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  1. Hi @gotmotion2016, Thanks for the reply! I must have overlooked this on AliExpress, but yeah $240 + $90 for a new shell is very steep. Maybe I'd be able to message the seller and negotiate a lower price? The demand for ACM parts can't be high enough to justify those prices. Also, the old shell has enough damage that water could get inside in rainy conditions, and I want to be able to ride in the rain. I decided that I will be building my own shell for the wheel out of aluminum and wood, with all the innards in a waterproofed plastic container. Here's a link to my post: I actually got this wheel from Dmitry over at shop.euc.nyc, I'll send him a message to see if he has any spare shells. Thanks!
  2. I want to build a new shell for my ACM that I damaged a couple weeks ago. I thought a lot and came up with a few different versions but here's my latest design for the frame, and I'm pretty happy with it. It will mostly be constructed with aluminum posts and angle posts with aluminum fastening hardware with blue loctite and plastic lumber/pvc sheet. I'll also be purchasing an oscillating multi-tool with carbide blades to cut the aluminum. I definitely got some inspiration from @esaj's post about his custom firewheel frame/shell, thanks for that! I plan on housing the board and all the wires in a plastic storage container like this one that I'll be waterproofing with silicone/rubber cement and bolting to the left side of the frame near the axle. The top and bottom of the battery housing will be made out of plastic lumber like this - I'm going to try to buy one piece of 1'x6'x8'' and slice it up. I'm thinking I'll use pvc board for the side walls, but may just end up using the plastic lumber. Considering the amount of aluminum supports I'll be using, and the height that will be added with the batteries mounted on top, I'm hoping I'll be able to sit on the battery box while riding, but I'll have to see how sturdy it is when it's built. I'm taking a trip to Home Depot and placing some orders after work today to get my first load of supplies. Seeing as I've never done a project like this or worked with these materials before, it would be great to get some input on how the design could be improved!
  3. I recently acquired a well-used ACMs+; it's a super fun wheel and a huge upgrade from my v5F. I hopped off a curb going slow on my commute the other day and the pedal caught the curb and I fell off and the wheel bounced into the road, spun out and did a bunch of super fast backflips before landing on the charging port and stopping. The charging port section got smashed in and the seam on the back side of the shell has opened up and I can't figure out why it won't close. I was able to finagle the broken part of the shell with the charging port out of the hole so I could plug it in. No connections were severed and the wheel still runs and charges fine so I'll probably keep riding it carefully, but I want to get the shell replaced ASAP. Does anyone have an old ACMs+ shell they'd be willing to sell/ship to me? If not, any ideas on where I can find one? Would it be possible to take the wheel/motor/batteries/board from my ACM and transplant them into a different 16 in wheel shell? Any ideas other than wrapping it up in gorilla tape? Thanks!
  4. I recently acquired a well-used ACMs+; it's a super fun wheel and a huge upgrade from my v5F. I hopped off a curb going slow on my commute the other day and the pedal caught the curb and I fell off and the wheel bounced into the road, spun out and did a bunch of super fast backflips before landing on the charging port and stopping. The charging port section got smashed in and the seam on the back side of the shell has opened up and I can't figure out why it won't close. I was able to finagle the broken part of the shell with the charging port out of the hole so I could plug it in. No connections were severed and the wheel still runs and charges fine so I'll probably keep riding it carefully, but I want to get the shell replaced ASAP. Does anyone have an old ACMs+ shell they'd be willing to sell/ship to me? If not, any ideas on where I might find one? I've checked all the possible sources I could think of but no luck.
  5. @DanCar @Mono Definitely all fair points. I watched the videos, I have heard these arguments before, and they definitely makes sense when it comes to bicycles. Regardless of what you're riding, in most cases, wearing a plastic helmet won't save your life if you get hit by a vehicle. In other non-vehicle-related situations, I do feel that eUnicycles and eSkateboards are completely different from bikes in that you are standing on a rapidly moving platform, rather than sitting. There's farther to fall in the event of an unexpected stoppage, and when you fall your head goes right to the pavement. For that reason, I think looking at injury data for skateboarders makes more sense than for cyclists. Here's a 2010 study of 2,270 skateboarding injuries, the study pretty conclusively states that "helmet utilization and designated skateboard areas significantly reduce the incidence of serious head injuries." I also found a short documentary on a kid who injured himself riding a boosted board on a running track. Obviously I have no way of knowing, but if he was wearing a helmet, chances are he would've gotten right back up and continued riding. I also included the 'I Love Helmets' video because it's awesome. Ultimately, it doesn't hurt anyone else if you don't wear a helmet, so I don't care if people wear helmets or not, but I'm definitely going to keep wearing mine. The last thing I would want to do is discourage someone from enjoying bikes, EUCs, esk8. I won't ever lecture someone for not wearing a helmet, but if I can convince a few other people to start I consider it a good deed. Also, thanks for the great convo!
  6. Nice! I'm in the process of looking for a nicer 16'-18' wheel to upgrade from my V5F. I'm attracted to the smooth ride of an 18', but as a city rider I'm thinking a 16' might be a better choice while still being an upgrade from the 14' V5F. Probably going to pick up a Tesla - new or used is the question! Great idea! I'm sure a few well-placed paintballs will calm down even the most aggressive drivers @Mono My only argument here is that helmets reduce the risk of death or serious brain injury in an accident. If there's evidence to disprove that, please let me know so I can stop wearing a helmet too! I hate having to fix my helmet hair every morning when I get to work!
  7. How has the transition from a 16' to 18' tire been going? Also, you should at least wear a helmet regardless of the distance! 1.3 miles is plenty for something in the unicycle to go wrong or for an irresponsible driver to run you over, and it only takes one accident to mess you up for life!
  8. I also got a V5F as my starter wheel used off eBay for $250 in early March. I had considered a Ninebot, but the low speed and range turned me off. I love the V5F - currently use it to commute to and from the train station for work in Boston. I really want it to be a little faster than 15mph, but it gets the job done. If it had a little more range and speed I would take it for the whole 7.5 mi ride to the office and back. I know it's supposed to have ~15 mi of range, but with the way I ride I don't think it would make it the whole way, and even if it did it would be running on fumes and be very bad for the battery by the time I got home, and I don't feel like bringing my charger into Boston to charge at work. So I'm looking into something faster with a lot more range. Knowing what I know now, I definitely would have gone with a more expensive wheel to start out, because I'm hooked. That being said I will never get rid of my V5F - not only because I've beaten it up so much that nobody in their right mind would buy it - but because it's a great beater wheel that I can use to show my friends how to ride, and I don't think it'll ever stop going. So a V5F would be a great investment! But for some it might be worth skipping to learn on a larger or more powerful wheel that will last longer.
  9. Agreed! I was searching for airless tire topics on this forum recently but only found people saying "Yeah that would be cool". I would imagine that the benefits of less frequent tire changes and zero risk of being stranded with a flat would outweigh the heavier tire and potentially less smooth ride. Plus there's just a cool factor associated with airless tires. Not sure if I like the idea of an airless tire with all the exposed holes like this: https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/16inch-bike-airless-tire_60775150938.html?spm=a2700.7724857.normalList.16.17d6476du2fYIr - small rocks could get lodged in there and make for an uneven ride, but maybe something more along the lines of this: https://tannusamerica.com/collections/mountain/products/tannus-armour - basically a piece of rubber that sits between the tire and tube to protect against punctures. Would be great to hear what others think!
  10. @Sean May That seems reasonable! Best of luck, but I hope to hear back soon!
  11. Hey Sean, This looks like a great deal, what's your reason for selling? I bought a used V5F off eBay in early March and I'm already itching for a faster wheel with more range. Ideally, the next wheel I buy will be my last (for a while) and I don't need the best specs on the market, around 20mph and 30mi of range would do it for me. Would this be a good fit? I also don't want to spend too much on a brand new wheel that would quickly lose its value. As someone new to the EUC scene, I hope this offer isn't insulting - would you be able to let it go for $750? Thanks! Mike
  12. Thanks Simone and Rywokast - that's good to know! I'll definitely hold on to this as a beater wheel, and I'm going to start looking around for a lightly used 16" Gotway, Kingsong or Inmotion.
  13. Hello! I bought my InMotion V5F used off eBay about a month ago as my first wheel. Since I started learning, I've only fallen hard off it a couple times, but have had to jump off a lot, sending it skidding and bouncing across the street, so it's definitely seen some abuse. I noticed these cracks in the handle about a week ago, and the casing seems a tiny bit looser on that side of the wheel; I've still been riding it, albeit more carefully. I could buy a new casing from ewheels or the inmotion website, but I don't think the part that cracked is part of the shell. Is this wheel still safe to ride? Or should I use this as an excuse to buy a better wheel? If can give me a good deal on a 16" wheel I'd love to hear about it... Thanks! Mike
  14. I don't have one, but have been keeping my eye out for deals on ebay, and this might be a good learner wheel for you, although it's a 14" inch tire: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kingsong-KS-14C-Electric-Unicycle/392268592876?hash=item5b5507b6ec:g:xzcAAOSwkmJclrNO&frcectupt=true If I hadn't bought a used Glide 2 a month ago I would have jumped on it. Good luck!
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