For all you fun foot travelers or skateboarders looking for something extremely portable, the Sole Skate may interest you. It is a bit bigger than your foot and can fit in a backpack.
Two wheels are in the front, and one is in the back. You put whatever foot you are most comfortable with on the deck and you use your free foot to propel yourself. While in motion the free foot can be placed on the tail.
There is a button on the back of the deck that is a roll restrictor. When your foot is on top of the button, the wheels can roll freely, but when you take your foot off, it activates and helps keep it from rolling too far away from you.
It is recommended for ages 8+ and has a rider weight limit of 220 lbs.
One way to deal with uncomfortable bike seats is to eliminate them altogether. Inventor Jean-Marc Gobillard has killed the bike seat with his creation called the Dreamslide. Tushies everywhere rejoice!
Seriously, bicycle seats are a groin's worst enemy. If you've ever ridden a bike, you know the feeling. The Dreamslide is a groin's best friend.
Jean-Marc Gobillard wanted to combine the feeling of skiing, rollerblading and surfing with the strength of a bicycle.
In skiing you have to shift your weight to turn, and turning is similar on the Dreamslide. You ride and pedal all while standing and to turn you lean to either side.
The trick in making pedaling work in the standing position was to to change how the pedals work. Pedaling while standing up on a normal bike is hard work. To make it easier, this unique bike features an Anti-Fatigue Pedaling System (APS).
APS provides an efficient way to propel yourself in the standing position. Pedaling on the Dreamslide is similar in feeling to jogging. There's a more thorough explanation about how it works on the company's website.
It is smaller than a bike so it is more portable and it weighs around 10 kg/22 lbs. A nice feature is that it can easily be folded up in less than 5 seconds and placed in the trunk of a car.
The creators say that they designed the Onda Board to be the best longboard for cruising. And it just might be.
Built From the Ground Up
The futuristic Onda Board was created from the ground up. Every part of it was custom made. The deck is made of a robust yet flexible polymer and fiberglass blend.
Straight from Onda's website- "Its material blend is hygroscopic, which means it will actually absorb humidity and become more flexible and even stronger over time. That means you can ride your Onda in any weather, or even leave it outside. It won’t ever delaminate as wood does."
Now, I don't quite understand how absorbing humidity will make it stronger and more flexible, but it sounds interesting nonetheless. And from the video, it definitely looks like it is flexible and strong (seeing it be run over by a car was fairly convincing).
Ride and Glide
The Onda board was built for being good at cruising and carving. The board is low to the ground so it is easier to kick, and the low friction 7 inch wheels help you glide longer.
The trucks can be adjusted by swapping out the torsion shocks. There are several different shocks with different degrees of hardness. They can be interchanged and mixed up to adjust the trucks to fit the terrain being ridden, or to match what the rider wants.
So, if the rider wants to be able to carve more, soft shocks can be installed, or if the rider needs a stiffer ride for higher speeds, harder shocks can be installed, all without tools and done fairly quickly. The spare shocks can be stored under the board for later.
Onda Board in Action
Looking at it, I definitely did not think this thing would handle being run over by a car.
What do you think about the Onda Board? Comment below!
This Snow Glyder kit is used to convert a scooter so that it can be used on snow. Take the wheels off your scooter, replace them with the Snow Glyder skis and you now have a scooter that is ready to ride on snow. With the Snow Glyder kit you can keep riding all year round, and it's cheaper than buying a separate scooter built entirely just for the snow.
The patented Snow Glyder ski design lets you switch your wheels with skis.
Heavy duty rust resistant skis will handle the toughest use.
Quick release axle system allows you to conveniently switch between skis and wheels in just seconds.
Skis have plastic tips for added safety.
Includes quick release axles and 2 hex wrenches.
Skis are contoured on the edges and tips to improve carving.
Size: 15" x 5".
Shoe box style packaging with convenient carry handle
Collapsible Aluminum Scooter Design Folds down for easy storage
Patented RAILZ ski assemblies
Stainless Steel Hardware for durability
Comes fully assembled and ready to ride
Recommended for ages 5+ Under 100lbs
RECOMMENDED FOR RIDERS UNDER 100lbs FOR USE ON PACKED SNOW. The NEW Railz Snow Scooter is the hottest thing to hit the slopes since the snowboard! A must for any serious freestyle scooter rider. You cant ride your scooter when it snows, but with the Railz Snow Scooter you can shred year round! Permitted at most ski resorts too! Look for the Railz Pro Model Snow Scooter coming soon!
The Dirtsurfer can tackle pavement, grass, dirt, sand, and... snow! Some Dirtsurfer owners are snowboarders that use it during the off-season so they can have something to ride when there is no snow.
Other hardcore Dirtsurfer owners don't let their board collect dust over the winter, and instead keep on riding!
Click the photo to see more Dirtsurfer on snow pictures
While a Dirtsurfer won't outperform a snowboard on the snow, it does roll! As you can see in the 2nd video below, it doesn't work well on deep snow. Harder packed is the snow of choice for a Dirtsurfer. Take a look at the videos below.
Now you can TRIKKE in the SNOW! It has arrived!! The Silver 2009 model includes a molded safety bumper, racing style handle bar, newly designed skis, and new foot-pad ready for foot-strap accessory. Read more...
For those that like to shred snow on a snowboard, winter is fun, but for those that don't snowboard or have much of anything to do, it is usually spent feeling bored while locked indoors waiting for that blasted snow to finally melt.
Since you can't control the weather, and winter is going to come around regardless of how much you hate it, perhaps this year you can do something different and learn how to snowskate.
If you are active during the summer with skateboarding or some other boardsport, but when winter rolls around you go dormant, this year take advantage of the winter snow and learn how to snowskate. Or, if snowboarding isn't your thing, and you want something else to do during the winter months besides sit inside, give snowskating a try.
What is a Snowskate?
A snowskate is like a skateboard deck without anything attached, just the deck. There are of course a few differences, but in a nutshell, that is what a snowskate is.
There are a couple different styles of snowskates, but the Artec Bi Level Snowskate talked about here is the kind of snowskate that has a single ski attached under the deck of the board.
Other snowskates have four skis, which makes it ride more like a skateboard. Others dont have any skis and instead are more similar to a skateboard deck. This style has no ski or skis attached, so instead of a ski touching the snow, the bottom of the snowskate deck is what touches it.
How to Snowskate
Snowskating is similar to skateboarding, but since snow is slippery, it changes the feel of riding a bit. Snow is not at all like concrete.
The foot placement is similar to skateboarding, with the back foot on or close to the tail, and the front foot about one third the length of the board from the nose.
You can kick a snowskate just like you can on a skateboard. When you are riding, make sure to keep your center of gravity over the board, or you will fall. When turning, keep your center of gravity over the edge of the board that is cutting into the snow.
To turn, shift your weight in the direction you want to turn. Shift to the right side to turn right, and the left to turn to the left.
Once you master riding, you can try tricks. The ollie is what you should learn before anything else. Since you can do the same kind of tricks on a snowskate that you can a skateboard, the sky is the limit after you learn how to ollie.
Here is just a taste of how awesome and fun snowskating can be.