2022-10-04 (Tu) PoweredInlineSkates Part selection

Many people in my area ride electric scooters, bikes, and even the occasional longboard. One motorized conveyance I wish I saw more was inline skates. I remember playing Jet Grind Radio and Jet Set Radio Future and fantasizing about electric wheels on my feet. A few companies have tried, but nothing stands out.

My imagination has spawned many conceptual designs for powered skates, but they were usually too heavy, impractical, or oversized. I've looked at motorizing quad skates with skateboard parts. I've considered attaching gears to wheels and motors to the trucks.

I looked at inexpensive hoverboard wheels, and there was some merit there, but I saw some kits that include a controller and scooter wheels. The advantage of a scooter wheel is that they attach on both sides for stability, and they come in different wattages and voltages. I decided on a 24-volt model since I can repurpose my drill batteries for testing and worry about a battery pack if things work out. I also purchased some free-spinning wheels the same diameter as the powered wheel.

I plan to remove the wheelbase from some inline skates or modify it and attach a couple of polycarbonate plates. The wheels will mount in holes that I'll drill into them. Cutting and drilling the plastic is simple with standard tools. Hopefully, it will be light enough and strong enough to merit a deeper investment of batteries and maybe a second motor for the other side. Currently, I plan to power one wheel on the right skate, and the rest will be 200 mm wheels with bearings.
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