Hoverboard basics and how to ride guide
Before we get to the middle, let’s start with some basics. Today’s self-balancing scooters or hoverboards usually contain a stepping pad and one or two wheels. The soul of the system is a gyroscope which is needed for self-balancing, one or two electric motors, battery and a control board.
We can say the idea came from sci-fi movies, like Back to the future. The fast-improving technology ensured that today these boards are globally accessible and they are providing an alternative mobility option (however they are rolling and not flying).
In this post, you are going to read about safety topics and a guide on how to ride a hoverboard.
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Depending on the type, hoverboards can have a maximum speed of 4 km/h up to 18 km/h. The range varies on the energy consumption of the motor and the battery system, but its safe to say they can achieve around 15-20km on a flat surface, which makes them a viable option for short distance city cruising.
How to ride a hoverboard
Riding hoverboards can be tricky at first, but as you are getting more and more experience, it will quickly become comfortable. As a first point, we should state, that hoverboards are not toys. They can be fun to use but without precaution and experience or improper use, it can lead to very serious injuries.
Having said that, if you are just starting out as a new hoverboard owner or you are planning to buy one, also consider getting safety equipment. A helmet is strongly advised but you can also get additional protection.
Before you start, you would like to find someplace to train. This can be either inside or outside, just make sure you have plenty of space and don’t have any obstacles in the way which you can bump into if you fail. Also, you want to find a smooth surface., as a rough or uneven floor can even make more skilled riders a hard time.
Now, that we are done with the safety topics, let’s have some fun!
Getting on the board
Place one of your foot (right or left, whichever more comfortable) on the scooter. Position your foot as close as possible to the wheel. This is really important because it makes your ride hella lot easier.
In the meantime try to keep the board horizontal.
Now its time to step on the board with your other foot as well. Now when you are up, try to relax. Stand still, you will not fall down from it, that’s why they are called self-balancing scooters. Until you get used to the board and the feeling, don’t try to move, just look forward and relax.
To move forward with a hoverboard, you have to slightly shift your weight forward. Do it slowly, if you lean forward too much, you will fall. Practice it before you are moving to the next point.
After you feel comfortable moving forward and stopping, you should try to do a slight turn. To turn to a direction, you should push your opposite foot forward. That means, if you want to make a right turn, you have to push your left toe forward.
First, try to make slight turns to get the feel of it. If you are getting more comfortable, you can try to make sharper turns by doing the opposite with your other foot. In other words, if you want a sharp left turn, you have to push your right toe forward and your left feet backward (more like pushing down with your left ankle).
If you succeed at these steps, congratulations! Now you know the basics of how to ride a hoverboard. Of course in this case, as well, practice makes perfect. Experience and acquired skill come handy when you are going for a rough terrain or you have to go up/downhill.
I suggest wearing safety equipment in every case. Just imagine how hard a fall can be if you are hitting an object with 15-20 km/h.
Stopping and getting off the hoverboard
If you would like to get off the board, the process is the same as getting on but in reverse. First, stop your movement and put your weight on your dominant feet, then step down with your other feet. Take off your other leg as well and you are ready. Congratulations! Now you know how to ride a hoverboard!
Walking feels slow after that ride, right? Put on the charger and do it again!
If you are planning to buy a hoverboard, we recommend our post of the best hoverboards to buy in 2018.
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