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Old 03-17-2019, 09:31 AM   #1
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Anyone have tips on shopping for [recreational] scooter?

I am physically active on a regular basis, and I love being outdoors. I've been thinking about getting one of those scooters to add to my retinue of outdoor activities. One consideration is getting a pair of electric scooters for me and DW. But then I'm also thinking about just a kick scooter.
DW will not use a kick, scooter, BTW. Here are my questions:
1) Can an electric scooter be used just like a kick scooter (or is there some residual resistance to the free movement of the wheels)?
2) DW and I are both cyclists. Is balancing on a scooter difficult?
3) Are electric scooters worth it? In other words, are they reasonably reliable?
4) Any questions I should have asked, but didn't?
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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Do you mean something like this?

Or I suppose you could get one with more than two wheels, to help with balancing, like this one.

I haven't ridden either type but have been curious about them.
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... Any questions I should have asked, but didn't?
Yes. You should have asked "Should I buy a helmet?"

Glad you asked. Get a Snell-certified helmet: https://www.smf.org/helmetguide
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I haven't seen one where the handle bar came up anywhere close to a comfortable height when standing on the platform.
I'll stick to bikes with better brakes.
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Do you mean something like this?

I haven't ridden either type but have been curious about them.
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Yes. You should have asked "Should I buy a helmet?"

Glad you asked. Get a Snell-certified helmet: https://www.smf.org/helmetguide
Most definitely we would wear helmets. And also elbow pads. I was thinking more like one of these types of 2-wheel scooters:
https://www.amazon.com/Segway-Perfor...ghydr-20&psc=1

Or kick scooter like this:
https://www.amazon.com/Hikole-Commut...-2-spons&psc=1
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Most definitely we would wear helmets. ...
Good. I strongly encourage you to research and understand the Snell Foundation and the value of its certification. All helmets are not created equal; not even close.
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I have ridden motorcycles (cruisers) for a number of years and feel quite comfortable and balanced on them especially after I make a few adjustments to lower the center of gravity a bit and make the seat position more comfortable for my back and legs. However, scooters make me nervous with their sitting and leg positions and higher center of gravity. I won't ride one. For me they are too dangerous. Go figure.


A least get a good helmet and shoes to wear while riding. A good aftermarket air horn is a plus too. Something like this ... https://wolo-mfg.com/horns/air-horns.html



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Look in to Segway if all you care is mobility. Very intuitive to ride.
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just to clarify, see my links on post # 5 as to what types I am considering, purely for recreation and another excuse to stay outdoors.
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OK, scooter it is! My experience with scooters is that they are not like bicycle at all. They feel funny and scary when turning but they are fun once you get a hang of them. I have tried both regular scooter and motorized. It is much easier to get over the learning curve on the regular scooter but it would be very hard to find a adult size regular scooter. Segway company is my favorite so I would definitely go with your first link: Segway ES 2.
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What about one of these?

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