Bobs Stoke Shop
OWP: How long have you been involved in the Onewheel community?
Bob: Quite a while. I preordered 2 Plus’s back in December of 2016, it feels so long ago (Haha).
OWP: Where are you from and where do you live?
Bob: I’m originally from Chicago IL, but now I live in Novato, CA with my family.
OWP: Do you have kids?
Bob: Yes I do, 3 of them. 8-13-17, girl-boy-girl
OWP: Do they Onewheel?
Bob: The two youngest onewheel with me regularly, and the oldest used to but now mainly when we go camping.
OWP: What sort of protective gear do you have them use when riding?
Bob: They always wear a helmet at the very least. My son usually wears a helmet and 1protect gloves and my daughter wears full gear with 1protect as well.
OWP: What do you do for a living?
Bob: I’m a General Contractor 4 days out of the week and run Bob’s Stoke Shop the rest of the weekend. I am also one of the owners of Stoke Life LLC, along with Cauri Jaye, and Jon Stock. Together, we run the Stoke life service repair network.
OWP: You are a handy guy being a general contractor. Is that the reason you decided to start Bobs Stoke Shop?
Bob: Yes, kind of. That and the fact I have always had 4-6 boards in my household. I saw the need to help people with installs, mods, and repairs locally. It just sort of grew into a bit more and me having a repair shop.
OWP: How long have you been repairing and modifying boards?
Bob: I formed Bobs Stoke Shop officially last August 2019. But I have been doing repairs and tire swaps for about a year before that.
OWP: What is the most common repair or modification you do?
Bob: It would have to be a tire change. I carry all aftermarket tires and have the largest collection of new and used Vegas on the West Coast (LMAO)!!
OWP: What is the hardest repair you have had to do yet?
Bob: A guys board ghosted into the ocean and got submerged for about 30 seconds. He shipped the board to me. I then opened up everything in order to dry everything out. Even the motor inside smelled like ocean!
The circuit boards were all corroded on the components and a few ports also needed to be replaced on the controller. The BMS needed a good cleaning as well and the battery was shot as well. I replaced it from some inventory stock I had and after all that effort, I finally managed to get it working perfectly!
Bobs Stoke Shop
OWP: Bobs Stoke Shop is part of the Stoke Life Service Center network. Can you tell us more about that relationship and how it benefits Onewheel owners?
Bob: Yes, as described above I’m one of the owners now as well. We service all onewheel models and even have advanced technicians working together for the most difficult repairs.
Currently, we have approximately 40 onewheel repair shops all over the world. I’m also in the process of vetting another 40 applicants. I have a fairly busy life and doing my best to fit it all in while helping everyone as best I can.
Sometimes a little patience can be helpful from applicants. We can also source parts for people as needed. A few of the other busy shops like myself, ØWMøbShop in CO, and Onestop Board shop in NJ often purchase used boards regularly. This allow us to better serve the community and other members of the Stoke Life Service network. Its all for the love of the community!
OWP: How many types of Onewheel boards are there at home?
Bob: I own 3 XR’s. One- 4206 frontier board and two-4209 boards that are all fully decked out in 3rd party accessories. I love to support the 3rd party vendors!
OWP: What is your favorite type of riding, trail, or street?
Bob: I love to ride rocky super technical trails. Most people hate them but I cant get enough.
OWP: Do you have a tire preference for trail and street?
Bob: Trails of course!! Always riding Dirty 😉
OWP: You attended FloatLife Fest the past 2 years and helped with the build out process. Can you tell us more about that?
Bob: Sure! My friend Paul and I are both General contractors. So, I brought him out to FLF 2 with me! When we saw the set up for the trick comp and how it was being built, we jumped right in to make it strong and safe for all the competitors. We didn’t want to see anyone getting hurt.
So, for FLF 3 I told Justyn we would handle the whole course for the trick comp and just handle the prep for theest of the festival and we got this! We built with the same recycled materials from FLF 2 and we also helped build all the fresh park ramps Justyn bought.
We had huge plans for FLF4! I was going to get a ton of materials and build new features to keep it fresh and give some new challenges to our best riders. Unfortunately, we just found out it is being postponed (Boooo)! But, when FLF 4 does happen next it is will be the best one yet!
OWP: Your Hyper Charger for the XR has been a hit in the community, do you have any plans constructing any other equipment you could sell to the Onewheel community?
Bob: Yes, I have quite a few things up my sleeve. My Website is coming soon, but most of the things I cannot talk about yet. But just to let you know, I stock all the male + female ports and plugs on the board. I also stock the charging port, including 5 different color power buttons, and the most common internal parts that fail on the controller and BMS. There is almost no wait to get people repaired and back on the trails quickly.
Just know my goal is to help and solve problems of board failures from the hardest riders in our community. I want to make these XR’s as bulletproof as possible.
OWP: If you could choose, what improvements would you make to the next version of Onewheel XR?
Bob: Oh man, where do I start (Hahaa)? I would start by flipping the control board over in the controller like they did in the pint to keep the components from being torn out of the controller. I would also use thicker wiring in the battery harness like they did in the V1. In addition, I would add a touch better quality control before leaving the factory, and give the board an IP rating so people don’t have to stress over riding near water.
OWP: Bob, thank you for all your contributions to the community and helping others! You rock my dude! Also, big-ups for taking the time to sit down with us and spread the stoke. We had a blast learning more about you and our Onewheel community!
Bob: Thanks for thinking of me to do an interview, I truly appreciate it.