How to Ride an Airwheel

Preparation

Always wear an appropriate safety helmet and other protective gear.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, do not ride barefoot.  Make sure your battery is charged and tire is inflated. 

The Airwheel balances front to back, but not side-to-side. You are responsible for maintaining side-to-side balance by twisting your feet left and right and leaning into turns, similar to steering a bicycle. The Airwheel can tip sideways and fall if you don't actively maintain this side-to-side balance.  See the 8 Steps to Riding your Solowheel page for important riding technique information.

When first learning to use the Airwheel, you need to use both the training wheels and the included training band so that your Airwheel will not become damaged.  You can then move onto the training band only until the Airwheel is not tipping over.

Attach the band to the Airwheel handle. While standing with one foot on the platform, adjust the length of the training band so that you can hold it comfortably near waist height. Follow the 8 Steps to Riding your Airwheel instructions. When you feel yourself losing your balance and you have to step off, use the band to keep the Airwheel from falling over.

8 Steps to Riding Your Airwheel

1. Grab the handle of the Airwheel and set it on the ground vertically and turn the power on. A green light on top of the unit will light up. The Airwheel can face either direction.

2. Unfold the foot platforms and press them into the down position.

3. Put one foot on one footrest and stand up straight. Shifting your weight forward, lightly push off the ground with the other foot and immediately place it on the other platform so that you straddle the Airwheel, squeezing the unit between your lower legs.

4.  Shift your body weight forward gradually to pick up speed. Do not suddenly lunge forward.

5.  Shift your body weight backward to stop or slow down.

6.  To turn, lean the wheel in the direction you want to go.

7.  Twist your feet left and right for balance and steering. This is similar to maneuvering the front wheel of a bicycle.  If you feel yourself tipping left, twist left and the gyroscope will help balance you.  

8.  When you are ready to get off, slow down, stop and step off with one foot, then grab the handle. Keep your other foot on the other footrest and turn off the Airwheel.

REMEMBER: Do not lift the Airwheel off the ground when it is turned on.

Learning Tips

If the Airwheel tips too far to the side, the power indicator light will blink. Push the power button off and on again to reset.

Remember to stand naturally and keep your body relaxed through your back and legs.

Lean uphill when riding across gentle slopes.

Avoid riding across steep slopes.

Practice controlled stopping.

Stay centered on narrow sidewalks or elevated paths.

IMPORTANT: The top speed of the Airwheel is 10 mph. When you approach that speed, the Airwheel will try to prevent you from accelerating further. It will move forward beneath you in order to push your weight backward. You may feel that you can't make it go faster.  Do not continue leaning or bending forward to try and increase your speed or you will fall. The motor does not have enough power to catch you going beyond the speed limit. Lean back and slow down.

Terrain and Avoiding Hazards

The Airwheel is highly maneuverable and allows you to roll easily over rough pavement and around obstacles. You must always be careful when riding and learn to identify and avoid slippery, wet surfaces, loose materials, steep slopes and obstacles or you will loose traction.

Stop and carry the Airwheel over unsafe surfaces or terrain.

Avoid abrupt maneuvers, such as fast stopping or starting.

Avoid riding on slippery surfaces such as snow, ice, wet floors, wet grass, or any other surface that might cause slipping.

Avoid riding over loose objects or materials such as small branches, litter, gravel, sand or small stones.

Avoid riding on slopes above 15° .

Avoid curbs, holes, grooves, steps and other obstacles.

Avoid sharp turns as the footrest may scrape the ground and throw you off balance.

Use caution when riding over any terrain change such as pavement to grass, over a threshold or speed bump. When in doubt, avoid the bumps.

Avoid riding the Solowheel in heavy rain or other bad weather conditions.

Do not ride at night when visibility is poor. 

Riding Etiquette

Be careful and considerate of others.

Always be prepared to stop.

Always ride under control at a speed that is safe for those around you and yourself.

Respect pedestrians by always yielding the right of way.

Avoid startling pedestrians. When approaching from behind, announce yourself and slow down to walking speed when passing. Pass on the left whenever possible. When approaching a pedestrian from the front, slow down and stay to the right.

In heavy pedestrian traffic, slow down and proceed at a walking speed. Pass only if there is ample space to do so safely. Do not weave in and out of pedestrian traffic.

If it is legal in your area to ride in the street, always stay in marked bike lanes.

An Important Message to All Users

Periodically review this information and make sure that you understand all warnings, cautions, instructions and safety topics. Do not let others ride your Airwheel until they have read this information.

Remember: you are required to inspect and maintain this product to insure your safety.

Any type of wheeled activity can be hazardous. Wheels can, and are intended to move and it is therefore possible to get into dangerous situations and/or lose control and/or fall off. If such things occur you can be seriously injured or die.

Always wear proper protective equipment, such as an approved helmet, elbow and knee pads, and wrist guards. Long sleeve shirts, long pants, gloves, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and elbow and knee pads are mandatory. Keep shoe laces out of the way of the wheel.

The Airwheel should not be ridden by young children. Use your judgment about whether a child has the necessary coordination and maturity to use the Airwheel. We recommend children be at least 15 years old to be permitted to ride the Airwheel.

Never ride in traffic. Watch your surroundings for pedestrians, skateboard, bikes, roller skaters, and scooter riders. Use the Airwheel in areas free from hazards, such as poles, curbs, hydrants, parked cars, walls, and traffic.

FAILURE TO USE COMMON SENSE AND GOOD JUDGMENT AND HEED THESE WARNINGS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.  PAY SERIOUS ATTENTION TO SAFE OPERATION. USE CAUTION AT ALL TIMES.

There is no safety gear can fully protect you. You can reduce the risks of using the Airwheel by using it safely and with control at all times.