The problem with riding on the street



  • @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.



  • @thegreck pushback doesn't bother me...maybe because I have the first firmware since I have my board . Fortunatly I have a off line iphone so my board has never been updated!



  • @fabuz Don't update! Pushback kicks in at around 13mph now! It's like a constant battle.



  • @thegreck That makes so much more sense now. I alway wondered why I couldn't make it to 15mph and got that push back so soon.



  • How does the firmware update? I think I don't want it to



  • @kbman I will be waiting a few weeks after a new update makes it out in the wild. I am still getting the hang of the current firmware. It would be nice to have a rollback feature in the OW app for early adopters.


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