Marty Backe

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  1. That's a good deal considering the condition and low mileage
  2. See the videos on Speedyfeet's website/YouTube channel. He specifically addresses the fact that Gotway is shipping boards with incompatible bullet connectors. Ian walks you through the entire process. You will obviously need to get additional hardware. I've opted to bypass the connectors and solder everything together. That is an option if you want to get back to riding quickly. Here's my soldering and wiring harness work:
  3. I can confirm the veracity of @Sven's information.
  4. A little story some of you may find interesting... Yesterday I was taking a mid-afternoon ride along the beach on my KS14C. Beautiful Southern California day. As I was approaching the Hermosa Beach Pier I spotted two wheelers in the distance! Amazing. In the year that I've been involved with EUC's I've never come across a fellow rider, let alone two. As I approached from behind (they were traveling at a leisurely pace) I saw that that they were a young couple, in their early 20's I would say. He was riding an MCM and she was on a two wheeled Inmotion wheel. I smiled and waved as I rode past them. Needless to say they were really surprised. We stopped and chatted for a nice long time. The MCM was bought from Dion (@myfunwheel) and the Inmotion from @Jason McNeil (EWheels). All within the last couple of months. They had no knowledge of the forum and our local group rides that I organize. I think that I may have found a couple of new recruits. Hopefully they will join the forum. Now Brian, he was a little frustrated with his wheel because it would always tilt-back, and was about as fast as the Inmotion (i.e., not very fast). I took it for a little spin and sure enough, tilt-back must have been set to 10mph or less. I whipped out my phone and reconfigured his wheel (with his permission of course). Immediately he saw a huge change in his wheel. It felt like he just received an updated EUC. He looked very happy as he started zooming around (I turned tilt-back off). We rode together for a bit more before we went our separate ways. I'm hoping to see them during our meetup with @The Fat Unicyclist In hindsight I thought it must have been very unique from their perspective to have some guy pass them by on another wheel, stop, and reconfigure their wheel to make it perform much better, and then zoom away. I hope to have more encounters like this in the upcoming years
  5. I've had lots of falls including a recent rather bad one. The helmet mirror has survived them all. I like the hand mirror but I think the helmet mirror is superior because you have constant situational awareness. With the hand mirror you have or proactively position your hand to get the view you want. I can't believe you get 100% time coverage.
  6. Just returned from exploring my favorite place: Griffith Park. Totally newfound territory, I was able to get to the very peak of the mountains for a great vantage looking down at the Griffith Observatory (seen behind me in this picture that a tourist kindly took of me)
  7. Glad you like it and that @Cerbera was able to help you out. The author of WheelLog hails from England so that's why the default is metric.
  8. Here's a video that shows the instrumentation used during my rides. I discuss the Runtastic log & map application and the great WheelLog app (by @JumpMaster) paired with the Pebble smart watch. As noted elsewhere, I forgot to mention the available WheelLog settings when swiped from the left. One particularly nice feature associated with the Kingsong is that you can configure the Pebble watch to play a 'horn' sound (it's actually a bicycle bell) through the the Kingsong speakers, when you press the Select button on the watch. Very cool.
  9. I agree with you. I was just espousing why I think additional power and range are additional safety benefits of Gotway wheels. Buying KingSong instead of Gotway for safely is irrational in my view, but people (myself included) are often irrational. I've been at this long enough to see injuries from every wheel made with no clear evidence that Gotway has a higher incidence of injury producing accidents. The mere act of riding on a non-redundant one wheel device puts a person in a higher risk category of living. Once you accept that and gear up appropriately, Gotway is just fine. I'm sure that nobody who has ridden a KingSong now or in the future will experience an injury producing accident
  10. It's with sad news that I'm here to say that my brand new (now scratched to hell) MSuper V3s+ is afflicted with the now infamous Gotway oscillation syndrome. I had just picked it up personally from @Jason McNeil a couple of days ago while he was out in California inspecting his latest delivery from Gotway. He's a great guy to hang with btw, and we (Jason, myself, and @Sven) had a fun little ride in some local hills. Andy, you need to post that video you made! Of course I tested mine a day ago by riding (slowly - which is key to remember) over various bumps, curbs, etc. No problems. Yeah! But this morning was my first opportunity to take it for a serious ride. I setup my camera and filmed a short mini-review introduction to my new MSuper (God I wanted to love this wheel) and then took it out on the road. As you'll see in the video below, about 3 minutes into the ride I'm on a sidewalk, probably not going faster than 15mph. I travel across a street and up on to the sidewalk, and that transition was enough to cause it to instantly oscillate and throw me off the wheel. My take away is that the wheel has to be traveling at a fairly good clip for this to happen. But as you can see, I was not exactly traveling at an extreme speed. Jason is screwed with his recent shipment, and I must say anyone who has received a unit within the last month or so is risking their skin if riding the wheel faster than 10mph. Even though I say in the video that I'm probably going to ride it, I'm not. As I rode home I couldn't make myself go faster than 10mph for fear of the oscillation. There is zero warning. There's absolutely no fun riding a wheel under those conditions. I have no clue how Gotway is going to prove any recent wheel delivery is without the problem. They clearly lied to Jason regarding his shipment, and he must be one of their best dealers. When I get a new control board (I assume), how will I know Gotway did anything. Who wants to gear up and ride 15 - 20 mph into a bump to test it? I'm sure I'll be more open to the idea after a few days, but not now. My left wrist and hand is getting worse as I type this Well guys, I only have my Monster and KS14C to ride now, and summer months are upon us. What a bummer. Enjoy the video The thumbnail is 1 second before the crash - ouch.
  11. OK, but no guarantees on the riding conditions.
  12. Just a spur of the moment ride. I'm taking the MSuper for an exploratory ride at Griffith Park tomorrow (Sunday) morning. I'm not sure of the trail conditions or if my MSuper (or a Monster) can handle them. I'm hoping to start 7:30am because I want to be done before it starts getting very warm.
  13. On the trail near sunset
  14. Could you attach the Google Earth file to this post so I can study it a bit more? It's about a 25 miles ride? Do you want to do a group ride there? Morning/afternoon? I tend to prefer early starts to avoid the heat of the day, that's why I schedule most of my group rides at 9am.
  15. I'm sure that you'll enjoy the 16S. For clarification I do want to add this tidbit of EUC Wisdom. Extra power and extra battery capacity arguably makes for a safer wheel. There are situations that you can get into where the extra motor power and extra battery capacity (to feed the demands of the motor) will keep the wheel balancing instead of cutting out on you, resulting in a possible face plant. This is why I want a wheel (84v ACM) that can do 28mph even though I rarely ride it faster than 22mph. And I'm very rarely riding it where the battery is at a low charge (because of the huge batteries) and therefore the wheel safely operates in a safer zone. So to reiterate, beyond the riding benefits of larger batteries and more powerful motors, I recommend those attributes for safety.
  16. Great video. O'Neill Park was next up on my list of parks to explore. Now I know I'm going to ride there. Do you have a suggestion on where to park & ride?
  17. Somehow we need to get flyers thrown in the boxes
  18. I have not totally run down my 1300wh ACM, 1600wh MSuper, or 2400wh Monster except during range tests. But that's the point of having those higher capacity wheels, so that I no longer run out of battery. I can ride wherever I want and not worry about the battery. But when I had my 840wh wheels I ran out of juice all the time. I can easily ride for 30 miles which uses up most of a 840wh battery. Yesterday I rode 45 miles for 3-1/2 hours and had ~20% battery remaining on my 1300wh ACM. I've ridden 65 miles on my Monster. My 1600wh MSuper is very new so I haven't had any long rides on it yet. Now I can go for a 30 miles ride, and when I see a path that I haven't traveled I can feel free to do so because I still have twice as many miles in the tank. Hey, everyone is different of course. There are many folks who get all the enjoyment they need from riding 15 miles. But that's not me. I'm a long distance rider
  19. I believe in not hitting a guy when he's down
  20. If you are going to by a Gotway wheel from Aliexpress then I would wait at least six months so that you have a better chance of getting a wheel manufactured post June 2017. Otherwise you ware rolling the dice that you'll get one with bad firmware. IMHO. I don't know if you have to be rich to afford the extra $200. Keep in mind that EWheels provides a trolley and fast charger which is probably worth the $200. But more importantly you know that you're getting a good wheel with trustworthy support.
  21. You can't really make a blanket statement that the 16S will outlast mostly everyone. It's simply not true. I know many people who take rides with Gotway wheels that would be impossible on a KS16S. I will concede that the 16S may suffice for many, but "range anxiety" is a real thing among many enthusiast riders. That's probably why the ACM V2s+, MSuper V3s+, and Monster are so popular; they have huge ranges that people want.
  22. @Rywokast, do you really want to buy a wheel with a speed limiter? Also, the ACM will run circles around the KS16 when it comes to range. The ACM is just getting it's second wind by the time the KS16 is being put to bed for a recharge. So if you want limited speed and range the KS16 is the perfect wheel Of course I'm having some fun at the expense of KingSong, but these are worthwhile considerations to ponder.
  23. Hey, everyone is always picking on Gotway for QC issues (with good reason) I'm not going to give KingSong a free pass
  24. My most recent MSuper had a pedal that didn't go down all the way - until I stepped on it. Hopefully yours is good once you have your body weight on it. The valve stem on the MSuper is badly placed for sure. You have to pull it away from the wheel (gingerly) with one hand while you fill the tire.
  25. Yeah, I can't help laugh to myself when riding past everyone stuck in traffic. They might be slightly perturbed at me though I've ridden my KS14C there too. Fun times always.