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  1. 8 points
    Suppose I’ll get into trouble over this.
  2. 6 points
    Recently came across an article (published in the Spanish newspaper "El Periódico", original in Spanish here) that happens to be the first piece of neutral, non-stigmatising/accusatory news about PEVs I've read in Spanish media so far. I finally got round to translating it into English (the Google Translator version was mostly incomprehensible) Electric scooters: don’t shoot the pianist On the streets, people seem to insist on creating enemies, and PEVs have taken over the role bicycles used to play Cars and motorbikes remain the main cause of accidents involving injuries, by far. For 10 years, Barcelona has done nothing but talk trash about bicycles. They first broke into the scene in 2007 with the implementation of Bicing [public bicycle-sharing scheme], although a small and brave percentage of the population already used them as a means of transportation. Municipal traffic regulations allowed bicycles to ride on the sidewalk as they pleased. The growth of the cycling collective soon caused a predictable coexistence problem. The solution, nevertheless, was complex: forcing bikes to ride on the road, when there were hardly any bike lanes, was the equivalent of putting them in a lion’s cage with their body covered in wildebeest fat. Starting today, January 1, this collective will no longer be able to ride on the sidewalks, which will be reserved for the exclusive use of pedestrians, after more than 200 km of bicycle lanes have been painted on the asphalt. And just when it seemed like some kind of peace was about to set in, electric scooters appeared on the scene, alongside the tragic death, in Esplugues, of a 92-year-old woman who was hit by one of these personal electric vehicles (PEV). They’ve become the new Lex Luthor of road safety. But if one looks into the causes, a wrong decision, inattention or lack of caution was at the source of that tragedy—as is the case in most accidents. It will be up to the judge to decide the scope of the crime. In any case, the e-scooter was only a vehicle being controlled by its rider. But if one were to generically blame someone and base their decision on statistics, the only thing that is certain is that dangers in the city take on other, much heavier, motorised forms. The "social contract" often quoted by Manuel Haro, chief of the Local Police Force’s Accident Investigation Unit, refers to the unwritten agreement between all users who share local streets, sidewalks and walkways. The essence of that “social contract” is to consider prohibitions (stop lights, signposts, etc.) as an act of respect towards others. “I yield so that you can pass”. If one loses sight of that, ‘road karma’ breaks down. And when it’s badly torn is when disasters begin to arise. For that very reason, a great number of mobility experts don’t understand why local governments insist on blaming accidents on the use of old or outdated cars, when it’s been proven that human error is at the heart of the majority of accidents. Haro has often complained about the "sectorisation" of mobility, and how the users of each means of transportation tend to defend only their own space and rights in a way that’s confrontational towards all other active members of roads and walkways. Seen from that perspective, electric scooters are deemed invaders in a gang war. “If we realised that we switch from our motorbike to a bus, from our car to our bicycle, from walking to rollerblading—if we quit grouping around and hiding behind specific vehicles—, perhaps we’d be able to organise ourselves more intelligently and share the same space in a civil and intelligent way”. That’s what local mobility regulations aim to achieve. Since the summer of 2017 they include a section devoted to PEVs, making Barcelona the first Spanish city to regulate said battery-operated devices. On a state level, the General Directorate of Traffic states: by decree, PEVs are not allowed to ride on sidewalks and cannot exceed 25 km/h. A pedestrian city Coexistence on public roads and walkways is particularly complicated in a 100 km2 (38 sq. miles) city that is among the most densely populated in Europe. That is, a great deal of movement occurs in a small space, and most commutes all coincide at the same time—rush hour. The city’s Mediterranean climate also facilitates the use of “outdoor means of transportation” such as motorbikes, bicycles and PEVs (e-scooters, platforms, “Segways”, unicycles, etc.). Cyclists currently make up 3.3% of all urban displacements (more than 151,415 commutes on work days). Despite the fact that this is a low figure, it’s quite respectable if one takes into account that bicycles didn’t even appear on the chart a decade ago. Pedestrians remain kings, comprising 41.5% of all inner-city movements, followed by bus and subway users, and further down the list, cars and motorbikes. This data provides a snapshot of the city’s mobility situation in which there’s no doubt, contrary to popular belief, that Barcelona is, above all, a “walking city”. And not only does that snapshot define Barcelona’s mobility: it also draws attention to a logical vulnerability: that of pedestrians, who make up the largest sector of commuters and are, at the same time, the most vulnerable. In the Catalan capital there are more than 9,000 accidents involving injuries every year. That’s about 25 per day. When going over the data from the past three years, PEVs, as is to be expected, are nowhere to be seen. In January, Municipal Police usually publish an accident report for the previous year. For the very first time, personal electric vehicles will be included in the report for 2018, and authorities have yet to reach an agreement on whether they’ll be broken down into specific PEVs or treated as a whole. The latter case would surely contribute to their stigmatisation, which would undoubtedly be a slippery slope to go down. Bicycles have been under scrutiny for years, and analyses provide some perspective on the bad rap they’ve received for the past decade, which is now being relinquished to e-scooters. In 2017, 67 pedestrians were run over and seriously injured as a result. Among all the injured, two were hit by bicycles, while 23 were hit by cars and 19 by motorbikes. Let’s take a look at the types of vehicles involved in the accidents. Of a total of 19,784 accidents, cars and motorbikes were involved in 15,000 of them, while bicycles amount to 871. In all instances, regardless of whether the party at fault was pedalling or behind a steering wheel, the cause of the accident was a wrong or careless decision. Perhaps that’s where the problem lies: our habit of analysing accidents as if they were “watertight compartments”, which does nothing but feed our perception of sectorised mobility. The fact that regulations aren’t enforced very strictly doesn't help either. And it’s not only the case with cyclists wearing headphones or PEVs riding on the sidewalk, but also with badly parked motorbikes, cars going 80 km/h on busy streets where the speed limit is 50 km/h, or taxis constantly disregarding the boundaries of their lane. In short, and I quote Chief Haro, “the respect that we demand of others when we feel we’re in a more vulnerable situation is the amount we should uphold when we’re the less vulnerable commuters”. It’s just a matter of attitude.
  3. 3 points
    A blown fuse is typically symptomatic of a board/MOSFET failure, if it's a failure of this type, even when the fuse is replaced, it will immediately blow again. Don't understand why they didn't offer a warranty board replacement; what is the point of a 'warranty' if it's not for something as clear-cut as riding along on level ground with the Wheel cutting out from under you.
  4. 3 points
    Thanks! I’m trying. Still trying to shake off my family issues. Waiting......
  5. 3 points
    Yeah, the unbiased, broad-perspective approach is a refreshing change. Kudos to the journalist (I have a strong suspicion he doesn't drive to work) We need more insiders with more balanced perspectives! You know what they say...if you want a job well done, gotta do it yourself! T'was nice to translate something that actually motivates me for a change, as opposed to banking reports, financial analyses, legal contracts, etc. It felt great to be adding keywords like EUC, PEV, e-scooter, etc. to my translation software's autosuggest dictionary (instead of stuff like "hereinafter referred to as", "company bylaws", "year-on-year growth" and similar legal and corporate jargon)
  6. 3 points
    Somehow, when I saw @Lutalo's unfortunate wording, I thought you would drag up old memories again. You didn't disappoint I don't know when, but there will be payback
  7. 3 points
    Getting ready to take some winter wheel video in the resort town of Canmore. I'll have some video to show in a few days after I get back. I'm planning to come back here in the summer to see if we can find some nice mountain rides.
  8. 2 points
    Payback may take a while ... seeing as you are Broke ... Backe.
  9. 2 points
    Silly you! Quack Quack Quack (imagine me doing the Donald D anger tantrum) Personally I wouldn't go without it having a choice. While it won't save me from the low standing morning sun in my face, it sure as hell lessens the glare in visors/googles/glasses most of the time.. Given I am one of those vampires that squint in any light stronger than candlelight, anything that protects me from the sun glare is ON. Quack quack quack.
  10. 2 points
    Dang that lipstick, so funny!!!!! @Rehab1, you have the greatest shopped photos! Love'em, keep'em coming!!!
  11. 2 points
    Great @Rehab1 is back in business and even stronger
  12. 2 points
    Yep, a Onewheel does nothing technologically that a EUC doesn't do (much better). Sure, their firmware is a bit different, probably it rides quite soft in comparison to EUCs. But they're doing nothing that any EUC manufacturer can't (easily) match, be it first principles, hardware, or software. (Their marketing is good, though, and probably their app is actually decent.) Oh God I didn't know it was that bad. 130Wh 1p system? 324Wh as biggest available capacity? The motor is probably the same one they used since the beginning, so very old, in line with EUC motors of that time. 500W, 800W, something like this. Someone needs to rescue the riders from this company
  13. 2 points
    Sorry, I'm with @meepmeepmayer on this one, OW is basically a sideways EUC with foot sensors to engage the gyro to balance. We've seen a similar mechanism in the now defunct UK-manufactured UniWheel, sensors near the pedals to disengage the motor and prevent runaway wheels after falls. The OW might feel different in power because you must overcome the contrary nature of the OW setup vs physics, on initial acceleration, etc.. Without power, the OW is naturally inclined to roll backwards if you are pushing down on the front-facing, front-of-the-wheel pad. It's only programmed the other way because our brains would get confused mixing up directions (maybe it should be the other way?) Errrr.. if you search the US patent library, there are tons of questionable stuff in there, self-balancing patents that mirror other patents, etc. I think this is part patent law defense, really. Yup. FYI, the Plus (14s1p / 130wH) & Plus XR (15s2p / 324wH) models go 30kph / 19mph max, so following along the lines of EUCs, probably ~800W nominal motors. No wonder there are so many 'nosedives', 1-2p is not enough to sustain such a motor when pushed to the extremes.
  14. 2 points
    I've ridden them several times and while they have the same behavior (I think exactly the same behavior) they have different feel from our EUCs, specifically they feel squishy. I do believe they are easier to ride than our EUCs are, as none of the four OW riders could ride my EUC. I believe that is the reason for the tremendous successfully of the OW; most people can mount and wobble off, with the wide wheel encouraging confidence and, hence, speed. I can see the Ninebot Z10 with its huge and stable wheel being a "sorta" OneWheel.
  15. 2 points
    Have to get him a travel show: "OutBacke with Marty." If he uses it I won't sue as long as I'm cut in for 10% net royalties. 😉👍
  16. 2 points
    Technologically, they are exactly the same. Onewheels have the extra foot triggers because they don't fall over on their own and therefore need an extra mechanism to see if the rider is there or not when they start or stop balancing. That's all. Compare it to a motor disengage button for a EUC. Also, all EUC manufacturers have better technology than Onewheel, which is proven by the amazing mechanism of warning beeps that every wheel has had for ever, but the Onewheel does not have for some reason (which just shows, it's not just the Chinese that can make inexplicable fundamental omissions) . They could easily build a twice as good Onewheel clone. As for battery, whatever is in the Onewheel with its 12 mile (or whatever range), you could easily pack in 1000Wh for over 2x the range. Motor power probably isn't up to modern EUC standards, too. Top speed 16mph. Not even tried to do any waterpoofing. Etc. They're behind the curve badly compared to current EUC standards. EUCs were where they are 3 or 4 years ago. The form factor may have some fundamental limits, but in the end, if people want a self-balancing board, that's just how one looks. I think a really decent Onewheel clone with a 1500W-2000W equivalent motor and 1000Wh or 1500Wh range and 25mph top speed would easily be doable and blow the OW out of the water.
  17. 2 points
    Finally, after nearly 3 months of cold and wet, finally it's cold and snowy! All that snow fell in the last 24 hours and it ain't stopping Hoping it stays like this for a long time. Winter tire ordered for my ACM(it's too warm and slightly melting, so quite slippery everywhere).
  18. 1 point
    "Jojo33- MiniJ's ULTIMATE GREAT SOLUTION" I'm very happy to have tried and managed to get an answer... A little "about me" I do not have ONE Z, I just have two Ninebot Mini and my blog for two years I was the first informed of the release of the One Z by a Ninebot China insider I only earned two commissions with Aliexpress sellers in the promotion of ONE Z Ninebot hates me, Ninebot banned me from the app for over a year, I love being hated , since I am very critical of their products I was even banned from facebook, I can not open an account for my blog I have already helped people by using the "strength" of my blog, speaking directly to the management below one exemple "End of this little about me." ------------ Yesterday I sent a message to the CEO of Ninebot China, asking for special support for foreign customers of the One Z who have the problem of the frontlight Ninebot N° 1 Lufeng & Ninebot N°2 Wang forwarded my request I had an answer I hope they will accept everyone You will write an email to zhenggang zhou, with your serial number (All serial lowest N3OTC 1844T **** are eligible) and your details adress I just ask you to be polite, write with courtesy, in the messages, clear, and thank even if they pose you problem in understanding I also ask you to give me a return in this topic of your exchange with them i wish this help you get this new frontlight cordially Jojo33 Mini J
  19. 1 point
    In the end they did replace the board but without any explanation of why this happened. Despite that they wouldn’t cover it under warranty which I find very disappointing. What I don’t understand is why the board had to be replaced when they initially said the fuse blew which of course should have protected the board. anyway I have the wheel back now and all seems well but as you might imagine I’m way more hesitant to go above a slow running speed. thanks for all the advice.
  20. 1 point
    If you are looking for something with power and reliability, you might also want to look into the King Song N1-D - I can't tell you where you might get one in the US sorry, but we have the details available here for our New Zealand customers. Build by King Song (who make excellent electric unicycles) it comes in at a lower price point than equivalent sized Dualtrons. It has 1326 Wh battery capacity to drive dual 1000W motors. This thing has so much power that I can break traction on pavement and I am a 250 lb rider! This may be because it has off-road (knobbly) tyres - I am currently looking for some road tyres to see how it handles then - I suspect it will maintain traction then (though I may not). It is built well and requires only the normal level of scooter maintenance. The headlamp is good, but the mounting bracket for it could do with a bit of reengineering - but that is the only negative I have to say about it.
  21. 1 point
    I rode my KS-18XL down to crawling speed, 0% and 1 red (not green) LED. When I started feeling a perceptible performance loss and kick-back, I checked the King Song app v1.54 and the reported battery level was 17%. My pace this morning through straightaways was between 40kmph and 49kmph (kick-back). I can say with confidence, that I was not able to perceive a performance loss between 50% and 25% battery level as reported by the King Song app. For my riding pace, I didn't feel inhibited by the battery charge until below 20%. @Lutalo Interestingly, the app is identifying the wheel as KS-18L-KS18XL1 on the main screen. Based on the initial voltage during recharging it appears 0% battery equates to 65 volts.
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  23. 1 point
    Yes, @stephen, we rode around with our Kingsong 18L 's, lots of cycle lanes, simply use your phone as sat nav, and just be cautious at junctions, I guarantee, you will come across other riders. 😊
  24. 1 point
    Hello All, I am in a hurry, so just the short info - I have received new switchable 2.6/5.2A fast ultra light charger (only 0.54 kg with cables) This unit has the option to be modified into 3/6 A currents, but I will wait with that. First look below. Test - ongoing.
  25. 1 point
    Next time on your ride invites, please include the fact that we will be stopping at HOOTERS. Don't worry about the fact that my wheel will probably run out of power there, I'll find my own ride home.