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  1. 10 points
    (If it looks like not all pictures load, reload [F5] until they do) BIG BATTERIES ARE AWESOME! Electric unicycles are awesome! ACM is awesome! Night rides are awesome! Did a 57km, over 6 hour (including breaks), mostly unplanned ride. Here's the story: So yesterday, after mignight, it was so hot I spontaneously decided to do a short night ride to cool off. Well, not so short as I went for a scenic church on a foothill at the base of the mountains, 15km from and 350m above home. This one (pic from Wikipedia): Mountains where you see them (and to the left), valley to the right of what's in the picture, 350m below you, great views! Being 1am, it was dark night though (so not too many photos here, and a lot of text). Only the ACM's meek light to see the ground before you when there were no street lights or other illumination. The first theme of the ride (in hindsight) is, "Wait, is this path getting even worse?". First started when, after riding through empty streets, doing a small detour along a lake. The path quickly went from farm road to overgrown footpath to dodging and curving around trees and their roots on wavy terrain (as well as collecting surprisingly many spiderwebs with my face), with the lake and whatever canals to the sides. You can't see them, but you hear there's water when a frog jumps into safety or there's a little splash here and there. But with an electric unicycle, easily done, and fun. After a while, I reached paved roads again. On it went, on deserted streets, through fields, or right through villages, nobody to be seen. Night rides have their special quality! And it was nice and cool. Upon reaching the base of the mountain, my personal new hobby began: worrying about my motor cabling and the current produced. Inclines were quite steep, 15% in many places, 20A says the specification, 30A or 40A says the wheel when going up. Oh well! This can be done by doing breaks every few minutes, to prevent possible overheating. Took very many screenshots of the Wheellog current chart on the way up [more about that topic some other time]. Besides this, the rest of the ride uphill was fantastic, through pitch black forest, through meadows with the lights of the valley below you, passing neat farm settlements along the path up. On a nice, smooth road. Finally reached the destination, on the ridge of the hill. The church is on a small elevation above the street, a big tree next to it, with a bench under its branches. Great views of the valley, lights of the villages and Autobahn laid out before you, the faint silhouettes of the mountains behind you in the dark. Unfortunately, neither my phone nor the old camcorder I took with me could make a decent picture (the latter gives you nightvision pictures though). Phone pic of the view. Same view. Camcorder pic of the lights in the valley. Well some of them. I expected the church to be spot-lighted as it usually is, but it was not. Second theme of the ride reared its head: "This is more creepy than I expected!". Very dark, cold wind from the mountains, and as customary, a cemetary with the church. The entrance being a few steps behind the bench I sat on. While my naked eye could see nothing besides a tiny candle in there, thanks to the flash, here are some official creepy-vision pictures for your enjoyment. With ACM, of course. Phone pic with flash. These are the kind of pictures where you photograph into the darkness, and expect some undead staring back at you once you look at them later. Fortunately, didn't happen Relaxing in the dark. After some time trying (and failing) to get decent pictures of the lights in the night, I continued on. It was 2:30 am at the time. Being on a ridge, I rode the road along it, to a small chapel with a view similar to the church. Didn't stay long as the wind was howling there and there were people not to be disturbed, so no pictures. If you're wondering, there are a ton of churches, chapels, shrines in the area; typical for rural Bavarian areas. Back along the ridge, passing the church, I decided to descend another side of the hill. I started to use my phone for navigation. This was meant mainly to prevent going on the main roads as much as possible (though in hindsight, there was barely any traffic to be seen, maybe 2 or 3 cars altogether). So on it went, downhills, descending through meadows and neat little farms and villages. All nice, wide paved roads. After branching from the main road, the route became increasingly side-path-y, smaller roads, more curves, until suddenly the pavement ended and I was on a farm road. And there was a fork. The navigation told me to go right, but it turned out the path ended at some trees, with only a narrow breach, overgrown with tall grass, to follow through a forest. Too much to decently ride, even with a EUC. So back to the fork, and going the other way. Surely, this had to be a better way forward. And better it was, though it would still hold some surprises (theme #1). The path went downhill steeper and steeper, through parts of forests and between steep meadowy hillsides. And always little to be seen besides the sky, the lights of the valley in the distance, and the trusty ACM's light cone to illuminate what's coming. Very much fun! Creepytime came again when I heard unexpected movement to the sides. Just some cows I woke up, though. Sorry, cows! Cows, plus valley lights in the distance. Then the narrow path got even steeper, and I did breaks every few minutes again, just to be sure my cabling stayed healthy. It was broken up concrete plates by now, overgrown with grass, and some deep cracks and potholes for extra challenge. And even steeper it became. Way too steep to turn around without having to carry the wheel up. Looking it up afterwards, it was up to 25% inclines. For a EUC, this is a lot. Even downhills. Right when the end of the last and craziest piece of incline could be seen, I underestimated an extra big crack, and gave some new battle scars to my mostly pristine ACM. Oh well... Anyways, finally I arrived at more level ground again. No more breaks necessary. But extra super creepytime. Picture this: an old farm in the pitch black dark, a loud dripping (?) sound seeming to come closer everytime you look in another direction, lots of scary looking sharp farm equipment, right out of a horror movie. And a Jesus statue, looking down at you. Took some photos by the light of the ACM and phone flash. Drip drip drip drip drip..... in the darkness. It's just a small, remote mountain farm, but not looking that harmless at night. Shed in the darkness, valley lights still some way below. Also, in the photo it looks like a EUC is leaning there Ninebot? Hey Jesus, how are you! To the right, steep incline I descended from. On the left, the path forward, only slightly inclined downwards. The path onwards was farm road, narrow but easily ridable. Here's a decent picture from a short part where it actually went up, to pass an old little farm. With another (creepy?) Jesus statue and chapel, naturally. I did not stop for a picture as not to possibly wake up the people there, it was still around 4am. You can see it's still quite steep on both sides of the path. It got steeper and broken-up concrete road again, so narrow and steep I was wondering if they could even drive a normal car up to their house. Then some sudden rustling. Some more cows to the side! They didn't seem to be bothered too much by me stopping and photographing, but when I put on my backpack again, that must have sounded like I was taking something out of it. All the cows came. In doubt, animals always want one thing from you: food You can always see the lights of the valley in the background. I had a fantastic view for the entire time (unless when in a piece of forest), the valley, the mountains in front of the sky, just an amazing atmosphere to ride in Some time later, passing another farm, it got creepy and funny at the same time. Sheep. Lots of them. And they got loud. Did you know, in the black darkness, sheep sound surprisingly human-like? Spooky! They all came when I stopped (take a guess what they hoped for). I quickly took a picture of the sheep/extraterrestials disguising themselves as sheep (look at them, you never know) and went on. They got so loud I was scared they'd wake up the entire farm (still pitch black night), thus the hurry. Left behind some clearly disappointed sounding sheep when I continued. Sheep, or Aliens? You decide. Some more descending, and it looked like I was almost down. Paved roads! Here's a shed along the way. As you can see, the sky finally got a little bright. Around 4:30 am. Reaching the base of the mountain, crossing the main road, I did a little break at a swimming lake next to the river. The weather was a bit too cold for swimming though, so I didn't (did that on some earlier night ride though, was fantastic!). ACM at the lake in the dawn. I continued towards home on the dam along the river, and it got brighter and brighter quite fast. It is summer, after all. These pictures are around 5am. Cute tiny trailer. No more pictures from the way home, as nothing much special happened and my phone battery was near 0%. It was mainly an issue of getting the 10 to 15 km home. But the ACM to the rescue, thanks to its USB port! Tip: always take your charging cable with you! Initially I wanted to make a stop for recharging the phone, until I realized I can do that without stopping. This photo was actually made by accident but this is how I continued. Being freed of the phone battery constraint (worried to lose my GPS track that was still recording), and not having had enough EUC riding yet, I decided to make as many detours as I could before the wheel would start beeping at me due to low battery. One of the detours, a short dead end in the forest, gave some more small battle scars to my ACM, and bent my phone's cable. Thanks to something hidden in the high grass. The ACM's USB port was not damaged though. Very sturdy little machine. Picture from today. I continued on, doing whatever detours came to mind, draining the battery. It's surprising at what comparably little stresses the wheel beeps at you with low battery. In the end, I had to go 15 km/h or less to prevent beeping at every small obstacle, hill, or acceleration. Finally, at 7 am, 6 hours and 15 minutes after I had left, I was home again. Tired but very happy. Not a single time did I worry about my battery status or not getting home, as I knew the ACM had plenty of juice left. I did not even start with a full wheel, probably at 85 or 90%. 57 km ridden, in what was initially meant to be a 2 or 3 hour ride. BIG BATTERIES ARE AWESOME! Here's the track. With time and distance ridden Start at the red Cyrillic letter and go clockwise. That's the end of the story. Hope you enjoyed. And learned something: in doubt, always go for the bigger battery. Absolutely worth it!
  2. 7 points
    A little video from DC, rode along the mall to Capital then to Lincoln and back. I do not have the gear to keep the Sony a6000 steady or a way to cancel the wind noise. This is my first video on a EUC so be warn.
  3. 6 points
    Speedy Feet IPS i5 Review
  4. 5 points
    Darn right Canada sucks! Summers are too short here, it snows like crazy sometimes, plus the government taxes the bajeebers out of you. It's almost as bad as Finland! Add to that they fine us and consider us criminals for having a little bit of fun on a single wheel - I'm ready to move to St. Maarten. Screw you Canada, screw you!!! Oh hold on a second - can't do that. All my money is in Canadian dollars, and they suck too at the moment. Oh well it's still bright outside - I think I'll go out and break some laws with my Ninebot. Edit: Why can't we be more like Russia?
  5. 4 points
    @meepmeepmayer - you need to understand that @Hunka Hunka Burning Love is Canadian, and things are a little different way up there... Their money is (dollar for dollar) equal in value to a Hungarian Forint, they don't have Pineapple Lumps (unless they secretly bring them in on the black market), and Knight Rider had only just made it onto their televisions!
  6. 4 points
    @meepmeepmayer you need to install this on the front of your wheel: and change your username to meepmeepknightrider!
  7. 4 points
    Good thing too since you missed that giant hairy spider, hidden in that crevice, that leaped out at him. I ride off 90 degree sidewalk curbs every now and then. It jars the wheel a bit so I don't do it too often. I think if the shell had some sort of suspension component it would be more pleasant. My battery is pretty secure so I don't think there's a huge problem dropping off small curbs. I've ridden over small dirt ramps at medium speed a la EUC Extreme style but on a smaller scale of course. There's a tendency to fall backwards after cresting the peak so it's probably best to have a forward lean stance to counter that.
  8. 4 points
    Do you step off your machine when a curb comes along? No Do you go up or down stairs on your wheel? No Jump? No Do you slow down or speed up to do it? Slow down, actual speed depends on the height, slower for higher / steeper curbs, I "lighten" the wheel by bending my knees when it hits the curb (going up), when coming down, I just ride over it How safe do you think it is to do any of that, either for your health or your machine? So far, no faceplant, sometimes I don't get the timing right, and my feet shift on the pedals, which I correct afterwards, for machine, see next point Would you recommend it or advise against? For lighter riders, I don't think the wear on axles / pedal hangers is too high, but might be different for heavier people... I don't really know. The safest option is of course to step off and "walk" the wheel over the curb or find another point with less steep / high curb And do you yourself practice what you might think should be preached? Basically, yes, as I'm in the "feather-weight" class...
  9. 3 points
    I wonder if this can even be pinned down to any coherent answer, riders and wheels both being built so differently, but humor me if you will and share your opinions and/or experiences. Do you step off your machine when a curb comes along? Do you go up or down stairs on your wheel? Jump? Do you slow down or speed up to do it? How safe do you think it is to do any of that, either for your health or your machine? Would you recommend it or advise against? And do you yourself practice what you might think should be preached?
  10. 3 points
    YOUR POST IS AWESOME! I just relived multiple flashbacks from the many happy years I enjoyed in Deutschland. Wish I had an EUC back then. Sigh.
  11. 3 points
    This should be a poll! UpCurb: if >=3" step off, otherwise slow down, forward momentum required DownCurb: if >6" step off, otherwise slow down and decrease speed proportional to estimated drop-off, forward momentum required Up/DownStairs: only stairs at outdoor venues with long run, low rise Health: No worries about Ninebot, no worries about person since I'm wearing appropriate safety gear and cautious of traffic Recommend? Check with your GP and insurance agent first
  12. 3 points
    I must respectfully disagree to set at least the record straight concerning my beloved KS14C and to inform others. I did not jump curbs, no drops taken, and am not heavy at 75 kilos and my axle went bad anyway! And also did not ever get over the hip pain hurting stage to ride one foot, still not, so this might have also added stress even for super short periods of time, but it sure seems ANY EUC should be able to handle one foot riding for extended periods of time! I just advise all those with maybe even ANY E U C, but for sure any KS14C, to check the spacing between the pedal supports "pillars"? and the wheel, motor sides. AND STOP RIDING IF YOU HEAR ANY SCRAPING SOUND AND CHECK AS SAID ABOVE! It also could be very well true that some axles are and will remain just fine, while others fail. I am VERY interested to see how my warranty replacement axle holds up? ukj
  13. 2 points
    Hi, On my NB E+ the valve is quite difficult to get to - I have to use an extension adaptor to reach the valve. As I regularly check my tire pressure (and adjust the pressure depending on the type of riding I am doing (and for different tricks) I leave the cap off. I haven't had a problem so far - in total I have racked up about 4000 Km. If the valve was more easily accessible then I would always keep the cap on.
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    This is yueyue from IPS manufacture, please contact with me: yueyue.wang@iamips.com And I need to know more details, I will give you some advise and help. Thanks.
  16. 2 points
    I love night rides, deserted streets and next to no traffic. I think most of my Firewheel-rides occurred between 9pm and 5am... At summer, it's light all around the clock, but towards autumn, it starts to get dark at nights. I probably should look into how to attach the riding lights to the KS's.
  17. 2 points
    I think it was 1.2.9 that became very infamous, as it bricked the wheels... another version blew the mosfets on quite some boards. Don't remember the specifics, and not sure what version numbers were exactly, but it was a turning point where Ninebot went from being one of the most esteemed wheels to a more dubious quality in peoples' minds. Some reseller in US sold E's or E+'s at something like $499 at one point in 2015 or early 2016. That's the maximum rating, the "power" wheels have that as nominal, and peaks at 3-4kW (3000-4000W) or more...
  18. 2 points
    Awesome look, lightweight and full visibility! I may return my face guard.
  19. 2 points
    Coming DarknessBot 2.0! - Added Siri Support. Say on connected EUC: "How much charge is left in my car?" - Added Neural Network. More smooth remaining mileage prediction - Improved Apple Watch App - Added Rockwheel (GT14, GT16) Support - KingSong / Gotway: fixed voltage and battery level
  20. 2 points
    Jeeeez, thats gonna give me nightmares ... how can anyone do that ? Im up on the roofs of high buildings quite a bit with my job and I have no problem with heights but I break out in a cold sweat just watching that.
  21. 2 points
    I walk the wheel down, no exceptions. However, I have occasionally dropped off a sidewalk by accident on my V5F, once was a huge drop (to me) and...nothing. The wheel did not skip, there was no loud noise, there was no heavy impact, nor loss of balance. It's as if you'd be better off just pretending the drop doesn't exist. I've fallen many times by slowing quickly and bailing when my wheel gets stuck. Saying that, I absolutely do not drop down any curb. Well, if it's an inch high, and even then I do not do that on my KS14C. Now going up small curbs using a little hop, that's a lot of fun and I do that a lot. Approach the curb (maybe 3 inches max), cruising slowly, bent forward with bent knees, and right when the front tire catches the lip of the curb jump up! I don't squeeze the wheel at all but rather just let it crawl awesomely up and over the curb. Occasionally I make a perfect leap but much more often I'm a bit (or a lot) of balance. Great fun! You'd be surprised at how much fear is involved in jumping up a tiny curb like that which, realistically, you'd have to be a total dork to injure yourself, but I assure you I chicken out plenty of times when approaching a curb to jump. Some of those curbs look like this to me...
  22. 2 points
    These, pedals mounted directly on motor or not, are the way to go in the future. No more flimsy 14-18mm axles just waiting to break. If you mount the pedals directly on the motor, I would suggest that the connection is made really heavy duty, since it can't be replaced easily. I would like to see these ideas translated into a commercial wheel: With an 16-18" diameter 2.5" with tyre; with a 2000W nominal motor with plenty of torque. Mounting the controller in the hub is an interesting concept, but more important is to have a controller that can take the abuse we place on them and have adequate cooling. 247s are brilliant, but use 12 of them not 6, make sure all other components have a serious margin too before burning out. And all cables should be heavy duty and all connectors should be able to take both high temperatures and vibrations. @陈小杰 I have to applaud you for thinking outside the box, but don't get into unnecessary patent fights. The wheel @lizardmech showed you is like yours in concept, but we need both. We need someone or someones that dare point the way past the current limitations.
  23. 2 points
    The first part was unboxing he thought the cardboard box was not very nice and the egg shell within the box was so old fashioned. Second part was looking talking about how thing the Wheel is. Trying to work out how to turn the light on. How you have to unscrew a cap before you can pump the tyres saying how this part of yhe design needs improvement. Next part was testing how it rode and the last part was looking at the 2 different models and how to tell them apart. I think that's about it before I dosed off.
  24. 2 points
    My characteristic is that the pedal is mounted directly on the motor.
  25. 2 points
    I designed a motor that has been patented in China, which will change the design of EUC.