Kick Scooter Buying Guide
Who Is It For?
- Built for small frames
- Cost likely more important than durability
- Weight: Plastic can be lighter than metal
- Fun colors may appeal more to children looking to play with friends
- Tricks: Kids may be more interested in scooters they can practice tricks on
- Durability and smooth roll likely more important
- Ability to handle heavier riders
- Speed for efficiency of commute, particularly if wearing business clothing
- Ability to easily fold and unfold for portability in public transport
- Comfort: can 2 adult feet ride side by side?
A wider deck also allows easier alternation of the kicking foot so that one gets an even workout.
Keep in mind that if you choose to hop, the force on the deck significantly increases so if your weight is close to the scooter’s maximum limit, you will quickly wear it out and have to buy a replacement.
Conversely, a lighter deck will be easier to transport and carry around. Some people choose to have different kick scooters for different purposes, saving the light model for use cases like travel.
Smaller and lighter vs. Larger and sturdier?
Additionally, the more rigid the setup, the less rattling will occur.
Looser setups will have more give, which may be useful for trick scootering.
Wheel Roll Resistance
Nearly all energy from the kick goes to overcoming wheel resistance, which is why it is important to ensure high quality wheels for scooters that are being used for longer distances or times.
A factor to keep in mind along with wheel roll resistance is size of wheel. Larger wheels are less likely to get caught in sidewalk and road cracks, decreasing the chance of accidents and spills. Durability of wheels is also an important consideration as to avoid excessive maintenance costs and time.
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