Bikes vs Scooters, Which is Better ?

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Find the perfect match for You

Often when you look for an alternative or complementary mobility option for short distances, i.e. as a link to go to work, shopping, school, even just to take a ride or visit some friends, the first thing you will surely take into consideration Keeping in mind of maintenance, repairs, insurance and environmental issues, will be the electric vehicles and especially, two will come to mind at that moment: Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters.

Both vehicles are capable of cover such personal transport needs very well, but have features that are suitable for particular situations where, for example, an electric bicycle might be more suitable for a user than an electric scooter. And in other cases, this could be the other way around, even on the same route.

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Electric Scooter

3 wheel variant for easy ride

Many factors to be considered at the moment to choose to Buy

But what really determines the degree of usefulness that these vehicles can have for one at the time of deciding to purchase. Well, out of the price ranges, there are options of electric scooters that definitely adopt a lower price than a typical electric bicycle cannot reach, there are also those who overcome them because they come super equipped and reach much higher speeds than a regular bicycle could reach. In that sense, the parameters of comparison we must support them on the most commercial models and within reach of the majority, for a typical daily use.

The main difference that is at the same time the one that could orient it in one or another side of the scale, is the size of the wheels. Indeed, the smaller the wheel, the more susceptible the vehicle will be to get stuck in a crack or pronounced unevenness on the road. Some scooters mount wheels less than 8″ in diameter and go around 10 mph (16kph), which could be an average ideal speed in a city, and get stuck by a very pronounced crack you didn’t notice on the road, is an experience we don’t want for anyone.

We have tested along our trajectory scooters of all kinds, electric and gas, are rigid polyurethane wheels and inflated by tires and going faster, the concern for not noticing one of these circumstances increases exponentially. And is that at low speeds it is possible, for someone with enough experience, to get out of the accident by quickly putting a few steps in front and leave the scooter behind, at speed, it’s impossible! And I’d better catch you that day with all the safety implements on.

On the other hand, if the road does not present any major drawbacks, it will be a pleasant ride. The experience of freedom offered by the scooter is amazing and challenging at the same time because, just standing on a board with wheels, wind in the face, and clothes fluttering for speed, with nothing else around between you and your thoughts, is a very pleasant feeling of happiness.

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Electric Bike

More accessories to load your stuff

All depends on your skills riding each

Today’s modern electric scooters have very good operating autonomy and offer engines that develop approximately 250w of power, enough to carry an average adult person to a maximum speed of around 20 mph.

In the case of electric bicycles, the driving sensation is different, feels much safer and more comfortable sitting on a bicycle and moving along the way home listening your own music list. There is not much to worry about on the road difficulties, except for the traffic rules that affect both types of transport.

The pronounced cracks and shaking roads that could result in a big fall mounted on an electric scooter, on a bicycle would not even attract your attention. It is another driving profile because of its larger wheels and if they are of thick tires, much better still.

An electric bicycle offers a more personalized environment with the ability to add extra equipment, storage places to carry boxes or personal items you need to transport, grocery shopping, and so on. One has much better control of the handlebars with a bicycle to such an extent that one can even, with some practice, ride without the need for hands. And although it may seem absurd, I remember some bicycle trips on the road near the sea, perfectly seated, very loose with arms and feeling the sea breeze as I watched the sunset. Those are experiences that nourish life and are priceless.

Today’s modern bicycles, commercially speaking, have engines ranging from 250w to 500w, load carrying capacity ranging from 200 to 400 Lbs. and average speed of 25mph. Outstanding figures due to the different construction of its own frame and characteristics.

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Folding Electric Bike

The Folding electric bikes helping you to save space.

Folding scooters and bikes, an awesome invention to easy store.

Both vehicles offer the option of folding them, being almost a standard in the electric scooter versus the electric bicycle, within which, it is almost an option within a range of models from the same manufacturer. Perhaps it is a challenge to be able to fold a bicycle and make it comfortable to transport not only in the trunk of a car, but also to take it and take it upstairs or store it in small places.

It is precisely the folding mechanism that has the electric scooter, which in most of these models brings a slight oscillation in the bar that holds the handlebar and that sometimes is somewhat uncomfortable.

Regarding handling, the electric scooter is much more versatile and easy to fold, store and carry. With a couple of movements, you have it ready to load and carry even in your hand as some are very light. For this reason, they are not a problem when it comes to take them on public transport or incorporate them into the trunk of the car and serve as a vehicle link to complete the journey for example from school to home or from the subway station to work.

The electric bicycle requires a few extra steps to fold it and a little attention as well. At the same time, once reduced, it is not so easy to load to accommodate it in the back of the car and some models, especially those with wheels 20″ or larger, difficult to load and carry by hand. This is understandable because the electric bicycle has a more complex structure and more materials are included in its manufacture.

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folding electric scooter

Folding Electric Scooter

The Folding electric scooters are useful to transport them.

Sometimes where you live can make you decide what kind of vehicle Buy.

Regarding this last point, it is important to know that if you live in an apartment building without an elevator and have to go up three or four floors to get to yours, obviously a scooter will be comfortable to transport, a folding bicycle somewhat complicated and tiring to go up and one that is not folding definitely a difficulty that you may not be willing to assume.

In our experience, we have seen people who have abandoned the idea of frequent use of regular bicycles (not electric) by living in upper floors with easy access for the person by the stairs but a feat if you have a bicycle loaded on your back.

One easily takes on the task for the first few days, but after a few months of doing the same thing, little by little they find the task unpleasant and end up abandoning it. To analyze your particular situation is an important task and to understand that if with a regular bicycle you would see the tedious affair, take into consideration the electric bicycle is even much heavier.

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electric scooter

Bike or Scooter?

Some brands trying to produce a combination of those two worlds.

Who is easier to drive?

In terms of maneuverability, the electric scooter in general has less maneuverability than an electric bicycle. Its riding is more determined by the inclination of the body weight than by the turn of the handlebar itself, the almost vertical position of the handlebars with respect to the front wheel could bring some unpredictable reactions if you decide to make a quick turn even at moderate speed. While it is true that the bicycle is also guided by the same principle of body weight inclination to guide it during riding, the angle of the steering column its different according to the use of the bicycle and influences the control of riding in the use assigned to it.

An electric scooter is an individual means of transport par excellence, i.e. no two people can ride on the same platform unless they want to be exposed to accidents. The same happens with the bicycle but unlike the scooter, the bicycle has storage options such as the front basket to store bigs belongings such as bags, purses or purchases that you can make, in addition to it in the rear is easily installed a rack to extend the storage with additional equipment or even mount a seat for a child in his early years. That is to say, in front of the versatility of equipment that can be applied to one or another case, the scooter has greater restrictions of space in front of a bicycle.

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Different Styles

Some electric bikes look as mini motorcycles

More mileage for long trips

In relation to the autonomy of travel between one type of vehicle and another, often the bicycles come to have better performance and even more, many of them have batteries easily removable by simply turning the key. This not only allows it to be recharged at home or in the office without the need to transport the entire bicycle to the power point, but also offers a very important competitive advantage, you can carry one or more additional batteries if you want to extend the electric bicycle routes with motor assistance, something that only a couple of scooter models can allow.

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Looking for comfort?

Another particularity that many people take into consideration when choosing a means of transport of this type is comfort. The scooters initially have been elements related to children and young people because they are the best suited to their use. Subsequently with the inclusion of gas engines and later electric, more adult people have been making inroads into this world over time. In the case of bicycles, these have always been available for all ages and have also been used by adults in equal measure, either for entertainment or utilitarian form.

The average electric scooter, for the most part they lack from suspension systems, being very few who offer any system to cushion the rattles of the road. In its defect, the bicycle possesses greater offer of vehicles with availability of frontal and posterior cushioning. On the other hand, a good part of the scooter market, mounts solid polyurethane tires, which although it offers comfort, doesn´t overcome even those that are inflated by air, and that has been the general norm in all bicycles until today.

This simple feature of the wheels offers a good level of comfort but at the same time the disadvantage of having to patch them when punctured and regardless of whether it is a scooter or a bicycle, is really something that can be tedious.

For safety purposes, in most cases, it is easier to secure an electric bicycle with a more specialized safety chain or implement than it is with an electric scooter. This is because it may not be very easy to find a place to insert a safety element that attaches to a firm point.

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All is about how you feel driving each one

Finally, the choice between one or the other means of transport depends very much on how you identify with each other. You may find it very fun and useful to ride an electric scooter or vice versa, perhaps one in particular will give you the level of satisfaction you want. However, there are points that are unavoidable in relation to the characteristics of one option or another and it is good to take them into consideration, especially for those who have not had previous experience in either means of transport. Both are different vehicles that serve the same function: to provide mobility and entertainment, and how it is what makes them popular and unique.

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