How to ride a OneWheel – ultimate guide
Most people can tell that riding a Onewheel is unlike riding any other board or PEV just by looking at it (personal electric vehicle). This roughly translates to the approach required to adapt to the board and truly absorb its quirks. In a basic sense, the Onewheel is an electric skateboard. The way it’s ridden, on the other hand, is quite different from most eskate experiences. It’s more functionally similar to an electric unicycle, though the difference in orientation creates a difference in riding style between the two. How to ride a onewheel? Don’t be concerned. Two very rewarding mentalities to have as you begin are a healthy dose of humility and the safety of low expectations. They’ll assist you in letting go of the slightly incorrect notions that your skating experience will protect you from injury and that the board is magical and will never fail you.
How to ride a OneWheel
How to Ride a One-Wheeled
Install the Onewheel app on your phone and connect it to your board before you do anything else. Then, on the Plus/XR, switch to “Mission” riding mode, and on the Pint, “Pacific” riding mode. This is the best mode for learning because it does not impose limitations that you are not ready for. For now, just use Mission or Pacific instead of the beginner modes.
It’s easy to get started, but if you’ve never stood on a Onewheel before, I strongly advise you to seek assistance. On a level surface, a person, a wall, or a handrail. It is possible to learn and practice without anything to hold on to, but having a bracing object or person to hold on to speeds up the learning process. This is because getting a feel for the Onewheel’s behavior is an important part of learning it. This includes how the motor feels when it engages, how the motor feels when it shuts off, and how the motor feels when you move.
Plant your back foot on the lower side and your front foot on the higher side (the Onewheel’s tail is heavier, so it sits on the ground). Make sure your feet are in an even position and that you’ve centered them both. Now is the time to try to hold something, assuming you have something to hold. If not, stand straight up with your hips right on top of the tire. Don’t slouch.
Then there was the leap of faith. This is when you straighten your legs and push down with your forward foot. It’ll feel like you’re taking a step backwards. This levels the board and activates the motor.
How to Get Off a One-Wheeled
It’s time to get off the Onewheel now that you’ve gotten on. And this is where a lot of people get worried. So don’t do it. It’s very straightforward.
With both feet, leap off the ledge. Simply hop off by bending your knees a little. Hop backwards if possible. Make sure you do it with both feet, though. To be honest, you should practice this on the ground a few times. Stand in the stance you think you’ll take and hop backwards cleanly and evenly. When you’re learning to ride, this is the movement that will keep you out of awkward situations.
You can’t balance because your ankles are tired? With both feet, leap off the ledge. Have you forgotten how to come to a complete stop? With both feet, leap off the ledge. Have you tried other dismounts and they haven’t worked? With both feet, leap off the ledge.
This is something you should practice over and over until it’s your automatic reaction to shaky footing.As a dismount and an escape, I still hop off this way. To be honest, I’ve had to get off while still moving on occasion. My feet sometimes end up split on either side of the board, but I still hop off with both feet.
Reversing, accelerating, and braking
As I previously stated, moving around on a Onewheel is simple. You take a step forward in the direction you want to go. Leaning forward accelerates you, while leaning back slows you down. The faster you go, the more you lean. The harder you brake, the more you lean back.
If you lean back too far, you risk overpowering the braking system and causing the tail to drag. This isn’t a big deal because the tail will just add more friction to the ground, slowing you down even more. It’s a little disconcerting at first, but if you can keep a tail drag under control, you’ll be able to stop faster in an emergency.
So, once you’ve gotten the hang of standing on the Onewheel, keep it simple. Many people will tell you to keep your weight centered over the steering wheel and not to lean. This isn’t technically possible because you need to shift your weight in order to move. Most people, I believe, are referring to keeping your head and upper body more centered over the steering wheel while shifting your weight with your midsection. This may appear complicated, but it boils down to:
As previously stated, turning can be accomplished in the same manner as accelerating and braking. To shift your weight toeside and heelside, I recommend using your hips. This results in a more stable turning motion and better habits than simply moving your ankle to apply pressure to your heels or toes. That’s one way to begin turning, but it’s better to lean a little with your hips and let the board follow your shifting weight while keeping your upper body stable and counteracting the lower body leans.
It’s similar to turning on a skateboard from a logical standpoint. The board is turned by the lean direction. However, because you’re balancing on a single wheel, you’ll have to feel out and practice the majority of the turning response. The smooth operation of a Onewheel is contingent on gaining a thorough understanding of how the board reacts under your feet. Future Motion created a short video on turning (see below), and I’ll update with a slightly more practical approach that has helped me turn more comfortably over time.
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It’s critical to practice once you’ve grasped that (read your manual, by the way). And to take it slowly. Riding becomes easier quickly, but the terrain will start to throw obstacles at you that you may or may not be prepared for by the time they’re under your wheel. Different types of roads, sidewalks, grass, dirt, and other surfaces all have different ride feel and approaches that can only be dealt with through practice and experience.
One of the best aspects of riding a Onewheel is the maneuverability and freedom of movement it provides. This is a freedom that is constantly being unlocked as a result of increasing practice and comfort in various situations. Avoid squandering your skill development by cruising aimlessly. Rather, turn every ride into a practice session.