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Everything posted by Smoother

  1. Riding round and round and round and round in an empty parking lot, IS going somewhere. That was my exact major learning environment. Once I knew I could stay on as long as I wanted to, I ventured across the street to an actual straight path that wasn't round and round. I still had to get off sometimes to turn around, but in between turns I was having a blast. Then the mostly aborted turns turned into occasionally aborted turns, and finally into consistent turns. But all the while, I was riding, and having fun. I remember the 4 and 5 foot rides from the early part of training and it was no fun at all, being able to ride for some distance made all the difference, and reduced the fatigue from continually falling/getting off and getting on, so I could ride even longer. It was a win-win.
  2. Oooh! I like that. No. I'm not counting the spare wheel, but I expected someone to ask.
  3. @Rehab1 I'm confused, are you a natural born contrarian? Let me 'splain. You ride a "bicycle" like device with one wheel (EUC) and you ride a motorcycle with three wheels. Does your car have five wheels?
  4. YES! Ride that sucker. By the time I had my first wheel as long as you have had yours, I had ridden hundreds of km. Could I turn properly? no. Could I mount from one leg? no. But I was having fun and my body was building up all sorts of muscle memory that made all that other stuff Soooo much easier. Go ride it, and stop worrying about all the minutia. You're too much in your head and not enough in your soul. All the head stuff will come in time.
  5. Yes @Fuzzypixel as another officially-unofficial representative of the EUC community I strongly suggest you upgrade to a stronger wheel for your safety. Life's to short to ride a weak wheel and might be shorter still, because of it. Think of your loved ones. You owe it to them.
  6. Nice one! Oops didn't see @kasenutty appreciates irony as much as I do, until I turned the page.
  7. The Hall wires are hard wired to the board, and the factory goo is necessary, but, as in my case, possibly ineffective, because around here is where my disconnect occurred. All the vibration the wheel feels from riding over rough ground is transmitted directly to the board and the wires. When I got my board back, I taped the wires to the capacitor to further reduce movement, because otherwise they were free to flap about. Every bit helps.
  8. I don't understand all the charts and graphs but I did question the near vertical acceleration spike that @Chriull mentioned. I'm just throwing this out as something, or something like it, to think about. My KS16S would cut out when it hit a bump. I traced the problem to one of more poor connections at the control board with the Hall sensor wires. These wires are soldered directly to the board, so my dealer re did them for me and I've had no problem since then (early January) The way I found the problem was to 1. logically consider the possible reasons for the problems, 2. Eliminate the easy ones (loose cable connectors, etc) 3. until the smoking gun was found; wiggling the Hall sensor wires recreated the problem; wheel lost balance and started beeping. I know you said it happens during mild deceleration, but this might simply be a coincidence, and acting as a red herring.(google it)
  9. FYI both "cods wallop" and "bob's your uncle" are clearly defined via a Google search, as are ANY unfamiliar terms, phases, euphemisms, colloquialisms, etc, etc. If in doubt, Google it; that's what I do.
  10. "Warp" or "Warp speed" that's what they call it, I think. @Lordwonton Is your wheel white?
  11. Nah! in a mild situation like this (no one is being killed) its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission
  12. Smoother

    Downhill Issue

    I have watched an app while going down hill. up to 4.5 Amps generated. (it fluctuated continuously)
  13. Wow @svenomous you really took this issue to heart. I've been thinking about the issue too, (although not for myself because I'm not giving the issue as much consideration as you have) as an alternative to the steel tool box discussed, or your nuclear fall out shelter ...how about laying the wheel flat on its side, building a simple wooden box that covers it on 5 sides (not the floor). Make the box the same dimension as some end of line/remains, on sale ceramic tiles, and line the box with the tiles. Now one has an explosion proof and fire proof box that will contain the fire and most of the smoke, for a few dollars of supplies and some time. As a bonus, if the house is robbed the robbers might not think to look under the plain wooden box on the floor, especially if some oily rags and a can of STP is stored on top of it.
  14. @Bob Eisenman really enjoying your drone 360 photos. They really showcase the beauty of your area. Makes me want to get back into powered paragliding even more now. (similar perspective)
  15. I'm not sure what you mean by "riding blind" With the exception of the occasional no-see-um (which get less and less over time, and don't always lead to a dismount) I'm not riding blind. I scan, evaluate the path, identify potential hazards, if any, ignore the path for the duration of the immediate scanned zone, and enjoy the ride. (It's important to note here that the longer one rides, the less things bite you. In other words, some things that would dismount you in the beginning, are no more that things that make your wheel shake a bit now while your body automatically compensates and adjusts. You spend less time worrying about minor irregularities and more time enjoying the ride.) As my head swings from left to right, taking in the view, AND evaluating threats, other than the path, the scan process continues, fluidly, without interruption. Other hazards are just as important as your path. People (the walking brain dead), bikes, cars, shop doors, car doors, cops, low branches, low street signs (remember, you're now 6" taller than normal), dogs, kids on foot, kids on bikes and scooters, traffic lights, cross traffic, gangs of hoodies who you might want to give a wide berth to, cuties and hotties who you might want to NOT give a wide berth to, interesting things to go check out, shops. Yesterday I started the day with a root canal (there's £800 i'll never see again). Being aware that the pain is supposed to start after the anesthetics wear off, as I'm wheeling these "new to me" streets, with a still numb mouth, I noticed a small supermarket on the other side of a busy street, so I rerouted myself to pick up some extra pain killers. I would say one has to be extremely aware of the whole environment around you, especially to the front, as you will be there in a few seconds, and you really want as few surprises as possible. (and the rear if riding in the street, obvs) All this may sound like a lot of work to a new or potential rider, but it isn't, it's simply observation and evaluation. Be aware of your surrounding or your surrounding might bite you. I'm sure what I have just described is the typical routine for all or almost all experienced riders. I'm not claiming anything unique or special for myself, just helping newbies understand a typical ride (for me at least), as the OP is a potential rider with legitimate questions.
  16. Em.. I don't look where I'm going "every single second". Sure I scan the route ahead 50 to 100 feet at a time, to identify issues, but if I had to watch my route every single second, I'd sell my wheel and get a bike because life's too short to ride around staring at the ground continuously. I ride two or three times a week and I can't remember the last time I came off because of a "no-see-um" OK, I can remember. It was a tree root under asphalt about three months ago, but I Ran jogged stumbled it off, no problem. I only mention this because I don't want newbies to think they have to stare at the ground all the time. Of course the more attention you pay to the ground, the less "no-see-ums" will get you. Only you can decide the right amount of scanning for you, and that will change with the route, your familiarity with the route, your skill level, and how good your scanning technique is. Your scanning technique needs to be able to identify dangers, also known as "things that have thrown you down the road before". Today I put my car in the shop and left on my wheel on streets I had never seen before. I spent half my time looking at Google maps to figure out how to get to the river. No problems; scan and ride, scan and ride. YMMV.
  17. Attach a stick vertically to the front of your wheel, hey presto..stanchion watch out for your nuts. Maybe put a small "T" on top and now you've got handle bars. Or...build your own handlebar set up like this mini dude: I really like what he came up with. I would have built one myself except I could represent my country in the procrastination games. I'm so glad EUCs aren't completely illegal here in the UK. Oh wait!, they are!
  18. I put something just like this on my wish list for future improvements. When the wheel starts shaking out of the blue , you REALLY notice it. I discovered this by accident when riding on a very smooth surface my wheel vibrated rapidly for maybe half a second. As I had recently re-installed the board after it had been repaired for sudden cut out syndrome (I made that name up) I was hyper-vigilant. It turns out I had run over some crunchy vegetable material like a dry twig or something, and the disintegrating material spread out in front of the wheel, creating a crunchy vibration I could feel very clearly through the pedals. That's when I though a motor stutter routine in the firmware would be infinitely superior to a stupid beeper that no one can hear at speed. When your motor starts to shake like is about to giver out, it really gets your attention.
  19. New Yoik? Way too much trouble to ship a Li Ion there from hear for a lowly private individual. Sorry bud.
  20. Have you considered a DIY hybrid? Cut up a pair of inexpensive gloves and sew the part you need to the Flexmeters. I have a nice pair of lined leather white gardening gloves that only cost about £11 and if i shared your goal, it would be little hardship to sacrifice them for the cause.
  21. I did't consider that either. It's an excellent point, and explains at really low sped or stopped, wiggling the wheel left and right can keep you on it for quite some time before you have to put a foot down. I think at the same time we often subtly (and sometimes clumsily) throw our body weight side to side too to complete the weight shift/contact patch balancing act.
  22. A lot of my falls came from having a small battery (340WH) and not understanding battery dynamics. most of the rest were from hitting something I didn't see or high speed violent tilt back. No major injuries; a bruised wrist (with guards) a few grazes, and a bloody chin once but it didn't hurt much. If someone had told me before I stated all the wipe outs I was going to have, in detail, I wouldn't have started, but... having had all those wipe out, | have no intention of quitting; partly because my second wheel has an adequate battery, I understand voltage sag, and it's just too damn much fun.
  23. That may be true for a flimsy sheet metal industrial building subjected to a sustained fire, but tool strong boxes are thick steel, have no heavy roof pressing down on them, and an EUC fire does not have enough material to burn for too long. Also you are trying to contain the explosions that happen when the batteries explode, so that the fire does not spread. A metal box is still perfect for this.
  24. Where did that come from? Stop making things up YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO "S" TURNS TO TIP THE WHEEL FROM SIDE TO SIDE. You really need to think about what you write. I can follow more or less withing an inch, a straight line at any speed while tilting the wheel subtly from side to side to correct my path. At no time is anything like a "S" turn created. You completely ignored all my unicycle saddle comments (i.e. no defense) and then throw in BMX riders, who by default rarely use their saddles how does one equate to the other? And you have completely ignored @mrelwood s video which he went outside and made just so you could understand what he was talking about. One can't have a discussion with someone who ignore every piece of evidence that doesn't fit his position. So you can lean a bike over and so do BMX riders, but these devices have two wheels so the rider has many different ways of maneuvering the bike. how does that have anything to do with EUCs? I would like to see you lean your unicycle over on its side while your crotch is still directly above the contact patch, or there abouts. I'm done with this stupid discussion. You keep telling me its impossible for me to do things I do all the time and every ride, including today. I see no reason to listen to this senselessness any longer. You keep twisting, and I'll keep tipping. BTW In the past, I have viewed your riding videos and something didn't look quite right. Maybe it's this twisting you insist is the only thing that works. I haven't seen it in anyone else's videos and I watch most of them, here and on YouTube.
  25. That's a good point, but 1. how is a total novice to know that, and 2. at no point do they say" you can also turn like this (footage similar to @mrelwood flashes on screen). I think several people have mentioned including you and me that it all just runs together and it becomes increasingly hard to distinguish just exactly what percentage of what technique is being deployed at any particular time. As all us experienced rider know, it becomes a completely thoughtless process, by that I mean we wheel around ad infinitum barely giving control of the wheel a second or even a first thought. It just happens. Hard for a new rider to comprehend but, ride past the learning phase and you too will see what that statement feels like.
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