FAQ

Riding the board

THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS​

First ride

Riding a Meepo board is different from riding a regular skateboard, so please start off slowly even if you’re a skateboarding veteran. Find a large, empty parking lot to practice in. Don’t be in a hurry to graduate to the street; take your time and get comfortable with your balance and controls first.

We’ll refer to stances using skating terminology, left foot forward is “regular stance” and right foot forward is “goofy stance.” Choose the stance that you feel most comfortable in.
Take a wide stance and bend from the knees to lower your center of gravity. Remember to lean slightly forward on acceleration, and slightly onto your back leg when braking. It’s also important to look where you want to go, not at the ground, just like you would when driving a car

When you’re ready to ride:

Start by practicing in a parking lot. Find a smooth location without traffic and practice stopping abruptly. Remember, people aren’t used to skateboards going this fast and may step out, pedal, or drive right in front of you.

Once you’ve mastered riding in open areas, you can try graduating to the streets with traffic. When you’re ready for more acceleration, press the multi-button on the remote three times and you’ll move into eco mode and then three more presses for pro mode. Make sure that you have practiced all the skills you need before this point, especially unpowered stopping (aka footbraking), and kick pushing. You’re required to follow all the rules of the road that bicyclists follow, including riding in the bike lane. Remember, unlike cars, bikes, and pedestrians, you never have the inherent right of way. Always be ready to yield to others and please ride defensively!

Riding techniques

Kick Pushing
Traditional skateboarding skills are very important to learn and will help you get the most out of your Meepo board. You can kick push the board as you would any regular skateboard and coast down hills with ease. Not only will kick pushing be useful if you run out of charge, it can also be used to extend your range and improve your balance. If you can, try kick pushing up to speed from a dead stop and when you’re riding at low speeds. This will conserve a good amount of charge for when you really need it, like when riding uphill.

How to kick push:

Start with your front foot pointing forward.
Bring your back foot off the deck and then bring it parallel to the front wheels, slightly off to the side.
Next, push your foot against the ground to propel the board forward, making sure to avoid your back wheels.
Repeat if necessary.
Put your foot back on the deck and reposition your stance to your comfort. Ride on! Tips:

Start with small pushes. As you get more comfortable, extend your foot further and further forward to get a bigger push off.
Be sure to put your foot far enough out to the side that you don’t catch it on the rear wheels. This is a common mistake that may cause you to fall.
Your stance should be fluid and change as your balance shifts. Get comfortable moving your feet around the deck while riding.
You might find you’re more comfortable pushing with your front foot while your rear foot remains on the board. This is called pushing “mongo,” and while it is discouraged by skaters, it isn’t necessarily wrong. However, footbraking mongo is very unstable. It results in more pushing power but less steering control, so we advise against it.

Knowing how to footbrake is essential to riding safely. In an emergency situation, like if you drop your remote or encounter interference, the board reverts to an unpowered skateboard and you must be able to stop without using reverse braking. Please only ride at speeds and on hills where you would be comfortable without power and brakes.How to footbrake:

Reposition your front foot to point forward and bend your knee.
Face straight ahead and put your back foot out to the side of the board, in line with the front foot.
Aim to touch the ground with your heel first; slowly apply pressure and roll your foot flat.
As you footbrake harder, don’t allow your foot to drift too far back or it will hit your rear wheel. Tips:

Start learning at slower speeds on flat, even pavement.
Practice getting up to speed, positioning your front foot and touching your heel down, then returning to your stance without braking to get used to balancing.
Be sure to put your foot far enough out to the side that you don’t catch it on the rear wheels. This is a common mistake that may cause you to fall.
Keep your weight even across the bottom of your foot. If you put too much weight forward on your toes, your foot will chatter and skip. Stay calm–quick and jittery movements will cause you to lose your balance.
Learn to footbrake in conjunction with the Meepo board’s brakes for faster stopping power.

Regenerative Braking

You can conserve battery power and increase your range just by using the regenerative braking feature of your Meepo board. You will likely generate the most return of energy while braking to slow down from higher speeds or braking down a steep incline. Braking from ~22 to ~5mph or walking pace will generate a greater return of power. Slowing the final 5mph to 0mph may actually start using energy again. Coasting or kick pushing the board helps to conserve energy, and can put charge back into the battery in small amounts as well.

Braking downhill on a full battery charge will cause the board to lose braking capabilities since the regenerative braking will cause the battery to overcharge. When this happens, the remote will warn you by beeping, and you’ll lose your braking power. Safely come to a stop before this happens. Start by riding uphill or on flatter ground to help drain the battery and prevent this from happening.

Battery

Tips for Conserving Battery Charge:

Ride in eco mode for better range than expert or pro mode.
Kick push to start and then slowly engage the motors, rather than accelerating from a full stop using only the motors.
When braking from high speeds, brake smoothly until you reach the speed of fast walking then footbrake to a stop.
Avoid riding up steep hills when possible.
Avoid riding into strong winds when possible.

Safety

Speed Wobbles
Speed wobbles occur when the board begins to involuntarily oscillate in short mini “S” turns. This typically happens when too much weight is placed on your back leg. While speed wobbles usually occur at higher speeds, you can also wobble at low speeds by distributing your weight in the wrong way. Remember to keep your back truck tighter than the front to avoid too much steering input from the rear.

What to do when speed wobbles occur:

The most important thing is to stay calm and try to relax–tense leg muscles can exacerbate the problem.

Try carving in one direction, as consciously turning will often stabilize the board and stop the wobble.

Lean over your front foot and slowly let off the throttle until the speed wobble stops.

Tightening the kingpin on your trucks may also help to reduce speed wobbles. Just be sure not to over tighten so you can still freely turn.Try only adjusting a quarter turn at a time.

Over time, frequent riding will strengthen the stabilizing muscles in your ankles and legs, eliminating the frequency and severity of speed wobbles.

Read Before Riding
Your board can lose power and brakes at any moment due to radio interference between your remote and the board, a dead remote battery, unintentional release of the Engage Button, braking when the battery is fully charged, and other factors. Only ride your Meepo board at speeds and on hills where you’d be comfortable without power and brakes.

Braking downhill on a full battery will cause board shutdown and temporary loss of braking power since regenerative braking will overcharge the battery. To alert you of this situation, the remote will warn you by beeping, and you’ll lose your braking power. Safely come to a stop by turning or foot braking and ride on flats or uphill to drain the battery before attempting downhill again.

The Throttle Wheel in higher modes is extremely sensitive to make the board responsive and fun, but it also means fast or sudden inputs can easily cause you to fall off. Start by trying to move forward as slowly as possible in these modes.

Hills and high speed can be very dangerous because crashes can cause serious injuries. Be extra careful when riding the board, even if you’re an experienced rider.

Cars and other vehicles can kill you, so always be aware of your surroundings when riding in the presence of other vehicles. Ride defensively and assume other vehicles can’t see you. Remember that your board may lose power and brakes at any moment. Be aware of the laws that govern the use of your board on public roads, bike paths, sidewalks, or other places that you may ride.

Protect your board. We have engineered the board to handle shock and vibration from riding over a wide variety of terrain. However, riding off curbs, doing jumps/hops, throwing the front down to the pavement, and subjecting the board to other high-impact events may damage internal electronic components over time. We highly recommend that you regularly inspect and maintain the board before riding.

Always wear a helmet. Other protective equipment (knee pads, long sleeves, wrist guards) is highly recommended.

Warning: Whenever you ride a Meepo board, you risk death or serious injury from loss of control, loss of braking power, collisions, and falls. To ride safely, you must read and follow all warnings and instructions in the manual.

Warning: Always wear a helmet when riding. Never ride in water, on wet surfaces, in the rain, on slippery or uneven surfaces, up steep hills, in traffic, and over cracks, train tracks, gravel, rocks, or any obstacles that could cause a loss of traction. Avoid night riding, areas with poor visibility, and narrow spaces.

Warning: Do not ride a Meepo board in environments, on inclines, or at speeds where you would not be safely in control of an unpowered skateboard. In the event of wireless interference, loss of brakes, or battery fault, you may need to rely on skating techniques like footbraking or sliding to stop.

Warning: Avoid Water: Do not ride on wet or icy pavement. Any amount of water has the potential to damage the board’s electronics, and water damage is not covered under warranty. Riding on wet or icy pavement is extremely dangerous due to the potential for losing traction and control.

Warning: Pinch Points: Keep fingers, hair, and clothing away from belts, motors, wheels, and all moving parts.


Warning: Risk of Electric Shock: Do not open or tamper with electronics housings which also voids the warranty.


Please ride responsibly and respect those around you. How you ride will determine how people view this new mode of transportation.