@midlifecrisis said in Snowboarder in (late) midlife crisis - is learning to ride One Wheel the answer?:
Just wondering why you say the Pint has a top speed of 16mph but that means you'd have to stay below 13mph (even though you normally ride at below 17mph). Is the board less stable at it's max speed? I can't really imagine what 15/16mph would feel like and am wondering if it's fast enough to enjoy cruising around once I'm competent?
At around the 600 mile mark in my OW riding career (LOL), I had a nose dive at around 21 mph. I was trying to stay around 18, but since the OW app has no speed alarm and I didn't have a watch, I breached my limit without knowing until it was too late. The board can only do so much and if you push past its limits, nothing good happens. It was not pretty, slid along the pavement for a few meters, all my knuckles were scraped up, my cheap elbow and knee pads both slid off on my left side, so had major road rash, bruised my left hip, and my left cheap wrist guard actually snapped! Luckily I had that on, else it would've been my wrist instead. Anyway, after that, I got some really nice Killer 138 pads, super protective, super dorky looking, but helped me get the confidence to ride again at higher (16/17) speeds. Which, I've decided, tops out at around 17 mph. I know when I'm going 12 mph on my XR, it feels pretty slow nowadays. Also, when I'm cruising on a path at 16 mph and hit a pothole or large bump that I didn't see, it's helps that the XR still has enough power left to get me over it!
Sounds like others are saying the XR has the more snowboard feel, especially on the longer carves. I do agree with that, as my whole riding style is to be constantly carving. If the stock tire doesn't carve well for you, you can swap in something better after you've ridden for a while.
As for the length of the ride, on my XR I usually ride about 12-14 miles and I'm back home in just over an hour, so, depending on your weight, I'm not sure how long the Pint will last . . . perhaps someone else can chime in with a weight/distance comparison on the Pint. I'm about 175, but I know distance depends on weight, temperature, terrain, tire, and perhaps other factors.
Anyway, this is the most fun I've ever had on a board. To me, I feel like Marty McFly floating around my city! I'm always finding reasons to ride and right now with all the take out food, I have the perfect excuse.