Here at Ride + Glide we firmly believe that ‘sharing’ is a big part of our company ethos. Whether that’s sharing our knowledge of the personal light electric vehicles (PLEVs) we stock or sharing our demo boards, scooters and bikes at demo events. In this post, we talk more about how and why we like to share, plus how you can get involved too.
When you’re new to any sort of activity, sport or hobby, the best way to learn about it is by speaking to the people who know all about it. That’s why we really do try to help everyone we can who has a question about electric skateboards, scooters or bikes.
We get asked questions daily via our website (live chat), Facebook, Instagram, email and with people phoning us.
We have collated many of these questions and turned them into guides, which are published on our website, so people can gain a bit more knowledge.
Another way we share advice is when people visit our Worthing demo centre. We really encourage this, as feel there is nothing better than trying out something before you buy it, just so you can sense-check it’s right for you.
Often we find people like to try out a range of different things – from the Onewheel to the Humley electric scooter – and sometimes they are surprised as to how much fun some of the products can be that they never considered in the first place.
Whatever question you might have about a PLEV – whether it’s to do with how to ride or something more technical – we strongly encourage you to ask us and remember there’s no such thing as a stupid question!
Come and have a go
We have hosted two demo events this summer – the first took place in our home town of Worthing and the second on the promenade in Hove.
These events were a brilliant way for us to introduce some of the products to people who had never ridden an electric vehicle before, plus let people who skate have a go on a scooter or bike (and vice versa).
We also like to attend events organised by some of the brands we stock or other partners. We recently headed to the Slick Revolution track day, which saw a great crowd take their electric skateboards onto a freshly resurfaced tarmac go kart track.
And we are currently working on arranging a demo day with SHAC (Surrey Hills Adventure Club), which looks likely to be in October. We will also be at Legal & General’s environment event that same month.
One big happy family
We feel that ‘community’ is another important aspect of owning and riding electric skateboards, scooters and bikes. By finding and connecting with other riders, you can find out more information, share photos and videos and meet-up to ride together.
However, remember that even if you own one particular type of PLEV, there is a common bond that joins everyone who rides them – the love of having electric power to help make your riding an even better experience.
Pete from Ride + Glide says: “Our aim is to help create a really lively and interactive hub online, that also has a physical presence, where all can share their experiences regularly and help organically build a community.”
How you can share with others
There’s several ways that you can spread the love and share your passion for PLEVs with other riders, so here’s a few ideas:
- Join a Facebook group
- Find and follow people on other social media platforms, like Instagram, and use some relevant hashtags
- Join some of the forums or Reddit sub-Reddits
- Head to demo days and events
- Stop people in the street riding something electric and have a chat!