What your calves would look like after 80 miles on a OW
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RE: EG0 Commercial Battery Backpack @ 1568 WH an 56VDC - A ONEWHEEL+ Would Go Hundreds Of Miles
What your calves would look like after 80 miles on a OW
You should, of course, never do as I do. I'm old, and very well insured, so I'm allowed to do stupid dangerous things.
That said, What is your favorite float music? And does it change with the type of riding you are up to?
Tonight, David Gilmore's "Rattle that Lock". Mellow Pink Floyd style, Jazz, blues, and soul. Perfect for big gutter to gutter carves down empty dark roads.
RE: Onewheel Photoshoot Thread...
Took the OW down to Moapa Nevada to watch Union Pacific #4014 BigBoy pass through on its Southwest tour celebrating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. It is the worlds largest operating Steam Locomotive.
A little bigger wheel
And if you are into Trains, here is the Video.
RE: Onewheel Haiku
You went and started a poetry thread, well the dams broken, can't put the flood back now.
Snow boarders lament-
If only it wasn't so cold,
my fingers I can barely feel.
These lift lines take forever,
if only I could ride uphill.
These boots are big and clunky,
they clomp like wood and steel.
So much work for a little sliding,
if only my board had a Wheel.
Introduction and PVC Fender
New owner and poster here. I have had my OW for 10 days now. Have averaged about 9 miles a day and of course having a great time. Didn't actually intend to buy a OW, but I was up at a motorcycle dealership discussing an older dirt bike I was going to sell, and, long story short I ended up trading it for a new XR.
So I mean no disrespect, but the OW is actually kind of not in my normal experience. It's is soo... nice. And soo... high tec. And soo... well.. Not home made.
To understand this You have to understand that I am by nature a tinkerer. It's not that I dislike nice things, I just really like things that I have made myself. Think steampunk without all of the silly steam and costumes. I love to take old stuff and make it into new toys. So you can't buy a really good pencil sharpener. No problem, behold the bender/pencil sharpener.
So for the last 10 or so years I have been making ghetto electric skateboards from assorted powered child toys. Long before boosted or Mepo made their slick setups. My garage is littered with there remains
(Which by the way is how I first saw a OW.)
So now I have one, and well it just needs a little ghetto-ing up. Since it was making a mess of my back leg it seemed like an ugly homemade fender would be a good place to start.
So a little measuring and geometry tells me that 18" of 3" SCH40 PVC should do the trick.
A few years back my kids and I had a great time making a variety of things from molded PVC. It started with bows and them moved on to all kinds of things. (PVC bows are worth a Google)
After splitting, flattening, shaping, and molding around appropriately sized pot Here is what I got.
I have ridden it in the dirt, gravel, rain, and it seems to be doing it job quite well. Many people have mentioned that fenders add quite a bit of noise. I haven't noticed much at all. I think the thickness of the Sch40 PVC keeps that down.
I think I will take it off and do a little more shaping still. It is about a 1/4" wide at the base, and I would like to add a little "roundness" to the sides to shape around the wheel.
And of course it could use a few stickers.
RE: Introduction and PVC Fender
Pulled the ugly fender off the board last night and did a little more trimming and molding. I took about 1/4" off both sides trimming up the width and then rounded over the edges.
So now I have version 1.1
While not any better looking than before, it is a bit more functional. The issue that I was running into with the ver 1.0 was that as I carried it around the 1/4" edges that were hanging off the side rail and the square edges of the rest of the fender would often rub or catch my leg. Not painful of anything, just annoying.
RE: Onewheel Demographics
55 here in southern Nevada.
Have done pretty much all of the board sports Including powered stuff for 45+ years. I think the background transfers pretty well. Tried a + in a MotoZoo dealership and off I went around the showroom and building. Traded another toy for the next XR that they got in. Not sure if it is the "most fun", since each toy has its own charms, but for miles and shear ease of use, it is top of the list.
RE: Pushback to determine mph?
I wish that you could adjust the pushback speed in the custom shaping. Mine kicks in at about 16 MPH.
I have tried a few thing to see how pushback behaves.
- I played around with the tilt of the board which did change things, but it didn't have any effect on the speed at which pushback started. Nosing the front down felt like it made pushback more pronounced when it kicked in, but that may have just been me.
- I have also noticed that the begining speed of pushback starts a MPH or two lower as the batteries get low.
- I'm not sure if this is absolutely true, but it seems that pushback becomes more pronounced at about 19 MPH
- Carefully pushing the board to its max speed my XR did the "kickback" pop at 25.3 MPH (don't try this at home)
- Running the battery to 0% to see what my max range was like, the board did an uptilt forcing the back of the board to the ground and then shut off. Not exactly pushback but kind of.
RE: Voltage drop as battery drains
You are right that the performance of the the OW drops as the battery discharges. The OW has a programed feedback warning system. You will notice that as the power available drops pushback happens at a slightly lower speed. But the change is really quite minor. This is due to the discharge characteristics of lithium chemistry batteries.
Notice that from 80% down to 20% the voltage is essentially constant. Also if you discharge a lithium battery below a critical voltage you will damage the battery, hence almost all lithium batteries come with a BMS (battery management system) that cuts off the battery at around 30% capacity. Your phone may say that it is dead, but in fact the BMS has just cut you off. The Onewheel is no different. In fact if you want to get the best life out of your Li batteries you should avoid charging them all the way up. Pushing the voltage past 3.8v per cell significantly shortens the life of the battery. Most BMS won't stop charging at 80% since everybody want their phone to hold a charge for for as long as possible. (and most phones are obsolete before the battery quits) But if you want that iPhone to last 10 years you should really take it off the charger at about 80%.
RE: Riding Music
I was an English Prog Rock guy back in the day - Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Yes, Robert Fripp, King Crimson.
Add a little Alan Parsons, and Pink Floyd, and that was pretty much the sound track of my teen years.
And holy cow, no kidding about Francis and the Lights sounding like PG. Thanks for that, I like.
For casual YT listening my daughter got me listening to Wiremux playlists. A really good variety of independent (copyright free) music.
A tale of two Casinos
A couple of nights ago I was out for an evening ride. Being quite hot still here I typically wait until the sun goes down to spin out for onewheel adventures. Since venturing down the this electric mobility lifestyle I have thought about and googled places where I might get a little charge if needed. Turns out that one of the local casinos is quite electric friendly and has installed charge stations outside its hotel for Tesla and the like. So on this night I decide that I will ride by and have a look see. I circle around for a while and eventually stop an employee that is patrolling the parking lot in an electric golf cart. They give me directions to the charging station and comment on how cool my device is. All very chill and friendly.
Fast forward a couple of days to this evening. Across the street from the friendly Eureka Casino is the older Virgin River Casino. (insert ominous music here) While riding past this evening I spy a vending machine on the side of the hotel across a nearly empty parking lot. It is still pretty hot out and I'm thinking a soda might be just the thing, so off I go. Suddenly there is a set of headlights that has turned and is headed straight for me. I turn to avoid them but they have turned again matching me so that they are still headed straight at me. I now make a hard right turn and am making a run for the sidewalk beside the casino. They again match my turn and continue on the collision course. I can see now that it is a small SUV that is bent on my destruction. I run the board into the curb, jump off onto the sidewalk, run off a couple of steps of momentum, and turn to face my potential attacker. In the glow of a hundred casino light I can now see SECURITY emblazoned across the side of the SUV. A small bald man is yelling "SKATEBOARDS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY, LIABILITY.......". The adrenaline is flowing and I'm ready for a fight, when a small voice from what little is left of my reasonable mind whispers, "small man with a big need to prove himself, there is no good outcome here". I swallow hard and paste a smile on my mug, nod and head back for the relative safety of the public streets.
In retrospect, it has been a long time since I have been lumped into the "hoodlums on skateboards" stereotype. At my age I should be flattered. But I still think The Eureka has earned itself a new customer, while the Virgin River can proceed to do unmentionable things to themselves.
RE: LMAO Everyone seen Nasa’s Black Hole visualization?
@DreamTour Once AI links with Google and Amazon, your OneWheel will just be part of the synchronicity used by the aliens to control your movements. Soon, we will just become tools for our phones and AI will rule over all. Thanks Elon Musk..
Of course the next step is the BT neural interface so that they have a more direct link to our brains.
(and we laughed at those tin foil hats) ;-)
RE: Riding Music
When I was learning, I preferred techno. That gridlike orderliness appealed, for focus.
I totally get the Techno vibe. This last week I was listening to "The Best of The Art of Noise". (old Techno)
It was a great match to my One Wheel style and state of mind.
RE: OW Owners: Injury Survey
879 miles in and I get to add my "eat it" story.
I was on my way home from work when I can across something of a traffic snarl. On Mondays our local food bank gives out food to pretty much anybody who shows up. This always causes a traffic issue there. So I am coming up on this mess. There is about 50 people waiting in line. Parked cars are jamming up both sides of the street, and there is a mess of cars both behind and coming at me. So I make the poor snap decision to cut off the road and ride through the parking lot to avoid the gridlock. I swerve and BAM, faster then I could even start to react I am on my left side in the parking lot. I get back up without any real issue, to the wide eyed stares of everybody in line. I guess if you are going to go, Go Big!
It appears that in my rush, and with the sun just right, I failed to see this lip in the asphalt.
The padded leather jacket prevented any road rash, but I did get a lovely bruise that is turning all kinds of fun colors.
RE: Charging Habits
Correct me if I'm wrong but these aren't Lithium Ion/Polymer batteries. I think these are Lithium Iron Phosphate. I'm not familiar with the chemical make up behavior comparing to Lipos.
FM current products use Lithium nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC) batteries. There are quite a few different types of Lithium batteries. For more than you would ever want to know about them you can go here.
RE: Flashlights for Old Farts . . . Night Riding.
As another old fart I know where you are coming from.
I need a light way more than I like to admit, and those reading glasses, Sigh.
I think one of these might be just the thing.
Kind of expensive, but if you can afford a OW likely not an issue.
RE: Introduction and PVC Fender
I made a "long" cut with a portable skill saw.
I used a heat gun and a couple large flat blade screwdrivers to start opening the pipe.
Then lots more heat gun, my feet and a couple of cinder blocks to finish the flattening part.
I did a rough cut of the shape with a hand held jig saw.
Then a little finer shaping with a bench grinder. The grinder makes quite the mess of plastic "salt". I will likely be blowing that out of my garage for weeks.
More heat gun and and large (about 12") pot for the large curve, then the mounting tabs.
The mounting bolts are 5x20mm, w/5mm washers, and the spacers are 8mm nuts. The PVC was $6 at an Ace Hardware. I had the nuts and bolts laying around but I would guess another $3 if you had to buy them.
Back when we were doing a bunch of PVC molding I build this 6' oven from scrap aluminum and heating elements from an old toaster oven.
The reason it has two plugs is so that I can separate it into two 3 foot zones.
It was great for Bows and other stuff, but the 3" pipe was to big.