Best tyre pressure for electric scooters

Electric scooters are becoming more and more popular as a means of transportation these days. It seems they have replaced old kick start scooters. Being eco-friendly, they are fast becoming popular among the younger generation. They are reliable if you need to travel short distances. Due to their compact size, they can quickly surpass huge traffic jams and can be easily parked and folded up.

Rider weight (kg)Front tyre (PSI)Rear tyre (PSI)
50 – 7035 – 4040 – 50
70 – 9040 – 4545 – 55
90 – 10045 – 5050 – 60

At a load of more than 100 kg: it is recommended to pump up to 50-55psi front and 60-65psi rear, but careful driving is recommended. The risk of puncture increases with load.

It is also advised that you be aware of ambient temperature, tyre pressures increase with friction during use, thus higher values set on a ‘cold’ tyre subsequently run on a hot day will further increase.

When you ride an electric scooter, then it is obvious that it requires maintenance as well. The regular maintenance of an electric scooter is necessary not only for your safety but for others around you as well. It increases the life of your scooter and gives a comfortable and enjoyable ride as well.

If we talk about its tyres, then tyre pressure is the main thing that should be considered. tyre pressure is an important factor to be considered if you are using pneumatic or air-filled tyres in an electric scooter. The measurement of the presence of air in the tyre is basically called tyre pressure.



Why tyre pressure is important

Tyre pressure can overall affect the ride quality of the electric scooter. Both the tyre performance and lifespan of the tyres are affected by the tyre pressure. Scooter’s range, handling, and braking performance are also affected by the tyre pressure. If a tyre is run with the correct tyre pressure, then the rolling resistance is also decreased. Higher or lower tyre pressure can cause safety and riding issues.

If you ride a scooter five times a week, then it is advisable to check the tyre pressure every week. Checking the tyre pressure only requires a couple of minutes.

How to check the tyre pressure of an electric scooter

If you are not sure that your electric scooter has pneumatic tyres or not, then one way to check is if an inflation valve stem protruding from the wheel rim is present or not. The other way is that you can touch or squeeze the tyre. If a tyre is a solid one, then it is hard and will not be squeezed. Some electric scooter models have both kinds of tyres for their wheels, so you should be well assured about them. tyre pressure can be checked by following two ways.



Kicking the tyre

This is an old way to check the tyre pressure. This method is relatively easy and quick, so it would be quite helpful if you are in a hurry. Kicking the tyre will not give you an accurate measurement of the tyre pressure; rather, it will only tell if the tyre is flat or not.

Using a pressure gauge

Using a pressure gauge is the only way to measure tyre pressure accurately and reliably. The gauge measures the pressure in PSI (Pound per square inch). If you want to maintain ideal tyre pressure, then using a pressure gauge will be a good option. Keep in mind that using a tyre pressure gauge can slightly deflate the tyre as well.

At what pressure an electric scooter should be run?

Manufacturers recommend that certain tyre pressure be maintained, whereas the optimum tyre pressure to be maintained depends upon the weight of the rider. As a rule, heavy riders should choose a higher tyre pressure in order to compensate for their weight. This increase in tyre pressure should be fractional. On the other hand, if the pressure of air in the tyre is kept low, then it is more susceptible to puncture. In severe cases, running an electric scooter with low tyre pressure can result in snagging of the tube in between the rim and the tyre bead of the tyre.

If the load is more than 100 kg, the recommendation is to pump 50-55psi in the front and 60-65psi in the rear tyre with careful driving. The risk of puncture is increased manifolds with the load on the scooter. For example, M365 8.5 x 2in tyres are rated for the maximum tyre pressure of a maximum of 50 psi, and running beyond this pressure is risky for the user.

Higher pressure

The higher tyre pressure gives the rider better maneuvering, high speed, less rattling, and a better range. The susceptibility of flat tyres is also decreased. It overall gives a smooth riding experience to the rider.

Lower pressure 

The lower tyre pressure gives a better grip. It also gives a better grip on slippery wet terrains. It also eases down climbing the hills for the rider.

How to pump the tyres up?

The valve cap is removed by rotating it in the anti-clockwise direction. The valve extension hose/adapter is then attached to the end of the pump. If necessary, lock the pump lever down so that seal is ensured before screwing the adaptor onto the naked valve. While screwing it, a hissing sound is heard as some air escapes, but this sound will fade away as you tighten up the adaptor.

The tyre is then inflated slightly above the target pressure before unscrewing the valve as quickly as possible. Now refit the valve cap again, and the job is done.

To enjoy a smooth riding experience, maintaining the electric scooter, including keeping the tyre pressure in mind is important for your safety and the safety of others around you.

Conclusion

Higher pressure gives better riding conditions, while lower pressure gives a better grip. by using an accurate gauge, the pressure should be modified in the tyres and lie within the recommended limits for a particular electric scooter.

Pressure, as well as temperature, play an important role. During use, tyre pressure increases due to friction. Thus in hot weather, the temperature of the high-pressure-filled tyre may cause it to burst out; therefore, maintaining an optimum pressure is important; reducing the pressure to 2 to 3 psi is advisable.


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