Scooter Buying Guide - What to Look For
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Buying your child's first scooter can be a daunting process. Today's market is flooded with so many different options that it is hard to know where to look.
There are different styles, materials, price ranges and levels of quality. Not to mention number of wheels! When choosing your child's first scooter, it is important to find one that is:
- Affordable and
- One that your child will be over the moon to ride.
So, with all things considered, we have put together the following list of tips to guide you in choosing the right scooter for your child.
Tips to Help You Choose the Right Scooter
Number of Wheels
You have a choice with kick scooters of two, three, or four wheels. Three and four wheel scooters are designed for young children who are still developing their sense of balance. The three and four wheel scooters offer additional stability which is important when building confidence and learning how to scoot. For older children and adults who have a good sense of balance, two wheel scooters are the go.
Size and Material
Both the size of the wheels and the wheel materials make a big difference when it comes to the quality of your scooter experience. Especially when it comes to riding over bumps and cracks on a path. A softer, more pliable wheel material will provide much better shock absorption. The same goes for a larger wheel - you will find more shock absorption.
The quality of your wheel bearings can also have a big impact. Good bearings ensure the scooter will roll smoothly and is more efficient. Without this, your child will tire quickly and their developing muscles will need to work too hard for maximum effect. Scooting therefore becomes less fun and they will lose interest.
- Choose the number of wheels on your scooter based on your child's age and ability
- Three and four wheels - toddlers and young children.
- Two wheel scooters - once kids have mastered the three wheeler.
- For young children, front wheels to be at least 100mm in size.
- Choose quality bearings for the smoothest, most efficient scoot.
It’s a fact of life that kids will fall. So the distance between the deck and the ground plays an important role when choosing a scooter. This distance will determine how far your child will fall from the scooter to the ground. The higher the deck, the harder it is for little legs to kick along the pavement.
- For young children, choose a deck that is not too high off the ground.
- Ensure they can easily reach the floor to kick
Scooters can come with adjustable handlebars that allow you to change the height of your scooter as your child grows. Be sure to look for suitable design with the adjustable levers to minimise injury.
Hand grips typically come in either rubber or foam. Both are perfectly acceptable, yet it may come down to simply the material you prefer.
Rubber grips are generally more durable than foam as they don't soil as quickly or easily. Rubber grips wrap completely around and cover the ends of the handlebars eliminating the need for end plugs.
Foam grips, generally don't wrap entirely around the ends of the handlebars. They are then usually plugged with plastic or metal. Do note that these can scratch and develop burrs when coming into contact with the ground which can cause injuries to small hands.
- Rubber grips are the go - they are durable and cover the entire handlebar for optimum safety.
There are both small heel scooters and large wheel scooters on the market. At Zoomy, we stock small wheel scooters designed for young children and those starting out learning to scoot. Large wheel scooters are harder to move, stop and steer and are recommended for older riders.
Sharp Edges and/or Protrusions
Many scooters have height adjustable handlebars made of aluminium or other material. Sometimes the adjustment mechanism has parts that protrude as you can see below. These protruding parts have a knack of injuring a falling child. Adjustable handlebars do come very much in handy, but for young children, you can be better off seeking out a scooter designed especially for them without any protruding items.
THE ZOOMY SCOOTER DIFFERENCE
At Zoomy Leisure, our focus is on making sure your children have fun - as long as it is safe! We only source the best products that are strong and durable, that minimise the chance of injury to your children.
There are many other scooters on the market. When tested side by side, Zoomy Leisure scooters often come out on top in the following areas:
- Strength - The maximum weight of a Zoomy Mini Scooter is 45kg. The Mini Micro can only carry 35kg. When tested, a full grown adult could ride the Zoomy Scooter successfully without any damage to the scooter. When the same was attempted with a Mini Micro, the deck broke.
- Durability - Zoomy Leisure scooters feature plastic that has been designed to withstand the effects of the harsh Australian sun. After several years of regular use, the colour will be just a vibrant as when new.
- Bearings - all our scooters feature high quality ABEC 7 bearings that minimise friction, ensuring a smooth and effortless ride.
ZOOMY LEISURE SCOOTERS
We have three different types of scooters for every age and stage of rider.
Small 3 Wheel Mini Scooter
Designed for preschoolers 2 years and older who are learning the skills and joys of scooting. This is our most basic and affordable scooter; it's simple and light and since it has few moving parts, is also very durable.
Small 3 Wheel Mini Scooter with Adjustable Handlebars
To ensure your child won't outgrow their scooter too quickly. This scooter is very versatile; it's great for either short or tall kids. Suitable for kids from 2-5 years old.
Large Folding Maxi Scooter with adjustable Handlebars
For children who have outgrown the Mini scooters and are ready for a larger scooter that's stronger and faster while maintaining the safety and durability factors of the smaller scooters. This scooter features adjustable handlebars and folds for easy transportation and storage. Suitable for kids 4 years and older.