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Resident learning to ride a self-balancing transporter near Olympus Sierra Pines in The Woodlands, Texas

The Olympus Guide to Self-Balancing Vehicles


Many of us typically get around by car, rideshare, bike, public transportation, or on foot. But what if there was another option? Enter personal, self-balancing electric transporters like the hoverboard, Onewheel, and Segway-Ninebot. Not only are they super fun, they can also easily get you where you need to go. Read on for our guide to the most popular models and how to get the most out of your experience.

Our Top Self-Balancing Transporter Picks

  • Onewheel Pint – the latest craze in the motorized skateboard world, the Pint is a small, lightweight option with a top speed of 16 mph and a range of 6 to 8 miles.
  • Swagtron T1 Pro Hoverboard – the best all around hoverboard, the Swagtron T1 cruises up to 8 mph for 11 miles on a single charge.
  • Segway-Ninebot Z10 – the most versatile of the three, this self-balancing unicycle travels 56 miles at speeds of up to 28 mph.

Charge It Between Uses

One of the best features of these vehicles is that they’re electric! This means you can simply charge them up between excursions and they’re ready to go anytime you are.

It’s a Workout, Too

Not only will a self-balancing personal transporter take you from point A to point B, you get a workout while you’re at it! Each of these vehicles requires you to move your body in the direction you want to go, including turning and coming to a stop.

Safety, First

It’s essential you spend adequate time practicing your new toy before hitting the streets and powering around people. Make sure you’ve got it down before you risk anyone else’s safety. It’s also important to wear the proper safety gear. Think helmet and pads, especially if you plan on practicing any of the extreme stunts YouTubers can be seen performing on the one-wheeled vehicles above. Be sure to read all the safety info included with your vehicle, as well. Some off-brand models of Hoverboard have had issues with their batteries exploding, and proper charging may be able to prevent this. Remember: Safety first!

We hope this guide helps you find the right mode of transportation for your life. For more tips on living life to its fullest, visit the Olympus Sierra Pines blog.