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http://www.ochevidets.ru/rolik/99551/

It's kind of funny looking at other people, when they see me rolling on snow and ice. Older people usually just stop and look at me in disbelief, probably thinking something like "WTF is going on?". Younger folks sometimes mention something like "He surely must have snow chains". Children with parents just start shouting "I want it too, I want it too !"

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@mich, still very impressive stuff if you haven't got any studs in the tyres.

I road my KS-14 down a bridleway (horse track) yesterday that I hadn't used for a while and so had forgotten how much it has rained in the UK this winter. Churned up by the horses it was more suited to mud wrestling than riding and my wheel was all over the place -  at one point it shimmied left/right so much it was like dancing the twist. What was surprising was that I stayed on and made it through it which did, at least, show how much my riding has improved since last winter ?, If we ever got snow I would HAVE to have a go at riding in it but I very much doubt I'd get very far!

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I also don't mind (sometimes) riding in winter weather. As it is, I take my wheel everywhere possible (even when driving. Just in case). And yes I confirm, the looks, comments and attention, are priceless! My InMotion Dealer (Multiglisse.ch), has assured me that euc's are now legal (like bikes) in all Switzerland.  Luckily they are very liberal about euc's in France (esp as I go there frequently). But I think I'll be planning more trips there (just for the opportunity to ride !).

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I dont know if its enough that the seller assures you its legal.... The Police says something else unfortunately in Switzerland :-( I would not recommend riding your EUC around Zurich on public roads or sidewalks.

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Yep, seller has nothing to lose and everything to gain by telling you it's all fine.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it if it's not. You will just have to be like me, a 'testing ambassador' for the hobby, riding safely and everywhere as a continual demonstration to lawmakers and the public alike that the law needs to get off it's lazy arse, catch up and allow us :)

I also do maximum winter riding unless it's really deep snow or unnecessarily large amounts of black ice. Living, as I do, at the top of a big slope that my car cannot reclimb in sheet ice, it is actually safer, easier and less hassle to take the EUC shopping than it would be to get in the car, although it is definitely colder, and much more 'exciting' ;) Also, any delicate bakery items you may have acquired in town are at significantly more risk, but where eagles dare etc, so I say get out there and get it done ! Also be careful - the slippy-slidey-sideways fun does nothing good for your heart rate, although it does sharpen your skills, so...swings and roundabouts hey ?

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52 minutes ago, Jag_Rip said:

I dont know if its enough that the seller assures you its legal.... The Police says something else unfortunately in Switzerland :-( I would not recommend riding your EUC around Zurich on public roads or sidewalks.

with insurance plate and up to 20km/h it seems to be legal, similarly to e-bikes, or is the information in the links below is not correct? 

http://www.db-legal.ch/electric-unicycles/

http://monowheel.info/gesetzgebung-schweiz/

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I agree with you  @Jag_Rip. And I have been riding responsibly before and after the dealer's info. (mostly in lausanne). So far, in the 1 year I've been riding around (and 800km later), no problems, with the public or authorities.  ?

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Winter's finally hit Oslo (Norway) and the streets are covered with a few centimetres of snow or ice.

So far I've ridden my wheel, despite the occasional ice and light covering of snow (less than 1 cm), but I don't really feel comfortable riding in thicker snow. Not because of balance or any loss of control. My NB1E+ has so far had a remarkable good grip on the road, using the standard tire it came with. But I'm a little reluctant getting all that snow, salt and gravel up inside the wheel.

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22 hours ago, Keith said:

my wheel was all over the place -  at one point it shimmied left/right so much it was like dancing the twist

Yeah, it's like that in deep sand too.  Freaky at first, but, as you know, if you keep your speed to a crawl, forward momentum can usually be achieved; and if it can't, then it no biggie to step off at that speed ( unless your wheel suddenly finds grip and bits you in the calf, like mine did the other day.)

id love to try snow. I love how sounds are so muted with a blanket of snow on everything, but not the snow in the OPs video.  That looks miserable!

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In the OP video, you saw the wheel cross.  Did you notice the baby carriage on skids?  Cool.

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22 hours ago, Mono said:

with insurance plate and up to 20km/h it seems to be legal, similarly to e-bikes, or is the information in the links below is not correct? 

http://www.db-legal.ch/electric-unicycles/

http://monowheel.info/gesetzgebung-schweiz/

The laws you list are correct, the issue is that none of the available EUC have the proper legal papers to prove they are classified as a slower e-bike. My NB E+ has a small enough engine but I cannot prove this to the policeman that stops me, so I still can get a fine.

Last year I made 1000km on it and have been stopped twice, both times I could argue myself out of it with printouts of the website, but it wont work forever. If Ninebot can organize these legal documents with the swiss Strassenverkehrsamt that device would be legal. But not as long as the police cannot check the device without screwing it apart. It does not seem Ninebot will get these done for their old products and afaik it hasnt happened with the newer S2 model either. :-(

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