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Ride Report 18-Mar-2017: Shoreline Lake
Beautiful weather for the ride today.
Today's cast of Onewheelers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpwIAAIIapc
- Myself in the orange ballcap
- In the dark ballcap: Craig
- Our GoPro wrangler: @enjoi408
- In the orange windbreaker: @eeg
- The Speed Demon in Red: @wr420
Since it was it's first trip out, I got a bit far behind while setting up my drone:
My Xmas gift to myself: Joining the Onewheel club
So after a few years of scaring pedestrians in San Francisco on my electric unicycle, I've decided it's time to get another cross-city commute vehicle and ordered a Onewheel. Starting tomorrow, I'll be biting my nails and wondering when it'll ship.
RE: What's your number of Onewheel sightings to date? Meeting up doesn't count.
I ran into a guy with one at the climbing gym in Sunnyvale. Rode about 10ft in the parking lot and was sold. Received mine this weekend.
During the brief respite from the San Mateo rain, I ran out grab some lunch and had my first experience splashing through puddles. I was cackling as I trounced through the big puddles where the sidewalk met the crosswalk.
Then I got home, changed into dry pants and ordered a fender.
Be safe out there...
Got my OneWheel last night and I've been flipping through the manual while sitting at work, daydreaming of riding it. I chuckled at all the things in the manual the void the warranty or are deemed "unsafe" that are pictured on the website or in videos.
CAUTION: Jumping and stunt riding will void your warranty.
Choose smooth, stable paths made of concrete and asphalt. Off-roading is not advised.
Never weave through traffic.
Do not perform racing, stunt riding or other maneuvers that may cause loss of control.
Always wear shoes that stay on your feet and will grip the board. Never ride barefoot or while wearing sandals or flip-flops.
RE: Accident log
To elaborate on @thegreck's initial reply, you don't really lean forward to get speed, you press forward. When we recently rode around Golden Gate Park, I brought with a friend who had never ridden before. The way I described it to him was to imagine a vertical line from the center of the tire all the way up to his head. He wanted to stay centered on or very slightly behind that line. Riding with knees slightly bent to help absorb the shock of bumps and things, pick a foot to use for steering, and the other foot for speed control. I ride normal (left foot forward), so I use my front/left foot for speed control (press for speed, lift to slow), and my rear/right foot for steering (push down with my toes for a right turn, lift my toes up for a left turn).
It seems to me that the most important part of stability is where to keep your center of gravity in relation to the board. Staying over the tire, or slightly behind it allows the board to spend less energy trying to slow you down when it senses you're getting out of control. If it only has to lift your foot to slow you down, it will happen easier and quicker than if it has to lift the majority of your bodyweight.
As you can see from this drawing I made, I can't draw for shit. However, the guy leaning forward to go fast, is clearly unhappy. https://goo.gl/photos/dtaPfLXFReS67dLn9
OneWheel Car Charger
Hey everybody, I have been doing some calling around and I'm putting together an order for OneWheel chargers that run off your car cigarette plug. They're $24.50 USD + shipping. After I get 50 orders, I'll call the manufacturer in China and get them made. These are being made by the same manufacturer that makes the official OneWheel charger that comes in the box.
RE: OneWheel considered a "Toy Vehicle" by city of Boulder, CO and is not allowed on multi-use pathways.
Gibbs rule #18: It's better to ask forgiveness than ask permission.
RE: Protective Gear Recommendation
My wife used to play roller derby and insisted I spend the money on good elbow and knee pads rather than wrist guards. She pointed out that with good pads and a helmet, it's much safer to just ball up when you fall rather than try to catch yourself.
I bought the G-Form pads that were linked above and they're pretty damn nice. I've landed directly on the end of my elbow with them on, and it was no worse than landing on the couch. :)
RE: South Bay Area riding
Crap, I should have checked the forums on Friday. I'm in Downtown San Mateo, so it's pretty easy to get to most points around the Bay Area. I've been going to Seal Point Park and Coyote Point Park to practice. Both are connected to the Bay Trail and have some fun layouts. Next time you all go, I'll be there.
+1.309.807.5858 for any short notice, drop everything, rides. :smiley:
RE: Post cool pics here!
From today's ride at Golden Gate Park: https://pictures.lytro.com/akraut/pictures/1134185
RE: Convince me to go Onewheel- and looking to buy if so
Let me start with the ride experience, since that might be the largest hurdle. You can read a bit more about how I describe the experience to new folks here: http://community.onewheel.com/topic/2945/accident-log/14 but I should elaborate a bit more if you haven't tried out a Onewheel at all. When you first get on, it is very wobbly. Sometimes front to back (with the wheel), but way more so side to side (across the wheel). To me it felt like I was trying to stand still on top of a jungle gym rail. If you're working with someone to rehab your injury, you will probably want to have a discussion with them about whether it's the right time to give it a shot. If you have someone that's willing to learn with you and help you learn (balancing hand holding at first and all that), you'll have a blast once you start to get the hang of it.
On the price, it is definitely steeper than the knock-offs. However, with that price comes engineering effort that started back in January of 2014. You'll notice there haven't been newer models that have come out over time. FutureMotion appears to be invested in supporting this current hardware for some time to come. You're also getting very high, made in America build quality. Take a look at some of the videos people post around the forums of offroad, stunts, etc and you'll see that this thing can put up with just about anything you can throw at it. I'm convinced I'll break myself before I'll break the board.
If there's anyone in the Pittsburgh area willing to let you check out their OneWheel in person, perhaps they'll chime in. Either way, I hope that info helps. Let me know if there's anything else you're curious about, that I didn't answer.
Lastly, but certainly not least, thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
RE: Insane traction upgrade for the OW
Yeah, it's definitely a different ride. I feel like you can carve way more aggressively compared to the stock board, but with the amount of street riding I do on my commute, probably not right for me.
RE: OneWheel Car Charger
Yeah, we worked with the manufacturer for a full month while they jerked us around and raised prices unexpectedly. Until 2 days ago, everyone was actually paying below cost for them then suddenly the mfr backed out and refused to sell them citing an exclusivity contract for the US market. We looked at a couple of options: 1) ordering them without connectors and putting them on after the fact (too labor intensive) 2) ordering them to a non-US location and reshipping them (too costly).
It would have been wonderful to know about this contract all the way back when the campaign was being setup. Sorry folks, I really tried to get this to go through. When they show up in the onewheel store for $150 each, know that they would have only cost us ~$35.
RE: "Surging" What is it supposed to feel like?
Sounds exactly like the "surging" thing. However, what that usually means is you're being too heavy on the front of the board. Which is probably exactly why you nose dived. Make sure your weight is centered over the wheel. Think about the front of the board as a gas pedal and press on it instead of leaning forward to go faster.