How to Ride a OneWheel-a Beginner’s Guide
Onewheel is a very fun and easy way to travel around your city. Especially, when you know how to ride one. Well, through this article, you will learn what is needed to join in on the fun.
What is a one-wheel?
One wheel is an upgraded relative to a skateboard. This is a self-balancing, single-wheeled electric board that people use to have fun on and travel. However, it is nothing like riding a skateboard, in fact, it is closer to riding an electric unicycle.
Is riding a one-wheel difficult?
Now comes the question, how hard is it? Is this a young person thing only? Well, for the answer, keep on reading.
Let’s be honest, at first glance; you might be scared because it looks pretty tricky, but once you’ve got the mechanics down, it is a lot of fun. The good thing about a onewheel is that it is self-balancing, so you don’t need to learn how to balance it. What we mean by this is that the onewheel has a gyroscope that helps keep the onewheel balanced. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be a pro without any practice. In other words, you still need to get the feeling of turning and regulating the speed comfortably. If you are determined enough, you might learn to ride one within 20 minutes! Just make sure to always wear a helmet, gloves, wrist guards, elbow pads, and knee pads. As goofy as this may sound you will not regret it when riding on pavement. Most people have difficulty stopping a one-wheel. With that being said, do a few practice stops before riding for longer distances.
How to ride a one-wheel?
Now, let’s hop on to the actual thing you came here for. How do you ride a one-wheel?
- Find your footing: To ride anything successfully, you need to lead it with either your right or left foot. Most people lead with their left foot, so find what suits you best. If you are unsure of which foot to put forward there is a simple test to find out. Turn facing an open area, then have someone push you just enough to make you step forward. Whichever foot you stepped out first with to save you from falling is your dominant foot. That dominant foot is the one that should be forward.
- The right stance: Next step is to know the perfect stance to balance. To balance on a one-wheel, you need to keep your feet closer to the wheel since the sensor is there, which helps you balance. Also, keep your feet facing forward and not diagonally so the sensor can read your pressure properly.
- Get on the one-wheel: Now, you need to download the one-wheel app, and as a beginner, you should choose the “pacific” riding mode as it is easier. It is better to use it on grass as a beginner and do it somewhere you can have something or someone to hold on to.
- Keep on practicing: After you’ve gotten on the one-wheel, don’t immediately ride it, first see how it feels and get comfortable with it. Then ride it for a short distance and repeat till you are comfortable. Don’t be discouraged if you do fall!
- Getting off the board: This is the part most people panic about, even though it is the easiest part. All you need to do is bend your knees a little and hope off. Make sure to use both your feet to hop off and jump off with both feet at the same time. If you are having trouble timing the jump, do some practice jumps in the grass.
- Advanced moves: To turn, accelerate, brake, and reverse, you just need to move your body in the direction you want; the more you lean, the faster you can go and vice versa. When riding the onewheel you want to lean with your hip out not your head. This takes some practice, but you will get the hang of it eventually.
These are some easy rules on using a one-wheel. The biggest key to becoming an expert in this sport is to practice. So make sure you practice till you become an expert!