Why Do You Ride?
This isn’t an existential question – though it might feel like it sometimes. But this journey of self-discovery is geared towards finding the e-rideable that perfectly aligns with your needs and objectives.
Knowing what you need from your electric scooter or electric bike will help immensely as you shop for an e-rideable. It won’t just guide your purchasing. By knowing your needs and objectives, your options will begin to narrow.
“Which one should I get?”
“Well, what do you plan to do with it?”
Which rideable is best for you depends on your plans. If you’ve asked for advice when shopping for a car or a computer, you are probably used to hearing the question, “Well, what do you plan to do with it?” From specific needs like commuting, where you know the exact distance and time you plan to travel to general, totally unfocused needs, like play time, there is an e-rideable that satisfies. You could be looking for a gift for a child, in which case fun is the likely aim. On the other hand, you could be looking for something for yourself to meet a variety of transportation needs.
Electric rideables can serve a broad variety tasks and activities. One e-bike or electric scooter could help you run errands, get exercise, take your kids to the park or take you to work. Many riders find that a test drive helps a lot. Test drives can be hard to come by because the industry is still new, and there aren’t a lot of showrooms around to offer test rides. This barrier is changing with the prevalence of rented scooters in some cities.
Some differences between the categories of e-rideables are clear, and buyers will have preferences in mind. For example, you may want to sit while you ride, so a standup scooter is not the right choice. Almost all the e-bikes, however, do offer a seat. If storability is a primary concern for you, then a foldable scooter or electric bike is likely to meet your needs.
The electric rideables product category is growing by leaps and bounds, so keep your eye out. The models and features that you see today could easily be improved or upgraded tomorrow. Completely new designs and models are introduced regularly. So, you have another question to ask yourself: