So you’ve been waiting patiently for your new Self Balancing Scooter, and now it’s here! You put one foot on and the hoverboard starts to move. You step off, and try again. No go.
We’ve been there, so we thought we’d compile a short guide to show you, to get you going in 5 minutes!
GETTING ON THE HOVERBOARD
So, first things first, make sure your board is fully charged up.
Turn it on and place it in front of you, right in front of your toes. There is no forwards and backwards. Some people say that the LED lights are supposed to be turn signals and they should go in the back. Either way, you can ride however you please.
What you want to do is you want to put your right foot (or left, whichever is more comfortable) on the scooter. You’ve got to make sure of two things:
- Your foot is as close as possible to the wheel. A mistake we made when we first started was that our feet were not as wide as possible, and that makes riding the hoverboard A LOT harder.
- You keep the board “flat” (as in, level with the ground).
Now, once your right foot is on, just “step on” the scooter. If you overthink it, you will fall. Just step on it like you would on stairs.
Your first reaction will be to tense up, and this will cause you to wobble back and forth.
The best thing you can do is to look in front of you—not down—and relax. Just stand. Don’t think about moving yet, just loosen up and stand on the hoverboard.
Got it so far? Good.
MOVING AROUND ON THE HOVERBOARD
GOING IN A STRAIGHT LINE
Now, to move, the best way I can describe it is, just “think” of where you want to go.
As you probably already know, on a hoverboard segway, you lean in the direction you want to go. This may make you think you have to do more than you actually do to move.
It’s not as much leaning as it is slightly shifting your weight. If you lean too much, you WILL fall.
So, just try going forwards first.
Then, attempt a slight turn. This should come naturally, it’s almost like the scooter “knows” what you want to do. But, basically, you turn by “twisting forward” the foot that’s opposite your turning direction: say you wanna turn left, just push your right toe forward.
To attempt sharper turns, you may want to start “twisting back” the other foot too, that is pushing down the heel. When you’re an expert, you can literally spin in place like this.
Now try to go backwards, too.
THE BEST WAY TO PRACTICE WITH YOUR HOVERBOARD
Once you got these basic movements down, you should try to do laps, turning in one direction only (think Nascar circuit), until you get more and more comfortable.
When you feel comfortable enough, try to do one lap in one direction, and then another in the opposite direction.
STEPPING OFF THE HOVERBOARD
To step off the hoverboard, you simply want to “reverse” what you did to get on. Try to shift your balance to your dominant foot, and then step off with your non-dominant foot. Sometimes you’ll have the instinct to sort of “jump off,” but try to resist it, and do a controlled dismount. You’ll avoid scratching your hoverboard, and possibly injuring yourself.
Bear in mind that stepping on and off your board is probably the hardest thing of the whole process and it’s what’s going to take you the longest to master. Practice just stepping on and off for a little while to get used to it.
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