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  1. I’ve had a Solowheel for several months and use it to get between buildings I work in in Seattle. A few nights ago I went on a 5mile journey and right before I got to my destination it suddenly shutoff causing me to face plant. Luckily I wasn’t going full speed but I’m shocked that there is any possibility of these devices doing such a thing. I can’t find any other posts of this happening to others so I’m a bit mystified. The best theory I have is damage from water spray but all the manual says is don’t ride in heavy rain. The streets I rode on were still damp from earlier rain but nothing like heavy rain, plus I see others riding these wheels in Seattle all the time and in the rain. The unit is now dead and doesn’t turn on or charge. Just curious if anyone has heard or situations like this? I’ve contacted the company and I’m waiting to hear what they have say. Heres the post I made to my friends about the incident if you care. Had a bit of a nightmare situation last night. Some may know that I bought a Solowheel a while back and I’ve been using it to get around the Amazon campus so I can get to and from back to back meetings in different buildings. Last night we had a team dinner that was 5miles from the office in Seattle and with traffic being so bad I thought this would be a fun opportunity to ride it there. I’d never ridden it so far and I wanted to see how it would handle on the rough city sidewalks. Well I was doing just fine and was only two blocks from the restaurant when suddenly I found myself flat on the ground and sliding to a stop basically on my hands and elbows. I think I was going around 10-15mph. Evidently the unit decided to shutoff with no warning. It’s a direct drive motor which means when it shut off the wheel stopped turning. I had zero time to react and fell like a tree except a tree travelling at 15mph as it falls. I had thought about what would happen if the machine malfunctioned and turned off and had naively thought I’d have time to react by running forward to catch myself. Boy was I wrong. I don’t even remember falling, one second I was whizzing along and the next I was sliding forward on my face. Actually it’s amazing that I didn’t face plant I must have instinctively placed my arms out as I ended up sort of in the plank position. So what happened? Best I can tell I think the unit shorted out from water. The streets were wet from earlier rain and a few times I went though some pretty wet spots. It’s also a possibility that the battery gave out since near the end it was getting low but I don’t think that’s it since a low battery is supposed to result in a gradual slow down in speed not an immediate shutdown. Overall I’m amazed I’m not more injured. I ripped my jacket and jeans and I have scrapes on my hands, elbows and one of my knees. This morning I’m really stiff and sore but thankful it didn’t end worse. As for the solowheel I left it plugged in at the office last night but there was no sign of life so I may have fried the electronics. Not sure I can trust it now even if it comes back to life.
  2. As promised last night I will share a bit more from my accident this summer on my Inmotion V8. First off I am much better off having that accident. So despite the pain and temporary problems it caused and a few days of sick leave from work. I am lucky on how this happenen. And that I had @Scatcat there to observe what happened. The short story is we decided to go practice emergency breaking aka test out how hard we could break or how short a distance needed with out wheels. His was a GT16 and mine was my Inmotion V8. At the time I had only clocked around 350ish km and still learning every time I took the wheel for a ride. I promised a picture of how bad the injury look like. So here goes....this is the concrete chip that I hit more or less at full speed 30ish kmh in a massive wobble caused my wheel slided sideways in a oval track going around a enclosed trailer parking lot. As my wheel cought traction again my velocity vector was different from wheels traction. I were worried at the time but still keeping cool up until I then hit the rock instant deflated the tube due to the force of impact. Even though the tube was slimmed it cold not seal a almost 2 cm tear in the tube. Tyre was all ok as it turned out. It caused me to land flat almost on my button and backpack. The injury picture is about 3 days after. The brick sized impact from landing on my pus do not show anymore at this time. At first it was that bad on my tailbone. But you can see the bruising starting to show at this point. As promised @Rehab1 and @Hunka Hunka Burning Love and @Scatcat Map view of the parking lot: https://satellites.pro/#57.646853,11.989175,18
  3. EDIT 12/2018 There were humorous certificates embedded with these posts but the links have timed out over time. Sorry. I think it's high time we "Planters of the Face" be recognised for our achievements, and contributions to the merriment of our fellow EUCers by sharing, in excruciating detail, our pain and injury, in the futile hope that they might not follow in our face foot steps. towards that end I have created this FACE PLANT WALL OF INFAMY. If you believe you deserve a certificate for you contributions to face plantism, pop me a private message, simply stating the approximate date, (month, DD, YY) and I'll create a certificate for you, and carefully hang it on the "wall" for all to laugh at admire, just like mine EDIT. Classes added. 1st. Class for actual face contact. 2nd. Class for no face contact. 3rd. Class for full face helmet contact. tell me what class you achieved, and also your approximate speed.
  4. Hello, French Wheeler, but not as good as some other, I had a bad accident (broken shoulder, now with some metal!!) with my small ninebot one E+... and I spent some time in order to understant why we face cut out or accidents. So, on the forums, I could recognize 4 kind of accidents : 1- Pilot did ignore alarm.... nothing to say.... too optimistic, 2- driving accident (bumps....), 3- Sudden cut off.... (looks like my accident, but I'm not sure it wasn't a technical failure), 4- Technical failure. Rare since construcors did improve the safety...or correct bugs (BMS for instance). For the point 3, I did some calculation, that shows that specification of constructors seems to be far too optimistic, and the speed alarm does not consider the wheight of the pilot... which has a huge impact. What I did consider is a common case of accident : you run on flat road, no alarm, straight... and you have a small slope (not big, couple of meters long!). So immedialtely, since you do not consider you have to slow dow, your Wheel has to give all power in order to maintain the speed during the slope. In this condition, considering a 10% slope (not big at all, it is a 6° angle road), what is the maximum speed you can run? I did consider air drag, which has a big influence over 30 km/h), the solpe that I consider as a safety margin, and the wheight of the pilot. The power was considered as constant whaterver the speed is (optimistic), and, since nobody know the duration of the peak's power, 0,5 second for this peak (which is only use for bumps in fact!). Yield of the Wheel in order to transform electrical energy to mechanical energy is estimated at 75% (tests on some gotways). What do we calculate show that with a 500 W, at 25 km/h, you're not save at all... except if you are a kid. On a gotway ACM our MS3, 45 km/h is not a realistic speed since air drag consume most of the power... What do you think? Conclusions : - Power, and slow speed is the key for safety... - Adapt speed limit cosidering your wheight, - If you want to keep the hight speed limit, go quiet, and in all case, use protections!!! Of course, this is only my caclulation, an you can disagree! EUC safety speed.xlsx
  5. I'm currently typing this on my phone from a hospital bed. Just got my knee stitched (and some patches for road rash). So earlier tonight I decided to go on a ride on my Gotway Tesla, around the neighborhood like any other evening. I know these roads pretty well and there's a few spots of smooth, quite new asphalt. I've been wondering about the actual max speed of the Tesla, as it just doesn't seem to run out of power. I've previously pushed it over 55kmh, which already started to feel iffy, but hey, I managed it so it must have more power, right? Sudden breath of bravery came out of nowhere and I decided to do it. Make a new personal speed record – it's now or never. Obviously, that was a very bad idea, especially when the only safety gear I've acquired is a helmet. Ignoring the beeper, I pushed forward until I started to feel the pedals dip, but unfortunately that was the point of no return already. Down I went. Judging by the injuries I sustained from my fall, I would say that I managed to roll pretty nicely. I didn't take the fall on my wrists (though I did hit my hand somewhat), but on the knees and elbows. Both my knees are pretty roughed up, other needing a single stitch. Elbows and back have some road rash but nothing major. Sprained an ankle too! I was very lucky. And stupid. Right after the fall when checking myself and my phone up, I grabbed a screenshot from WheelLog (logging was not on). WheelLog said my top speed was 62.9kmh (, or 39 mph) which I believe is the cutoff speed. How on earth am I alive after falling at that speed with just a helmet.. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you ever feel like trying out the max speed of your wheel – don't. You'll only regret it and possibly injure or at worst kill yourself. And if you still feel like doing it – just don't. No safety gear will protect you completely at those speeds. I don't know how my Tesla is doing, as I don't really care at the moment. I would say it's doing okay though, as I did ride it home from the site of incident. The shell is probably done for, but what wouldn't a roll of duct tape fix? Ride safely.
  6. Hey everyone, I decided to share today ride (not sure if was the same topic or similar) but today i decided to do most of riding out of the hard track so i went to park. Nice smooth and green grass, having ninebot one e+ U can't go for properly 4wd but that was ok and easy to manage to my skill level. So after around 30 min of riding i decided to have a short break to rest my feet on local bench and when i parked my unicyc i noticed terrible smell... ok so i went to another bench which was like 50 meters away, the smell was following me as well. I check shoes and my back t-shirt (when i ride i had some small "crashes" on the grass) all clean, so i looked on wheel, turned around and here its is big soft (at least was looking soft) poo on my tire. Well not much can be done without anything to wash but i went to local playground and dip into sand , let spin for few second and all done... check tire - all clean, still stinks, so i went home, put my wheel inside garage, had lunch, go back to garage and whole garage stinks. Solution if someone will have similar problem: I opened wheel and inside poo was everywhere, cleaned and smell is gone. I wish that wheel would be completely waterproof so i could use my karcher so i did not have to spent time pulling this apart. Conclusion: Avoid riding in parks for dogs. Does anyone have any similar experience or maybe i just had a bad luck. Or maybe different story which my bring sth interesting to attention?
  7. Hello Friends I hope this advice will help everybody here Well The friend s daughter recently just had an accident with a Mini. How to avoid this? Here's what I recommend: 1 / First know the route in advance allows you to prepare for obstacles such as deformation of the roadway, sidewalks, traffic problems 2 / The child's weight is important, in fact, the Mini is based on the weight of the owner adjusts the driving function, you need to do is go into the settings and reset factory settings at each change of users, to "erase" the memory of the mini data about your weight and driving attitudes. 3 / With Ninebot application, limit the speed between 6 and 10 km / h for the first 20 minutes of ride, that the Mini stores attitude and weight of the child. 4 / helmet, elbow pads, knee: Remember protections ? 5 / Finally you always hold back the child to help anticipate obstacles by your advice 6/ after dont forget to restore Factory Settings for you ? My original advice can be seen here (available in spanish and french too) : http://mini-j.jimdo.com/home/news/mini-advices/ (Im not making money with my blog , there's only a google cookie inside)
  8. I had an accidient by a power cut off. Drove at max speed when the 9b1 E+ as pulled the pedal back, I moved back and when leaning forward again then suddenly lost power. Result: Lots of excoriations of the reight half side of my body. Mainly landed on the right hip causing a serious laceration which had to be stiched in hospital. Later clottted blut had to be taken out by an operation. 4 days in hospital. Really dont trust the device any more. Just recently my nabour had a similar expierence with another 9b1 e+ from a friend, however lower speed and injury not as serious. Date of purchase: May 21, 2017Model Ninebot One E+Firmware version, can be provide when I am out the hospitalMilage total 150kmSpeed approx. 22kmUse of app (yes or no) noweather conditions, good and sunnyroad conditions, try tar roadbattery charge 90%wear and tear,
  9. I've been absent from the board for almost two months ( been busy settling back into life in England), but I have been riding. I managed without a car for a month, relying on my wheel to travel. After that I needed to travel further, and public transport in England takes forever to get anywhere, and it's hellaciously expensive. Example Poole to London about 120 miles, £51. I have flown to Spain and back for less!!! anyway, I found myself in Bournmouth yesterday, and because I had my wheel with me,I went for a cruise along the magnificent beach. I'm not joking, having spent 5 months exploring the beaches of the Cote d'Azure, and Spain's Costa Blanca, and Costa Dorada, Bournmouth beach is just as awesome. so I'm cruising along, estimated 20kph, when I hit a small series of unseen bumps. I handled them fine, but my wheel (ks14c ) must not have liked the power surge required to stay in equilibrium, because I got ( yet another) violent pedal tilt back which threw me down the road, like a baseball batter sliding into home, face first. I hit the ground so hard, I couldn't keep my face Up, so my chin got a bump and scrape that drew blood. Today I have a scab about 2 cm square. i also hit the ground so hard that I bruised the pad of my left thumb and the tip of my left little finger was numb for about two hours. note I was wearing wrist, elbow, and knee pads. No injuries to those areas. Pads are good! additionally, both my shoulders hurt. Right now I move my arms like someone trying to learn how to control new prosthetic limbs, I.e very slowly, and I can't carry much weight. i also scuffed up my leather jacket. I was not wearing a helmet, but a typical bike or skate board helmet would not have protected my face ( I'm looking into this) This has been my worst, overall, and first real face plant ( face hits road) ever. And I was cruising along on level pavement at a sensible speed ( plus the bumps) why did it happen? well, I had been riding a while, and I didn't start the day with a 100% charge, so I was down around 53% power ( looked at app after the crash, not before). As I've said before, less than 60% on a small battery ( mine is 340wh) need to be handled conservatively. So why didn't I handle the trip conservatively? Well, actually I thought I did. Firstly, the LED readout on the ks range is wildly optimistic. It was lit up showing 60 to 80% with its woefully inadequate 5 bar range! But I knew that meant mat least 50%. Secondly, I was riding level, smooth pavement. Thirdly I was not pushing the speed, I was several miles into a mild 15 to 20 kph cruise. Fourthly, I was not showing off. this thing came completely out of the blue. Have I mentioned that I HATE the Kingsong violent tilt back? As I said, it wasn't the bumps that threw me down the road, it was Kingsong sudden and violent tilt back that threw me off. What's the point of an accident avoidance scheme that includes a violent accident as its modus operandi?
  10. Hi all! I joined this forum in hope to get some insight on why accidents happen with electric unicycles. I have no experience with them and am doing a little project on whether electric self-balancing devices, motorized skateboards, etc. should be legalised in public areas (in Switzerland) or not. So, here are my questions: 1. Whenever you had an accident, which category would you place yourself in? (It would be helpful if you could shortly state what happened as well) A. self-inflicted, no one else included B. self-inflicted, other people included (e.g. lost balance in public area and crashed into pedestrian?) C. device failure D. other party caused the accident 2. What kinds of injuries did you attain? Was a visit to the hospital needed? How long did it take to fully regenerate? 3. If it were legalised, would you say, that certain protective gear such as a helmet, wrist guards and knee pads should be mandatory? 4. Is it safer to drive on pedestrian walkways, bicycle lanes or the open street? What should the speed limit be for each of the options? I am thankful for every answer! Cheers, Alexa Edit: If you can spare 5 minutes of your time, please fill out the following survey: https://evaluation-app1.let.ethz.ch/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=78L1n561 The link is also in another thread I have created - just in case you have already come across it.
  11. Hi There, my v2 is not even a year old and already broke down. The axle snaped and I had a nasty fall, injuring my right shouldger and knee badly. I had a closer look and it seems that the axle corroded, but only on the side where the wires come out from the motor, and that caused the accident. How can I get it swapped claiming the 1yr factory warranty? Since the axle is built into the motor the whole motor needs to be replaced. All ideas a re welcomed and appreciated! Regards
  12. Dear Community, The day before yesterday, I finally received my monowheel after having been waiting for the ninebot one P for more then 8 months, and it does not seem to come out any more, I decided to buy the new Ninebot One S2. The first 10 km were great, I had to get used to the mono wheel. Then yesterday I wanted to start my first round of about 5 km, and first I had to ride up a hill. With about 15km/h I was suddenly listening some beeping and reduced the velocity. Suddenly with another beep the Ninebot started tilled in front and I had a quite bad fall to the ground. The result, the ninebot one s2 has scratches everywhere, and even wearing helmet, knees and elbow protection, I broke my wrist, being almost knocked out for the next couple of months. I want to remark, when I was first trying the monowheel in my flat, I noticed trying to role over a border of a door, as it was not able to get over it, suddenly tilled in front, like a reaction to overload. I remember that I thought, if this happens on the road then I would have a big problem. And it happened. The same reaction rolling up hill. (Please refer to the photo to see where it happens). I have already advised the shop who are going to check the 9bot and have send the blackbox report to the 9bot engineers to check this behaviour. Battery Power when I raised up the hill: 45% KM: about 10km. If you want to know any more details feel free to ask. Regards
  13. Hi All, I want to inform you of an accident I had two days ago. (I have about 170 Km overall on my IPS Zero) I was on my way home on my IPS Zero, driving in the middle of a small side street at night as, only 150 meters from home, I consciously thought: let's accelerate to drive home fast. I wore a helmet and motorbike gloves. Estimated speed about 8 to 10 Km/h. I accelerated fast leaning forward. But this time I accelerated to fast (=overleaning forward). I felt the pedals going down ... with me falling forward. It happened so fast I had no time to 'think about it'. I just 'somehow' fell to the ground. I felt an impact on my head and felt that I was bleeding 'somewhere in the face'. Was conscious all the time. Fortunately nobody/nothing was around to be hurt/damaged. I hurried home to find the following: - I must somehow tried to hold of the fall with my hands but nevertheless I faceplanted and the helmet and my nose had direct contact with the pavement. - I have a wound on the nose, nose a bit swollen and minor bruises on the knee's. - No bruise on the palms (thanks to the gloves) just a bid of pain because of my weight. - Today I still have some pain in the right shoulder, arm - will recover, no problem. I'm convinced the helmet took most of the force of the impact on my head and prevented further trouble and pain. PIctures: Nose: about 1 hour after impact Helmet: the edge of the helmet was smooth before the accident! Gloves: on the right you see the left glove. The leather surface of the palms looked similar before the accident. The Zero is ok. - Just a minor scratch on one side.
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