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  1. 11 points
    Last night on my electric unicycle jaunt, I got to live up to the super hero look I sport when I ride. 😎 A lady was standing outside her car waving a gas can around. So I turned around and offered to go fill it for her, as she had just run outta gas. I was back to her about 7 minutes later. There were a couple of cops there with her as I returned. Also, Dee, the woman whose gas tank was getting a helping out from me, told me I was her saviour! The female cop just looked at me smiling as I rode up on a robotic electric device, looking like I just came from the next Tron movie auditions. The younger male cop told me "It's people like you who make this city great!" That really warmed my heart 💓 I pumped a ✊ in the air, said thank you brother, and sped off into the night. Maybe with more of us doing acts such as this, the fuzz will stay off our backs with upcoming regulations ... This has inspired me to do a good deed on my rides. Gonna start packing some food, extra herb, and maybe $5 bills when I can and go out to distribute happiness and goods to homeless people. One wheel, one love, one people...or something like that. Who's with me? Gonna organize some group rides this spring in LA to get out and spread the joy of our sport along with the joy of kindness towards others...Now I gotta come up with a super-hero moniker for my wheeled persona~😜
  2. 3 points
    Interesting, the new 1.1.7 BMS FW claims better/lesser vampire drain, but after leaving my Z10 unridden indoors for 1+ day (42 hours), I'm seeing what translates into .14V drop per day, roughly 1% per day.
  3. 3 points
    His sister Marlena has one too. Competed in London 2012. A very athletic, driven family. Makes me wonder what I have done with my life.
  4. 3 points
    I can't keep off it 😁 it's an amazing machine😁
  5. 3 points
    That report doesn't sound too bad because most crashes are injuries. While the injuries are gruesome, there's very few fatalities. In my opinion, if lots of people are getting hurt but there's no fatalities, then training and looking closely at that activity is called for. With eScooters we know just slapping on a big front wheel is probably the extent of needed alterations. To the surprise of absolutely no one on this forum, the first of the "big front wheel" eScooters is introduced in Berlin. However, if lots people are killing others doing a particular activity, that probably a good indication of limiting said people's access to that activity.
  6. 3 points
    Ninebot will never be able to fix the battery drain completely because both batteries status are always going to be constantly monitored, as evidenced by the "Blue/Red" flashing led on each battery! The very best we can all hope for is that the real world standby consumption is actually reduced, as stated in the BMS 1.1.7 release notes. Unfortunately, by design, power is always being drawn from both batteries for the smart/safety reasons deemed necessary by Segway-Ninebot's engineers so software changes can only go so far! Best solution is to charge to 100% then go ride/enjoy the wheel as often as is humanly possible, that's what I fully intend to do with my Z10!
  7. 3 points
    The next week is going to be tough as winter winds up. The photo in the middle the is wheel is exactly as I left it, having ridden into a snow drift. The bike trails get very drifty in snow storms so from this point on I rode on the road down the tracks made by very helpful passing vehicles. The left photo is from the morning commute, the larger photo and wheel-log shot are from the ride home.
  8. 3 points
    I've been learning to use DaVinci Resolve-free version to color correct some of my videos. I took an old Eken H9 video and used daVinci Resolve to color grade and white balance the video. This color grade result was obtained by using a Youtube tutorial and following the steps (from 3:13 to 6:31) in this video and uses about 4 steps total. https://youtu.be/BBvEOIozAJk LUTs (look up tables) were not used in this daVince Resolve color grade attempt, just the 4 steps from the tutorial. The sky color with the inexpensive Eken H9 now looks more blue and less turquoise (3:16, 3:50) and the shadows (1:43 - Monster shin pads) have more detail following the color grade.
  9. 3 points
    My riding days are not looking favorable these days. I have never ridden my wheels so cautiously. I can't risk it anymore. Oh well. I was able to get some footage with no crashes.
  10. 3 points
    As for the @Lutalo vs. @Mike Paolini: knock it off, people are reporting your fighting, and I hate coming home to see X new reports to go through... Agree to disagree, I don't care who started it. If you truly hate each others guts, there's an ignore list, at the top of the page, click on the top-left corner where your avatar and username is shown with an arrow pointing down next to the name. Under Settings, you'll find the option for "Ignored users", through which you can add users to ignore. Never tried it, but I guess it won't show any posts made by users you've ignored. Probably looks different if you use a phone instead of a computer, but the option should be somewhere there too.
  11. 2 points
    Interesting! This would definately be very fitting: But a fresh one would refer to a recent debatino on another thread: @mrelwood It couldn’t have been because of the tilt-back! Or @mrelwood Were you geared up properly? Or @mrelwood After just 5000miles? Don’t worry, it happens to a lot of other newbies as well.
  12. 2 points
    Nice job, mate. I'd crunch the blacks a bit more and maybe bring in some more vibrancy or add a bit of a hue to give a good mood of that ride . Also, for color editing, you're going to want to start off with the flattest profile you can get. Basically, everything needs to get as grey and low contrast as you can. Turn down the sharpness, turn down the contrast, And of that image enhancement stuff, turn it all down. You want it to look washed out. Then you take it into Davinci and bring back in that contrast. Push the lights and darks, add some color in and bring in saturation where you want it. It basically gives you a much better canvas to work with because you have enough information of both the light and dark that you might miss out on on a darker image like your source. Essentially, giving you more dynamic range in post. Some cameras with dope sensors can grab an insane dynamic range and give you so much to work with, but most action cameras arent like that, haha.
  13. 2 points
    When I'm sharing the road with cars on these miserable days I go as fast as possible so as not to hold them up; they are grumpy enough without some nut on an electric unicycle getting in their way.
  14. 2 points
    Californian here. I ordered the chip from them on eBay for $35. Took off the old chip, plopped on the new chip and away the minipro goes!
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  16. 2 points
    You will have much better luck when the KS 18XXL is released
  17. 2 points
    I've told people who asked about our trip that I'd write about it "soonish"... well, it's been a couple of months, and I probably should have started sooner, so things would have been more fresh in my mind, but better late than never, right? I had never really travelled abroad. Sure I've had the usual 24-hour cruises to Swedish waters or a day in Tallinn, Estonia, like most Finns, but I'd only ever traveled farther and longer once, spending about a week and a half, or maybe it was two weeks, in Spain a long time ago (summer of 2005). That pretty much sums up my entire travelling experience before this. I hadn't had a valid passport since 2011, and even that had been last used in 2009 for a 24h cruise with people from my workplace back then, I think. Ever since around that 2005 trip I had done pretty much nothing else but studying or working (or studying and working side-by-side), and nearly burning myself out (more than once). I was laying in the couch, mentally pretty much exhausted, trying to watch the Ken Burns -documentary of Vietnam war, sometime maybe around April last year, that it hit me: I want to go there. Not to a battle or war, but to that country, to really see it. Not just the cities, but the countryside, the hills and jungles, the entire thing. And then, not just Vietnam, but Southeast Asia in general. At first I thought it just as a funny whim, that'll pass, but then over days and weeks I started reading about Southeast Asia here and there, about the countries, the history, the culture. Pretty soon I was very sure that it's exactly where I want to go. What do I have to lose, really? My spouse was into it, although she probably didn't take it very seriously at first, knowing how "interested" in travelling I'd been before. In the last days of July, my 4-week notification period ended and I was out of a job, or, free. About a week from that, I had bought roundtrip tickes with dates 25.9.2018 and 22.12.2018, so a few days short of 3 months, to and from Thailand. We had already done a lot of preparations by then, and still had almost 2 months before leaving, but things still kept popping up. Travel guides, new passports, travel insurance, vaccinations, credit cards (I've never had a credit card before, I still use cash most of the time), getting someone to watch over the house (my cousin ended up living in our place over our entire trip with his dogs, so no trouble there ), someone to take care of our dog (my spouses' parents took her), all the gear, like backpacks, flashlights, waterproof bags, clothes etc., exchanging euros to Thai baht and dollars, reading peoples blogs and forums, watching documentaries and movies about SE Asia, getting to know the basics of the customs and culture, visa rules and laws, how and where to get prepaid SIM-cards on the cheap, prescriptions and import rules on medications, most common scams, basic traffic rules, a rudimentary plan where we're going to be visiting etc. etc. At some point I went into some sort of denial about the entire thing and just hung around doing nothing all day or designed and built a prototype of a power supply for a friends' project for about a week or two, before getting back to the trip planning and preparations Financially, I was in a lucky position that it would be no trouble to stay out of the rat race for a while, which ended up being almost 7 months and on zero income, as I never registered as unemployed... Due to the trip in the middle, I wouldn't have gotten any unemployed benefits anyway, as leaving your job gives you a 3 month waiting period, and there are numerous positions available all the time for software engineers with more experience, so each time I would have turned the offer down, the 3 months period would have begun again, and if I had told them that I'm leaving the country and can't accept a job, they would have just continued resetting the period. So fuck the system. The good thing about doing pretty much nothing but working (and buying a few EUCs, which were the biggest single purchases besides the house for me in the last decade ) is that it tends to fatten up your bank account when you don't actually spend much. Still it did take a big chunk out of my savings, but I think it was worth it. I may not get the opportunity to do this ever again. When the day finally came, my father-in-law (well, a "candidate", since we're not married ) took us to the bus station and we rode to Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. A couple of hours in the airport, and we're sitting in the plane. I remember thinking to myself that "it's really happening now". Flying in from Europe, after a good 10-11 hours on a direct flight, where I actually didn't sleep at all, we land in Thailand, Suvarnabhumi international airport, at 7:15AM local time, 26th of September. We basically just walked into the country, getting our passports stamped (30-day visa exemption), and then strolled through customs. We had all the required paperwork (or at least I think so) and amount of cash (you need at least 10000 bahts as a single person, or was it 20000 or 30000 for family, to even enter the country), in case they'd want to check our bags and stuff, but nobody asked anything. Btw, 10000 bahts is about 280€ or 300USD, so not a huge sum really. As expected, we ran into our very first scam getting a taxi from the airport. Yes, we used the nice and new high-tec line-system, where you get a ticket from the touchscreen with the number etc. Still doesn't change the fact that 9 out of 10 taxi drivers everywhere will try to pull this on you. When the taxi left the airport, the driver didn't turn on the meter. After driving out of the airport, he suggested a fixed fare, 600 bahts. After adamantly telling him to and agreeing that we pay all the road tolls, he finally turned on the meter. In the end, the tolls were around 60 baht, give or take, and the fare was something like 310 baht, but I slapped 400 baht (about 11€ / 12USD) on him and everyone seemed happy. You'll commonly see that the meter is covered with a piece of cloth and the driver will just keep on insisting on a fixed fare. Don't lose your nerve, shouting or getting aggressive will just make things worse, losing face is a big thing in this part of the world and can make things very bad for you. Remember to smile and stay calm. If the driver won't turn the meter on or claims that it isn't working, a trick that works is to take a picture of the cab number (in a metal plate on the doors in the back seat) and the drivers taxi license (on the front in the left side, Thailand has left-sided traffic, so the driver sits on the right) and telling him that you're calling the tourist police (1155). The meter will suddenly work. Tuk-tuks usually don't have meters and you negotiate the price before hand, but beware of drivers giving you "too good" rates (like 30 baht), as they'll usually take you to shops that pay them kick-backs, and things can get very pressuring. Knowing this beforehand, we never took the "cheap" rides. After the drive from the airport (it's about 30km / 20 miles from the central) and getting stuck in the traffic for about an hour and a half, the actual trip finally starts in...
  18. 2 points
    You should check the topic of the Dutch EUC riders on this forum then I looked at a few videos and from what I gather it's as if helmets are illegal over there
  19. 2 points
    After my third child I started wearing.........
  20. 2 points
    Magnolia, Massachusetts
  21. 2 points
    I see your point, but to be fair, a very large portion of that "$900" is used on the motor and batteries (quoted the price because we should actually compare manufacturing costs, but...). Comparing the price to a couple of hundred battery charger doesn't really work. Another problem is that it's relatively easy to measure the current / calculate watthours when charging a battery with steady constant current, or at least it's changing very slowly. In the wheel, the current is changing very rapidly all the time as the motor turns (coils turning on and off very fast, transient current spikes etc), so for accurate measurements, they'd need to add a lot there (high speed ADC's/current measurement ICs, even a separate MCU?). I don't think many people would be willing to pay much more just so that the wheel could better measure the current, if it only just gives you better estimation of energy consumption, but nothing else.
  22. 1 point
    Let's do it a bit better. This is the stand of my Mten3. Dimensions in cm.
  23. 1 point
    There is no ignoring the Pink Elephant in the room, which is EUCs require the wearing of protective clothing. The public has never and probably will never embrace a mode of land transport where you have to wear more than a helmet .. if that. The rental scooters are popular because you can jump on and ride wearing anything you happen to be wearing. They are seen as e-bikes without pedals, where even today many bike riders don't wear helmets and almost no one wears protective gear unless riding off-road. Most know that wearing a helmet is a good idea, but there is no inherent danger seen with the vehicle itself. Bike or e-kick scooter riders see the danger coming mainly from cars, pedestrians and other bike/scooter riders, not the terrain or the potential failure of the vehicle itself. We EUC riders have to deal with the above concerns plus be forever vigilant of the terrain where the slightest misconception, underestimation, or lapse in perception can lead to a serious injury. This danger does not go away no matter how many miles one has ridden or ones skill level. Most people are refusing to even wear a helmet riding the rental scooters, least alone gear up with armor just so they can go 3 miles to - from their park cars/trains/offices/homes/etc. If they "discover" the EUC, it will become immediately apparent in the learning process that it is not something you can jump on and ride to the store wearing flip-flops and regular street clothes "without the possibility of serious ramifications". EUC riders are odd-ducks. The public may say EUCs are cool, ask questions about learning to ride, how much they cost, how fast do they, etc., but the bottom line is there will never be but a small number of odd-ducks who will embrace them. If by some miracle EUCs do become a fad/popular their time in the sun will be brief. The injuries and horror stories will end their fame quicker than an exploding hoverboard.
  24. 1 point
    Bought them here. It's a German adress but a Dutch shop, I believe. Very fast delivery and they asked to confirm my selected size was the right one for my hands, which is a nice extra. https://wintersport-online-shop.de/snowboard-wristguard-flexmeter-d3o
  25. 1 point
    It's likely from doing so many start stops (which you won't be doing nearly as often as you are when you're learning) and also over correcting while the wheel is moving (as you're getting the fine muscle movements down to balance). As you get more comfortable on the wheel it will occur with enough less frequency that the little bit that remains your body easily acclimates to (and doesn't even notice).