Riding over sidewalk cracks
bmtka last edited by
The way I've learned to get over these is to slow down a bit as you approach it while flexing your knees a bit. Give a bit of acceleration to get momentum when you're a couple feet away. Then right as you're about to hit it, popup with your knees to lift your body weight (staying attached to the board) while rocking your hips and torso forward to help coax the wheel over, because you're still accelerating at this point. I need quite a bit more practice with this technique, but it absolutely works.
Dude last edited by
@amyt2205 I will be creating a video about this in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes out for it. Wear lots of knee pads and wrist guards when you first start trying it.
dcosmos last edited by
@bmtka I'll second this strategy for tackling little ledges. I make sure that I'm not decelerating too much and then level off before hitting the lip. I tend to push the front pad forward as the board bounces up which causes the motor to rev a little making the "landing" a little sketchy but I've gotten used to it. Again, the most important thing is to get light on the board before hitting an obstacle with knees bent and legs loose. If you've ridden thru gravel or grass on a traditional skateboard, it's the same preparedness.
parrothd last edited by parrothd
Yep, crouch down then just before hitting the bump you wanna pop up, the more weight you get off the board the easier it is..
Personally the first one looks kinda high and straight up and down, I'd just hit the grass for that one, the second is a lot easier.
Franky last edited by
I agree with others. Hop your weight up. You can overcome a lot with practice.
njcustom last edited by
I would take the grass in this case.. Crack kills you know... :joy:
SC720 last edited by
Build up some speed and barge over it...then go check on your mama's back.
MichaelW last edited by
Over three inches incline and I take the grass or walk around... That whole get to the crack and hop up thing... not for me... lol...
chabis last edited by chabis
@amyt2205 you could also "stomp down" as suggested by another user in another thread.. that mostly works fine. but it's really just about practice. i was afraid to go over cracks like these at first too. now not so much. i recommend you to ride offroad for some time and you'll notice the confidence boost you have when going back to shredding on asphalt. it really makes a difference.
edit: riding on gravel-roads is what i meant. not truely getting offroad if you're on the beginner side of the spectrum ;-)
boomtho last edited by
As some have mentioned, it takes practice. I kinda of almost jump, but more or less just make my body weight lighter and let the board handle it. Not sure if that makes sense? But either way, you can't just cruise down sidewalk (or anywhere) without constantly paying attention to the tiny changes in terrain. Kind of hurts the cockiness factor haha.
TonyGDTLA last edited by
@boomtho I go over metal tracks a lot. Pretty elevated. I weight distribute as others have said here.
shaunabe last edited by
One thing you might also want to try, is approaching at an angle. The main differences is that the board doesnt bounce. The sensation is a little odd at first, but seems to work pretty well.
atl1wheelin last edited by
Heres a video I made for what your encountering. Rest assured, with practice you'll laugh at yourself down the road that you had trouble getting over this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPtmzLt48tA
Same movement for curbs or cracks like that. Good luck! You got this!
thegreck last edited by
@amyt2205 I was running late for catching the train this morning and took a sidewalk I haven't been on yet. Suddenly I was nearly on top of a crack that looked very similar to the one in your photo, and didn't have time to do anything but brace for it and try to deweight the board a bit.
I rolled over it like it wasn't even there, then laughed to myself for worrying about it and kept riding.
BTW, I made it to the station with time to spare. I love riding this thing to work; my commute was never anything but a complete drag before, and now I look forward to it.
sonny123 last edited by
Talk about Onewheeling.
This man is a human spring..
amyt2205 last edited by
Thanks, guys for all your helpful suggestions. I went out this evening (thank you daylight savings time!) and was able to go over a few small cracks following your tips. Still not tackling the big one pictured above, but maybe in time...lots and lots of time... Anyway, I will keep practicing and building my skills. Also, whoever suggested riding off road had a great idea. I rode for a little while on a playground with a grass field and dirt track, and it helped get me used to the idea that having the board wobble around a little under my feet isn't a sign of imminent disaster. That helped me feel more confident on pavement too. Once again, I hugely appreciate the Onewheel community and all your advice and encouragement!
Cam last edited by
Maybe try deflating the tire a bit so that it will absorb the bump.