Today, as I passed a traffic warden:
"Slow down, sir"
Not a question but it made me grin hard 😁
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Very straightforward black vinyl wrap.. Never wrapped before but I'm happy with the results and the clean lines - just wish I'd done it before scratching the F out of my rails!
So it happened... after cruising with style and grace, improving those deep carves and even stopping and setting the board down at will, it finally happened. At around 8am on Sunday after setting out early to get some sunrise pics and having a beautiful ride in the deserted streets of my little town, it all came to a very abrupt halt.
Now I'm not exactly sure what happened but can only put it down to a combination of over confidence and not being fully awake. Somehow the board completely went from under me and at around 10 mph or so I hit the hard, unforgiving, cold wet concrete of my high street. Seriously winded and barely able to stand, I had no option but to get back on and ride the short distance home... Reeeaaally slooowly.
Wearing only wrist guards for protection, my left elbow required 6 stitches and I've been unable to walk without crutches for 2 days due to some bad ass bruising on the left side of my pelvis. Luckily nothing broken and my head didn't make contact.
So what have I learnt?
I will be getting a helmet.. I know my head didn't make contact, which supports my initial reason for not wearing a helmet, but the overwhelming thought is that it could have been much worse.
I will keep anything of value on the right side of my body when skating.. The leading left side definitely took all the impact .. Luckily my camera and iPhone were on the right side and unscathed.
Respect the board and my own ability. My car can probably reach around 130mph. There are good reasons I don't drive at that speed.
So there we have it. Feeling less sore this evening and looking forward to grabbing a helmet and getting back on the wheel. It'd be good to hear some similar experiences from others here, especially from those who've been riding a while, and also what you've learnt (if anything!) from them. Maybe it'll help others with their choice of safety gear and what to do when it all goes tits up!
This doesn't sound like user error.
I'm no expert, only had my board a couple of weeks but this doesn't sound anything at all like my experience. If the board is on the ground (you aren't holding it) when you turn it on it should be good to go. And it definitely shouldn't roll after you jump off.
Did the over night charge help?
I'd get an email to FM support if I were you. Good luck mate, hope it gets sorted for you soon.
Yep had one group of guys tell me it was gonna burst into flames but I was like nah it tops out at 12 mph so no danger of that. It's a bit weird what people feel comfortable shouting at passers by but other than that it's not a big issue.
I'm more concerned about authorities who feel the need to be seen to be doing something about whatever the case du jour is for the sake of public opinion, and with Christmas around the corner exploding electronics make great click bait/headlines. I'd be surprised if any local laws are passed that make stipulations for specific boards when it's so much easier to tar them all with the same brush. Here's hoping we can still ride free in 2016.
Was hoping that would be the case .. Thanks guys haha so excited! :bowtie:
Any updates on your mudguard Eish? Hope you managed to get the bolts sorted before all the rain :umbrella:
Just a general question for those who have already received their boards... How does customs work!?
Just received tracking so obviously really excited about getting my board but wondering if it will be sitting in some office for a week before I get informed and have to make an expensive phone call ... Or will UPS turn up with a bill from her majesty?
Any info much appreciated, cheers guys!
Looks like FM are picking up the pace now! Super happy to say I woke up to my shipping confirmation this morning which puts order to tracking info at exactly 9 weeks in my case. Originally told 6-8 weeks but I was expecting 12+ after spending an unhealthy amount of time reading these forums (@njcustom I blame you whole heartedly!) so I'm definitely not complaining.
happy riding to all the peeps getting their boards before Cheistmas.. I for one can't wait to get some pics up here for this awesome community 👍