Extreme(balance challenged) Newbie impressions



  • @UKenthusiast Where it says "Watching" at the bottom of the page, click it and choose "do not notify me of unread posts". This is not for you, mate, but float well.



  • I'm 74 and put over 500 miles on my Onewheel last summer and fall. In September at the Reno Air Races (flew myself and my Onewheel down from Hood River, Oregon in my Long EZ) and stayed at the Sands casino. I got busted by security three days in a row for riding around inside the casino. "Listen, I'm a guest here. Also I'm handicapped and this is how I get around." They didn't buy it. Since then I put a 6" X 6" handicap sticker on it. Might work.



  • @speedracer lol. Good luck with that. Did you have any problems riding OUTSIDE the casinos?



  • Well...… I don't wear a helmet and fell on my head a couple dozen times. Other than that..... no.



  • Happy New Year Floaters!

    The Kush Report-
    So today I rode with my new Kush pad installed. I swapped out my beloved Cobrapad. While the Kush kinda looks like a mini cobra, it is significantly more shallow in the concave shape. But having recently ridden my old Onetail+ board, and today the Kush, I can honestly say, that my riding skill is fine with any of the 3 pads. This was a concern, because, until about 1 1/2 weeks ago, I had not ridden any other back pad, but the Cobra, since before when I was barely able to balance enough to ride in the open (refer to the name of this thread). But, no problem.

    So...the report: If you have read any of the several kush reviews, mine is pretty much the same. I did about 7 miles riding it today, on my usual Cal State campus ride. I would not go so far as to say it is a cure for back foot fatigue, but it is definitely a big improvement. My first break was after an hour on the board, and my foot was tired, but not nearly as numb as it had been in the past at that point. In fact, I noticed my front foot seemed to get uncomfortable before the back one. That never happened before. So I plan to keep using the Kush for the time being. I had great control, even tho I hadn't ridden for awhile. I noticed the center of the Kush pad has a lot of flex. Probably not a problem if you place your foot across both edges. However, if you ride like Slydogstroh....rear toe in the center of the board, a lot, you may eventually start to push in on the battery case below. I would keep an eye on that.

    Cobrapad? What is it's future now?? For control it is still the best of the 4 back pads I have tried. I think it is an excellent board for beginners who are struggling with balance and control, as I was in the beginning. For now I will continue to use the Kush, but I am holding on to my Cobra. A cobra-kush combo might be the perfect pad!



  • @wheelrich I have the Cobra and absolutely love it - I would have considered the Kush, but TFL announced it literally 12 hours after I'd ordered the Cobra. Still, I got the Cobra on sale, so I feel it was worth it.

    I've only ridden stock, Cobra, and tried my buddy's Craft & Ride extended, and I can definitely say that of the three I like the Cobra best. As you say, the level of control is crazy good - something I think gets left out of these discussions, like it does frequently with the tires, is "under what conditions do you do most of your riding?" I'm a city rider, so the can-shaped Vega works well for me, since I frequently have to stand balanced on the board at stop signs and stoplights. Adding the Cobra TO the Vega, lets me have the best of both worlds: easy to stand on when stopped, easy to "push" and fine-control the Vega when moving (I imagine the Cobra plus one of the more rounded, "carvier" tires, could be too much; too squirrely, too sensitive, though a really skilled rider might be able to do some really neat stuff with it). But for me, the Cobra/Vega combo makes weaving through a crowd of pedestrians, or around stopped cars at an intersection, effortless; like dancing.

    I will also say that the Cobra completely eliminated my back-foot fatigue, 100%. It's not cushioned (though maybe it's slightly more shock-absorbing than wood), but that steep concave lets me stretch my arch/toes frequently as as I turn or carve, and the Cobra makes you WANT to constantly turn or carve. I'm also not worried about how it will hold up, to sun or water or anything. I'll be curious to see the Kushes in a year or two, to see if that foam breaks down at all, or gets tacky to the touch and starts picking up dirt and gunk.



  • @Glyph Good points! While I love the cobra, it did NOT relieve my foot pain. Of course, as you say, conditions are not always included in the reviews, and the condition of my tired old feet could definitely be part of the problem. I agree that the cobra is very tough...almost indestructible. The Kush flex has me wondering as well. But they do give it a lifetime warranty. One concern I have is that the screw holes will pull through. I tried not to over tighten.

    I haven't ridden the Kush on dirt yet, but on several levels of concrete and pavement I found it to be easy to control. I was doing figure 8's and small circles with little effort, yesterday. My belief is that the cobra's extreme leveraging design helped me develop my foot flexibility and control to the point where I can do even better on a flatter pad than I could have before. That's why I said I believe it is an excellent pad for beginners, like I was.

    The only reason I went to the Kush was for foot fatigue relief. Sounds like you have no need for it. Stay with your cobra!



  • @wheelrich
    Angle you back knee and slightly point it forward in the direction you are heading. It allows you to balance the front to back pressure ratio much quicker without leaning the entire mass of your body. When I learned this and applied it to surfing, I started having fun. It translates easily to the onewheel. BTW, that'snot me, I just posted it for an example.

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  • @Rough-Cutt Thanks. I already do that. I keep my knees bent and flexed continually, and you are right, it is a big help to use the rear knee in the turning process. But I also keep my body weight to the rear as much as possible to avoid nosedives, so my rear foot carries more weight. My feet are fine for awhile. It's just after an hour or so. The kush does help a lot tho.



  • Video

    Nothing new to report, but here is a short video of a ride I did before the holidays, with my nephew Blake. I finally got around to uploading it to YouTube from my new Insta360OneX.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nDuHhytX28


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