Can someone post the documentation for the (albeit small) group of people who don't have Facebook, like myself? Thanks!!
Posts made by miketech
RE: Thinking about purchasing a Onewheel, but...
@wheeler Stronger? Interesting, while I have never held one, everything I have read seemed to indicate the contrary. Good to know.
Personally I didn't buy the fender initially because, I live in San Diego, it's never wet, why would I need one? After a few weeks it was clear that a fender was necessary, both for debris and for the occasional puddle. But I guess these things are important to me because I don't just ride it for fun, I commute on it and even ride it between buildings at work, times when wet feet or stopping to dump debris isn't so convenient.
Personally, If I'm investing $1500 into something, I tend to shy away from attaching tupperware cake holders, paper or thin plastic on a permanent basis. I was actually far more likely to teach myself resin and carbon fiber construction and make my own. Thats just me though, if tupperware works, it works! You could probably get some carbon fiber looking wrap for cheap and few would know your fender started life as a cake holder. To each their own. Rock on MaGyver.
RE: Unusual questions asked by random strangers
The first question I am always asked is "Did you make that?" as everyone has been saying. It annoys me, but I do recognize that it's because they haven't seen one before and they feel it's such a good idea, the should have seen plenty of them by now.
The next is often "How much?" which I hate answering. I prefer to answer "Is it worth $1500" which has been yelled at me, to which I proudly proclaim "HELL YEA!!"
My favorite so far is "I ain't never seen one of those before never!" Nearly fell off laughing.
RE: Thinking about purchasing a Onewheel, but...
Do it, pull the trigger, buy it... now. I know I am just repeating what everyone else has been repeating, but you really should buy it. I will fully admit that from a budget perspective, there is no way I should have spent the money, but I did and I don't regret it, nor does my girlfriend who rides the other one. Yes, problems occur, as they do with anything, but the community is telling you that with over 6K boards out there (last I checked), the problems that have come up really are inconsequential. And to make them truly inconsequential, Futuremotion stands behind their products. I have not personally dealt with customer service, but from everything I have read it is incredible. They understand that early adopters (can we still be called that?) are making a serious investment and I have heard no reports of anyone being hung out to dry.
Also to address the nosediving issue, I took a nose dive early on, going uphill wearing a backpack. It wasn't fun, but it was entirely my fault. I was just beginning to feel comfortable while not really having enough experience to push it. I didn't notice the pushback and with my headphones in I didn't hear the motor screaming "no really dude, back it off!!" I was pushing it too hard, simple as that. Now I ride more aware, and never with headphones (personal choice). I have not had that experience since.
Have I mentioned yet that you should buy it? I can't think of anything free or paid for that has put as much of a smile on my face as riding onewheels with my girl. She's happy, I'm happy, and I'l be damned if the people around us aren't smiling and pointing as well. Seriously, turn off the thinker and enter your card number. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. Then send NJcustom an email about a fender, unless you happen to live somewhere that is never wet, dirty or sandy.
Thats my 10 cents.
RE: Onewheel towing a trailer!
@lieutenantglorp I love the trailer! Looking forward to hearing how it works. I have been using my onewheel to get from my far-away parking spot to work and towing my tools in a pelican 1510. It works well enough, but I have to be careful on the bumps so the pelican doesn't flip and try to take me with it. I imagine your big wheels and wider base will make it much more stable. How heavy would you say your setup is, all loaded for a surf trip?
RE: I suck
I kept trying to adjust my feet like they would be when I snowboard, not parallel but with my toes further apart than my heels. But I found that if I keep them parallel (like they tell you to) then it's easier to control my ankles in unison, thus making turning more controlled. There are times when the rear ankle follows the action of the front, but for the most part using them exactly in tandem, I find, gives me more control. I also found that at times when I didn't do that I would be counteracting one ankle with the other and making it harder for myself.
RE: Leash Mode
If you want to cary some luggage you could make or get a little cart that you tow while you ride the onewheel. Not sure how that would affect your ability to ride it smoothly though, and it would certainly drain the battery faster as you would be adding to the resistance the motor would be dealing with. And when the cart meets a small lip it could jerk you back and at the very least lean you back/slow you down if not yank you off. Maybe with big enough wheels and wakeboarder arms? I guess we are talking about a Radio Flyer or some wheeled luggage. I wouldn't want to do that for much of any distance. I did bring wheeled trashcans up my long driveway once on it. My whole body ached for a little after that. It was the twisting motion on my back, the tension in my arms absorbing the shock and the added tension in my legs all trying to compensate for the jerky trashcan. My preference is a backpack. But I think I'm a long ways off topic. =P
RE: Lightweight Rig for Carrying the OW on Your Back
I really like the simplicity of your design. My only concern is that most times after a ride the wheel is at least dirty if not possibly wet. If there was a way to incorporate some sort of waterproof fabric flap that went between the board and your back to keep the dirt at bay I would be totally into this. A little more sewing, but I think with that addition you would have a lightweight, simple method of carrying your onewheel anywhere anytime with any backpack. Add some velcro or some sort of fastener to the fabric and make it fold into itself and you have a marketable product.
One more thought. Perhaps a luggage hook that would hook into the built in handle on the onewheel to avoid having to run a strap between the wheel and foot pad each time. That may complicate the rest of it, but just a thought.
Awesome Idea though, best I have seen yet of the "add it to a preexisting backpack" ideas.
RE: Splashy splashy
That is the exact thing I did. I went for some food, was soaked before I got there. I rode home thinking "I need a freakin' fender" and hit up njcustom when I got there. Now the waiting, and the riding with waterproof pants that cover my waterproof shoes...
RE: Anyone order a Onewheel in the last month? Current wait time is...?
Ordered last Saturday, arrived today.
RE: Hoverboards banned on airlines
In my humble opinion, what the onewheel community needs is for onewheel to issue a statement. We need something we can take with us to the airport and show upon inspection to state things like:
This is not a hover-board
This board does NOT use a Lithium Ion battery
This board was manufactured in the U.S.A. and there have been zero incidents of any form of catastrophic malfunction.
Please don't think that I believe a document of this nature will mean you won't have any trouble getting a OW through airport security, but I do believe it would state the situation in a more matter of fact and official way than I could in the moment. I believe it might mean that you could convince someone who would otherwise have turned it away.
I believe a good document would include the basics as I mentioned above and get a little more technical about Lithium Iron batteries as well. I believe this would help to ensure whoever it is that is looking at it can understand it on any level.
The OW community is growing, no doubt. Don't let people's fear of Chinese knock offs stifle that. This is a truly amazing product, and people want to take it with them everywhere.
Please, Future Motion, give us something to defend ourselves with.