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Believe it or not, this is the 3rd set of bars these pink grips have been on. Using the air compressor technique, I've been able to easily move them without damaging the grips.
If you haven't installed a thousand pairs of scooter grips yet, don't worry...you will.
Grips are usually one of the last things added to a scooter during a built and since they are a relatively minor part, it's really frustrating to scooter kids when they have to wait for grips to dry. Traditional methods for installing grips involve using some kind of relatively quick drying lubricant to allow the grips to slip on to the bars. I have typically used a light mixture of dish washing soap and water, mostly water, to install grips. Windex can also work and I've heard of people using spray paint as well because it dries sticky and acts like glue to a certain extent. I would personally avoid spray paint because of the PAINT aspect of it, which can ruin the finish on your bars and over-spray on to anything around you. It's messy and unnecessarily mars your parts.
$450 is well worth the experience of 4 days riding with 100 other scooter riders at Woodward!
Start saving your allowance now, boys and girls! Woodward's Scooter Camp for 2012 has been announced! For $450, you get to ride with the pros at Woodward West in Tehachapi, CA for 4 days of scooter-only fun!
If you've never been to Woodward, I highly recommend it. We took Paxton last year and it was worth every penny. Woodward has a foam pit, a resi-pad, and some of the best facilities you can find for freestyle sports. The staff members are friendly and helpful and the location is remote and secure. Paxton had a great time last year and he's wanted to go back ever since. We will definitely be taking him back in 2012.
If you're an anxious parent, fear not. We were nervous about leaving Paxton at a camp for 4 days, but everything went great. My wife and I even got a mini-vacation out of it since we had to fly him down there. We were able to see Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and Santa Clarita where we spent a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Show the respect for others that you want them to show to you. Share the park.
One of the biggest challenges young freestyle scooter riders face is criticism at the skate park. Many people think young kids on scooters are out of control, oblivious to other people around them, and they get in the way of more experienced riders at the skate park. While this may be a fair criticism in some instances, most of the time, young scooter kids are in the same boat as kids on skateboards, BMX bikes, or inline skates. Unfortunately, scooter kids seem to take an unfair share of criticism at the skate park from the older kids. This is likely due to the fact that scootering has an easier entry point. That is, it's easier for a young kid to get on a scooter and ride around the skate park than it is for that same kid on a skateboard.
Jeremy Cathcart definitely knows what "sick", "beast", and "boost" mean. He's also pretty familiar with "flow". :o)
We had a lot of fun with our tongue-in-cheek, yet informative, Scooter Lingo - Volume 1 article which resulted in quite a few web hits and some positive feedback. This article, volume 2, covers a few more terms that you'll hear from scooter kids around the skate park. Don't forget the 3 most important terms from volume 1: legit, dialed, and steezy. :o)
When he's not designing graphics or his own clothing brand, you can find Justin at the skate park on his scooter or at the motocross track riding one of his motorcycles. If you still can't find him, he's probably trying to score a phone number from your girlfriend, wife, sister, mom, aunt, grandma, or babysitter. ;o)
Justin Wharton of JJW Designs and 110% Clothing is a friend of mine and he recently agreed to help me out with the site by answering some questions for our first interview. As a rider, company owner, sponsor, and someone involved in the industry on many levels, Justin has a unique perspective on the freestyle scooter world. If you run into Justin at a scooter competition or a skate park, be sure to say hello. He's a friendly and supportive guy with integrity and we need more people like him in the scooter world.
Hey Justin, tell me about your freestyle scootering background:
I'm very proud to announce that Inward Scooters is now the featured sponsor of ScooterDad! I've known JP Kosters from Inward Scooters for a couple of years now and he is one of the most professional people in the scooter industry. His customer service can't be beat and his time-to-ship is quick and consistent.
Inward Scooters sells great products from replacement and upgrade parts for Razor Ultra Pro scooters to the best pro models including Phoenix Pro Scooters, Madd Gear, District, and Blunt. The also make some of the best T-bars on the market at a great price available in many different colors. You can even order your bars cut to your desired height, width, and with or without a slit. You can also find many parts powder coated in colors you wouldn't be able to find elsewhere, such as Razor Ultra Pro decks, forks, brakes, and more!