The problem with riding on the street



  • Sunday I was nearly going top speed in Extreme mode along the curb on a street which had no sidewalks. I was trying to get to where the designated bike lane resumed so that car faring folks might be less likely to run me over. I quickly went over a set of tracks, the front dipped and I could not shift my weight rearward fast enough so as to avoid outpacing the motors limit. With high speed, momentum, and a rough road, it's very easy to blow right through the high speed pushback. I tried to run it off, but only got two steps before going down on my wrists and then rolling along the pavement sideways. I've become too confident so I had no protective gear on, save a long sleeve shirt. My right wrist got the worst of it but an x-ray showed no broken bones (although a previous break was discovered).

    The problem with riding on the road is that once you've become comfortable on the OW, you expect more speed than it's capable of. When your trying to flow with bicycles and cars, your operating a OW out of context. As much as it feels like it should be capable of greater speed, it's not. I'm sure many of you have had that feeling where your surprised you're getting high speed pushback in Extreme and you don't feel like you're going that fast. At the same time you'll be surprised you're not hitting the limiter on trails when you're carving around on dirt. When the guy nosedived trying to pass some bikes on the street, it was the same thing. He had momentum and was tilted forward so by the time the pushback kicked in, it was too late for him to correct his balance of weight. I've had a few occasions where I was able to recover after a high speed motor cut out by shifting rearward but I believe some luck came into play.

    It's a tough pill to swallow having marveled at all that the OW is capable of. I guess that I'm a speed junkie. There's so much fun to be had on trails, sidewalks, grass, and I haven't even tried the beach yet! I guess I'll focus on non-street action.



  • The issue is your not wearing any protection, wrist guards, helmet, jeans and shoes are required. If your not and/ or dont respect the push back you're going to be sorry..



  • @dcosmos Yeah I'm amazed when people say they only ride their Onewheels on the streets and not on the sidewalks. You never think about how fast cars are going in 25mph zones until you try Onewheeling in one on a street with no shoulder.



  • I ride downtown Chicago, just a like a riding a bicycle, you need to always be ready to be run over. Means wear protection and not riding at %100 of your skill level, 70-80 max.



  • @parrothd I live east of Pasadena, and there's no way I'd ride on the streets out here. Very few of them have bike lanes... most of them don't even have a shoulder. And with people texting while they drive, I'd be having a heart attack every 2 seconds when I heard a car about to pass.



  • @parrothd How can someone "always be ready to be run over"? Unless you're 100 years old and ready for the afterlife. Though, with that premise, you're a 100-year-old riding a OW and you must be having a blast still. Yeah, I know we should all wear knee, elbow, wrist, and head protection but we would all be safer not speeding, drinking, lane-splitting, or talking to ugly women too. Calculated risks are what life is all about and we're all taking one with the OW.



  • It's called defensive driving.. Lol..

    Example, I always assume when riding by parked cars someone will try door me, either by accident or on purpose and have an escape route, that might be stopping, turning or jumping over, keeps you hyper aware to your surrounding.



  • Anytime you are riding on the street, you have to be crazy not to wear some protection, because of not the known knowns but because of the known unknowns... Some idiot on their smartphone driving or someone on their bike not paying attention or a million other things, having to pull out last minute or make some crazy move to avoid a disaster or something comes up in the road you didn't see and you end up flying toward a car... At least have the minimum protection :)



  • @parrothd said in The problem with riding on the street:

    I ride downtown Chicago, just a like a riding a bicycle, you need to always be ready to be run over. Means wear protection and not riding at %100 of your skill level, 70-80 max.

    So true!



  • @parrothd I ride in the loop to work from the bus to the office I use sidewalks and bike paths.



  • @tony420121 I ride in the loop too! Surprised I haven't seen you. I'm usually between Union and Michigan/Monroe. Hope to see ya wheeling!



  • I notice there is a section of my road right before getting back to my driveway that is slightly steeper than the rest of the long gradual downhill. Upon the fourth or fifth time now, I realize I nozedive a little in the same spot every time from suddenly drifting faster than the pace I have been keeping for a while.
    This is where I sprained my ankle somethin fierce 2hrs in at the end of my maiden voyage day one w the OW



  • I ONLY ride on the beach. There is always going to be the inevitable unexpected "dismount", and it simply hurts less on the beach...



  • @Count said in The problem with riding on the street:

    I ONLY ride on the beach. There is always going to be the inevitable unexpected "dismount", and it simply hurts less on the beach...

    consider yourself lucky to have a beach around :)



  • @Count You only ride on the beach?? The world is your playground, man! Don't fear the dismount, just ride!



  • I agree with you man.

    I ate it hard. I trusted the board too much. I was going top speed like you when the nose just dipped. I didnt roll, I have great experience falling. I would have caught myself if I expected it, but i didnt. I fell foward on my side, into a slide. I threw my phone immediately while in the air.

    Now I never trust the board and I am always prepared to fall and I havent been on the ground since despite several nose dives.

    Dont trust it man, always expect some crazy shit.



  • @Seekwence You wouldn't walk up to a strange dog on the street and just start rough-housing with it and trust that it wouldn't bite you. But if it was your dog and you'd had it for a few years and knew what it was like and knew its personality, you could do it no problem. Same with the Onewheel... once you get to know it better, you'll trust it.

    But just like a dog, you also need to always be prepared for it to suddenly bite your face off.



  • @thegreck RESPECT THE BEAST



  • I agree with wearing the safety equipment, but I also agree that the whole push back concept is a flawed design, There needs to be away to actively know your close to hitting push back before it activates. which app integration would be sooo easy and apple watch. Another idea led on front tip of board glows red when close to push back like at 13 mph or what ever.



  • @itwire I agree. Pushback is my least favorite part of the entire Onewheel experience. And they seem to keep making it kick in earlier and earlier with each firmware update. I feel like I'm getting pushback a few seconds after I get on it now, though admittedly I ride a lot faster than I used to when I was first learning.


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