I've always been super curious what a fleet of OneWheels would look like.
Would riders be interested in a "1000 OneWheels" riding meetup somewhere? (Heck, do we even number in the 1000s?)
Friends, Wheelers, Countrydudes, lend me your fenders.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a go-pro rig, and the few videos I have are only walking vids.
I had a great time in Japan. Represented cities in the pictures are Akihabara (Tokyo), The Big Ass Gundam (Tokyo), Dotonbori River (Osaka), and Osaka Castle (a large compound with walls upon walls of skating areas), Shibuya Crossing (Tokyo, as in the place where the dude goes drifting through a crowd and doesn't get hit.), Shinjuku
I spent about 1 week in Japan, and rode the OW in every opportunity for a good ride. I've ridden through extremely dense crowds, and have carefully kept balance. Zero spills during that trip.
unfortunately I didn't have a GO Pro rig and my own smartphones camera sucks ass.
Anyway, it was an absolute blast.
Would anyone be interested in a OneWheel Riders Tour of Japan in 2018? I'll share the relevant base costs I had for it :
$1700 : round trip ticket from SFO to Tokyo, nonstop. (I chose a nonstop flight, with the shortest travel time, so I wouldn't waste vacation hours on transport. The flights to connecting regions suck ass, upwards of 36+ hours to travel from SF)
$50-$150 a day for lodging, depending on how large of a space you reserve at a cybercafe with showers, or one of those capsule things in Shinjuku, so it was about $350-$1050 depending on how much you wanna spend.
$400 : JR Green Railroad Pass for 1 week. This was probably the best bargain. I took a roundtrip ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto riding the bullettrains, in the "first class" car, which was extremely comfortable (and you'll need all the space you can get in Japan, its super crowded here). The pass also let me go through Tokyo rail stations, without having to do Advanced Quantum Dynamic Japanese Moonrune Maths to calculate train ticket costs......
$10-$30 a day for storage rentals and other incidentals. The storage places all over Tokyo subway stations were a good place to keep the OW when going to other tour areas, or just to keep it safe somewhere without constantly lugging it around.
Don't worry about meals or drinks, lol, there are places to eat and those vending machines are everywhere. I'm sure we can all bicker about restaurant choices on the trip. But, generally speaking, yen prices for food match whatever's in the USA. Except for fruit. Fruit prices in Tokyo are fucking insane.
As for being able to skate. My opinion, most busy Tokyo streets are butter-smooth, or enough to skate comfortably. However, it takes a bit of skill, paying attention, and discipline to ensure you don't run smack into someone. I practiced a lot of "stop and go" motions before the trip. I also learned to quietly and calmly stand on the board for long periods, which happens when its extremely crowded, and you get gridlocked in this sea of Asians.
Shinjuku, Shibuya, Kabukicho, Akihabara, and the Divers City mall with the Giant Fucking Gundam Robot all had excellent skating areas.
Though, most of the time on my trip was spent on touring, relaxing, and hanging out, I'd say about 20% of the time, I was out skating.
One thing that would have been more fun : was to have other riders on the OW, going through these superb skating locations.
Would anyone be interested in taking the trip? It would spectacular to have a "OW Gang" rolling through the neon glaze of Osaka.
I mean, we gotta keep up with Mario and Luigi yo.
I needed a commuter ride, something I could easily take on-board a train, manageable storage space, and as minimal storage as possible.
A bicycle wasn't feasible for me; I'm really sick of the trend of bike-thievery being the new-normal in the Bay Area. That, and bike maintenance is definitely not my thing. I don't enjoy having to lock it up on train rides, and I'm not a fan of the bulkiness of bikes.
Skateboards were also an option, so were motorized scooters, and even the booster boards. The Ninebot was also attractive, but I looked way too goofy riding a 9bot.
It came down to the OneWheel being compact enough to lug around, support all the riding needs I wanted for commuting (not to mention, the all-terrain aspect). The novelty of riding one wheel was also appealing, as well as the style of the board.
After 1200 miles later, I'm extremely satisfied in the investment. I could have bought a car, but loaded up upwards of $5000 in gas and insurance and maintenance costs by now. So far, the OW has only cost me $500 in general maintenance and upkeep.
So I'm extremely happy to have saved up a ton of money, while making my daily work commute extremely efficient.
Weird feature request, but hey, why not?
The OneWheel itself doesn't look right stationary, this beast deserves to be in motion at all times.
A "doggie mode" setting means having the OneWheel operate in tow (attached to some sort of leash). We could pull on the leash, and the OneWheel would follow us around in the direction the leash was pulled, all while the OneWheel balances itself. Ideally, something that drains as little battery as possible.
This would be great in party settings, or when we're just tired of carrying the OneWheel around.
I'm curious if we can mod this ourselves? I'm not sure if this is something that can be part of the firmware.
On their website, there a few dealers here. I know of one in Santa Cruz and another one in San Francisco. You can buy them in store to avoid shipping cost.
I haven't seen a store that sells OW accessories though.
And stickers. Need more stickers mang.
As someone who has worked in forum management, I would say
People need to chill the fuck-off of FM. For fucks sake, they aren't some large corporation with thousands of support staff. Flaming them for "vague answers" doesn't help.
Learn to be patient with small companies. Especially small companies who make REAL products. Especially AMERICAN small companies making REAL products.
This isn't fucking fast food people. I would rather have SAFE and STABLE OneWheels being shipped on the market, instead of whiney-ass teenagers/millenials bitching about small companies making RUSHED products that are dangerous instead of taking the time to get it right.
Stop treating the OneWheel pipeline like a goddamn fast-food chain. Small businesses make mistakes. They are SWAMPED by thousands and thousands of people. It doesn't help if their own forums are SWAMPED with negativity for their operations.
THIS IS NOT FUCKING FAST FOOD.
Rant-off. But really guys, it's no good to keep bitching at such a small company.
Exception : does not include leaderboards for total mileage. Each new season could be every 3 or 4 months?
Reasons for this request : it would be interesting to see who can compete for the positions during winter season. It also gives other riders a chance to compete on even footing again every new season.