They look most like a steering wheelless segway, and you see them everywhere, especially with hip teenagers on them: hoverboards. The hoverboard is a trendy mix of toys and means of transport: a platform you can stand on with two wheels on the side. Hoverboard is the most common name, but you also sometimes hear balanceboard, oxboard or segboard. With a cool hoverboard you transport yourself in style, and you can choose from a large number of colors, so you will always find one that suits you.
Hoverboards are basically suitable for everyone. It is mainly a trend among young people, and it is also suitable for them due to the maximum speed of 20 kilometers per hour. Please note that a balance board is not (yet) allowed on public roads in the Netherlands. So not on the sidewalk. It is allowed in your own house and yard, and hoverboards can also be interesting for companies, for example, as a cheaper alternative to a Segway. In any case, riding a hoverboard is easy: everyone can master it in no time.
Like a segway, a balance board has an onboard control system to stabilize you when you step on it. The board is electrically powered, and the battery has a charging time of 1-2 hours. You can cover short distances with it at a speed of 10-15 km/h. The maximum speed is around 20 km/h. The more you lean forward, the faster you go. The two halves can rotate so that you can lean more or less left and right: this is how you take turns. If you want to go to the left, lean your right (outer leg) a little more forward, and the opposite for the right.
The reason a balance board in the Netherlands is not (yet) allowed on public roads, is because the regulations are not yet ready for this new product. They count as motorized two-wheelers. The problem with this is that the rules in the Netherlands only work for motorized two-wheelers with a seat, and a hoverboard doesn’t have that. And a balance board can also be done pretty quickly. The safe use of a hoverboard therefore depends on your own responsibility. But if you handle it carefully, and don’t use it on public roads, you can safely use a balance board.
Hoverboards are currently being marketed as a hip gadget instead of as a serious means of transport. This means that they are available in all kinds of trendy designs. For example, you can choose from all colors of the rainbow for your hoverboard. To make it even more flashy, many hoverboards have flashing LED lights on the front. Some hoverboards even have bluetooth speakers on board, so you can play music on them via your phone.
You can complete a balance board with a number of flashy accessories. For example, a trendy carrying bag, to be able to transport your balance board in style when you are not standing on it. In addition, you can convert your hoverboard into a hoverboard seat, which you can ride in a relaxed manner. This gives you a nose wheel and two footrests, and you control the tilting platform of your balance board with two levers. With such an extension you can enjoy your hoverboard for a long time to come!
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