Onewheel Winter Riding Tips

Nov 21, 2022

TL;DR

Don’t have time to read and still want the tips? Future Motion posted this, and it’s pretty succinct.

Riding your Onewheel in snow

To answer the question “Can you ride your Onewheel in the snow?” yea you can.

Though Future Motion and I agree that you should exercise caution.

Future Motion says:

“Be very careful when riding on ice or snow, it can be slippery. Also be aware that riding in colder temperatures can affect the performance of the board. Keeping your board in the cold can cause damage to your tire, motor, and battery. You may receive an error message if your battery level is too cold or runs out of power prematurely. In that case, you’ll need to bring it back inside.
Also keep in mind that when snow melts, it becomes water. Electronics and water aren’t good friends.”

So generally the advice is you can but be cautious.

That said, Scott Mendenhall and others have done it and it handles pretty well.

Scott wisely points out that you should be careful if you get snow under your shoes because it can create a layer between the footpad and your foot, which can cause problems with traction and control.

Slick vs treaded tire

This won’t be too shocking, but a treaded tire will handle the snow and terrain a lot better than a slick tire will.

Depending on the board you have you might consider a few different tire options:

Onewheel GT Treaded Tire

Onewheel Pint/Pint X Enduro

Onewheel XR Enduro

Onewheel GT Enduro

Onewheel XR Burris

Onewheel Pint/Pint X Burris

Any of these options would handle better in the snow than the stock slick tire.

The cold will reduce your battery and range

Pretty straight forward, the cold will reduce how effective your battery is, so you’ll get less performance, lower battery and less range.

That isn’t a game changer per se, but something to keep in mind.

Winterizing your Onewheel

If you plan to use your Onewheel a little less in the winter, you’ll want to consider winterizing or storing your Onewheel for the winter.

Here are a few best practices for winter storage:

Store your Onewheel inside

When you’re done riding don’t leave your Onewheel outside or in the trunk of your car.

Long exposure to extremely cold temperatures can adversely affect your Onewheel’s health.

Your Onewheel might need to warm up before it works if it’s been cold, so if you’re pulling it out of storage in the spring or you left it in your cold car or garage.

If you do happen to leave your Onewheel out in the cold you may have to bring your board in and warm it up (60 degrees Fahrenheit/ 15 degrees Celsius) before it is ready to ride (you may see error 17 if battery temperature is too low).

It may take an hour or more to warm up to a rideable temperature.

Long term storage

Make sure to charge your Onewheel battery to somewhere between 40-50% and store it in a dry place between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius).

Check monthly to ensure your battery remains between 40-50%.

I also recommend turning the board on at least once a month and giving it a little exercise. They don’t like to be unused for a long time.

Last note, buy a balaclava, they make all the difference. I just picked one up and I love it.

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