My first time on a Onewheel
I will be quite honest before I started working at Ben Buckler Boards my skating skills were average at best. I could get by on an analog skateboard, finding the electric 4 wheeled skateboards easy breezy too. I did however doubt my ability to ride the Onewheel. I have alway observed Onewheel riders with admiration of their balance and skill set in operating the board with their body.
We thought this the perfect opportunity to get me out and about on a Onewheel so as we could film a virtual test ride. As we can’t currently have anyone coming to the shop for a test ride, we thought why not get a newbie such as myself on the board to answer any questions you may have about your first one wheel ride.
We wanted to avoid any busy public spaces as it is currently locked down, so we ventured to some empty netball courts to give the Onewheel a whirl.
Ben started me off on the XR, which he explained has a sturdier wider wheel and more foot room, making it a bit easier to balance in some experience than the pint. When I stood on it holding onto his shoulder, I could feel the board click into motion straight away. It was reassuring to feel I had that level of control on the board, as I practised turning it off my lifting my knee/foot and demounting. I managed to ride myself around the courts solo, very slowly mind you but I still did it! I think the main thing that would take getting used to for me is the balance, you do feel a bit wobbly to start, much more so than on a skateboard. But as with anything practise makes perfect!
We then tried my luck on the onewheel pint. I will say I was a lot more unbalanced to begin with as the wheel is slightly smaller and the foot room less. Once I was moving however I found it much easier to turn with my body and navigate. It felt lighter to control.
After a couple of stumbles and half falls, I could safely say I had ridden a Onewheel successfully. It will definitely take me a few more goes, and a lot of protective gear to guard my clumsiness, but I am sold on the fact that the Onewheel is a very enjoyable ride.
Below I have included a few points about the difference between the two boards. Check out our virtual test ride video as well to get the visual experience.
- The Onewheel Pint is just 69cm long and fits in your busy life.
- It's smaller, lighter and cheaper than the Onewheel+XR.
- Take it on the bus, sit it next to you at the coffee shop or stash it under your work
- Onewheel Pint also has an app for your smartphone that connects to your board via Bluetooth. The app dashboard shows stats like the board’s battery level, your speed, how many kilometres you’ve ridden and your range.
- The Onewheel+ XR is around the same size as a skateboard, at 73cm long and a little under 25cm across. But it weighs only 11 kilograms.
- hack your commute, dominate any terrain and try to wipe that grin off your face!
- Onewheel+XR also has an app for your smartphone that connects to your board via Bluetooth. The app dashboard shows stats like the board’s battery level, your speed, how many kilometres you’ve ridden and your range.
I was in two minds about getting on the Onewheel initially but I highly recommend it to any of those contemplating it! If you have any questions please feel free to contact us! We are here for you and your Onewheel experience.