Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by Mark de Roussi » Mon, 09 Feb 1998 04:00:00


I'm about to get a Mountain Board, and intend to use my 4m SkyTiger to get
it ( and me :)) moving. Anyone out there got any experiences they'd care to
share ? I have no experience of skateboards, and very very little experience
of buggies, so I guess I'm gonna come off alot ( suitable body armour will
be applied... ). It seems to me that the danger of being overpowered is
greater ( higher CoG, more difficult to transfer the power to the vehicle ),
but the consequences of failure rather less dangerous ( theres less vehicle
to land on you, you probably aren't going as fast ). Thoughts ?

                                MdeR

 
 
 

Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by Steve Irb » Mon, 09 Feb 1998 04:00:00

uhhhh, whats a mountain board? ( I should know this right?  ok so I'm a semi
geezer)
If it has wheels you are in for some e***ment. You will need great directional
control to allow tacking against the wind .  I gotta know more about your
vehicle.  Is this one of those skateboards with monster tires/wheels?   A buggy
is much better. IMHO

Quote:

> I'm about to get a Mountain Board, and intend to use my 4m SkyTiger to get
> it ( and me :)) moving. Anyone out there got any experiences they'd care to
> share ? I have no experience of skateboards, and very very little experience
> of buggies, so I guess I'm gonna come off alot ( suitable body armour will
> be applied... ). It seems to me that the danger of being overpowered is
> greater ( higher CoG, more difficult to transfer the power to the vehicle ),
> but the consequences of failure rather less dangerous ( theres less vehicle
> to land on you, you probably aren't going as fast ). Thoughts ?

>                                 MdeR

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Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by Steve Alle » Tue, 10 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>I'm about to get a Mountain Board, and intend to use my 4m SkyTiger to get
>it ( and me :)) moving. Anyone out there got any experiences they'd care to
>share ? I have no experience of skateboards, and very very little experience
>of buggies, so I guess I'm gonna come off alot ( suitable body armour will
>be applied... ). It seems to me that the danger of being overpowered is
>greater ( higher CoG, more difficult to transfer the power to the vehicle ),
>but the consequences of failure rather less dangerous ( theres less vehicle
>to land on you, you probably aren't going as fast ). Thoughts ?

>                               MdeR

I was think ing of doing it to,
I skated for a while till I my ankles were knackered and It's not as
easy as it looks. the biggest problem I saw with mountain boards is that
you will be standing sideways on the board, when you turn the board n
kite you will be facing away from the kite (try to visualise it) and
you'll have to turn round on the board.
in  skating this is called switchstance, and its *hard* to do, most
people have a normal way of standing ie: right foot forward, you would
need to do both. actualy turning round to face the other way of a fast
moving piece of plywood on rough ground isn't giong to be easy :)
once you can do it it would be great though.

If your'e rich (or you can get one cheap) do it and get one, if not you
might as well get a buggy some buggys are cheaper than mountain boards
anyway!.

whatever you do get/borrow a cheap skate board first and try going along
and turning round, it can be scary (when you fall off go loose and roll)
and try going down a hill fast!

  cheers,
steve "still have the scars" allen
--
Steve Allen

 
 
 

Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by DjHvyM » Wed, 11 Feb 1998 04:00:00

I'VE TRIED IT.  VERY SMOOTH SURFACE NEEDED.  TRICKY TO TURN A 180 SO JUST RIDE
FAKIE HALF THE TIME.  NOT TOO BAD STRAIGHT LINE CRUISING AND GENTLE CARVING BUT
HAVE STEADY WINDS, GOOD CONTROL,  AND KEEP YOUR SPEED PRETTY TAME.  THIS IS
BECAUSE WHEN YOU DO FALL IT WILL NOT BE PRETTY DUE TO THE FACT THAT YOU WILL BE
STANDING SIDEWAYS TO THE WAY YOU WILL BE FALLING AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO
RECONCILE YOUR STATIONARY FEET WITH THE 'MOVING' GROUND THATS  90 DEGREES OUT
OF PHASE WHILE YOUR ARMS ARE BEING PULLED UPWARD.  WORSE THAN STEPPING UNAWARES
OFF A BUS WHILE ITS GOING 10+ MPH.  WEAR A HELMET AT LEAST.  ACTUALLY IF YOU
TAKE IT SLOW IT CAN BE AN AMUSING TRIP DOWN THE BEACH. IT GIVES A UNIQUE RIDE.

 
 
 

Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by O1withwi » Wed, 11 Feb 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
> was think ing of doing it to,
>I skated for a while till I my ankles were knackered and It's not as
>easy as it looks. the biggest problem I saw with mountain boards is that
>you will be standing sideways on the board, when you turn the board n
>kite you will be facing away from the kite (try to visualise it) and
>you'll have to turn round on the board.
>in  skating this is called switchstance, and its *hard* to do, most
>people have a normal way of standing ie: right foot forward, you would
>need to do both. actualy turning round to face the other way of a fast
>moving piece of plywood on rough ground isn't giong to be easy :)
>once you can do it it would be great though.

>If your'e rich (or you can get one cheap) do it and get one, if not you
>might as well get a buggy some buggys are cheaper than mountain boards
>anyway!.

>whatever you do get/borrow a cheap skate board first and try going along
>and turning round, it can be scary (when you fall off go loose and roll)
>and try going down a hill fast!

>  cheers,
>steve "still have the scars" allen
>--
>Steve Allen

After Kiting on skates and skateboard in a huge parking lot, I've found the
skates far easier to control.  You might check out the off road skates sold by
gravity works in wisconsin.
they can be seen at
http://www.Perilous-Sports.com
They have 8 or 10 inch weels and boots like skis
PEACE&WIND
Josh Young
 
 
 

Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by Mark de Roussi » Wed, 11 Feb 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>I'VE TRIED IT.  VERY SMOOTH SURFACE NEEDED.

Yup, I'd guessed that might help.

Quote:
>TRICKY TO TURN A 180 SO JUST RIDE FAKIE HALF THE TIME.  NOT TOO BAD STRAIGHT
>LINE CRUISING AND GENTLE CARVING BUT HAVE STEADY WINDS, GOOD CONTROL,  AND KEEP
>YOUR SPEED PRETTY TAME.

Given my mass, I don't think excess speed is likely to be too much of a
problem. If I start going downhill, I'll probably fall off before I pick up
speed...

Quote:
>THIS IS BECAUSE WHEN YOU DO FALL IT WILL NOT BE PRETTY DUE TO THE FACT THAT YOU WILL BE
>STANDING SIDEWAYS TO THE WAY YOU WILL BE FALLING AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO
>RECONCILE YOUR STATIONARY FEET WITH THE 'MOVING' GROUND THATS  90 DEGREES OUT
>OF PHASE WHILE YOUR ARMS ARE BEING PULLED UPWARD

So I guess the trick is to just relax until its over...:)

Quote:
>. WORSE THAN STEPPING UNAWARES OFF A BUS WHILE ITS GOING 10+ MPH.  WEAR A HELMET AT LEAST.
>ACTUALLY IF YOU TAKE IT SLOW IT CAN BE AN AMUSING TRIP DOWN THE BEACH. IT GIVES A UNIQUE RIDE.

I think the 'unique ride' is particularly what I was after.
 
 
 

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Post by Mark de Roussi » Thu, 12 Feb 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>uhhhh, whats a mountain board? ( I should know this right?  ok so I'm a semi
>geezer)

Well, its not a kite, I guess that lets you off :).

Quote:
>If it has wheels you are in for some e***ment. You will need great directional
>control to allow tacking against the wind .  I gotta know more about your
>vehicle.  Is this one of those skateboards with monster tires/wheels?

Yup.

Quote:
> A buggy is much better. IMHO

Buggies are too serious. I just wanna do something unusual and have a bit of
laugh.
 
 
 

Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by Andy Wardl » Thu, 12 Feb 1998 04:00:00

[ a Mountain Board, for those who aren't sure is like a big skateboard with
  big wheels.  It's very much like snowboarding on land.  You lean on the
  board and it steers. ]


Quote:
>I think the 'unique ride' is particularly what I was after.

Oh you'll get that!   :-)

Here's some random thoughts in no order:

*) A Mountain Board will costs you almost as much as a buggy.

*) A Mountain Board is a lot more dangerous.  You're mounted tranversely
   which makes traction kiting difficult and puts a large torsional
   force (i.e.  twist) in your upper body.

*) A MB hurts to come off.  You're upright and have a long way to fall.
   Consider, especially, the fact that your feet are strapped in and you
   may not be able to break your fall.

*) You may not want to anyway.  There is a school of thought that says
   "Keep Your Feet In Your Straps Where They Can't Get Broken".  Wear
   big knee and hip pads and take the fall on them.

*) Expect to get hurt.  (See points above)

*) Expect to have a lot of fun.  If you've snowboarded, it's a piece of
   cake to mountain board.  I've tried it with a traction kite, though,
   and that's a different kettle of fish.  Buggying is a lot easier.

Enjoy

A

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Post by Steve Alle » Sat, 14 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>*) A MB hurts to come off.  You're upright and have a long way to fall.
>   Consider, especially, the fact that your feet are strapped in and you
>   may not be able to break your fall.

Ahhhh, wouldn't that also break your legs and stuff? i've ridden
skateboards with foot straps, extremly scary and you can't jump off when
you see the big rock,ditch,skater in front of you!

--
Steve Allen

 
 
 

Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by Mark de Roussi » Sun, 15 Feb 1998 04:00:00



Quote:


>>*) A MB hurts to come off.  You're upright and have a long way to fall.
>>   Consider, especially, the fact that your feet are strapped in and you
>>   may not be able to break your fall.

>Ahhhh, wouldn't that also break your legs and stuff? i've ridden
>skateboards with foot straps, extremly scary and you can't jump off when
>you see the big rock,ditch,skater in front of you!

Must admit, I wasn't planning on using straps. If I need a firm connection
to transfer power to the board, I'd have thought that ski bindings would be
a better bet. Not that I know anything about ski bindings either, you
understand ...:).
 
 
 

Mountain Boards - hints and tips ??

Post by DjHvyM » Wed, 18 Feb 1998 04:00:00

MOST MOUNTAIN BOARDS DON'T HAVE STAPS AND YOU CAN REMOVE THEM IF THEY DID FOR
THIS INSANE ENOUGH ALREADY VENTURE.  IVE TRIED AND IT WORKS, BUGGIES ARE BETTER
THO