I haven’t used my onewheel in two years... the last time I used it I ended up in the hospital + surgery
I pulled it out and plugged it in today for the first time since then.
Are the batteries shot?
Was going about 3 mph(?) in mission mode on a sidewalk.
Came up to a 1” deep sink hole as big as a dinner plate.
Wheel entered hole but stopped suddenly when it hit 1” edge on the way out of hole. The inertia caused board to rotate down (forward) and then shoot forward out from under me throwing me off backward onto my elbow. At least I think that’s what happened.
I’m not sure what I did wrong. Maybe I was going too slow? Maybe delirium is better for rough sidewalks? Just before accident I noticed that board would slow significantly when sidewalk had acorns and other debris on it, I had to lean forward more to maintain constant speed on dirty sidewalks.
I landed on my rear (left) elbow. Despite having 12 pads / braces / helmet on, I still managed to break both the radius and ulna bones right through my elbow pad. My first onewheel accident at 40 miles. I’ll find out if I need surgery next week.
Soooo apparently wearing pads doesn’t cut it. These are not crap pads (AFAIK), they are highly rated on amazon anyway. I’m already wearing a brace and a knee pad for front knee. Maybe I should also double up for rear elbow.
I'm watching a video of someone carving.
For heel turns especially, it appears their center of gravity is significantly off or outside the board area.
How does the physics work? Seems like they should fall off backwards.
I am very cautious about keeping my center gravity over (or close to) the board. Maybe this is why I can't carve aggressively.
Yeah, my work friend stepped off the back of my board and now he needs surgery for torn ligaments.
Stepping off is a natural reaction to losing ones balance.
Other people in the onewheel accidents Facebook group have had same experience where their foot slipped off the back and the board made them do the splits.
I'm wondering why we couldn't have a new sensor on the back of the board that is optionally enabled.
The fact that mistakenly taking my foot off the rear of the board pretty much guarantees I will be forced into the splits is not exactly a comforting thought.
I know that some people don't want the rear sensor so they can do tricks(?) but I'd like one for safety reasons.
Couldn't the next version of the board have sensors which are optionally enabled? I'm never going to do tricks, and I'd like the board to stop if my rear foot leaves the board rather than taking off.
It took 17 miles of investment but I just experienced how relaxing onewheel is for the first time. I finally got comfortable enough on it to do some gentle carving which makes all the difference.
It's kinda weird because my legs are still overly tense but the rest of my body is extremely relaxed as I lean into each wave. Feels amazing!
Can't wait for my legs to adapt, still weak and shaky after a short ride.
To answer the question about my friends crash...
He lost his balance going less than 1mph and his back foot ended up on the ground which caused the board to rapidly accelerate. His front leg was still on the sensors so the board kept pushing on his right foot/leg for what seemed like a few seconds which over extended (or bent at wrong angle) his knee resulting in a torn LCL.