Onewheel cheap mods

  • I improvised two mods for my Xr and Pint.
    First up:
    Temporary splash, mud and wet leaf guard.
    It's made from a Dollar store plastic binder and taped to the battery box under the rear footpad. The sharp folds are rolled with anything cylindrical, in my case a D cell. The slash guard comes really close to the Burris tire, but doesn't harm anything. Keeps water from splashing on to the seam of the battery box, it's only temporary until Spring. I've tried it out and it works well.
    Splash guard in use today.

    Second up:
    Cheap rear footpad riser for Pint(or full size model).
    Since I've already put on the custom graphics grip tape, I didn't wat to order another grip tape.
    I really like the Xr with the Kush rear footpad, no foot fatigue.
    This footpad riser I made for the Pint really helps, and with the new Burris slick, It's like a totally new ride.
    The riser is made from a piece of truck bed liner, but can be made of wood, plastic or a piece of car tire.
    I used a angle grinder with a abrasive pad to contour the pad.

  • @lemur -- Great thread! I will have a few 'cheap mods' of my own to share soon.

  • Johnny Appleseed mod: Handy, this stock pot served as a fender for a rainy ride, testing the feel of a low rider. No fender fit the higher tire profile, so this was the 'cheap mod' I came up with to stay relatively dry. It really worked great, held on by a ratchet strap. IMG_2121.JPG

  • @blkwalnutgrwr
    I have to try that, just hose off the mud on the inside when you're done!
    Also cut two eye holes and the pot doubles as a helmet.

  • @blkwalnutgrwr now THAT'S a MacGyver solution if i ever saw one, haha. well done!

  • Add-on grip. Worn smooth under the ball of my foot, a piece on one half of the sensor solved the issue and worked fine. Smaller would be better. On the back I placed more to fit my stance. Great for comfort!

  • @blkwalnutgrwr I'm curious about the pick hammer? Gotta be some stories behind that addition.

  • @Lia -- No... I was not prospecting for precious minerals. On the paved rail-to-trail I usually ride were some high or ragged bumps lifted up by tree roots or root knobs. After nearly taking a spill rolling over one unexpectedly, I took it on myself to even a few places out. No more heart-jumping surprise shocks.

  • @blkwalnutgrwr Aha hadn't crossed my mind but kinda wish that was true now.
    Good on you for maintaining your area, unheard heroes cleaning up public spaces.

  • @lemur
    This may not qualify as a cheap mod, at least one part is cheap.

    I updated my XR to a JW battery ((expensive part) but decided to copy Chibattery's voltmeter but added the voltmeter sensor wires to the JW battery pack since I was changing the battery.
    The wires come out on the left side of the battery case through a small hole. knotted and silicone sealed.
    The battery meter is a cheap Amazon one ($6.79 cdn) that is programable from 1-17 lithium cells and shows capacity and voltage that alternates every 2 seconds. I ride goofy so the meter is on the left side.
    BTW the power wires from the bms to the controller should be on top of of the JWbattery pack as per JW instructions, trust me.

  • A wooden box fender with ratchet strap is cheap and provides a great platform for range extension solutions. IMG_1598.jpg

  • Onewheel bungeed to a bike rack. IMG_0488.JPG

  • @blkwalnutgrwr great option if it's filthy.

  • 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!

  • @blkwalnutgrwr
    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:IMG_2470.JPG

  • 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.

  • @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?

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