! You are all invited ! We will gather "Place Broglie" at 1:10PM, the departure should be around 1:30PM. There will be 2 trips, the first for all EUCs : 14.5km distance, the second 20-30km distance for those who want to ride a little more (around 4:45PM), with a break in between. If you want to, you can bring some junk food for the break
  3. Strasbourg - FRANCE 10/15/17

    Join the group "THE WHEELERS (destiné à l'écomobilité)" or "Les Wheelers D'Alsace (Gyropodes, Segway, eTrott) on facebook
  4. Why do EUCs attract such ridicule?

    Hi, Where do you live ? I know here in France we often get coments that we don't want to do some effort/sport, because EUC are often compared to bicycles. However, I really don't think that people think that only 14 years old use them, the average here is 45 years old, it could almost be considered as a "old man's hobby" Mentality has to change, and it will change with the energetic transition that is slowly occuring, cars are incredibly expensive, and the average family will have more and more difficulties to have one, electric rides will rise, and I think people don't usualy see us as "old kids" or lazy people. IMO stigma will decrease, and EUC are a real mean of transportation ! I have a car, I could afford to use public transports, I could take my bicycle, but EUC is just convenient and fun ! I do almost everything with my EUC (go to work, shopping, meetings, w-e walk...) and I only take my car when I need to travel fast on long distances. Btw EUC are not that cheap, and I have never been considered "poor" (not that it bothers me that much..poor people are also respectable) because I ride EUC, quite the opposit in fact. My advise would be not to care too much about what other people think, if you like EUC riding, just ride and enjoy
  5. THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Hi guys, it's been a long time since I've uploaded a video about unicycles Here is a short video, old pictures for the promotion of the next meeting on the 15th of October
  6. Hi guys, I wonder how it's possible to ride +100km without taking a beak, unless you're going some +50kph which I seriously doubt I have been riding more than 60km without putting my foot down (straight line on a +400km bike lane), on my Monster, however I did sit on it from time to time, is that called cheating @Marty Backe ? In time, it's +3h30min non stop, my goal was to get the max range out of my Monster because acceleration is very power demanding, and I did get +120km I won't do this often because it tends to give me a headache after +2h of non stop riding.. Otherwise, I would say it's possible to ride +30 minutes often without putting a foot down, not sure about the mileage but maybe +10km, it's easier when not going in a straight line because blood moves in your feet
  7. The Gotway Tesla 1020wh Model Open Box and Initial thoughts

    @Marty Backe I do think of you as a symbol of American EUC riders By extreme, I don't mean off limit riding like @EUC Extreme, but some unusual riding compared to what I am used to seing here in France (most ride surface streets only), like when you went on hiking tracks and got into big trouble, for me that is extreme enough for me to consider you as an extreme rider, and a Gotway God For the Kingsongs, I think that if you're looking for peformances similar to 84V Gotways, look into the KS18S, it has even more acceleration than the MS3s+, with similar range, speed & power (+50kph, 1500W motor). Inmotion seems to be a much more conservative brand, but which produces finished products oriented towards design & practicality for the every day user, then again, using a high powered gotway like a V8 would certainly mean an enourmous safety margin regarding speed & power, that is how I used my gotways alot, and for now it has proven to be effective regarding reliability.
  8. The Gotway Tesla 1020wh Model Open Box and Initial thoughts

    Some folks here have been using a first generation gotway ACM (moderate fast 39kph), for more than 7000km, every day to commute, under rain, fog, snow, ice...without a single issue. I never had any issues with gotways, I've been using them alot the past months, no issues, under stormy weather, hot weather, moutain climbs, in dust and sand. In my city, the V8 owners that I know of, ride very very carefuly, very moderate speed (around 20kph), this might be the reason why they V8 are perhaps thought as more "reliable" than gotways, because they are not used the same way. Gotways are used by extreme riders ( @Marty Backe & @meepmeepmayer I think of you guys ) more often than inmotions, at least that's what I've noticed. Think of a Toyota Prius & a Lamborghini Aventador, I'm not sure you'll drive both the same way, but if you did, maybe you would get the same reliability. If you ride normaly, with sometimes some top speed & acceleration on a gotway, I'm pretty sure there won't be any issues.
  9. How much do you spend to maintain your Addiction?

    Wow you guys are crazy !!! I'm a little less....or not - Firewheel F528 528Wh - bangood TG3 132Wh - Gotway MCM4 v2 680Wh - Gotway MCM3 340Wh - Gotway MCM2s 520Wh x2 - Kingsong KS18A 680Wh - Kingsong KS14C 680Wh - Gotway Monster 1600Wh - Gotway ACM 1300Wh - Rockwheel GT16v2 858Wh Some data : +6000km in a year...and lots of money(+ 6000), but fun has no price ! not even counting electric rides that are not EUC and much more testing on my friends EUC ^^ Next to come : Gotway Tesla, Gotway Mten3 & kingsong KS14S
  10. Thanks guys ! Regarding protections, I would say it's a matter of personal appreciation, I ride with both "sides", I agree that for someone who likes to ride fast, it is a must, the helmet being the most important protection imo. I did have several falls, mostly in the moutains, where I sometimes wear protections. For those like me who only ride fast to test the EUC, but then who use the power only to double someone, and who mostly rides at 15-20kph, I do think that protections are not absolutely necessary, except for those who don't have good reflexes when falling, and maybe those who are above the 40s. For me, protections take away some freedom, and in the hot summer it's especially annoying, it might even push me to ride with more confidence at high speeds, therefore the benefits of wearing protections might be null (for me) but I am in no way saying that you must not wear protections, protections are always better for your safety, it is your choice. Like @meepmeepmayer said, trust your guts, and be free !
  11. @Hunka Hunka Burning Love I've quit until I moved into a new neighborhood, it is now done ! So I ride my EUC again, even though I'm a little nervous now when riding solo, and I got rid of my "slow" EUC, not because I like riding fast, but because I want to be able to escape if needed (28kph is a minimum, because most "normal" humans can't run that fast or not for long). I think that some events can take away the fun of EUC, but it is still an useful way of shifiting around in a city. I only know about one rider who stopped riding EUC, and moved on to electric scooters, he just felt like he couldn't go fast enough with his EUC (a V8), he was scared of fast EUC (in case of a failure) and wanted more power and speed, he is also a motorcycle enthousiast this may have influenced him. I think most people who get to know how to ride an EUC don't quit, even I who had the most trouble riding EUC in my city (that I know of) don't give up
  12. ACM tire after 13000 km

    Wow impressive ! May I ask at what speed do you ride the most, and what is your weight ? I wish I'll bring my ACM to that mileage ! Have you had any issues with it so far ? I really hope that the ACMs reliability will be as good as the MS2.
  13. Gotway ACM vs Rockwheel GT16

    Hi, After about 1500km on my trusty mcm4 v2, a few hundreds km on my dead F528, and about 100km on the KS18A (sold), I want to update and get a faster but safe wheel. My concerns are about the reliability of the wheel, I want it to last for thousands of km (like the 10 000km NB1) without having to worry about the pedals cracking like my friends had n the KS14C & KS16B. I will probably keep my mcm4 as a secondary wheel, but after tasting the 30kph speed on the KS18, I decided I really want a fast wheel, but still agile in the city, that's why I don't want an "18", the KS18A was too hard for me to turn with ease (I am a 60kg rider). So I looked at the different models available, and only two wheels seem to suit my needs, The GT16 850Wh and the ACMv2 820Wh as they can both travel at 35kph apparently with very little risk. Which one should I get ? I still want to be able to bring it in the tramway, train or carpool. I also see that the GT16 seems to have a higher top speed but I think anything above 40kph might be "too much" but I may be wrong ? Thanks alot for your advices
  14. I can´t ride my kingsong 18s 1500w/1680wh

    Hi, It's perfectly normal, I had a KS18B, I am a light rider (60kg) and I had some hard time to turn it even if I had already traveled 1600km on my other EUC, you just need to get used to it. I now have a Monster, and it is at least twice as hard to turn, but I love it and I ride it with ease now (1260km on it), it did take me 400km to really get used to it, so don't worry you'll have a blast with your KS18S in no time Like meepmeepmayer said, practice practice practice...but have fun too ^^
  15. I give up EUC riding..

    Hi guys, Some of you may remember my topic "agression on an EUC", well this time it happened again, but it went too far. I was going to meet with a friend, it was about 8:30PM, on my gotway MCM2s, while I was on the bike lane, a black volkswagen car with tinted windows came out of her lane and tried to push me off the road, a guy screamed some racist comments from the window. My mistake (or was it ? you tell me) was to catch them at the red light and I asked them why they've done what they've done. They came out at 6 from the car, and started to fight me, I could have tried to flee but my EUC was on the ground because it fell when the guys on the back seat opened the door. I do know how to defend myself, I even had a defense tool on me, but I judged the situation too critical to take it out, instead I tried to grab my EUC but I couldn't and I had to adop a defensive posture. One of the guys took my EUC and threw it violently towards the ground, it is now broken (structure, bearing, axle...). Fortunately I only got a few contusion on my two legs and left arm, the police are now investigating, I did have time to see their plate number. However, in my neighborhood their aren't many EUC riders, I am very recognizable, and these guys obviously are from the area. For my own safety, I decided to stop EUC riding until I move in a new appartment in a new neighborhood. EUC riding is not fun anymore for me... Here is a pic of the broken EUC :
  16. Unicycle reliability stats - link provided

    Hi, Like others, I would not take these results as facts, there are too many variables from a rider to another, from an EUC to another. I've juste noticed something, it seems like with these results, the most reliable EUC are slow to moderate speeders, and high speed EUC seems to be the ones with the most reliability issues. Maybe this is simply linked to speed, because these EUC can go faster, EUC riders will ride them faster therefore all the components are much more solicited. My guess is that if everyone used the HS EUC at speeds of max 20kph like other EUC, then the results would be different. The Gotway issues seem to be mainly linked to speed (except for the oscillation issue, but they aren't the only ones to have firmware issues) as the most reliable Gotway are also the slowest, maybe also because Gotway riders treat there Gotways in a rougher way (juste guessing). It is very difficult to conclude anything about reliability because not a single EUC rider rides the same way From my personal experience, gotways EUCs (mcm4, mcm3, mcm2s, ACM, Monster) are 100% reliable, never a single issue for now.
  17. ACM wobble at high speed

    Hi guys, I hope you are taking advantage of the good weather to have ride I've been out a few times, outside the city to the coutryside, I've noticed something a little strange but maybe it's normal, when I get above 40-42kph real speed with my ACM, it wobbles from front to back quite quickly, I can't figure out if it's a normal thing or not, my battery was at 64%. I got the final alarm at about 44kph with this percentage of battery, I usually don't ride faster than 40kph with my ACM so maybe this was present since I got it but I can't remember. I've pushed my Monster up to 48kph the same day with no wobbles. I don't think it's because I'm moving my legs, I'm not anxious during those ride. Another thing, I've added an (ugly)little speaker for music on top of the ACM (see picture below) do you think this could cause the issue ? What do you think ? Is this a normal behavior @meepmeepmayer, @Marty Backe and other owners of ACM ?
  18. The Photo Thread

    @Marty Backe the guy with the westside t-shirt could be considered doing some advertisment ^^ Here you go
  19. I give up EUC riding..

    Thanks guys for your support, I still think I'll give up EUC for now, exept for riding in the moutains as I sometimes do Regarding "french native people", I would think ideed you were talking about ethnical appearance, I cannot say if they were muslim (as it is a religion) I can simply say they didn't look like the typical european guy and they correspond to the type of person that usualy harass me on a daily basis (when they can). I too am not a "french native person" btw, but I have their culture & I respect other people. Sure for my safety I shouldn't have responded to them, but I'm getting angry after having to deal with this common stupidity. It was not a wise decision, just a heart decision perhaps. I was not riding on the road but on the bike lane seperated from the road by a white line that should not be crossed, and these guys oriented their car towards me from the other side of the road. @Marty BackeFrance is a great place to live, but almost all major cities have areas where it's preferable no to go, and I was not on one of those streets, these guys however obviously came from there. I am not looking for trouble by riding in "risky" areas but unfortunately the risks these people cause to others is not fixed in one place, especially at night.
  20. I give up EUC riding..

    In Eastern France in a medium city. ( No...I don't want to begin a debate but that's just a fact. I had an electric shocker, maybe not the best tool for multiple assaillants. Unfortunately, the chances of these guys facing charges is poor, because I don't have enough proof & no witnesses (some people where there but they left without waiting for police...illegal but real), here in France I find it difficule to defend ourselves legaly against criminals. The camera is a good idea ! I still think I'll wait until I've moved to a new place before riding again.
  21. Got A New Pet!!!

    Congratulations ! Wish you happiness & joy Maybe you should take the bunny on an EUC ride, and for the name no clue I had a bunny several years ago named Fluffy ^^
  22. The Photo Thread

    @Marty Backe It was your adventure in the moutains with your Monster where you almost abandonned it, I thought that with a helicopter you could have a quick transport safe back home with you're Monster, and why an AH-64 ? Just because it's a symbol of American air domination so I thought it would be cool ^^
  23. The Photo Thread

    Not a good montage but couldn't resist doing it, whatch out ther's something behind you Marty
  24. Strange oscillation in GT16

    Hi, I agree with @KingSong69 It behaves like if the gyroscope was on a too high sensivity setting, it's a well known issue on some gyroscopes, in general this kind of issue could be answered simply by lowering the gyro sensivity, but I don't know if it's possible on a Rockwheel GT16 however :/ Maybe you could try calibrating your EUC and see if the issue is still here ? Good luck !
  25. The Photo Thread

    @meepmeepmayer It's a double 1l bag, it's just there to carry essential tools to repair the Monster on the go if it comes to it. It is a "hobby" EUC, which means for most unplanned rides, or long distances, I'll take it. I actually ride it more than my other EUC's, mainly because I travel long distances and that it's comfortable compared to my "16" & "14". I also use it quite often to get lunch (holidays) quickly, it is my fastest EUC and in the city it beats cars eyes closed !
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