Riding electric scooters is fun and relatively safe, but to better protect yourself and your scooter, you need some additional accessories. What more? Most of these accessories also enhance e-scooters’ functionality and aesthetics.
Just like cars, scooters also have countless accessories beyond this list. For now, you can focus on the “must haves” and only buy the “want to haves” later if you feel the need to. The top items on the list are essentials for your protection, while the other ones are practical items like phone mount and tire sealant.
A helmet is not just an accessory; it is necessary for electric scooter riders. From mild falls to crashes, accidents happen. Without a helmet for protection, a rider is at significant risk of serious injuries or even worse if involved in an accident. That is why a helmet should be the first thing you buy once you own a scooter. There are several types of helmets. There are heavy-duty helmets, which motorcyclists mostly wear. This is recommended if you own one of those crazy off-roading scooters like the Nanrobot LS7+ or if you are a fast rider.
There are also lighter ones, which might be your choice if your scooter is mainly used for commuting. They are perfect for the regular 15-25 mph cruise. Some helmets have glass face shields, while some don’t. Others are collapsible while some others aren’t. It all depends on what you want. You just might find what you like here. Asides from the helmet, you should consider getting yourself elbows and knees pads. Why? The knees and elbows mostly bear the brunt of falls and accidents, even in mild cases.
Most electric scooters on the market don’t have bright enough lights for good visibility in the dark. And although Nanrobot’s electric scooters are equipped with superb lights, you might still want to improve your night-time visibility by installing quality external lights. Installing or strapping additional lights on your scooter improves your visibility and also makes you more visible to other road users, reducing the risk of collisions at night.
For maximum visibility, it’s better to buy both the front and tail lights rather than opting for just one. Protect yourself and others, flood your path with light and stay visible! Remember to choose lights that are not just bright but also resistant to weather elements like rain and snow.
A pair of scooting gloves will not only keep your hands warm when riding in chilly temperatures but also prevent you from grazing your hand. Alongside the elbows and knees, the hands are usually the most impacted during a fall. Even a fall from 4-6 mph will likely bruise the hands. It is better to avoid that, right? There are different types of gloves, but motorcycling gloves are believed to offer maximum protection. They should be your choice if you use off-roading or high-speed scooter. For slower scooters, thinner gloves are okay.
It is always advised that you never use your phone while riding or driving; however, occasionally, you need to, right? It might be to check some info on your scooter’s app, glance through important notifications, pick a call or even use the map. That is why you need a phone mount. The phone holder is usually mounted on the handlebar for easy access while on the go.
With this in place, you can take quick glances at your phone without taking your hands off the handlebars or losing sight of the road. Phone holders come in various shapes and sizes, so be sure to choose one that fits your phone and your handlebars’ frame. Some types can be adjusted to fit any phone size and scooter frame.
Now that electric scooters have become a popular transportation medium for short commutes, they have also become a major target for thieves. Meanwhile, it’s all so easy since most scooters are portable and lightweight. To leave your scooter outdoors while out of reach, you have to lock it or risk it being stolen. Thankfully, there are several types of locks to help secure your scooter. The most popular ones are folding locks, chain locks, cable locks, and U-locks. It is crucial that you choose a quality lock that fits your scooter’s frame and is difficult to break.
Since electric scooters don’t have a follow-come storage space, you’ll most likely need an external space for your belongings while on the go. A small bag, more like a pouch, is a practical option here. You can attach it to your scooter’s stem or handlebar. Of course, it’ll only provide storage space for small items like your scooter charger, allen keys, scooter lock, wallet, etc., but it is better than nothing. Nanrobot’s waterproof scooter bag is just what you need.
A tyre slime, also known as tyre sealant, is a must-have if your electric scooter runs on pneumatic tyres. While pneumatic tyres offer an unrivalled level of cushion comfort during rides, their biggest downside is their susceptibility to getting flat, as opposed to solid tyres.
The tyre slime provides a quick fix for tyre punctures. You do not need any specialised training to fix it. All you have to do is locate the hole and apply the sealant there. Replacing or repairing flat tires is not cheap, so as a preventive measure, you can apply the slime to your new tires to prevent leaks. But do remember to have it handy as well in case your tyres go flat during a commute.
As an electric scooter rider, you need some if not all of the accessories above. Asides from mitigating the risk of accidents, they also offer you comfort during rides. In addition to the above, eye protection, safety vests, and tire valve extenders are some other recommended accessories. Which accessories do you consider must-haves? Feel free to share your thoughts below.