Your son is nuts
20MPH is scary enough 33.5 is insane
Just north of Boston and there are a ton of leaves everywhere. Rained all day. Figured screw it I'll ride. Was flying along plowing through piles of leaves (which was kind of fun). Didn't think about crap getting caught in the fender. I randomly stopped at a busy intersection and holy mackerel the fender was full of crap (leaves, sand, dirt,sticks). It was totally rubbing against the wheel and fender. I was able to get most out. So just a heads up on this.
As this said, riding on a wet street was super fun. It didn't slip at all but it definitely had a different feel than riding on dry pavement. I hit some wet gravel/sand and it felt like i was snowboarding in powder (I've never actually been snow boarding, but i imagine it would be like that).
Thanks to all for the thoughts
For regular road riding likely unnecessary
I rode in the woods with a lot of rocks and the board was taking a beating
If you have pics that might convince me
Not really worried about battle scars on the rails
Agree on cost
I also wonder why the fender isn’t more flexible/ less rigid (lest prone to cracking). Almost like a rubbery iPhone case you can drop on the ground
While it doesn’t looks as cool as without the fender, I love the fender
All the crap piling up on your back foot sucks
hmmm.. I think the biggest thing is confidence. If you aren't confident than you risk freaking out and having an accident. I see the pro and cons of both directions. I typically look at the road and see what side has the most space and the clearest path (with the least amount of obstacles).
unless you are really skilled and confident I would highly suggest you avoid traffic. By contrast, even if you are a great rider don't get cocky. I was going across an intersection and some moron on their phone wasn't paying attention, almost hit me as he took at left turn across the interaction (I along with the other cars, where totally in the right). Being in the right doesn't matter if you get hit. Gotta be careful and always anticipate what people will do. I took a motorcycle course along time ago and they had this acronym SIPD
Scan- look around
Identify- look for any risks or issues
Predict- try and guess where the person will go
Decide- make a call and do it.
you need your head to be on a swivel.
kind of like mt biking everybody says "its so dangerous". you may fall in the woods but there are no soccer mom's with giant SUVs, eating fast food, yelling at kids, while they are posting to Instagram in the woods.
For some unknown reason some dogs get freaked out by the board. I was in a field riding and some moron's dog came flying at me. I jumped off, held the dog at bay while the owner casually sauntered over to me (while his dog was barking at me). I said, "I guess he doesn't like the Onewheel". He was like "Yeah, I guess so". We chewed the fat a bit and I got back on, same thing, dog come at me. He didn't seem to worry at all. If it wasn't my neighborhood, I probably would yelled at him.
Unrelated, but I ride around a Lake where there is a road next to the side walk. More often than not as I pass by dogs they lunge at me. I'd say about 60% will come after me.
If I see a big or aggressive looking dog, I pull over hop off the board and wait for the dog to go by. Gotta be careful you don't swear out into traffic avoiding a dog. Some dog owner suck, as such you need to watch out.