Onewheel cheap mods
Once, riding without a fender, the tire reached up, grabbed my VnR cable, and jerked it right out of its Posi-taps. So, now when I ride without a fender -- like in winter snow -- I fashion a cable post out of heavy gauge wire. Cheap and effective!
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Very nice! Reminds me of days ago on our Family farm. A spool of rusty fence wire fixed many a thing..... 🤪
I used the stock pot fender again, this time in slushy snow on the premise that it would be unlikely to clog up like a close-to-the-tire fender. What happened -- to my surprise -- was that the slush and snow built up on top of the tire, to nearly completely filling the stock pot. On the bright side, it took longer for the snow pack to start seriously restricting tire movement, and with the ratchet strap attachment it was easy to remove the pot to clear the snow build-up.
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Not really a mod, more of a hack. Here is a paint stir stick, usually free at your local hardware store, I use to clear snowpack from around the wheel and off the foot pads.
Not the prettiest, but functional. For cold weather riding I wrapped the tail in closed cell foam especially to keep the icy snow-slush from building up on the underside and chilling the battery. Then I had a problem with slippery soles on the smooth plastic -- especially in mounting with the steeper angle of the lift kit. So, my cheap solution was to ratchet strap a piece of floor-sanding paper on top of the foam -- worked great!
(Edit: After riding with this a few days I made an important change -- the center straight stretch of ratchet strap lacked the tension to hold the makeshift grip tape for the long term, so I started wrapping a replacement piece of grip all the way over the corners -- and the strap now holds it securely in place.)
Wrapping the grip over the corners is better:
Snow builds up thickly against my leading foot, and covering the wheel, causing friction and sometimes even freezing the wheel to locked. An idea I have that may reduce the snow build-up is to get a battery-powered, clip-on fan mounted on the rail to blow away the snow as the wheel kicks it up. Maybe I am grasping at straws. Opinions? Think it would help?
On the positive side, a powerful 8" battery-powered fan on its highest setting would likely blow much of the snow away before the snow could land on my leading leg or on the tire -- I have watched the trajectory of the snow thrown by the tire up and forward.
On the negative side it would be extra wind-chill on my trailing leg. Snow and ice might build up on the fan itself interfering with the blades, or chilling the battery. The weight all on one rail might be uncomfortable -- 1.7 lbs. Will the clip hold? Will the tilt adjustment stay put in the outdoor winds of forward motion? Is the fan waterproof, or at least water resistant? And how will the fan respond to a tip-over?
Hmmm... The potential negatives seem to be outweighing the positives. Still, it might be worth a try. I could put extra insulation in the pantleg, and on the fan's battery. Maybe a shroud to deflect incoming snow, and a stay to hold the tilt. The reviews say the clip is plenty strong. Maybe a counterweight on the other rail? And no tip-overs. Ha! I want to try it, but it seems risky for the $40.
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@blkwalnutgrwr I've had a few people point out a scraper for the rear pad to me when I mentioned I'd look into a way to stop fender dirt buildup. Might be of use to prevent the now even getting up there in the first place?
Maybe an EGO blower!
Last year riding my V1 daily for miles in the very wet Northeast Ohio spring weather, despite Badgering months before, moisture got to the BMS and caused it to do strange things, dumping me a couple of times. First, I took out the BMS. Then, tired of charging EGO batteries and the onboard battery both, I took the onboard battery out -- replacing it with a weighted dummy battery box. I had picked up a technically unusable wiring harness that was throwing an error 16, cut off all the little lines except the main power cables and used that to connect to the EGO battery on the fender. Works just fine. No back lights, but I rarely ride where they would be meaningful.
This year, nervous that the wet weather might get to (or might possibly have gotten to already) the BMS in my Plus, I made a similar modification. This time I completely took out the battery, BMS, battery box, and wiring harness -- with no dummy box in its place. I must say the Plus feels light beneath my foot with only the footpad and bumper there. Road noise is slightly increased. Slight adjustments to riding make it feel somewhat like a different board, adding some variation to my many thousands of miles. Works and feels fine, but no back lights. With the weight of the board reduced, the weight of the 7.5ah EGO on the fender seems less noticeable -- at least on the paved rails-to-trails I mostly ride. Now the only batteries I have to charge are the EGOs.
(A footnote on charging the EGO batteries: Household funds paid for an EGO Nexus Power Station with two 7.5ah EGO batteries included. In the case of an electrical outage, like we had in high winds here last week, I contribute my other EGO batteries to the power station for longer run time. In return I can use the 7.5ah's for my Onewheel, and for EGO firewood-cutting chainsaws. And, the EGO Nexus Power Station doubles as a very convenient, four EGO battery, sequential charger. Beneficial all around! The Nexus, nearly silently with NO generator fumes, ran our upright freezer and some lights for close to 24 hours until line service was restored.)
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@lemur I like the green wrap-a-round version for functionality.
I tried last summer the fix a piece of bristle style door sweep to the underside of the footpad, allowing the bristles to brush up against the tire. Didn't work very well for a couple of reasons; crumbs of debris stacked up on top of the bristles, wet or dry; in dry the bristles acted like a van de graaff generator creating static electricity, the whole board was thick with dust when I got home :) .