The Airwheel is a popular electric unicycle that allows for cutting edge transportation. However, many people usually shy away from unicycles since they believe that they are not safe to use, particularly in traffic. While this is a valid concern, learning to ride the Airwheel is actually very simple, and you can become confident with your unicycle within half an hour. Here are some tips to help you out:
Preparing for the Airwheel
Preparation is an essential part of learning how to ride the Airwheel. It is advisable to always wear the appropriate protective great and suitable safety helmet. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and avoid riding barefoot. Finally, ensure that you tyre is well inflated and the battery has been fully charged.
It is essential that Airwheel users are aware that this unicycle balances back to front, but not from side to side. Hence, you must maintain sideways balance since the unicycle can easily tip sideways if you are not actively maintaining this particular balance. When first using the Airwheel, the manufactures recommend using both training wheels provided to have an easier learning curve. The airwheel Q series also feature dual wheels which makes learning it much easier.
Steps to learning to ride your Airwheel
• Place the Airwheel on the floor vertical and then switch on the power.
• Unfold the platforms where you will place your feet, placing them into down position.
• Now place on foot on one side of the platform and then stand straight. Pushing yourself forward, push off the floor using the other foot and then immediately put it on the platform, such that you now straddle the unicycle between the lower legs.
• To slowly increase speed, shift your weight forward. Avoid suddenly lunging forward.
• To slow down or stop, simply shift your weight backward.
• To make a turn, lean in the side you want and the Airwheel will turn.
• Twist right and left for steering and balance. If you find that the Airwheel is tipping right, twist right so that the internal gyroscope helps to balance you.
Additional tips when using the Airwheel
• Always stand naturally keeping your body at ease all the way to the legs.
• Avoid riding your Airwheel across a steep slope.
• Practice both starting and stopping regularly until you are comfortable with both.
Finally, since the Airwheel has a 10mph top speed, whenever you are approaching that high speed, the unicycle will try preventing you from making further acceleration. It usually moves forward so and starts pushing your weight backwards. During this time, you might feel as if you cannot increase the speed. You should not continue bending or leaning forward to enhance your speed to avoid falling. Just slow down by leaning back and you will still be able to enjoy your Airwheel ride.