Perhaps 70% or 80% of people who want to buy their first kick scooter have the following questions:
- “I don’t want to ride just on asphalt, but also on the field, or off road … so maybe I should have a scooter with a higher footboard? And maybe with a front suspension fork?”
So what is the truth? Sorry, but you will be never ride on terrain or off road anyway. 99% of your rides will be on road, asphalt, or cycle paths.
Of course you can ride in mud or downhill if you are musher, but for that you will need a special kick scooter.
- “I don’t want to scratch my scooter, so maybe it would be better to buy one with higher ground clearance.”
Big mistake!! Riding on a kick scooter has two basic aspects: bouncing and squatting. So when you bounce with one leg, you must squat with the other. A higher footboard means higher squats.
higher footboard + higher squats = your standing leg is going to hurt!
You can be sure that even the difference of one cm will make a difference. Of course not after half a mile, but definitely after 3 or 5.
- “But my footboard will scratch!”
If you come across a bump in the road, you can easily lift your scooter up and kind of hop over it if you have the ability, or you can easily step off your scooter, lift the front over the obstacle, and step back on without missing a beat. Remember, you are not sitting several feet above the ground like on a bicycle! If you are in danger of coming in contact with the road, you can easily lift your scooter up or with a smaller scooter you can easily jump or just step off. And if you scratch your scooter, don’t panic, this is the genuine scooter patine! So the optimum ground clearance is 5cm and with that you can comfortably ride everywhere.
What about handlebars ? This is very individual. Most of the “scooter books” say the grips should be at the height of the clenched fist of the scooterist standing on the floor with a hand along the body.
But as I say, this is very individual because some riders prefer a more upright position and some prefer a more sporty racing style position.
Is it better for the front wheel to be bigger or smaller?? With a small wheel you will avoid holes better, but with a bigger wheel you can go over …
if you have a bigger front wheel, you can go over some holes. If you have a smaller city scooter like the Yedoo Friday,the scooter is more agile and you can react very quickly to whatever comes your way. And what about the rear wheel? A larger rear wheel means longer overall scooter construction, which means better overall stability. This is especially true for a fast sports ride.
And what about the price?
Lots of people who have never been on a scooter think as follows: “First I’ll buy a cheap scooter for £50 and if it catches me, I’ll get a good machine. ”
Yeah, this is not a bad idea but…personally, I believe at least 50% of potential serious riders interested in this kind of approach, that buy cheap kick scooters with strange geometry, high floorboards, and inappropriate cheap components, are discouraged from ever moving on to experience the real pleasure that only a quality kick scooter can bring. This is especially true for children who simply will not have fun being forced to do deep squats from a height that is way too high for them
Unfortunately, people have a tendency to generalize, so if they ride one of the many inferior “toy” scooters, they often think they would all be the same.
Left, Right, Right, Left, Left, Left, Right……
Do I have to change legs? YES!! And you will find that becomes second nature very quickly!