Was just in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago.
I was thinking to myself what a fantastic city for one-wheelin' - so many bike paths & bike lanes!
Posts made by mtntrails
Thank you. I really appreciate the advice & encouragement.
Been practicing on the driveway this weekend. I have it pretty well nailed.
Keeping my feet & ankles more “loose” to better absorb the side to side undulations was the key. Also, remembering that momentum is your friend on loose surfaces.
Newbie rider here - 58 years old - OW arrived in mid-June - almost 50 miles on it as of today. No prior board sport experience.
I have had 2 minor get-offs w/ some road rash and a dented helmet - both early-on - well packed GRAVEL two track driveway with slightly concaved tracks. I have been practicing, but still don't have it down. I'm sure some of it is just fear of carnage. I can ride grass aggressively all day long, but uneven gravel (especially this driveway) still gets my goat.
Any advice to help me nail this down?
New Rider - First Pushback
My XR arrived in mid June - 58 year old newbie rider - almost 50 miles on it now. It was a steep learning curve - never into board sports.
I was putzin' around some paved neighborhood streets yesterday and experienced my first pushback (several times) - recognized it right off. The OW engineers did a great job of programming this in - very gentle & subtle. Anyway, it felt like kind of a milestone in my learning curve.
Riding in Traffic - Best Practices
Newbie here - still figuring things out - still not completely in control, but getting there. I live in the country - lots of two-lane backroads with little traffic, but no sidewalks or bike lanes.
Last weekend, I attempted a 9 mile trek to visit the kids. The 2nd road (about 2 miles in to the ride) on the route is more traveled. After the 3rd car went around me, I decided to turn around and head back home. The cars were just freaking me out.
So, what are the rules of the road? I’m very interested to hear everyone’s best practices for riding in traffic.
With traffic or against traffic?
If “with traffic”, is riding goofy better for seeing the traffic around you?
A bicycle mirror on my helmet definitely would have helped.
RE: Extreme(balance challenged) Newbie impressions
Thanks - that and Chris' other instructional videos are very helpful. Today, I practiced figure 8s and heel-up dismounts on my front lawn for an hour. Heading out now for more practice and maybe a ride around the neighborhood.
RE: Extreme(balance challenged) Newbie impressions
My XR arrived yesterday - totally new to any board sports - 57 year old rider - so far, so good - 4 miles and one get-off on rough gravel w/ a lil bit of road rash.
I ordered my XR in late April after becoming interested in "last mile" transportation devices. It started with electric scooters, then power boards, and then discovered the OW. I live in the exurbs of D.C. / Baltimore. My driveway is mostly gravel - roughly 0.2 miles long. I manage a large event venue in the D.C. Burbs with over 3 miles of rough paved roadway. I wanted a device that could handle rougher surfaces.
A local OW dealer was kind enough to give me a demo and first lesson about a month ago. It went well despite my total inexperience with board sports. I have been an avid motorcyclist since childhood - into off-road, street and roadracing. I was surprised at how quickly I took to the OW. Kudos to Bruce @ Capital Paddlesports for the demo and first lesson.
I had to work late on Wednesday - was chomping at the bit all day knowing my OW had been delivered and was sitting on my front porch. I got home and there was just enough daylight left for a short ride around the paved part of my driveway. Mrs. mtntrails was there to assist and call 911 if required. I was fully armored up - full face downhill mtb helmet, knees, elbows, back protector and road racing gloves. No problems - just learning the basics of balance, momentum and turning.
I brought the OW to work with me yesterday and had several opportunities to take a break and get in some short rides around our office. On my lunch break, I went to the local skate shop to pick up a set of proper skate oriented knee, elbow and hand armor - the motorcycle gear was a bit much.
When I got home, I took the OW for a longer ride. We have had extraordinary amounts of rain the past few weeks that has really taken a toll on the gravel driveway. I struggled to get out to the paved main road. Once I got out to pavement, it was all good - rode around the rural road and neighborhood streets - even shredded a big hill. My legs and feet were getting fatigued and I decided to head home. I started down the gravel driveway - the better track was slightly concave from all of the rain we've had and I was struggling to keep the OW on track - mostly due to muscle fatigue. I lost control and had a slow-speed get-off / face plant. Thank goodness for my full face mtb helmet - put several dents in it. Some bloody road rash on my left arm. In frustration, I started to walk back to the house - after about 40 feet of walking, I decided to get back on the OW to complete the ride home.
The dismount is a struggle - jump-off method for now, but I'd like to learn to gracefully heel-up dismount.
I've been pouring through this forum to learn everything I can. I so appreciate the OW community - thank you for all of your posts.
I'm really excited to get more time and experience with it - so much fun!