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Milestone: My first commute on my V8. A report


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On 8/6/2017 at 2:16 AM, palachzzz said:

Hi all.

I really wanted to have a good APP for my Intionion V8, but looks like the JumpMaster and Cedric Hauber disappeared from the forum(( So, I haven't a choise, I modified the Cedric's version by myself :) 
FIXED:
-speed 
-temperature
-total distance
-distance
added in the second tab: 
-second temperature (controller)
-angles (Angle and Roll).
In addition, I changed the polling rate to 10 times per second, and also added it all to the log. Caution, the log file is now growing rapidly

WheelLog-inmotion.apk

For interested Inmotion owners the WheelLog update starts being discussed here...

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Nice!

8.7Km beats my longest ride. Some noob tips/observations;

1) stay away from traffic! Mine did get away from me once and bounced into the road. I was lucky cars were 5 seconds away. If you don't have a choice, then slower speeds at first.

2) Slow down towards intersections. Bicycles and others can stop and wait, but why get off? I'm learning to move forward and backward (rocking) at lights, but still not comfortable. Easier to slow down for 10 or 15 seconds and have a good chance of catching the light.

3) IMHO hand signals from motorcycle riding applies here. I use them alot.

Nice charts. 29 mins for 8.7km is good.

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1 minute ago, Circuitmage said:

Nice!

8.7Km beats my longest ride. Some noob tips/observations;

1) stay away from traffic! Mine did get away from me once and bounced into the road. I was lucky cars were 5 seconds away. If you don't have a choice, then slower speeds at first.

2) Slow down towards intersections. Bicycles and others can stop and wait, but why get off? I'm learning to move forward and backward (rocking) at lights, but still not comfortable. Easier to slow down for 10 or 15 seconds and have a good chance of catching the light.

3) IMHO hand signals from motorcycle riding applies here. I use them alot.

Nice charts. 29 mins for 8.7km is good.

I have a tether on my wheel and I'm going to keep it on to prevent such runaway situations in the future but I avoid traffic where I can anyway. People round here are either drunk, high, or on their phones. I learned to avoid them over the last two years of cycling to work.

I actually crossed several roads in the first 4km. Only one of them was a major one and I indeed slowed down to find a lucky break without stopping. The two crosswalks were not much of an option. The first went red just as I approached so it was too long of a wait to slow down for the duration. I also didn't want to rush the crossing. I felt stopping and making sure the 4 way intersection was clear was my best approach here on my first commute. The second crosswalk was not on an intersection and has a push button to activate strobes that alert drivers to your intent to cross. As there was a University cop sitting in his cruiser right at the crosswalk I thought it best to stop, fully press the button, and then proceed to cross. I like these guys to stay on my side.

As a ex-motorcyclist/cyclist I'm all about indicating my intention to those around me and did so at all points on the road. I also made my intentions very clear to pedestrians I passed on the mixed use paths. I also made sure not to shout my approach to them in any way that could be considered aggressive or rude and added lots of pleases and thank yous as I passed to try and be a good ambassador.

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So, this is about my 4th ride to work, and my first 2-day in-a-row ride. And I discovered something;

TRASH CANS!

Our city has trash cans at almost every corner, so they are at the perfect spot to stop and grab onto so I don't have to dismount. :)

 

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Lol. This is currently the hardest part for me. Getting started. Once I am on and rolling I can go for as far as I want, but it sometimes takes 4 tries to get going from standstill.

Then again, it's not by avoiding the problem that you learn to master it.

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It can take me several attempts to get rolling from a free mount. This morning I had to stop at an intersection that crosses a fairly busy road. I chose to walk the wheel across the road and try mounting on the other side. That time took 3 attempts. When I got to work I had to use the card reader to access the compound so stepped off. This is on a fairly steep upwards slope. I figured there was no way I'd be able to mount on the slope...but got it first time. As has been said it is all about naturally getting your foot in the right place on the pedal first time. Sometimes I get it. Sometimes I don't. It will come.

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Update in battery consumption so far. This is from the 3rd full charge of the wheel since I have owned it.

27.57km (17.13 miles) ridden, battery now at 39%.

68kg (150lb) 75kg (165lb) rider weight.
Flat terrain.
Riding between 30C (86F) and 36C (97F) air temperature.
Mainly constant rolling with some speed increase/decrease due to pedestrian avoidance.
First 5 miles limited to 20kph max speed, remainder limited to 25kph max speed.
Tire pressure: 40 - 45lb/in2

The V8 has been supremely smooth and well behaved so far. I am very happy with my choice so far. A great combination of weight, range, power, features, looks AND price (at $999 V8 pricing, not >$1600 SoloWheel Astroglide 3 pricing) for what I need right now.

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Adjusted rider weight and added tire pressure.
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I managed to get 38.67 km (24.03 miles ) out of a full charge on my V8. This was to the point of low battery shutdown which is performed at 68.44V (3.42V/cell) or 3% of wheel reported capacity. At shutdown the pedals tilted back to 15 degrees in fairly quick (but not dangerous) fashion to bring me to a halt.

Conditions are as listed above. Speed still limited to 25kph (16mph) in the app at the moment. Rider weight is probably more like 165 though considering protective gear and back pack with work stuff in it.

I think for the final part of the ride it might have been tilting back at a lower speed/ Hard to say at the moment.

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Also...This range is in the upper part of the 20-25 mile range band specified by eWheels (nice realistic estimate @Jason McNeil :thumbup:) but well below the overly optimistic 45-50km (27-30 miles) on the Inmotion website. I'm pleased to say that following my V8 research before buying it is pretty much where I expected it to be. I will be interesting to see how much this is affected once I unlock the final few kph.

Thanks again @palachzzz for getting WheelLog going for Inmotion wheels. I got a reliable log for my ride home.

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All I can say is... congratulations!  You're doing great!  I wish I was doing as well as you are.  Definitely going to invest in the G-form compression clothing.  I'm thinking a helmet that will protect my chin is also increasingly in order.  I'm looking forward to doing my first commute (the 5 miles from my house to my gf's house, and the 5 miles back) but I have to do it late at night so I can experience crossing major roads without cars present to know what I need to work on.  Just a matter of staying awake long enough one of these days to do that!

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8 hours ago, Catlord17 said:

All I can say is... congratulations!  You're doing great!  I wish I was doing as well as you are.  Definitely going to invest in the G-form compression clothing.  I'm thinking a helmet that will protect my chin is also increasingly in order.  I'm looking forward to doing my first commute (the 5 miles from my house to my gf's house, and the 5 miles back) but I have to do it late at night so I can experience crossing major roads without cars present to know what I need to work on.  Just a matter of staying awake long enough one of these days to do that!

Thanks!

Going for a full face helmet is, I believe, a great move. If I were wearing an open face helmet I'd feel much more uncomfortable on the wheel. If you can get to a bike shop that is the best move as different brands fit different shape heads better.

I will do a thorough review of the G-Form gear once I have used it a bit more. I remain very happy with it so far. I sweated more on my homeward bound journeys at 4-5pm but I don't think I can blame the gear for that, it is just Florida, as you know, and most of the sweat appeared at the start or end of the ride as I was preparing to get going or shutting down at the end. Actually riding with 15mph of airflow was pretty comfortable. Removing the elbow and knee pads when clammy is more of a challenge. I had my back protector on yesterday (POC Spine 2.0) and that increases retained heat immensely. I'm on the fence about using that full time at the moment. I want to, but dear god it was warm. G-Form have a 30 day return period. You pay return shipping. As long as you get an RMA number form them then there is no restocking fee.

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Another observation. The V8 considers 100% battery charge to be at 82.5V. This is why after a full charge to 84v (with an overnight rest period for the battery after stopping the charge) I ran at 100% wheel reported charge level for several kilometers the other day (voltage remained above 82.5v).

I still haven't had time to read up on the operation of the charge doctor so last night I turned off the eWheels fast charger (2.5A) as soon as WheelLog reported battery voltage had hit 84V. As such I did not allow it to run the constant voltage decreasing current stage. I looked at the battery voltage in the log for this mornings ride after I had been moving for 0.2 miles (to allow a voltage under load reading) and calculations suggest it had obtained 90% (of manufacturer rated cell capacity (3.0V empty, 4.2V full) not wheel reported capacity) charge by doing this.

I will try this again with the standard charger another day. This could be a way for those without a charge doctor to limit their charge level for longevity/downhill reasons. Just be sure to do a cell balancing charge every week or two,

Once I have enough data I intend to post this info in the Inmotion forum with an appropriate title as a reference for V8 owners.

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14 minutes ago, Circuitmage said:

I'm just piggy backing on your thread here....3 days in a row for me now on EUC to work.

Congrats! B) Piggy back all you want :thumbup: but I'd be interested to hear details about the trip and that warrants a thread of it's own so your tale can bask in all it's righful glory. :clap3:

Spill the beans...distances, problems, acomplishments, gear, etc, etc.

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Nothing much exciting, just trying to form a new mindset to take it to work every day. Lots of small details;

1) Have to get enough sleep to be motivated to ride.

2) Learned how to pack my bag; gear, pillow and charging pack in bag. Helmet and lunchbox outside. (it's a small bag)

3) I drive to train station, do not wear gear from car to train.

4) I get downtown and wear all gear for a quick 5 block ride.

and then reverse in the PM.

 

I have already ridden straight from home to train , but holding out a bit before I make that a daily thing...hoping to upgrade by then. That's an extra 2.5 miles, so the rides I'm doing now are very short, but fast!

It does help me get to the train on time to get a seat!

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I have a new motivation to ride my wheel to work, school traffic! There's an elementary on the way to work that lets kids out just as I'm on my way to work (I work late). Of course, cars pile-up blocking the only direct route for my commute. Riding on the sidewalks can bypass all of that; (although, I may have to dodge a few kids along the way).

I've already proven I can ride to work and back. This week I even rode home after nightfall without incident. At this point, rain and puddles are the biggest impediment to my using my wheel as intended (for commuting). At night I wore extra headlights and blinking taillights... Aside from being a bit tired (from work), the experience went smoothly. Final thoughts: get brighter headlight(s) for the path ahead...

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16 minutes ago, RayRay said:

I have a new motivation to ride my wheel to work, school traffic! There's an elementary on the way to work that lets kids out just as I'm on my way to work (I work late). Of course, cars pile-up blocking the only direct route for my commute. Riding on the sidewalks can bypass all of that; (although, I may have to dodge a few kids along the way).

I've already proven I can ride to work and back. This week I even rode home after nightfall without incident. At this point, rain and puddles are the biggest impediment to my using my wheel as intended (for commuting). At night I wore extra headlights and blinking taillights... Aside from being a bit tired (from work), the experience went smoothly. Final thoughts: get brighter headlight(s) for the path ahead...

You've come a long way. I remember when you were ready to give up and sell your wheel... I'm trying to get to the point where I can commute on my wheel myself. I hope to try in a week and a half more of practice I think.

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8 hours ago, RayRay said:

I have a new motivation to ride my wheel to work, school traffic! There's an elementary on the way to work that lets kids out just as I'm on my way to work (I work late). Of course, cars pile-up blocking the only direct route for my commute. Riding on the sidewalks can bypass all of that; (although, I may have to dodge a few kids along the way).

I've already proven I can ride to work and back. This week I even rode home after nightfall without incident. At this point, rain and puddles are the biggest impediment to my using my wheel as intended (for commuting). At night I wore extra headlights and blinking taillights... Aside from being a bit tired (from work), the experience went smoothly. Final thoughts: get brighter headlight(s) for the path ahead...

I'm going to review my Light and Motion Vis 360+ helmet mounted head and taillight combo as soon as I have chance. Had them for 18 months now and very happy. They make an even brighter version now too. Check them out.

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