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Bike VS Electric Scooter – Which one is Better For Commuting

These past few years and especially 2020 are the years when people truly started to transition into faster and more efficient ways of travel. Of course, I am talking about electric vehicles, bikes, scooters, mopeds, or whatever else it is available. Thanks to the technological advancement of motors and batteries, E-bikes and E-scooters are more affordable and available than ever. But, with both of these devices being so affordable, how will you know which one you should get for commuting? That is a question a lot of people are asking.

The answer to that question might not be as simple or easy as you might think. I guess it all the pens on different styles and different factors. In other words, you probably need some information in an outside opinion or assistance to help you make a decision.

To help you with that, I decided to write this article and talk about the main differences between bicycles, e-bikes and electric scooters. With the different advantages and disadvantages, I am sure that you will be able to figure out which one is better for commuting. If you are still in doubt, you can always read more here.

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Regular bicycles are not practical

Regular bicycles are one of the most eco-friendly and easiest way to get from point A to point B. Traveling through a city is quite simple, especially if there is a biking lane infrastructure. However, we also cannot ignore the fact that these bites are not powered by a motor or anything else. It is you that has to spend power to make it move.

Yes, it is a great exercise, but do you really care about exercise when you want to get to work or when you want to get home? You have to get up in the morning and prepare yourself for one hell of an exercise every day. Of course, it does get easy once you get used to it, but it is still going to tire you out, especially in hotter or colder days.

In other words, riding a regular bicycle every day is not very practical. It tires you out, it makes you sweat and it is a bit slower than all the other alternatives out there.

So, if you do not really care about the exercising advantage of a regular bike, I think that it is time to start thinking about the electric alternatives.

Electric scooters have great portability

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One of my favorite advantages of electric scooters is the fact that they are more portable than anything else out there.

Of course, they may not pack as much power as eBay, but they are much smaller and lighter. For example, the average electric scooter wears somewhere between 20 and 50 pounds. According to turboant.com, the cheaper models are lighter but obviously come with less power. However, 20 pounds is really a small amount of weight. In comparison, an average E-bike weighs over 50 or 60 pounds which is quite a lot.

Keep in mind, there are models out there that way below 40 pounds, but usually, they are very expensive. I am talking about over $2000 expensive. On the other hand, as you can see on this website, even a very powerful scooter with a large battery weighs around 33 pounds which is quite light.

The winner here is obvious.

Pricing

Right now, since the electric scooter market is still quite young, there are a lot of competitive products on the market. But competitive, I mean competitive pricing which means you can grab a great product for less than $500. In fact, I am sure that you can even get something that is less than $400 with great specifications.

Whether you plan to use your electric scooter every day or just on the weekends, you will look at that $500 range.

However, if you are buying an E-bike for everyday use, you will be looking at the products that range well over $1000. Of course, there are some good options that are under $1000, but they are sometimes hard to find.

However, I do have to mention that most e-bikes, no matter the price come with great performance, power and battery. When you start going higher in the price range, you are getting higher quality and lighter materials instead of more power.

Again, the wind here is for electric scooters.

E-bikes always have a better range

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This is where an E-bike can shine. A lot of times, you will see advertisements for electric scooters that can get up to 30 or 40 miles, but even that is exaggerated. Usually, with these devices, you can get a range of 16 to 25 miles which I admit is more than enough for commuting in a city, but that also means that you have to charge it every single night. It also means that you cannot go on random detours throughout the day because you might end up with no juice.

When it comes to an E-bike, you do not have to worry about that at all. Even the bikes that are on the lower range can get up more than 70 miles in one go. If you write 10 miles every day, this means that you will not have to charge it for an entire week. That is a huge benefit.

Another huge advantage is the fact that even if your E-bike does run out of power, you can still write it as much as you want. When electric scooter stops, you will have to push it by hand the entire way until you get back home.

Speed

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If you do not care about all the points I made above and if you just care about power and the fastest device, then you will have to go with an electric scooter.

Of course, there are bikes that can get up to a speed of 30 mph, but their acceleration is just so much slower. If you need that instantaneous power, scooters can always deliver that.

The dilemma between bicycles, e-bikes and electric scooters is tough, but I hope that this article will help you come to a conclusion and that you will be able to pick the right product for commuting.

Adam Sandler Took a Break from Isolation while Going for a Bike Ride

The actor has been trying to stay in shape despite the need to stay in the quarantine.

Adam Sandler took a break from his self-isolation at home on Sunday and went for a refreshing bike ride near his house in Malibu.

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The 53-year-old star was cruising along on an electric bike for added speed.

Sandler kept himself warm in the windy seaside city with a gray jacket that features charcoal sleeves.

It was paired with sport navy shorts with red stripes, and also the black sneakers.

This is the first time he had been spotted completely facial hair-free in months.

Even though he was outside, Adam made sure to maintain proper social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people.

Also, on Sunday, Sandler shared some viewing recommendations to his 2.5 million Twitter fans.

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He had previously watched the 2018 film We The Animals, and he was currently watching the 1980 teen comedy classic My Bodyguard.

Next up on his list was a 2019 documentary about the rock band ZZ Top.

He also tagged his Uncut Gems co-star Kevin Garnett, and also Neil Young and Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse for their own watchlist.

On Saturday, the actor shared his memories of Fred ‘Curly’ Neal of the Harlem Globetrotters, who died Thursday at the age of 77.

‘Loooved this man! Stopped what I was doing anytime Curly was on TV. Just like every other kid! RIP and Love to his family!’ Adam tweeted.

The Impressive Harley Davidson Bagger Bike

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Harley Davidson has left its mark in the history of motorcycles, becoming almost synonymous with it. Their bikes are presents on the streets and roads around the world and now their 2012 Road King has received an upgrade by the talented team of mechanics from Taiwan, Rough Crafts.

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The back end of the bike is made out of light composite materials, together with incline saddle bags and numerous details all painted in matte black. The front end received Arlen Ness mudguard, together with custom built gas tank, giving the Road King a sleek silhouette. Knee guards are placed on the sides, while black leather seat finishes the look.

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The bike features Arlen Ness progressive forks and Pirelli Night Dragon 23-inch tire, mounted on Arlen Ness rims. It also has the Legend Air Ride system, giving it the ability to adjust the height of the ride. It is powered by a twin-cam engine and Performance Machine hydraulic clutch.

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Prodigy star and Bike Lover Keith Flint Dies at 49

Rarely does an event shocks both music and motorcycle world at the same time, like the death of Keith Flint. A founding member and the frontman of Prodigy, Flint has been at the forefront of the 1990s dance music revolution. Prodigy was called “the Godfathers of Rave”, due to the profound influence they had on the underground music scene. He was also known for his passion for motorcycles and racing. Flint raced himself and even managed a professional racing team. Here is one of the interviews he gave in 2014 about his career in motor sport.

How did you get into bikes?

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“I have two older brothers, one of whom was a Z9 custom biker and the other who was a bit more into his sportsbikes, Powervalves and then progressing to GSX-Rs. I used to pay them a couple of quid to take me out for a spin on the back, and we’d ride to all the bike meets. There was never any doubt in my mind as a teenager looking for some freedom that I was going to jump onto a moped as soon as I could and pass my test. Bikes mean the same thing to me now. When you’re scratching, it’s that buzz of doing something you love, that freedom. In your mind, you know when you’re on it and you’re just flowing.”

What was your first bike?

“The first bike I ever had was a derestricted R-reg Fizzie (Yamaha FS1-E). That got traded in for an RD80LC, and then an RD400. I had two or three RD400s. I’d do them up and get the tanks and frames sprayed up and fit Allspeed exhausts to make them look special. I bought the first one when I was 15, and rented a garage off an old girl on the estate to keep it in. I used to take my 50 round there, then ride the RD400 on a Sunday down to Southend and places like that. There was an RD50 in there somewhere, too.”

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What was the best bike you ever had?

“One bike I really regret getting rid of was a really mint GSX1100 EFE. Absolutely f**king mint and I decided to pump it up with an 1190 big bore kit, loads more bits and pieces and on it, and I f**ked the living daylights out of it. I turned it from something really unexpectedly exciting, that was really great fun to ride over to all the French endurance races on, and I screwed it up by thinking that me and my Demon Tweaks catalog was better than some Japanese designer. When I joined the band and started to earn a bit of dollar, I got the 1992 Fireblade when it first came out. Then I got it Repsol’d because I became a massive Mick Doohan fan. Nick Morgan (Managing Director of MSS Performance) tuned it for me. He was just down the road from me in Chelmsford. He’s a wicked guy. I sold that to buy another Blade, which TTS tuned and track prepared for me. I used it as a track day bike.”

What bikes have you got at the minute?

“Right now, I’ve got a KTM 350EXC for some greenlaning, and some little TTR150 bikes that I hoon around the little flat track we have in the back garden.

“I’ve got a hack for going to the studio too, but I’m in the process of buying some sort of a sunny day rat of a machine for going to the pub on.”

How did you get into racing?

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“Back in 1998 I had a go on Sean Emmett’s Reve Red Bull Ducati, and Roger Marshall trained me up to have a bit of a go racing in New Era. I did a few rounds there and had a big crash. It was right in the middle of Firestarter, and we had so much work on that it made sense that I stop; I was trying to embark on a novice racing career while having a huge commitment to the band.”

“Then, about four years ago, I decided to get into endurance racing with Hottrax. I’ve always been a fan anyway, and you get a good time on the bike, but I love the team aspect of it and all the strategy of it too. We were fourth in our first year, won it in the second year, and moved up to National and won it the year after.”

How did that lead to BSS?

“Once we’d won Hottrax and completed our goals there, it seemed natural to move up into another paddock, and we ended up in British Supersport, which is the pinnacle of domestic racing at the minute. I bumped into James Rispoli at the Le Mans 24hr, invited him over to go around on our stock 1000 bike, and we became friends, so we signed him for a full season! Then it all became so very serious so very quickly, and here we are today!”

Prince’s Purple Motorcycle

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Prince has always triggered a lot of attention during his lifetime, as he continues to do even now after he died. There have been a lot of articles about his life and style, and music. However, one thing remains interesting even after his death, in 2016, and that is the purple motorcycle he used even in a film.

Biker or Not?

It is hard to say whether Prince was a real biker or not. It is actually very hard to determine what defines a true biker. However, we can surely say that he rode the bike in a film and that he enjoyed it. If he did not, he would not use a purple one in a film and thus make it iconic. It needs to be said that he did not ride any bike after 201 and there is a data that his license was expired in 1984.

Purple Rain

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The first appearance of Prince on a purple bike happened in the drama, a rock one, called Purple Rain which was broadcast in 1984. Furthermore, the appearance of Prince and the same purple bike happened in Graffiti Bridge, which was the sequel to the first one.

The Bike

The purple bike that Prince used was a Honda one and more known as CM400A Hondamatic. It was a custom made bike which had an engine with parallel twin cylinders and 356cc. The engine also had air-cooling. One of the interesting things is that the engine had just two gears (Honda bikes usually have six). The length of the bike is 29.9 inches and its height is 5’2’’. When we look at it like this, we can conclude that it was a pretty small bike constructed and designed just for Prince’s appearance. The seat of the bike had hot pink velour inserts, the manufacturer has also included a Vetter Windjammer fairing. The handlebars were also made to be just right for Prince, with his symbol engraved on several places.

Conclusion

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No matter if he was a real biker or not, Prince’s appearance on a purple bike in a film was one of the most iconic in the industry and it certainly made an unusual purple bike world known and famous. The film cashed 80 USD, so, both Prince and the purple bike were a hit.