Last week as I parked to meet my heli CFI at the hangar I noticed that he was riding a powered skateboard thingy gracefully and effortlessly around Robinsons and equipment. Over the last few years I’ve seen plenty of e-junk terrorizing city sidewalks but they were all powered skateboards, scooters and unicycles. His looked like it was made from sturdier stuff. After the lesson he let me give a try while we awkwardly held hands. I traveled 3 feet and, suddenly, helplessly watched as the board launched from under my feet and slid to a stop on its side a few more feet away. And with that ugly failure as a sellibg point I bought one after several hours of clicking “buy” and emptying the cart (as we all do for expensive and questionable purchases).
It arrived 5 days ago and I’ve since put 40 miles on it (range for my version, the “Pint”, is about 8 miles). The learning curve was steep and somewhat painful. I recommend grass at first. The added surface instability makes it more difficult but it teaches valuable balance skills. And the inevitable falls are safer. In this video I am on the horse path next to my airport. I forgot my helmet so I am taking it easy.
Onewheel at Blairstown