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.
Managed to avoid him, had to go back and check though just in case.
Long time lurker that's slowly creeping out of her shell. Active on reddit but wanted to start engaging with my fellow floaters over here too :)
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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.
So last week I was attempting to cut the depth of the rails but my Jigsaw blade kept walking so had to buy an aluminium cutting disc for my circular saw.
Although I made a mess it worked like a charm after setting up a guide for the saw. Excuse the notches on the lower right side of the rail, it's from where the jigsaw walked but after removing the corners it's not that bad.
With the depth cut to size I made a jig to angle the rails so they could be cut right.
Needed to notch out part of the lower rail so it doesn't interfere with the bumpers
Like a glove
Slapped those on and seem to fit just right, turns out they're pretty strong as is. Still need to make all the mounting holes and cut out where the button and charge port will go.
Will make a facade to recreate the curved rail edge so it matched the bumpers and holds the lip of the pads.
Been one of those odd days where everyone seemed to have plucked up the courage to talk to me today when out shopping.
Right off the gate before entering the store the security guy came over to have a chat. Paraphrased he said that even with the hundreds to thousands of faces he see's come and go I'm one of like 3 people he remembers mostly because of the Onewheel that I ride there and bring into the store. The board is notable enough that he's gone on Youtube a few times to show his wife what it is since she didn't believe it could only have a single wheel.
Not long after that while looking for where they'd hid the Pepsi another dude came over and did the usual asking what it is, how it works and is it even legal. The trifecta of questions I have come to expect. Usually these chats fizzle out after that but this carried on till they asked if I happened to have ridden it a few miles away at another location a year or so ago. I knew it was more than likely me since there are almost no riders in my area. A quick look at my photos and sure enough I had ridden around the location in the same period of time the guy remembered. It's amusing to think I cause such a stir in my county that me riding around can stick in peoples memory.
At checkout I tend to strike up a conversation with the person scanning my items. It didn't take long for them to bring up the Onewheel sitting happily in the trolley with my cat ear helmet. Little did I know he too had seen me riding around another location albeit more recently and was happy to be able to chat since they didn't get a chance to grab my attention the first time around.
Kind of humbling when this happens. Doesn't happen too often so having 3 instances within the span of an hour was fun. Also nice to know I still stick out like a sore thumb, haven't this level of notoriety since I was in my last years of school.
Going through the pics on my phone and forgot I took this back in August.
Small herd of deer enclosed within the boundaries of a local farm. It's the only good view you get of them if you can find this small little bridleway tucked in a bush.
Week 41 locked in, lets see how things have progressed.
That's all for this week, hope everyone is enjoying the updates :)
Forgot to update here. Made a post on reddit but for transparency purposes I'll update this post too :)
Have been riding more and more in the watery depths and it looks like I found my limit. At least for now.
Was out riding in my usual stream when I dove above the rails again. This time I kept it under and rode it through. It's a really weird feeling.
Didn't notice any issues on the ride home but I noticed when I turn her off she turned back on a few seconds later. After about 7 attempts I realised this was probably due to my earlier ride, water was inside and I needed to disconnect that battery ASAP.
BMS was dry and had no evidence of corrosion. It's covered in conformal coating so I'll expect corrosion near the connectors if any. Battery itself tested fine with each cell pair measuring within an acceptable tolerance of the others.
Controller side was another story. The controller was soaked, drops of water everywhere. This'll be what was triggering the board to turn back on. I know it doesn't take much, just touching the pins on the large battery connector is enough to trigger the BMS to turn on so the water was doing similar.
After removing the top plate I could see additional water on the reverse side of the PCB
In the bottom of the controller box were puddles, yeah I took it too far clearly. Not quite sure where it all came in mind you but I suspect it was around the threading on the power button and charge connector.
Battery box was mostly dry, there was some water in it still especially around the rear lights.
Condensation had formed on the rear lights, I did hear some hissing as I took the onewheel apart around the battery box so seeing this with 0 damage to the BMS has me suspect the rear light has been damaged.
Rear light connector has corrosion, some of the pins have gone blue.
Same can be said for the other side of the connector, this having a lot more corrosion on it. Need to scrape it all off and check connectivity
After cleaning it up I found one of the via's on the rear light PCB was dead so I bodge wired from the output of the connector round to the corresponding pin on the LED bank (was the red ones)
My board is plagued by broken solder joints. My front LEDs actually stopped working not because the cable broke but the connector had broke a pin loose. While testing the light states with the motor plugged in I noticed the lights flickered between states when turning the wheel. Seemed like one of the motor sensor connections were broke. Having already had to bodge wire the front left footpad sensor a few months back I decided to save myself from this again and just bodge wired every active pin on the motor sensor and footpad sensor connector.
After the wiring work I sealed up my controller and battery box ready to seal it up again with the last of my Badgerwheel kit.
Lots of silicone, who needs an internal gasket when you can just gunk the outside ;)
All re-assembled and everything works again. Bonus points for finally getting my front light back up and running after so many months of it being flickery.
I still believe the Badgerwheel kit is great, my last application was 7 months ago and I feel I didn't do the best of jobs applying it. Will be doing a proper seal job soon so I can continue pushing my luck.
Hope the small diagnostics and teardown is useful to anyone. It wasn't the most amazing of fixes since the board hadn't actually suffered any terminal issues.
@HanahsDax In the same boat, updated the app on my old iPad to see how it behaved but not the iPhone just in case. Seems to work fine without destroying the streak but haven't used it yet to update the streak. Will give that a shot tomorrow if I remember.
@LidPhones Regarding rides does it look like it's counted the ones you did but haven't made public or has it only counted those? Curious if it's possible to record private rides and have them count so I can avoid cluttering the map D: I purge a lot of my public ones fairly often if I get too many truncating as a big blob.
Thanks for all the support, happy to be around others that share a similar attachment to the challenge that is keeping up a daystreak.
Was considering taking a break after this with the weather being unusally horrible and lockdown limiting me to ride no further than within my small town. However I figured since I know I rode yesterday I'll keep going. Albeit my official streak ended; personally I'm still going and never stopped.
Besides... gives me a new challenge to not only reach #1 but get back up there in the first place.
...Just this time I'll stare at the app till it registers the damn ride!
Here we are, Sunday again and looks like a lot has gone on in the prior week.
So much so I've had to once again extend the daystreak area!
Can't get ahold of any rails through the usual channels, making my own.
Since I've made replica rails in CAD and 3D printed to verify my measurements the next step would be to just make my own.
Milling is tedious and expensive so I've dismissed that idea. Pre-made box section exists though and after a bit of looking I found some that's almost ideal for making rails from.
ALUMINIUM CHANNEL U - SKU: length: 600mm, size: 1.1/2 x 3/4 x 1/8 (38.1mm x 19mm x 3.2mm)
The rails need an inner spacing of 32.5mm from what I've found with these come to 31.8mm. All I have to do is rout out 0.35mm either side and they'll slot on. Then I can trim the depth of the U bracket down to spec. After I'll drill out the holes, countersinking a few, tapping others and then cutting the ends at the appropriate angle to meet flush with the bumpers.
Easier said than done?
I don't have any bits capable of chewing through aluminium with a flat tip so waiting on those to show up. Then I can make a jig to slide the rails into the router to shave off enough material on the inside of the U profile, the rest will be a cakewalk. I'll keep you all posted!
Last day of February, Spring is round the corner!!!
Can't speak for the V1 and Plus but both Pint and XR do have conformal coating on both the BMS and controller board (at least on XR 4208 and Pint 5300). The connectors on the PCB's themselves are not though so are susceptible to corrosion still if moisture does make it's way inside. Badgering as far as I'm aware doesn't void your warranty unless something changed and their FAQ hasn't been updated. Highly recommend it just for that piece of mind even if you just use your own silicone.
As @Franko mentions the Pint is a lot more water resistant than the prior models mostly due to a power button that is sealed, motor/ footpad connector having a more sensible gasket design and the battery housing not having holes in like my XR does on the top metal casing. That said it doesn't take much to make an XR resistant enough to go for a plunge as I've done a few times.
Personally as much as the Pint isn't my fave model it is well engineered with maybe a few questionable choices like the plastic mag handle. If FM can come out with another range focused board using what they learnt manufacturing the Pint then water should be less of an issue. They will of course tell us not to use it in the wet but that'll be more to cover themselves in the event one of us rides it into a lake.
Routed out a few mil off the u-profile I got and it fits!.. ugly, but fits.
Router table was a quick DIY mess made of old desk pieces which make a lovely surface for routing. Had a bit of chatter but that was mostly down to me feeding too fast and not applying consistent pressure... Still did the job mind you.
This is only the first pass in which I just remove some material on the inside to fit over the housings and axle mount.
-Next one is to shave down the internal depth to 10mm since it's about 5.8mm too big.
--After I'll cut the edges down at around a 53.5 degree angle so they line up with either bumpers.
---Lastly I just need to drill all the holes for the bolts and countersink a handful. Since I already modelled the rails I an just print some templates and drill away.
The edges will still be flat however I can 3D print a curved facade piece to replicate the shape of the Pint then glue it on. I'll finish machining the rails first before doing so, no point making it pretty before knowing it can survive later testing.
Edit: Okay I got a little impatient and put the axle bolt holes in. Like a glove~
Even better it holds my weight fine. Can bounce on it (with my foot barely bridging the gap between the rails) and no signs of twisting with the battery in place.
@HorsePlay Nothing terrible. I used to wear a fox hoodie round school. Since there was a uniform for all years below and my year having to wear "smart casual" I was easy to pick out being fluorescent orange among dark green blazers and black/white tops. Still not sure how I got away with it for those 2 years. Was widely known throughout the school as just "The fox". Embarrassingly enough when walking the tail would swish side to side >.>
Helmet is great, I mostly wear it for the look than safety (don't tell the gear police) and during winter it stops my face freezing. No idea if I'll melt in it during the summer. Found the Pepsi too in the end too which was a bonus :)
@OneDan Aha that sounds about right. I do sometimes get asked cost and likewise get very one sided responses. Usually mentioning the Pint first helps ease them into it...