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    My related interests include: Electric Unicycling (Ninebot One), Tron, Light Painting, Skateparks

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  1. Jonathan Tolhurst

    Uniwheel out of buisness ?

    I was walking past the Uniwheel offices just this lunchtime and they still appear to be in the same block although they might of moved units? I have rung the buzzer a few times previously but no-one answered. I've never seen anyone riding a Uniwheel despite working about 200 meters from their office! I wouldn't mind having a chat with the team and see how the wheel handles... I did see someone whizz down Borough High Street on a Kingsong today which was the first wheel I have seen in a while.
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    Legalising EUCs in the UK, the next steps

    Response from the Mayor of London: -- From: Mayor of London <XXXXXXX@london.gov.uk> Date: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 1:46 PM Subject: RE: MGLA230218-4507 Dear Mr Tolhurst Thank you for your email to the Mayor regarding Electric Unicycles and kindly inviting him to discuss this matter further. I am very sorry but, whilst the Mayor is extremely grateful for the invitation, I am afraid that his schedule is extremely busy over the coming months, so he is unable to accept. Your wider point regarding UK legislation would, in any case, need to be discussed further with the Department for Transport, which is responsible for national legislation. Thank you again for writing to the Mayor. Yours sincerely, Claire Hamilton --
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    Legalising EUCs in the UK, the next steps

    Please see below for my MPs response to my letter - I read this as "thank you for your letter but no thank you" There are potentially related local sensitivities to this: In my area last summer there was an epidemic of Motorbikes being ridden dangerously on roads and pavements with a lot of wider community anger. The more I have looked into how lobbying seems to work, the more I think that a successful UK campaign would need to include lobbying from manufacturers and distributors. I still await a response from the Mayor of London! -- From: Sarah Jones MP <XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX> Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 2:25 PM Subject: (Case Ref: SJ3989) Electric unicycles To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Dear Jonathan, Thank you for your letter regarding considerate use of electric unicycles on footpaths. I agree that it is important to explore innovative transport solutions that can help reduce congestion and decrease the impact of commuting on the environment. It's important that we continue to explore innovative transport solutions, while ensuring that existing transport options are not compromised by these changes. I recognise that electric unicycle users are in a difficult position, as these devices are not permitted on footpaths as they are considered a motor vehicle, but they do not meet the necessary safety standards to be used on the road either (see: https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/road-traffic-offences#dot). However, as these vehicles travel at faster speeds than the average walking speed, providing for their use among pedestrian traffic is challenging, particularly on narrow footpaths and in crowded areas. I will continue to follow this issue closely and will keep your thoughts in mind if this issue comes up in Parliament. Thanks again for your letter. Best wishes, Sarah Jones MP Labour Member of Parliament for Croydon Central --
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    EUC Injury Bingo Card

    I had a quick trawl through the site and have created a tongue-in-cheek "EUC Injury" Bingo card based on rider's injuries and experiences. We are a rather accident prone bunch! EUC-INJURY-BINGO-CARD.pdf Is anyone close to shouting Bingo? I'm over halfway there. There's obviously a serious side to this - EUC riding does have inherent risks. Please consider safety gear, check your wheel regularly and ride within the limits of yourself and your wheel!
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    Mileage contest Feb -- Win A Free Solowheel

    You don't have to ride outside, or is this cheating? (This isn't the only EUC video that I have come across with wheels on treadmills - I seem to remember a couple of riders were purposefully trying to get to the top of their wheel App's leader board).
  6. Not sure if anyone else has tried this but on a (quiet) urban train that rapidly breaks and accelerates can you stand facing forward in your EUC stance and "ride" the train's positive/negative acceleration without holding on or moving your feet at all? On the right kind of train, it's actually good fun (& great balance practice), although you do end up looking like a crazy person. Interestingly for me, it elicits the same aches in the feet that I get from EUC riding. P.S If you try this on a train the wrong kind of train, you'll get bored pretty quickly Any other ideas/suggestions for practicing/training without a wheel
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    Legalising EUCs in the UK, the next steps

    I would agree with these points. In the letter template that I created, I was advocating a "change in UK legislation to allow considerate legal use of Electric Unicycles on footpaths, dedicated cycle lanes and shared spaces." This would allow a rider to get around pretty much anywhere. Riding an EUC in rush-hour road traffic would be incredibly dangerous, especially in London where roads are narrow, busy and everyone is rushing. And riding fast around "mobile phone Zombies" (Pedestrians) could also invite trouble. London is actually investing a lot of money into dedicated cycle ways (much to the annoyance of some car drivers) - there is now a reasonably decent network that is expanding all the time. One idea that is occasionally touted is the "Cycle Skyway" - An elevated cycle way running above the railway lines. It sounds rather pie-in-the-sky (I.e. it will never happen) but could be perfect for EUCs. London Cycle Skyway: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/jan/02/norman-foster-skycycle-elevated-bike-routes-london https://www.fosterandpartners.com/ar/news/archive/2013/12/skycycle-proposals-to-create-safe-new-cycle-routes-throughout-london/ Shared Spaces: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_space
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    Legalising EUCs in the UK, the next steps

    Hi @Ben Pearson , I updated a letter template (see attached) that I had previously created with a few of your additional points. I would be happy to collaborate in a campaign to try to get the UK legislation updated (or alternatively some London specific legislation). I do try and keep an eye out for any CPS / DfT / TfL consultations. Electric_Unicycle_MP_Letter_Template.docx I recall either the Uniwheel or Project42 team created a professional looking leaflet outlining the benefits of EUCs. If I can find it I will add a link. Information on contacting your local MP: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/ It might be an idea if someone was to keep track of which MPs/agencies/stakeholders have been contacted and what (if any) response has been obtained.
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    Police Tighten the Noose in London

    My wife mentioned she saw someone with a wheel being stopped and spoken to by police near Victoria station the other week - I don't have any further details. I haven't seen anyone riding a wheel in central London for about 6 months (I am in/out of central London each day for work and regularly walk along/around Southbank). I have noticed that Uniwheel posted some pictures on social media of people riding around on roads near my workplace, but have not seen them doing this. Not sure if it's relevant but last year in London there was a huge surge in crime committed using small motorbikes (mopeds) - it's not inconceivable that police could target devices such as EUCs if they end up in the same reporting category, especially if they are under pressure to show that they are addressing the Moped problem. The situation in the UK is such a shame as I really believe that EUCs are a viable form of personal transport, especially for commuting. I can't see the laws being changed anytime soon - with BREXIT there will be 40 years of EU / UK law to untangle before they start looking at new laws. Post-BREXIT London (and the UK in general) really needs to show that it is open for business and open to new ideas and technology. I still think it is worth lobbying MPs, the Mayor of London, TfL, CPS, DoT etc. Maybe it might be possible to get some kind of TfL legislation for the London area? For the moment my enjoyment of EUCs is confined to areas away from roads and pavements
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    Has anybody Heard of this?

    After reading some of the comments above, it does appear that there was a project listed on Kickstarter a few years back: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/220079372/the-urban-glider-re-think-how-you-explore-the-worl/ Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter on August 19 (of that year). It would be interesting to learn why funding was suspended?
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    Has anybody Heard of this?

    I wonder how much it would realistically cost to start an electric unicycle company in either the US or Europe from scratch and bring a product to market? I can imagine there is a very long list of skills and resources required, especially if you are going to match or exceed the competition. The abbreviated accounts for Uniwheel Ltd (June 2015 - September 2016) are available via the UK Companies House website (uploaded end of June 2017) which may or may not give an indication of the kind of expenditure made by such a startup, although sadly with Uniwheel I don't think the product was ever released. https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09657577/filing-history
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    Has anybody Heard of this?

    There is a Linkedin profile, I think it's the same person: https://www.linkedin.com/in/austin-marhold-0822a358
  13. My wife has often asked this question and I'm sure some of you also get asked by your spouses – How much do you spend on your wheel? (That’s the very polite version of the question ) So I had a spare half hour and decided I’d look at all my orders and list my expenditure going back to when I brought my first EUC back in May 2015. I’m always mending my wheel and replacing broken/worn parts – doing tricks definitely takes its toll on parts (as well as the body) . For example, “Spinning” quickly wears down the foot plates and tires. And practising “Penny Spins” can result in cracked shells and broken battery covers. And learning switch stance tricks (especially on slopes) resulted in a few burnt out control boards. With the exception of a couple of purchases I have used every part until it is worn out or broken. Some of the parts were damaged due to my stupidity – for example, I went through a number of trolley handles because I kept leaving the attachment bracket on when doing tricks. I have obviously also cannibalised my old wheels for parts – not that long ago I managed to bend the metal frame out of shape. I have stuck with the E+ mainly because I have invested a lot of time in becoming “at one” with its characteristics (With the amount I have spent I could have brought a number of different wheels). It’s also been a good wheel in that I can easily maintain and repair myself (thanks to Speedy Feet’s videos) as long as parts are available. The only real design flaws that I have come across with the Ninebot E+ is with the built-in handle snapping off and the poor quality App. I have spent an equivalent of about £120 per month. I have ridden about 4000 Km in total (although a lot of the time I’m doing tricks (E.g. going around and around in circles ) rather than riding distance). If I didn’t do tricks then I’m pretty sure I could still be running my first wheel having only required a couple of inner tube, tire and foot pedal replacements. However, I have had so much fun and get a huge amount of pleasure from trick riding, and also from maintaining my wheel. I still get that butterfly feeling when I go riding! Date Item Qty Value GBP Price Per Unit GBP Supplier Comment 2015-05 Ninebot One 'E+' - Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 1 895 895 Speedy Feet First EUC 2015-06 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2015-06 80mm Valve Extension 1 4.96 4.96 Speedy Feet 2015-08 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 2 26.9 13.45 Speedy Feet 2015-08 Ninebot ONE Parking Stand 1 18.95 18.95 Speedy Feet 2015-08 Ninebot ONE Outershell - White 2 35.9 17.95 Speedy Feet 2015-08 Ninebot ONE - Lower Footplate (Underside) 2 19.9 9.95 Speedy Feet 2015-12 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2015-12 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Tire 1 20 20 Speedy Feet 2016-01 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2016-02 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 2 26.9 13.45 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE Charging Port 1 8.95 8.95 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE - Foot Plate COMPLETE 2 39.91 19.955 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Footplate Spacer Set for Ninebot 2 7.1 3.55 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 2 26.9 13.45 Speedy Feet 2016-04 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Tire 1 20 20 Speedy Feet 2016-05 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 2 10.7 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-05 Ninebot ONE - Complete Shell Set 1 85.5 85.5 Speedy Feet 2016-05 Replacement LED Light Strip Cover Ring 2 29.9 14.95 Speedy Feet 2016-05 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 1 13.45 13.45 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE E+ 320wh Replacement / Spare Battery 1 260.96 260.96 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Charging Port 1 8.95 8.95 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 2 26.9 13.45 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE - Foot Plate COMPLETE 2 39.91 19.955 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Tire 1 20 20 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Attachment Bracket 1 9.95 9.95 Speedy Feet Used only a few times for filming 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Footplate Bar 2 8.9 4.45 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Outershell - White 2 35.9 17.95 Speedy Feet 2016-07 Ninebot ONE - Rubber Side Cover 2 17.9 8.95 Speedy Feet 2016-07 Ninebot ONE LED Light Strip 4 36 9 Speedy Feet 2016-07 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-07 Ninebot ONE - Footplate Magnet 2 7.1 3.55 Speedy Feet 2016-08 Triple 8 T8 Exo Skin Shin and Whip BMX Guard (Large) - Pair 1 39.7 39.7 Amazon Ankle Guards - rarely used 2016-09 Ninebot ONE Charging Port 1 8.95 8.95 Speedy Feet 2016-09 Ninebot One E+ (Gen2) Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 1 645 645 Speedy Feet Second Wheel - wheel rim buckled 2016-08 TSG Single Ankle-Guard Cam, Black (L/XL) Pair 1 21.95 21.95 Skatehut Ankle Guards - used everytime 2016-10 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-10 Ninebot ONE - Complete Handle Unit 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet Snapped off within 2 hours of installing 2016-11 Ninebot ONE E+ / P Replacement Main Control Board 1 134.96 134.96 Speedy Feet 2016-12 Ninebot ONE - Footplate Magnet 2 77.02 38.51 Amazon 2017-01 Ninebot ONE E+ / P Replacement Main Control Board 1 134.96 134.96 Speedy Feet 2017-02 Ninebot One E+ (Gen2) Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 1 495 495 Speedy Feet Third Wheel 2017-06 Ninebot ONE C, E, E+, P inner Shell Set 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2017-06 Ninebot ONE Upgrade - Outer Shell (Blue) 2 30.29 15.145 Speedy Feet 2017-06 Ninebot ONE - Foot Plate COMPLETE 2 37.85 18.925 Speedy Feet 2017-06 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover - White PRO 2 37.9 18.95 Speedy Feet 2017-09 Ninebot ONE C, E, E+, P inner Shell Set 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2017-09 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover - White PRO 2 37.9 18.95 Speedy Feet Totals 75 3841.34 Total Quantities: Item Qty 80mm Valve Extension 1 Footplate Spacer Set for Ninebot 2 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 9 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover - White PRO 4 Ninebot ONE - Complete Handle Unit 1 Ninebot ONE - Complete Shell Set 1 Ninebot ONE - Foot Plate COMPLETE 6 Ninebot ONE - Footplate Magnet 4 Ninebot ONE - Lower Footplate (Underside) 2 Ninebot ONE - Rubber Side Cover 2 Ninebot ONE Attachment Bracket 1 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 7 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Tire 3 Ninebot ONE C, E, E+, P inner Shell Set 2 Ninebot ONE Charging Port 3 Ninebot One 'E+' - Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 1 Ninebot One E+ (Gen2) Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 2 Ninebot ONE E+ / P Replacement Main Control Board 2 Ninebot ONE E+ 320wh Replacement / Spare Battery 1 Ninebot ONE Footplate Bar 2 Ninebot ONE LED Light Strip 4 Ninebot ONE Outershell - White 4 Ninebot ONE Parking Stand 1 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 4 Ninebot ONE Upgrade - Outer Shell (Blue) 2 Replacement LED Light Strip Cover Ring 2 Triple 8 T8 Exo Skin Shin and Whip BMX Guard (Large) - Pair 1 TSG Single Ankle-Guard Cam, Black (L/XL) Pair 1 My riding style:
  14. Jonathan Tolhurst

    Do you guys even walk now?

    Due family commitments I ride a lot less now than I did 12 months a go - I'm lucky if I get two-hour sessions in per week. Interestingly I have lost about 4Kg in weight since cutting back on my riding. Not sure if it is due to riding my EUC less (and therefore walking more) or perhaps it's related to having to share most of my meals with a hungry toddler as well as carry him all over London on my (aching) back. I enjoy my EUC sessions even more now they are less frequent.
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    Riding in the urban jungle - your thoughts

    I'm suggesting that wearing a lot of visible safety gear may give off the impression that the wearer may be a good target to rob or harass. Rightly or wrongly, to some people wearing lots of visible safety gear may suggest that a rider is either inexperienced, scared of getting hurt, or just a "dork". Most robberies/muggings are opportunist - the aggressors will choose targets that they perceive to be the easiest targets I.e less likely to resist. A pack of lions is more likely to target what they deem to be easier prey. This may be a giraffe who is smaller, unfit, injured or wearing a pink t-shirt and so unable to blend into their surroundings
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