@midlifecrisis said in Snowboarder in (late) midlife crisis - is learning to ride One Wheel the answer?:
I'm a 57 year old snowboarder (I love cruising and carving the pistes, but not into parks or anything radical) and I really like the look of OneWheel.
I'm also retired, a bit bored (especially during this coronavirus lock down we're in), and thinking this might be the answer to a bit of fun and excitement for cruising in our parks and streets.
My question is how easy is it to learn to ride competently, and what are the risks of serious injury?
I'm hoping that a competent and fairly fit snowboarder could learn to ride this pretty quickly? And I'm also hoping that it's stable enough and controllable enough to avoid accidents and injury....at 57 I'm more interested in cruising for enjoyment rather than pushing it to its limits and risking injury.
Oh, and is the Pint better than XR for cruising around local neighbourhood and park?
Any advice for me would be much appreciated. Easy to learn? Hard to injure yourself?
I'm a balanced challenged, overweight non snowboarder who thought the Onewheel looked cool. I'm 52, and have health conditions and heal slowly.
I watched a lot of video's read everything I could while waiting for my pint to arrive. I set what I thought would be realistic goals. I've blown past every goal I've set (well except one -- conquering my nemesis at the park . . . but I will get it). Each person will go at their own pace in learning. Me? Took me months to be able to go longer than a quarter mile. I know my limits, and I know the board limits. I have an app on a phone that sets off an alarm when I go over a certain speed. If something looks questionable that I can ride over it, I get off and walk around or over it, then mount up and take off again. In two months I've explored more of the local towns/cities than I have in 20 years of living here.
Now I'm out doing things like this: