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— August 15, 2019

Hitting the Streets on a Onewheel

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A cross between a skateboard and a hoverboard, Onewheel (onewheel.com) is the latest in powered rideable gadgets that mimics the feeling of riding a snowboard on any terrain.

While it looks like it takes crazy balancing skills to stay upright, the board is self-balancing. Once you have your feet on either side of the go-kart wheel, Onewheel senses your body position. Then, look in the direction you want to go, lean forward, and you’re off. Apply slight pressure on your toe-side or heel-side to turn, and lean back to slow down.

The Onewheel XR (starting from $1,799) can reach speeds up to 19 mph and take you between 12 to 18 miles. With a sturdy base and wheel, you can take the XR off-road, too. The Pint (starting from $950), which was introduced this past summer, is a lighter and more nimble ride. It will go between six and eight miles and tops out at 16 mph—perfect for coffee shop runs or quick errands.

Of course, athletes are racing Onewheels. During Race for the Rails in August, approximately 100 riders rode the boards down the mountain bike trails at Northstar California Resort.

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