Scooter Buying Guide
Types of Scooters
Recreational scooters are often referred to as kick scooters or push scooters because you stand on the deck with one foot and kick or push off with the other. Like all scooters, kick scooters come in multiple sizes to accommodate everyone from small kids to adults. Some kick scooters have small, solid wheels like in-line skates, while others have large air-filled wheels like bicycles. Most kick scooters are designed with two wheels (one at the front of the deck and one at the back), but some models, aimed primarily at beginners, have three wheels (two wheels at the front of the deck and one at the back).
Stunt scooters are built with super-sturdy components and a reinforced design to withstand lots of punishment. When landing a jump or pulling a 360, you want to be confident that your deck will hold up and your wheels will stay on. Stunt scooters typically come with small wheels for greater control, and the decks are often concave to provide increased foot stability. Features such as foldable frames and adjustable handlebars are generally unavailable as they could weaken the scooter design.
Electric scooters are equipped with small, battery-powered motors and travel about 16 kilometers per hour. With an average battery charge time of approximately 40 minutes, they're great for traveling short distances around the neighbourhood or a college campus. Compared to recreational scooters, electric scooters are larger and more robust in their construction to provide extra stability and durability.
Scooter Safety Tips:
• Knee pads and elbow pads will protect you from cuts and scrapes in the event of a fall
• Don’t stand too close to the handlebars: your body weight will not be distributed evenly on the scooter
• Lean slightly into your turns, just like when riding a bicycle
• Practice riding in empty parking lots or less populated areas when first learning to ride your scooter
• Make sure your scooter’s wheels and handlebars are tight before riding
• Obey all road and traffic signs when riding your scooter
A convenient feature of many scooters is their fold-up design, which allows for easy storage in a garage car trunk, school backpack or travel suitcase.
Many scooters are designed with small, solid polyurethane wheels similar to, but usually a bit larger than, the wheels of in-line skates. When shopping for scooters, keep in mind that larger wheels translate to a faster, smoother ride. Some scooters have big inflatable wheels similar to regular bicycle wheels. This model of scooter is well-suited to longer trips.
The deck is where you stand on the scooter. Deck lengths range from 16” to 23” to suit different rider sizes and riding styles. All decks feature a lined grip strip for better foot traction. And if you’re after the ultimate stunt scooter look for a rotating deck which can turn 360 degrees for tricks.
Handlebars are either t-style or ball style. The t-style is similar to a bicycle and can be adjusted to as low as 22” and as high as 36”. Less common is the ball-style handlebar. It’s fixed, which means you don’t use it for steering but as a grip while leaning from side to side to turn the scooter.
Many models feature a simple fender brake, which is stepped on or pressed down with one foot to slow down the scooter. Scooters more suited to touring use handbrakes similar to a bike.
Wheelie Bar +
Some models are equipped with a wheelie bar over the back wheel. Press it down and you’ll be popping wheelies like a pro.
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Scooter Maintenance Tips:
• Tighten any loose screws or bolts on your scooter as needed
• Apply extra adhesive if your scooter’s grip strip begins to peel off
• Always store your scooter inside, out of the elements
• If your scooter gets wet while riding, dry it off as soon as possible to prevent rusting