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Hoverboards for Beginners – Learning to ride

You’ve bought a great product from Sydney Hoverboards. Now it is time for you to take out your hoverboard and learn to ride. Don’t worry, riding a hoverboard is simple. It is similar to getting a bicycle. So shed away your fears and inhibitions and let’s get you started for an exciting ride. Here we’ll address your anxiety and teach you how to ride a hoverboard without losing balance and falling off.

Let’s prepare for the first ride

You’ll need safety equipment. The hoverboard moves at a moderate pace of 10 km per hour and tipping off can give you bruises and damage your confidence. While you collect the safety equipment, make sure the hoverboard is fully charged. 

The safety gear includes:

  • Helmet
  • Knee pads
  • Wristguard
  • Elbow protection
  • Tailbone protection

This gear will ensure you’ll get up and start again if you tip off.

Hoverboard Placement

It is essential to place the hoverboard carefully. Find a flat surface and place the hoverboard in front of your toes. Hoverboards move by sensing pressure from the foot, so a flat surface is essential to have equal pressure from the feet.

Your gadget has lights. Don’t let them confuse you. They’re meant for night time riding to alert people in the vicinity about your presence. These lights will help pedestrians and cars notice you while you’re walking across a zebra-crossing at night. So make sure that you step on the hoverboard with the side with lights at the front.

Time to step on

Remember the time when you first stepped on an escalator? Stepping on a hoverboard is like stepping on an escalator – you place one foot first, and then balance the other foot. 

Confidence is vital in such situations. If you keep your mind occupied with fear of falling, you may make a mistake. The good part with hoverboards – they’re not moving, and there are no steps, and you’re still at home.

Know your dominant foot: For most people, handedness determines the foot dominance too. Simply put, if you write with your left hand, your left foot would probably be the dominant foot, and vice versa.

Place your feet close enough to the board so you can step on it. Place the dominant foot on the hoverboard first.

Since the board uses pressure sensors to detect your presence, there may be a little movement when you first step on it. Be prepared for it, don’t let it get to you.

Once you’ve mounted the hoverboard, stand firm and calm. Whatever nervousness you had, let it evaporate before you learn to start moving the hoverboard.

Here’s a video for your better understanding:

Time to move forward

Hoverboards are controlled through your feet. Adjusting weight on the footpads and ankle-movements help the machine determine how to move. 

Tips:

  • It is preferable to have an open space so that you can move confidently
  • Look around and decide where you want to go
  • Don’t make sudden movements, you may fall off

Use your ankles to shift your weight and lean forward slowly. The board will start to move forward. The idea is to go slow. Jerking and shaking can shake your confidence too.

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