How to Ride a Self Balancing Scooter? As futuristic devices go, the innovation called a hoverboard is basically a Segway or nano-scooter. As with every other similar device (roller skating slides to mind), you need to learn how to properly ride a self-balancing scooter.
- Find the charging port. The foot platform above it is where your left foot goes. Needless to state the obvious opposite.
- Do not jump atop the hoverboard (more on this later), merely place one foot up and then the other. Stand aptly to balance yourself. Of course, the machine has to be on for it to even detect your weight-shifts and help with the balance.
- It is next a matter of leaning. Where you place your weight on your foot pads or heels is where the hoverboard will turn. You do not need to bend at the hip to accomplish this, just place more weight or one or the other foot or both together.
- Lean forward and hold that position to accelerate ahead. Do something similar to ride backwards with you still facing ahead.
- To perform an actual turn, simply weight-place on a footpad and your nano-scooter will turn in that direction, moving that wheel faster to compensate for the slowing down in the other wheel. You will then officially have made a turn.
- You tilt the left foot forward to turn right; the left wheel moves ahead faster. You tilt the right foot forward to turn left; similar wheel dynamics. After gaining some practice, you can try the backward version to ‘look cool’.
- It is all in the foot angling, specifically the area beneath the ankles. Much like cycle peddles, car clutches, etc. you tilt your feet slightly up or down and the pressure pads inside the Segway will do your bidding.
- While it is amazing to watch some of the movement combinations you can pull on this device, turning on the spot repeatedly can be a dizzying factor that will result in you falling off or getting hurt, especially if you are in a risky setting.
- Remember we asked you not to jump onto the hoverboard? You can if you are a bit of a pro at working a Segway. Here’s how you pounce on the ride…
- Stand with both feet flat on the road or ground, leap and land with both feet at the same time on the hoverboard pads. You should have been standing an inch behind the device to make this happen quickly and smoothly.
- Wanna spin one-footed? Gently place the pad of your foot on one wheel. Your bodyweight automatically shifts onto the other foot, tells the hoverboard’s internal pressure pads to move that wheel alone. Bend the free leg at the knee (take it off the wheel) and you will spin faster. Just remember what we said earlier about spinning too fast.
- Spinning is one of the most fun elements about hoverboards so stay safe and be mild about it. Spinning reduces battery life, so keep that in mind too.
- Performing Segway stunts is cool as long as you are a pro and have gained a few years’ experience on hoverboards.
It is a wonderful design element to have the hoverboard beep when you reach extreme speeds. This will inform you to slow down; there is danger to life and limb even with Segways, better safe than sorry. These devices can go over 10 mph at maximum, and a fall can be like slipping off a moving bicycle at that speed.
Practice makes perfect so try your elfts, rights, backs, and fronts, glean the instinct behind the method, and you are good to go. With a range of 8 miles, hoverboards are great ways to travel between places (nothing long-distance, mind you).