Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 30, 2023, 13:47:
FloodAnxiety wrote on Sep 30, 2023, 13:03:Consider me impressed. 22k miles? I might have put over 10K miles on my various bicycles over the years, if so, not by much. I'm not going to bother looking up annual bicycling deaths, but I'm guessing it more than 5. Then again, there are a lot more people riding bicycles. Do you have any kind of idea how fast you are going typically when you ride it? Personally, I have no horse in the race so I don't really care. People do all kinds of crazy, possibly deadly, things on a regular basis -- sometimes to get views, sometimes just because they want to. *shrug* If they are not taking proper precautions it is just evolution in action.
I am extremely biased on this topic, owning multiple wheels and having a combined mileage of over 22k across my boards (I think this puts me somewhere in the top 20-30 riders world wide for mileage).
Pushback starts at 15-16mph under normal situations (the board surges to handle bumps at lower speed, and surging and pushback are basically the same thing) and so the normal comfortable thing to do is to kind of carve into and out of push back vertically (forward backwards I mean) while you do your normal horizontal carving. So I'll normally be hovering around 14-17 mph, maybe slightly slower if I am on a trail instead of smooth asphalt.
As for Adam Savage's video: he still rides I believe. His early video and tour of the factory is what helped get me into it. Adam's video is extra silly because he should have known better riding without a helmet and in such muddy conditions. Mud is the same thing as ice to a OneWheel, and you can't balance on it... normal humans can't balance on it.
This comment may land better here than due to this community's history with first person shooters. Riding a OneWheel is a lot like a first person shooter. After your first 100 miles you will be surprised at how fast you picked it up. After 1000 miles you will feel really confident in your abilities. It becomes a lot like walking, where you just go and you don't think about the mechanics of how you are positioning your legs and feet. With both of your hands free, and with the ability to float across asphalt at 15mph, you have nothing obstructing your view, and it feels like you are doom guy running around at doom guy speeds. I imagine the electric unicycles offer a similar feel, though I can't imagine carving on one of those being anywhere near as enjoyable as carving on a OneWheel. If you are fan of First Person Shooters, and the carving of snowboarding/surfing, then OneWheel is not something that should be skipped out on. Super intuitive to learn, only takes practice.
OneWheel is not the board everyone though. For people who crave speed or have the inability to control themselves, or for people like marty mcfly where all it takes is someone calling for you to set a high speed without a helmet or else you are a chicken to get you to do crazy things, then this isn't the sport for them, maybe snowboarding or surfing though?