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How to Lock Your Onewheel and Other Onewheel Security Tips

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If you are looking for a lock for your Onewheel XR, look no further than the Kryptonite Evolution Lite Mini-6. If you are looking to lock your Onewheel Pint, then the best lock is the TiGr Blue which I review here.

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The Kryptonite Mini-6 is the tried and proven by many Onewheel enthusiasts. It is one of the few U-locks on the market that will fit on a Onewheel with the fender on. Check out Amazon for pricing. Keep reading for why I choose this lock and for more safety tips to keep your Onewheel secure.

The Onewheel is a terrific way to get around. But when you get to your destination– what do you do with your Onewheel? The Onewheel is small enough that someone could walk off with it, yet it’s big and heavy enough that carrying it for long periods of time can be impractical.

Besides getting stolen, if you leave the Onewheel laying around you run the risk of someone turning it on and giving it a try. In addition to stealing the Onewheel or damaging it, someone could also hurt themselves while trying your magic board without permission and then try to hold you responsible for their injuries. The world we live in can be a messed up sometimes.

So if you are out and about running errands, or even if you are at the park and need to walk a way from your board for a few minutes, here are some options for protecting your Onewheel that have worked for me as well as for others:

Register and Record:

The easiest thing you can do to protect your Onewheel in the event of a theft is to have registered your Onewheel online with Future motion. Fight the instinct to just jump on the board and try to set speed records. That is the wrong thing to do. The right thing to do is to register the board when you get it.

Once you have registered your board, make sure to record your serial number. An easy way is to snap a picture of your serial number which is found on the undersurface of one of the blue rails.

Now, if your board is ever stolen, you can report it to Future Motion. If anyone ever tries to register the board, hopefully that registration will raise red flags.

Also, you can watch the online sale sites like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for a used Onewheel for sale. They may try to sell the board without a charger. If you find a board that looks like yours you can use the serial number to confirm and then alert the authorities.

Take it with you:

Some cannot bear to leave their Onewheel out of their sights and I can not blame them. It is more than an awesome piece of technology, it is an extension of your soul.

Taking the Onewheel with you is a great option if you are at a place like a restaurant or library where you will be sitting at the same location for a while. This way your beloved Onewheel will never leave your watchful eye. You can place the Onewheel at your feet and even charge it if there is an outlet handy.

If you find yourself in a situation where you will be walking and the operation of a Onewheel is not allowed, then carrying your board can be an option. To make it a lot easier on yourself, get a side handle. Here is a cheap and effective way to install a side handle.

If you find yourself somewhere where you will be walking and needing your hands like at the grocery store, then carrying your board is out of the question. In this case, put your beloved Onewheel in a shopping cart and push it around if possible.

Lock it up:

There may be situations where you are not able to carry or watch the Onewheel. For these situations there are ways to lock up your Onewheel, just understand that no lock is perfect. If there is a motivated thief, even the best locks and deterrents will fail.

I have researched the options and have narrowed down the best ways to safely lock up your Onewheel.

Kryptonite Evolution Lite Mini-6:

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U locks are probably your best bet to provide security for your Onewheel. Through my research I have found that the Kryptonite Evolution Lite Mini is the best U lock for your Onewheel. Because of its smaller size, it can fit between the Onewheel rail and the wheel when many other larger U locks cannot. The lock is lightweight and gets good reviews. For under $100, this is a very good option for protecting your Onewheel. Check out pricing on Amazon.

TIGR:

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This is a new lock that is very intriguing and unique. The thin profile makes it perfect for the Onewheel and it is very light. It is the ONLY effective lock for the Onewheel Pint.

While it is not a budget option, this lock definitely has a cool factor to it and a great safety record to back it up. I’ve tested all the TiGr locks and the TiGr Blue is by far the strongest of the TiGr locks. Check out my full review here.

Cable lock:

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I had been using an old combination cable lock that my boys use when they ride their bikes to school. We have never had any issues with it but then again, it was only used in a secure and monitored bicycle parking area, the bikes my boys use are not expensive or fancy, and we live in a very safe area with low crime.

From my research, I have found that cable locks are notoriously easy to cut. A portable Dremel or a set of bolt cutters will cut through most cable locks faster than a beginner trying to break a speed record will nosedive!

I have since graduated from my cable lock and now use a U type lock to protect my precious Onewheel XR and a TiGr Blue lock for my Onewheel Pint. I cannot recommend using a cable lock in good conscience.

Conclusion:

You have spent a lot of your hard earned money for your Onewheel. But if you are like me, it’s not all about the money. Owning and riding a Onewheel makes you feel like you are riding on something that is from the future. It is truly a joy to ride.

Because of this, it is essential that you keep the Onewheel from getting stolen. I hope some of the tips will help you keep your Onewheel safe.

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