Ask ScooterDad - Volume 1

Ask ScooterDad - Volume 1

Do you have a question for ScooterDad? Send me an email at kenny@scooterdad.com, post on Facebook at facebook.com/ScooterDadBlog, or message me on Twitter at twitter.com/ScooterDadBlog.

Not every question or topic is broad enough for an entire article. Some topics are very specialized or have very short answers, but I'd still like to help where I can. I've scanned the Google keyword searches resulting in hits to ScooterDad and I've identified some questions that I can answer quickly in the lightning round of blog posts, Ask ScooterDad.

If you have any questions or topics you'd like me to cover, just let me know. Send me an email at kenny@scooterdad.com, post on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ScooterDadBlog, or message me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScooterDadBlog. Look for more installments to come!

How do I get sponsored by Lucky Scooter Parts / Lil' Luckys?

Practice, practice, practice, compete, compete, compete, have a good attitude, and learn how to promote yourself through videos, photos, and websites. Also, practice, practice, practice. And compete, compete, compete. Did I mention that you should have a good attitude? There's no magic way to get sponsored. You have to earn the sponsorship, no matter who you're applying to. Show them why you deserve to be sponsored. Look for an upcoming ScooterDad article on specific tips for getting sponsored.

Can I replace the bars on a Razor Ultra Pro?

Yes, you absolutely can! If you're only replacing the bars, look for standard size bars (1 1/8" inner diameter, 1 1/4" outer diameter) with a slit for clamping to your forks. If you want non-standard size bars or if you want to add something else like a different headset, fork, or clamp, then it gets more complicated depending on what you want.

Can I shorten the bars on a Razor Ultra Pro?

Definitely. Any bars that are solid steel or aluminum (not adjustable) can be cut and modified to work at a shorter height. There may be an exception, but I can't think of one at this time.

Do any competitions have scooter events?

Since freestyle scootering is a relatively small sport, you're mostly going to find scooter events that are run by scooter people rather than part of larger events, such as skateboard or BMX competitions. Check with other scooter riders in your area and be sure to follow Impact Scooter News and Inside Scooters for the latest information.

How tall are Fuzion Elite handlebars?

Stock bars on a Fuzion Elite are 21.5" high by 18" wide.

How can I tell which bearing in my scooter wheel is starting to go bad?

Remove your wheel from your scooter and spin the wheel in your fingers while holding on to the bearings. If you feel it slowing, grinding, wobbling, or doing anything else other than operating smoothly, it's probably time to replace your bearings. Don't worry about which one is going bad. Just replace all of your bearings at the same time. If you're serious about freestyle scootering, do it right and replace all of them. Bearings are cheap as you can get Bones Reds for $16 for an 8 pack, which would be $8 for a complete set of scooter bearings (2 full sets per pack of 16).

How can I lock the folding mechanism on a Razor Pro or other Razor scooter?

If you have the Razor Pro Model, save yourself the hassle and order Inward Scooters' bolt and plate set for $6 to $16. If you have any other folding scooter, then trying to bolt or weld the folding mechanism is going to be a waste of time. Just keep riding it while you save your money to buy a Razor Ultra Pro.

How can I make my scooter wheel bearings work better?

The best thing you can do to improve your scooter wheel bearings is to install them properly. Check out the ScooterDad article on Tips for Installing Wheel Bearings. Also, replace your bearings with new ones. Never use old, worn bearings, and don't ride your scooter through dirt, sand, or mud to keep the bearings fresh and clean.

Do I need a bearing spacer with metal core wheels?

You need a bearing spacer with any wheels, even if they are plastic core. Bearing spacers ensure that your bearings can operate properly when you tighten your axle. Always use bearing spacers.

Can you fill in flat spots on wheels?

Nope. Even if you had more urethane and a wheel mold, you'd never get the urethan to bond correctly. Either buy new wheels or resurface them to eliminate the difference between the flat spots and the rest of the wheel. Check out the ScooterDad article on Removing Flat Spots and Resurfacing Scooter Wheels.

Should I wear a helmet when riding a freestyle scooter?

Do you like your brain? Do you like being able to walk and talk do all kinds of cool and interesting things? Action sports are dangerous. We often ride on concrete and around metal copings and rails. You can't always catch yourself and stop your momentum. If you value your life, all the things you love to do and want to do in the future, and your family and friends, then you should absolutely wear a quality action sports helmet like those from ProTec or Triple-Eight.

How can I remove grip tape from my scooter?

It should peel up fairly easily. If you are very careful and get help from an adult, you can sometimes use a razor blade to help work the tape off. If you need to remove any sticky residue, use an adhesive solvent product like Goof Off or even lighter fluid. Again, be very careful with those products as they are flammable. Get an adult to help you.

Does using the brake on a scooter ruin the wheels?

No, but if you lock up the brake, it will cause the wheel to skid which can result in flat spots. Learn to use the brake sparingly and without locking up the wheel.

Are flex-style brakes or District brakes less effective for stopping?

In some ways, yes. Traditionally, spring brakes ("Did you just say Spring Break?!") are better for locking up the wheel and stopping the scooter, but they rattle, the spring can break, the bolt can bend, and they are more likely to result in flat spotted wheels if not used properly. While flex-style and District brakes may not be as effective at stopping the wheel, this acts as a kind of ABS system which advanced riders prefer to help with the longevity of wheels.

Why do scooter wheels wear down?

Scooter wheels, like skateboard and inline skate wheels, must maintain a balance between rebound (softness/hardness, measured by durometer, such as 88A or 92A where the higher the number is, the harder the urethane is) and durability. Softer wheels with a lower durometer are smoother, tackier (grippier), and they wear out faster. Harder wheels with a higher durometer are faster and they last longer, but they are more slippery and they are less smooth over rough surfaces. If wheels were hard enough to last the lifetime of a scooter, they would be miserable to ride.


Comments

what size head set do i need for a standard phoenic deck? pls answer

Hey Ben,

You need the same size headset that all scooters use: 1 1/8". I recommend the FSA Pig DH Pro sealed headset which you can find at Inward Scooters. It's not the cheapest, but it is the best for the money. Don't bother wasting your time with unsealed bearings even though they are a little cheaper. Also, a lot of people love the Cane Creek brand headsets, but I've experienced difficulty getting them to fit as easily as the FSA headsets.

Good luck!

By Kenny

can i put a razor ultra pro fork with a threadless hic headset and oversized bars? also will this work on a razor pro model headtube

By andre (not verified)

Hey Andre,

Unfortuantely, you pretty much need to upgrade your fork, headset, clamp/compression, and bars all at once. There are some hack ways to get some setups to work, but I don't recommend it. If you have a threadless headset, oversized bars, and HIC compression/clamp, then you should get a new threadless fork. You can do all of this on a Razor Pro model or Razor Ultra Pro

Good luck!

By Kenny

would a Ritchey Logic 1-1/8" Threaded Black Headset fit my razor ultra pro deck from inward-scooters.com

By randall (not verified)

I don't have any experience with that brand of headset and it's hard to say without comparing exact models, but it sounds like it probably would work. I wish I could give you a better answer than that.

By Kenny

What size wheel does the Razor Ultra Pro use?

By Joe (not verified)

The stock wheels that come on the Razor Ultra Pro are 100mm. You can fit 110mm wheels on an ultra pro, but you need to grind out part of the front gusset on the fork.

By Kenny

I have a threadless fork and a clamp will it still work cause I don't have compression?

By Isai (not verified)

Sorry, but you do need a compression system if you have a threadless fork and headset. The compression system holds everything together just like the threads and nuts do in a threaded system.

By Kenny

What kind of scooter/parts/bars etc. would you recommend for a person who has been scootering (tricks and whatnot not just riding) for 2 years who is at a moderate level, 4"11', and is pretty good? By the way, my price range is not that cheap but can't be too expensive.

By Danny (not verified)

Hey Danny,

 
It's tough to say exactly, but if you're looking for a light and fairly inexpensive setup, I'd consider this:
 
District V2 Integrated deck (with included headset and brake)
Lucky HIC oversized T-bars with composite HIC shim
Lucky oversized clamp
Phoenix Wedge fork
Phoenix wheels (they are a little expensive, but the best wheels I've had experience with)
 

I hope that helps.

Thanks and good luck!

By Kenny

how much does a lucky evo 2 deck and headset weigh?

By randall (not verified)

I'm not sure. You should contact Lucky's customer support at (866) 294-8669 or by email at cs@luckyscoot.com.

By Kenny

I have blazer pro bars, and i just got odi bar ends, but i cant get the bar ends on to the bars. How wold i do this
?

By lloyd (not verified)

ODI bar ends usually go in pretty easily if you hammer them with a rubber mallet. Be careful that you don't hit your hands. With Animal bar ends, we often have to use a box knife to trim the bar ends to fit in some bars that have a thicker wall. I don't think I've ever had to trim ODI bar ends to make them fit though.

By Kenny

do you need a slit for blunt quad clamps

By miguel (not verified)

It looks like the Blunt Quad clamp is a standard clamp, so you can't use it for HIC, which requires a slit. If you're using it with a threaded fork and standard bars, then yes, you'd need a slit.

By Kenny

so if i have threadless forks with ICS will i need. slit

By miguel (not verified)

Yep, threadless forks + ICS, you need standard bars with a slit.

By Kenny

I have some hardcore pro bars that don't fit my scooter (too small) how will I get them to fit my mgp nitro?? Please help

By Denny (not verified)

Nitros come with oversized bars and HIC, so if you want to use standard diameter bars, you'll have to buy an SCS system.

By Kenny

I have an mgp nitro but standard bars won't fit over my HIC so would they fit if I cut a slit or do I absolutely have to have scs

By Elliot (not verified)

You can't use stanard sized bars for HIC. You need oversized bars with a slit for HIC. If you want to use standard sized bars, you need SCS, ICS, or IHC. I recommend SCS.

By Kenny

I have the fuzion elite deck and headset and mgp team bars with ics and there is a wobble in the bars how do I fix it?

By Jordan (not verified)

I assume you're talking about a threaded headset setup. Unfortunately, it's really difficult to get a threaded headset setup tight and dialed without over-tightening your headset. It's a careful balance that I've never been that good at. My recommendation, unfortunately, is to upgrade to a threadless fork, headset, and compression system (SCS or HIC), but that means spending a lot of money. Do what you can to keep that headset snug, but not too tight in the mean time. Also, make sure that your bars are down as far as they will go before tightening your clamp. Good luck!

By Kenny

Would mgp/krunk hic bat wing bars fit Phoenix thread less phorks and blunt aos v2 street forged deck if it dose would I need anything else to go with it

By Liam (not verified)

I believe that should work. You'll need an oversized clamp and HIC shim, but oversized bars will work with a Phoenix fork.

By Kenny

what is wrong with your bearing or wheel if it starts to click

By courtney (not verified)

Hey Courtney,

When you start to hear a clicking sound, the first thing you should try is tightening the axle. If a loose axle or worn wheel spacers (rear) aren't the problem, then it's probably a damaged bearing. This happens from time to time as bearings are a "wear and tear" kind of product, like wheels, grips, and grip tape. The good news is that bearings are cheap. For $16, you can buy a pack of Bones Reds from any skate shop that will last you for 2 complete wheel sets (8 bearings in a pack, but you only need 2 per wheel). Good luck!

By Kenny

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