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Was curious whether anyone else is caching with an electric scooter?

 

Previously we've been able to mostly cache on foot or with pushbike/trailer but due to a combination of having to travel further and also the useless council not maintaining cycle paths we've had to start driving to get new caches.

 

To get around that we've not got a new electric scooter - it goes up to 30mph and is meant to do 28 miles on one charge. Worked really well on a few test caches, when the days are longer quite tempted to do a proper run and see how many caches we can do on one day with it.

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28 miles on 1 charge? Maybe it's a bad comparison but my wife's electric bike does 120 Km (75 miles) on one charge. We take our bikes on/in our car to the area we want to go caching and have done 50-60 Km tours (that's enough if we stop at WPs and caches and I'm riding a human powered bike B) )

 

I hope you will at least be able to charge during the day. At least around here places near popular bikeroutes have chargingpoints to "fill up" while having a drink or icecream.

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23 minutes ago, daddybeth said:

Was curious whether anyone else is caching with an electric scooter?

 

 

I know a couple of people that use eScooters for caching.

 

While I am an eBiker myself - like on4bam, it's about range (mine can do about 120km if I ride efficiently, or about half that if it's hilly and I don't want to put in any effort at all) - but I totally get the convenience of a much lighter, and more compactly foldable device.

 

We have some great cycleways and paths around Auckland with some really good series' of caches along them, would be perfect for a scooter as they are pretty well maintained, for now anyway... Maybe you should head on down and check them out! ;)

 

Go for it, have fun, cache on!

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7 hours ago, daddybeth said:

Was curious whether anyone else is caching with an electric scooter?

 

Previously we've been able to mostly cache on foot or with pushbike/trailer but due to a combination of having to travel further and also the useless council not maintaining cycle paths we've had to start driving to get new caches.

 

To get around that we've not got a new electric scooter - it goes up to 30mph and is meant to do 28 miles on one charge. Worked really well on a few test caches, when the days are longer quite tempted to do a proper run and see how many caches we can do on one day with it.

 

Curious... just so we're on the same page, are you actually meaning a scooter, or an ebike.  What you call a "pushbike" we simply call a bike.  :)

Not sure what your regs are there, but here most parks have a limit on an ebike's motor.  Ours and surrounding it seems to be 750watts.

I've been looking into one after my last medical bout.    Figures, I just picked up a new trek 29er a year ago...     

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Here in Oz the 4 wheeled, battery powered vehicles for the  elderly or incapacitated are called "mobility  scooters".  Same thing?

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Thanks both :) bike will always be preference for us but unfortunately especially in summer many of the cycle routes here are impassable by bike with kids because they become totally overgrown with nettles.

 

Becsuse the scooter can fold and go in the bike trailer, we could potentially cycle 90% of the time, then lock the bikes and use the scooter to pick off extra ones.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, colleda said:

Here in Oz the 4 wheeled, battery powered vehicles for the  elderly or incapacitated are called "mobility  scooters".  Same thing?

Not quite :) one of these

 

 

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Just now, daddybeth said:

Not quite :) one of these

 

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This is what I thought you intended.   They'll travel in rough terrain ?   Not too much ground clearance there...   :)

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Just now, daddybeth said:

Not quite :) one of these

 

 

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OK, we have those too and call them scooters.

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8 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:

 

Curious... just so we're on the same page, are you actually meaning a scooter, or an ebike.  What you call a "pushbike" we simply call a bike.  :)

Not sure what your regs are there, but here most parks have a limit on an ebike's motor.  Ours and surrounding it seems to be 750watts.

I've been looking into one after my last medical bout.    Figures, I just picked up a new trek 29er a year ago...     

The one in have is 300w, but to be honest it goes along at 30kph which is more than enough for what I need. Maybe in very hilly areas the extra power would be useful.

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6 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:

 

This is what I thought you intended.   They'll travel in rough terrain ?   Not too much ground clearance there...   :)

The issue around here is more awkwardness, with stiles, kissing gates, locks etc which are a PITA to negotiate with bikes but you can easily lift a scooter.

 

They only have 20cm wheels so are less good on actual rough ground, but that's less of an issue around here.

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Electric scooter would work well in large cities where parking is an issue. 

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17 hours ago, barefootjeff said:

Yes, I've seen kids zooming around here on these things this summer:

 

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I was just in San Francisco and scooters like that, rentals from Uber, Lyft, and at least one other company are everywhere.   I found a few caches near Fishermans Wharf and one of these scooters would have made it much easier.

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I used a rental electric scooter on two different caching outings in downtown Dallas. It saved a lot of walking for me.

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