Every child is different, one can learn riding a scooter right away, some others need a little time to obtain the necessary assurance. So how to choose a scooter for Children?
If the scooter is light enough, its size corresponds to the child´s age and the footboard height does not over stress the standing leg, nothing prevents the children from enjoying pleasure of riding
Just as it is not good to buy shoes a few sizes larger, neither the scooter should be chosen with an idea of a child growing. It will be more difficult for the kids to manipulate a scooter which is larger and heavier. Such frustrating experiences can discouraged them completely.
Riding a scooter develops motor skills, sense of balance and brings the joy of exercise in the open air. Additionally, a standard scooter survives several generations of children.
Small or Big Wheels
Folding scooters with small wheels made of rubber, although light (about 3 kg) and handy, are size destined only for perfectly smooth terrain. Even ordinary pavement may become an intractable obstacle for them. Folding scooters also have narrow handlebars, which make it unstable and uncomfortable, especially during a longer ride. They are suitable especially for short rides around the city.
Scooters with inflatable wheels are a little heavier (approximately 7 kg), but handle all kinds of terrain comfortably. Additionally, if you have high-quality bearings and well-inflated tires, they ride lightly as if by themselves.
The so-called tread height of the footboard determines how comfortable / 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 provides sufficient comfort and a good pass through all terrain.
The exact distance of the footboard from the ground can be found under the term Ride Height, or you can easily calculate 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.
A scooter should have at least one quality brake with a brake lever that matches the child’s hand size and which can be adjusted in distance from the handlebars so that it can be reached comfortably even by little children’s fingers.
Footboard length relates to the total scooter length. The footboard length does not have to be extra-long or wide, just providing 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 driving on wet roads.
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 well-inflated tires make riding the true pleasure.
Each right children´s machine should meet the relevant standards, in this case, EN 14619. There should also be reflective safety features, ergonomic handle with enlarged ends and flush bolts to protect the child from injury.