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    Hi all, Firstly I'd like to say thanks to the forum members who've been kind enough to answer a few beginner questions I posted here before buying my first ECU a few days ago. I opted for a fairly basic (cheap) machine to test the water and see how well I coped and as a result bought a Inmotion V5F. I'm still very much a newbie rider but would like to say to others who are considering their first ECU, it really is something pretty much anyone can learn to ride, I'm in my 50's so I'm no youngster but can just about ride mine - so far it has 4 miles on the clock but I can now stay on it for perhaps 200 - 300 yds and hopefully I'll double that tomorrow As for learning, I did the usual thing of holding onto a wall then trying to manage a few yards but soon realised the security of the wall was possibly slowing progress. In the end I went to the local park with a wide expanse of grass and decided to try to ride unaided, I fell a few times but on grass no harm was done and after about 15 mins I found I could just about ride a short distance. The technique that has helped me is to start getting onboard holding something, then stand straight but take 10 secs to relax while focussing on a distant target once you are at ease lean forward and try to keep a reasonable speed (hence the grass), keep looking at the target and don't look down. After a few goes (falls) I found I can steer to some extent just by looking left or right. Anyway like I say I'm no expert but think in a day or 2 I'll be able to ride properly so I'm hoping my newbie perspective may encourage others to have a go Many thanks.
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    I'm back from my 3rd session with the wheel. The EUC was wearing its EUC Bodyguard cover, and I was wearing: hiking boots high enough to cover the ankles, Giro Switchblade full-face MTB helmet (am reserving the heavier motorcycle helmet for when things gets more serious ), double-sided Flexmeter wristguards, and G-Form Elite knee and elbow guards. Upped the speed setting on the wheel to alarm and tilt back at 13kmh (a slight bump up from yesterday). Strangely, all its speed alarms and tiltback had reset to what looked like default values overnight. Weird, but it accepted my new values of 0, 0, 13, 13. Some of the lights settings had gone back to Auto, too, which I believe I've read about and is normal for this wheel (but annoying). One big takeaway is that I'm far less tired after today's session. No sweating, less foot and leg soreness. It was almost pleasant, physically. This is good, as I started already a little tired (leg muscles are a little weak after a bike ride this morning), and with a stiff back. As for the venue, boy did I pick the wrong place for privacy! It's a huge lot that serves a large commercial office building and a church. The lot is probably a quarter mile long. I picked the end as far from the church as I could be, and wondered why there were so many recreational vehicles and trucks with recreational trailers scattered around this area. Found a relatively empty area and got going. Well, within minutes a steady stream of cars started driving by in the nearby lane, toward the main road from the direction of the church. For about an hour, cars were leaving, and leaving, and leaving, and I could see everyone turning their heads and staring at me. And then came whole families walking toward the back part of the lot where I was, and started getting into their RV's and trucks, and they were also ogling at me. I felt very exposed! I think I've served today as an advertisement, a beacon for EUC awkwardness, to many hundreds of people. Not going there again, especially tomorrow, Sunday, when there are multiple services advertised to happen at the church. On the way home I found a nice big deserted commercial loading dock area that looks perfect for tomorrow's practice, though! One guy came walking over and said hi, and wanted to know what this thing was. "Cool," was the reaction, and he walked away. Later a car slowed, a window rolled down, and again, "what's that?" I told him, he wished me good luck with the learning process, and then he stayed there idling and watching me for a while. This was of course when I was at my most awkward! As for the actual learning process: Took a couple of minutes to get back to what I had achieved in the park & ride lot yesterday. A little initial hesitation with mounts and balancing as the wheel speeds up. Soon I was moving past where I was at yesterday, though. My main achievement today was to learn that you don't move the upper body at all. You move the EUC to lean it and balance it, while the upper body remains motionless relative to the ground (more or less). I knew this already, of course, intellectually, but today I learned it viscerally. Essentially, the tightness of a turn is a function of how far I can twist/tilt my hips and bend my knees without my upper body following suit. After an hour I reached the point where I could reliably pass over a point I picked, get onto and follow a straight line (using the lines drawn on the asphalt for car stalls), and make pretty wide turns. My biggest problem right now is that turns get a little out of control sometimes (over-steep), and that my speed control isn't very good while in the turn (so my forward/backward balance shifts a little while leaned into the turn). I'm also hesitant to do brute-force torso-twisting turns, and I think that's because it feels less controlled and it's hard to predict exactly how many degrees of rotation each "twist" is going to achieve. Getting better, though. Lots of circles, slowly tightening in radius, and then a bunch of figure-8's. I was using a storm drain cover as my reference point for these maneuvers, passing over the cover for the figure-8's (to add a little intentional roughness to the ride as well). No falls today, by the way, which figures since I was wearing the gear. As soon as I take it off I'll fall for sure. Experienced tilt-back for the first time today (several times), since the tilt-back was set to the same speed as the speed warning, so it was actually happening before the warning most times. It was good to get a feel for what that's like. One other challenge is the step-on itself. I can carefully position the first foot, which I prefer to keep a little bit outward on the pedal to give my leg more room to tilt the wheel back and forth without hitting, but when I step up the other foot I don't always land it where I intended on the pedal, and then it's hard for me to shift it to where I want it without wobbling and destabilizing the whole ride. I'll have to do some exercises where I intentionally lift a foot while riding in a straight line, and properly shift my body to make the wheel lean against the other leg and to keep the whole system in balance and moving forward. If I can achieve this, I'll be able to move a foot deliberately without dismounting first. I'd say I could now follow a path (like a trail or sidewalk), and maybe deal with very sporadic pedestrians/bikes...given enough time to see them and plan my path. However, I'm nowhere near being able to make sudden unexpected maneuvers, or tight turns, or even precision curved paths in general, which means I'm not ready to be safely in public yet. The wheel's now at 92% charge, same original 100% charge I started with yesterday. Tomorrow I'll just build on today, try to increase tightness of turns, precision of turns (they don't always go the way I plan them), precision paths over pre-picked points, and that foot-lifting exercise I mentioned above to allow me to shift my foot positions at will. If I feel really good about my progress tomorrow, I might venture onto a sidewalk in my residential neighborhood, and actually go somewhere (somewhere close, and slow, and possibly with dismounts at the first sight of a pedestrian). Here's a video of me at about the 1-hour mark today (right after the long procession of churchgoers on their way home had ended), doing a couple of figure-8's and a couple of circles. The angle is not very good (need to get a tripod), and the camera isn't centered on my "arena" very well, sorry. The beeping is the wheel indicating a BLE connection to DarknessBot every time I get near the camera (which is my iPhone). There are a couple of "please decelerate" warnings, because of course I kept hitting the 13kmh tiltback. Arms are a-flailing, wheels are a-weaving, and precision is a-lacking, but I'm proud of it anyway. If you look closely at the very end you can see how chewed up the bottoms of the pedals are already. The Bodyglove unfortunately can't protect that area. It's doing a great job for the wheel in general, though, except a couple of times a two of the bottom tuck-under tabs have come loose and had to be re-tucked. All that pedal-bottom damage comes from the first few minutes in the garage and parking lot yesterday, including during the face-plant where I couldn't use the strap to keep the wheel from truly falling down. Battle scars!
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    Hi guys, I ordered a set of the Z Team HK Pedals on 03.27.2019 and they arrived 04.07.2019. The communication with the seller was great, I ordered via PayPal, got a tracking number and I think it was UPS that delivered them. I've been riding on them for several weeks now to get a full review going with pros / cons, I also needed to try them with different shoes because the angled ends of the pedals changed what I would want to wear while riding it. For anyone wondering: I paid for these pedals with my own money, I'm not affiliated with Z Team HK, and I'm a US size 10 in shoes! First impressions, straight out of the box the pedals are nice and thick stainless steel with a grippy matte finish. Included are two strong magnets to swap out the stock magnets, allen wrench, extended pedal padding, and screws (Loctite for the screws not included). When I ordered it there were no instructions / videos online on how to put everything together but I figured it out pretty easily from pictures, since then they've put up an instructional video on Facebook. The Z Team HK guys decided to laser engrave their logo on the top of the pedal. As of right now they don't offer any other styles / colors. If you won't like how it looks you can always stick sandpaper on top of it. I sprayed mine with Truck Bed Liner then applied the screws in with blue Loctite. After installing them I couldn't get my new pedals to close properly, it looks like the extended ends hit against the Lower Protective Pads. A couple of quick passes with an Exacto knife created an opening for them and the pedals now fit perfectly. And if you guys haven't figured it out by now, my Z10 is a daily commuter that's been bashed a few times so I wasn't too worried about the overall aesthetics of things. However, if you want to keep your Z10 looking nice, be aware the Lower Protective Pads will interfere with the pedals. I spoke with Z Team HK and they are aware this was an issue but I couldn't find mentions of it anywhere on their pages. Converse, Vans, Skate Shoe Ride Review: This part I'm going to review the pedals when using shoes with flat outsoles that were mostly flexible. The pedal pins really lock the shoe in place horizontally, there is no slipping effect when carving or hard turning which was really confidence inspiring and I definitely was turning at higher speeds I would normally do. The extended pedals create a concave effect, I played with my foot positioning a few times and decided to keep them dead center on the pedals. This helped lock my foot in place and the extended pedals also help eliminate some foot fatigue during the longer rides because my foot was no longer hanging off the front or back ends. Now for the CONS: installing these pedals required you the remove the rubber bits that came on the stock pedal and I did not realize how much road cushioning those little bits provided (I think I understand why people like the Inmotion V10F Pedals now haha). Going over speed bumps and some large cracks made me almost want to launch off of the pedals, so even though these things added horizontal grip via the pins/screws some of the stock pedal's vertical "grip" was lost. With my foot perfectly centered I actually found it kind of harder to slip my feet around the pedals to change positions, you now have to lift off a bit to move your foot. I didn't realize how much I would reposition my feet on a ride until I was unable to do it normally. So although my foot can be kept at a comfortable position for a longer period of time, my position options were now more limited. Moto, Boot, Hard Outsole Shoe Ride Review: Now I'm moving onto shoes with a mid-ankle, relatively flat outsole, but are more rigid / not flexible mainly due to additional protection like CE Certification. I like wearing these shoes because they provide more of a cushion without sacrificing stability on the stock pedals. Also, these are well padded around the ankles and are my go-to when I'm trying something adventurous like going uphill offroad and such. With the new pedals installed there wasn't much of an impact on the cushioning like I had felt with the skate shoes. The additional horizontal grip is still there as well. However, these shoes are bulkier than my other shoes and when positioned dead center on the pedal for an extended amount of time my foot got tired more quickly. I tried to reposition my feet because on the stock pedal I usually have my feet poking out the front more with these kind of shoes, but with the pedal extensions they got in the way and made me a bit more unbalanced. Trying to move my feet further back had me hit the back extender, I couldn't find an ideal foot position after several rides. These shoes were not the best or most comfortable on the stock pedal, and with the extended pedal the effects are compounded. Final Thoughts: The pedals provided cornering benefits on flat surfaces using skate shoes. You won't fear slipping off your pedals from leaning too hard on a turn, and we all know how hard turning on the Z10 can be. The extended bit allowed me to go a bit further before having to reposition my foot due to fatigue. I rode for about 3 weeks now and I would be happier if there was an extended pedal version that was flat at the ends instead of angled. I think that angled bit sacrifices foot position variety for handling gain. The added harshness of the ride could be offset with some soft/cushioned deck tape I think but will need more experimenting to find out. If you want that added grip feel the screws provide you can try buying Mountain Bike Pedal Screws and using those in place of the stock screws, you'll get a nice balance of grip / comfort and not lose any of the foot positions. I can see some people REALLY liking these pedals though for that extra grip alone. For anyone wondering if the pins would damage the bottom of your shoes, they usually don't. People have been riding mountain bikes with pins on pedals for a while now and they're perfectly fine. I only noticed a few semi-permanent indentations on my Alpinestars moto shoe, but that shoe has an exceptionally soft outsole compared to everything else I own.
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    Almost 2 hours this morning. Did stop using the strap. Upped speed limit to 15kmh. Switched from the Giro Switchblade MTB full-face I was using yesterday to the Bell MX-9 Adventure motorcycle helmet (with the visor up). The Bell is slightly heavier as one would expect, but nice and tight. I think I bought the Giro one size too large, it moves around too much even with the adjustment ratchet tightened down and the strap nice and tight. Commercial area, loading docks behind a building. Nobody around == perfect. Slaloms, figure-8's, circles. No falls, but a couple of single-leg-skating dismounts as my balance got out of whack. Lost the wheel once, and it just went on its merry way without me, but luckily in a slight lean so it made a big wide circle and found its way right back to me like a boomerang. The pedal never even scraped. I find I'm doing best in terms of precision path control when not thinking about my posture and movements, but then I can't make my turns as tight. More upright posture is more comfortable, but turns are harder to make tight. Knees-bent posture gets hard on legs and back, but allows for better "leaning" into the turns. Left the parking lot and went up and down the sidewalk (pavement) a few times, and down a foot trail. Rough-uneven asphalt/concrete, with cracks, uneven slabs, and some roots, which was good to experience. Some gentle up and down slopes as well. Getting more confident, but still less so on turns, especially to the left...this needs more work. Abour 20 miles on the wheel so far, all in parking lots and loading docks and a garage. It's at 89% on its first charge. I think the charge is so high because of the low speed and nearly always level grade, but battery performance seems to be great. Later this afternoon after a haircut and grocery shopping I plan to leave directly from my house and go explore my residential neighborhood on the sidewalks (no bike lanes yet). Not venturing out to the main road, just the sleepy quiet condo/townhouse/house complexes around here, and a smattering of joggers and pedestrians, with light vehicle traffic. Seems about right for my next step.
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    Playing around with the NB1 and Onewheel. Who could climb the highest? Later that day I did get up the whole hill on my MSX though... after a failed attempt.
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    Awesome experience!
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    What happens if an airplane crashes with your car? Will your seat belt save you then? It is kind of a silly question, because you always wear your seat belt, even though there does exist cases when it might make things worse, in most cases it will make things less bad. I didn't read the whole thread, but if you are really questioning the advantage of wearing a helmet, I'd say Charles Darwin is rolling over in his grave.
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    I wanna ride with you dudes
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    The gov't doesn't like to grant liberties to the people unless they are paying heavily for it through licences, insurance, gas taxes, parking, fines and so on. They force people into cars, then they tax people to 'stop pollution' 🤡 Clown World indeed. Taxing a problem always is the only solution with gov't ever notice that? We can get to work everyday with zero emissions, but no, pushing us into gas guzzlers then taxing CO2 to 'make it go away' is the ing government's solution. For governments there is no power n saying 'yes', you have to force the people to come beg you for their liberty so you can charge them for it. /rant
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    This is a very sad time for Electric Unicycles in Denmark. The Electric Unicycles Legal Situation 2019 is such that they are becoming illegal again after May 3rd, 2019 because of the recent changes to this pilot scheme, that allowed them from the beginning of 2019.
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    Working on a graphic to demonstrate at what battery levels Wheels will activate throttling from the max cruising speed in response to reduced battery voltage. Will be adding on other current models later, like the V5F & V8; offering a sample here for Community comment & feedback. All Wheels operate under the same principle of activating tilt-back at the programmed 'low battery' threshold. This is supposed to be linear, a progressively reduced speed until a set minimum, in the case of KS, this is 12kph. For Gotways, it's quite simple, all of their Wheels have the same firmware setting that starts to reduce the max speed, whether or not the tilt-back is enabled/disabled, at 30%. Other factors like the max-power activation are not included for simplification. We need your help, if this chart does not reflect your actual experience of induced voltage speed reduction, please plot your data. This exercise will also be beneficial to providing evidence to certain manufacturers (cough, Inmotion ) to change their firmware on the V10/F to be inline with other models in the same class.
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    (Has this already been posted? If yes, I missed it.) The latest version of the 16S has a lift cut-off sensor and the sturdier trolley handle from the 18(X)L, made from metal instead of the old plastic that apparently isn't too robust. They call it 16S v2. The lift sensor is interesting. You still activate it by lifting the wheel, but it is no longer the error-prone strain sensor from the 18L. Lifting the wheel actually pushes a little button inside, very cute. So it should work super reliably. The rest of the wheel is the same. Board, motor, etc. Too bad, but I guess there's the 16X if you want more power. @EcoDrift did one of their usual great photo tours and disassemblies. Google Translate link: KS16S v2 photos by EcoDrift (original link) Their video of the lift button:
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    Hi all. I've posted a few things in the past few weeks, as a way to insert myself into the EUC world, but only today did my very first wheel actually arrive. KS18XL...you know, the quintessential beat-it-up learner wheel! Not. Damn that thing is heavy. Got it from eWheels, whose long-awaited shipment from China finally made it through customs. Thanks @Jason McNeil for answering questions and keeping me informed with status updates. I must of course start a thread to tell everyone what's been posted dozens of times on this forum: my learning experience! Charged it, got the KS app (iOS) connected with no problem (so far I've had no connection problems, knock on wood), performed the firmware update from v1.11 to v1.12, did a careful calibration with a bubble level, and about an hour ago I started the learning adventure. Cleared bikes and car from the garage for some private first stumbles. My intent after reading the sticky thread about learning, and watching videos, etc., is to learn mounting, dismounting, triangle method, and slow/fine control before accelerating down some park trail at more stable speeds. My belief is that mounting by holding on to something, and then shooting away at high speed, is the wrong way to get started, as it builds unearned confidence and causes problems later on. OTOH it seems from what I've read that every approach eventually yields proficiency, so whatever. OK, so about 45 minutes in the garage. Hiking boots that cover the ankles. No other protection yet. What I've learned so far is how to mount via triangle method, without holding on to stuff, with either foot. Initially I did one-legged forward "skates" to learn how to balance with just one foot (with the other foot dangling off the side), and alternated back and forth between legs. The idea was to stay balanced and moving forward as long as possible, before stepping down with the dangling foot. Then I started pulling the dangling foot up toward the pedal during each "skate." A couple of times I overbalanced and got some ankle/knee strain on the leg that was holding all the weight, but no damage so far. As confidence and balance improved, I started momentarily placing the off foot on its pedal, then stepping off again. One important learning during this phase was not to insist on stepping down with the same foot I had stepped up with. Sometimes when the wheel was getting unbalanced in the direction of the first foot (the one that I had initially mounted with), I had a tendency not to want to step off on that side. This caused my first fall, and my second one. Only two falls so far, both simple sideways stumbles with no wheel-spinning drama and no damage to me. Once I learned to step on and off the wheel on either side, I was able to get on and move across the garage lengthwise, in a bit of a serpentine or parabola . Not much directional control yet, although I'm starting to get the sense for that and can affect direction slightly by straightening one leg or the other (no "hip-twisting" brute-force turns yet). I'm using a strap, which I have to force myself not to pull on constantly, but which helps with confidence that the wheel won't go careening off without it, and I've leashed and kept the wheel from falling over several times. Getting better at just keeping one foot on the pedal when stepping off and not needing the strap, though. Calves are slightly tired, and I was sweating like a pig during the session. Otherwise I'm still whole and ready for more. That's where I stand after 45 minutes: I can step on with either foot, bring the other foot up, move forward with both feet on the pedals for about 20ft, exert a slight amount of directional control, keep speed somewhat under control, and step off either when I run out of room or when the wheel wobbles out of my control. I've exhausted what my garage can do for me, need more room. I'm waiting another half hour or so (after working hours) before setting out in my car to find an empty parking lot (my first choice is the local elementary school, which I hope will be deserted). The more privacy, the better, as this is very embarrassing. I want need more open space and "runway," so I can really play with balance and directional/speed control. Another hour at most today. Tomorrow I have a training bike ride in the morning, 50 miles, but as soon as I'm done with that I'll be looking for a parking lot again.
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    Μπα οχι μωρε, ισως υπερεβαλα εγω για την ρόδα. Μια χαρα είναι, απλά όταν φούνταρα πήγαινα δίχως αυριο δεν κοίταγα καν μπροστά. Οτι ρόδα και να ήταν. Τα λέμε και απο κοντά
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    This was the front of the old airport field, really cool. An old plane on the field.
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    It will come in its own time for sure! Very soon! I've learnt getting on the wheel over a week ago, maybe two weeks ago... Since then I'm having difficulties Yes I can do it, but it doesn't look good, lol At one day I'm so so, the next day I'm struggling again, lol And I can't look far away as you advice I have to look down the feet The pavement's surface is very uneven, plenty of cracks and gaps, holes... If I don't look down, I'd fall for sure...
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    Thanks Pog I've found far and away the best advice is to get relaxed and composed while holding on to something, then just concentrate on something in the distance. It may not be a technique for everyone but I find looking to the distance aids balance. When looking down like I did at first I found my arms were waving everywhere to to stay on but looking ahead into the distance I can just about keep my arms still. I struggle a bit getting onboard without holding on to something (I can do it sometimes) but with a bit of practice I'm hoping that will come soon
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    Καλησπέρα μόλις σας βρήκα, Υπολογιστε με και εμένα για βόλτες (κατοχος ninebot one S2)
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    AN U P D A T E Well, as I promised So I were doing everything as yesterday, pushing the wheel, going similar way, etc., except leaving app's lock on for over 8 hours... When I got home, I've checked the battery asap, it was showing 46% left. That means I had about 26% of strong battery life It wasn't as windy as yesterday, and it wasn't rain too,though. So it's hard to judge, but I'd like to believe, that leaving app's lock on for over 8h did drain the battery much quicker yesterday. If I'd have to go shopping yesterday, I think I'd ended up on the bus back home... Conclusion? I won't use app's lock any more. Unless I upgrade the wheel, lol
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    My sincere apologizes for the late reply. I missed it somehow. My Mten3 needs some touch up but here is a shot of the pedals folded.
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    Just FYI, I returned that carbon motocross helmet. It was huge and heavy compared to the Proframe MTB. Also the padding felt like it was going to be hot. The Proframe has tons of vents like a typical cycling helmet, and it's very light while still being full-face. Keeping cool in Florida is a big problem. But I can sit at my desk with the jacket and helmet and not start to overheat, which is a good sign. The chin clasp on the Proframe is magnetic, so you just put one end on top of the other and it auto-clasps. It's a little tricky, but it's much faster to take on and off compared to the split-ring buckle type. I ended up just getting another Proframe, a white/red/black one that matched my white and black icon jacket. I chose that color of jacket because I thought the white would be cooler, and it definitely has better visibility. Thanks @meepmeepmayer for the helmet recommendation. You can read all the specs and reviews online, but you really don't get a true feel for something until you get it in your hands and use it a bit. https://www.foxracing.com/proframe-helmet/23403.html?dwvar_23403_color=462&dwvar_23403_size=S&cgid=mtb-mens-helmets#sz=24&start=31
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    It’s interesting how given the same facts, people can arrive in opposite conclusions and decisions. Looking at actual available EUC (not bicycle) ”stats”, I haven’t seen a single case of being actually driven over by a car. But I’ve seen easily a dozen scarred faces. Getting driven over doesn’t seem to be a notable risk, but scarring one’s face clearly is. Along the lines of @Scatcat, I think people not wearing proper protection are just looking for anecdotes to support the decision they’ve already made. The rest of the facts can be ignored, or twisted out of proportions. Sadly my brother is one of them, wears just an old bicycle helmet for all EUCing, no other gear. And no amount of facts can make him reconsider.
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    Follow up to this, my Mten3 pedal converation to Msuper3. It seems the pedal bar on the Mten3 is shorter, it wriggeld it's way to the front and it fell down the gap and bent the bar. Here is an image to explain what I mean.... A piece of tape holding the original bar in place to explain the problem Just something to bear in mind if you're swapping pedals out - you'll probably need a longer pedal bar.
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    I have seen this as well. I am 145miles in on my first EUC and my legs and stomach/core have been changing for the better. Whats funny is someone at work told me when she sees euc around town she thinks folks are being lazy. Ha
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    I think the main problem with falling on an EUC is that in some cases there is not enough time to even raise one’s hands to take the impact. Sudden cut-offs became more rare with every new wheel, but riding into an unseen pothole is not necessarily much different. There are many different kinds of falls with EUCs. Rehearsing a curb at walking speed? No problem, just step off, perhaps lightly touch the ground. Death wobbles at 50km/h? Good luck... And everything in between. Learning how to fall is a skill one may not be able to utilize at showtime. The only proper way to prepare in my mind is to protect yourself the best you can afford and bother. My weapons of choice are a motorcycle jacket with elbow and shoulder protectors, wrist support gloves, helmet with a chin guard and leather motorcycle pants with knee protectors.
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    Hi John, I'm Eric from Inmotion China, I checked with the team, it is better and safer for you to replace the battery pack, from Jason or the distributor you purchased from. We would never suggest our customers to fix some dead cells by themselves. That's why Anthony was suggesting you to buy a new pack. And we are sorry for the 6months warranty, wish we can offer more to all our customers.
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    A lack a empathy was not what I was going for, sorry if that's how it came across. I think, in my bleary-eyed Sunday morning state, it was the hyperbole irked me. My personal advocacy position is that EUCs should be at parity with cyclists under the law, but all these countries seem to be pursuing them as "foreign" and "other" and "think of the children" etc. Legislation invariably informed by/ influenced by people who have had no exposure to these wonderful creations - PEVs.
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    Thanks! Like I'm said I'm still eagerly awaiting seeing it on your overheat hill though, you're getting it in the eWheel test round sometime in the near future I hope? I expect it will be perfectly fine for my usage regardless of that particular result, but it will be interesting to see how the new motherboard with the smaller mosfets combined with the supposedly more efficient firmware holds up. Yes, the cycling did work like that. It's not easily discoverable unless you know it - at least I ended up focusing on the bright light changing. Now the wheel's led pattern is a more sober blue, much more elegant! No, I didn't test the speakers yet - I haven't really used the speakers much on any wheel, so it's not really my forte. I can try them and compare them with the V10F's later though.
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    Fantastic "first impressions". I'm envious that you get to enjoy it Hopefully the app problem can be worked out. On the other Gotway wheels you can cycle through the different LED Ring Light modes by momentarily pushing the power button: Push once to turn main light on Push again to turn main light to flash mode Push again to turn the main light off - when the light goes off the Ring Light will cycle to the next mode. Keep repeating this cycle to go through all the modes. Does this work with the Nikola? Have you tried the speakers yet? Are they loud like everyone says?
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    It may also be because it has a relatively weak lobby to target (of the e-vehicles).. certainly at the behest of the auto industry lobby.
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    I traced the bottom of the guard onto a paper template with a biro but tbh it's a pain getting a decent line because of the compound curves. I initially tried to sellotape the paper on but it didn't really work so I kinda had to 'roll' the guard over the paper on a table, tracing as I went. It was enough to give me the rough shape which I then cut out and followed with a black felt tip higher up on the guard but if I am honest the final trimming (with a dremel and cylindrical sander attachment) was just done by eye and some measurements. The main cutting was done with a coping saw. I was going to use a thin blade in a jigsaw but chickened out on the basis it might be a bit vicious for a fairly thin bit of plastic. If I get a chance I will take it back off and take a pic of the of the sides where it bolts on. Will give you an idea of where and how far up to cut around the side bolt areas
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    Wir sind schon eingetroffen, und haben uns mit den Einrädern durch den Berliner Nahverkehr geschlagen. Damit zu fahren haben wir uns nicht getraut. Am Alexanderplatz hats mich schon etwas gejuckt.
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    There will never come a day when I believe government is anything other than an evil parasite on the people. I have no person in less regard or respect than a politician - except their liberal media stenographers.
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    Congratulations. Did you buy right from GW? The latest (social) Gotway app is on the Play Store/iOS App Store or you use the app from the download section here with exactly the same functionality. kebye.com is like 3 years outdated, the app version there is ancient. I second that. Pictures of everything, please!
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    @Nils congrats and good report! FYI, the side LED light modes will cycle through the different patterns if you keep short pressing the power button, like with all Gotway LED wheels. Also, you might want to pump more air into the tire for more quicker turning.
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    I think you are on the right idea here esaj. I have added a few of my thoughts over on the similar Z pedals dipping thread
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    The Glydiators on the Exorcist Steps; Spooky.
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    Hej alla! Vill bara introducera mig, en nybliven kingsong 18xl ägare i Sumpan/Bromma-trakten. Nybörjare på enhjuling, men ser fram emot att susa runt i sthlm i sommar!
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    The weekend before Easter we shot through to Napier (New Zealand) for lunch and a ride with a couple of locals. In case a few of you haven't been to Napier, here is what you missed out on...
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    When Ninebot bought Segway, another consideration was that they had a captive monopoly, selling Segways to a completely different segment—security patrols at airports & shopping centers. This acquisition came with group of lawyers, who very probably, took a different view to risk tolerance than the fledgling Ninebot. I have a contact who used to work at Ninebot, I made some tentative inquiries about continuing the Z10 sales again, his advice was 'don't, not worth it', based on his aggregate view from other regions.
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    Its always safer to wear a helmet because accidents don't always involve close passes by other vehicles. Even if a driver passes closer to you if you are wearing a helmet, you could easily have an accident due to a different cause (pot hole on road, pedestrian steps out, car pull out from junction, etc.) so wearing a helmet is definitely recommended. I don't know what proportion of accidents involve close passes, but this isn't one of the more common causes of accidents, so it shouldn't stop you from wearing a helmet. https://www.missourilawyers.com/bicycle-accident-lawyer/five-common-causes/
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    Update: Gotway/@Linnea Lin Gotway very kindly provided this overview of their programmed speed alerting characteristics. As @Marty Backe indicated, this 100-10% is not tilt-back, as with other manufacturers, but the level 3 audio alarms. It's interesting how Gotway permits the Rider to really push the Wheels to 80% of their max speed all the way down to where other manufacturers are limiting the cruising speed down to a snail's walking pace. With these 84v packs, with 6 parallels working in parallel, do you think there's an inherent (too great?) an unncessary safety margin which manufacturers such KS have not taken into adequate consideration when programming their larger capacity controllers degradation reductions? With the Gotways, we're not witnessing queues to ER wards as a result of the Wheels cutting out under low battery.
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    Now thats rather interesting. I must say though, from my limited riding in the city, which i've just started, a lot of cars stay a LOT further back from me than when im on my bike. Helmet or no helmet. Usually they're paying full attention to me and go PRETTY wide around. But this may be the temperament of Toronto drivers. I do wonder if we're all coming at this from lived perspectives. Basically, we're all reactive to how we see traffic and road conditions and so on based on where we've grown up/live/ride. Because as shitty as Toronto is, im guessing its nowhere near as crazy as LA roads. Or New York, even watching in videos, its a different ball game, and the way people ride out there reflects that. Thats why on youtube you always see people going "YOU'RE GONNA GET THIS BANNED, YOU'RE BEING RECKLESS!" but they're coming from the perspective of how they ride/drive in their own cities, and not really taking into consideration the styles of others. I feel like id PROBABLY get hit in New York if i rode like i do in Toronto. Maybe not even by a car, but another cyclist of some sort. The way Tishawn rides for example seems crazy, but hes always out of the way, and his reaction time is stupid fast. Everyone sees him and he has space. It looks crazy, but i wonder if he was to chill out and ride straight as can be, if cars would get cozy and run him down by mistake? Are cars in NY used to crazy bike messengers? Is this actually less crazy and more the norm of how cyclists/boarders and cars share the road? And as outsiders are we seeing it as nuts because thats just so far from our reality we cant understand it? I think we really have to apply different styles and knowledge and precautions depending on where we ride, and not just by terrain or "City - Subs - mountains". But actually WHICH city. WHICH mountain, you know? Or maybe im talking out of my ass XD. Im just really interested about the debate going on! Also, i hope theres no hard feelings between you and and @Scatcat. Those pictures were upsetting, mate. Im glad hes okay now, but thats a terrible way to go down. I do understand how this thread felt kinda personal but I do hope we also are opening some doors to the different perspectives and why. Also good clear shots of reality once in a while.
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    Sorry. I've been trying to sit on my hands not to respond to this. But I can't. Anecdotal evidence is anecdotal, and where there is one confirming your bias, there is always some other story that won't fit nearly as well. This is two years ago, a friend of a friend, that stopped riding while I still was a noob. The pic is lifted off the Swedish FB EUC group. His story was going downhill at about 22mph/36kph, with about 60% charge. For some reason he tried to resettle his back-pack, and succeeded in pushing the pedals with his toes. He probably hit some bump at the same time, because the UEC cut off without any warning whatsoever. So with his hands on the straps in a sudden face-plant, wearing only a normal bicycle helmet, he had no chance at all. Fractures above and below the eye on one side, the cheek on the other, the jaw bone and nose too. It took months to recover. He now wears six titanium plates where the fractures were too severe... No more EUC for him, as he had to promise his kids that that was the end of that. My head has kissed the ground once when falling off a EUC. That helmet is now rubbish, but the $250 paid was worth every cent. Even though I landed in a perfect stance after falling at ~20mph, the whip-like impact would have left a really nasty dent in my forehead without it. Would I have been able to keep my head from hitting the ground without the extra 700 grams of helmet? Well, my head weighs in at approx 11 lbs, and most grown heads are in the same ball park in the amount of wood we carry. Approx 9.5-11.5 lbs. Adding 1 or 2 lbs of helmet is of course adding some strain on the neck, but in relation we're talking about adding 15-20%. Or to put it in perspective, we put down the no.10 bowling ball and heft the no.12, that is about the actual weight difference (and the actual weight we're talking about too). So mr @Darrell Wesh, while you're free to dislike wearing a helmet, and fully free to choose what risks you take. But don't give me that rationalizing/justifying BS about extra weight and volume, reaction times and hovering heads. You don't like helmets, FINE, don't wear them. My personal reasoning is: You won't ever need a helmet until you actually do, and if that happens the choices you've made affects the outcome you face. Sadly you won't be able to go back to remake those choices in light of 20/20 hind-sight, so I rather have no regrets. Sorry aboot the rant </ rant>
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    I'm not the author ( @OliG ) of this photo but The MSX in the left it's mine...
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    So a mate who runs the coffee shop on the business park I work at said someone who works closer to the business park management were trying to get in contact with the person who rides the unicycle. I asked him what for and he sent me this that they sent him: "If you could, the police want to have a friendly chat about him riding it on the public realm/highway. It is illegal and they want to warn him before catching him – if they catch him they will have to take it off him, but please keep it in confidence." What a bunch of dickheads
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