This may be off on a tangent, but for zipping around a city, you may like to look at an e-bike mountain bike
An e-mountain bike is a waste of time, parts and money around a city, especially a flat one. Too much weight, too many unnecessary parts. An electric single-speed with torque sensing from say Ampler or Coboc is more than enough – they are between five and ten kgs lighter than a e-mountain bike, and cheaper.
For gloves I’d recommend Held Air n Drys. Might not be the most retro glove on the market, but they aren’t too stormtrooper-y and they are extremely comfortable and versatile.
I agree on modes of transport. Drove today Kennington →Vauxhall Bridge → Paddington and traffic feels like pre-pandemic levels. That’s cars. Scooters get to filter. Cycles even more so.
We cycle quite a lot (incl. during pandemic for exercise) and will continue to do so: lots of route options and flexibility (e.g. parks, cycle lanes, etc) and the exercise. Always pedal power and she is a bit anti electric-assist (though, I wonder if I could convince her :). I’ve used Lime bikes and the electric-assist is really handy.
The scooter is an additional mode for a bit more fun, especially when two up, also when going somewhere further and/or to not get so sweaty, etc. Complementary.
Appreciate that it feels like taking the Vespa’s heart out. She tells me to get a new Vespa Electrica, but the old school models are awesome and I say it’s a form of upcycling to bring them into new non-ICE world without ripping more resources out of the earth to build or run. I’m a sucker for design classics and beautiful things. Already a number of kits out to convert Vespa and Lambretta, e.g. https://www.veteranvespaclub.com/news-updates/2019/96/electric-dreams, though I’d be thinking to embed a socket and a charger so it can be charged at a station. Electric range is ~30 miles.
Thanks for the glove recommendation!
Some good debates on full face vs. open. http://modernvespa.com/forum/topic20224
However, use case is low speed city (~20-30 mph) and needs are for portability and compact (can’t leave it with scooter, need to carry). Need two of them as well ;-).
I think therefore my criteria is largely (1) open (3/4 not half) rather than full face (comfort primarily, but has weight and size impacts); (2) classic/vintage style rather than modern (personal aesthetic taste, not functional requirement); (3) leather linings rather than synthetic (natural materials, breathability, quality, etc*); (4) lightweight and compact.
* not sure how realistic that is? I see the davida jet, hedon hedonist, helstons, etc Nice high quality, beautifully made brands.
But that’s all good in theory … do need to go and try on to see what fits / looks good.
Now I own a scooter …
Urban Rider, New Kings Road = Awesome
Now own a pair of Tucano Urbano Gig pro gloves
Already have a Vespa helmet, see photo
Vespa, 150 Sprint Veloce 1972, as certified by the Vintage Motor Scooter Club
DVLA classed as ‘Historic’
No Road Tax
No Congestion Charge
Free parking in most boroughs, other than Westminster (£1/day)
Filtering around traffic
Almost as good as a plane. Almost.
Glad the pointer to Urban Rider was useful. Ride safe!
Schuberth all the way!