A lot of you guys/girls talk about how fast you go/want to go on your boards. I don’t often see anyone say that they want to go ~22km/h.
I built my board (nothing spectacular) and have been riding/commuting daily-ish since December 2017 and the fastest I go is about 22km/h. I often commute at stupid o-clock in the morning through the CBD (Wellington NZ) so the amount of traffic/cars/people are not a problem… but the thought of some random fault in my board and me flying off definitely limits my top speed (this happened the other day - phase wires unplugging themselves = motor locking up).
So how do you justify/rationalise it?
I used to ride a sports bike (1000c Aprilia) too fast for a few years, took huge risks so it’s not like I don’t like excitement. I kind of like riding my board fast-ish too, but I kind of like my hands and how they help me earn a living (software dev).
ps - I wear a helmet and gloves. I’d be a fool not to.
I want my board to be capable of higher speeds for when i have a smooth, strait street ahead of me. Also just to say it can go that fast I currently don’t have the balls to go 35+, but I am sitting at 18-20mph and it just doesn’t fell like quite enough when going strait.
This. I normally don’t want to – but on a smooth road I’m very familiar with in the daylight with few cars I am comfortable going faster than I can run off. But most of the time 18 or 20mph (29 to 32km/h) is a fine top speed.
Boards that go 35mph (56km/h) or more to me are just too dangerous.
My phase wires unplugged themselves and shorted a little which caused my motor to lock-up momentarily. Luckily I was only going at “fast running” pace so didn’t hit the deck when I went flying off. If I had been going at 30mph (or even 20mph) then it wouldn’t have been pretty.
Late summer here so I wasn’t wearing long sleeves/pants.
The fastest I have taken my board is 34mph. I am usually riding in the 27-30 mph range and I love it. Usually I am riding in the roads, in the city with traffic (no bike lanes) and I wouldn’t feel safe not keeping up with traffic.
I reckon there are a lot more variable in skateboarding.
btw - not trying to convince people otherwise… or people to go slow. I have seen that in the motorcycling community (online), I’ve done some stupid stuff on a bike… but was able to rationalise it more than I can with skateboarding.