For people who start their rides at the top of a hill, it would be convenient to have a setting for the charger to stop and balance the cells at 95% or similar, so there is a buffer for regeneration.
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RE: Why dismount requires getting off the sensor
Don't worry, we were all humiliated noobs at one point. While stopped, practice transferring your weight to the ball of your front foot and the heel of your rear foot (or vice versa). So your weight is, for example, on the left side of the front footpad and the right side of the rear footpad. This will keep the board balanced while de-activating one of the sensors. With practice you can do this while your slowing down so the board turns off as soon as you stop. When you get more comfortable, practice doing a really hard brake once you're at about 7 mph. The bumper should scrape the ground because of how hard you are braking and that's when you take your front foot off completely and put it on the ground. The wheel might do a little slip before shutting off but with practice you can take your front foot off soon enough so that the motor just stops as soon as the board stops moving. Good luck!
RE: **Sleeker chassis design. Rounded Nose/Tail. Graphics. brighter light/speaker?**
The onewheel is a great ride precisely because it was designed by engineers with no interference from industrial designers. That means that, like a Humvee or tank, there's no unneeded weight and zero compromises on functionality in order to achieve a certain appearance. Personally, I love the look of it. There are "sleek" alternatives out there and they are all inferior (e.g. Trotter). I'm glad they spent 100% of their effort on making it the best performing, even if it isn't going to win any beauty contests.
RE: Future Motion, Past Customer
@el_puente credit card issues do happen, typo in the billing address etc., and I wouldn't be surprised it takes FM a week to respond. It's too bad this guy over-reacted on the forum, humiliating himself by suggesting he would prefer a Trotter to his OW.
Steel threads for Flight Fins, no zip ties needed
Here is a quick walk-thru for installing steel threads into your rails to allow use of Flight Fins without zip ties. The end result is completely hidden but does require drilling out the weak aluminum threads on your rails.
This is the basic idea:
Here's the video:
RE: Waterproofing OneWheel
I used a custom leak checker tool to find everywhere that a onewheel can leak (pretty much everywhere). Then, I sealed all those spots and used the same tool to verify I was 100% sealed. You can check out how it works at my website and buy a kit. www.badgerwheel.com
RE: PROPOSED SHAPING - One-Direction Mode - Why? Efficiency, Safety!
I have been practicing a quick dismount where I brake hard until the back bumper scrapes the ground during the last 2 or 3 mph. That slows me down even more. Before I'm fully stopped I take my front foot off completely and place it on the ground as I come to a stop, keeping my weight on the rear foot though. Half the time the board stops dead as soon as I hit 0 mph. Other half I don't get the front foot off in time for the 1/2 second delay and I get a brief wheel slip as the board tries to push back but then it stops as soon as wheel-slip is detected. It works as long as I have my rear foot near the back of the board because the weight on the wheel is very low and all my weight is crushing the bumper into the ground and so the brief wheel spin doesn't jerk the board. I think it's just a matter of practice with the the front foot timing to prevent that. When it works, it's a fast, clean dismount.
RE: High Speed Nose Dive in Delirium (WW+)
Watch your speed on the app on a nice stretch of smooth, safe pavement. Focus on the sound of the motor at 15-18 mph, so you know what it sounds like to approach nose-dive territory, and then just chill and don't go any faster. A OW is the wrong type of board for a person who wants to ride at the speed limit of their board and expect it to be safe. Other powered skateboards are fine for that, since they don't need power to balance. The thrill of OW has never been speed for me, it's about medium speed on those windy brick sidewalks, dirt tracks, and taking a shortcut through whatever whenever it presents itself.
RE: New OW version ?
I don't think there will be a new OW in 6 months. But wait until after winter and then check again, just in case. Take a look at their careers page: https://onewheel.com/pages/careers
They have been looking for firmware and test engineers for a few months now. The test engineer is needed to improve manufacturing of the existing OW. The firmware developer is to help improve the performance of the existing OW with better motor / battery management and better bluetooth/app functionality (something many people have complained about). I also notice they are having a hard time keeping up with tech support and have a high percentage of problems and service requests with the existing board. Based on the above, I would guess they are not thinking about releasing any new hardware anytime soon. Instead, they are focusing on increasing reliability and features of the existing product and scaling the company up to meet the demand for the existing product. I think the next big upgrade will be a higher capacity battery, but that might have to wait for an improvement in battery technology.
RE: Do not ride at high speed!
I wear full protection (knees elbows wrists and head) for my trail rides where I'm trying to push my limits and usually am going faster than I can run out. I've had a few high speed wipeouts where I totally eat it and then just get up unscathed and jump back on thanks to the pads. Totally worth it in my experience.
For a casual Chipotle run, I still wear the wrists and helmet.
DIY Tire Change How-to video (no tools required, done in 4 minutes)
I changed my tire with my bare hands and so can you with the proper technique. The video doesn't cover removing the wheel from the OW or inflating it at the end, but those topics are covered by others very well already.
FYI I didn't include the 45 minutes of footage of me struggling and failing at many inferior techniques.
RE: Extreme Temperatures?
@musix_mixr This might be helpful:
- Works down to 0F but...
- Maximum motor power is lower due to higher internal battery resistance, meaning nose-dives will be easier and the board will be generally more sluggish.
RE: Quick pivots and turning
@wheelcity Ha, unless you are trying to dodge rocks and roots, then you'll get the pebble face. Vega and Hoosier are def for totally different ride styles. I miss the Vega when I'm just trying to go on a Chipotle run. I have given up trying a graceful dismount with Hoosier and now just shamelessly use the wall to balance while I deactivate the sensor. Looking forward to getting my XR so I can have the Vega on one and Hoosier on the other. Be careful out there with your distracted riding, nothing is more annoying than having a shattered phone when you are trying to call an ambulance. :-)
RE: Car Inverter with AC Outlets for my OW+ power supply
Keep in mind your car 12V aux outlets typically have a 15A fuse, meaning they are rated for 10A at 12V or 120 watts. Therefore, to use a 300W inverter, you would need to clip directly to the battery or else you will blow a fuse. So, no driving and charging.
RE: Injury Reduction or How to Crash at 17 mph
@jshnewman Haha, you lucked out bigtime if all you got was road rash. Congrats on learning a lesson the easy way! Wrist guards and helmet are bare minimum, every ride, unless you are one of those poor souls who can't have fun without facing down a real risk of stoke-crushing injury.
Weight-based hill angle detection
Enter your weight in the app and use it as a parameter in the Elevated shaping. Based on the rider weight, speed, acceleration, and motor load, you can calculate the average slope of the ride surface, and adjust the OW angle to match, automatically, up or down hills. It wouldn't be perfect of course, but even a partial matching of the ride surface would help. A smoothing function would ignore bumps, and so there would be a couple second delay before the angle gently changes to match the terrain.
RE: Bluetooth based security
When the board powers on, it would try to connect and your app would automatically transmit the password. So it just starts working. If you connect with another phone, you would be prompted for a password. The password would be stored in non-volatile memory so disconnecting the battery wouldn't reset it.
This would only really work as a theft deterrent if Onewheels were widely known in the thieving community to be totally bricked and useless without the password, in the same way iPhone theft dropped after Apple introduced iOS Activation Lock. My guess is that most would-be thieves wouldn't even be aware of the security feature until they got the board home. And even if the board were totally bricked, the batteries and motor are still worth a lot.
An audible alarm might be a better deterrent. Once you lock the board with the app, it will set off a car-alarm-grade siren if it's moved. To top it off, you'd want a visible blinking red warning light and security sticker.