Using a leash with the onewheel?

  • LOL! I once had the thought of adding a leash temporarily when my OW+ had the runaway symptom. I refrained from doing it due to the extreme dangers that could potentially happen.

    Imagine traversing through some trees and then the leash get snagged by some root . Id rather not suffer the consequences.

    A properly working OW would not need a deadman kill switch. Thats what the footpad sensors are for.

    We have other boards and I would only ride my OW+ with the runaway syndrome very seldomly until I sent it in for repair.

    I think that annyone with a runaway board should have it fixed, replaced or abanoned.

    Any addon cutoff system adds another potential failure point.

  • @Fresh thanks, you are right. Just seeing if the footpad sensor acts strange every time I ride.

    btw, Did you break your collarbone? Seeing you mentioning it a lot ...

    does this can help?

  • @fruitygreen gosh, another runaway board :( can you please tell me how did you see the symptoms? Like start riding was fine and during a ride you had the issue? Or is something you can see since the beginning of the ride just trying to properly disengage the motor?

  • You guys are geniuses!! I was carrying my limp wheel, got tired and Eureka!!!.....I used a leash attached to the rear end to roll it back home this morning. It's just like walking a dog. Silly wheel ran out of juice trying to keep me from going faster than 5 mph...long story.

  • @alvises I had a minor one 4 months after I first started riding. I ride nearly 100% off-road so I've experienced several hundred if not a thousand nosedives. I had more than my share back then because I was reckless with a top speed in the woods without a proper trail of 18mph. I still have more than my share because falling is a thing of the past. I was one of many that believed that you can roll out of anything. It's like rolling dice. Eventually you will make improper contact. Maybe on-road is safer since it has flat ground but.. Turns out, with a little cardio training it's extremely easy to get your top speed on foot to over 15 mph. Since I've begun maintaining that(alongside other knowledge I picked up along the way) I run out of every nosedive. knock on wood

    That shirt may help but I doubt it's going to improve your odds by very much. Don't use/wear/hold anything that will interfere with your ability to move. It might be worth trying and seeing if it really leaves you as unencumbered as they say.

  • @hilby do you have a picture of the leash you use to bring your onewheel around?

  • @Fresh g-foarm knee pads and elbow pads seem to be pretty good.

    Have you tried evolve gtx at for offroad? I have a boosted board and I'm tempted to see if I can find something in between without all the risks of the onewheel (nosedives etc..) and the limits of the boosted (mainly street wheels)

  • @alvises I'd love to ride an Evolve GTX offroad. There's a whole list of things a Onewheel can do that an Evolve can't though. This is addictive: I imagine the Evolve is great for trail rides but to me the OW is king :)

    I have seen a few videos where an Evolve rider gets launched off the board(same outcome as a nosedive) after the tire hits something. They may be less frequent but for me that may be a bad thing as it can cause me to become overconfident.

  • @Fresh said in Using a leash with the onewheel?:

    I'd love to ride an Evolve GTX offroad

    before owning a onewheel or you still use both?

  • I have seen videos of a person using his belt as a leash to tether a dead OW back home. Not a bad idea that fortunately I have not had to do.

    As for a kill switch one has to remember that an unpowered OW rolls a lot farther and faster than a powered OW with no rider on it. Test it for yourself and you will see that when the OW thinks there is no rider on it, the hub motor applies the brakes so it doesn't roll away.

    As for a potential liability when a runaway OW torpedoes an innocent pedestrian, I make sure I am going really slowly when I am near people. Going at a quick pace near people is asking for trouble.

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