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Pump Your Brakes for Electric Skateboard Safety
There are two types of braking systems designed for electric skateboards. The handheld remote and 3D posture control. The most common of the two is a handheld remote style braking activation.
What we will be discussing here, in the unlikely event of electronic brake failure, is how to avoid one of the worst-case scenarios of electric skateboarding that have to lead to serious injury and even hospitalization of un-prepared riders.
This article is in no way a substitute for routine maintenance of the braking system. We will also touch on the braking system best practices for the maintenance of electric skateboard braking systems in this article.
To Start let’s discuss the panic run that oftentimes leads to road rash and serious injury. Jumping off a skateboard at high speed should be avoided at all costs but it is smart to prepare for the worst in the event of an emergency.
I will never forget when my skateboard went out of control at a high speed forcing me to jump off and run for my life. My heart began to pound with anxiety and excitement as I neared the limit of what I knew I could jump off the board and run to slow down. The boards I was riding at the time had no electronic braking systems. When I began traveling at a speed that was to fast for my skill level I encountered the legendary "Speed Wobbles" that ejected me into the air. Being forced into the air at 20 + mph is dangerous. We must avoid falling as a pancake forward or backward. Rolling as a ninja is usually a better option so ride safe and have fun.
With built in electronic braking systems installed on e-boards made today, the need for emergency braking is infrequent and usually never an issue . If you are forced to make the decision to attempt to run out a board that is suddenly not underfoot here are some helpful statistics to have in mind:
Manual Braking Techniques: In the unlikely event of an electric motor brake malfunction. Here are some basic methods to learn:
WD40 routinely sprayed into the bearings keeps dirt and road grime from causing un-necessary noise and mechanical malfunction. A clean board will last longer and be more reliable so we suggest cleaning the e-board after riding.
Always remember to wear a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and gloves designed for skateboarding so that we can enjoy many years of safe electric skateboarding.