@Sponge315 Unfortunately, that's a very steep climb depending on your weight. I've found that nudging up the juice in the customization helps overcome these sorts of obstacles better (at the expense of runtime).
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.
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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.
RE: Sudden Power Loss +XR Pavement Hurts...
@speedracer I know the type. Parents my age (early 30s) just shelling out big bucks for a hip new toy. I had a long conversation yesterday with a OW rep where I STRONGLY recommend they revise their marketing. No wrist guards! Not one model in the videos is wearing wrist protection in those video backdrops on the homepage. I'm 35. I've done inline, parkour, skateboarding and skiing. I've broken my right scaphoid at least once, possibly twice according to x-ray and have taken falls hard enough to require precautionary casting many times- each time requiring light duty and fewer hours at work for 2-4 weeks per injury. Once you pass 30, injuries begin to turn into arthritis and impact your livelihood in hands-on professions. Please don't be afraid of looking dorky. If someone 20 years younger than you pokes fun, simply explain exactly what the dangers are. Wisdom is on your side.
RE: Always Wear a Helmet!
Always wear a helmet and gloves with palm protection. I had a decent conversation with a OW rep, yesterday, about my nosedive experience. I was indeed being ignorant to the way the thing works and was pushing for speed after ignoring a gentle pushback cue. My fingertips got pretty badly torn up and I had small graze on my chin. It would have been far worse without any protection. If I had not been wearing my helmet, I would have had road rash on my head with chunks of hair possibly never growing again. If I had not been wearing palm slider gloves, I would have broken my left scaphoid or re-injured my already once-broken right scaphoid. Also keep in mind that when riding this, you are being entirely supported by high technology for the entire ride. Any random unpredictable failure can and statistically does occur.
RE: Now or later?
Now. The range is great. The charger is great. Aftermarket accessories have been fully developed. After replacing my bumpers, I realize the internal space has been used up by the additional battery capacity. The only way to improve would be maybe 10% better batteries, road pitch sensing or an app upgrade as far as I can tell.