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  1. Mmhmmm

    Welcome, Irina!

    Welcome @Irina. Well done on the photographs, very inspiring!
  2. OW is the unintuitive, but widely-used, abbreviation for Onewheel. Unfortunately, it probably contributes to people writing "OneWheel" or "One Wheel", both of which are not correct.
  3. Yes, if you are using the app, it will warn you, otherwise the user has to be aware of their charge level if they start out on a hill..
  4. Training a short time each day in a controlled environment will gradually increase your skills and your confidence. Then as confidence increases continue to limit your speed. It takes a while to become one with the machine.
  5. The leverage created by the Onewheel geometry makes it pretty easy to overlean and slam down one end, but the stance also makes it easier to save an overlean once the rider is well-trained. The battery capacity vs. weight and size compromise is a choice that certainly has pros and cons, but also with experience all of these factors become innate. Things get very predictable with enough use, if the rider has aptitude for the sport and the right kind of common sense. They call it tiltback, as well, and it is possible to overpower the motor before tiltback can respond. Sometimes the tiltback is also hard to recognize. An audible warning would make sense, so that riders can learn quicker what the limits of the machine are.
  6. There is an aftermarket kit that makes an apparently good claim to effectively waterproof Onewheels. I'm sure that they run a bit warmer..
  7. Yes, apparently the XR is less tolerant of water than the earlier models. It generally takes a good heavy wetting to chance affecting anything, but it can't hurt to be cautious.
  8. There is no random switching-off, other than very rare electromechanical failure which any PEV may have. The idea you are perpetuating is a bit of mis-information created by riders who are confused by the sudden faceplant and/or unwilling to admit over-powering the board's ability to keep them upright.
  9. Mmhmmm

    NEW OneWheel Pint

    It's skiing vs. snowboarding. EUC vs. Onewheel.. There is no winner. It's all about use and sport. The float achieved with the super-wide contact patch of the full-size Onewheel (maybe almost 6" wide x 4" long, at 17 psi, low-ish pressure) allows the rider to surf terrain with amazing low speed control. One may stop and stand still. The action stance, like a martial artist, provides a much high resolution/range of body movement input for the machine, and it feels super groovy. The compromise is limited range, limited climbing, and limited top end. If I were looking to get into the Onewheel sport as an enthusiast, I would buy a hardly used Onewheel+ for like $1100, or so, and if I really wanted more than the 6+ miles of useable range provided (remember, the + charges in twenty-ish minutes), then I would buy a double battery Charge-n-Ride kit for the flexibility of up to 20 miles, or so, without ac power.
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    NEW OneWheel Pint

    The action stance form of the Onewheel (note correct spelling/capitalization) matched with it's capability of standing completely still, are excellent attributes for an EPAMD.
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    Doing good deeds on wheels...

    I try to carry a re-used flimsy plastic grocery bag, or two, especially if on personally important routes/trails. Once the first piece of offending trash goes in the bag, the focus becomes trying to fill the bag quickly and to efficiently beautify a section, then dispose of the collected clean-up and get on with the adventure without too much delay.
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    In the news...

    Yes! If you wear kneepads over pants, you should have dedicated pairs that are approximately two inches longer in the inseam than you would normally wear, for reasons both form and function... All hear this!
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    The pedestrian debate

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    Did tiltback throw me to the ground? 18XL

    Right, but through experience comes a calm gut, and by intentionally pushing your limits in a controlled way, you can gain the ability to hold your own when it counts.
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    My Z10 Triumphs, Tribulations, and Failures

    Oops, you missed a couple of stop signs...
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    In the news...

    A couple of months ago, I was in Long Beach, CA. While waiting to cross the main drag (8 lanes including parking), a very big and VERY heavy young dude on a rental scooter shot past me crossing against the sign and then re-crossing again at full speed while randomly avoiding people and cars. Just as the crosswalk sign signalled for me to walk, he was passing me again and I realized that his rear tire was completely flat and he was riding on the rim. I said, "WHAT are you doing!!" "F~@k it!!!", he yells, and disapears off into the distance. Hilarious and sad...
  17. Mmhmmm

    EUC Themed New Yorker Marketing Campaign

    Today, the EUC has become a classic in it's own right! It feels like a watershed moment somehow.
  18. Hi Kevin, When the Onewheel is on and the blue light is flashing, you can tell battery level from the light pulse. It starts out with a very quick momentary "light off" blink when the battery is full. As it loses charge, the duration of the off-blink becomes longer and longer, until the light barely blinks "on" at all and the battery is drained. Also, board modes can be changed without the app, using a series of button presses, but yes you have to be off the board to do it. Cheers!
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    What Belongs Here

    Does anyone have thoughts about this product? https://www.cscmotorcycles.com/default.asp?page=xInventoryDetail&id=5652551&p=1&s=Year&d=D&fr=xAllInventory it's called the City Slicker: $2500, weighs 215 lbs, goes 40 mph with a variable range of ~40 miles
  20. It seems that the helmet isn't what scares pedestrians, as much as buzzing past them from behind when they don't know that you are coming, and the speed is enough to potentially knock them down. They instinctually are startled and scared, possibly angry.
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    What speed is safe to ride?

    When most experienced people see someone doing something dangerous without proper safety gear and precautions, don' t they think to themselves, "bad idea!"? Why people think it is cooler to not wear gear is hard to understand. Professionals and experts in any field learn the best methods and then become very proficient in their application. Having the very best safety gear for any situation is a mark of intelligence. In actual use, it takes less time to put on and take off gear as you get better at using it. Any injury will take up more time and money than what is spent on gear. My motto is All The Gear, All The Time; ATGATT. It should be a personal badge of honor to not take short-cuts with safety and also to ride carefully, attentively, and without being incorrectly over-confident. Each of us has the opportunity to be a good example to others and to promote a positive opinion of our sport for the general public.
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    Wheeling Sickness

    When learning to perfect a new and dynamically performed full-body action skill-set, the developing brain-usage pattern becomes a pleasure path, which we desire to repetetively stimulate. There are many vitalizing benefits to this sort of brain redesign during a lifetime. Of course, moderation and variety are important in order to limit the flashback side-effects that you describe. Maybe mix it up with skiing, stand-up paddleboading, scrambling, glissading, or the sort.
  23. https://www.alpinestars.com/a-10-full-chest-protector I've been thinking that this one looks interesting, especially with the shoulder and bicep protection..
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    Noob first try - meh

    People who are right-handed usually kick a soccer ball with their right foot. We become used to planting our weight with our left foot to make actions with our right/dominant foot. Right-handed skateboarders usually ride using "regular" stance with their left foot forward, steering with their right/rear foot. Mounting an EUC, most people should find it easier to place the non-dominant foot on first and then push off with the dominant foot.
  25. Generally speaking, I think we are referring to over-powering the motor causing shutdown or accidental dismount, which anyone can do by placing too much weight forward or backwards. Actual mechanical/electrical failure is very rare, comparatively. Onewheels are easier to over-power because of the greater leverage created by the fore and aft platforms vs. the shorter pedals on an EUC which have less leverage. Fortunately, the Onewheel's platforms can sometimes lightly skid in an accident, slowing you down and allowing the move to be saved without dismounting. Conversely, if the edge of the platform bites the ground, the board will stop suddenly. There are third-party suppliers of roller accessories for the edge of the board that help with sliding in these situations. The action stance used by Onewheel riders is actually more of a diagonal stance similar to what is used in martial arts. It is very stable and is a very good starting position for moving forwards or backwards, hence good for running out a mishap. Also when balancing normally this stance allows for more range of forward to backwards weight distribution while still remaining steady. Onewheels are very good at standing still or moving very slowly, and the stance itself makes it harder for the operator to lose their own balance. Of course, the more powerful a motor is, and the larger a battery's capacity is, the less likely an operator of a certain weight might be to over-power a motor in the first place. Also, the faster you go, the less likely you are to have time to react and the more momentum you will have to deal with during a dismount. A lot of our safety relies on ATGATT: all the gear, all the time.