Hints and Tips

On this page I want to share a few short and simple hints and tips relating to the Swifty Zero or Swifty Air kick scooters and kick scooting in general.

  • Bare ankles – be careful, the rear of the scooter tends to catch ankles.
  • Buy lights – good quality, high power lights make all the difference.
  • Canal paths – always flat but can be busy with dog walkers and cyclists.
  • Centre of gravity – keep everything low down on the scooter for better balance.
  • Charging lights – always charge after use and be ready for the next scoot.
  • Clothing – multiple thin layers are more versatile than fewer thick ones.
  • Fit mudguards – easiest way to keep the dirt from your clothing.
  • Footwear – a sole with a good grip is essential in wet weather.
  • Handlebar grips – Ergon GP1 grips are really, really comfortable.
  • Jingly bells – much easier to alert people to your presence.
  • Load carrying – it’s easier to carry stuff on the scooter than on your back.
  • More lights – having two lights is much better than just having one.
  • Pavements – give way to pedestrians unless they indicate otherwise.
  • Rear lights – attach to yourself, bag, rucksack or belt, to be seen from the rear.
  • Road kerbs – careful here, they may scratch the underside of the scooter.
  • Tarmac roads – tend to be rougher, pavement are generally smoother.
  • Railway paths – always a gentle gradient but climbs can be long.
  • Swap legs – change legs often when kicking for a balanced workout.
  • Swifty Air – the ideal scooter for off-road adventures and downhill use.
  • Swifty Zero – the ideal scooter for fast commuting and general fitness.
  • Tyre choice – big tyres for off-road trails, skinny tyres for roads and paths.
  • Tyre pressures – check before each ride for easier scooting.
  • Tyre sealant – put some in the inner tubes and help avoid punctures.
  • Wet leaves – always a hazard to look out for. Avoid on bends at speed.
  • Wheel removal – easier if you disconnect the brakes and deflate the tyre.

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