Smoother

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  1. I while back I took my KS14C apart to check on the guide spring that protects the wires going into the motor (someone had come off at speed as a result of a short in this area, attributed to an out of position spring) My spring was fine but I discovered that two of the four grub screws*, that hold the pedals on, were missing. Examination of the rust marks on the pedal pins, showed that one of the pins, had been out of position since new. Conclusion, two grub screws were never installed at the factory. If the pins had moved, its possible that one of the pedals might have collapsed during a ride. However, there was no evidence of movement, only that one had settled in a position that was not all the way in, but in, safely enough. If it was easy to get grub screws* I would have simply replaced them, as they are not expensive; but old style hardware stores are a dying breed, and I don't know the size to order them off t'internet. After a few emails and a photograph to the supplier (Electro-sport.de) Ferenc sent me a new set of four, all the way from Germany. I installed them with a dab of copper grease as they are prone to rust as they are mild steel, and get wet when riding through puddles, etc CHECK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE ALL YOUR GRUB SCREWS, AND REINSTALL THEM WITH SOME GREASE TO PREVENT THEM RUSTING IN PLACE. Incidentally, the parts were shipped from 1RadWerkstatt (official KingSong importer for Germany.) So thanks to those two companies for sorting this out for me. * (for non native English speakers) a "grub screw" is the English name for a threaded bolt without a head, which resembles the larvae stage of some winged insects, collectively called grubs. (why its not called a "grub bolt" I have no idea)
  2. i was riding down the high street the other day when some guy at a bus stop yelled "do a wheelie" i had no reply. Then, when it was too late, I realised, I WAS doing a wheelie.
  3. I laughed when I read this, because I was thinking the same thing. Then I remembered in Calpe , Spain recently, I parked right across the street from this place, in preparation for a beach front ride. www.ecowheel.es they rent EUCs, and hover boards, really? In fact the owner wheeled up on a ninebot, as I was reading the advertising on the building. He asked me if I was interested. I said I have a Kingsong. He didn't seem to understand. KINGSONG I shouted over my shoulder as I walked off towards my car to Suit up for my ride i can't imagine what it says on the liability waiver, " risk of death" springs to mind.
  4. Sorry to discover this horrible situation. Glad you're mostly unhurt But to tell the truth, it looks a lot like several of my Kingsong face plants. Especially my most recent after encountering a few small bumps with low battery. Some thoughts, 1. lucky there wasn't a post, tree or mail box in the " next two seconds" after the wobble started. 2. Gloves aren't wrist guards, despite what someone told me I must assume in a not so recent survey here on this site. sorry if these topics have already been covered, but I've been away for two months and didn't read all 6 pages of this thread
  5. Wow what a horrible week you've had. Sorry for the delay in responding I've been off the forum for a few months. Glad you're ok physically. Time will reduce the trauma. Want to speed it up? Try this: picture the scene of the truck underwater, or you crushed again the dock, your choice. Imagine it in your head as a photograph. now, still in your head, imagine a comical, brightly coloured picture frame around it, now add silly music like the music that is typically played when clowns enter the circus ring. Now draw, in your mind still, silly bright colours all over the picture, if you're In the picture, draw a silly hat on your head, add a clowns nose, draw ugly glasses, a big nose. Keep the silly music going, draw paper boats on the water, maybe a shark fin. Use your imagination. Now tilt the photo left and right with the music, spin it in circles. Make it zoom in and zoom out. Now spin it and zoom it slowly out so that it shrinks into the distance getting smaller and smaller. Now make it disappear into a speck, and now, nothing I know this sounds silly, but what this does is change the image in your mind from one of stress to one of humour. Once you've done this you probably won't be able to imagine that same image, without the comical stuff your mind added to it. try. It. If it does no good I'll give you your money back. Smoother.
  6. I found a link to this page on this forum: http://electricunicycle.org/kingsongunlocker/ but I don't know how to ascertain my MAC address. I tried entering the name of the wheel as shown when the app is scanning for a wheel to connec to but nothing happened. How/ where do I find my MAC address? PS I've done over 180km so I'm not about to shoot out into traffic, with the unlock ( I hope ?)
  7. @UKJ asked me where I had seen @zlymex s pedal extension photos. Well I found them in this thread @EU GUY has some toe risers that I thought were neat too. edit. Can't find his toe wedges but here are his version of pedal extensions. I believe I saw his wedges on his own sight, which must have been in a link somewhere.
  8. I answered your pm
  9. Why am I suddenly craving a pizza?
  10. Pedal extensions are illegal in "somewhere" ?
  11. I've been absent from the board for almost two months ( been busy settling back into life in England), but I have been riding. I managed without a car for a month, relying on my wheel to travel. After that I needed to travel further, and public transport in England takes forever to get anywhere, and it's hellaciously expensive. Example Poole to London about 120 miles, £51. I have flown to Spain and back for less!!! anyway, I found myself in Bournmouth yesterday, and because I had my wheel with me,I went for a cruise along the magnificent beach. I'm not joking, having spent 5 months exploring the beaches of the Cote d'Azure, and Spain's Costa Blanca, and Costa Dorada, Bournmouth beach is just as awesome. so I'm cruising along, estimated 20kph, when I hit a small series of unseen bumps. I handled them fine, but my wheel (ks14c ) must not have liked the power surge required to stay in equilibrium, because I got ( yet another) violent pedal tilt back which threw me down the road, like a baseball batter sliding into home, face first. I hit the ground so hard, I couldn't keep my face Up, so my chin got a bump and scrape that drew blood. Today I have a scab about 2 cm square. i also hit the ground so hard that I bruised the pad of my left thumb and the tip of my left little finger was numb for about two hours. note I was wearing wrist, elbow, and knee pads. No injuries to those areas. Pads are good! additionally, both my shoulders hurt. Right now I move my arms like someone trying to learn how to control new prosthetic limbs, I.e very slowly, and I can't carry much weight. i also scuffed up my leather jacket. I was not wearing a helmet, but a typical bike or skate board helmet would not have protected my face ( I'm looking into this) This has been my worst, overall, and first real face plant ( face hits road) ever. And I was cruising along on level pavement at a sensible speed ( plus the bumps) why did it happen? well, I had been riding a while, and I didn't start the day with a 100% charge, so I was down around 53% power ( looked at app after the crash, not before). As I've said before, less than 60% on a small battery ( mine is 340wh) need to be handled conservatively. So why didn't I handle the trip conservatively? Well, actually I thought I did. Firstly, the LED readout on the ks range is wildly optimistic. It was lit up showing 60 to 80% with its woefully inadequate 5 bar range! But I knew that meant mat least 50%. Secondly, I was riding level, smooth pavement. Thirdly I was not pushing the speed, I was several miles into a mild 15 to 20 kph cruise. Fourthly, I was not showing off. this thing came completely out of the blue. Have I mentioned that I HATE the Kingsong violent tilt back? As I said, it wasn't the bumps that threw me down the road, it was Kingsong sudden and violent tilt back that threw me off. What's the point of an accident avoidance scheme that includes a violent accident as its modus operandi?
  12. What? No! I didn't say that. I have flown to Spain and back, and I have wheeled hundreds of km around Spain, but I haven't tried to take my wheel on an airplane. Two completely separate events. Sorry to disappoint. ?
  13. After my face plant yesterday, someone asked me if I'm running the latest firmware. I thought I was because the 14c never gets upgrades. But I was just lookin in the app and low and behold there is an upgrade, specifically 1.25. I'm running 1.23. now, hearing all the horror stories of bad "upgrades" on wheels and phones and computers, I didn't want to rush into 1.25 until I've heard from someone using it. Btw, what is is supposed to have fixed, the app isn't clear about this. I look forward to so intelligence on the subject
  14. Awesome wrap
  15. Glad you weren't hurt. go down the recycling center and pick up some handle bars from a discarded bicycle, then hold them out infront of you when you ride,p in the bike lane, Monty Python Holy Grail style. Then you will look like a bike rider, because, technically the driver didn't see a bike rider in the bike path, just a guy who was moving faster than he realised. Edit. We are invisible. We look like pedestrians but we move as fast as cyclists. Always be prepared to take avoidance manoeuvres.
  16. I came off the other day ( yeah, what's new, right?!) but it got me thinking. Here's what I wrote in another post: the other day I was about to cross from one smooth surface to another, on the same level. No biggie right? Wrong. You see there were women ( why did it have to be women?) walking on the other smooth surface, so I had to cross further down, behind them near where these parallel surfaces ended, and not in my usual spot, somewhere nearer the middle. at about 15kmh, what I didn't notice was that these two level surfaces WERN'T level near the ends, only around the middle. Well you can all write the next bit yourselves, can't you! At 15kmh the wheel hit a 4cm edge and stopped long enough for me to start my low level flight. I did manage to run it off, despite being old and out of shape. The women, who had just passed through, were not impressed, but I got no sympathy either, boo hoo. ? Maybe I should have hit the dirt hard, instead. At lower speeds I might have made that unseen edge with a huge wobble and a lot of flapping, but at 15kmh I was a runner before I even knew it ??... End quote here's Lassies standing over the true, level surfaces in an area I have crossed several times before: now, here's Lassie at the not so level part: notice leash 3.0, and in the background is the beach where I found it. i was crossing from blue to grey at about a 45deg. angle more or less in line with this photo. this is where I ran off my dismount: See that sandy patch, with the tree and boulders? That's were I finally stopped. if that had been a cliff, or a wall, or a parked car, or a mother pushing a stroller with babies in it, if, if, if... we often ride in a straight line, down a sidewalk or a bike lane, etc, so the next 2 seconds of our journey is like the last two seconds..I.e. Straight infront, no drama. But if we weave, or slalom, or are changing direction; even on an arrow straight path, the next two seconds changes every, eh.. two seconds, or so. So now, if we come off, (and coming off is ALWAYS an option) where will our momentum take us? Out into a busy street?over a cliff?into a wall? Into a tree and or boulders? in this example, I was lucky; my run off path was mostly clear. But if that tree or the Boulders were 1m this way, I would have had a vertical face plant, or banged up wrists or both, like the bike rider with a front wheel for a nose ( see recent post) when I was learning to fly ( real aircraft) and when I flew paramotors, being aware of the terrain, and knowing where to do an emergency landing (at any given moment) was part of the drill; and staying out of situations that afforded no safe "out" too. I suggest, that we adopt (if you have not, already) this, "where will (my face) land if I come off right now" mentally. I'm not saying to wheel in fear, just to build it into your routine, behind the scenes, thought process.
  17. If you can't see the next 2 seconds of your current route, you might want to sell your wheel and go back to walking. Or get better glasses. I said "see" not "predict". And while our routes may change every day the next two seconds is ALWAYS right there infront of you, even if you've never been that way before. Don't over think what I said.
  18. Thanks, I'll upgrade tonight. 40kmph here I come woohoo!!! just kidding. @fourthewin have you connected your app to the wheel (via Bluetooth, of course)?
  19. Can't help you with that one. Mine (iOS) says 1.23 and 1.25 is available for download. I might bite the bullet tonight and download it since answers to my question about 1.25 seem favourable. To be honest I'm not expecting miracles. I doubt I'll even notice the difference,
  20. Hence my Avitar. And yes I was wearing headphones at the time; they help drown out the sound of me screaming, as I crash and burn. ?
  21. Ah yes good point, but you may be overlooking that if the wheel you describe has a max of 12.5mph then you realistically aren't going to be cruising at that speed; more like 9 to 10mph. And if your S1 has a small battery as my ks14 does, then you will still be subject to firmware intervention to protect the battery, or prevent excessive power drain during peaks in demand. As long as I have a decent charge I CAN cruise easily at 12.5 or higher, for miles and miles. And if I pony up for an extra battery ( there is a space for one and the work is easy to do myself) this problem should go away. My 2c. I think I'd rather walk than ride a wheel that has a max of 12.5mph.
  22. Speaking of Sudan, And "the west". If you're living in a place where the turn of a tap produces clean drinking water, the flick of a switch produces light, heat, or cold, where grocery stores are filled with varieties of affordable food products, the rule of law IS the rule of law, and bombs don't fall out of the sky on a regular basis....you're doing better than 80% of the worlds population. Train prices, or property taxes be damned. If you've got that stuff, life is pretty good. Whether you pay for it in £,€,or $
  23. Oh yeah, I remember that photo. You have me beat. My chin only bled a little, you've done the whole "dripping down my front" thing. Ripped up vest as well. It's like we went to the same crash school together. Yeah, why were you smiling?
  24. The only impression I left yesterday was that of my face in the pavement.? However, Image IS important, I'll opt for the Hanibal Lecter or leather face ( Texas Chainsaw Massacre) option instead of a full face helmet. That shouldn't raise any eyebrows. ? @Marty Backe. Trains in the Uk are very expensive. I bought a 5 round trips ticket in Barcelona to the beach suburb Casteldefel, for €10, about £8, or about $11. which included the underground, trams, and busses. In London that would cost 4 or five times that. Also, unless your trip is along the same train line, one has up to three connection to make, which add time. I recently needed to go to Heathrow airport (about 35 miles) but across London. it took 3 trains, one tube, and several walkes between stations, at least one was 10 minutes long. Of course the drive is no picnic either. across London, which is a nightmare, or take the worlds longest parking lot, the loop around London known as the M25. also, @meepmeepmayer here in England, we pay every bit as much property tax as in the US. That's why renting is so expensive here, and renting is only done because ownership can't be afforded. The way I understand property ownership is not as important to Germans as it is here in England, because your rents are lower. Is that true?
  25. OP welcome to the face plant club. Membership is free but the hazing is hell. I have little to add. Others have told you what went wrong. NO WAIT! I do have something to add. For you newbies, you can't treat an euc battery like a gas tank in a car. It won't provide the full power all the way to the last drop. You can cane a tiny car with 6 of your closest friends, up a hill, with your right foot buried in the shag pile carpet, and it will either make it or it wont, but no one will fall out and roll down the road. Ask too much of a half full euc battery and once it hits " no reserve left" you better start flapping, I know I do. So,it's official, not enough battery, too much speed, too much hill, accelerating as well, a heavy rider and loads of spectators, place all ingredients in a bowl, stir vigorously, et voila, face plant brownies. I've eaten quite a few, following this exact recipe, and a few variations to boot,. Still makes the same delicious, gravel filled brownies. i won't ride my 14c close to 15mph, because it tried to throw me off once around 16 mph, WITH a full battery. If I want to go 15mph, I'll pony up for a wheel that will comfortably do 25mph (40 kph). I keep it around 12mph (20kph) and slower on hills. I know other like Marty say it will do 20 mph, but I'm pain averse, and don't want to go where I know pain is lurking.