Category Archives: What could possibly go wrong?

Better Face Plants with Electricity

This Scooter Packs a Punch! (direct quote)

If there is one thing we know at Wheeled Thing, it’s that when it comes to wheels, bigger is better.  Big wheels roll over cracks or potholes that a smaller wheel will get stuck in.  Big means they ride smoother that don’t have speed wobbles…

One of our biggest frustration with the Razor Scooter fad was the fact the wheels were way to small, and sent too many children to the hospital for facial reconstruction surgery.

Well, plastic surgeons of Ameraica… I’ve got great news for you – The Eon Scooter will soon be flinging kids off their scooters at speeds up to 45 mph!

 

The video on their Indigogo page is 1:30 in length.  Of that time, only 20 seconds (with some of in slow motion), show the person riding the scooter.  35 seconds are shown with the owner dragging or charging the scooter.  That’s right, expect to be dragging this thing around more than riding it.

Included Dork Mode

We urge you not to buy this rolling death trap… but our friends at Eon were kind enough to include a “folding mirror” which will help you to remove the gavel from your chin and  repair your front teeth.  At Starbucks they hate when you walk in with exposed face road rash.

Please clean the blood off your face before entering the office

Flying Wheels!

It looks like it’s Japanese week here at WT!

Not content with skating ninjas, our friends in Japan rolled various wheeled things down a ski slope and included a play-by-play announcer with high tech graphics!

If anyone wants to fund our Kickstarter campaign, WT wants to roll American wheels down a slope.  I’m sure they will go even farther and faster!

Roll Baby Roll!

For $170 you can rocket! If by rocket, you mean “roll at 7mph”

Acton R5 Rocketskates are on sale at woot for $170.

This is the most flattering photo they could find.

These things are controlled by a wireless remote control or by an app running on your cell phone. Imagine the shenanigans if you were to get your hands on somebody’s remote? The laughter might almost justify the legal liability that would surely result.

Per the vendor,

“The ACTON R5 RocketSkates are motorized electric skates that can propel a wearer at up to 7 mph. A set of step-in footplates secure most types of footwear with strap bindings similar to those on snowboard boots, accommodating small and large feet.

Supporting riders up to 180 lbs., the powered skate’s (red buckled skate) twin 6”-diameter wheels has a 50-watt motor integrated into its fiber-reinforced nylon frame. Control acceleration and breaking using the included remote control or remote control app. The footplates also pivot down to put your foot in contact with the ground for walking or going upstairs.

The powered skate has a removable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 45 minutes of continuous power (up to a 5-mile range), ideal for travel across a school campus, to a local cafe, or while roaming a neighborhood festival. Battery recharges in 1.5 hours using the included AC adapter.

5 mile / 45 minute range
Max speed: 7mph
Motor: Dual 50W DC hub motors
Battery: Li-ion rechargeable (charges in 1.5 hours)
Maximum User Weight Capacity: 180 lbs.”

Futuristic Robot Suitcase

I try so hard not to mock entrepreneurs, but then things like this happen.

Yes, sexy women everywhere will soon be swooning over dorky guys and their robot suitcases, that is until the robot suitcase trips a little old lady in the airport and crushing legal bills leave him homeless.

SURPRISE! That will never happen and the dorky man’s fortune is secure. This is because the Indigogo campaign behind this product will surely fail and he will lose only his $399 pledge.

AeYO!

“AeYO!” is the sound you’ll make when you hear the price 648 Euros or when you hit the ground in a heap after wiping out on this bike/skates combo that is neither a bike nor skates but something in between. Who thought it would be good to strap more restrictive things to your skates?

From http://www.aeyo.com/

 

Burning rubber in indoor cycling

I was on my newish Wahoo Kickr Snap trainer last night and pulled my rear wheel out of alignment (presumably in Beast mode on a virtual climb in Zwift, the alternative, that I failed to adequately tighten the skewer, is obviously an absurd hypothesis). No big deal except that I didn’t notice for half an hour, instead thinking that my mounting difficulty turning the pedals and the stink of burning rubber were the result of a technical flaw in the trainer resulting it its crashing into highest resistance and staying there. I was dreading the debugging process, as isolating the component responsible promised to be time-consuming, and if the problem was in the trainer itself, a hassle to get replaced as well.

Only when the rear wheel was so jammed that I could stand on the pedals in my lowest gear and not move the rear wheel did I dismount and examine the situation closely. A veritable Sherlock Homes, I could not help but notice the burnt rubber shavings that had accumulated to the left of the rear triangle where the wheel had been rubbing the inside of the frame. The sidewall of the tire was sticky all the way around where it had been melting itself with friction.

What's that smell?

What’s that smell?