Have you recently heard about kick scooters and are wondering what one is or how they work? If that’s the case, you’re in the right place. Kick scooters can be a great addition to your family. Not only are they good for kids, they’re also great for adults, too. You might need a slightly different kick scooter, but there are plenty of different options that do the job.
In this article, we’re going to look at a few issues surrounding kicks scooters. What are they? How do they work? What can they be used for? How can you find the right one for you? Keep reading to find the answers to all of these questions and more.
Kick scooters have been around for a while, but if you still don’t know what one is, then you’ve found the right article. Let’s have a look…
What is a kick scooter?
A “kick” scooter is just a standard manual-operated scooter. You might have had one when you were a kid, or you might have seen other children playing or riding around on one. They’re quite common. One misconception about kick scooters is that they’re just for kids. They aren’t. More and more adults are using them for a number of different uses, which we’ll get to shortly.
You can think of a standard kick scooter as like a skateboard but with additional handlebars. There might be a few other variations in shape and wheel size, but that’s generally what they are. Don’t get confused with the other most popular type of scooter, the motor scooter which has a seat and is a road-worthy vehicle. That’s a completely different piece of kit and works differently, and is not what we’re going to be talking about in this article.
How does a kick scooter work?
As you’ve probably guessed from what it’s called, a kick scooter works with leg power. Unlike motorized or electric scooters, you take one leg off of the deck and push it along the ground to provide the energy to the scooter for it to go along. That’s how a kick scooter works. The harder you kick, the further it’ll go. You don’t have to kick every meter, but you should get the hang of your vehicle and get used to what works for you. It’ll vary a lot depending on your size and the type of scooter you’ve got.
When going downhill, you won’t need to kick at all. You might even need to slow down. Some scooters have brake systems, but you can also use your foot for this as well. Kick scooters work a lot like skateboards in this regard, but they also have handlebars. This helps make them easier to learn and balance on, and more practical for kids as well as older people.
To use a scooter, simply stand on the deck, grip the handlebars and kick one leg out along the ground to push yourself forward. While we say “simple”, if you haven’t used a scooter before, this could take a bit of practice to get the hang of. If you’re training a kid to use it, make sure they stay safe. Protective gear like helmets and pads could be recommended for both young and old.
While we’ve looked at kicks scooters in general, there are a few different variations for different uses. Obviously, you can get ones designed for kids and ones designed for adults. Some might come with a motor to help you, but these aren’t traditional kick scooters. You could also have a brake system.
Different sized wheels can also change the setup somewhat. Larger wheels are better for rougher terrain or when scooting out in fields or forests. Smaller wheels are more for scooting on roads and smooth surfaces at higher speeds.
What can you use a kick scooter for?
Scooters started off as toys, and that’s what you’re probably aware of them as. They’re great for kids to learn balance and enjoy getting around. They’re easier to learn than traditional bicycles and also cheaper. But they aren’t just for kids.
Adults are turning to scooters more and more as a safe and affordable way to get around, and even commute to work. They’re great for commuting in cities and they’re also compact and easy to store. You can also get fold-up scooters which are even easier to store, and can be used in conjunction with public transport.
There are also some sports events that use scooters, similar to BMX trick competitions. While this might be a bit more extreme, it could be something you’re interested in.
How to find the right kick scooter for you
Make sure the scooter has a good quality build. Look for high-quality wheels and structures. aluminum is good. Stay away from wheels that are like those on rollerblades. Make sure you have the right size wheels for the sort of use you need the scooter for. Check out the design of the scooter as well as the size and the amount of weight it will support. Don’t try using a kids scooter as an adult, and vice versa.
You can also check reviews online as well as get a feel for the scooter in your local bicycle store, toy store, or other shop that sells them. Check for deals online to see if you can find your favorite model cheaper for home delivery.
Make sure the scooter has high-quality breaks if you are getting one with breaks. Check the build quality of everything and make sure it’s durable and well-built enough to withstand a lot of use.
Now you know a bit more about kick scooters, you should be able to make the right choice. Scooters are a great option for getting around in an affordable and healthy way. Not only that, they’re fun, too. Find the scooter for you and enjoy.