Graffiti round me isn't usually worth stopping to look at but a particular area gets tagged with nice messages now and then.
Took this 3 months ago and haven't been round there to take a look since. Might be worth a re-visit.
First long ride after busting the foot yesterday. Past 3 weeks has been nothing but rain so hopped at the chance to finally break free from the house.
Still got a lot to get used to again as I could barely manage the last 20km. Was a 66km ride but my phone was dying at 52km so called it quits since the app kills my battery when recording rides.
Doc said 2 more weeks and I shouldn't feel anymore pain. He did say NOT to play sports etc, I assume this falls into that category but I mean... I feel no pain when riding so assuming I don't fall off again it'll continue to recover.
So looks like the 6 week estimate was about right. Happy to be back out rolling for more than 30 minutes each day.
Been a while since I touched this... I didn't forget!
That noise was still bugging me but I finally found the problem.
I though if I mount all the parts it would maybe stop it, no it made it worse!!! Well that's not right...
On closer inspection if I added the fender it parted my rails enough that the battery housing was no longer snug. Removing it I found even when snug there was a tiny bit of play.
Being as I want to redo the rails anyway I went ahead and printed up some templates to make the mounting points for the battery since I had yet to actually do that.
And guess what, NOISE GONE! 99.9% GONE!
Best get back to work on that footpad since that's next! Hope it works fine so I can get to making this look the part.
Been wanting to do something like this for a while but could never recreate anything that looked like stock technical drawings.
Remembered earlier today FM have patent drawings which are HD enough to make some artwork of. Bit of fiddling around in Photoshop and whipped this up, figured you all might like it :)
Of course full credit to FM, nothing other than the added flare is mine, they did the hard bit ;)
Anyone interested in the patents I used for the image I've linked below
Edit : Lots of floaters over on Reddit seemed to like it and also want this as a poster. Poked FM over on Twitter to see if they're fine with me putting this up on Redbubble. It contains their intellectual property and trademarks so best to get their permission first.
Finally had some more time to continue drawing. Got the base sketch and positions done, now working on a final sketch layer to figure out how everything is going to look. Only got 2 and a half riders done on that so far, I'm not the fastest drawer out there but I'm happy with how it's coming :)
Alright, got the flat colours down for everyone (except me, ignore me for now!)
Bare in mind I'll be shading these so they'll look like 200% better with actual shadows, highlights etc ;)
Everyone happy with how they look so far? If I've missed or got something wrong I'll happily fix it.
This is probably the last update image before the final piece. Just wanted to share this one before I start laying down the final details to check I've not missed anything :)
Leaving the environment to last, I find that therapeutic to do once the main focus is done.
One of the huge trees on my daily route appears to have lost an entire branch that gashed itself on the way down :(
Impressive to look at mind you, hope the tree survives.
I'd imagine it's extremely old given the trunk is almost the width of a car.
Did an 84km ride to visit Kelmarsh Tunnel. Planned on going a bit further up the old railway turned cycle route to Market Harborough but forgot to factor in the terrain when planning the trip so had to cut the last few KM to make sure I made it back.
Just before getting to the mouth of the tunnel the GoPro that I'd been grabbing some neat ride shots died. Seeing as it'd been about 3 hours of almost non-stop riding a little break was sorely needed while I let the GoPro charge up. Never to miss an opportunity to grab a few pics I snapped this while I cooled off.
Good thing I cut the ride short. I got back after 6.5 hours riding with about 7% left on the gauge. Terrain knocked about 10% total range off my pack which I'm fine with, when I first started riding I rode exclusively on busted farm tracks which took an entire 50% off before I discovered the wonder that is paved surfaces. Learning to factor terrain losses on route planning has become crucial for these longer rides where getting it wrong can be the difference between having enough left for the inclines and a walk of shame spanning several kilometres >.>
Took the Pint out for it's first field test (literally). Haven't made the decorative float plate to cover the bare aluminium rails however I'm almost tempted to keep it that way.... almost tempted...
Anyway here are some pics of how that went :)
Managed to run the battery down all the way with the controller temps never reaching above 32c (was 22c outside at the time) so I call that a success.
I raise you a Velociraptor!
(and Peppa Pig... this totally counts right?)
Recently I've become the owner of a Pint that got snapped in half after a hit and run incident here in the UK. Here's some pics the rider took after the incident.
The owner thankfully wasn't injured however due to legal complications with the OW being used here the police advised not to pursue a case; even though they managed to get the plate before they bailed. For those interested in pics and the post here are the links.
Unfortunately they had binned the destroyed parts and I was sent the wheel, controller and battery with the rail mounts for the axle. I was hoping to keep the rails as a memento to what the poor thing had gone through but I'll focus on bringing it back to working order before working on any tributes.
Anyway, she arrived the other day and I've been cleaning the oil off her from the van. There is a lot of damage but electronically she looks fine having taken a closer look. Was a little concerned before purchasing and due to the distance between us and Covid it wouldn't have been sensible for me to see it in person. Risky but I trusted them that the info was accurate.
Damage appears to be the battery communication connector had snapped it's clip off when the whole cable got yanked through the watertight sleeve. When the XT60 got tugged it yanked the power button connector apart and bent the leftover pins to the point they fell off after closer inspection.
As usual the power button nut is loose and the plastic thread has snapped.
When the xt60 reached the watertight sleeve it pulled out a thread one side causing the whole thing to become cross threaded making in difficult to undo without that large adjustable spanner. Being plastic it took a bit of careful jiggling before undoing it without demolishing the head.
Battery appears to be fine though from what I can see. It's off so I assume when the cabled got yanked the battery went into auto shutdown some time after the accident.
Unfortunately all of the mounting posts on the controller are completely destroyed and missing so even with new rails she won't connect to anything. One corner on the controller housing has snapped off also exposing the gasket.
On further inspection the lower metal housing on the controller is bent opening up the seal where the LED's are exposing the gasket and an opening.
The hub also sustained a scrape but for the most part it looks like the hub's structural integrity has been retained. Pressure is still present so we should be good, just needs a bit of paint.
After all that though, I can confirm when bypassing the busted power switch I can turn her on and off. No errors upon turning on and connecting to the app, motor maintains holding torque too once connected. Both front and rear LEDs glow and I would imagine if I short both left and right pad sensor pins to ground I could get her to spin up. Voltage entering the controller was 60v so looks like this little Pint wasn't far from home when things took a turn for the worst.
So my question now is.... where can I buy some rails, bolts and maybe even the lower controller housing? Being in the UK shipping might be an issue and I'm not looking to break the bank this early after Christmas D:
I'm willing to just DIY it and and give this pint a new life as something a little different but that kind of feels wrong.
I'll keep you all posted on this Pint's recovery. Any suggestions on part availability or if anyone is parting a board out give me a poke.
Managed to avoid him, had to go back and check though just in case.
Got an itch to draw something and have been toying with the idea to do a project where I include a variety of riders in a single piece. Think of it as a "Thank You" to everyone here who's made the forum extremely welcoming and a joy to be a part of (even if we've never interacted) :)
I could just add people to the drawing but I figured it might be best to ask who might actually want to be in it since I'll need some reference pieces to go off anyway.
So here's my proposal, anyone that wants to be a part of this comment with the following:
Depending on the quantity of submissions will determine the setting and overall theme of the artwork so I've not made any plans for that yet. All I know is I want it to be one big piece with us all in it :)
Deadline has been met.
If you still want in just comment, still time to add more while I work on how this'll look :)
I'll set a deadline of 24th (June) for entries so I can get to planning. If you miss the deadline but still want in comment anyway and I'll see if I can squeeze you in. It'll take a while for me to even get a rough sketch done depending on how many want in so adding a few more along the way shouldn't be too difficult.
So it begins~
Only the preview window, it doesn't look like much since the ref folder I made over the weekend is hidden ;)
While I'm here...
@NotSure I noticed while going over one of the vids that it looks like you ride with the right foot on the front pad, is that correct? Just one of those little details I want to make sure I get right.
@stinkyface Do you happen to have a preferred set of clothing (certain shirts, jeans/shorts, etc) when riding, I wasn't able to piece much together when creating some reference material on past posts.
Eeeeey look I finally got the emoji's to show up. 20% cooler already!
Little side note, while looking for another banner art I stumbled across OneWheelWing posing for a shot. Nice to see some familiar faces when digging through Google. Anyway turns out he did an interview back in May with a news site called WTOP regarding having the insane mileage he has clocked on the XR. Linky in case anyone wants to check it out.
Just thought I'd share ;)
We did it, the Daystreak board has successfully been frozen for a week.
Well done to you all for keeping that streak up.
Didn't know where else to share this so I figured here will do, I have managed 8888 km on my XR~
Enjoy the silly gif, getting good at these lol.
Looks like the dead resistor was needed too. There's an implementation on another doc I found with a similar chip but paired with another to act as send/receive either side of the line. Note the 120ohm resisistors either end of the A/B lines.
(changing the values shouldn't matter as long as they're the same either side which seems like why I haven't fixed it yet)
I won't pretend I know more than some very basic stuff on these sheets, a lot of it is beyond me. I've gathered enough to verify the chip is being fed the right voltage though now and what pins are what.
Better yet though, this chip isn't programmed, it's just logic gates so if it's shot I can just get another.
Still haven't found where that ground pin has gone though, poked a few other tinkers to see if they know before I pop open Slushy to see where her's goes although I feel like this may be a red herring.
In the meantime since there are 2 resistors, 1 either side I assume both have to match so I'm going to order an actual replacement SMD resistor. When stuff like this fails assuming they don't cascade then only one thing is bust. It may just be this resistor after all and I'm just big dumb!
EDIT: Ordered the appropriate resistor, figured out what one I'll need to appropriately replace this. On the downside I'm waiting a week :(
Done this one early, feel sleepy after a 50km ride to get my second vaccine.
Didn't want to accidentally doze off and miss it ;)
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