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  1. 12 points
    Look what the cat dragged in Well, back to work...
  2. 6 points
    FIXED While removing the initial board (remember this was a brand new unridden ACM 1600Wh) I checked for any visibly loose or bad connections or bent pins and found nothing. It all seemed solidly connected. I installed a replacement board from Gotway (via SpeedyFeet). The On/Off/Light-switching now operates exactly as it should. I only had time to ride about 6 miles today but it was nice to finally find that the solution in my case was a replacement board. I changed nothing else.
  3. 6 points
    I would say at least 75 percent of our sales will be online. We there are 3 of us at the moment. There is a market locally, and maybe a surprising one. To cover cost of the store and salaries we would need considerable sales, with that being said this is not expected to be profitable for a long time, if ever. I really love EUC's and I feel like I can contribute a lot via this store/brand. I don't run the store myself full time, so this isn't my only project and it will likely be supported by other endeavors for a long time. It is kind of crazy, and it doesn't make a ton of sense, but I imagine the dedication could pay off in the long run. Either that or we get a ton of people into the hobby even if the store isn't a financial success. If I can get people into this, achieve better legal status in my area and even beyond my own, and help build the community this will be a success to me. Eelectric unicycles really did change my life in an awesome way and I know it can do the same for a lot of people.
  4. 5 points
    We started a local store in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. OneSeven Electric Unicycles. It has been a blast, as well as a ton of work. Traffic has been good and a couple members have purchased our wheels online already, but what I really want is for a member of the forum to visit our physical store! I also want to offer a special for that person. $300 off ANY wheel, plus some OneSeven merch. Whether you want to spend $199 or $2199 we have something for you! First timers welcome, one of our employees would be happy to help your learn on your new wheel. We also have a giveaway running for a new Gotway MCM4, it is the pinned post on our Facebook page! You can also enter at OneSeven.xyz if you join our mail list (Site is still a WIP) OneSeven 321 W Tulsa St Siloam Springs, AR
  5. 5 points
    A friend of mine has the 840Wh KS16B, although his weight differs from mine... maybe, if I can loan it someday, I could try to test this, although riding the battery all the way from full to empty with my weight probably means something like 60-80km In a more theoretical standpoint, the difference may not be that much; although the motor has higher nominal/maximum output power, it isn't being used at full power at all times. If the wheels weight the same and the rider is the same, riding at constant speed on a level terrain should use about the same amount of power. It's only during the higher power demands (fast acceleration, hill climbing) where the difference shows... at least that's what I think. Thanks, and since you asked: 1kg of gummy bears has about 3960 kilocalories = 16550 kilojoules = about 4600 watthours. Assuming that you somehow could use gummy bears to charge the wheel with 100% efficiency, and a consumption of 15 Wh per km, 100km would require 1500Wh: 1500Wh / (4600Wh/kg) = 0.326...kg of gummy bears EDIT: Oh, wait, how much does a single gummy bear weight? Quick googling says 2.2 grams... so 326g / (2.2g/gummy bear) = 148,1818... gummy bears. Make it an even 150 I think
  6. 5 points
    It really is a good idea. The crunchy folks who oppose EUCs are the very same people who scold everyone about not being sufficiently sensitive to the plight of the disabled. Make them eat their own dogfood
  7. 5 points
    Here is some additional info. I rode to work and back today, plus a short trip to the store and still have my wheel (so far..). I had stage 3 rectal cancer and part of the reason i bought the wheel is because any walking of distance makes me violently ill (nausea) and takes hours of bed rest to get over. Cycling still makes me pump my legs, and the effect is the same, my insides go bananas and I puke for hours. The wheel allows me to simply stand as we all know. I am going through chemo post-op right now. That said, I have collected all my medical info from my surgeon today after work, and I have an appt to do the same from my GP, both of which have treated me for my nausea problem. I am going to get docs from the BCCA (Cancer agency)as well. I plan to at least threaten to sue the city, Ministry of Transport, and any other agency I can attach as culpable like ICBC or the VPD even, for harassment and discrimination of disabled people who need help getting around, but not in a wheelchair, as my spine is fine, my guts are the problem. I am just a normal nobody though, so I need to contact Pivot Society and see if I can get some free legal advice. I don't really want to sue, i want to become a possible embarrassment to the so-called "green" hippies at city hall and the Ministry of Transport (who are the one's who actually can change the law). I'm not afraid to even ask why they are harassing a cancer patient with a chemo bag strapped to his chest for riding 7-10 kph on a paved park trail. I want to have my ducks in a row, in case I do get nailed by that cop (for court), and I will be emailing Global News (local station) tonight with my tale of woe. Though I am terrible camera shy. ICBC replied: "Thank you for your May 16, 2017 email to ICBC regarding electric unicycles. It has been referred to me in the ICBC Customer Relations department for response. ICBC does not have any authority over the Motor Assisted Cycles legislation. Any changes to the definition of a Motor Assisted Cycle under that legislation would be the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and I have referred your email to the Ministry for their review" So I am off to their website to fire off another email to another bureaucrat. Edit: BTW, If you find yourself going to the toilet far too often, feel "blocked" sometimes or especially of you bleed when you go. Get a colonoscopy, do not put it off, take my word for it. It ain't fun, but just do it.
  8. 4 points
    For grins it may help to place a Handicap placard on the side of your wheel. That in combination with a short letter/note from your doctor perhaps would be enough to keep any police officer from doing anything other than talking to you. They are human after all and most are not seeking to make peoples lives hell. You can see that my view of life is on the charitable side I try not to presuppose the worst and instead deal with adversities as they occur. But best of luck with your fight, but that bureau-speak letter is scary
  9. 4 points
    Right on! Fight the good fight. Hopefully it will be picked up by the news as these EUCs are just another personal mobility device that people use to get around on. Look at @TremF's medical issues and see how his wheel brings him so much joy. Maybe you can contact him to contribute a statement as well to the news people through Skype or something. Also see if @musk wouldn't mind appearing with you on the news to tell about his fine. Now imagine if they outlawed electric wheelchairs and made only conventional wheelchairs legal to ride? What would Stephen Hawking think about that? It would make trips to his favorite spots to observe heavenly bodies much more challenging. http://nypost.com/2012/02/24/acclaimed-physicist-hawking-a-regular-at-calif-strip-joint/
  10. 3 points
    Yes, I've had free technical advice on the Firewheel and later on ordered parts for it from 1RadWerkstatt, plus their prices aren't bad (and since it's within EU-zone, no import taxes), so it was a relatively easy decision. Another option I considered was Jason, but the issue was with Jason having moved most of his business across the Atlantic, the import taxes and shipping costs & delays halfway across the world, if for example replacements or spare parts are needed. Plus I don't know if he even sells the S-model, I was asking about KS16B earlier from him. Of course in the "role" of a moderator, I cannot favor any resellers, but as a private person, those two would be my personal "go-to" -dealers. Yeah Thanks! Thanks, and will do, although I still need to tie some knots in work stuff, check the tire pressure & settings and pad the hell out of that, just in case... I'm not that much into looks, but I still don't want to scratch it straight out of the box Looks like it's going to rain in the next couple of hours anyway, so might have to postpone the first ride later into the evening.
  11. 3 points
    Two IPS members comfirmed that the specs listed on their website were indeed the specs (iamips.com). I didn't ask about the speed but 20 makes sense if it only a 350w motor. I don't believe any one person can say what an EUC should be. I think it should be whatever works for that rider. I love smaller wheels, I do, but since I use my wheel to go to the bank, out to eat, or head to my store I could never go back to the very slow speeds of some other models, 5km/h is a very noticeable change. I ride between 35-40 on the roads I ride daily and it keeps my commutes very short. I rode my friends MCM4 (which I love) to to check the mail and the bank by my house and it was fine, but as soon as I made the a longer trip to our EUC store I felt so limited. It is maybe 2 miles but I felt like I was barely moving compared to m ACM+. It doesn't have the power to safely carry me at my comfortable speeds. Some people may only feel comfortable at lower speeds and maybe should get the smaller wheels, but for those that feel much more comfortable at faster speeds or use it for long distance and practical transportation these big and bulky-ish wheels are the only way to get what we want out of an EUC. I am glad IPS is pushing things this way though. If they can get a wheel this size and weight up to a safe 30km/h I would be very happy. I think 20km/h feels way to slow for anyone used to more than that. It is almost impossible to go back to riding slower once you get used to the higher speeds.
  12. 3 points
    As far as accessibility goes, in the US you are allowed to choose your assistive device. If you have a disability they have to let you ride it if practical (for example they may require that it doesn't take up more than half of the trail or path). Parks have their own rules and it's always important to check, but they can't contradict the ADA rules: An entity that determines it can accommodate one or more types of OPDMDs in its facility is allowed to ask the person using the device to provide credible assurance that the device is used because of a disability. If the person presents a valid, State-issued disability parking placard or card or a State-issued proof of disability, that must be accepted as credible assurance on its face. If the person does not have this documentation, but states verbally that the OPDMD is being used because of a mobility disability, that also must be accepted as credible assurance, unless the person is observed doing something that contradicts the assurance. For example, if a person is observed running and jumping, that may be evidence that contradicts the person's assertion of a mobility disability. However, it is very important for covered entities and their staff to understand that the fact that a person with a disability is able to walk for a short distance does not necessarily contradict a verbal assurance -- many people with mobility disabilities can walk, but need their mobility device for longer distances or uneven terrain. This is particularly true for people who lack stamina, have poor balance, or use mobility devices because of respiratory, cardiac, or neurological disabilities. A covered entity cannot ask people about their disabilities. https://www.ada.gov/opdmd.htm
  13. 3 points
    I'd Prevail upon him to preserve his Dignity and Select something that would give him more Poise and Attends more to his needs.
  14. 2 points
    Whooohooo! Finally!! @esaj is back on the road again!!! Bring the kids in da house!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Just wondering: how many gummi bears per 100km does it consume ?
  15. 2 points
    Arkansas isn't New York City, but it's not nowhere. I think you're a glass-half-empty kind of guy Carlos Let's encourage people like @Trey Lewis instead of throwing cold water in their face.
  16. 2 points
    sweet! and you get... gummy bears?!
  17. 2 points
    The wheel is interesting. I think (and hope) it looks better in the real life, because the casing is from metal instead of plastic. This is just great, I would love to see it and test it. Much better idea than the famous plastic of other manufacturers, which comes already scratched out of the box. What a BS. How could a wheel be too thin? When I tested my friend's Zero I loved there are no pads, because... I don't ride with my knees pressing the pads. I don't know any experienced rider who does that. Doing this makes you tired a lot faster. The muscles should be relaxed and in natural, straight position. Thinner unicycle means no contact with the casing. It's actually more natural - more like walking. You don't bend your legs. In contrast, when riding on KS16, I couldn't avoid pressing the pads - it's so wide. The V8 I now have is so uncomfortable with the hard, plastic pads, than I keep my legs widely - they even stand out of the pedals, which is uncomfortable and not so safe. With the IPS I5 I assume these issues doesn't exist and the ride doesn't make you tired at all. I like what they achieved. Pads are good only for waiting for a green light and for beginners, because they're scared and pressing the pads make them feel safer. 7.5 kg is awesome, you shouldn't feel this at all if you've got used to heavier wheels. Regarding the shape - I think they wanted to make it similar to a laptop - rectangular, thin, great to carry in a backpack. What I don't understand is the differences in the specification. The specs you posted here are from unofficial IPS dealer websites, they are known for making them up. Everyone says other things about the spec: https://www.electricunicycles.eu/ips_i5_and_s5_the_new_electric_unicycles_from_ips-c__253 I've heard the rated power is 500 W. So, waiting for the official and confirmed spec with rated power and max power output! If you want a big, fat wheel and go crazy like Jason with his Gotway - the I5 probably is not for you. If you want a real essence of mobility, the lightest wheel which you can put into a backpack (which is super useful as no one knows what you have in your backpack), with built in lights - the I5 sounds interesting. The maximum speed is not that bad comparing to Ninebot One E+, which is more than enough for most people. Besides, the spec isn't official, so maybe the max speed is higher, and the 20 km/h is the stable, crusing speed or something. I would prefer unicycles going in the direction IPS is going, than riding a Gotway Monster, which is a complete opposite to what an EUC should be. What I like the most is IPS is challenging the market. If you can do 7.5 kg with that spec, what's next? 5 kg and more speed and range? There has to be someone like this on the market to pressure other manufactures. It's not so hard to make a fast EUC with huge range, which weights 20 kg. 20 kg??????? WTF. Good luck with that. I hope the build quality will also be good. For instance, why do you need a fast wheel like Gotway, when their quality is just poor? Gotways look more like prototypes than actual wheels. You have a big battery and powerful motor, but you are scared if the casing is solid enough.
  18. 2 points
    But that doesn't mean he isn't handicapped...
  19. 2 points
    One thing I've noticed with EUCs is how old, immobile people must see the street and walkways (the people you hear about who are afraid to leave the house in winter due to fear of ice, for example). Erstwhile inconsequential bumps, curbs, ruts, side tilts, uneven spots, cracks, leaves and dirt, potholes, puddles - suddenly these are make-or-break. No wheelchair ramps and you'd have to take stairs? EUCs make you notice! In the same vein as the preceding post, might be a good talking point.
  20. 2 points
    That, is a brilliant idea. I am going to get a sticker, i will have a note from my doctor too, I have an appt in a week. I wonder if there are "cool" handicap stickers now, that still look legit. I must Google!
  21. 2 points
    Sorry to hear about your cancer, my mum had it also and yes people please take his advice don't hold off on things like this, I hope you get the all clear soon and to be able to ride legally soon also. Good Luck
  22. 2 points
  23. 2 points
    That's us. We're currently on a five month trip across the USA. Today's stop is in Littleton Colorado at Chatfield State Park. I recommend this place for an excellent EUC ride. There's a paved path around the lake that covers about 16 miles.
  24. 2 points
    How vexing! It's the only city in North America, that I'm aware of, that has taken such a hard line. Within Europe, there's a number of countries where the Wheel is gray area, or not permitted, but where the enforcement is practically non-existent. In the UK for instance, during the late 2015 'Hoverboard' craze, the police made an official statement to the effect that such devices are not permitted on sidewalks or roads, but there's still loads of Wheelers who continue to commute & travel without harassment. Germany: technically banned (same sort of issues, must have insurance, license plate, etc), with the growing number of Riders recall reading that the authorities are becoming more relaxed about enforcement? @Tilmann has his MSuper confiscated but still rides(? ) Netherlands: in the land of the bicycle, general ban prevails, but Segways are permitted. Not known what the enforcement of the law is, if anyone has been fined Hong Kong: authorities rigorously enforce the no PEV rules, except if you're a foreigner during one of the big tradeshows Switzerland: banned. There were efforts being made by the Gotway dealer there to have the legislation amended; not sure what progress has been made in the past year Wish you the best of luck with the efforts to have the Wheel tolerated in Vancouver. Maybe as a direct result there will be some media interest leading to common sense prevailing.
  25. 2 points
    After riding a Ninebot One E+ for almost 2000km, I am also waiting for the KS16S to become available. I placed an order with my dealer already. Most of the resellers here in Europe seem to expect first customer shipments end of this month or beginning of next month, going by what they publish on their web sites. This is pretty consistent across different countries, so this seems to be what KingSong is telling everyone. I did a lot of research to find my personal favorite wheel to buy, and I ended up with the KS16S. Going by pictures of the inside of existing KingSong wheels, they seem to have a certain amount of engineering know-how in their company. They also seem to build their own controller boards and use reasonable cables, connectors, and have an eye for proper cable management. I hope for the KS16S to be as reliable as my NB1 is. During my research, I came across some designs which looked like someone just threw some OEM parts together (pick a motor, a generic controller board, a battery pack, design a shell for it, and add some silicone here and there to make it all fit), without having someone in their company to really understand the system from the ground up. Being an EE myself, this scared me and steered me towards KingSong. I hope I won't be disappointed, but since this is a new model, we don't know for sure how it will perform.