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Old 03.12.2015, 15:09
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Are those things not ancient? They had them in the stoneage if I remember correctly...
The good thing about the single wheel type is that they don't need to have a motor, to go.
I've seen one that was just a covered small bike type wheel with two foot plates - I think you just have to lean slightly forward to move the C. of G. forward of the centre of the wheel and gravity will try to catch up the c of g, thus creating forward motion.

Probably no good for any kind of incline, though, unless the rider is a lardy.
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Old 03.12.2015, 16:32
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Saw a boy aged about ten on one in the library yesterday. He was a foreign (expat)? sheep.

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Old 03.12.2015, 17:16
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Did anyone really think they'd actually play by everyone else's rules?
Who's they, Medea? Chinese?
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Old 03.12.2015, 18:01
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Re: Hoverboard Buyers Beware

Yes, as jesuistouriste mentioned China and I was replying to his post. But article says Asia so may be other countries too. China's not the only one who "specialises" in counterfeiting products.

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Old 03.12.2015, 22:30
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Re: Hoverboard Buyers Beware

Great bit of kit, even for the Dad's!!! Buy and try.
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Old 03.12.2015, 23:06
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Fire hazard or not, if I remember that right, those things are allowed in Switzerland only on private ground, not on streets, sidewalks and the like. So no fun.

I'm waiting for the stand-up quadcopter anyway.
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Is that really the case? I did some research (rather, tried to), and found it was quite a tricky question. I somehow came to the conclusion that they can be used on pavements/ paths where bikes are allowed, but perhaps not on pedestrian-only pavement.
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You are correct as this thing would clearly count as a toy in the eye of the law: low traffic side roads are ok, bicycle paths are not.

http://www.bfu.ch/de/ratgeber/ratgeb...d-skates-recht
The text linked to by Treverus refers to "vehicle-like devices", which are clearly defined as "propelled by human force only, [....] such as children's scooters, inline-skates, skateboards, monocycles, children's tricycles etc.." Those "hoverboards" however are electric, and that makes quite a difference.

Just about two weeks ago I read an interview with an official somewhere in a Swiss magazine, where it was expressly stated that those things are not allowed to be used anywhere near public pedestrian or other traffic. Private areas indoors and outdoors are ok.

Some clarification needed. Really.

Edit: wait a minute. Just found it: http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/news/sto...-Trab-14527024

Sorry, no time for a translation. Our dogs are waiting for walking me....

Yet another EDIT:

Similar not only in always-twelve-years-behind Switzerland:

http://www.vice.com/read/hoverboards...-nyc-vgtrn-959

http://mashable.com/2015/10/12/hover.../#bDmSKxtd25qu

http://mashable.com/2015/11/23/hover.../#0PRW27_ODOqa
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Old 11.12.2015, 15:47
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Re: Hoverboard Buyers Beware

And the death of a 15 year boy who crashed into a bus while riding a hoverboard has been reported.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-35068900
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Old 11.12.2015, 16:05
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Re: Hoverboard Buyers Beware

There is an article in the latest consumer magazine 'Beobachter' which states that many of the electric boards, segways etc are not approved for use on the roads, nor are they allowed on the pavements. They are only allowed on private ground.

If they do pass inspection, and are permitted on the road, they are legally seen as a light electric bicycle. Adults can use them without a license, but children need a Mofa license.
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The good thing about the single wheel type is that they don't need to have a motor, to go.
I've seen one that was just a covered small bike type wheel with two foot plates - I think you just have to lean slightly forward to move the C. of G. forward of the centre of the wheel and gravity will try to catch up the c of g, thus creating forward motion.

Probably no good for any kind of incline, though, unless the rider is a lardy.
What's that then? A unicycle without pedals? Sounds like it would be useless on the flat or uphill and stunningly dangerous downhill.

Or do you mean something like this:

http://www.banggood.com/IPS-A130-650...-p-968422.html
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Re: Hoverboard Buyers Beware

How about a less complicated way to commute, perhaps even healthier way .... Its called .... Walking
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How about a less complicated way to commute, perhaps even healthier way .... Its called .... Walking
State of the art is the bicycle. It'll outlive all these gimmicky products.
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What's that then? A unicycle without pedals? Sounds like it would be useless on the flat or uphill and stunningly dangerous downhill.

Or do you mean something like this:

http://www.banggood.com/IPS-A130-650...-p-968422.html
Something like this - although my recollection was without the small wheel at the back ..... but as this is a Swiss design and I saw it here, I could be wrong ..... in which case the method of propulsion would also be wrong.

http://gizmodo.com/276233/magic-whee...rtation-system
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Re: Hoverboard Buyers Beware

AmazonUK, Argos and John Lewis have stopped selling hoverboards in the UK due to safety concerns.

"Online marketplace Amazon has told customers who bought certain "hoverboards" to throw them out after concerns they can catch fire.
In an email, the firm told buyers of self-balancing scooters with "non-compliant UK plugs" to dispose of the product at a recycling centre.
Such customers would be automatically refunded within three days, it said."

"The company also sent a separate email to customers who had bought the so-called hoverboards with compliant UK plugs to give them tips on safe battery and plug use "as a precaution".
Such customers could contact Amazon customer services if they did not wish to keep the product, the firm said."

"Earlier this month, Trading Standards officers said they had seized 88% of all scooters examined since October 15, mainly for having non-compliant electrical components that could explode or catch fire.
Many of the boards were found to have plugs without fuses, and cut-off switches which failed when tested.
Chargers, cabling and batteries were also found to fail safety standards."

And if you're thinking of taking one on holiday with you, maybe think again if you're flying.

"A number of airlines, including leading airline groups American, Delta and United, have also banned passengers from taking so-called hoverboards onto flights, saying their batteries present an unacceptable fire hazard."

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35109728
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