Scooters, Skates + More: 10 Things to Try If You Don't Know How to Ride a Bike

Bicycles just aren't for everybody.

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ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) These days, it seems like almost everyone is spending their weekends cruising down the crowded streets of Metro Manila, both small and large, on a bicycle. You may find yourself also wanting to find a physical outdoor hobby, especially at a time when other types of exercises (particularly in groups or indoor spaces) are limited. But in case you just can’t seem to get into biking, don’t worry, because there are plenty of other personal transportation options you can try. Below, we list 10 great bike alternatives that offer the same fun and mobility. Give these a try if biking just isn’t for you or if—it’s okay to admit it—you just don’t know how to ride a two-wheeler.

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Give these cool bike alternatives a try if you don't know how to ride a two-wheeler:

Nix Tri-Wheels (P9,625)

Nix Tri-Wheels Bike
PHOTO BY NIX Philippines
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So you’re a fully grown adult and you still don’t know how to ride a bike? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But just in case you still want to ride along with your biker friends or go for that carefree K-Drama aesthetic, you can do so with this three-wheeler from NIX. It’ll be just as exhilarating as riding an actual bicycle minus the constant balancing act. Plus, we love the sleek design, which you can get in cute pastel shades like pink and turquoise.

Available online.

Chaya Park Jump 2.0 Roller Skates (P8,995)

Chaya Park Jump 2.0 Roller Skates
PHOTO BY Squad Skates Website
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Relive your childhood with these adorable roller skates from Chaya. The brand is known for creating pairs made especially for use in derbies and skate parks, so you can bet their skates are as durable as they are pretty. We’re eyeing these Park Jump 2.0 skates, which are available in several colors and styles that channel '50s-era roller rinks and eclectic skate park communities—perfect for fun rides with friends under the sun. You'll be wearing these four-wheeler shoes everywhere before you know it!

Available online and at Chaser Action Sports stores in SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia.

Oxelo 500 Fury Complete Skateboard (P4,650)

Oxelo 500 Fury Complete Skateboard
PHOTO BY Decathlon

If you grew up watching the feel-good Nickelodeon series Rocket Power, which first premiered in 1999, you’ve probably pictured yourself cruising down the streets on your very own skateboard—and with some practice, doing cool tricks on half pipes and ramps. Channel your inner Otto, Reggie, Twister, and Sam with this awesome board from Oxelo. The top features a basic black design while the underside sports a pink-and-blue graphic that looks (as the skaters say) totally gnarly.

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Available online and at Decathlon stores.

Segway i2 SE (P435,000)

Segway i2 SE Self-balancing Scooter
PHOTO BY Segway Philippines

You’ve probably been seeing Segway’s futuristic self-balancing scooters in movies and TV series for years—think Will Arnett’s Gob from 2000s cult-classic Arrested Development—and yes, you can own one, too! Unlike most personal transportation devices, the Segway does all the work for you. Just stand up, hold on to the handlebars, and you can wheel around in style with no fuss.

Available online.

Chaser Whip Roller Skates (P2,995)

Chaser Whip Roller Skates
PHOTO BY Chaser
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We can’t take our eyes off of these gorgeous roller skates from Chaser, which are decked out in a bubblegum pink shade that looks straight out of Grease. They double as both an enjoyable means of transportation and a vintage-inspired fashion accessory. You can also get the pair in turquoise and black—each style is only P2,995!

Available online.

E-Kickscooter 301 (P16,000)

E-Kickscooter 301
PHOTO BY Viper Bicycles

In case bicycles are a little too bulky for you to bring around—or perhaps too tiring to ride—you can opt for an E-scooter instead. This sleek model from Viper Bicycles is totally on our wish lists. The rechargeable device, which has a range up to 25 kilometers and can move at a speed up to 25 kilometers per hour—has a high-strength internal battery designed to propel you forward, minimizing the effort you have to put in. You’ll be grateful for the motor the next time you ride through a steep, uphill slope. Plus, the device is foldable, which means you’ll have no problem bringing it with you everywhere you go.

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Available online.

WB120 Beginner Wave Board (P1,700)

WB120 Beginner Wave Board
PHOTO BY Decathlon

The wave board, which has grown in popularity in the last few years, is similar to a skateboard, but makes use of a swiveling board mechanism and 360-degree wheel construction, allowing you to effortlessly use your feet to direct it. Try this WB120 wave board if you’re curious—it’s made for beginners, so don’t be intimidated. It’s a suitable option if you’re looking for something that offers flexible movement and a smooth ride every time—perfect for winding through small streets or making the most of an open space.

Available online and at Decathlon stores.

Gogo E-Bikes Trike (P38,999)

Gogo E-Bikes Trike
PHOTO BY Gogo E-Bikes
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If you’re looking to avoid both the balancing act and energy exertion of riding an old-school two-wheeler, this electronic trike from Gogo E-Bikes could be right up your alley. Ditch the tedious process of peddling and finding your equilibrium between two wheels because this device will do all the work for you. Just sit back, relax, and wheel around without breaking a sweat. The trike can move at a speed of up to 50 kilometers per hour, so you can get from one place to another quickly with little to no effort.

Available online.

Segway Mini Pro (P48,000)

Segway Mini Pro Self-balancing Scoters
PHOTO BY Segway Philippines

Aside from their famous personal transporter, Segway also offers a mini (and more budget-friendly!) self-balancing scooter. The device works similarly to the larger version, but features no handlebars, making the scooter more compact and the ride more flexible. The knee-control portion allows you to steer yourself the way you would with handlebars, so you can still get the same fuss-free cruise control.

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Available online.

Town 9 EF V2 Adult Scooter (P10,200)

Town 9 EF V2 Adult Scooter
PHOTO BY Decathlon

If you prefer riding a scooter the old-fashioned way (i.e. with no electrical support), whether for exercise or just to sharpen the skills you learned as a kid, go for this Town 9 Adult Scooter. It’s designed for urban outings, promising both comfort and speed as you glide from place to place. It’s up to three times faster than just walking, so you’ll save lots of time, too!

Available online and at Decathlon stores.

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