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  1. 6 points
    Towards the end of January, Chrissi and I had a road-trip through to Auckland, to join a group ride around part of the city and waterfront. Anyone wanting to see a bit of New Zealand, check this out... And for the record, this size of a turn-out is pretty impressive for a small country like ours!
  2. 5 points
  3. 4 points
    Wrapping up the week with some drinks, pizza, guitar hero and electric unicycle.
  4. 4 points
    Well that was interesting but left more questions than answers; edit, answers in linked article from Switzerland Reading some of the links from that article I found some very depressing reports, like this one: http://www.thedrive.com/tech/23254/people-are-vandalizing-e-scooters-in-bird-dropping-fad report on vandalism of escooters, for sport and instagram fame. And this one: http://www.thedrive.com/tech/26036/investors-cool-as-birds-shared-scooters-hit-speedbumps reporting that Bird scooters currently last only an average of 30 days due to theft and vandalism, but they take EDIT 90 days to pay off. And another one reporting on a hacking kit to unlock a Bird scooter for unlimited personal use (I didn't link that one because I don't aid and abet theft.) Most disturbing is that several cities are tightening erideable laws as knee jerk reaction to irresponsible riding and parking. This will have an effect on us, the EUC riders. Where we used to pass mostly un-noticed, we will now be caught up in these new regulations, which will be fresh on every police officers mind, and the rabid end of the general public; eager to point fingers and enforce the law. I must say I didn't get it when dockless rental rideables (bikes and escooters) started hitting the market. Am I the only one who understands that there is a fringe of the human population that has no respect for any one or anything, and that dropping off unsecured, unsupervised devices around our cities is simply an invitation for these sub human pieces of shit (SHPOS) To go to town? It only takes a few to ruin things for everyone. An example, after a long spate of break ins and expensive car thefts (took the keys from inside the house) in one area of London, a gang of 4 or 5 SPHOS's was finally caught. Burglaries and car theft in that borough went down by something like 65%. These 4 or 5 ass holes were responsible for the majority of this type of crime in this area. Lay a rent escooter on the ground and it wont be long before the SPHOS's of the world will crawl out of the shadows and find some way of causing the owner to suffer a financial loss, purely for their own amusement, or their own financial gain. I have a feeling escooter rental's days are numbered, unless they implement docking stations like the original rent-a-bike schemes. As copy cat vandals, thieves, hoarders, impounders and hackers multiply, the costs will rapidly outstrip the rewards to the companies and specifically their investors. Bird is already facing scrutiny from its investors due to wildly underestimating and reporting damage, vandalism and theft.
  5. 3 points
    I agree with both comments. Looking closer the red wire’s insulation has some shrinkage adjacent to the circuit board. That means heat was involved. Do you have a multimeter? (i believe @Marty Backe asked that question as well). If so try performing a continuity check on both the red and black wires to make sure there are no shorts. Not knowing your electrical background I apologize ahead of time if I’m covering an area you are skilled in. Here is a great video of my wife explaining the process. In your specific test place one probe (red or black) on either of the exposed wires exiting the circuit board and the other probe touching the terminal inside the Z10’s rubber charging socket. *** I am not certain which terminal of the socket coincides with the circuit board’s red or black wires so try both. Promise...no explosions. Repeat the same process for the other wire. Best wishes!
  6. 3 points
    AliExpress lists a replacement charger for the Z6/Z10. I've never purchased from them. The mobile device link I used is: https://www.google.com/amp/s/m.aliexpress.com/item/32922646414.html#ampf=undefined To view the part you press 'add to cart'
  7. 3 points
    A bad solder of the melted wire could have very easally caused the wire to heat up and melt. This is likely the original problem.
  8. 3 points
    Nothing to lose by un-soldering BOTH those wires (red and Black). Trim back to good clean wire, strip, tin, re solder. That is definitely a "smoking gun". Other component damage may have resulted, but its worth a punt.
  9. 3 points
    Did you accidentally melt this power wire during your autopsy ?
  10. 3 points
    Nice! Fun being able to navigate your world in 360 and catch scenes we weren't suppose to see.
  11. 3 points
    Thanks, good suggestion but I’d need to change my whole color scheme.
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  13. 3 points
    Also the tariff trade-war with China hasn't help the situation either. The hardware maturity has come leaps-and-bounds in the past two years, but all the vendor Apps still suck are not as great as they ought to be. The Customer experience needs to be nearly perfect; yes there's the learning curve, >95% of Buyers get over this, but it really doesn't help when a Customer gets a new Wheel &, as is the case with Inmotion now, there's no IOS App available. At $550 for the V5F & $900 with the V8, I don't think the price is a significant barrier to entry, when one considers comparable spec'd eBikes & scooters.
  14. 2 points
    I got forced to the edge of the trail and snagged a pedal on the brush, nothing to do at that point but hope for instant wings. I'll be back on the wheel soon!
  15. 2 points
    I'd like to thank everyone who's treid to help , love this forum😊❤️
  16. 2 points
    The measured voltage has nothing to say...as the BMS cuts off voltage output, when under a certain voltage. Just follow the instructions, which are in short, charge the battery directly by circumventing the board of Z10. Also you need to plug out the other white plugs i see in the photo!
  17. 2 points
    Regaurdless, something is not right there. When looking for problems I would count that as a find. I have found many wires that look like that and do not tranfer power. If nothing else it is acting as a blown fuse.
  18. 2 points
    Reading about and watching people on scooters reinforces my EUC decision.
  19. 2 points
    From what I’ve read it was a firmware issue resulting from a recent update designed to prevent theft. Lime is a behemoth in the EScooter industry and have the funds to easily squelch any negative publicity that would affect their long term business paradigm.
  20. 2 points
    I could do this easily, but not for the same price.
  21. 2 points
    That's what is limiting about any analogy when dealing with unprecedented situations. Without specific case history you can only compare to similar established behavior to make assessments of what might happen. My assessment is informed only by what can supply similar information - bicycles. So you are correct sir; limited, but not without merit It is True that dealing with a new device may invoke different responses. Some people are not very trusting of new things. However, I think that the behavior pattern is much stronger than the threat posed by the technology in this case because the reasons parents buy dangerousish devices remain constant. As a parent of three boys I understood my reasons for exposing them to danger; in the most controlled way possible of course. I encouraged them to fly. To destroy limitations. They needed to know that their sheer will was much stronger than any system or outside force, and that what they deserved from life was constrained by two things: limited imagination and unlimited fear. To thrive they needed to believe in themselves. I know of no way to accomplish this without exposing them to danger. Not everyone thinks or turns a thing the same way in their minds to weigh risk vs reward. So, some parents might feel like EUCs are too dangerous; the reliability of the devices will mitigate this for some, but not everyone. When I discovered EUCs I bought two. My son's jumped on them taught themselves to ride and then taught me. That's how I know that my parenting approach worked as intended. Even If they were only 5 years old I would have at least bought a gateway device 👍
  22. 2 points
    EUCs (and all individual EVs save bikes) are officially banned from public roads, but absolutely no-one respect that. Even Lime / Bird etc scooters operate in Paris. The reason is mainly lack of regulations, and a new law is to go through parliament this spring (or so) that will allow EUCs (etc) on the bicycle tracks and limited to 25 km/h ( https://www.geovelo.fr/ for maps of that). I can't find an English source but the law proposition creates a new vehicle category called "NVEI" if you want to dig further. There is a -lot- of "NVEI" on the streets of Paris and no-one will batt an eye if you stay on the bike path. ( Even outside but I wouldn't recommend) translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fgyronews.com%2Fles-nvei-deviendront-une-nouvelle-categorie-de-vehicule-2399
  23. 2 points
    Yes to more of this. Would be hella fun on dirt trails. I like to own a secondary EUC, perhaps an MSX with a setup like yours, for icy winter and summer dirt trail use, and continue to use my KS-18XL during fair weather on urban city streets.
  24. 2 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.
  25. 1 point
    Hello, I live on Paris and commute everyday hère. I made around 7000 kms by wheel. I never had any kind of problems with authorities. But now there is a lot of electrical scooters in the streets, and on the sidelwalks people are getting a little bit upset with all this traffic jam. So it is much better to ride in the bicycle paths.
  26. 1 point
    ok, solved. Z10 is now charging and tomorrow I will get my first lesson of unicycle riding. I am very happy. Thank you again US69
  27. 1 point
    Given your situation. The meter might "ring" but still not have a good connection. If you set the meter to ohms (the omega symbol) you should read a number smaller than 0.04 from the plug to the back side of the circuit board. I suspect you will read a number in the hundreds. ( 140.0 - 480.0 ).
  28. 1 point
    Looks like a fun route. Can’t join the one today, but for sure the next one! Btw, cold weather affects battery duration significantly. Don’t get caught with your guard down!
  29. 1 point
    I can sell you one... PM me...
  30. 1 point
    I ride this sidewalk a lot. Over 1+ years the town recemented the sidewalk that links downtown with the local University, as part of a bicycle path and street repaving upgrade. The upgrade was a $12 million project. It's great to have smooth sidewalks and streets to ride on !!! http://northshoretma.org/canal-street-improvements/ http://www.buildingsalem.com/canal-street-roadway-improvement-project/ I have a YI gimbal which is wearable on my helmet but wobbly & heavy...so I bought a GoPro chest mount strap. First try...much more comfortable....The YI 4k action camera for which the gimbal is intended might be a good upgrade from the ActiveOn CX camera I used in this video. Moving at the speed of me.....
  31. 1 point
    im going. see you guys sunday. bring some sea weed.
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  33. 1 point
    How would you even practice that jump? Suppose a cushioned landing surface could be used initially. I believe he would have jumped again if his landing were injury free. The guy definitely has a career waiting for him in a Hollywood as a stuntman.
  34. 1 point
    Wow that’s cold! What dedication! Your selfie stick and Insta360 look frozen.
  35. 1 point
    My son is an exchange student in Paris. I shipped him his KS18L to ride in Paris. He has been advised against riding EUCs in Paris by school authorities. (Originally, I thought the municipal police stopped him ) He told me that school officials read him a French regulation that bans EUCs on public roads. I am working on getting more details and a reliable source to confirm this regulation. I don't want my son harassed over his wheel. I know that there are a high concentration of riders in Paris so I thought he would be okay and shipped his wheel. Now, because of this I have advised my son to sell the 18L and let Parisians deal with their own authorities; We don't need the hassle. At least some lucky Parisian will be getting an awesome KS18L. I will place an actual ad for the wheel today or tomorrow. It's probably better to offload it in Paris anyway. The shipping to Paris was much cheaper than return shipping to the USA from France. I will get him a new wheel when he is back in the US. Still feels like it sucks though.
  36. 1 point
    You are begining to get the idea. 😉That is why scandinavians are mostly big people...we are kind of friendly...Vikings 😄 A big heart can only fit in a big chest 😉
  37. 1 point
    This handsome photo explains why @The Fat Unicyclist ‘s business is thriving. How many EUC business owners will personally deliver a wheel to your front door. A gentleman in my book.
  38. 1 point
    Und kosten alle 1000+ und sind halbe Motorräder, damit der Sinn diese in den Rucksack zu stecken vernichtet ist, was noch dazu kommt im Bus etc. kann man sie ebenfalls nicht oder schwer mitzunehmen. Also super geregelt, damit die Leute weiterhin fleissig Benzinsteuer bezahlen..... -.-
  39. 1 point
    Cool... und 'ne tolle Strecke!
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  41. 1 point
    I think the lack of a front wheel on Eucs and Segway type devices, will always relegate these devices to a curious activity for the adventurous. Having a front wheel to lay serious braking power into, without face planting is a major design necessity for mass adoption. Can you crash an escooter? Of course you can. Bikes, motorbikes, cars trucks too; you can crash them all but we all know that when trouble rears its ugly head to an EUC rider, there is a good chance there is going to be a price to pay in skin and maybe bone too. There are many escooter rental companies in the US, but not one EUC rental( no even a face to face rental agency type like for rental cars). Why? Anyone who can walk unaided can ride an escooter, whereas almost no one can ride an EUC. Escooters also have front wheels and actual brakes you can point at and say, "see! it has brakes" to the regulatory bodies with jurisdiction. The chance to injure yourself on an EUC is just too high for the great unwashed. And the learning curve is: a. too steep, and b. usually requires a hefty up front investment or a buddy with a wheel to lend. And who, other than die hards wants to dress up like Robocop just to pop out and grab a coffee, or get to the bus stop quicker. One would look like a real prat sitting on a mass transit device dressed like Robocop with what looks like a giant George Foreman grill between ones legs. There also seems to be a general lack of interst in them. I have been riding for over two years, my whole extended family knows I have one/has seen me ride it. Not one of them has asked to be shown how to do it. And other than an occasional spotty teenage twat who yells "give us a go" as I wheel by, only one member of the great unwashed has expressed a desire to give it a try. Fascinated, yes, intrigued, yes, impressed, sometimes, want to learn, mostly-no. Edit: How many strangers, friends, family members would want a go if I showed up on a Dualtron type escooter? I think something like this will be my next "EUC" after the KS16S I don't feel like I need any more power or speed. Although a bit more EDIT: Battery would be nice, for the power reserve it offers .
  42. 1 point
    While the aliexpress seller “green Fashion” has a ...lets say it caryfully “quite good reputation”... just lately i personally experienced some bad behaviour of this seller, too. It is very funny, as long as you are thinking about buying something in his shop, his english is really Ok. As soon as some problems come up, it gets into a mess. My problems have not been about a problem with the wheel, but with the promise of free transport and customs.... As i am still in fight with Green Fashion, i am not going to much into detail. But when he continues to use Chinese New Year as a Excuse, i will. @Slartibartfast Saying that “motor problems never come up” is just not correct...flying over the thread, for me ..after all tests you done..defintly seams like a direct hall sensor or even worse motor problem. Good luck in convincing the seller to send you a new motor. Try to use the forum as “pressure point”...from my understanding Green at least understands that some of his sells are coming from here and French forum...
  43. 1 point
    Targeting kids and making an EUC the next “rite of passage” similar to the bike is good and all but we need to do something about the safety of an EUC first. Kids notoriously push the limits and have no concept of consequences. One cutout on their precious child and mom’s everywhere will have these things banned.
  44. 1 point
    Just insist on a new motor. He'll have to come through eventually. He's just at the "I don't want to believe it's the thing it is" stage. Tell him with 2 boards tested, it must be the motor.
  45. 1 point
    I noticed a new and useful term today - in this article in the provincial newspaper: https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2019/01/26/new-york-city-is-still-trying-figure-out-how-deal-with-e-bikes-scooters/ That marks a notable advance in nomenclature. An adjective raises suspicions. The bigger the adjective, the deeper the suspicions. Thus "self-balancing scooters" have been undeservedly at a disadvantage to "electric scooters" and "scooters" merely by virtue of the more meddlesome qualifier. The appearance of the term "throttle-controlled scooters" in mainstream media levels the field. Throttle-controlled is even the same number of syllables as self-balancing.
  46. 1 point
    The ks18s has a seat. That should automatically keep it in your stable of wheels. If you ever go on group rides you’re going to want to bring that wheel and not the Z. How long have you had the Z? If it’s less than 2 months I can only imagine you’re still in the “honeymoon phase” and eventually your enthusiasm to ride it will mellow down and you’ll rotate wheels only to rediscover the joys of the previous ones.
  47. 1 point
    What I found interesting is the scooter rider was going 30kph (about 16mph) EDIT: ALTHOUGH HOW THIS WAS DETERMINED IS ANYONE'S GUESS. not terribly fast in the grand scheme of things. Any cyclist on a decent bike can achieve this speed and knock someone down with the same amount of force, a runner too for that matter. Of course we don't know how reckless, or not, the riding was. But if one is travelling at 16mph close enough to pedestrians that you can knock one down, then some form of reckless was in play. Even if a pedestrian makes a sudden and unexpected move, one should not be close enough to make a collision inevitable. And a 92 year old is not likely to leap into your path.
  48. 1 point
    New Zealand just did this, and i have to say being from a small island nation, and as someone who spends half his life in or beside the ocean its really needed. The amount of plastic bags in the water and on beaches destroys my Maori soul
  49. 1 point
    EU and especially the USA are lands of lawyers and bureaucrats. Our "own" home grown "ONE Wheel" limits their product to 15 mph before push back, I suspect out of fear of law suits and destructive legislation. No way an US firm is going to make a wheel that goes 30 mph. That's moped speed. The top Gotways can dog 50cc Hondas, Yamahas, Vespas, etc. Any US firm that built a EUC that goes over 13-15 mph would be the victim of a class-action suit before you could say "face-plant". If EUCs stay microscopic in numbers like they are now, then people will be able to satisfy their need for speed for a while yet. EUCs will never be the total rage because of the learning curve and price. They could proliferate, however, at a significant enough rate to draw the attention of the general public. No one will be able to justify how 30-40+ mph vehicles should be allowed on sidewalks and bike paths, require no license, registration, liability insurance, certifications etc. Check out what happen in Singapore, that initially had very progressive and tolerant attitude towards Pevs before the need for speed soured them big time. Some here are salivating for 40-50+ mph wheels. I plan on riding the heck out of my wheel in the coming months - years? I won't be waiting for the fat lady to sing. The singer in our case will be the Doors and "..this is the end, the end my friend.."
  50. 1 point
    I should have mentioned that this wheel is an IPS 191 (which comes with a 2.5" wheel as stock), so I don't claim to be a tyre expert in any way. But reading it, the brand is "INFLATETO" and the model is "35 - 45 PSI" I hope that helps...
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