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Watch these tips on learning to ride the GeoBlade

Learning to ride the GeoBlade is so different from one person to another that there is no practical one-size-fits-all "training", but you may find these tips helpful as you carve your own path to Surfing on Land!

Learning the GeoBlade

How does someone learn the GeoBlade?

The best way is to have a long path with something to hold onto, like a wall, or better, a railing. Always wear a helmet along with other protective wear. Start by putting your back-foot on first, tilting the other end of the GeoBlade up.  Then gently place your front-foot on the other end and apply pressure.  The GeoBlade will start to level itself.  Now, just stand on the GeoBlade, keeping your hands on something solid and feel its response as you move pressure from one end to the other.  After a while, move slowly back and forth while still holding on.  Get a feel for how to accelerate and decelerate. The GeoBlade is like a bike in that you cannot stay on unless it is moving. Turning, and even just staying on at low speeds is done by twisting your waist, pointing the board (while you are moving) in the direction you start to lean.  At higher speeds, turning is accomplished by tilting the GeoBlade, just like a Skateboard.  After a while, these actions become second-nature and as you get very proficient, you come to learn how truly nimble the GeoBlade can be.

Once you’ve learned, is the GeoBlade easy to ride?

Yes, mastering the GeoBlade is getting to the point where it becomes completely natural.  Very subtle body movements exercise the entire control envelope of the GeoBlade, so once you start to relax and fully learn that simple envelope, it is actually very easy.  Turning is hard in the beginning, usually with the rider resorting to a lot of arm movements, but over time, arm movements give way to strategic tilting of the board and body positioning.

Is the GeoBlade as easy to learn as it looks?

Definitely NO. The GeoBlade takes most people hours to get to where they can barely ride and days to get comfortable.  After a few weeks, you’ll start feeling like an expert, but you will still be getting better and better with every GeoBlade adventure.  One could say that riding the GeoBlade is an EARNED experience, maybe comparable to learning to surf or slalom water-ski.  The people in the first company video had about 5 sessions of practice, each lasting about an hour, but spread over one to two weeks.

GeoBlade Check-in

How do I get service and do I pay for the shipping if it is under warranty?

If anything goes wrong with your GeoBlade, you can contact the factory, or certified service center at our support page on our website.  If the issue cannot be resolved remotely, you will be given a Return Material Authorization (RMA) number and asked to ship it to the factory or certified service center for repair.  For safe shipping, it is important that you save the box the GeoBlade came it.  If the repair is under warranty, ground return shipping within the USA will be free.  If there is a cost to the repair, you will be contacted with the amount for approval before the repair is made.

Will my movements be recorded and tracked?

If you opt-into using the Cell-Phone Application then the factory will be obtaining and storing usage pattern information.  Everybody benefits from knowing generally and historically where GeoBlades are being ridden as that can impact options we may offer in the future as well as tell us valuable information about where we should locate our remote charging infrastructure.

Charging, Range, Battery

Do I need to worry about power surges destroying the battery during recharge?

No, the Charging Unit and the Battery Management System (BMS) fully protect the battery systems in the GeoBlade, and you are encouraged to leave it plugged-in.  We have much more advanced circuitry than other similar products so you won't damage the battery by leaving the charger plugged in.  You want to charge the GeoBlade at least once very 6 months.

How do I replace the battery?

The GeoBlade comes with one battery pack.  To replace it, simply press the battery pack tab toward the center of the battery and drop it out.  Then simply insert the new pack while making sure the pack tab clicks into place.  The battery packs are designed to fit snugly, so you may have to press the tab into place.

How long does the battery last?

All Lithium Ion batteries degrade in capacity over the years and cycles. We won't know exactly how long our batteries maintain their capacity over time in the GeoBlade specifically until we get to see a few years of usage. All we have been able to do is maximize the prospective lifetime of the battery pack by selecting a manufacturer and model of battery specifically designed to stand-up to demanding applications such as ours.  We have also added a black-box recorder in the pack to log data over time and pass that data to the cloud for analysis.  We expect to have more precise answers to this question with each year that goes by.

How long does the battery take to charge?

Using the standard charger to charge a GeoBlade with a single battery starting at zero charge takes about 2.5 hours.  With two batteries, expect twice that time from zero charge.

How does hill type terrain impact my range?

Going up a hill takes a lot of power, but going down the other side can put most of that back into the batteries, so hills will reduce range, but the net difference between the elevation of the starting and ending points is the most relevant.

How do I know how much charge I have left?

The indicator lights around the Charge Port show the state of charge.  All lights on Green shows full-charge with each light indicating roughly 20% of full-charge.  The phone app will show the remaining charge with greater detail along with the corresponding range in miles.

Maintenance and Upgrades

How do I replace a tire?

The GeoBlade must be returned to the factory or sent to a qualified Service Center for tire replacement.  This is another reason it is important for you to hold onto your original packaging.  The tires are very high-grade and not likely to need replacement for years, if ever.

Do I need to worry about dust, sand or mud?

We make every effort to seal the GeoBlade against all contaminants, but avoiding bad conditions is always best.  Only time will tell how successfully we have sealed out the environment and we won't guarantee the GeoBlade to be "water-proof" until we gather a bulk of field-data.

What if my GeoBlade gets wet? What if it is entirely submerged?

Water-splash on the GeoBlade should be fine, but If a GeoBlade gets submerged, turn it off immediately and remove the battery pack.  Most likely, your GeoBlade will need to be returned for service.  If there is suspicion or evidence of water incursion, then the GeoBlade should be returned for service with the battery pack separated from the GeoBlade.

Is there any regularly scheduled maintenance I should perform on my GeoBlade?

Mostly just keep your GeoBlade clean. If the skid-pads or the transparent dome show wear or get damaged, they are easily replaced with just an Allen-Wrench.  Replacement skid-pads can be found in the Accessories section of our website.  Don't over-tighten the screws.  Keep the charge-port clean and free of debris.  Insert the protective seal at all-times you are not charging.

Customization

Will taking my GeoBlade apart void the warranty?

Yes, definitely do not take your GeoBlade apart as there are no User-Serviceable parts inside and not knowing how to properly reassemble a GeoBlade can break it.  You could also void FCC approval.

Costs

Why is the GeoBlade so expensive?

These are the major reasons the GeoBlade is not just a few hundred dollars like the 2-wheeled crawlers:

  1. Performance – First and Foremost, the GeoBlade has a real cost because it is REAL TRANSPORTATION. It can be used to commute! The real differences can be found in looking at its ratios, like Range/$, Power/$, Power/Weight, etc.  The very powerful BLDC Direct-Drive motor is a major contributor to the unit cost, as is the double, removable battery feature.  Finally, the specially designed, high-pressure street-grade, tubeless pneumatic tire is huge upgrade from a solid, over-molded tread used on toy-grade products.
  2. Quality – A major cost driver for the GeoBlade stems from the choice to make the product of unprecedented quality.  This has permeated every material and component choice and the benefits are greater up-time, seldom being stranded, and reduced maintenance costs, including shipping and other taxing logistics.  Of course, quality adds up-front cost, but delivers tremendous savings over time.
  3. Certification - We designed the GeoBlade to conform to UL2272, the standard established by Underwriters Laboratories in reaction to fires created by poorly designed, junky imports.  Safety saves in the long-haul, but adds to unit cost at the beginning. For example, for UL2272 we have to install two, completely separate and redundant circuits to manage every battery, down to the individual cells.  This adds cost, but again, is totally worth-it.