Hoverboards for Beginners – Learning to rideadmin
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:
- Knee pads
- Elbow protection
- Tailbone protection
This gear will ensure you’ll get up and start again if you tip off.
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.
- 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.
Practice some forward movement till you’re comfortable with the hoverboard and get enough confidence to execute turns.
Turning on the hoverboard
- Turning is extremely simple and comes naturally with practice. Before we tell you how to turn the board, we’ll use an example of a bicycle.
- Turning left: Use your right foot. Put pressure on the hoverboard’s foot pedal (in the forward direction) using the toe.
- Turning right: Use your left foot. Put pressure on the hoverboard’s foot pedal (in the forward direction) using the toe.
Simple, isn’t it? It’ll just take some practice, and then it becomes intuitive to turn the hoverboard. Use light movements first and get confident with executing turns. You can then go ahead and try making sharper turns.
Please ensure you are aware of your surroundings before you move backward.
Your heels need to apply pressure on the footpads. As you shift your weight towards the backside of the footpads, the hoverboard starts moving back.
Tip: It is advisable not to look back when learning. You may get confused with the motion and orientation and may make a mistake. Instead, have someone around to guide you about your surroundings while you focus on learning to ride.
Now that you’ve learnt the basic movements – front, back, left, and right, it is time to practice. Find an open space and try to do laps. Choose one direction, say left, and try moving from your start point to the endpoint avoiding the obstacles. Laps will help you understand how sensitive your hoverboard is. With some practice, it will become muscle memory, and you won’t need to even think about it.
This should be smoothly done, just like you mounted it.
Your non-dominant foot needs to be on the ground first. Shift your weight on your dominant foot and step off using the other foot first. After the non-dominant foot is firmly on the ground, take off the dominant foot.
You may be tempted to jump off the board and just skip the process. Do not attempt this. You may fall off and hurt yourself. Reserve the jumps for the time you’re a master in using a hoverboard.
- Practice indoors. Roads are not the best place for learning
- Use fixed objects like the furniture for balancing while getting on and off
- It is good to have someone around you. Presence of a person gives a huge boost to confidence
- Read the hoverboard’s manual carefully before starting to ride. Different manufacturers have additional features or instructions that you may need to know
- Don’t buy cheap. Always go for a reputed company
- While you may feel “powerful” having a hoverboard, do not get too excited and attempt stunts. You will end up hurting yourself.
Hoverboards are interesting devices. Enjoy your ride!
You may watch this video to up your hoverboard riding ante