Just wanted to share a bit of common sense backed by real life experience.
Yesterday afternoon, I was practicing some slow speed maneuvers, pushing myself to turn in tighter and tighter radii. Nothing crazy, no tricks, just honing my skills. I was right in front of my house. All of a sudden I lost my balance and my back foot lifted off the deck causing my board to fly out from under me.
The back of my head came crashing to the pavement. I sat up, saw double vision for a few seconds while my eyes realigned. A neighbor saw what happened and asked if I was ok, I noticed that I slurred my response slightly. I went to the hospital as a precaution —turns out I have a minor concussion.
I can’t ride for a while. It sucks—but my Bern helmet saved my life, or at least prevented some serious brain damage. Upon looking at the damage to the helmet, the ER doctors said without a doubt I would have been brought in as a trauma patient if I hadn’t been wearing it. But instead, I was home in time for dinner with my wife and daughter.
Please read this. The OneWheel is AMAZING. I love it! And I can’t wait to be cleared to ride again in 7-10 days! But don’t be an idiot—ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET. They save lives at any speed. I was literally doing simple maneuvers under 4 mph and I could’ve died or gotten brain damage if I wasn’t wearing one. My wife would’ve lost her husband, my daughter would’ve lost her daddy, my parents would’ve lost their son, and my siblings would’ve lost their brother; all in front of my house, at under 4mph, in less than a second. WEAR A HELMET!
Float on. Be safe. Be smart. Don’t be an idiot.
And thank you Bern for giving me the opportunity to ride again!