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A guide to building a fast electric skateboard at home (huu.la)
202 points by mosfets 10 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 95 comments

My suggestion to those of you that are interested in this sort of thing: make sure you know how to ride a skateboard the old fashioned way first. I grew up in Southern CA, skateboarding nearly everyday, to school, back, for fun, etc. There are a lot of basics that you'll want to pick up at slower speeds (how to bail, dodge pebbles, speed wobbles, slowing down, running from rental cops, etc). Chief amongst these is "how to bail" (aka as "eat sh!t"). There is, in fact, a technique to falling softly. The folks saying going 25mph on a skateboard isn't that big of a deal are full of it, don't screw around with that unless you know what you're doing. I suppose you can learn the hard way but if you're 20+ something techie who doesn't have the muscle memory - im afraid it's not gonna turn out well. Full disclosure: I've never ridden an electric skateboard but I've heard they're a ton of fun.

I can use a normal skateboard, but there’s no easy way to brake other than use your legs or “eat shit”. Not great for your knees.

Electric skateboards (one I have) has regenerative braking and it’s amazing.

Being able to control your speed is a pretty big feature.

It actually is possible to brake. You keep your front leg on the board, bring your back leg forward and you slide your back foot on the pavement; low enough to slow you down but not catch.

what about in the case of a hardware failure

Mine fails over to my hot standby

This is great advice. In my youth I was on a skateboard every single day for years barring any injury or sickness. In that time I became well versed in falling like a cat to avoid injury. Shit still happens but the ability to bail is huge and you only know when you are on the threshold of losing control by experience.

> "I have tried Li-ion batteries like Panasonic NCR18650B, LG He4, none are not as good as a cheape Li-po batteries you can get from Ebay. "

that's scary as hell considering the battery is likely to take physical abuse. Look at the number of fire incidents caused by drone LiPo charging. There's a reason why serious drone enthusiasts charge their batteries in special battery bags.

It's not just LiPos: while the 18650 are (afaik) safer to charge, they have the problem that the entire outer part except the top is the negative pole. Meaning the slightest damage to the wrap can cause it to get exposed: if you put to batteries in series, next to each other, and their negative poles touch, max current flows and produces enough heat to set things on fire and possibly causes explosion. Happens every once in a while in the vaping community for instance.

I think part of the problem is that people just don't know any better. A battery is just a battery, like any other battery. They don't know that there are different chemistries and physical properties at work.

I did electric airplanes about 15 years ago, and there were distinct differences in the quality of various brands and models. Airplane usage is very intense, during takeoffs and climbs the propeller is under very intense resistance (effectively stalled) and power consumption is very high. The exact amount depends on your motor windings and your propeller size/pitch, and generally the more current the powertrain will push the better the aircraft would handle.

Started with Sub-C car packs, those sucked pretty badly. Then switched to HeCell 2/3A (~2000 mAH?) NiMH cells, those had good capacity but weren't the best discharge rates, they wouldn't do more than 20A peak or so. KAN 2/3AAs had pretty good discharge rates (could do 30-40A peak) but the capacity sucked (1100 mAH). All of these types of batteries tended to die after a season or two of flying, sometimes less than a season, they just couldn't handle that discharge.

Finally settled on Sanyo 4/5A FAUP 1950mAh cells, they were expensive as hell (2-3x as much as a cheap pack) but could handle insane amounts of discharge and had good capacity. They were rated to at least 45A continuous discharge and in practice could be pushed up to 75A peak loads without issue. For you whippersnappers, that would be roughly a 40C peak discharge, which LiPos couldn't touch at that time. They were also the only battery that ever lasted more than a season without issue, could easily get two and maybe a third with reduced life.

It looks like they're discontinued, which isn't surprising since everything has moved from NiMH to LiPo, but if you were doing really intense discharges like this, they would probably be my cell of choice. I've never seen a cell before or since that could handle that much discharge. LiPos are not always the answer.

LiIon is certainly not the answer for a fast-discharge application like this. They are not really any safer than LiPo, the casing is physically stronger but they will explode/burn when ruptured just like a LiPo, and they do not like high-discharge scenarios. Think laptops, not electric motors. Running a motor this big on a LiIon will end poorly, if you're lucky it will only be a fire.

A year ago i've launched a directory where anyone can share their DIY eboard :) http://esk8builds.com

Nice site. On thing I would like is the ability to swipe through the photo albums.

Oh man. When I had my DIY E-skateboard, it was great fun to play around with that thing. Great vehicle for me to go to school and back.

Problem is I kept having electrical noise issues that caused my wireless to cut out. I never figured out how to reproduce it in the lab because it only seemed to happen under certain circumstances (possibly correlated to extremely heavy load, but not always). It caused some dangerous moments...

My build used a VESC X (from enertion skateboards, but seems like it was discontinued). The VESC is a nice open source high current motor controller, except the FETs they use are in a pretty dumb package, and the VESC X used an aluminum enclosure that acted as a heatsink for the DirectFETs they used.

I also used 2x 4S batteries[1] used for scale cars, because they had an integral plastic box that stopped it from getting pelted by rocks and such (good thing I got it, because I originally mounted it using Velcro and it fucking dropped during a ride and the battery slid for like 100 feet; probably would have exploded without the plastic box).

[1] https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-5000mah-4s1p-14-8v-20c-h...

Very cool but the original board was never designed to go at such speeds. I suspect you'll ruin the wheels fairly quickly, not to mention you might lose control at high speed fairly fast. I'm not a skateboarder myself, but I've moded some bikes and adding speed is the easiest part, making it useful speed is way harder.

Also, I hope the engine can go in reverse or this guy has no breaking power; and as he gets comfortable riding it, sooner or later, a surprise will happen and he will have no choice but jump ship.

Regular longboards go much faster than an electric one like those described here. I recently built an electric skateboard using one of the ESCs in this post and on flat ground it can't go much over 20mph. It goes far faster than that on even a slight slope. Maintaining control at that speed is dependent on the trucks.

The ESCs do have brakes. They make downhills easy to manage. The only problem is that, without some special components, the brakes don't function on a 100% full charge. (The brakes are regenerative, so the ESC watches the voltage and doesn't allow the motors to overcharge the batteries.) That's not a problem in 99% of cases -- it only matters if you start your trip on a large downhill.

That said, anyone learning to ride an electric skateboard should learn how to bail. You'll have to do it eventually.

A longboard downhill can easily go over that speed.

I hit that speed regularly on mild downhills. Bombing a hill you can hit 80km/h pretty easily. I think the record is around 140km. Certainly not bragging, as it's not that impressive among downhill longboarders. Just trying to give some perspective.

The latest record (2017) is ~150kmh

What are you using to measure your speed? Do longboarders have an equivalent of Strava?

Sure, you can easily wear a GPS watch while longboarding.

Yeah I wasn’t asking hypothetically. I wanted to know what they actually used to record their speed.

There are some exotic cars that use GPS to measure their speed to save weight by not using a typical speedometer.

Do you have a source for this? It doesn't seem to make any sense because the speed sensor is normally used as an input for the engine and brake control systems. Not to mention the fact that the sensor is already extremely light because it's just a rotary encoder. GPS is also wildly inaccurate for speed measurement at low speeds and near tall buildings. I can certainly see using it in addition to a normal speed sensor for better accuracy at speed but as a replacement for weight savings it seems very unwise.

Indeed, I'd actually expect exotics of all cars to have 4-wheel speed sensors for traction control, launch control, etc.

I'd expect to use this 4-wheel sensor data along with the multi-axis acceleration data to calibrate the GPS, not the other way around.

It was a custom car on Jay Leno's garage though I forget which one. Maybe a lotus.

But then you get speed wobbles...


What you're talking about is yaw inertia, and as another comment points out it's solved by moving the weight to the front wheels.

See an explanation here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile_handling#Yaw_and_pi...

And a 30 second visualistion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jk9H5AB4lM

Would that I had that knowledge 30 years ago!

When longboarding downhill at high speed you need to put most of your weight on the nose of your board. This will prevent speed wobble completely (may depend on your board.) Source: bombing hills myself

Yeah I think if you are a downhill skater (I'm not) then maybe you it's not a problem, but seriously if you are not a good skater I really would not recommend going any faster than you can run on one of those things (or even a regular skateboard for that matter), pads or no pads. Source: skating parks for over 30 years (and still suck).

Easy, lots of things you can do to prevent that. On the hardware side, tighten your trucks a bit (not too much as it will damage the bushings over time), use harder bushings (cheap), use a lower-angle baseplate for the rear truck (a bit more investment).

As hug mentioned, shifting weight helps. Also as you begin to catch wobbles, you can relax your stance a little bit to counteract them - but that takes practice. Finally, you simply control your speed - usually by sliding, but I can imagine on an e-board slides will be very cumbersome.

Of course if you know all of this, you probably already have realized that e-boards are barely good for anything but cruising from point A to B, and there's infinitely more breadth and depth to this sport than just that.

Source: I'm a roll cat ;)

Yep, high speed can definitely ruin a wheel(!):


That's a bit more than 50 km/h.

not fair as those water jets can cut through just about everything.

In this case the water jet isn't cutting anything, just spinning the wheel very, very fast.

>Also, I hope the engine can go in reverse or ..

Small nit, there are motors out there that offer resistance/braking without reversibility.

We need links to the different parts please:

"Motors are relatively easy, just use a wrench to put the wheel in place".

This is only true if you find the right type of motor, which is not easy at all IMHO.

While I'm not the OP, I can provide the links to the parts I used for my electric skateboard. The ESC I used is one of those mentioned in the post.

Batteries (x2): https://hobbyking.com/en_us/zippy-flightmax-8000mah-5s1p-30c...

ESC: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-motors-longboard-skateboard-co...

Motors: https://www.ebay.com/itm/90mm-dual-6364-hub-motors-drive-kit...

BMS (optional): http://www.batterysupports.com/36v-37v-42v-10s-60a-10x-36v-l...

Deck: https://www.skateshred.com/index.php/wholesale-blank-longboa...

This is how I wired them together: https://i.imgur.com/tEI4H0E.jpg

It's been working really well for me so far.

What wheels and trucks are you using?

They're included with the motors I linked. They're basic urethane wheels with mediocre bearings. The hub motors require the built-in wheels, but you could replace the front trucks and wheels with something better.

It looks like your text about the battery options is repeated in the middle of the article.

the donor board section is just the battery section duplicated. you're also missing a really important piece (that I actually don't know anything about re li-po/li-on but do know something about re deep cycle lead-acid) which is the charge controller (i.e. the thing that prevents your battery from blowing up and maiming you).

Pleasantly, good speed controllers already have low-voltage cutoffs.

VESC has it, for instance. I believe it’s configurable for cell count, sag, etc.

You need to keep an eye on the temperature too as the cells are not allowed to go above 60-70C depending on brand before you risk venting.

If I'm going 50km/h on something, I would at least like it to have proper disk brakes like mid-range and higher bicycles do.

Going at those speeds may be fun and all, but you're 1 careless driver away from the hospital, unless you ride on abandoned roads.

Yeah, lack of brakes on a 50 km/h vehicle is a problem. And in the case of skateboards, lack of handlebars too.

That said, disks aren't essential for good bicycle stopping performance. Good rim brakes (like most mid or high end road bicycles) stop just as quickly as disk brakes in dry conditions. Rim brakes are not really an option for long boards, though.

lack of brakes

Sliding/skidding (where the board is manoeuvred in the direction perpendicular to the movement) will make you loose speed pretty quickly.

Apart from that motor can be used to brake. Not sure what exactly is needed for it, but a DIY board I rode once had a dual trigger on the remote, one direction for moving forward, the other one for braking. Pretty convenient though won't stop you as quick as some friction brake.

lack of handlebars too.

That is only a problem if you either don't know how to steer with the board, or are trying to take sharp turns at too high speed. Both conditions which are equally true for other vehicles, main difference being some vehicles will be able to turn sharper than others given the same speed. And some are easier to control than others. But enough skill can deal with that.

> Sliding/skidding (where the board is manoeuvred in the direction perpendicular to the movement) will make you loose speed pretty quickly.

Yeah, but it has the disadvantage of wearing out the wheel surface and requiring some technique. Any asshole can pretty a brake lever, and brake pads are cheaper than wheels.

> Apart from that motor can be used to brake.

It can be iff the controller is configured to. I thought I saw another comment mentioning this article's device is only rigged to go forward. I agree with you that an electric motor might be a sufficient brake for this application (at least, better than nothing).

> Pretty convenient though won't stop you as quick as some friction brake.

Yeah, it's hard to beat the mechanical simplicity.

> [lack of handlebars] is only a problem if you either don't know how to steer with the board, or are trying to take sharp turns at too high speed

I was talking about braking performance, actually. Handlebars help you throw your weight back and keep it in the right place for rapid braking.

Why not rim brakes, or disc brakes for that matter? Other than lock up which you can control. And why do you need that over e brakes?

> Why not rim brakes, or disc brakes for that matter

I don't know how you'd mount a rim brake on a tiny longboard wheel.

Disk brakes seem feasible.

I'm not a long board person, I don't know what the state of the art is here.

Like you would on an old wagon, something that pushes down on the wheel top.

I agree, but disk brakes won't help you stay on the board!

> I would at least like it to have proper disk brakes like mid-range and higher bicycles do.

Instant flying lesson.

A known path, say that multi use path, you can work up to 50 km/h, but on streets. strange walks etc, you would soon go beyond your ability to react - been there, fell then, on roller blades at a far lower speed.

Yeah, brakes are a good thing for safety.

The ESCs listed in the posted page actually have brakes. I have one of the ESCs on my board and the brakes are strong enough that they'll toss you off the board if you don't take some time to learn them.

i've used the Vedder ESC (VESC) that is mentioned in this article for robotics applications.

It's fantastic, and the creator/designer is a great guy who is open to helping out tinkerers.

It's one of the cheapest off-the-shelf ways to move a bigger hobbyist motor with encoder support that I've found. Nothing but love for it.

For robotics and other control applications I highly recommend looking at the Odrive as well.

Is a similar thing possible with a micro-scooter? My son would love this as a project if anyone has any resources.

It's just motors and wheels. No reason it wouldn't be possible with any other wheeled device. Electronic motors + drivetrain are nice and simple compared to petrol engines.

I was having trouble finding the same kind of hub moters sized for scooter wheels... The rest looks trivially similar

50km/h is suicide.

ps: anybody here owns a gyrowheel ?

50 km/h is pretty common descending a hill on a good quality road bicycle. The major difference there is that you will have a properly balanced wheelset (a 700C wheelset alone on a decent roadbike, sans tires, are worth at least $275-350), with gyroscopic stabilizing forces. And you will have brakes. It's also possible on a road bike to aerobrake yourself on a descent by sitting more upright and adding drag.

These boards all use the motor to brake. It's possible to stop pretty quickly.

I go 40 km/h regularly on one of these things, it feels slower than it sounds. I've also fallen at that speed, wearing no protective gear other than a helmet. Not the end of the world, no different than when I fell off a roadbike going roughly the same speed.

If you're worried about scrapes throw on a motorcycle jacket. But if you know how to fall, 40-50km/h is manageable without gear -- aside from the mandatory helmet.

I may have took the title differently. I thought it was a casual thing for people to move. If you have the skater mindset, it will probably be ok, but I still think it's suicide to float at 50km/h unprotected.

No it isn't. The world record is 146.73 km/h (91.17 mph) by Peter Connolly [0]. While most skateboarders never go that fast, downhill racers routeinly hit very high speeds [1].

[0]: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2018/2/watch-this-s...

[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longboarding#Downhill

And racecar drivers go really fast as well, but that doesn't mean that normal people can safely drive that fast.

Elon musk car went to thousands of mph and its driver is still in one piece. QED /s

Electric unicycle? I own several. Some will even go over 50 km/h, though I don't dare go that fast. It's just safe to have the extra power when needed.

I asked about electric uni not for speed btw. I've seen a few and people were faster than traffic even at moderate speed (in city of course), looked relaxed as fk, the device was small. I don't know about energy efficiency but I was tempted to drop all other mode of transportation after seeing that.

Cool build!

My issue with the powered boards is that the motor is both engine and brake - they don't coast when you let off the throttle. With a longboard, coasting is all the fun!

I suppose it would be possible to modify the linkage between motor and wheels to be one way (drive) only? Kind of like a freewheel on a bicycle?

Thats purely an implementation issue, it's called "Drag". It can be turned off (in theory) for safety reasons though it's probably not ideal to turn it off.

Still waiting for that hoverboard.

I've always wanted to make an electric bike out of an electric drill and their batteries.

Very easy to source parts, could buy second hand. Could even just friction drive the wheel with the drill!

You'll burn out the motor in short order. Drill motors are not designed for sustained loads.

That makes a lot of sense. Thanks.

That video is 100% filmed on the multi-use path outside google :D

As neat as this looks I wouldn't build a DIY electric skateboard for the same reason I wouldn't want to build software for an airplane.

> As neat as this looks I wouldn't build a DIY electric skateboard for the same reason I wouldn't want to build software for an airplane.

You mean for legal reasons? ;-)

Heh. Yes, but also because you can only fail forward, literally.

Hey, hit a curb at full speed and learn how to run at 50km/h in 1/2 a second

More like slide or roll, I think.

I've never been much of a skater. But I've always preferred sliding on my side/butt to flopping around.

I would need a full body armor to ride that at full speed...

Late to this party, am into this hobby, you absolutely must heed the following:

1. learn to ride a non-powered skateboard or longboard first. I guarantee you, you do not have the balance or skills to ride a longboard at 10kph off the bat, let alone 50kph. I've snowboarded and wakeboarded for a significant chunk of my life and I'm telling you, longboarding, especially fast longboarding, is not an easy skill to master, let alone pick up as a twenty-something.

2. allsunny's comment on learning to fall is spot on. You need to know, instinctively, how to bail at different speeds. At certain speeds and obstacles you can run off, at others you have to tuck and roll, still others you will rely on your knee pads or elbow pads to protect you from impact. allsunny's comment is spot on for other reasons but for now I want to move on to...

3. protection! Always wear your protective gear! I wear wrist guards, knee guards, elbow guards, and a helmet (not full face, unfortunately), every time I ride. I don't care how good you are, if you are in your mid twenties and older, a fall on concrete is really going to mess you up. Not that it doesn't mess you up when you're a kid, just that kids have a greater potential to bounce back from these things...

OK, now on to the article itself. There's a lot left unsaid, leaving you with the false impression that you have a proper and informative guide. Unfortunately, it barely scratches the surface.

(A) Hub vs belt: hubs have more cons than just heat. Hub motors tend to get really beaten up since your motors are taking the impact of the terrain. The urethane, or "tyre" part of the hub, is also typically not easily replaceable, falls off easily, or wears badly. That's kind of changing now but for the most part if you get a cheap hub you're going to have to replace the whole thing. Furthermore, the urethane is typically very thin around hub motors and your ride quality is going to suffer as more vibrations are transmitted up.

Hubs are really quiet, though.

Belt drives have many advantages. The motors get beat up less (unless you don't have enough clearance). You can "gear up" or "gear down" a belt drive (albeit not while in motion), giving you more speed and torque options. The article makes a big deal about dust and dirt and swapping belts but most belt drives have some kind of cover and belts are cheap to replace. Most importantly, you can buy wheels from companies who actually know what they're doing in terms of urethane formulation, grip, comfort, etc. You have options with a belt drive.

They can be really noisy, though.

Remember if you get a belt drive that you need a way to maintain tension. If your kit doesn't let you do so (e.g. diyeboard kits), it's... well it's not worthless, but you'll be swapping belts out a lot.

(B) ESCs: there are ESCs, and there are ESCs. The VESC the article author mentions is indeed open source hardware and firmware, but the quality of the hardware you get is really hit and miss depending on who you buy it from - some VESC hardware cannot run in certain firmware-settable modes and will go up in flames if you try (look up FOC). Furthermore, there are so many versions of the hardware out there that it can be a nightmare to find the compatible firmware for it. And finally they're usually expensive as.

On the other hand, the cheap chineseum ESCs have their own set of problems and limitations. While cheap, they are typically not as configurable as VESCs, and sometimes lock you in component wise to the vendor's radio control system, drive and battery combo.

(C) Batteries: do not buy cheap eBay hobby batteries. I've played with these in the context of RC buggies, planes and drones, and they are really hit and miss. It is fine in the context of RC toys which you play with in a safe environment and never for more than a few minutes at a go, it's not so fine in the context of a moving EV you're standing on going at 50kph, being constantly hammered by road conditions and put out in the hot sun for half an hour to hours at a time. Unless you have taken appropriate precautions and screened the batteries and otherwise know what you're doing, I wouldn't give them a second glance.

You can look up forums for reliable battery suppliers and make your own cells or buy from those. If you want to go the DIY route, GA cells apparently do pretty well, but I wouldn't put a pack together without thinking about cell-level fusing, having either special soldering equipment or a spot welding setup, strain relief, wire gauge selection, etc. If you set it up wrong, you're going to end up with too much current running through too thin a conductor and having them glow with the heat under load. I've seen it. It's cool, but also scary... mostly scary.

(D) Oh yeah, you're gonna need a battery charger. What do you mean, you don't have an adjustable chemistry battery charger just lying around at home so you can make a choice from a variety of available battery chemistries?

Alternatively you can source a battery management system which is a circuit matched for your battery chemistry, and just plug it in to a properly set up power supply. But then you have to ensure the power draw of the drive system is set up for it.

That said, one potential advantage of having a battery management system is the ability for you to take advantage of regenerative braking capabilities of your ESC safely.

(E) Remote control. The article didn't mention this, but you're going to need one. Please don't buy a bluetooth controller, a signal hiccup at 50kph and your skin could be a smear on the floor.

Speaking of hiccups, you oughta determine, and set, the failsafe behaviour on your remote controlled EV. The typical failsafe mode is to freeroll, which means if it fails you'd better be able to ride and stop your board without having to rely on the electric crutches. Callback to allsunny's comment.

(F) Deck, wheels and trucks. So you're putting together your 50kph drive and decide to slap it on a donor deck. So easy amirite?

For heaven's sake don't do this. Longboard decks come in many shapes and sizes. Again, if you're the kind to have ridden around on non-electric skateboards or longboards, you'll have a very good idea of the available options. If not, you have to do your research. The kind of setup that is fun to ride at 10kph is decidedly deadly at 50kph (look up "speed wobble"). The wheelbase, deck shape (both lengthwise and cross-sectionally), ground clearance, softness of wheels, width of truck, stiffness of bushing, geometry of truck, etc., all make a difference. There is a fair mix of personal preference and objective necessities too.

(G) Putting it all together. It's not a PC, you can't just plug in the components and have them work. You'll want to weatherproof the components somewhat, protect them from impacts. There are also miscellaneous parts you may want or need like switches, anti-spark connectors, battery level indicators, etc.

One thing often missed in assembly, for e.g., is that people buy cool looking carbon fibre decks, crowd their receiver next to the dense batteries or high current wires, and then wonder why their low powered radio transmitter and receiver only works intermittently. Not all radios, and not all decks, but some.

In conclusion: there are a whole lot of miscellaneous matters that aren't mentioned in the post and I didn't want people reading it to think it was going to be a single-blog-post level of simplicity to jump on a 50kph electric skateboard and off you go.

Last word, I promise: 50kph is scary. All of you downhill longboarders who have earned your way through the school of hard knocks know this. For the rest of us, 20-25kph is plenty fast and hard to react on if you haven't learnt to ride on a non-powered longboard or skateboard. Have fun, and take it easy!

Lifelong skater here. Learn to actually skate. Electric board riders look like dufuses. Seen quite a few in NYC. Their stances are always way off and unbalanced, seen many who couldn't stop manually, and it goes against/disallows for most of the reasons for having a skateboard. You can't get true ground/board feel while carving, its weight and form prevents execution of flip tricks, it takes away trial and error learning when it comes to learning how to skate because you're not actually skating, etc etc etc.

Tired of writing, the main things I wanted to point out are that electric board drivers look like assholes and eletric skateboards are retarded. It's as simple as that. Stop using these things and learn to skate

I used to ride a longboard through the city all the time, not for tricks, but for transportation, is that wrong too?

Also, electric skateboards look hella fun to me.

Edit: This post reminds me of people laughing at me and telling me I hold my board wrong, because I 'mall grab'. Why can't you just be happy that people want to ride a board, there's no need to be a snob about it.

Haha, I thought of "mall grabbing" too when I read his post. Electric Longboards are a totally different application. It's like comparing apples to oranges. FYI I come from a background with experience in Snowboarding and Wakeboarding and that's what an eboard feels like except we're not restricted to water/snow anymore. This is great for people like me who have office jobs/family and just want to shred for a few hours after work to chill out. I also had a traditional trick Skateboard when I was younger, but was never very good and was always afraid of hurting myself. When I go to my local park where everyone goes for downhill skating I always laugh at the guys on trick skateboards and penny boards who look like they're going to eat shit at any moment. I often see some nasty bails and think to myself "well that's going to eventually turn into arthritis down the road". Hell, even traditional longboards look scary in comparison to my eboard (which has regenerative breaks). :) I can bomb step hills (and also climb them ;p) without worrying about getting pancaked by a car at the bottom. I can literally go anywhere a bike can go with my eboard. :D I like it better then my bike because I can instantly switch from "bike mode" to "pedestrian mode" and can drag it into a store/restaurant with me as opposed to worrying about locking it up and getting it stolen. I also build/fly drones too, so eboards are a great transportation method to enable that hobby.

Your "bike mode" point is one I hadn't thought of, and I find interesting.

For the record, I don't hate on longboards in any way. My point was that it seems that eboards take away from the actual skating experience. It's not a matter of doing tricks and such, but more about the act of skating. The balance of body with the board against the force your body exerts, the feeling of the momentum gained by said force, the ground feel between you and the board in combination with the pushing foot with ground, and the control and freedom that comes with it. My feeling is that electric skateboards take away from the feeling that comes with skating, which is what makes the experience for most who do. But from observation it also seems to handicap some (not all), seeing that many appear to be off balance and unable to really control their electric boards when needing to come to full/immediate stops.

But again I do like your counter point of it being a mode of transportation that's like a bike in terms of speed and energy costs, but allows for the rider the convenience of picking up and moving along

Your story sounds incredibly familiar. I'm a snowboarder too and I just like the feeling. I also think this is why I tend to mall grab, since that's how I tend to carry my snowboard.

People use electric skateboards for transportation, not to do tricks.

This sort of teenage gatekeeping is why nobody will take your advice seriously.

Same arguments skiers made about snowboarders when they came out.

It’s just a different thing, get over it!

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