Tire Maintenance for Electric Scooters: How to keep your tires in top condition

Daniel Foley
Written By: Daniel Foley
Published on: 5/4/2023

Electric scooters have revolutionized transportation in urban areas, offering a convenient and eco-friendly way to travel short distances. And, like any other vehicle, electric scooters require regular maintenance to stay in top condition.

One of the best electric scooter maintenance tips that you can do yourself, is tire care. In this article, we'll explore some simple, but effective, tire maintenance tips to help you keep your electric scooter tires in excellent shape.

image

Understanding electric scooter tires

Before delving into tire maintenance, let's first take a look at the different types of electric scooter tires available. There are two primary types: solid and pneumatic.

Solid tires

Solid tires are also known as airless tires, filled tires, air pockets tires, or honeycomb tires.

Air pockets tires / honeycomb tires

Air pocket tires, (also known as honeycomb tire - the type we uses on the Unagi Model One), are a type of tire that is solid and does not require air to function. Instead of an inner tube filled with air, these tires have a structure made up of many small pockets of air, creating a honeycomb-like pattern. This design allows the tire to absorb shock and provide a smooth ride, without the risk of getting a flat tire. Honeycomb tires are becoming increasingly popular in electric scooters due to their durability and resistance to punctures.

Airless tires / filled tires

Airless tires, also known as solid or filled tires, are again, tires that do not require air to function. These tires are made of materials such as rubber, foam, or plastic, and are designed to be puncture-resistant and durable. Unlike pneumatic tires, which can go flat or require regular inflation, airless tires are filled with a solid or foam material that provides support and stability.

Airless tires offer several benefits over traditional pneumatic tires. They are virtually maintenance-free as there is no need to check tire pressure or worry about punctures. They are also more durable, as they are less likely to experience damage from sharp objects on the road. Additionally, they provide a smoother ride, as they absorb shock and vibrations better than pneumatic tires.

Pneumatic tires

Pneumatic tires come in two types: tubeless tires and inner tube tires.

Tubeless tires

Tubeless tires are a type of tire that does not require an inner tube to hold air pressure. Instead, the tire itself is designed to seal tightly against the rim, creating an airtight seal. This allows the tire to hold air pressure and function properly without the need for an inner tube.

Tubeless tires are commonly used in various vehicles, including bicycles, motorcycles, and cars, and are becoming increasingly popular in the electric scooter industry due to their durability, puncture resistance, and ability to provide a smoother ride. They also tend to be easier to install and repair compared to traditional tube-type tires.

Inner tube tires

Inner tube tires, also known as pneumatic tires, are the traditional type of tires that are commonly found on bicycles, motorcycles, and some electric scooters. These tires have an inner tube that is inflated with air, which helps provide cushioning and shock absorption when riding. The outer layer of the tire is made of rubber, which is in contact with the road and provides grip and traction. Inner tube tires require regular maintenance, such as checking and adjusting the air pressure, as well as patching or replacing the inner tube if it gets punctured.

Both types of pneumatic tires require air and are common in electric scooters designed for off-road or rugged terrain use. These tires provide a smoother ride and better shock absorption than solid tires. However, they are more likely to get punctures and require much more maintenance. You need to keep them properly inflated to avoid flats and ensure you experience best ride quality.

Importance of regular tire maintenance

image

Regular tire maintenance is critical in ensuring that your electric scooter is safe to ride and performs optimally. Neglecting tire maintenance can lead to numerous problems, including reduced grip, decreased range, increased rolling resistance, and even accidents.

Reduced grip

The tires' grip is essential for maintaining control of the electric scooter, especially in wet or slippery conditions. Neglecting tire maintenance can cause the tires to wear out unevenly, reducing their grip and making it harder to control the scooter. Reduced grip can also increase the stopping distance, making it more challenging to brake in emergencies.

Decreased range

The condition of the tires can also affect the electric scooter's range. Under-inflated tires can increase the rolling resistance, making the motor work harder and draining the battery faster. This can decrease the range of the electric scooter and require more frequent charging.

Increased rolling resistance

Rolling resistance is the force required to keep the tires rolling on the road's surface. Tires that are not properly maintained, such as under-inflated tires or tires with worn-out tread, can increase the rolling resistance, making it more challenging to ride the electric scooter. This can result in reduced speed and decreased range.

Accidents

Perhaps the most critical reason to maintain the tires regularly is to prevent accidents. Worn-out or damaged tires can lead to blowouts or flats, causing the rider to lose control of the electric scooter and potentially resulting in an accident. Proper tire maintenance can help prevent these types of incidents and ensure the rider's safety.

Bad braking

Neglecting electric scooter tire maintenance can also spell trouble for your electric scooter brakes. The state of your tires impacts the amount of grip your scooter has on the road, and when that's compromised, stopping safely becomes an issue. If your tires are worn out or underinflated, they might not be able to provide enough traction to bring your scooter to a stop quickly. This, in turn, increases stopping distances, making it harder to avoid accidents.

But that's not all. Tires that are damaged or worn-out can cause your scooter to shake and vibrate, and affect the brake system's performance. When you hit the brakes, the stop may not be as smooth as it should be, leading to an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous ride.

8 tips for maintaining electric scooter tires

image

By understanding the importance of regular tire maintenance and the potential consequences of neglecting it, you can take proactive steps to keep your electric scooter in top condition and avoid any issues on the road.

1. Check tire pressure regularly

Underinflated tires can lead to decreased grip, increased rolling resistance, decreased range, and even tire damage. On the other hand, overinflated tires can result in poor shock absorption and a bumpy ride.

Check your electric scooter tire pressure regularly and adjust it according to the manufacturer's recommendations. You can use a tire pressure gauge to measure the pressure and compare it to the recommended pressure range in the owner's manual. Note - tire pressure can change with temperature, so check it more frequently during extreme weather conditions.

2. Inspect tires for damage

Electric scooter tires are prone to wear and tear, especially if you frequently ride on rough or uneven terrain, or encounter sharp objects. Regular inspections can help you identify any cuts, punctures, bulges, or other forms of damage before they become a more significant problem.

Even though honeycomb tires (the type of tire you'll find on the Unagi Model One) are more durable and resistant to punctures than traditional pneumatic tires, it's still important to inspect them regularly for any signs of damage.

While they may not be susceptible to punctures or flats, they can still suffer from wear and tear, cracking, or even deformation due to constant use or exposure to harsh weather conditions. Regular inspection of your tires can help you identify any damage before it becomes a bigger issue, and take necessary action to avoid any potential safety hazards.

Additionally, identifying any damage early on can help you save on future repair or replacement costs.

Inspecting solid tires is a quick and easy process that you can do on your own. Simply look for any visible signs of wear, tear, or damage, such as cuts, cracks, bulges, or uneven wear patterns. If you notice any of these issues, have your tires inspected by a professional mechanic or replaced as soon as possible to maintain your e scooter's performance and safety.

3. Rotate tires regularly

Rotating your electric scooter tires means swapping the front and rear tires to ensure even wear and prolong their lifespan. This is an excellent way to reduce uneven tire wear caused by things such as weight distribution, road surface conditions, and braking habits. By rotating the tires, you can help distribute the wear and tear more evenly across all tires, prolonging their life span and negating the need for frequent replacements.

We recommend you rotate your front and rear tires every few hundred miles or so as this will help your tires wear evenly, reducing the likelihood of having to replace them prematurely.

4. Avoid overloading your e scooter

Overloading your electric scooter can be detrimental to your tires, as it can cause excessive pressure that leads to premature wear and tear. Stick to the manufacturer's recommended weight limit for your scooter and avoid carrying heavy loads frequently. Doing so will prevent unnecessary strain on your tires and help stretch out their lifespan.

5. Clean tires regularly

Cleaning your electric scooter tires regularly is a good way of helping them last longer. You should clean your tires with a mild detergent and a soft brush, ensuring that you rinse them thoroughly to avoid damaging them. This will help remove dirt, grime, and other debris that can accumulate on your tires and cause them to wear out faster.

6. Store your scooter properly

You should store your scooter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. You should also try not to leave your scooter unused for extended periods, as this can cause flat spots on the tires.

7. Use tire sealant

If you have pneumatic tires on your electric scooter, use tire sealant on your inner tubes. Tire sealant is a liquid that you can inject into your tires, which will seal any punctures or leaks. This is a cost-effective way to prevent tire damage, limit flat tires, and prolong your tires' lifespan.

8. Invest in high-quality tires

High-quality tires are typically more durable and resistant to wear and tear, meaning they will last longer and require less maintenance. They also provide better grip and traction, improving your electric scooter's overall performance and safety.

FAQs

How often should I check my electric scooter tire pressure?

You should check your electric scooter tire pressure regularly, preferably before each ride or at least once a week.

How do I know when it's time to replace my electric scooter tires?

You should replace your electric scooter tires when you notice significant wear and tear, cuts, punctures, or any other damage. It is also recommended to replace them if they are more than two years old, even if they appear to be in good condition.

Can I inflate my electric scooter tires with a regular bike pump?

It depends on the type of tire valve your electric scooter has. If it has a Schrader valve, you can use a regular bike pump. However, if it has a Presta valve, you will need a Presta valve adapter to inflate it with a bike pump.

How long do electric scooter tires last?

The lifespan of electric scooter tires varies depending on factors such as usage, terrain, and maintenance. On average, pneumatic tires can last between 500 and 1000 miles, while solid tires can last up to 5000 miles. However, it is recommended to replace them every 2-3 years, even if they have not reached their maximum mileage.

Unagi Model One tires

image

At Unagi, we're all about innovation and pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Which is why we've chosen to equip our electric scooters with solid rubber tires, rather than the traditional pneumatic tires you see on most other scooters.

Why did we make this choice? Well, for starters, solid rubber tires eliminate the risk of getting a flat tire. But that's not the only advantage of our tires. They also provide superior grip and handling compared to pneumatic tires. Because they're made of a solid material, they offer a more stable and responsive ride, especially when you're navigating turns and corners. And because they don't require air pressure, you don't have to worry about adjusting tire pressure or dealing with the hassle of a pump.

Another benefit of our solid rubber tires is they're virtually maintenance-free. With pneumatic tires you have to regularly check the air pressure and make sure there are no leaks or punctures. With our tires, you can simply ride and enjoy your scooter without having to worry about regular maintenance. They're safer, more durable, and provide a better riding experience than traditional pneumatic tires. Why settle for anything less?

Upgrade your electric scooter experience with Unagi's hassle-free subscription model

image

We believe that electric scooters should be accessible and affordable for everyone. That's why we've introduced our subscription model, which allows you to own a high-quality electric scooter without breaking the bank. With our subscription model, you can pay a monthly fee and get access to an Unagi scooter, along with all of its benefits.

Bored with regular electric scooter maintenance? The Unagi subscription model includes a range of perks, such as free maintenance, repairs, and replacements, as well as exclusive discounts on accessories and upgrades. This means that you can enjoy all the benefits of owning an electric scooter without worrying about the costs associated with maintenance and upkeep.

We've designed our subscription model to be flexible and customizable, so you can choose the plan that suits your needs and budget. You can select from different subscription lengths, ranging from monthly to yearly plans, and you can upgrade or downgrade your subscription at any time.

With our subscription model, you can enjoy the freedom and convenience of owning an electric scooter, without any of the hassles or expenses. Plus, you can feel good knowing that you're supporting a company that is committed to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.

Join the Unagi community today and experience the freedom and convenience of our subscription model.


Daniel Foley
Daniel Foley

Daniel tests all the latest e-scooters and currently enjoys the Unagi Voyager as a daily driver for it's light weight, good range, and stylish look.

Unagi Life
E scooters for camping: choosing the best electric scooter for camping - what you need to know
E scooters for camping: choosing the best electric scooter for camping - what you need to know

Taking an e scooter camping has taken off in recent years. If you have an all terrain electric scooter with enough power and battery life to climb hills and handle a heavier, more rugged terrain.

Who Invented the Scooter?
Who Invented the Scooter?

Scooters didn't just start as an alternative ride for popping tricks in the skatepark, in fact, they've been around for a really long time. These days it's quite common for people to own all manner of electric scooters and even electric mopeds, but who invented the scooter?

Scooter Rental vs Scooter Subscription: Which is Better?
Scooter Rental vs Scooter Subscription: Which is Better?

For a few years, it seemed as if city streets would soon belong to shared electric scooters and bikes. The prospect seemed to enrage as many people as it excited, and there was much wrangling over the new micromobility transportation…

Rideshare, Subway, or Scooter: The Fastest Way to Commute
Rideshare, Subway, or Scooter: The Fastest Way to Commute

Commuting is terrible, and not only in the ordinary sense of frustrating and annoying. The problem has reached the level of a public health crisis. It wastes an “astonishing” amount of “human potential,” claims The Washington Post, drains our energy…

Electric Scooters: Range vs Weight
Electric Scooters: Range vs Weight

Advances in battery technology have led to a market filled with high-quality electric scooters for everything from tooling around the neighborhood to competitive off-road racing. It’s an exciting time to buy a scooter, but also a confusing time, given the…

Electric Bikes vs Electric Scooters: Which One Should You Choose?
Electric Bikes vs Electric Scooters: Which One Should You Choose?

Micromobility has arrived. Personal electric vehicles are solving last mile problems and replacing car trips as major cities move away from car-centric infrastructure. Increasingly, commuters are realizing how much faster and easier it is to get to work on an…

Is It Worth Buying an Electric Scooter?
Is It Worth Buying an Electric Scooter?

As cities become more crowded and traffic worsens by the year, the old ways of commuting have become increasingly unsustainable. So, is it worth buying yourself an electric scooter?

Getting Scooters to Covid-19 First Responders
Getting Scooters to Covid-19 First Responders

The Covid-19 crisis has ushered in a period of sickness, fear, confusion, and fatigue across the planet. Naturally, we're all looking for a little hope. At Unagi, we're trying to carve out a humble corner of optimism by helping the…

Chicago’s North Side: 5 Wellness-Inspired Stops in the Windy City
Chicago’s North Side: 5 Wellness-Inspired Stops in the Windy City

Home to Wrigley field, beautiful skyscrapers, large parks, and public beaches along Lake Michigan, the North Side of Chicago is one of the most recognizable areas of the Windy City. The district is bordered by the Chicago River, the West…

Essentials
5 Reasons to Buy a Scooter This Holiday Season
5 Reasons to Buy a Scooter This Holiday Season

Are you tired of sitting in traffic, spending a fortune on gas, and constantly searching for a parking spot? Say hello to the electric scooter - your new best friend for getting around town. Let's dive into the top 5 reasons why you should buy an electric scooter this holiday season.

Maximizing Electric Scooter Battery Life: Maintenance Tips and Best Practices
Maximizing Electric Scooter Battery Life: Maintenance Tips and Best Practices

Want to get the most out of your electric scooter battery and extend your riding adventures? We've got you covered with our comprehensive guide full of maintenance tips and best practices.

Unagi All-Access: Rolling into Summer
Unagi All-Access: Rolling into Summer

With the addition of Chicago, Washington DC, Northern Maryland and Virginia, and NW Indiana, our All-Access scooter subscription service is now available to more than 75 million people. But we’re just getting started: we want to make Unagi the ubiquitous standard for short-distance transportation around the world.

The New Unagi Service Center
The New Unagi Service Center

You're already aware of many of them: Dual motors. Premium materials. Lightweight is king. And it's not difficult for anyone to see that Unagi cares about design more than any other scooter company...But the topics for today are brand, customer obsession, and our All-Access subscription service...

Unagi Springs Forward
Unagi Springs Forward

We’re launching our All-Access subscription service in six new cities, and expanding in two more. And with $10.5 million in new funding, we’re ready for takeoff in 2021...These areas represent a market of more than 30 million consumers – putting Unagi’s All-Access service within reach of 1 in every 10 Americans

The World's Fastest Electric Scooters in 2021
The World's Fastest Electric Scooters in 2021

Electric scooters are quickly overtaking other means of transportation as the best way to cover short distances. They’re lightweight, portable, convenient, and more environmentally friendly than almost any means of powered transport.

Love or Hate: 9 Studies Show What People Actually Think About Electric Scooters
Love or Hate: 9 Studies Show What People Actually Think About Electric Scooters

It’s more or less a given these days that micromobility solutions like electric scooters are part of a major transportation revolution “Among many [recent] technology milestones,” reported Government Technology, “one of them was certainly that...e-scooters became a fixture in many…

Pro Tips from Real Scooter Riders
Pro Tips from Real Scooter Riders

Telling people through paid advertisements that an electric scooter will change their life is one thing. Letting them hear it from real people who own and love their scooters is something else. Now that we all have the ability to…

Security and Locks for Electric Scooters
Security and Locks for Electric Scooters

Micromobility has already helped solve several modern transportation issues, and may reshape the way we get around in the near future. But small electric vehicle owners are still plagued by an ancient problem. Electric scooters present new security challenges, and…

Need to Knows
The 2022 Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws
The 2022 Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws

“Is my scooter legal?” is a question many are increasingly asking. The micromobility industry is one of the fastest-growing and most exciting in the world—with promises for...in addition to abundances of the basics of time and money savings. And with this pace of innovation comes a struggle for regulation to keep up.

Are electric scooters easy to ride?
Are electric scooters easy to ride?

So, you're thinking about joining the electric scooter revolution, huh? You've seen those sleek and stylish scooters zipping around town, effortlessly gliding through traffic, and you can't help but wonder: Are electric scooters easy to ride?

Maximizing Electric Scooter Battery Life: Maintenance Tips and Best Practices
Maximizing Electric Scooter Battery Life: Maintenance Tips and Best Practices

Want to get the most out of your electric scooter battery and extend your riding adventures? We've got you covered with our comprehensive guide full of maintenance tips and best practices.

The Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws
The Comprehensive Guide to Electric Scooter Laws

*Disclaimer: Unagi, INC. has used best efforts, but does not in any manner guarantee the accuracy of the below findings regarding electric scooter laws in the United States or internationally. Electric scooter riders or those considering to purchase or begin…

The True Environmental Impact of Electric Scooters
The True Environmental Impact of Electric Scooters

It’s beyond question that we must drastically reduce carbon emissions in the coming years to head off the worst effects of climate change. How we do that has been a matter of considerably drawn-out debate. As individuals, it can be…

Do You Need Insurance for an Electric Scooter?
Do You Need Insurance for an Electric Scooter?

If you're considering riding an electric scooter for the daily urban commute - or even just for recreation - this article will give you the lowdown on getting insurance for an electric scooter.

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter on the Road?
Can You Ride an Electric Scooter on the Road?

In many regions, there's a clear restriction against riding electric scooters on the road, with the rules steering their use towards designated areas such as bicycle lanes, multi-use paths, and shared street paths.

Do You Need a License to Ride an Electric Scooter?
Do You Need a License to Ride an Electric Scooter?

You’ve seen them all over your city’s streets, and everyone who rides one looks absolutely thrilled. So, why haven’t you picked up your own folding electric scooter yet? Maybe you’re worried about whether e-scooters require a driver’s license, or a…

Can You Ride an Electric Scooter on the Sidewalk?
Can You Ride an Electric Scooter on the Sidewalk?

It’s a reasonable question to ask. After all, it seems like the safer option. Can you, and should you, ride an electric scooter on the sidewalk? In many cases, the answer is no: you cannot. Story after story in electric…

Rider Profiles
/amp/scooter-articles/the-maintenance-for-electric-scooters