Someone needs to make a shirt with all the answers and we can just point to the correct response. Maybe it should have a pocket for business cards.
Best posts made by willcapellaro
RE: NYC riding on bridges
Chicago city commuter here. I bought one, with the partial justification of commuting with it. I did it once, may try it again. It was a little stressful, I may try it again.
I don't regret the purchase at all, but I wish I would have known the following commuting issues:
- Pedestrian gawking factor. You will get stopped by the curious. Plus, pedestrians and crowds are impossible to anticipate.
- A lot of Chicago bridges have medium height railings. When you're a little higher, these are basically launching points off the bridge, and not fun to be next to if you have an active imagination. Big East River bridges in NYC usually have full height chain link though, right?
- Traffic is no funner with the OneWheel than with any other vehicle. You are an odd duck, without a dedicated traffic lane, very exposed, and being ready to stop or slow to a crawl takes a lot of work.
- "Resting" on a OneWheel isn't the same as biking lazily. You can bike lazy, and have a hand on the brake, and you're good. With a OneWheel you need to have your body ready to get on your back foot to break. You need to be ready to jump or stumble off and start running if you fall. If you're commuting for a long stretch, you will tend to lock your joints and get lazy. I find this dangerous and I have to be vigilant to keep my hips loose and ready for breaking, and my feet ready to jump off and start booking. It's not as relaxing as biking.
- There may be areas where you want to carry your OneWheel. However, it's 25 lbs, just at the max of inconvenient carrying with two hands.
- Not as consistent speed as a bike.
If you can avoid high traffic areas you'll be okay, but not as safe as a bike, once you've got your legs. One day we will have OneWheel lanes and live in perfect harmony.
You will have a blast taking not commuting though. Find a skate park or nice area without traffic to play. Worth every penny.
RE: Trying not to be rude
- Yes, I totally made this.
- It's powered by Magic.
- Only the pure of heart can balance on it.
- I traded it for a can of soup.
Maybe multiple choice with real answers upside down?
These or other joke answers on front/real on back.
Not sure if I'd wear it—might attract people to me. What will drive people away?
RE: HowToPassTheTime. Waiting..........4 my OneWheel2Arrive?
Here's an idea: fix the return key on your computer! I'm not sure how long that will take, but it will pass the time.
/s I kid, I kid.
Honestly, when I got my OW here's what I wish I would have wanted:
- more ankle strength and stamina: when you got on the board you'll be surprised by how shaky your ankles feel
- more balance/tumbling ability/falling ability: you will stumble and you will fall
- pain endurance and bravery
- all the gear I need: safety, recording, if you want a bag
- places I want to wheel scoped out: some places or routes very local to you that you can access without commuting, plus a few special trips that give you a variety of terrains, for streets you'll want to have a sense of when the cars clear out, and balance that with available light and weather)
- friends ready to try it and familiar: you have to do a lot of guidance, better to have people already know what to expect and you can teach each other
Also, watching videos of folks onewheeling is good. I didn't do it because I wanted to be surprised, but I wished I had done more.
Other things I could have passed the time with: buy a cheap skateboard. It's not too similar but a good way to practice falling, etc. Snowboarding or surfing.
It's easy to step on the board and go, especially if you're young and indestructible. But I'm finding it hard to go from good to great. So take this time to prepare yourself and be ready to maximize your OW time. Having had it for a few months, I wish I used my OW more. You're not going to get better unless you're charged up and moving.
It's worth the wait—enjoy!
I can't believe we didn't get any feature that addresses one of the fundamental challenges to the Onewheel system - its ignorance of ground surface incline.
We are all taking our OWs up and down hills, but we have to keep in mind when we are going to start grinding. Because the board wants to stay level.
I was holding out for that. Never once did I think I needed more power (though I'm hopeful that it might improve the ride in ways that I will like).
RE: Help - Wont turn on!!! light on then blink then off:(
@fabuz Is that a way to get mods to see this post?
@thegreck See my reply to s2kboy.
I've thought a lot about how they could do it. You hit on some concerns, there are probably many others. Derek is smart he could figure it out eventually. It would be an undertaking, but I think the product would have a ton more value, especially to people in places with topography. I live in Chicago. We are as flat as a pancake so I'm okay, but I can't fathom how people in SF or Seattle tolerate it. It's not a lightweight device to carry up a hill!
For now, but I'd be happy with a compromise of more modes that we can use manually, and making those easier to switch. Supposedly the Apple Watch lets you change modes, I'd be curious if people find that useful.
RE: + Hill Climbing ability
Old post but I thought I'd reply.
Onewheel has zero ability to sense the gradient and its accelerometer is always fighting to stay level to gravity.
You may technically be able to go up/down something like a 20% gradient but you'll do so with a completely gravity-level board, which sucks. You'll feel off kilter with the gradient you're on, which feels weird, and you'll be at risk of grinding.
Elevated mode just changes the pitch of the board, which can eke out a bit more upwards gradient ability. Just don't turn around, or start going down after you reach a crest, because then you'll find yourself grinding. AFAIK they do not have a Descent mode yet.
I would pay handily for a gradient sensor add-on that would make riding more natural.