Need a scooter, but do not know which one to choose?
As with any ordinary person, when we come into contact with a specific product, we have many questions about how, what and why. The topic of scooters is very specific and it is difficult to get competent advice on the Internet or in a non-specialized store. That’s why we decided to describe briefly the main points that will help you choose exactly the scooter that will suit you or your child best.
So, let’s start with the fact that scooters are divided into types and depending on your requirements for a scooter, you have to choose a scooter from one or the other model niche.
Types of scooters
This is the most popular type of scooter, which is primarily designed for children and adults who plan not only to ride the scooter, but also to use it for sport riding – Tricks on ramps, on the street, moving on sports tracks. Therefore, if you want to buy a scooter specifically for sports disciplines, your choice is a professional trick scooter. Distinctive features from the city scooter, this lack of folding mechanisms, small wheels and a wide low handlebar.
Trick scooters in turn are divided into two main disciplines – Park trick scooter and Street trick scooter. Now, more details about each.
Park trick scooter is sharpened for riding and performing tricks on special platforms, which are equipped with ramps, slides and other elements that are designed for fast acceleration and for high jumps. This type of scooter in its classic version has a very low weight and a low handlebar, making it easy to do tricks in which the scooter rises to a great height. But if you plan to do street tricks and slide on the frame, the park scooter will not suit you because its frame is not designed for sliding and will quickly wear out and break.
Street trick scooter as the name implies is designed to perform tricks using street urban development or special street areas that use elements found on the streets. When you have this scooter in your hands, you are able to use urban elements of the landscape, perform tricks that are based on keeping your balance and jumping from high platforms. The style of street tricks involves constant and rigid use of the scooter, especially its frame, so scooters of this type are very strong and heavy. Distinctive features of street trick scooters are: the heavy weight of the scooter, high handlebar, the great strength of all elements especially the frame, SCS compression system.
These are the classic scooters that our grandparents still rode. They are designed for quiet urban movement. The main difference from the trick scooters is the large rubber wheels (in some cases inflatable), adjustable handlebar, folding system. Doing tricks and jumping off curbs on such scooters is not recommended in view of the fact that the adjustable nodes of the scooter in this case can not withstand the constant loads and just break after a certain time.
How to choose the right trick scooter?
If you decide to buy a trick scooter, the determining factor here is the height and width of the handlebar. The schematic diagram shows the ideal height for the rider. With your feet in a certain position (on the ground, next to the frame closer to the handlebar), straight back and arms outstretched, you should be able to freely grip the handlebar. If your arms are bent, then the handlebar are too high, and if you can't reach the handlebar, then the scooter is too small for you and it will not be comfortable to do tricks on it. Again, each rider has their own rules for how they pick up their handlebar, and the same handlebar size will be okay for one and not for another. Also, a lot depends on the style of skiing and tricks learned at this stage. The handlebar width depends on the width of the rider's shoulders (see diagram), the most ideal is when the handlebar width corresponds to the width of the shoulders + - 1-2 cm (+- 1-2 cm from the edge of the palms to the edge of the handlebar on each side). It is very difficult to say exactly what width of the handlebar will suit you due to the fact that you will be able to determine this only after a certain rolling on the scooter and trying out certain tricks. If the handlebar width interferes with your ability to ride and do tricks (the handlebar clings to your stomach, it is difficult to untwist the scooter...), then you need to shorten the handlebar. In our workshop we saw a lot of handlebars every day, adjusting them for each pro rider. And we also want to note that when buying a scooter for a child, take a scooter with a higher handlebar for growing up. We recommend to buy a scooter with the expectation of 2-3 years of riding. In the future, if the scooter during this period is not out of order handlebar can be changed to a higher.
How to choose the right city scooter?
The determining factors for selecting a city scooter are the height and strength of the rider, as well as the surface on which the scooter is meant to travel. Since the classic city scooters have adjustable handlebar, we can say that scooters are divided into 3 categories – children, teenagers and adults. Depending on the model, the range of the handlebar adjustment and the size of the scooter will be different. For small riders (4-10 years old), small scooters with relatively small wheel sizes (up to 125 mm) and with a minimum handlebar height of 65 cm (from the surface) are great. The smaller the scooter, the lighter and more stable it will be for the child, which in turn will quickly learn how to ride a scooter, as well as allow the child to lift or drag its own scooter. For teenagers (9-16 years old), scooters with a large wheel diameter (145-200 mm), but not a large frame and a minimum handlebar height of 85 cm (from the surface) are excellent. And for adult riders, you should definitely choose a scooter with large wheels (200 mm) and with the handlebar, with which you would be comfortable to move according to your height. Since all city scooters handlebar are adjustable, it is easy to find a comfortable height. The classic city scooters have rubber wheels that are perfect for flat, smooth surfaces, so if you plan to travel on a perfect surface it makes absolutely no difference what diameter the wheels on your scooter will be. If the intended riding surface is not completely smooth, it is better to buy a scooter with a large diameter of wheels, in which case the large wheel diameter will level out small potholes, cracks and pebbles. If you plan to use the scooter on uneven surfaces or even on non-paved roads, it is worth thinking about buying a scooter with inflatable wheels.