loyatemu Registered User
#31

tringle said:
Just back from Paris and a lot of business commuters using these one wheel.electric scooter thingies, looked amazing and this was on old cobbled roads
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=electric+unicycle&rh=i:aps,k:electric+unicycle&linkCode=sl2&tag=authentech17-20&linkId=4a34e001cc85d098be72a75a77da4914


I've seen the odd person using those in Dublin, the problem is they're not really practical on a busy footpath and you couldn't ride one on any road that had significant traffic on it (you'd be in everyone's way). I saw someone on one recently on the Grand Canal cycle path which is probably fine.

Phil.x Registered User
#32

tringle said:
Just back from Paris and a lot of business commuters using these one wheel.electric scooter thingies, looked amazing and this was on old cobbled roads
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=electric+unicycle&rh=i:aps,k:electric+unicycle&linkCode=sl2&tag=authentech17-20&linkId=4a34e001cc85d098be72a75a77da4914


That's a recipe for false teeth.

whisky_galore Registered User
#33

mr_edge_to_you said:
I have the Giant bike, it’s decent bit of kit in fairness. Bromton are brilliant but there’s a big difference in price! It is bigger than the Brompton and I am mindful of that when I’m on full trains.


I had the Giant as well, was pleased with it at first, but was disappointed at the build quality and rate things wore out in it.

beauf Registered User
#34

tringle said:
Just back from Paris and a lot of business commuters using these one wheel.electric scooter thingies, looked amazing and this was on old cobbled roads
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=electric+unicycle&rh=i:aps,k:electric+unicycle&linkCode=sl2&tag=authentech17-20&linkId=4a34e001cc85d098be72a75a77da4914


They are no legal here. Not that I think its enforced in any meaningful way.

Stephen15 Registered User
#35

beauf said:
They are no legal here. Not that I think its enforced in any meaningful way.


Really I didn't there would be legislation covering such a new product to the market.

loyatemu Registered User
#36

beauf said:
They are no legal here. Not that I think its enforced in any meaningful way.


Stephen15 said:
Really I didn't there would be legislation covering such a new product to the market.


I guess they're a mechanically propelled vehicle so would need insurance, tax etc, which they can't feasibly get? There's an exemption for eBikes, but not for these things - they'd be the same as Segways which can only be used on private land such as the Phoenix Park or in the IFSC.

It would probably want to be a pretty slow day before the guards would take any action though.

site_owner Registered User
#37

theres one that appears on the clontarf cycle track during the summer. i think an actual unicycle might be more practical, the thing is huge.

loyatemu Registered User
#38

site_owner said:
theres one that appears on the clontarf cycle track during the summer. i think an actual unicycle might be more practical, the thing is huge.


you must be thinking of something different - the ones I've seen are the size of a briefcase. They're a pretty neat idea IMO - someone on a solowheel takes up no more space than a regular pedestrian.

tringle Registered User
#39

It never occurred to me it would be considered for tax or insurance. As I say lots of business men whizzing around in Paris and their pavement surfaces are not even by any means.

site_owner Registered User
#40

probably, its a couple of years since i've seen it. i think it might have a had a seat

it might have been something like this

loyatemu Registered User
#41

tringle said:
It never occurred to me it would be considered for tax or insurance. As I say lots of business men whizzing around in Paris and their pavement surfaces are not even by any means.


they may be covered by specific legislation in France (or the Gendarmes don't give a damn). Here they're not covered by anything specific, so they'd fall under the same legislation as any other "motor vehicle" but it would probably take a prosecution to confirm this.

Solowheel (similar devices are available from other manufacturers):

beauf Registered User
#42

Check out the last picture in this ad. Shows the different in size between a brompton and dahon bike.

Phil.x Registered User
#43

mr_edge_to_you said:
Does that model have a battery/motor on it? Al the Bromptons I’ve seen very small and are nearly the same size as an old style briefcase

My bike (the Giant model) is bigger than the Brompton and to be honest the space shouldn’t be an issue on a commuter train where there is plenty of standing room. If our rail service was up to scratch additional standing room for one/two people wouldn’t be an issue. A quick look at Irish Rails twitter page shows that they acknowledge capacity shortages across their fleet.

It’s a very different issue on a severely overcrowded Intercity carriage though.

Foldup bikes and trains should be seen as a positive approach to commuting.


If seen one of those bromptons the other day, they are very neat looking.

beauf Registered User
#44

My link seemed to have been removed.

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/94zohQsDqIA/maxresdefault.jpg

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