Scooters are a mode of transport that consists of standing on a surface similar to a skateboard while holding a handlebar while we give power through the impulse of our foot or by means of an electric motor to move forward with some comfort and greater speed than if we were walking.
We want to help you find the best scooter that fits your transportation needs, fun and budget. That is why we will show you the various models and designs of scooters that we can get on the market today to move with comfort and style.
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The Best Scooters: Our Picks
For those who are looking for an economical and ecological means of transport, the arrival of scooters has meant a great advance. In this section you will learn about the advantages of these means of transport, the different models that can be found according to their mode of transport and the costs that they can have in the current market.
What is a scooter and what are its advantages?
Scooters have become a perfect mode of transport for people who must travel in urban environments where there is a constant presence of traffic delays. Its construction with lightweight, yet strong materials and folding system make it an easy to carry and store transport system.
Manual and Electric Scooters - What should you look out for?
Manual Scooters. This type of scooters require an impulse generated by the driver to acquire speed. They are much lighter than electric scooters so we can take them anywhere comfortably. As they do not have an engine, we do not have to wait for a charging time to be able to use them.
Electric Scooters. As the name suggests, this model of scooter uses a small electric motor to propel the vehicle without the need for human power, reaching speeds of up to 24 km/h. Some electric scooters can come with seats and baskets to provide greater comfort to their users.
|Manual Scooters||Electric Scooters|
|Means of Propulsion||User||Electric Motor|
|Speed||Varies from Impulse||Reaches a maximum of 24 Km/h|
|Accessories||They do not have||They can have seats or baskets|
|User||Adults and children||Adults|
How much does a scooter cost?
We can find scooters between 1000 MXN and 30,000 MXN depending on the brand, size, model, type of engine, weight and whether it is intended to be used by a child or an adult.
Where to buy a scooter?
Another option is to visit bike shops such as Bike Store, Mini Velo, People For Bikes, or Velodrome to name a few who can offer guidance and advice on buying the best scooter for your needs.
Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate scooter models
Scooters were originally intended for children's entertainment, but now scooters have become a convenient and practical means of transport for many adults. But before you go out and buy one, you should know certain factors that will make your purchase safer.
- The battery
- Driver weight
- Safety aspects
Each of these factors will be developed in more depth so that you have a more precise and concise way what to look for when you want to buy the best scooter to go either to work, school, university or just to go on the road.
In the case of electric scooters, the battery is one of the most important points when looking to buy a scooter. In perfect conditions, a battery can travel an average of 12 km, as long as it is constantly maintained.
The battery life of electric scooter batteries varies considerably depending on the weight of the user, the temperature and the ascent of slopes. This is why when selecting an electric scooter you should check that the motor is not faulty and that it has a battery that can be easily replaced in the event of a breakdown.
As mentioned above, rider weight is another factor to consider when choosing a scooter. Whether manual or electric, scooters are designed to carry the maximum weight of the rider.
Adults. If it is an adult who is going to buy a scooter, it is advisable to choose a model with a resistance up to 100 kg which is the common scooter on the market. If the person exceeds this weight, it is best to look for a different alternative because if he/she uses it, he/she may have an accident.
Children. If the scooter is for a child, it is sufficient to get a scooter that can support a maximum weight of 70 kg. This is because children are much lighter and smaller than adults and this model of scooter is designed to be more for fun than for transport.
This is another factor to consider when choosing a scooter. With the exception of off-road scooters, freestyle scooters and certain electric models, most scooters can be folded. This allows the user to carry their scooter on their shoulder when not in use.
The fact that a scooter is foldable is a great advantage compared to bicycles, as it allows you to take it with you anywhere without having to leave it on a pole with a chain or risk it being stolen. It can also be conveniently stored in the home or office.
This may be the factor that determines whether you buy a manual scooter or an electric scooter. If you want to be able to move at a constant speed to arrive on time and without having to propel the equipment with your foot, it is best to opt for the wide variety of electric scooters on the market.
Now, if you are looking for a simple means of transport that will get you to your destination regardless of your arrival time, you can choose from the wide range of manual scooters available on the market today.
The safety aspects
One thing that many people forget is that a scooter is a means of transport and as such must be able to ensure both the safety of the rider and the safety of those around them. There are three types of braking systems available on the scooter market: foot brakes, V-brakes and disc brakes.
Foot brakes. This type of brake is commonly seen on children's scooters. The mechanism is simply to press on the rear wheel to start slowing down. They are not very powerful, although they do reduce the risk of tipping the scooter over if the user stops suddenly.
V-brakes. These are similar to those used on bicycles in that they have a brake for both the front and rear wheel. This type of brake is recommended for scooters used by adults, as they are stronger, but at the same time easy to replace or repair depending on the situation.
Disc brakes. These are the most powerful brakes that can be fitted to a scooter. They are recommended for those who use their vehicle in a variety of terrains that include fast descents. They are also recommended if you will be using your scooter in adverse weather conditions or on muddy or muddy terrain.
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