Size Matters: How to Choose the Right Size Scooter
You can ride a scooter of any size, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy, comfortable or fun. For your everyday needs, a scooter that is the right size for your body is going to provide you with the most enjoyable experience. Here are a few tips on choosing the right size scooter.
For Beginners: Never choose larger scooter handlebars for your child thinking that he’ll “grow into it.” A scooter that’s too large is difficult to handle and may make it difficult for your child to ride. This can destroy his confidence and even lead to accidents.
Ultimately, it comes down to your comfort – how does the scooter feel when you take it for a test ride? Is it comfortable? Easy to control? If so, then you’ve probably got the right fit.
Scooters have been around for decades and have been improved in their quality, technology and ability to use from their initial beginnings to the present day. Scooters technology and design has changed over the years to suit how they are used. To choose the right scooter for you, you’ll need to decide how you plan to use it. Most scooters are suited for simple transport whereas pro scooters are made more specifically with tricks and stunts in mind.
How Do You Know What Scooter To Buy
There are many different elements to consider when choosing the Scooter that is right for you, the main reasons for this being the wide range and diversity of features available to choose from.
Price – Of course you don’t want to spend more money than is necessary, however the quality of many Scooters can be discerned by the cost. The higher the cost, the better quality Scooter you are likely to get, and the lower the cost the lower the quality of the Scooter. As the sport becomes more popular I see many parents buying cheaper scooters, the child then uses this in skate parks and guess what? It breaks! Please be aware there are lots of scooters out there designed for basic use only.
One popular is how high should scooter bars be when setting up a stunt soooter.
As a rule of thumb scooter bars should sit around hip to waist height when standing on the deck flat footed. If bars come up above waist height then the rider will have more difficulty in controlling the scooter and could ultimately lose control.
If you are getting a one-piece bar for your scooter, you should consider if you want a steel (chromoly) or aluminium bar:
-Steel bar: Stronger compared to aluminum bars, but also weigh more.
-Aluminum bar: Lightweight construction, and depending on the quality, pretty durable too.
Diameter: Please note if the outer diameter of your bar is oversized or standard, as this will determine what clamp will fit. You should also note the inner diameter to determine which fork will fit, e.g. with or without HIC.
Width: Riders have different preferences when choosing a width. A good hint is to choose a bar with the same width as your shoulders. If you`re mostly into technical tricks like barspins, choose a narrow bar. And if you`re more a big air and no hands tricks rider, then choose a wider bar. (Remember you can always choose a wide bar and cut it to your preference! )
Height: Stunt scooters are usually lower than standard scooters. Choosing a height is also a matter of preference. Skilled riders often choose lower bars to gain stability and better control. A tip when choosing the right height is to make sure the bar reaches somewhere between your thighs and hip. Avoid making your bar wider than its height as this is considered unstylish by skilled riders and can be uncomfortable for transportation.
Back sweep: This is when the bars handles bend back by a small amount like bicycle bars do. This can add comfort, but can also take time to get used to.
Thread: If choosing a bar with thread you should also have a fork with thread. Most bars without thread will fit on forks with & without thread. Most new bars are without thread for added compatibility.
SCS: You cannot use a bar with a cutout with SCS, since the SCS clamp will have nothing to tighten around. You can cut your bar, this will however void warranty.
If a bar is without the cutout, we call it SCS ready.
The more basic scooters come with 100mm or 110mm wheels for a low, stable center of gravity, pro riders tend to ride with 110mm. Most Scooters are made of similar materials to each other and have similar design and construction.
Wheel hardness is measured in durometers. Lower numbers indicate a softer wheel and higher numbers indicate a harder wheel. Durometer is denoted by the suffix “A” (example – 82A). The typical Scooter wheel is 82A. The hardness of Scooter wheels are most suited to indoor riding and outdoor, providing they are used on a smooth surface.
Bearings are the seven or eight balls at the center of each wheel. Each bearing has an ABEC rating that indicates the precision of their manufacturing.
The general ABEC range is ABEC-1, ABEC-3, ABEC-5 although bearings are not always measured in ABEC’s.
Bearings don’t need to be cleaned after every use, but if they become wet, they should be cleaned and dried.
Never lubricate the outside of a bearing because that will attract dirt and contaminants.
This is where you stand and balance yourself while riding your pro scooter. Most decks have a measurement of 4″- 4.5” wide by 19″ - 21” long. Be sure to choose the right size of deck for your scooter. Generally the smaller the rider, the smaller the deck within the above sizing parameters.