How do you define an electric rideable? Is it too obvious to say that an electric rideable is something you ride on that also has an electric motor to propel you forward? We don't think so. But it is safe to say that the term "electric rideable" is a new one, not yet common in the lexicon of the average person. So, let's take a closer look!
First, electric rideables can include a variety of devices. Some of the most common are skateboards, scooters, and bicycles. Less common are Segways or Segway-like devices, uniwheels (not unicycles in the traditional sense, rather a rideable device with just "one" wheel) and children's ride-on toys. You can read more about each of these six categories of electric rideables by clicking on the category title in the left-hand menu on this web site, but let's take a broader look now at what this new idea of electric rideables is all about.
Laziness is the Mother of Invention!
Let's face it, we humans are inherently lazy and we like anything that will get us from point A to point B with the least amount of effort. Enter the slew of small, electric, personal transportation devices that we call “electric rideables.” But not all electric rideables are meant to be used simply for transportation or getting from one place to another. For most people, electric rideables are just plain fun and that's the #1 reason people buy electric rideables!
Electric Rideables are HOT, HOT, HOT!
There is one thing that each category of electric rideable has in common right now: They are all HOT, HOT, HOT! About every 10 years a product niche comes along that becomes the latest craze and a "must have" product. Electric rideables is that next niche. And while it is true that this niche appeals especially to the Gen 'Y' or Echo Boomer generation, these products are also appealing to Generation X and even the Baby Boomers due the Last Mile/alternate transportation attraction. (See below.) Many new manufacturers are now in the process of entering the space and only a few have been around for more than a couple of years. Now is the time for you to get on the bandwagon and own the next cool thing.
The Last Mile
Thousands of people are discovering electric rideables as a new transportation option that in many cases can actually replace their car five days of the week. "The Last Mile" refers to the mile or two many people must travel to get from their home to the bus or train station, and then from the station to work. And back. With rechargeable electric motors to get you around faster, farther and greener, electric rideables are redefining urban transportation.
Ideally, an electric rideable that will be used for The Last Mile has a motor that's powerful enough to get you where you need to go and is small enough to take with you into the subway, on the bus, or into the workplace. The #1 electric rideable used for The Last Mile is probably the skateboard; they're relative stable on the road, easy to ride, hands-free, and light enough to carry with you onto the bus or into the office. Electric bikes are also popular, but not always transportable enough to take with you on public transportation. Electric uniwheel devices also work well, but are harder to learn to ride.
Are Electric Rideables Hard to Ride?
With the exception of the electric bike, each device has its own learning curve, some a little steeper than others, but most people are able to master even the most difficult rideable within 30 minutes. Clearly, the electric bike is the easiest to ride; it's exactly like riding a regular bike and therefore, really has no learning curve. Next would be a scooter since it has a handle to hold on to and assist you with stability. Electric skateboards, which are our most popular-selling items, are fairly easy to ride, particularly if you've ever ridden a regular skateboard before. The self-balancing 2-wheel scooters or mini-Segway devices come next, but don't work particularly well outside on uneven, rough surface. They're ideal for indoor use on smooth, flat surfaces, Most difficult are the uniwheel riders, although many people say once you've learned them, they are the most maneuverable and flexible of them all.
Which Electric Rideable is Right For Me?
Well, it should be clear to you by now that it depends on why you want an electric rideable in the first place. If your purpose is primarily for transportation, electric skateboards, bikes and uniwheels are probably your best bet. Just remember that a bike may not be the ideal choice if you have to carry it onto public transportation. If it's fun you’re looking for, every single device will, without question, give you that! Of course, kids' ride-on toys are sort of in a category of their own, but it's safe to say, we've never seen a kid that didn’t absolutely LOVE his or her electric ride-on toy!
The hardest part about buying an electric rideable is choosing the best one for you—and at the best price possible. That is EXACTLY why ElectricRideables.com exists: To help you with that process. Our online store is the #1 reseller of electric rideables. We have the widest selection and, even more importantly, the best, most unbiased education of any site on the Internet! For more on why you should buy your next electric rideable from us, click here. We hope you will let us help you choose your next electric rideable. Ride on!