HOW TO STORE YOUR SCOOTER?

Although scooters give you a certain level of freedom once you're on the go, they're still relatively bulky when you want to stop and store them. So here are a few practical pointers for storing your scooter at home or outdoors.

THE URBAN OPTION: A BIKE RACK

Two wheels, a handlebar and an alternative to classic transport around town: scooters have plenty in common with bikes. So much so that they can also share the same parking options and be locked to bike racks when you stop off somewhere.

- The advantage is that most cities have plenty of racks where you can lock up your scooter.

- The downside is that most cities also have plenty of cyclists with whom you'll need to compete for parking space.

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THE EASY OPTION: INDOORS

The easiest option is to find a place (or to create one) wherever you are, from your own home to the office or a friend's house. It might mean putting your scooter against a wall, behind a door, under a desk or even in a storage cupboard, which is much easier if it's foldable.

The easiest option is to find a place (or to create one) wherever you are, from your own home to the office or a friend's house. It might mean putting your scooter against a wall, behind a door, under a desk or even in a storage cupboard, which is much easier if it's foldable.

- The advantage is that you don't need any accessories, not even a lock. Besides the travelling freedom, you also gain parking freedom.

- The downside is that if you're always demanding space for your scooter, it's odds on that you'll be banned from bringing it inside. Including at home!

THE COMPACT OPTION: IN A BAG/COVER 

If you have a folding model, it's much easier to store your scooter because it will be half its original size. This means you can easily keep it within arm's reach, folded up in a bag or some kind of case that you can easily take with you wherever you go.

- The advantage is that it takes up much less space and becomes easier to transport in areas where you can't ride it.

- The downside is that although it becomes smaller, it doesn't become any lighter. And although people will no longer be casting angry glances your way, you've still got to lug a heavy item around.

THE ARTISTIC OPTION: ON A STAND

Like when riding on the pavement, you should think about taking up less space. And why not do so with a bit of flair? You could fix your scooter to a dedicated storage rack on the floor, with the scooter held upright by its wheel, or up on high using a wall mount, just like a bike one.

- The advantage is that it's practical, aesthetically pleasing and turns a bulky object into a display piece that everyone can see.

- The downside is that your new installation risks leaving some ugly marks on the floor and wall... and your mood.

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