Every electric scooter owner knows that replacing an inner tube tire is one challenging task. However, you can prevent the issue by adequately maintaining pneumatic electric scooter tires. Maintenance is essential for the performance and long-lasting of the tires. Let’s take a look at some practical ways to maintain electric scooter tires.
How do I get Tire punctures?
Pneumatic tires have an inner inflatable tube inside the outer tire. The inner tube offers shock absorption and rebound. On the other hand, an outer tire helps to protect the inner tube and provides ideal traction. A puncture happens when the inner tube is deflated. You can still use the tire by replacing the tube.
Different Types of Tire Punctures
Pinch tire puncture
It is usually caused by impact from the surface of the road, including bumps, potholes, and hard edges (curb or corner). That’s why fat tire electric scooters are best to tackle pinch puncture issues.
Penetration Tire Puncture
It is mainly caused by foreign objects that puncture the inner tube, including nails, glass, debris, and sharp stones.
Most electric scooter tires get flat from pinch punctures, usually caused by careless riding habits and poor tire performance.
The inner tube gets caught between the outer tire and the rim when an electric scooter goes over a pothole or hits a curb and whenever the tire gets burnt on the impact of the road surface. It can lead to damages that can be as small as a pinprick hole or as critical as a centimeter gash. A penetration puncture rarely occurs as sharp objects are uncommon on roads which can lead to tire damage.
How to Maintain Electric Scooter Tires?
Routine Check-ups are Important
Make sure to check your electric scooter tires after each ride. Here are some valuable steps to check your e-scooter tires without visiting a tire shop.
Check Tire Condition
A worn tire is prone to punctures and may get slip on wet terrains. It is essential to check the external condition of the tire by looking at the thread condition. These are the molded groves into the tire. Ensure that the tires are not shallow or worn out.
Don’t forget to check the inside surface of the outer tire for wear and tear.
Check Tire Pressure
Improper tire pressure helps to prevent the inner tube from bouncing back. It is better to ensure that tires are fully inflated. You can check the tire pressure by using a standard bicycle pump featuring a gauge. An electric scooter tire usually needs 40 psi to 60 psi.
Check for Foreign Objects
Such objects may get lodged into the groove of the tire. Removing foreign objects can help to prevent preemptive puncture issues.
Adding a Tire Slime or Tire Sealant
Pump the tire slime or tie sealant through the valve system. A tire sealant sloshes around the inside of your outer tire. The fluid effectively leaks into a hole and dries up to plug a leak efficiently when a hole appears.
Make sure to use one bottle for the front and rear tires. Don’t leave an electric scooter too long as the tire sealant may dry up, and you will face bumping issues on the tire.
One of the critical factors for maintaining your electric scooter tire is sensible riding. You can reduce the impact of an electric scooter by using your body to respond to the ground. For instance, it is wise to bend your knees slightly when riding over a speed hump. Always ride an electric scooter safely, such as slowing down over bumps, sensible paths, and not riding off curbs. Remember, a pneumatic tire doesn’t substitute for suspension. Riding an electric scooter like an off-road vehicle may lead to an accident.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do you clean electric scooter tires?
You can clean electric scooter tires, brakes, and wheels with a clean microfiber cloth to wipe down dirt and debris. If there is dirt in hard-to-reach areas, dip the paintbrush in warm soapy water and dislodge the debris with it. Now wipe over using a wet microfiber cloth.
Does an electric scooter get flat tires?
If you are using an electric scooter with pneumatic tires, it may get flat on rough terrains and sharp objects.
How long do electric scooter tires last?
Typically, an electric scooter tire lasts for 2-3 years. However, it mainly depends on your usage and terrain type to determine the life of an electric scooter tire. Don’t ignore the deformations, external signs of wear, or cracks in the tread for safety reasons.