Common Electric Skateboard Mistakes
Electric skateboards are becoming popular down under for their eco-friendliness, convenience, and pure fun. However, before you zoom off into the sunset, you need to be aware of the common mistakes that first-time riders make. So, let's take a look at some of the common mistakes that riders make when they first jump on an electric longboard, and some tips to avoid them. By learning from these mistakes, you can have a safe and awesome ride on your electric skateboard!
Electric Skateboard Mistakes #1: Skipping The Basics
When unboxing your Evolve electric skateboard, it's nice to spend some time playing around before hitting the road. Learn how the board and remote responds, so you can apply the right amount of acceleration or braking to the given situation without being jerky on the triggers. Sounds very boring but reading the manual is super important to make the most of your experience with your electric skateboard. Going through the manual you will know what we mean when we talk about your speed limiter, dead man switch, wheel settings, and trigger settings. That will make your life much easier down the track. This one goes hand in hand with not spending adequate time getting used to your board.
Electric Skateboard Mistakes #2: Using The Wrong Stance
There isn't one stance that is perfect for all situations, but a good starting point is to make sure your legs are wide apart and knees slightly bent. With the body straight let your feet perpendicular to the position of the skateboard. Shoulders should be in line with your feet, keep your back straight and look straight ahead. Remember that foot placement does vary person to person, but the closer your front foot is to the front truck, the more control you will have.
To find balance on the skateboard, shift your weight from right to left and back and forth, to find the most comfortable position and get familiar with your weight distribution. Shifting forward and backward compensates for acceleration and braking, and of course, side to side is how you turn.
Electric Skateboard Mistakes #3: Jerky Carves
Carving on an electric skateboard is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have. It's like surfing or snowboarding, but on land. However, if you don't do it right, you may end up losing your balance and falling off your board. One of the most common mistakes that we see new riders make is not maintaining a consistent speed throughout the carve.
To carve effectively on your electric skateboard, it's essential to pick a good speed and maintain it. Once you've established your speed, try to keep it steady as you carve. This will allow you to maintain your balance and control over the board. If you try to speed up or slow down during the carve, you may find it difficult to keep your balance.
Another important factor to keep in mind is your body positioning. You need to keep your weight centered over the board and maintain a consistent posture throughout the carve. This will allow you to control the board's movement and maintain your balance. If you shift your weight too much or change your body position during the carve, you may find it difficult to control the board, which could result in a fall.
Electric Skateboard Mistakes #4: Flat Tyres and Tight Belts
At Evolve, we get countless inquiries about people not getting the original range out of their board that they did when it was new, or they are having issues with overheating. Very often, they simply need to pump up their all terrain tyres, as flat tires dramatically increase rolling resistance. Tight belts can also have a similar effect.
Another issue we see in our service department is overtightened bushings. If you are a heavy rider, or just prefer a stiff board, tightening up your kingpin nuts until the bushings bulge is not the right solution. Get yourself some harder durometer ones, and it will stiffen up your ride while having a smoother ride feel. Stability at a high speed comes with experience and new riders shouldn't attempt it until they build up their skill level. That said, there are a few things that you can do to help your stability. Make sure the electric skateboard trucks aren't super loose.
⚠️ Always use protective skate gear
If you have questions or concerns, the Evolve customer service team is here to help.
How can I avoid falling off my electric skateboard?
Falling off an electric skateboard is a common fear among new riders. The best way to avoid falling off your board is to practice and develop your skills. Start by riding at a slow pace and gradually increase your speed as you become more comfortable. Always keep your weight centered over the board and use your feet to maintain your balance. It's also important to wear appropriate protective gear, such as a helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads. Additionally, be aware of your surroundings and any obstacles in your path to avoid collisions.
Can I ride my electric skateboard in the rain?
No! It's not recommended to ride your electric skateboard in the rain. Moisture can damage the electronics and components of your board, leading to malfunctions and accidents.
What is the best way to stop an electric skateboard?
The best way to stop an electric skateboard is to use the brakes the remote. It's essential to practice using the brakes at different speeds and to maintain your balance while braking.