ESG INTERVIEW: How to Train for an Electric Scooter Adventure

Preparing and planning for a 3,365 mile trip across the United States takes work; Chuck Temple interviews Alex Simon on how he’s getting ready for Scoot America

In a recent episode of ESG Liveshow, the team got to catch up with Alex Simon on how he’s planning, training, and preparing for his cross-country trip on an electric scooter. As an experienced triathlete, Alex is taking a measured, long-term approach to getting ready for this epic ride. 

Pumping Iron, Riding (Long and) Dirty

In addition to riding around 4 hours and up to 154 miles daily to build his endurance, Alex is also hitting the gym. He’s weight training to build up his lower body strength, so his legs can stand those long hours. We also spotted him using this grip strength trainer to have stronger control over the trigger throttles that sport all but one of his scooters (the OX). 

Zero to Epic Instagram image of hand strength training for finger throttle
Courtesy of Zero to Epic (Alex Simon)

As he’s building up endurance and strength, Alex isn’t worried about his mileage or speed, but focusing more on spending as much time on deck as possible to get acclimated to long-term riding. He’s not going to use any seated scooters and although very physically fit, understands all-day riding will require endless endurance and careful planning. 

man riding electric scooter in dessert, facing away from camera, dust kicking up

On the actual cross-country trip, Alex plans to ride between 80 and 180 miles each day (not riding at night or in poor weather), with a chase car that will have backup scooters ready in a trailer. Using between 6 to 8 scooters allows Alex to continue his daily route without having to stop and charge. He and his support team will sleep along the route at motels, on campgrounds, or wherever makes sense “depending on how successful funding will be.” If you’re willing to let Alex and his team couch surf and live along Route 20, reach out to Alex directly!

What Alex Is Riding

Alex’s electric scooter collection includes a few Kaabo Wolf Warriors, a couple Apollo Explores, a Kaabo Mantis Pro, and an Inokim OX. Sponsored by well-known scooter sellers from both coasts including Voro Motors (West Coast), Fluid Freeride (East Coast), and even from across the border at Apollo in Canada, Alex feels blessed to have received these impressive machines and sincere support from sponsors — none of which required exclusivity in exchange.

In fact, Alex is reaching out to as many communities, content creators, and innovators in the PEV market as he has the energy for, spreading the scooter gospel on why he’s taking this trip in the first place. He also did an interview with well-known Youtuber Ben Fox. Here’s a one-minute preview (full podcast to come).

When asked if he would modify any of the scooters with trigger throttles to a thumb throttle (like the one on the Inokim OX), which Chuck often touts as more ergonomic for long rides, Alex explained that he is not modifying anything on the scooters.

Inokim OXO Electric Scooter - cockpit, handlebars, dual motor button, bell, display, throttle, cropped view
Inokim OX cockpit (thumb throttle)

He wants them to be the same out-of-box models that anyone would purchase, so he can give followers of his journey a real-world experience with the scooters as-is. 

Where Alex Will Be and When

Alex’s Scoot America excursion begins on May 2 on the East Coast, starting in Boston, Massachusetts. He’ll spend a few days crossing it and New York before rounding the Great Lakes, and heading on a straightaway through the Midwest. He’ll end his national expedition in Newport, Oregon on the West Coast (aka the best coast), about a month after he starts (weather and body permitting). 

Date* StartEndDistance
5/1Boston, MAAlbany, NY174 mi
5/2Boston, MAAlbany, NY174 mi
5/3Albany, NYBuffalo, NY267 mi
5/4Albany, NYBuffalo, NY267 mi
5/5Buffalo, NYErie, PA95 mi
5/6Erie, PACleveland, OH118 mi
5/7Cleveland, OHMaumee, OH112 mi
5/8Maumee, OHElkhart/South Bend, IN130 mi
5/9Elkhart/South Bend, INChicago, IL100 mi
5/10Chicago, ILFreeport, IL122 mi
5/11Freeport, ILWaterloo, IA155 mi
5/12Waterloo, IASac City, IA148 mi
5/13Sac City, IASioux City, IA76 mi
5/14Sioux City, IAO’Neill, NE108 mi
5/15O’Neill, NEValentine, NE112 mi
5/16Valentine, NECrawford, NE161 mi
5/17Crawford, NECasper, WY169 mi
5/18Casper, WYThermopolis, WY130 mi
5/19Thermopolis, WYCody, WY122 mi
5/20Cody, WYWest Yellowstone, MT100 mi
5/21West Yellowstone, MTIdaho Falls, ID118 mi
5/22Idaho Falls, IDCarey/Picabo, ID111 mi
5/23Carey/Picabo, IDBoise, ID165 mi
5/24Boise, IDVale, OR70 mi
5/25Vale, ORBurns, OR113 mi
5/26Burns, ORBend, OR131 mi
5/27Bend, ORLebanon, OR109 mi
5/28Lebanon, ORNewport, OR67 mi
*Tentative dates dependent on route, weather conditions, and rider stamina

Before he can start scooting, Alex will have to drive from his resident Las Vegas, Nevada home to the East Coast with his scooters and team in tow, meaning he’ll be making the cross-country trip twice: once in a car and once by scooter. 

Spotlighting Route 20 Along the Way

In addition to being a historic road that spans the northern width of the United States, Alex chose Route 20 to call attention to the neighborhoods along the way that lost visibility as larger highways opened. As these new roadways were developed, Route 20 became a side access road and is no longer widely used. 

Route 20 map, wikipedia
Route 20 (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Recognizing new ways to use existing infrastructure, like Route 20, may just be the path to call attention to micromobility as a real form of transportation. Alex’s goal with Scoot America is to promote PEV and shake up the current direction of personal mobility. 

A rising tide lifts all boats, so let’s raise this tide and get some cars off the road.

ALEX SIMON, ZERO TO EPIC

Like Alex’s saying, it takes all of us looking at our lives and how we get around, and recognizing areas where there’s room for change. If you can travel by electric scooter, even across the country, why wouldn’t you? 

To find out more about Alex’s trip and how he’s preparing, including what gear he’s wearing and how to support the cause, watch the interview video at the top of this page. 

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Justin

Justin is a cofounder of ESG and has a degree in engineering. He writes about the science and technology of electric scooters.

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