@Nothinbcwh said in New Rider:
So today is my first day with my OW+. I've never really ridden a skateboard, or a snow board, or any other board sport. I'm about as green as green gets. I bought pads and a helmet, because I'd rather be safe than sorry.
First off welcome to the onewheel family! Like you this is also my first board sport.. I've been at it for over a year now and it definitely does get easier.. helmet and wrist guards are usually the minimum for safety.
I put about 9 miles on it today and got to about 13 MPh. I had a shit ton of fun. I have no relatable experience here so any words of wisdom on any of my points are appreciated.
Make sure you change the shaping mode if you start to feel push back too early as it will give you more room to work with and less likely to nosedive.
Dismounting is challenging. It got better as the day went on but trying to keep my pant legs away from the wheel seemed to be a challenge. It got caught once or twice.
As was already mentioned a fender would really come in handy for those reasons.. unless your always on dry smooth pavement.. and dismounting is the hardest part for most.. keep practicing it on grass if you feel more confident.. @groovyruvy made a video with 2 good methods for dismounting the OW+ you should be able to nail one of them down if the heel lift method isn't working out for you.
I'm right handed and it seemed easier to ride with my right foot on the main sensor. But right turns are significantly more difficult. Maybe it's that I don't trust myself. Is there anything that makes the right turn easier?
I also ride Goofy and riding switch will be a challenge unless you keep practicing.. turning at speed comes with time/practice same with u-turns.. you need to build confidence in the board.. it took me a couple weeks of daily practice going in straight lines to nail this down so don't get discouraged if it takes you longer.
I was disappointed with the grip tape as the back one started to lift on day one. Maybe it's the Texas heat? Maybe the grip tape just sucks?
The grip tape seems to peel up easier in high heat like 90+F.. you can try sticking it back down but it will eventually peel back up.. it sucks on both models of OW.. it likes to peel up more on the sensor side in my experience.. I have 3 pairs of footpads that all have a rip in the same place after just 1 week.. my OW+ footpad has bubbling but hasn't torn yet.. as was suggested you will have to regrip at some point and vicious is a really good choice.
I'm going to have to spend some serious time getting comfortable with my left foot leading. My legs were rather sore as well. I was surprised at how tiring keeping your balance felt.
Foot fatigue is normal and should mostly go away with time/constant riding and also finding the right shoes for you to ride in will make a difference.. there's a whole thread on here that's worth reading on the subject.
Thanks for reading, again any other comments are appreciated. I've read all the other newbie posts several times in anticipation of today.