Is there a secret I haven't discovered yet



  • Okay I've never been on a snowboard or surfboard. And its been decades since I rode a skateboard or roller blades. (yet for some reason I thought it would be fun to ride a OneWheel :D :D :D)

    I've been on it 4 times now. I'm old -- and that means brittle so I'm taking it slow and easy. Haven't left my driveway yet . . . but today I found I can turn "forward" really easy. Could go down the driveway and do a "forward" turn around a garbage can and back down the driveway. When I try and turn "backward" I end up slowing to a stop. Any secret on the turning to your back?



  • @UTrider By "forward" I am going to assume you mean toeside, and by "backward", I am going to assume you mean heelside.

    For most people, I think toeside comes a little more naturally - leaning your body forward to look at the ground or tie your shoes or pick something up, is something we do every day. We are used to this stance, and maintaining balance during it.

    Leaning BACKWARDS, unless you limbo a lot, feels less natural and more scary and less like you could correct and catch yourself, if you lose your balance.

    It will come with practice. Find a flat spot like an unused parking lot and practice figure 8s a while, first toeside over and over, then heelside over and over. For heelside, stick your butt out a little, like you're starting to sit down in a chair...but don't actually sit down.

    Knees bent, ankles a little loose (not too loose, but a little), either way. I'd recommend whatever the Pint equivalent of Mission mode is, something kind of "loose" and "flowy" feeling, to get the hang of it.

    Oh, and pad up, every time. Even if you think you're just gonna be taking it easy. I wear it all (helmet, wristguards, elbow guards, knee guards - even a homemade armor piece for my lead shoulder) including padded board shorts under my shorts to help protect my hips and coccyx in the event of a fall.



  • @Glyph
    Toe side is the one I'm having very little problem with, heal side slows me to a stop and with the simple stop enabled I start to roll backward and shuts the board off (I was doing it with simple stop off) but I figure I'll learn forward riding first then try and add backwards later.

    And yes I am using knee and elbow pads and wrist guards. Unfortunately my armored motorcycle gloves won't fit under the wrist guards. And I'm also wearing my motorcycle helmet.

    Once I get the driveway down to a science . . . I'll move on to a bigger area. I'm taking it nice and slow. I have it set on "Redwood". The lowest (??) setting.



  • @UTrider If heelside is slowing and then stopping you, you're putting more pressure on your back heel than your front heel. You need to gently rock back onto both heels more or less equally, as described in that "starting to sit" motion.

    As far as riding truly "backwards" (switch, where your back foot becomes your front foot and vice-versa and you are now riding in the opposite direction): that's a good skill to have, but it takes some work and practice. I'm not very good at it, still. Everything I know about balance somehow goes right out the window.



  • Momentum!

    I had a hard time with “sharp” turns in general when starting out. Two tips: Riding in Elevate mode helped me learn to keep from digging my nose in too much when attempting this, and then learning to sort of “whip-hop” my body around in order to produce momentum if a enter a turn too slowly. Keep in mind I’m a lightweight in this community but, when I take a heelside turn the front half of both my feet completely leave the board as I have to rock back totally onto my heels.

    Really the main thing is just keep at it! Learn to let the board just do it’s thing and your body will go with the flow, as opposed to you trying to control too much. You’ll figure out what works for you sooner than later.



  • I was having a hard time turning in the direction of my heels when I first started as well. What helped for me before doing any tight turns was to do sweeping wide turns in both directions. I had to get out on a paved road/trail to do this because my driveway definitely wasn't big enough. Once I got used to pushing down with my heels, I started doing the tighter turns. But like everyone said, it's all about practice.



  • Make sure you are rotating your shoulders and head, look where you want to go. Lead with your front arm, keep some weight on your front foot, and commit to the turn. If you turn your head and shoulders, the rest of your body will follow.



  • @UTrider said in Is there a secret I haven't discovered yet:

    Okay I've never been on a snowboard or surfboard. And its been decades since I rode a skateboard or roller blades. (yet for some reason I thought it would be fun to ride a OneWheel :D :D :D)

    I've been on it 4 times now. I'm old -- and that means brittle so I'm taking it slow and easy. Haven't left my driveway yet . . . but today I found I can turn "forward" really easy. Could go down the driveway and do a "forward" turn around a garbage can and back down the driveway. When I try and turn "backward" I end up slowing to a stop. Any secret on the turning to your back?

    Here're some vids on turning. Hopefully there's some helpful information for you. What helped me in the beginning was setting-up objects in a line and practicing slaloming - objects far apart at first, then moving them closer together over time to force quicker, tighter turns.

    OneWheel on Turning:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bJQ1oVmPy0

    Bodhi Harrison on Turning:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4cyi-wZCPU

    Chris Richardson Videos on Turning:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfwvIstz8mI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3hMz1j2Aj4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYmyJhG1uI4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw1mrKi35kk


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