From busy city streets to wast mountain trails, the Onewheel can go off-road and can tackle almost any terrain thrown upon it. Whether it is just cruising and floating around town on smooth pavement, crushing trails consisting of dirt, grass, gravel, or you are hitting the beach with all the sand. The Onewheel really is an all-terrain vehicle.
List of terrain you can ride on a Onewheel
- Streets and Pavement
- Trails and Dirt
- Beach and Sand
Riding on Streets and Pavement
Pavements and street is the most common terrain for riding your Onehweel. The majority of my commute is on pavement if I don’t decide to take an off-road MTB track over the hills.
The rubber in the go-kart wheel is really sticking to the pavement making it possible for deep carving when hitting the streets.
The main risk when street riding is to fall into the trap start keeping up with electric bikes and other traffics. Remember to check your speed and stay within the board’s limits else you are risking a nosedive for overloading the motor.
Riding on Grass
After the pavement stepping onto grass is the usually next step when learning to ride a Onewheel.
The grass is softer to fall on however the risk of falling is greater. There are usually hidden bumps and there is an additional power needed to ride on grass, hitting a bump and overload the motor is the most common cause for a nosedive on grass.
Grass has lower friction to the rubber making it perfect to learn 180’s. Remember to move your upper body first and then rotate the board with your hips.
The best tip when riding on grass is to keep your knees bent, weight low and above the wheel to be more prepared for hitting a hidden bump.
Riding on Trails and Dirt
Onewheel really shines when hitting the trails and dirt tracks. You need to be alert when bouncing over roots, around stumps and holes. A good idea is to practice around your neighbourhood before heading out on the trail when you do it’s well worth it! There are many mountain bikes tracks for you to explore or trails to head down.
I strongly recommend reading my guide Onewheel off-road (Trail riding Tips). It goes over everything you need to know about off-road riding.
When riding trails lower tire pressures to increase traction to the ground and keep a good stance. Trail riding requires you to pay attention to your surroundings, watch the trail ahead to anticipate obstacles in your way.
Riding on Beach and Sand
Riding on the beach is one of the most iconic seans from the Onehweel commercial and many riders love hitting the sand and carving the waves. The Onewheels are not waterproof so stay out of the water and there is a risk that the saltwater will increase the corrosion and shorten the life of your board.
Riding on dry loose sand is difficult as the wheel will dig down into the ground. It’s therefore recommended to ride on the wet packed patch near the water.
Don’t ride in the waves.
When riding your Onewheel on the beach make sure to cover the charge port protecting it from sand, it’s recommended to waterproof the board and make sure to wipe it down afterwards.
Riding on Snow
It’s possible to ride your Onewheel in snow but there are some things you need to remember. Snow will reduce the friction for your wheel so it’s a higher risk for slipping and falling. For better traction, you can change your tire for a treaded one or get yourself Soccasin from Badgerwheel.
The Onewheels isn’t waterproof, therefore it’s recommended to apply a waterproof kit like the one from Badger Wheel to reduce the risk for damage. Riding in cold weather will also drastically decreases your range by somewhere around 20-40% depending on your board and temperature.
If you want to know more about winter riding check my guide Onewheel winter riding (Tips).
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Remember to always ride safe, here is my list of the gear I use on a daily basis Onewheel Safety Gear