Last updated on June 4th, 2021
The lifespan of your scooter will depend on the quality of the scooter you have, how much you keep up with the maintenance, and also how much you ride the scooter. However, on average a decent kick could last you five years of regular use before it needs some maintenance or replaced entirely.
Most kick scooters are made from steel and when mixed with water and oxygen, they’re prone to rust. So if you can, try to avoid scooting around in the rain, or at least dry it off as soon as you come home from riding your scooter. You should also avoid leaving your scooter in the rain when it’s not in use or try to find a cover to keep it under so it won’t start to rust.
How do you maintain a kick scooter?
The easiest way to maintain the quality of your kick scooter is by keeping it stored in a cool dry place when you’re not riding it, if the steering and wheel components of the scooter get rusty from the rain then it won’t ride as smoothly.
You should always check over your scooter before riding it, especially if you’re someone who likes to perform tricks or jumps. Ensure that the nuts and bolts are all still tightly screwed in so they won’t come loose when you’re landing and break the scooter apart.
Check if your handle grips are still tightly secured onto the handlebars, if your hand is slipping off or they’re beginning to hurt when you’re jumping about on the scooter then it may be time to replace them.
Regularly check the tire pressure, especially after you’ve been out all day riding your scooter, the recommended tire pressure should be by the side of each tire. Every so often, you’ll want to check there is no damage to your wheels and also ensure that your brakes are working efficiently, as you don’t want to find out the wrong way when you’re riding your scooter down a busy hill.
Every month you should try to lubricate the brake cables with a multipurpose oil
You can try to prevent rust as much as possible with a rust blocker spray that you apply to the metal frame of your scooter. However, sometimes it cannot be helped, but there are ways that you can get rid of the rust present on your scooter by yourself.
One homemade solution to removing rust from your kick scooter is scrunching up some aluminum foil into a ball and rubbing it on the rusty areas, the rust should slowly start to flake off or disappear.
How long do electric scooters last?
An electric scooter can last anywhere from 1 year to over 5 years depending on the quality of the scooter and how well you look after it when you’re using it. Generally, if you ride your scooter around every day, it’ll tend to have a shorter lifespan.
However, it’s not the structure of an electric scooter that begins to deteriorate after extended use, but the battery life, which is difficult to revert to the original state of the battery. Electric scooter batteries tend to last around 1 to 3 years with frequent use, but they can be replaced with a new battery once the battery has completely died.
How do you maintain an electric scooter?
After every time you return from riding your electric scooter, especially if you’ve been out for long rides in particularly wet or dirt areas, you should wipe down and clean your scooter, as the build-up of dust and dirt can affect the electrical components of the scooter.
When storing your electric scooter, you should try to keep it in a cool dry place away from the elements, not only can electric scooters rust if they have metal elements but the batteries in them are very sensitive to heat and water and can cause the lifespan of the scooter to decrease.
If you’ve been out all day riding your scooter, then you should let the battery cool off before you consider charging it in an outlet. An already heated battery into an electric outlet is a recipe for disaster and it’ll end up overheating and significantly reducing the lifespan of it.
Try to regularly lubricate the main structural components of your electric scooter to keep everything moving smoothly. Areas like the handlebars, wheels, and steering area can begin to get stiff especially if you’ve been doing tricks or riding on bumpy terrains.
This sort of maintenance can be done every 3 months, but you can do it more regularly if you feel like your scooter needs it. If you are someone who rides on bumpy terrain, then you’ll want to check over the nuts and bolts in the scooter to make sure they’re tightly screwed in.
If you’re going away, or maybe you just won’t be riding your scooter for a long period, try storing your scooter battery somewhere else instead of the battery when it’s not in use as leaving the battery inside an unused scooter for a long time can severely decrease the lifespan of it.
To keep your scooter in the best cognition possible, you should try to adhere to the maximum weight capacity recommended. Two people riding one scooter can cause the battery to decrease more quickly as it needs to work harder to power the combined weight. This will decrease the lifespan of the battery as well.
Are bigger wheels better on a scooter?
Bigger wheels on a scooter offer a more comfortable ride due to the fewer vibrations you’ll feel when riding it. You’ll also be able to achieve higher speeds, however, larger wheels make the scooter more difficult to transport around.
If you’re looking for a portable scooter, then one with smaller wheels would be better, although you’ll have to sacrifice some comfort and be willing to put up with the vibrations you’ll feel riding on rough surfaces.