Scooter For Kids Buying Guide - Everything You Need To Know When Buying a Scooter for Your Kids
Looking for a scooter for your child? Confused about all the terms you are seeing - "lean and tilt scooters", "ABEC-5 bearings", "polyurethane wheels". Not sure what how many and what sized wheels to get? 2 or 3 wheel scooter?
Well look no further to end all the confusion. This guide will clear up all the confusing terms, language, specifications and decisions you have to make when buying a scooter.
Read on for some explanations and a clear head.
Larger wheel diameter - (120mm and more) - these tend to be better from cruising from a to b. They will let you cruise faster than smaller wheels. You'll need to push less and you'll glide faster on one push. Bigger wheels tend to offer a smoother ride too. They absorb the shocks from the bumps and cracks on the pavement more easily. Larger wheels are better for cruising on uneven terrain.
Smaller wheel diameter - smaller wheels are better for doing tricks and a manoeuvrable
Wheel material - most scooter wheels are made of polyurethane (PU or urethane). This material offers a smooth ride and is durable. Some wheels are made of PVC or plastic - these can be durable but may compromise on the smoothness of the ride.
Wheel durometer - if you see a measurement for durometer of the wheel it normally ranges from 74A to 88A. The lower the number the softer the wheel and this can be better for shock absorption offering a smoother ride. However, softer wheels tend to wear out faster.
Wheel width - wider wheels can offer more stability. This can be good for younger children.
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Weight of the Scooter
A heavier scooter can mean a stronger scooter. The weight of a scooter will increase as the maximum weight capacity increases. Stunt scooters also tend to be heavier as they need to be strong enough to take the impact of stunts and tricks.
If the scooter is going to be used for cruising and may need to be carried, look for one which isn't too heavy.
Shorter deck lengths will be better for smaller children so as the deck will not get in the way of their kick path. As kids get taller and older, the length of the deck on the scooters you will be looking at will increase.