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  1. If there are enough folks interested the broker/underwriter will write a policy specifically for the devices to be covered. This is why I'm trying to gauge numbers. The ones already sold refer to electric mobility devices but also include the make and model of the EUC insured. Expressing an interest does not commit you to anything.
  2. @Gasmantle, yes some have already bought policies but the broker has now put selling them on hold pending rejigging the wording to suit EUC's or other PEV's specifically if there are the numbers to make it worthwhile.
  3. It seems that the broker started selling policies, knowing they are for EUC's and was rather surprised by the numbers who bit his hand off and bought the policies. Several people called in for clarification because the wording is obviously for mobilitiy scooters even though it states the make and model of the EUC. The broker, as i understand it, decided that the wording needs rewriting and spoke to the underwriter about it and has been asked for more details on the potential market for this. That is what I'm trying to help him with.
  4. Wow, loads of replies, thanks for the interest guys. Ive not had the chance to read back through everything as yet but what you would be getting is public liability insurance and I have it from the insurer that they will honour the policies sold to date and they are well aware of the current status of EUC use. They even sent me a copy of the government publications confirming the legal status of EUC's, just in case i didn't know. At present you risk getting 6 points on your licence if you are unlucky enough to be stopped by a policemen who got out of bed the wrong side that morning. The 6 points is for using a motor vehicle with no insurance. This would give you that insurance. You could still get the EUC seized, get a fine, who knows. I see it as a first step and a way to keep using your wheel whilst minimising the risk of something which could be a disaster if you are a car owner. To have insurance is the responsible thing to do and in places where wheels are legal such as singapore and now France you need it to use your wheel. A week ago someone on an EUC lost control and either he or the wheel hit a 90 year old lady and put her in hospital. This is bad publicity for us and I'm sure it won't be the last time this happens. Changing the law is not as easy as it sounds. A group of us have been trying, we have a non profit and a web site and are trying to reach out to other micromobility device users to build a strong voice across all platforms to lobby with. There are a lot of people trying but also a lot of people, in particular some (not all) of the retailers, who really don't seem to care a great deal.
  5. A group of us in the UK are speaking to an insurance agent who is in turn discussing issuing EUC insurance with an underwriter. They have already issued a few policies but have put things on hold whilst they try to agree on the details. The agent has asked me if i can give him an idea of numbers of potential customers for policies. If a public liability policy was offered for say £70 a year how many UK riders would be interested in this? If you would be could you please let me know below ... I have asked the same question on some facebook groups so if you have already responded elsewhere please don't do so twice. A couple of us have also set up a UK not for profit company and a website to try to promote EUC use so if you want to be kept advised of progress you can register your email address at Rideables.org
  6. After a brief flirtation with 232lbs following a weekend of curry and beer I'm now at 228 and dropping slowly. I can't say I'm really putting my back into it but I'm just trying to avoid all the bad snacks. Ive not had a pack of sports mix for ages and they were my real Achilles heel, i have a bit of an addiction to them esp when the co-op is knocking them out at £1/bag...
  7. I was 229.8 lbs this morning, I'm wasting away, if i turned sideways id be invisible
  8. Still 230, and i didn't have my normal pack of crisps with lunch yesterday. Unfortunately i have a pub lunch with friends tomorrow but have resolved to go without breakfast and poss dinner.
  9. OK, no snacking tonight for me ...
  10. ...didnt realise there was a weigh in at the end of the month. Probably can do 3-4 lbs by then. Ill get my hair cut on March 30th, that should help
  11. 230lbs ... like to be 210 if possible.
  12. Just seen this, I have been thinking i should loose a bit lately. Im significantly heavier than you guys tho, although i am 6'4". Ill weigh myself tomorrow and post it. Just off to visit the fridge now tho ...
  13. The new Gopro 7 black is very good. Took mine skiing a few weeks ago and it coped well, the results were impressive. I used to use a gimble but after 30 secs or so it tended to become rather overwhelmed.
  14. Id echo the various posts above but gotta say the V5 may be a false economy. Great wheel but you will grow out of it that much quicker than you would the V8. A 14 or a 16 inch is probably the best starter wheel, both are more nimble than an 18 and you won't get better service than at Speedyfeet. Not sure where in Essex you are but there are a fair number of riders in London now and they have both a Facebook page and a whatsapp with reasonably regular meet ups in and around london ... although fewer at this time of year as its a bit chilly . If you are interested search fb for the Official London Electric Unicycle Club. Likely someone there will let you try a V8, between them they have just about every wheel made. If you are ever in Hampshire you can try mine. Welcome to the world of EUC's
  15. I think if the battery has discharged to below around 3v the cell is knackered no matter what you then do to it. I wouldn't be happy to be charging a battery which has gone below the minimum inside my house. Im only going by the title on the video "over discharged " so don't know the specifics but be careful.
  16. Ive not seen many UK group posts here but I just want to let anyone in the south of the UK know that there are lots of us who do meet up and ride. There is a thriving London based Whats App group - let me know if anyone needs to be signed up. Its not only London riders, I'm not in London but i travel in every so often and tomorrow we are meeting up somewhere north of London ... might be Essex but i don't know that part of the world very well. We have a guest from the Singapore Wheelies here at the moment on a loaner wheel There is also a London based Facebook group who meet up every so often in Hyde park or other places in and around London, again - let me know if anyone needs a link.
  17. Shame if they do disappear, my first wheel was an IPS and i really liked it. I've just moved on to more power and more battery but I really liked the wheel and found the customer service to be pretty good. I sold it quite a while ago now but it was a great first wheel. I keep hoping that they will bring out something which brings them back into the big league ...
  18. Using a leash is the responsible thing to do. Im now approaching 3 years of wheel addiction and still use it every time. Over here in the UK where wheels are technically illegal but the police look the other way, all its going to take is one incidence of a wheel injuring a pedestrian after the rider has bailed and it will be in the scandal rag news papers.
  19. I was out in the dark this evening and a passing car hooted ... i wasn't sure if he was bitching about the light on my 18L shining up into his face or honked for some other reason but the light is bloody useless and does shine high. Im going to have to find a way of directing it downward, or just put something over it. Its just occurred to me that i should have tried flipping it around to see if it was the same both ways. Has anyone found a solution to this. I guess rather than trying to apply something externally to bend the beam down it would be better to open the wheel up and try to alter the position of the led relative to the reflector.
  20. I find the light on my 18L to be somewhat less than perfect. It seems to be aimed to high and rather than illuminating what is in front of me to the point where i am sometimes worried that it shines in the eyes of car drivers. I carry a torch and use that for looking at the pavement in front of me, and don't rely on the headlight at all. As far as i am concerned the lights on the wheel are there for alerting others to my presence rather than showing me what is in front of me. I find the light on my 18S to be better at illuminating where in going but that could be because the light is slightly higher...?
  21. Lol, not seen it ... maybe i need to get it on audiobook. It was freaky walking about in the disused farm buildings seeing the damn things at eye level or even over your head on the beams and things. I had to be careful where i shot as the farmer didn't want lots of holes in the walls. I assume the grain went into the human food chain, I'm assuming the buyers had ways of filtering the rat craps out but i don't know. Kind of gross. Although when the fields are being harvested there are an assortment of things which get eaten by the combine and diced up.
  22. Im 6'4" and around 230lbs without riding gear. I currently have a V8, KS18S and KS18L and have to report that all handle my weight fine. The V8 handles the hills in my village but has noticeably less torque than the other two (as its a much lower power motor) but is safe and the most agile of the three when negotiating pedestrians and crowded sidewalks. Its also the easiest by a long way to just throw in the back of the car or carry up and down the stairs when on the tube in london. When out with others in rough woodland recently the 18L coped with steep tracks covered with loose gravel and dirt just as well as the other wheels ridden by lighter guys. I keep telling myself that I should sell the 18S as why do i need two 18" wheels but i really like the tall form factor this wheel has ... but its not one to learn on. Good luck with whatever you decide to go for and have fun, this is an addictive hobby.
  23. I would want some decent quality screws not more of the ones which are apparently made of cheese and strip so easily. Im amazed at how many of these incidents are occurring in supermarkets but i guess that is one of the prime places for trolling your wheel. Lewis I'm sure Ian (speedy feet) will be very helpful, everyone i know who has got tier wheel from him speaks very highly of him. Let us know what happens and if the batteries are affected.
  24. I’m still undecided on updating to 1.10. Up to this point I’m not using trolley or the lift sensor but I might just bite the bullet and see what happens
  25. Hope you have a good time, I'm jealous....
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