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  1. 10 points
    Here's a couple of pictures from our awesome 47-mile ride around Southern California. Here we are in from of the Queen Mary, from the left: @YoshiSkySun, @who_the. Nicolas, @Jrkline "Wheel Whisperer", Miles Garnier, @Sam Clegg, @Tanabe, me, and Vano. And here, at the bottom of one of the Los Angeles cement rivers. Notice all of the Gotway goodness - 7 MSX's, an ACM, and a Monster.
  2. 9 points
    Trial in small abandoned quarry
  3. 5 points
    Good work @houseofjob & all the other NYC Riders, The New Yorker is current running an EUC Themed ad campaign. Credit for the find goes to Pedro Ferreira over at the EUC FB site.
  4. 5 points
    There is always two sides to every story... And some sides with more colourful language than others. Before this thread goes nuclear, perhaps we should remember that this forum is a place of harmony and zen-like appreciation for the single-wheeled self-balancing deity that we all serve.
  5. 4 points
    Now I want to open a EUC dealership just so I can call it "Gotway Goodness" Or maybe King Song Kingdom.
  6. 3 points
    I hope Lime won't go into the airplane business
  7. 3 points
    In the EU with these standards they try to follow/normalize with the combustion scooter limitations, and EPAC standards. There is the class 1 and class 2 of scooters/mopeds with at max top speed of 45 and 25 kph respectively. Assisted bikes also cannot have assist at speeds above 25 kph. This is basically ridiculous when you talk about self balancing vehicles. Look at a Segway. The self imposed limitation of 22 kph makes sure the Segway will never become anything but a curiosity vehicle. Something you rent for an adventure tour, or something corny rich people buy to look silly on... That and the format, which takes up far too much room on the trail - which in itself is a security hazard, as even a slight touch by an obstacle or meeting vehicle can cause the "Segway Dance". I write self imposed, as on a Segway you can (if you have a license to have such a thing) put another activating key on, and suddenly the max speed goes up into the 50 kph+ range. So in reality, the safest EUC is the one never even getting close to its speed limit, you can put alarms on it, you can put tilt-backs on it - but you shouldn't limit the actual torque related max speed at 25 kph or anywhere near such a low limit. This is what happens when those making the regulations have no clue what they're regulating, or why. Also look at EPACs, they may assist up to the 25 kph limit, but there's nothing stopping you from going faster but your own physical limits. Look at the class 2 mopeds, and you'll find that the 25 kph limit is just a paper tiger, as most of them happily accelerates up to 35 or more, while the class 1's generally goes 50 kph+. A much more sane way of limiting the dangers of over-speeding, is to clearly mark the bike paths with the max speed limit. Non electric 18 gear bikes with half-inch wide tires and spandex marauders on the saddle routinely run 40 or sometimes even 50 kph on the bike paths. Their braking potential is pretty damn limited, and their focus tend to be glued to going as fast as possible, to their bike computers and to overtaking as many as possible as crazy as possible. In comparison neither the e-scooters, the EUCs or even the mopeds are even close to as dangerous. So clear signs on the bike path that shows the speed limit, warns when you don't have the right of way etcetera would be a much better regulator of traffic behavior than some arbitrary speed limit on the hardware.
  8. 2 points
  9. 2 points
    As it goes (will try to keep my post brief for a change) I was going for a night spin on my 18XL (first proper, lengthy ride > more on first impressions sometime soon). Have put little over 90 (overblown, Kingsong) kms on it so far, and am not comfortable enough to ride in the congested pedestrian areas or heavy traffic of the city I recently moved to. For daily errands I take the V8; tonight I was finally able to find the time to hop on the 18XL. Had a wonderful 2h ride among the deserted boulevards, streets and suburban areas of the city, getting a feel for the wheel and practicing slaloming, tight cornering, power braking, etc. Even got my very first 40 km/h tiltback. Great night overall! Then, less than 1/2 km from home, at a "T" crossing where I had priority, in a bike lane (painted red on the pavement), a car approached on the right. He had a yield sign. In terms of my visibility, I had the 18XL's headlight, lateral colour-changing LEDs, blinking red light on the back of my helmet, and yellow reflective tape on the front, rear and side of my helmet, wrist, elbow & knee guards. In terms of the situation, there was plenty of visibility and we both saw each other coming with plenty of distance and were both going reasonable speeds. As he approached me on the right, I suddenly realized he wasn't slowing down. When he was nearly on top of me, he still wasn't slowing down. In the end, I had to swerve violently to the left to avoid getting hit, resulting in loss of control, bailing and the wheel falling on its side and sliding along the asphalt; luckily, I'd slowed down enough to land on my feet (and stay on them). [Enter scene of conflict escalation after he started flashing his lights and honking at me to get my wheel out of the middle of the road, him trying to intentionally run me over, and me making a run for it after smashing his front grill and side view mirror] But that's beyond the point The point being: We were both going at a reasonable speed. We saw each other way before I was forced to swerve. Despite seeing me, he didn't slow down. Regardless of whether he had to yield or not, he still didn't slow down until he was a couple of metres from me, despite me being right in front of him. He might have been careless, and an asshole, but no one fancies a gratuitous accident, and reflexes are reflexes after all. So, the only conclusion I can draw is that he'd never seen an EUC before (I haven't seen any other EUCs in my city) and was caught off guard and surprised by the strange sight of the unidentified, luminous, one-wheeled object crossing his path, and was too confused/distracted to react. I actually (think I) caught a glimpse of his face just staring at me, more mesmerised than anything else. It happens a lot that cars stay behind me for longer than they need to, instead of passing me, or pass me slowly, nearly at the same pace as me, just to observe this strange, one-wheeled vehicle they're seeing with their own eyes for the very first time, so it wouldn't be much of s stretch to conclude that the sight of me cancelled out this fellow's normal reaction (to a yield sign AND a very visible object in front of him). Just thought I'd share my story to bring attention to the fact that, for riders who live in areas where people aren't used to the sight of EUCs, the very sight of us can be an added risk worth taking into account. On my part, I plan on being extra cautious from now on when crossing paths with vehicles, even if I have priority, even if it's obvious that they've seen me and we've made eye contact. UROs (Unidentified Rolling Objects) are clearly more than some people's brains can process...so...be extra cautious, don't always assume people will do what would normally be expected to, second-guess everyone, and STAY SAFE!
  10. 2 points
    the following is excerpted from a recent post of mine in another thread. The title, is a bold statement, I agree, but In a year you can all point at me and say "you were wrong" and this is one case where I will be very happy to be wrong. Now, before I paste the post I just mentioned. Let me clarify the statement in the title. By "major City" I mean any city where rentable escooters have forced the authorities to enact more restrictive laws, or enforce more rigorously, the laws that hitherto were being ignored. In smaller towns, and villages, and out in the country and on trails, we will probably be ok. But occasionally we will hear of someone being fined or losing their wheel or both; even in these lesser areas. (begin quote of myself) "This is a translation of the proposed French law as it pertains to EUCs: "Its use is prohibited on public roads (sidewalks and traffic lanes). Moreover, any dangerous behavior deliberately putting the life of others in danger can be punished with 1 year of imprisonment and 15 000 € of fine. Use is permitted on private roads (for example, private property road, driveway of a private residence)." It also applies to eskateboards, etc. Pretty much anything with a motor EXCEPT ebikes. ebikes are allowed on the road and bike trails only, no sidewalks; so no change there. So, if this is approved, France will become like England. And this is why I am relieved I am a lone wheeler wherever I go. A lone wheeler attracts little attention, and is rarely seen (after all when I'm not riding, I'm unseen, and if I ride one day in town "A" I'm unseen in towns "B" "C" and "D" etc. And even when I'm in town "A" I'm only on one street/path at a time, I'm not everywhere, and I'm not there all the time. And a lone rider can easily dismount (and hide/disguise the wheel) or turn down a side street when the 5-0 comes around the corner. Not so easy for a group to "disappear". Of course, I don't have the robocop look either, so maybe not so easy to blend in if you're all kitted up. The day there are group rides in my area is the day I must find another area to ride, because the authorities and Mr. and Mrs. busybody can't ignore so many lawbreakers. I may be wrong but I attribute all this new scrutiny and law making to the explosion of rent-able escooters last year. With so many dim whits terrorizing the streets and sidewalks of our major cities, people have been complaining in drovers, and the authorities have been forced to act. So instead of escooters being our savior in terms of PEV acceptance, as some predicted, they have had the exact opposite effect. Next years when all the escooter companies are gone (from most cities, not all), we, the lone EUC riders, riding our expensive, privately owned machines, carefully and considerately, will be left to face the wrath of all these new laws, and more importantly, the fact that Joe Public knows these laws and is quick to call the cops. And to make it worse, these laws will be there forever, because no one undoes a law that isn't being used, it just sits there on the books waiting to be cited by Officer "It's the law", or Mr. and Mrs. busybody. I recently said a Dualtron type scooter might be my next PEV, but I think, an ebike makes much more sense now. No one is going to degrade the laws against bicycles, they are too entrenched in society. Reading what is happening in major Spanish cities like Madrid and Barcelona (as a direct result of the rise of escooters) breaks my heart. I remember 2 years ago when I could wheel anywhere in Barcelona, Benidorm, Sitges, Alicante, Torreveija, etc, and no one gave a damn. Not any more. When I return there I will be restricted to the point of making it uncomfortable to ride." If I had known the first time I wheeled down La Rambla in Barcelona, would be my last, I'd have done it a few more times. The world is reacting to mass Pevs but not in our favor.
  11. 2 points
    This is how I felt when borrowing the partner's V5F after having spent time on the V3 (slow and stable) and 16S with 2.5" tyre (16", fast and stable). It's just a matter of becoming used to the wheel - part of it was that I was putting in a much heavier touch than it needed, and after a rest and resetting the mental model, I fell in love with the V5F too and have been commuting with it the past week (~12km round trip and a couple of longer rides). So you'll definitely get there.
  12. 2 points
    Somebody at the New Yorker like EUCs. How cool is that.
  13. 2 points
    Sneaky suspicion this might be you.
  14. 2 points
    A couple of corrections. It is 206 deaths not 2016, and that is for all cyclists not just e-bikes. EBike deaths were only about 51. 38 of the eBike deaths were men, and 31 of those were men over 65.
  15. 2 points
    London has millions in the suburbs too. I just took the official numbers off google. This wasn't supposed to be a my city is bigger than your city contest. Jeez, relax people.
  16. 2 points
    LOL, these are basically knockoff Adidas Springblades Haven't tried before, but might provide the cushioning you're looking for. I can say for a fact that the Nike VaporMax outsoles feel very much like suspension while riding (while still retaining a degree of stiffness, unlike very mushy outsoles like Adidas Boost or Nike Lunar), though I'm not a fan in general of sneakers that ride high like this, as I prefer lower to the ground, plain rubber outsoles, for more pedal feel.
  17. 2 points
    When we talk about Paris (and the population of 2.8 million) we must consider that we are talking only about the town inside the “periferique”, a circular road that surround the town. (have a look on google maps...) The real Paris is much bigger, with the suburbs it reach more than 12 million people. (Île de France) ... and yes I’m using everyday my wheel to go to work and not only. I never had any problem with the police, just one time when they kindly asked me not to stay on the road but on the sidewalk. Just a couple of week ago we had one of our meetings, with more than 200 participants (wheelers but also scooters) and we had, as usual, very good moments traveling across the city center. Here a link to a video tourned by @Hansolo,
  18. 2 points
    I ordered a pair on aliexpress. I will make a comment after trying them. 😁
  19. 2 points
    Woah, how did this even happen? 🤣🤣🤨🤔🤔🙌🙌
  20. 2 points
    This is normal. Each wheel is different and responds differently. It takes time to get used to the differences. When you do not get the response you expect you tend to over compensate . It just takes a lighter touch. Some people say that they are more nimble. I say they are more hyper.
  21. 2 points
    Impressed with the lights on the z10 , nice and wide i think mine is the new batch with corrected angle of beam 😊
  22. 2 points
    I think my wheel is evil, and all it wants to do is to make me look bad Wasn't very fast no, but I suppose it surprised me, and down I went. If it had been on one of the steep hills I rode 10-20 min before, I would probably be running of it. The noise was ice yes. And I went down on a soft patch, as can be seen when turning back to the wheel after getting up. The wheel is 4 months old, bought it in october. The company I bought it from isn't known for its good customer service, and I just want to get out riding again, so I'm just getting a new board. Warranty will probably take some time, so I'm not bothered to deal with that now. Could also be said I rode it in weather its not supposed to be ridden in (bo*****s, I know), so its ridden in a way its not meant to. Being 16+ stone doesn't help
  23. 2 points
    Me and @Sam Clegg below the Hollywood Sign
  24. 2 points
    Dale is definitely much more of an EUC ambassador than an EUC salesman... I don't believe he intentionally defrauds anyone, but there is a history of delays or non-delivery.
  25. 2 points
    Hello everyone, I need to start this entry with a Shout Out to Michael Vu! He came to Austin last weekend, and with his expert coaching and insightful encouragement I’ve a good start. Today was my second attempt at riding, and I was a bit weary of not having my balance immediately - but just like Michael told me it would happen, it did; I stepped on, balanced, and started moving with relative ease! Then that Peter walking on water moment…so like Michael coached – I rocked forward increasing speed a bit, stabilized and had a good afternoon of figure eights, straight-ways and circles! Even started working on transitioning from forward to backwards (with the help of a handrail). My legs’ muscles are adjusting. Not so much herky-jerky, but finer movement for control. I rode for a little over an hour before my legs’ muscles started feeling a bit tired which was good because I needed to stop to complete my afternoon’s obligations. The moving sensation to me seems to be more akin to snow skiing (2 skis-downhill) or bicycling rather than rollerblading or skateboarding. While I enjoy both roller blading and skateboarding, it’s nice to lean a little forward to increase power/ speed to move across a parking lot or ascend a slope instead of having to push. And to have speed/breaking control without having to make a series of turns, or drag a foot is assuring especially when cars, people, buildings…. Also, being able to just step off is really nice. Thanks again Michael!