Skateboarders have long wanted a viable “board” for transportation and now they’ve got it. Although skateboards are decent, they have their obvious drawbacks when it comes to hills and uneven terrains. And although longboards offered a slightly better solution, they still were not enough. However, a new type of board that can go off-roading and scale hills, called the Onewheel™, has been popping up all America. And with the emergence of the Onewheel™, we’ve seen the emergence of the Onewheel™ accessories market.
The Onewheel™ Concept
The idea was simple: create a motorized skateboard that can be used off-road and in the cities.
The creators of the Onewheel™ did just that by putting a large wheel at the center of the board and engine above it. The end product is exactly what skateboarders have been wanting: a board that can go fast (20+ MPH) pretty much anywhere.
The Onewheel™ community has been growing faster than other modern “scenes” with groups getting together to learn new tricks, customize their Onewheel™ designs, and go on trips together.
Others have just been using the Onewheel™ as a practical tool for day to day life - whether it’s commuting to work, going to the gym, or just because they are fun to ride.
However, if you’re thinking about buying a Onewheel™ there are some important things you should know beforehand.
Understanding Onewheel™ Accessories
Because Onewheel™s are relatively new, they’re in a phase where the design concept is currently being tested against the real world. This has led to the emergence of the Onewheel™ accessories market with leaders like The Float Life taking charge.
Although Onewheel™ accessories can be cosmetic, most of them are actually practical and meant to protect your Onewheel™ investment.
Depending on how and where you plan to ride your Onewheel™, getting a few Onewheel™ accessories might be more of a necessity than a suggestion.
If you’re a complete beginner, you can check out this Onewheel™ Accessory Guide here for an in depth explanation: https://thefloatlife.com/pages/Onewheel™-accessories
However, if you want a quick summary, there are 3 major accessories that you should consider purchasing.
- Float Plates
- Rail Guards
Float Plates For The Onewheel™
Float Plates protect the underside of your Onewheel™ from environmentals like rocks, gravel, asphalt and roots. These environmentals can scratch, dent, or even break sensitive parts of the Onewheel™ like the battery box. Float plates protect the Onewheel™ from these types of environmental factors. And thus, they’re the most important Onewheel™ Accessory you can invest in.
Railguards protect your Onewheel™ from rolling. This can happen if you accidentally fall off your wheel or, is almost guaranteed to happen if you’re going to be learning Onewheel™ tricks. The only reason railguards are necessary is because when it comes to rolling your Onewheel™, it’s not a question of “IF” it will happen,but more so “when”.
Considering Onewheel™s can be a pricey investment, it’s worth every penny to protect them.
Fenders for The Onewheel™
Fenders are not mandatory, but they are the most convenient Onewheel™ accessory on the market. If you care about your legs or pants getting dirty, then investing into fenders is worth it because:
- They’re cheap
- They’re convenient
They help keep you clean which is especially useful if you’re riding in urban or off road environments.
We’re excited to see the Onewheel™ community grow, especially as a mode of transportation in city environments!