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What are the Basic Parts of a Scooter?

What are the Basic Parts of a Scooter?

The first step to maintaining your scooter is knowing what all the parts are. It's a lot easier to order a new "fork" than it is to order a "you know, that long metal thingy with the tube part and the U-shaped part that holds the spinny jobby". :o)

Many of you reading this blog will undoubtedly know quite a bit about scooter parts already, but since the focus of my blog is educating beginners and parents, I thought it wouldn't hurt to write an article outlining the basic parts of a freestyle scooter. If you already know what all the parts on a scooter are, then move along, these aren't the droids you're looking for. However, if you're brand new to scootering, then hopefully this article will be a helpful starting point in getting you familiar with freestyle scooter parts.

When someone at the skate park tells you that you need a new headset, you might not even know what a headset is, so how can you determine if you truly need a new one? Many of the parts on a scooter will have names that are easily identifiable and recognizable to you have any experience with bikes, motorcycles, or other similar riding equipment. For the sake of being thorough, I'll cover all the major parts.

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Scooter Lingo - Volume 1

Scooter Lingo - Volume 1

"That scooter is so dialed and those bri flips are legit! You're riding steezy today. I can't wait to see that banger in your next edit, homie!"

This is the first article in what I expect will be a series of articles to help teach parents and kids who are new to the scooter world about some of the lingo you'll hear from other riders. I apologize in advance if some of my definitions and usage isn't perfect. This dorky ScooterDad will do his best to fit in with the kids and talk the talk. :o)

The first thing to know about scooter lingo is that it comes from the skate park and the streets, so many of the words crossover from skateboarding, BMX, and snowboarding. If you have a background in any alternative sports, you may already know some of the terms. When in doubt, don't be afraid to ask what someone means. It's better to ask than assume you know and be wrong.

Listen to how the words are used so you can learn the dialogue like you're visiting a new part of the world where you have to learn a new dialect. Have fun!

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New ScooterDad Stickers

New ScooterDad Stickers

Find me at a skate park or event and get your own free ScooterDad sticker!

If you've been to a skate park in the Portland, OR area, you may have seen some scooter kids proudly rocking the new ScooterDad sticker on their scooter and/or helmet. I'm really excited to have our stickers to share with friends both new and old. It's a lot of fun to glance over and see a scooter kid ride by with a ScooterDad sticker, especially when so many kids have been so encouraging and supportive.

The stickers are great quality thanks to the fine work of Justin Wharton at JJW Designs. The design is fun and people really seem to like them. Most importantly, we're really thankful and appreciative of everyone who have been so supportive and helped get the word out for ScooterDad.

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Swap Meet - Frequent Part Swapping in Scooter Culture

Swap Meet - Frequent Part Swapping in Scooter Culture

When you're the scooter mechanic for a fleet of kids, you end up with a graveyard of parts like I have.

If your kid is serious about freestyle scooter competitions, you'll find very quickly that trying every possible part and combination of parts is ingrained in the culture. As a parent, it can be very frustrating and expensive. Try to find a way to balance economic concerns and part swapping with your kid's need to feel like he belongs to the culture.

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When Should You Upgrade to a Pro Scooter?

When Should You Upgrade to a Pro Scooter?

It can be difficult to decide when to make an investment in your kid's freestyle scooter. The Razor Ultra Pro is the best all-around complete scooter for beginners.

When your kid is first beginning to scooter, he will probably start out on a Razor A1, A2, A3, B model, Pro model, or similar folding aluminum scooter with adjustable handlebars. These work decently for younger riders when they are first starting out, but once your scooter kid is good enough to tailwhip or if he weighs more than about 60 pounds, then it's time to start considering purchasing a better quality scooter. That's a general guideline, but I'll go into more detail as to why you should upgrade your kid's scooter.

Level Up

There is no actual designation for different levels of scooters, but for the sake of this article, I'd like to explain the delineations I see in scooters. These are by no means industry standard divisions. These are just how I envision the various types and levels of scooters on the market today.

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Where to Go For Freestyle Scooter News and Information on the Web

Where to Go For Freestyle Scooter News and Information on the Web

Impact Scooter News, Inside Scooters, and Scooter Resource are great places to find out about the latest information in the freestyle scooter world.

If you and your kid are new to the world of freestyle scootering, you probably don't even know what you don't know. You're probably wondering where this journey is going to take you, but in order to figure that out, you need to know what other people are experiencing and where the industry is going.

While ScooterDad will primarily focus on parents and kids who are new to the world of freestyle scootering, the are some other great resources for scooter news and information online that you should know about and utilize. The following sites have the latest in pro rider news, competition annoucements and results, product reviews, videos and photos, user communities, and a lot more.

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