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Mobility scooter tyres – Solid or Air?

One of the key components of every mobility scooter are tyres, solid or air ones. Today in our blog we will discern differences between those two options. This should provide a handy guide for all customers, who wonder which kind of tyres are the best ones.

Making a decision to buy a mobility scooter, the choice between air and solid tyres should mostly depend on your intended use and you as the user. Most brands support only one type of tyres, and at Velobike we do not sell solid tyres for good reason.

However, do not worry, as the wheels in our models are standard size ones. This means that solid tyres can be bought by you somewhere online and any workshop can fit those without trouble. The question is, would they suit your needs?

Which type of tyres are best for mobility scooters? 

Unfortunately the choice isn’t easy to make, as there are numerous aspects which you should first take into account:

The quality of the ride – In case of pneumatic tyres, which offer much better shock absorption, air tyres ensure smoother ride. On bumpy roads, solid tyres can make your ride highly uncomfortable.

Durability – There is no doubt that solid tyres seem to be more durable than air ones, because lesser external variables can affect them. They cannot be under or over inflated and the risk of puncture is minimalized.

Combined weight of scooter and its user – In case of heavy scooter combined with the weight of the user, solid tyres longevity might be vastly shortened due to weight impact. Were you to drive on uneven roads, there would be no amortization for the impact unlike in case of air tyres.

Terrain which the user travels on – As can be deduced from earlier points, terrain is often the major factor which influences the longevity of tyres. A gravel surface where there might be glass would definitely make solid tyres better suited for the job. In case of other terrain types though, air tyres would be a much better choice for you.

Price – Air tyres are definitely cheaper and in case of their malfunction, it is much easier to fix them. Fixing a damaged solid tyre would cost you more and often its longevity isn’t much bigger than that of an air one.

What are the consequences of picking the wrong type of tyre?

Imagine a situation, in which you pick solid tyres, deciding they will serve you longer. If the road was bumpy and uneven, the ride would not be smooth for you. At first tremors like that might be something acceptable for you, however, it could cause more problems later on!

While it might not be visible to naked eye, all the electronic cables, lightbulbs, battery and other mechanical parts would be forced to withstand continuous shock. This might cause cables to shift, sometimes unplug from important places or even damage electronics. The end result would be the vehicle shutting down in the middle of travel.

Not only that, your own body might also be enduring similar strain on the way, and as mobility scooter providers who want our users to stay safe, we would never accept that. As you imagine, this is one of the reasons we do not sell solid mobility scooter tyres in our offer. Air tyres are simply healthier to use.

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Model CRISTAL – Showcase of full suspension scooter

Full suspension scooter, beautiful lights and many other features of model CRISTAl have served many customers through the years. It has been some time since this product was introduced, but we like the history of our company. This model is something which never gets old or lacks popularity, no matter the passage of time.

When we speak about CRISTAL, the first thing which comes to mind are its many features. With a USB charger, easy to read display, visible buttons, there is just no way this scooter won’t meet your expectations.

Are you a business person? Then this would be great for you, as it comes with colours that look highly professional. Pristine white, Luxurious black and Sturdy silver give it a serious and adult look. Most of all, with those colours, you can blend well in the background, so this is a perfect choice if you don’t want to stand out.

Sturdy like a beautiful and precious crystal 

This model definitely belongs to the category of more sturdy scooters. Compared to ZT15 or FASTER, you will find it to be bigger and more massive. Additional size and weight doesn’t mean a bad thing though.

With such specifications, it sticks to the ground, being much more secure when making a turn or encountering unexpected obstacles. CRISTAL can easily tackle uneven roads, making the ride smooth, as this powerful full suspension scooter cannot be stopped by pebbles and ditches.

Full suspension scooter – secure way to travel around

With all the features, it would not be good to not say anything about the easy-to-read display. On top of that, you would definitely be interested to know that buttons are easily marked, so there is no doubt as to what does what.

And lastly, let us surprise you with one last detail, this thing is new so brace yourself! Did you know that CRISTAL can now be bought with a Lithium-Ion battery? Yes, this scooter, which until recently used to only come with lead-acid gel one, now has an upgrade option. This means the battery can be taken out and charged at home, at your leisure!

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Which mobility scooter to buy? — DRACO is on its way!

That’s right folks, if you wondered which mobility scooter to buy, now you know it. Our newest model DRACO, straight from Veleco company is on its way and will be available at our store soon. Don’t miss on a special chance to grab an additional gift with purchase!

If you are in the market for a three-wheel vehicle, DRACO leaves no doubts, which mobility scooter to buy in 2020. With only the newest technology installed, many years of experience served to create this majestic scooter, the choice is clear!

What’s with the name you might ask? Draco in Latin means dragon, and with how graceful this vehicle is, we truly believe it fits like a glove. With this scooter, riding feels like soaring in the sky, thanks to the powerful full suspension system. 

DRACO — with strength and grace of mighty dragon

In folk tales, dragons are mighty beasts, and so is our DRACO mobility scooter. Shall we reveal some mystery so you know which mobility scooter to buy? Why yes.

DRACO spreads its wings wider if you decide to upgrade it with a Lithium-Ion battery. Not only is it removable, but due to its resistance, it improves the range of the scooter by about 10%

Since all dragons are known for their beautiful eyes, DRACO mobility scooter was equipped with full LED lights. This means less heat, more light, lower battery consumption.

On top of that, this mobility scooter comes with spacious storage, so you will be able to hoard your items inside it.

That’s of course not all there is to it, but we can’t reveal everything yet. Where would the fun with that be after all?

Be the first to buy it and get a gift from us!

That’s right, you have heard it straight from us! Once DRACO goes online in our store, the first five purchases will receive a free seat belt for mobility scooter. Why such a gift? Because we believe with such powerful mobility aid, it is only right the dragon comes with an additional harness.

So again, which mobility scooter to buy? Pick DRACO, the mightiest among mobility scooters of 2020.

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How to lock scooter steering wheel?

To answer the common question about how to lock the scooter steering wheel, we have prepared a short guide. Not only that, we will also answer the questions regarding the secure boot under the seat. Stay with us and learn how to operate your scooter!

One of the first steps to make is to determine, which model do you have. It might seem unimportant, but depending on that, different rules might apply to your vehicle. From there, this handy guide that comes next should answer all of your questions.

Step by step – How to lock scooter steering wheel

As we have mentioned before, first comes determining the model of your scooter. If you own either ZT15, ZT63, FASTER or CRISTAL model, then the option of locking steering wheel is available to you.

The process of locking is very simple:

  1. First you have to turn the steering wheel to the left side. In case of ZT63 you might want to try to move it slightly about.
  2. While having done so, with the ignition key in the lock, you have to press it in and then turn it counter-clockwise.
  3. Congratulations, you have successfully managed to lock the steering wheel.

The process of unlocking the steering wheel is likewise simple, by just using the ignition key.

How to lock and unlock secure compartment and lockbox

This one is a bit more tricky, because there are differences depending on the model you have.

In the case of the models ZT15 and FASTER, apart from the ignition key, you would have received one that is used to open it. To do so, simply put the key in the lock on the back of the scooter and turn it, which will open the compartment for you.

If you have our CRISTAL or ZT63 model though, the secure compartment is opened by the ignition key into the main ignition lock and turn it counter-clockwise without pressing it in, as that is used to lock the steering wheel as mentioned above.

If your scooter comes with a secure lockbox in the back, the only key to be used is the one that you have received alongside the ignition key.

We hope this short post has answered all your questions about how to lock scooter steering wheel and storage. In case of additional questions, always feel free to contact us.

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What’s Moped vs Scooter difference?

Many wonder, what is the difference when comparing moped vs scooter. If you had just turned 16 or simply look for something that won’t require full drivers licence, it is no wonder you look this up. The answer to your question is in this article, so stay tuned and continue reading!

One awesome thing about mopeds is that you only need to be at least 16 years of age. By finishing the compulsory basic training (CBT), you can ride such vehicles and get faster. If you work in an office or maybe have school you need to get to and don’t like taking a bus, this would be for you.

Want to get to that far away shop for certain goods that you need but don’t have full drivers licence? You can do it much faster with a moped which doesn’t require it. But what exactly is a difference when comparing moped vs scooter?

What is a moped and what is a scooter?

Let’s begin with moped scooter first. Generally, all mopeds were originally equipped with motor and pedals, hence the name moped. Nowadays though, they no longer need pedals at all and are mostly defined by their engine size, speed and output.

Most common way to classify vehicle as moped is if the engine size is 50cc or less and its top speed does not go for more than 28 mph (ca. 45 km/h). For electrical mopeds, the 50cc counterpart would be equal to 1200W engine. Often they are smaller than regular scooters, despite having larger wheels. Those looking for their first ride will definitely pick them as mopeds are generally cheaper.

Now let’s focus on the scooter. Like mopeds, they have a step-through frame, however unlike them, they have much bigger engine which ranges from 50cc to 750cc. Obviously, they are much more expensive. Technically they have smaller diameter wheels than mopeds.

To sum up moped vs scooter difference, any vehicle with a platform to put your feet on while riding is a scooter, but only machines of 50cc or under can be legally classed as mopeds.

Moped vs Scooter — what to buy and getting insurance

Let’s get over the best part, so advising you what model would be great to buy! If you look for something regular, we would advise our ZT25 model, however why go for the regular?

Maybe you haven’t seen it yet, but in our store, we have unique vehicle ITANGO HO manufactured by Doohan Technology. This three wheeled moped comes with two wheels in the front and one in the back. It might seem to be quite odd at first glance, however the unique solutions that were put into this model make it one of the best electric 50cc moped there is.

The enhanced stability and powerful suspension system make riding it in a way that you won’t feel road bumps at all. On top of that, with its big wheels it can easily ascend very steep slope, which would normally be hard climb for other vehicles. It’s removable Lithium-Ion battery is a nice bonus, as you can take it out and charge this model at home or gas station anytime you like.

Lastly let’s talk about insurance. While we do not provide one, let us give you a good pointer. In our opinion, you should always get one and always should focus about your moped security while it is parked. They are lightweight moped scooters, easy to lift and put into van, unless they are secured by good quality chain. When picking an insurance, always insure it against that!

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Do you wonder if you need a CBT test for moped?

Often we are met with questions regarding driving license or a CBT test for moped that can reach up higher speed of 27 mph. In our humble opinion, there is nothing more enjoyable and liberating than to travel around UK on moped. Want to know the answer? Read this article.

At the top speed of 30 mph those vehicles are quite fun and quick, however they indeed do need CBT test for moped or a driving license as they fall under the AM category. While our mopeds are as powerful as any 50cc mopeds, they are more eco-friendly as they don’t use gas but electricity.

The CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training. In lieu of not having a full driving license, you would need to go and sit your CBT exam. This course will be a proof that you can handle the basics of riding a bike. While it will come with some limitations, a CBT will allow you to ride vehicles similar to a 50cc moped to more or less its full potential.

What mopeds does Velobike have in its offer?

Getting your first quicker means of transport, provided you have finished CBT test for moped can be quite a challenge. Because of that, at Velobike we have only picked the best products which would suit people of all various preferences.

  • ITANGO — Perfect for area with steep hills, its removable Lithium-Ion battery will allow you to charge it at home. Big wheels easily manage to make the whole ride pleasant. This model definitely would suit everyone who wishes for bigger stability of the machine and doesn’t want to experience bumpy roads.
  • ZT25 — A simple, yet elegant mobility scooter which won’t stand out. It might seem average on the outside, but in its mechanical heart it holds powerful 1200W Bosch engine and has high range.
  • FROST — Do you live in an area where rain and wind are frequent? This fully covered vehicle full of the newest tech will be great moped to take you to your destination. On top of that it has also space for a second person in the back, which make it favorite among couples and close friends. In case of this moped, you will definitely enjoy all rides.

All of those models were tested by us and our customers, and we can say for sure that they can lead to a very fun, very satisfying riding experience. But how old does one need to ride a moped?

Can mopeds be used by 16 years old and can they do CBT test for moped?

Certainly! The CBT test for moped is just a quick course. It can be completed by any UK citizen that is 16 years of age in just few hours. The purpose of this course is to just teach new users of such vehicles. Doing the course you will learn how to stay safe on the road and is in no way hard to do.

After you’ve completed CBT, you can ride any of our mopeds on roads and because they can reach the speed of 27 mph (ca. 43 km/h), you can even drive them on dual carriageway. The CBT does come with some limitations:

  • You are limited to a top speed of 28 mph (ca. 45 km/h) at the age of sixteen.
  • You are not able to go on the motorway.
  • Cannot pick up any kind of passenger. You are allowed to carry items, but not people. For this you would need motorbike driving license.
  • The L plates that you are provided with will have to stay on until further notice.

If you have more questions about CBT test for moped, you can follow this link or always ask us for details. We truly believe this moped would suit you though so why not order one now? They do come fully assembled after all!

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FASTER mobility scooter – New life

Many times over we look back at products like FASTER mobility scooter and ponder: What could we do better? How can we cater to our customers? Many times, a question pops up when our customers contact customer support: Is the battery removable? Now we can say it is!

Since many of you wanted this, we came forward to met your expectations with FASTER mobility scooter! This model is now equipped with Lithium-Ion battery. What does that mean for you as our customers? Now you will be able to pick a slightly better option when buying, coming with more powerful battery that can be removed and charged at home.

Why would you want a Lithium-Ion battery?

There are numerous reasons why you would want your FASTER mobility scooter equipped with this kind of battery. Compared to the usual Lead-Acid, the Li-Ion batteries last much longer, while also being much lighter. This means however, that they need to be charged for longer but less frequent.

The Lithium-Ion batteries also perform better in cold temperatures, so depending on where you live, it might be more preferable and efficient option just for you.

They have very good life cycle, as they usually last about two to three years or 300 to 500 charge cycles, whichever occurs first. Be mindful that one charge cycle is a period of use from fully charged, to fully discharged, and fully recharged again.

FASTER mobility scooter – better than before

With more power comes bigger range. By giving our customers option to buy FASTER mobility scooter with Li-Ion battery, we do not only improve one of our best-selling vehicles in our arsenal, we also give it new life and make it much better than before, catering to all the needs of our clients.

And what do you think? Would this be the product you would like to buy? Let us know in the comments section below, so we will know we are heading in right direction!

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Veleco – new mobility scooter of 2020

New mobility scooter straight from Veleco is on its way! Are you in the market for some brand-new technology? In two months’ time we are going to unravel our new product and for the first buyers there will be a special gift included!

For all outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy using three wheeled electric mobility scooters, this magnificent brand-new model is the way to go. With extensive testing behind manufacturing process and considering all of the customer reviews that were gathered thus far, it is a vehicle one of its kind.

Why does this awesome new mobility scooter come now? Veleco celebrates its 3rd year anniversary and this is why, a special offer will appear soon Be sure to keep track on our Facebook and check out our blog as we will be posting more and more details soon!

Why would the new mobility scooter suit your needs?

Not only it has build upon its predecessors and vast experience of trial and errors, it provides the ultimate comfort and ease of use. Taking into lots of feedback, this new mobility scooter will meet all needs and wishes of users.

Can we give any confirmed information for you? Certainly we can! Just between the two of us, the new mobility scooter will definitely come with spacious box in the back.

When would it be available?

Currently Veleco still keeps the name and specifications out of our eyes and ears, but in two months time, the mystery will be unraveled. As have we mentioned before, check daily for the news, once this vehicle goes online on our store, there will be a limited time to grab the special offer which will include an awesome gift from us!

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