Getting overconfident and wiping out, especially while not wearing proper safety gear.
The Onewheel is an absolute joy to ride, even more so once you feel confident and skilled on it. The learning curve is fairly brief and starts to feel really fun the more you get the hang of it. Therein lies the problem; new riders who learn quickly will often begin pushing the board harder and faster without the technical skill on how to handle the board in all scenarios. There’s a fairly popular “Onewheel Crash” Facebook group where riders go to share their battle scars. A very common occurance is newer riders (often with less than 100 miles) reporting their cuts, scrapes and bruises from getting overconfident and taking a bad spill. It’s easy to learn the Onewheel and feel like you’ve got it down while not realizing that there’s a decent amount training you have to give yourself to quickly respond to and maneuver hazards while riding.
Here are some of the more common examples of situations that take new riders down:
- Unexpected pothole or bump at high speeds
- Going too fast and overpowering the “Pushback”
- Not knowing how to properly dismount and having to bail out
- Sudden traffic interference (car pulling out, etc.)
Should you be worried about purchasing a Onewheel? Absolutely not, but you should definitely respect the board, the safety instructions it comes with, take learning slow, and apply a little common sense. Have a question before you buy?