Monthly Archives: July 2015

On the subject of inexpensive wheeledThings that will probably fall apart the first time to try to use them — welcome the Razor Sole Skate

Razor has started selling a minimalistic skateboard. So minimalistic that it has only three wheels.

Looks kinda like a bicycle seat.

Looks kinda like a bicycle seat.

It’s small and light and designed to be carried about by students, I think.

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Videos on Youtube indicate that it is possible, with some difficulty, to do many traditional skateboard tricks on a Sole Skate.

Given the apparent build quality, I wouldn’t expect to get away with those tricks for long. But in the meantime, this thing is probably worth the $20 it costs.

$20? I'll take three!

$20? I’ll take three!

EZ-SK8 Adjustable Strap on Heel Skates. So stupid, but so cheap!

Imagine you want to zoom around town on skates but not want the hassle of changing into shoes when you reach your destination. Convertible skates have been on the market for decades. We have discussed several models on WheeledThing, with the regretful conclusion that they basically always suck.

The team behind the EZ-SK8 Adjustable Strap on Heel Skate has decided to remove any uncertainty about their product — one look and you will know for sure, these things suck too.

Strap that to your sneakers. I dare you.

Strap that to your sneakers. I dare you.

They’re the smallest skate converters I’ve ever seen (just two wheels), and the cheapest looking by far. They presumably give a ride similar to that from Heelys, with the user cantered back onto his or her heels.

For the sake of God, please wear a helmet when using these.

For the sake of God, please wear a helmet when using these.

My mockery must be tempered with the observation that these skates cost only $12 including shipping. That’s so inexpensive, I might buy a pair to try out.

No, probably not.

No, probably not.

Recon — “smart” sunglasses for athletes

We live in a remarkable age for athletes; almost all of us carry devices in our pockets that play music, show maps, and track our speed and altitude. But the boffins at Recon noticed a problem — to get this data, you have to look at your phone or listen to a headset. What if you’re a finely tuned athletic machine, whose training regimen would be destroyed by such maneuver? The only solution, clearly, is to strap a pair of incredible ugly $400 sunglasses to your face and read vital data off a screen on the inside.

Shouldn't "smart" be in quotation marks?

Shouldn’t “smart” be in quotation marks?

It comes in several models, all ugly, and all providing basically the same functionality — they display speed and altitude and they can shoot videos. They have a microphone but it doesn’t do anything.

Admit it, you'd like to punch him in the face.

Admit it, you’d like to punch him in the face.

The Slingshot, or maybe the Slingsh*t

Continuing on the three wheeled theme, I stumbled across this motorcycle in Battery Park City over the weekend.  The Slingshot also puts two wheels up front, with one in the back.  Why would you design a car with only three wheels?  To avoid safety and emissions standards of course!

The bottom of their FAQ reads:
SLINGSHOT® IS A THREE-WHEELED MOTORCYCLE. IT IS NOT AN AUTOMOBILE, IT DOES NOT HAVE AIRBAGS, AND IT DOES NOT MEET AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY STANDARDS. THREE WHEEL VEHICLES MAY HANDLE DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHER VEHICLES, ESPECIALLY IN WET CONDITIONS. ALWAYS WEAR DOT APPROVED FULL FACE HELMET AND FASTEN SEAT BELTS. DRIVER MAY NEED A VALID MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. ©2015 POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC.

 

Slingshot

Slingshot – In the Wild

The Slingshot is being produced by snowmobile manufacturer Polaris – and you can pick one up for only $22K …. airbags not included.

They have a number of videos pointing out how much fun it is.

I wonder if they consider riding in an ambulance fun?

Rungu sells a confused tricycle

Tricycles for grownups have been around as long as the bicycle has. And while they are seen less often than bicycles, they do have their merits. They may be appropriate for those who need a more stable ride, or who want a wide platform for hauling gear, or for women or Scotsmen who ride wearing skirts.

So if you meet any part of that description, go ahead and buy a trike.

So if you meet any part of that description, go ahead and buy a trike.

And then there is the Rungu. The name means “club you use for knocking somebody on the head with,” which seems inapt for this thing:

What the . . . ?

What the . . . ?

That’s right, upright posture, fat tires, and two wheels in front. Not in the back, where the weight is, but in the front. They argue this is better for riding on sand, and they sell a special model with extra-fat tires if that’s your dream.

Just $2600?!? I'll take two.

Just $2600?!? I’ll take two.