If you love your adult kick scooter and want your children to love it too, then choosing the right scooter is essential. Every child is different. Some can learn to ride a scooter right away, others need a little more time to gain confidence. There are a lot of kid’s scooters out there, so we’ve put together 7 tips on choosing a kids scooter.
Scooting is great for kids. It develops motor skills, a sense of balance and allows them to enjoy exercise outside – although it won’t feel like exercise to them. It will just be a lot of fun. A scooter will also last the test of time, so you can give the scooter to your younger children once the older child has grown out of it.
1. Appropriate Size for Children of Different Ages
Just as it is not good to buy shoes that are too big for your child, it’s important to choose the right scooter size. It will be more difficult for a child to manage a scooter that is too big or too heavy which could put them off scooting right away.
2. Small or Big Wheels
Folding scooters with small wheels made of rubber, although light (about 3 kg) and handy are only good for smooth terrain. Even ordinary pavement may be too much of an obstacle for them. Folding scooters also have narrow handlebars which make it unstable and uncomfortable, especially during a long ride. Folding scooters with small wheels are suitable for short rides around the city.
On the other hand, scooters with inflatable wheels are a little heavier (approximately 7 kg), but can handle all kinds of terrain comfortably. Additionally, if you have high-quality bearings and well-inflated tires, they ride lightly as if by themselves.
3. Footboard Height
The so-called tread height of the footboard determines how comfortable or strenuous riding a scooter will be. The higher the footboard is, the lower the child will have to squat and the sooner their legs will start to ache. Therefore, take the footboard height as one of the main parameters and look for scooters with a tread height of about 7 cm. It will provide sufficient comfort and the ride will feel good over all terrains.
The exact distance of the footboard from the ground can be found under the term Ride Height. You can easily calculate it by subtracting the footboard width from the tread height. The higher the footboard from the ground, the better it overcomes uneven terrains. Children usually do not go off-road and the ride height of 4-5 cm will be adequate.
4. Brakes and Brake Levers
A scooter should have at least one quality brake with a brake lever that matches the child’s hand size. Brakes and levers should be adjusted in distance from the handlebars so that they can be reached comfortably even by little fingers.
5. Footboard Length
Footboard length relates to the total scooter length. The footboard length does not have to be extra-long or wide. Space for one foot is enough. A wide footboard would prevent pushing off and a long one would unnecessarily reduce the scooter agility. The ideal length is up to 35 cm and the width a little bit larger than the width of a shoe. The footboard should also be equipped with anti-slip features that increase safety while riding on wet roads.
6. Quality Bearings
The ease with which a scooter rides is determined by the bearings. You cannot expect miracles from cheap machines, therefore bearings are worth paying extra for quality. Bearings, along with good inflated tires make riding a true pleasure.
7. Safety First
Every kids scooter should meet the relevant safety standards, in this case, EN 14619. Look for reflective safety features, ergonomic handles with enlarged ends and flush bolts to protect the child from injury.