Every single year since I can remember, the kids have asked for new scooters at Christmas. We are definitely much more a ‘scooter family’ than a cycle family. Bella especially LOVES her scooters, and I really cannot wait to see her face when she opens her new one on Christmas day! But over the years, I have to admit to making more than a few scooter mistakes. It’s easily done. At first I was swayed by the colours, but I soon came to realise that there is much much more to choosing one than what it looks like. For example, some of the toddler scooters have what we call a ‘lean’ action, meaning that to turn corners you lean rather than steer. Which is great, unless your child really can’t figure it out at all! Some scooters are four wheels, some are three, or even two. Some scooters light up, some flash. So where do you start? Here is a really quick guide to super scooter tips and tricks, with a fab infographic put together by Halfords, to hopefully make your last minute Christmas shopping that little bit easier!
Consider the age of the rider
It’s all very well going of matching scooters, but Bella really doesn’t have the same abilities as the older two, so a two wheeled scooter is really no good for her. Likewise, Elsie would be no good on a traditional four wheeled scooter just yet either. It makes sense to research all models in your child’s age and ability range, otherwise it’s a waste of money.
Make sure it conforms to safety standards
It goes without saying really. You don’t want a scooter that’s going to fall apart just as your child has built up confidence (and speed!). Also, don’t forget helmets and if your child is likely to fall off, it might be an idea to invest in knee pads and elbow pads too!
Know the lingo
If you really want to be down with the kids, you need to know what you’re talking about! Here are the terms you need to know, apparently:
- Deck: the platform where your child stands
- Fork: the part that holds the front wheel in place.
- Headset: the part connecting the deck to the T-bar, allowing it to rotate.
- Telescopic handles: the part that allows the rider to change the height of the T-bar- a handy feature as they grow, or for shared scooters
Speak to the experts
If you’re not sure, there are plenty of experts ready to help.You can always look online, or pop into your local branch of Halfords to speak to someone that can advise you on which scooter is right for your child.
What are your top tips for choosing a scooter?
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