I've been waiting for my OW+ to see how burly the fender might be for this sort of thing. If it's solid enough to feel like a structural component, this is the next progression, yup for sure.
Posts made by bmtka
RE: Crash reports: traffic
I used to think that the people driving a little bit swervey in the middle of the day were just old, tired, or not paying attention. Then my work taught me that many of these nice people, they're actually probably quite shitfaced even if it's 10am. Combine that with the lawful or unlawful driving distractions of the modern world and being 11pm, whether "right on red" is legal where you live or not... you're basically begging to be vehicular manslaughtered. The problem is that even if the vehicles are looking for pedestrians, they aren't expecting you to move much faster than an actual PED-estrian because they don't see a bicycle between your legs, traffic cone costume or not.
I think you're better off to just avoid busy intersections at night. Cross in the middle of the street when the opportunity presents. You only have to worry about pretending you're invisible to the traffic coming from two directions instead of four and it comes at you straight and predictable. Use the pedestrian ramps at the intersections to insert yourself into and out of traffic lanes.
Jaywalking laws were lobbied for by auto manufacturers to shift the blame for pedestrian injuries and fatalities from the drivers to the victims. If any dickhead cops try to give you shit you can just explain that you are only trying to protect your own safety. Most of them are pretty reasonable late at night if you're one of the few sober(ish) people they have to deal with. If you get a ticket, fight it if you can. If you can't get to court because reasons, chalk it up on your safety gear budget. Sometimes you have to break the stupid rules. Such is life.
RE: RIDING in county or city parks on mountain Bike trails... Help
@Aaron-Broward-FL You could cite the relevant bits of your state code, particularly subsection 1(b) here. Section 21 lhere defines EPAMD. Unfortunately Montana's definition of an EPAMD also has the problem of specifying "two non-tandem wheels," but I certainly think OW fits within the spirit of that law.
Anyway, I have heard second hand that years ago a guy in Bozeman had a Segway and specifically sought permission from the city to use it on the trails. He rallied around on that thing all over the place until he wrecked it and hurt himself pretty bad... but he was allowed to be there. I can maybe find out some details if you think it will help your cause.
RE: RIDING in county or city parks on mountain Bike trails... Help
@Aaron-Broward-FL I ride city trails all the time. Segway lobbied hard in most if not all of the states to get laws sanctioning their devices where most pedestrians, bicycles, and slow moving traffic are allowed. Check your state code for laws covering "Electric personal assistive mobility devices." If it's not quite to your liking, plead ignorance if called out and lobby to change the law to your state reps, or delegates, or whatever it is you have in FL. OW doesn't quite fit the definition of EPAMD in my state, but it's close enough.
RE: Hoosier Treaded Tire Review
@Earthpilot @no Sorry if I'm being lazy, but could you guys give a quick run down regarding the specific tires (and rubber compounds) you have tired and their wear characteristics so far? I'm considering a swap and I'm leaning toward the treaded Hoosier in the A30 compound. I've got over 1000 miles on my original Vega, but it sounds like you guys aren't getting that kind of lifespan.
I'm also concerned that it will be a pain the the ass to file down the profile so it doesn't rub against the edges. I'm hundreds of miles from any sort of serious kart shop. Do you suppose my local tire guys would have the equipment to lathe it and file down the profile a bit?
RE: Ghost rider.
I had similar problems when I was first starting out. The day I got mine I noticed similar behavior when I bailed off while in motion. At one point it scooted off a good 15 ft. and got stuck under the rear axle of a truck in my driveway. I had to deflate the tire to dislodge it. I was really concerned, but not convinced, that it had a problem. It turns out, mine didn't have a problem in that regard. It's a feature not a bug that deactivating both sensors while the device is in motion doesn't immediately shut the motor down.
I'm just going to speculate here, but I would be willing to bet that since your son was going uphill he likely buried the front end accelerating too heavily. This will cause the rider to crash, but will not necessarily cause the OneWheel to detect CRASH_STATE because the nose grounded out at an angle above the level enough that the board had no way of knowing if the rider had crashed into a hill or if s/he was accelerating aggressively on a level surface and momentarily came off the sensors from a bump. Whenever I have overrun the motor on level ground and "nose dived" my OneWheel has always stopped in it's tracks while my person continued on it's way to the scene of the accident.
As your riding ability advances and you explore terrain beyond level pavement, there will be times when coming off both sensors for less than a second is unavoidable. Going over a slightly rough patch at speed can be enough to cause your feet to chatter off the board momentarily. You definitely don't want the motor shutting down in these situations.
I think it's pretty important to absolutely avoid crowded pedestrian areas and riding close to traffic until you are able to ride in complete control of the board, or at least are always ready to swoop down to scoop it off the ground when you bail.
Now if you can get the thing to scoot away from you for more than a full second after jumping off, you may have a problem. Like you said, shipping to/from Hawaii isn't cheap, so you may want to experiment with bailing off in an open area to see if you can reliably reproduce troubling behavior. I'm sure the software's rider detection algorithms will improve in time, but for now new riders just have to deal with the current limitations.
RE: anti overspeed nosedive ideas
@thegreck Learning to fall is important (hooray for elbow pads!). In the meantime, it is really not a bad idea to wear wrist guards. They aren't controversial when you're talking about the kind of falls new riders are going to have. The worst case scenario is that they absorb some of the impact but cause the fracture to be more proximal (i.e. further up the arm) than without. A mid-shaft radial-ulnar fracture is much preferable to one involves the intra-articular (joint) space. I am absolutely speaking from experience.
RE: Never Rode a OW, Waiting on +
@northwallace I was hoping you would say Bozeman from your user name. :D I'm a Livingstoner, but I work in Bozeman and do a huge portion of my riding on the many miles of wonderful GVLT trails. It's basically OneWheel paradise. When did you order?