Turn yourself perpendicular to the hill. Practicing coming to 90 degree stop by making a small twist as you come to a stop. That'll help you not roll/correct/roll on hills when you stop. Same with starting. It's weird at first but entirely doable.
Posts made by firephreek
RE: Advice on incline mount/dismount
RE: No pushback in Mission mode = road rash all over my body after nosedive @23mph
@scotterer One of the absolute most important things you should be practicing is "Braking Fucking Hard". At not point should you be going faster than you can pull yourself back and stop as hard as possible. At top speeds it's harder, but very much possible, you just have to practice. Tips: Pull back from the hip, imagine you're about to sit back into a chair, or that you're water skiing.
Also, let the board do the acceleration for you. I think the reason for a lot of people nose diving is they try to get the board to accelerate faster than it wants to. How quickly you can get up to speed depends on a lot of factors: weight, terrain, incline, wind, etc... Let the board get itself up to speed and just ride it out.
RE: Quick Poll: Unexpected Nosedives
tldr; >600 miles, no unexpected nose dives. If you're dog is cool with it, get it.
I clocked ~600 miles before winter set in and had exactly 1 nosedive. It was entirely my fault. Tried to accelerate reallly hard through a crosswalk going up hill. Float plates saved my hide since it let the board skid for a bit rather than just biting concrete. Ran it out, lived to ride another day.
Best pieces of advice I have:
Let the board do the acceleration for you as much as possible.
It's a pretty mighty board, but doesn't like jumping from 5 to 15 at an instant. Trying to do that just means you're gonna jam down on the front increasing your chance of eating gravel.
If you're going to ride hard, ride engaged.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with cruising up West End at 2am with some fries in your hands and a good feeling in your head, but if you're going to bomb down 7th, you don't get to ease up.
Fenders and Float Plates
You'll want these: http://thefloat.life/
Check with you dog
Not all pups like the boards and some are down right mean about it if they're not out right scared. Some people are down for dogs on leashes while they ride bikes and boards...Not sure I'm one of them. I'd hate for my boy to suddenly careen into me :-/
Learn to ride good
A list I made of stuff to work on: http://community.onewheel.com/topic/7290/nyc-riders-help-out-a-total-newbie/4
Practice practice practice and it'll become 2nd nature. NYC has a pretty decent community and everyone's been friendly that I've met. They're usually down to ride with new people. Get on some of the FB groups, etc...I'm in the UWS and it's a pretty decent area to tool around in.
RE: NYC Riders - Help out a TOTAL Newbie?
I live over in UWS, probably late to help this weekend, but during the week maybe?
Here's a list I made, posted elsewhere.
Wear all the pads for the first 100 miles or more
Work on dismounting.
Put your front toes at or just over the edge, make yourself lift the heel. Start getting into this position as you slow down, not when you come to a stop.
Jump off the board with both feet if you start to lose your balance at a stop. Better to have the board fall over than to spin out from underneath you and take out some poor kid. Practice this before you actually have to stop from taking out a child.
Pay attention and listen to your body.
Work on becoming more aware of where your feet/hips/shoulders are when you ride. You can help yourself slow down by
pulling your hips back to shift your weight slowly.
Practice slow acceleration and hard braking. Braking > acceleration.
Work on your ankle flexibility/comfort with toe/heel side turns. Slow circles.
Flex your calves and ankles to help build up your stabilizer muscles. Don't lock them up, just engage the muscles. This will help fight speed wobbles and give you more stability.
When you turn, lead first with your head and then shoulders, not your feet. Look in the direction you want to be going and go there.
Try do a squat on the board. All that wobbly is all the stabilizer muscles not working. Keep doing it.
Learn what it feels like to have the board push back when you get up to speed. If it starts to feel like you're falling? You're there.
RE: Range onewheel+
@pixelpusher How aggressively are you riding to get that range? I'm 207 and only managed to get 4.5 miles in Mission riding from Lower East Side to Upper West here in NYC. Realllly disappointing since I live just barely 6 miles from where I started...