I nosedived in 2018 and badly bruised all of the carpals in one wrist and this was with slider gloves with palm protection. Because there was a chance the scaphoid was fractured, I had to wear a cast including the thumb for a month, during which time I was out of work. Then experienced tendinitis which did not fully resolve for close to a year. I still have a scar on my shoulder and permanent discoloration on my side from road rash. After this ordeal, I began researching ways to warn of sudden increase in speed. No rim-mount speedometers really make sense and GPS apps lag by several seconds. I wish there was a way to more severely limit the max speed or at least warn with a flashing red light. At the most conservative setting, I want to lean forward full-tilt and just be limited to a minimum of 0 mph with full self-balancing. Not sure if the physics make sense on this request. Maybe incorporate a gyroscope? Maybe I'll DIY something. Until there is a solution, I just go very conservatively (10-15 mph) on my OneWheel XR and full speed ahead (up to 24 mph) on my Boosted Stealth. It's a shame because I know I can go faster on the OneWheel, but I just can't trust it.
Master electrician and amateur electronic hobbyist. I have a tattoo of an AC waveform.
I drive a (gen III) Prius and find its acceleration pattern very similar to the OneWheel, so just loving this 21st century life.
Posts made by E-Wave_I
RE: Pushback Warning
RE: will there be a mag handle for the XR?
@E-Wave_I Well darn it. Just laid the board on its side and, on closer inspection, the handle is not within the protective radius of the tire and rail and thus not protected from damage during a hard bail. Don't know how I didn't see this before. The permanently affixed shield sold by OW should do the job, but I use a FlightShield which pops off on impact or for cleaning. Thus the Mag Handle would take the brunt of the impact. Removed and tossed the Mag Mount and Handle (I will never ask for a refund because I do support FM as a company). However, going with the "Silver" handle from Craft & Ride, as I think this more accurately suits both how I expect to carry the board as well as the level of impact on hard surfaces.
RE: will there be a mag handle for the XR?
Reviews are closed on the Mag Handle, so leaving a review here. Mount plus handle Pro cost $115 total. Build quality is sort of worth the price. I have very strong hands and did not accidentally strip the threads, which is reassuring. However, the handle does not fold all the way outward. The magnetic tab just unclicks far enough to be able to automatically retract the handle back in when released. Thus, it only pops out 10 degrees or so (about 1/2" farther out from the tire). This is exactly enough room to clear my thick fingers with maybe 1/8" wiggle room. Not exactly what I'd call carrying it "briefcase style", but comfortable enough. Seems very sturdy. Please be aware the mount bottom only goes on one way to clear the motor cable, the mount top only goes on one way due to the stop and the whole assembly must goes on the side without the valve stem.
RE: OW Owners: Injury Survey
I'd say keep it well under 15 mph, closer to 10 mph, and monitor your battery life. I am over 200 lbs and tall, so that's a lot more leverage required to keep me balanced when going fast or over a difficult obstruction. There is a limited amount of torque available, and when it is used up, NOSEDIVE! My one and only true nosedive was going approx. 19 mph in "Elevated" mode. This mode adjusts the level point to slightly off-level to keep the nose raised higher than usual to better avoid obstacles. I was ignorant of what "Elevated" meant and pushed through pushback without realizing I had entered a point of no return. I don't remember exactly what happened in the fraction of a second before the board conked out, but I believe the board freewheeled, I panicked and the nose touched down into the asphalt, which sent me and my wrist directly into the ground. I had lightly padded fingerless gloves and a helmet. An MRI showed a dent in the cartilage of my radius and bruising on my scaphoid. A couple periods of bracing and rest and my wrist still isn't quite right a year later. Get yourself some good motorcycle gloves and a quality helmet. If you have experience with inline or skateboarding, you probably know how to fall. However, be sure you can outrun your fall at whatever speed the board is traveling when (not if) it conks out.
Tire surface squeak?
I have been on the OEM Vega for about a year and have noticed a distinct harsh squeaky quality to the rubber similar to new auto tires or cheap tennis shoes. Just noticed it today on a wood floor. Makes it a bit harder to pivot. When new, the tire felt velvety smooth. I have gone down in weight if anything. I have not exposed the wheel to any chemicals aside from flooding it to the undercarriage twice and hosing several times over the board's life. I take care to not apply detergents or conditioners to the board. The floor in question has not been waxed or treated any differently in the board's lifetime. I'm wondering if maybe that initial smoothness was just from whatever was used as a release in the mold?
Modifying footpad sensor grip tape: Yay, nay?
Hi, everyone. Just wanted to run this by anyone with perhaps more engineering insight than me. I did a brief search and couldn't find this topic elsewhere.
I really like the FlightFender/ FlightShield Pro alternative to the OW fender. However, upon installing the FlightFender a couple weeks ago, I began getting random blink errors and smart phone notifications alerting me to make sure the sensor pad was clear. Loosening up the two screws on the grip tape side seemed to clear the error. The only variance to the instructions I had committed was in covering the divider line with about 5 coats of glow-in-the-dark paint. This built up the thickness over this line by about 1mm-to-1/16", just enough to cause some pressure under the aftermarket fender. So, I scraped off the paint just under the fender and re-tightened the screws. No change in behavior. Then it occurred to me- The grip tape under the fender is probably not activating any sensor directly. It is probably applying enough pressure to flex the plexiglass substrate and just barely activate pressure sensors inches away.
So, I did the following:
-Preemptively ordered a new footpad before I even started,
-Soft powered down the board,
-Carefully disconnected the footpad from the motherboard per instructions,
-Traced out the outline of the FlightFender with dry-erase marker,
-Warmed the grip tape about the trace,
-Cut out the trace with a razor knife,
-Heated the grip tape further to peel the waste material without leaving residue,
-Reinstalled footpad, FlightFender and FlightShield.
No more errors regardless of screw pressures. I did not observe any conductive materials inlaid in the plastic in the area I cut out.
Note: I did not cut through the plexiglass.
What do you think?
RE: Onewheel Demographics
I am a 35-year-old electrician with a history of recreational sports-- inline, parkour, biking, kayaking, some skateboarding and skiing. The only other owner I know IRL is a kayak enthusiast about my age. Of course, a history like mine isn't unique to millennials. I would imagine OneWheel would also be of interest to people as old as 80+, as it doesn't demand much physical exhaustion for propulsion, just for balance. I think the concept appeals to a lot of older engineering types-- whom also have the money to spend on it.