How to Do a Pre-Ride Kick Scooter Check in 8 Easy Steps
Whether you’re a new or a seasoned rider, it’s always a good idea to inspect your scooter before a ride to make sure it’s in good working order. Some things like the Air and Brakes should be checked before every ride; others may be checked less frequently.
Step :1 Check the Wheels
Make sure both wheels are fitted correctly, well aligned (they dont rubber the brakes), and with the right tension on the quick-release skewers (nuts for children’s scooters. Be careful not to tighten these too much as that can damage the bearings
Step 2: Spokes
Starting at the valve stem, work your way around each wheel, wiggling the spokes to see if any are loose. After checking a few, you’ll get a feel for the correct tension. Wheel truing is a more complex process and is best left to a bike shop mechanic unless you are an experienced home mechanic.
Step 3: Tyres
Make sure tyres are inflated correctly for the type of ride you plan to do and the weather conditions. If you spot a piece of debris lodged in your tire, try carefully picking it out. Inspect your bike tyres for cracks, cuts, blisters, and baldness. Replace tyres as needed
*every tyre has a min. and max. Psi written on the side
Step 4: Bolt Tension
Check the bolts around the scooter to ensure there is enough tension in them to prevent accidents.
Step 5: Brakes
Squeeze your front and rear brake levers to make sure that the brakes engage properly and smoothly. Inspect all four of your scooter brake pads. If the grooves are worn away, it’s time to replace the pads. Make sure that they strike the rim squarely.
If your scooter is equipped with disc brakes, you’ll need to remove the wheels to inspect the pads. Once the wheels are off, make sure that your pads have at least 1.5mm of braking material left. (Make sure you don’t pull the brake levers with the wheels off.) Anything less, and it’s time for a new set of brake pads. Also, make sure that your braking system is working properly by squeezing the levers several times while the wheel and rotor are in place. If the lever action feels mushy or the lever pulls all the way to the bars before engaging, it’s likely time for a brake bleed. This is another advanced-level maintenance task
Step 7: Scooter Frame and Headset
First, check the frame for cracks. Then, hold the front brake and rock the kick scooter back and forth. Excessive play means the headset needs adjusting. Do not ride a scooter with a cracked frame or loose headset.
Step 8: Test Before You Ride
Once you’ve run through all these steps, take your scooter for a short test ride. Brake repeatedly, making adjustments as necessary. Now you’re ready for your big ride