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So you have gotten an electric scooter and are wondering what accessories are the best to go along with it. Acquiring accessories is one of the fun parts of owning an e-scooter. There are all kinds of gadgets out there, and we have compiled a list of the ones that we feel are absolutely essential.
#1 Protect Your Noggin With A Helmet
First and foremost as a beginner e-scooter rider, you are going to want a helmet. Rather than an accessory, a helmet is really a necessity. You know what will happen if you drop an egg on the pavement. Think of your skull the same way. Even if you are traveling at a relatively low speed of 10 or 15 mph, we all know who the winner will be if your head and the concrete meet in a fall. So, a helmet is just stacking the cards in your favor so you will escape a fall unscathed to ride again the next day. And the next, and the next.
Here is an example of a helmet that will help protect your noggin and look cool at the same time:
This e-scooter helmet has a low profile and comes in muted colors. The helmet offers MIPS brain protection. MIPS is a multi-directional impact protection system. The system uses a slip plane designed to manage the energy created from rotational and angular impacts. This is important to have as it can help imimize injury. When your head rotates quickly, which can happen in a crash, and then comes to a sudden stop, the rotational acceleration can cause brain tissue to come under severe strain. The stretching of brain tissue can result in various types of brain injury, none of which are good.
In a helmet with MIPS, there is a thin layer of material incorporated into the inside of the helmet. It is independent of the helmet, yet anchored at certain points. This allows the layer to move independently of the helmet in all directions, which is where the “multi-directional” comes into play. This helps to absorb some of the energy during a crash and reduces rotational motion of your head, and protects your brain during the process.
Remember, too, that if you are ever in a fall and your helmet sustains damage, you need to replace it.
#2 Sometimes You’re The Bug, And Sometimes You’re The Windshield
In this case, you always want to be the windshield. Even if you travel at lower speeds, eye protection is going to be essential when riding an e-scooter. The wind when driving will dry your eyes out, but it is the bugs that can injure or momentarily blind you. If you have a favorite pair of sunglasses, those will work and help keep the sun out of your eyes at the same time.
If you wear prescription glasses, you might want to consider goggles that you can wear over your glasses. Prescription glasses can be pricey and you don’t want to have to replace them because they got scratched up by bugs or damaged in a fall.
There are all kinds of Riding Over glasses Goggles available.
If you don’t wear glasses, a regular set of sunglasses will do, and there is no end to the kind of sunglasses you can get. Look for a pair that keeps the wind and bugs out, like these WYND Blocker Extreme Sports Wrap Sunglasses. The more you ride, the better idea you will have of what works best for you.
#3 Lock It Up
Now that you have a nifty e-scooter, you want to keep it. Investing in a good lock to help protect your ride is a good idea. There are numerous types of locks out there, so try to choose one that works for your type of e-scooter and offers you the best protection against theft.
There are a series of these Kryptonite NY U-locks that are highly rated and we have listed two types below. Depending on how your e-scooter is configured, one of these might work for you.
Made from 16mm hardened steel, this New York lock has a “pass thru” crossbar design and comes with three stainless steel keys.
This Kryptonite Evolution lock comes with a flex-frame and a U-bracket. The disc-style cylinder on the lock is pick and drill resistant. If you happen to lose the keys to your lock, Kryptonite will ship you two keys free, globally, the first time. If you lose them again, even we think you should be more careful.
Both of these Kryptonite locks come with anti-theft protection. If an overly zealous thief is able to get through the lock, Kryptonite will pay out up to a certain value. Visit their site to learn more about their theft protection: Kryptonite Locks
#4 Slime Your Tires
Pneumatic tires (those filled with air) give a cushioned ride and are favored most by e-scooter riders. While the ride might be smoother, pneumatic tires are susceptible to flats that can stop you in your tracks. Tire slime is a quick and easy way to repair, and to prevent, flat tires. Put some slime in your tires before a flat, and it will help keep you rolling.
#5 Extenders For Your Tire Valves
Why they do it, we don’t know, but manufacturers put the tire valves on e-scooters recessed into the wheels. This makes it difficult, if not impossible to reach them. Tire valve extenders do what e-scooter manufacturers should have done, make the valve accessible. If you have solid tires, you won’t need slime or extenders, but if you have pneumatic tires, both products will be essential.
These are relatively inexpensive, but make sure you get ones that will fit your scooter.
# 6 Let Them Know Which Way You’re Going
This accessory is just plain fun. If you are going to be out riding in low light or nighttime conditions, this reflective luminous vest will let others who share the road know which way you are going. The vest will display left, right, forward and stop. The vest comes with a wireless controller and a USB rechargeable battery.
#7 Last But Not Least, Something To Carry It All In
Riding an e-scooter is a fun way to get around, but there is a drawback. You don’t have a trunk or spare seat to stow the items you need to bring along. Having a backpack will allow you to safely bring along whatever you need. This backpack by Muzee is waterproof in case you get caught in the rain. It will hold a laptop and has a USB charging port, and a handy clip for your scooter keys inside the bag. Various compartments allow you to separate your belongings so that you are not having to dig through everything to find what you need. It would also do double duty as a carry-on if you are flying somewhere. 84% of over 1,100 reviewers on Amazon gave this backpack a 5 star out of 5 stars rating.
These accessories are by no means the only ones that you will need or want, but they are a good place to start. The more you ride, the more places you go, and how you use your e-scooter will also dictate the accessories that you will want.
Here, too, are some other opinions from those that ride on a regular basis of what you will want to consider: ESG’s Top 10 Accessories For Electric Scooters.
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