It's a f*cking Time Machine.
Step on it, and you're 12 years old all over again.
Just a thought folks, but with the bad rap e-ridables are getting, and with the threat of blanket bans looming in many regions/countries, a powerful lobbying arm is going to be necessary to keep these things legal, and/or getting bans reversed in the United States.
That being said, I don't see the PEV community as being large or cohesive enough to form their own powerful effective interest group.
For you older folks like me (and even the younger ones), bringing OWs and other PEVs to the attention of AARP may be a way to recruit an instant, very experienced, and very powerful local/state/federal government advocate to keeping these things legal and on the road.
The demographic group using these very expensive toys/commuter-vehicles is decidedly older than average for sporting goods.
Even you young people <50 can join AARP as 'Associate Members' for $12 dollars a year. AARP is powerful enough to bully government bullies - so if we all can get on their radar, it will be money well spent to preserve our ability to ride.
By joining and bringing these issues to AARP's attention, it may be the single best effective strategy to fighting-back against the tide of over-regulation and banning.
I just joined yesterday at 54.
It's $16 bucks a year, and you get to include your spouse.
So it's basically $8 bucks a year per person.
There're supposed to be a whole slew of travel discounts and benefits, but more than any of that:
THEY ARE ONE OF THE MOST FEARED LOBBYING GROUPS IN AMERICA ON CAPITAL HILL.
My 80 year old father-in-law is visiting us in a month, and the FIRST! thing he wants to do is get on my board.
I don't know if AARP has even taken a peek at the Sideways Movement - but I can totally see one of our own with his OneWheel on the cover of their magazine.
We need a friend with muscles so we don't get pushed around any longer like other regions.
And, we also need to spread the stoke - as we've learned, this isn't a child's toy, it's a life changing tool that promotes good mental and physical health for all ages.
Coming-up on 500 miles in a few days. I experienced my first incident of road rage today. Small town, always do my best to be respectful of pedestrians and other motorists. When there's no way to totally get out of the way of traffic in both directions, I slow down and hug the white line at around 10 mph until things clear.
Doing just that today, I had a driver come 3' from my side matching my speed, screaming out the passenger window 'GET THE F OFF THE ROAD, THE ROAD IS FOR CARS A-HOLE!!!' and giving me the finger.
This is a small seaside tourist town. In the summer there are rental electric scooters & bikes, skateboards & bicycles, rollerblades & rollerskates all over the road.
I was stunned. I shouted back and gave him the finger, which he saw when he got about 50' in front of me. He slammed on the brakes, to which I accelerated my board and bailed by his open passenger window, and got all up in his face through the window.
It turns out I know him, he's a volunteer firefighter - he didn't recognize me because I wear a full helmet. I called the fire chief (who I also know) to give him a head's-up.
I'm going to wear a helmet mount GoPro from now on. I also started carrying bear spray, not only because I trail ride, but because I was 'confronted' in a lonely area of town by 3 guys wanting to 'ride' my board.
We've got tourists on all sorts of vehicles running all over town this time of year - so why pick-on the OneWheel.
Sorry to vent - I just can't believe how f'in insane people have become - even out here, 150 miles from nowhere.
Somebody tell me that I'm not the only s##t magnet on a OW.
I hope you get it back. And, I hope OneWheel incorporates a 'FindMyOneWheel' feature into their app (with reported GPS coordinates) like Apple has with their products.
Or, hopefully they incorporate some sort of encrypted PIN/Password login into each board that will basically brick it if a thief comes into possession.
I feel your pain, especially as I'm old enough to remember that my parents paid little more for their first new car than I paid for my XR.
Best wishes to you.
With the value of the board, just about any state would classify it as Grand Theft, which is a felony.
I really wish OW would incorporate a firmware update that has the board report itself to the mothership if the registered owner reports it stolen - similar to 'Find My Mac'.
These things are an investment.
I know our homeowners policy will cover it if stolen from the house, but there's a good chunk that would fall under the deductible.
What I'm unsure about is if somebody jacks it when I'm out. But, if I'm not on it, I'm carrying it - so that helps to some extent.
Katie has a good point about someone just decking a smaller person and taking it.
Depending on if they're armed or not, I'd be tempted to try and run them down, betting on a wipeout trying to get away - depends on how proficient they are I suppose.
Yeah, I'm just now debating whether I want my wife to get one - or sharing any of this with her.
I'm getting a lot of rich 70 y/o dames chatting me up when I skoot by our cruise ship dock . . . getting the wife out there might put a crimp in my 54 y/o player lifestyle.
I sympathize, it took me 8 months to finally pull the trigger, I was concerned I was too old, that I'd hurt myself and be one of the sad stories where I had to sell at 25 miles because of an injury (with the wife's voice in my head, "I TOLD YOU SO!").
. . . shudder
Then when I finally went for it, there was another month of delays . . . then they shipped . . . but they didn't ship, because they said there were problems shipping to my location, and a real headache getting it sorted.
I was pissed-off and cancelled, thought I was spending too much for poor service, waited a day to calm down, made some calls and found an XR left at 1 of the 2 dealers in my state . . . their last XR, the ONLY XR in my state, 150 miles away . . . I was lucky.
They're not bad folks, they're buried. They're overwhelmed being a 40 person shop with probably the hottest product out there - and then trying to open a new factory during the launch of a new product, just didn't help things much.
I'm sure they needed a new factory to meet projected demand for the new product, but with cash flow realities, also needed to try and coordinate that launch with the opening of the factory.
That's a witch's brew right there.
I'm laying odds there're a LOT of sleepless nights there right now - it's gotta be a production/ops nightmare.
The only consolation I can give you is: I'm now 400 miles into my XR, the wait will be worth it, it really is that f'in awesome.
I have an MBA, used to work corporate - yes, their communications need work, but it has to be exciting times there flying by the seat of their pants.
It's a little sketchy hitting people's CCs months away from shipping, but I get it . . . hang in there - your first rides (and first trips to the doctor) will make all this a distant memory.
By the way, don't be surprised if, in the very near future, you ride your OW to a doctor's appointment (to treat an injury from your OW), and your 60 y/o doctor asks to meet you somewhere for you to teach him to ride it.
. . . true story.
I don't wanna buy a press or industrial vice, and the local tire shop looks at me like an alien. Plus, shipping to CA and back is expensive and the gas. Think of the children? Love you. Zach
I've thought of calling FM and volunteering to be the service rep for my state . . . and do it for free so they can figure out their training plan.
Shipping from my state (or overseas) is obscene - they need to do something so it doesn't cost 1/4 to 1/2 the price of the board to get it serviced.
Better yet, bite the bullet, put up some official service videos, sell the spare parts, and help people to repair their own boards.
If they decide to keep going down the road of Apple, with proprietary EVERYTHING, I'm going to be the first one building my own OW when the awesome techheads out there figure it out and post it online.
. . . but wouldn't it be fun as hell to have a real BB8 as your riding buddy around town or on the trails?
54 y/o, 6', 190 lbs, in good shape, have about 10 hours on the board over 7 days, and skated a lot . . . 40 years ago. I've been taking my hard knocks on a community softball field, and have total respect for this board.
I have a full face helmet, padded shoulder football tee shirt, and padded elbow/forearm knee/shin guards on the way.
I was a profession firefighter/paramedic 25 years ago. The Cliff Notes of my experience is the following:
Moving Human Being vs. Stationary Object = Human Being Loses Every Single Time
How fast you're moving, along with how unprotected you are, only determines how bad you're going to lose.
There is NO WAY I'm hitting the streets until the rest of my gear is here, and my calf muscles are fully retrained and have the stamina for board sports.
I'm not somebody's mom, but how some of the adult males I've been seeing vids of, blasting down a paved road in shorts and a tee, with only a ball cap, with a selfie stick in one hand and looking at their phone with the other - I just don't get it.
I was up, stable, and running at 15 mph within 15 minutes on grass, but could just tell there were so many nuances with the board that would need to be learned, that I needed to just slow the F down and stay on grass.
I'm not scared of getting hurt, I'm scared of getting hurt and not being able to ride this thing. It is as life changing as I suspected when I first saw it.
If you're new to this thing, as I am, get some gear, keep it slow, and stay on grass - the glory days can wait. The saddest things I've been reading on these sites are about people taking themselves out of the game.
At this point, I'm not willing to blame the board for anything - the thing is so finely tuned that it responds to your mere thought. When I've eaten it, my head was usually wondering.
. . . just my two cents, I love this little thing.
Not being an apologist for FM, but I ordered an XR a couple of weeks ago, shipping was supposed to happen within a few days, got delayed few days with a shipping issue to my location, I wasn't notified - I got ticked-off and canceled my order.
I sat on it a few hours and sulked. The wife then suggested I try and a dealer up here (didn't know we had any) - we actually have 2 dealers, and one had an XR left, so I had it sent over.
When I talked with FM about my new XR on the phone a couple days later, I asked them what their staff size was - turns out FM is around 40 people.
That's a very small number of people that are literally changing the industry, producing one of the most innovative products the sport has ever seen.
If I'd of known that, I'd of been more patient . . . and not have had snarky comments for my answers on a marketing survey I filled-out (sorry FM).
I'm not telling any of you guys how to feel. It's just that . . . I get it.
All I can say, is that if the Pint is even half as life changing (bruises included) as the XR, it's worth waiting for.
Better for them to workout any final production problems with the board now, and have it right when it reaches your hands.
. . . best to you guys, it'll be worth the wait.
After 50 miles on grass, and taking some hard hits, I waited until my MiniFangs (training wheels) came-in before graduating to pavement. I wear a full face mountain bike helmet, knee & elbow protection, and wrist guards.
I took my first long ride around town yesterday with only 1 forced 'dismount' on a triple buckled portion of pavement (lost in the moment, wasn't paying attention). My app said I was going around 10 mph, which would have sent me flying on grass.
It happened quick, and I jammed my heel bone HARD into my ankle (little sore this morning) when I got my first foot down, but I was able to run it out. The only thing I can think was that the Fangs allowed me an extra second of forward momentum to get my foot placement on the ground for recovery.
If you're old like me, get some Fangs or SynergyWiz wheels to save yourself some injuries. God I love this board, my first time on pavement was just an amazing experience.
I understand a budget, I'm older now, not rich, not hurting, but remember when I was younger. I used to skateboard a lot in my younger days.
You spent a lot on the board, I would say the 1st thing is to take it slow. Learn on grass - I used a community softball field for the first 50 miles (skip the days when it's wet).
Get some good safety gear: Helmet, Wrist/Elbow/Knee Guards.
I went all it. I got the SideKicks, FloatPlates, Fender, & FlightFins. I'm happy with all of them. But, you don't need the Fins right off the bat. However, you will be happy with the Fender, Kicks, & Plates. I think you can find some knock-off stuff of those on Amazon and save a bit - still, I know it's painful. By the way, Float Plates don't really allow you to 'slide', they're just to protect the undercarriage of your board.
I added MiniFangs when I graduated to pavement. Whatever product you choose, get some training wheels. I took some hard knocks with face-plants . . . on GRASS. I learned my lesson early, and after being a little scared & a trip to the chiropractor, I got the Fangs and am loving life on pavement - knowing I have a chance to run-it-out if I stay focused and smart.
You can live without a stand for now, but you may want to think about some dust covers for the switch ports.
Personally, I wouldn't worry about the footpads for the first 6 months, but that's up to you.
Finally, READ and WATCH VIDEOS of the experience of others - and not just SlyDog, but the vids of people Eating-It! (because that will be you at some point).
Take your time and don't hurt yourself out of the gate . . . too many people taking themselves out of the game early by getting hurt while learning - let your body tell you when you're ready to push yourself. Respect the board, and keep your ego out of it.
You didn't lose the training-wheels in a day when learning to ride a bike - take your time and grow slow. Stay healthy and in one piece so you can ride.
Best to You!
Okay, since doing lots of nose tap training with my Fangs, and then tail taps, I've somehow unconsciously fallen into a habit when I want to stop - I slow down, then bury the ass of the board for a slide the last 6 or 12 inches while stepping-off.
I first did it unintentionally when I was fixing to blow a 'clear' intersection, and a high speed car appeared at the last second.
I thought to myself, 'I didn't know I could do that.'.
It works every time now, such that the heel lift just annoys me these days.
Sometimes the wheel will give a quick short spin - not great for the tire, but the technique has allowed me to do very controlled bailouts on a dime a few times when a driver blows a stop sign - or I encounter unseen high speed traffic just before entering a relatively blind intersection.
I know that I didn't just invent this.
I'm sure you long-timers discovered this ages ago. I'm not overly concerned about premature tire wear - but has anyone been using this technique for years, and has there been any damage to your board as a result?