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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.
Chicks dig scars, but they also dig a full set of teeth!
Last Friday, my scooter kid, Paxton, and I went up to Sammamish, WA for the Lucky Summer Blow Out tour. He had never ridden Sammamish before and he was having a great day until horror struck. Paxton was trying to clear a quarter pipe to ledge gap when he came up short and clipped his rear wheel. The impact stopped his forward momentum but his head kept moving and he smacked his mouth right on his handlebars.
From across the park, I heard a blood-chilling scream as the park went completely silent. I snapped my head toward the sound and realized it was Paxton screaming, "KENNY! KENNY! KENNY!". I leapt out of my seat and sprinted across the skate park as all the riders stopped and cleared the way for a terrified dad running to his kid. As I got closer, I could see that Paxton was holding his hands over his mouth. He was covered in blood from his mouth to his elbows and he was repeatedly yelling, "Kenny! I chipped my tooth!".
"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!
Removing flat spots from scooter wheels can save you money, but it can also be dangerous. Always be extremely careful when operating power tools.
If you've ever bought expensive wheels for your kid, you know how frustrating it can be for both you and your kid when he develops a flat spot on the wheel. This can be frustrating even if the wheels were relatively inexpensive. While wheels are a consumable part of a scooter, that doesn't mean that you should have to burn through them like a tank of gas in your car. The more expensive wheels are typically made from a better quality compound so they last longer, but they, too, can experience flat spots, uneven wear, or chunking.
As your scooter kid's talent and the parts on his scooter improve, flat spots become less of a worry. Sadly, however, the most common cause of flat spots that we experience today are from non-scooter kids that get a hold of Paxton's scooter. They don't understand that locking up the brake and skidding the scooter will ruin the wheels. This is one reason that we tell our scooter kid to only let people that he trusts ride his scooter.
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.
Come ride with Inward Scooters and Phoenix Pro Scooters and don't miss out on the Phoenix Reventon launch party on August 6th in Newberg, OR!
Inward Scooter and Phoenix Pro Scooters are hitting 6 stops in Oregon and Washington on their Northwest Tour 2011 and they are kicking it off in Newberg, OR with the Phoenix Reventon launch party! There are several stops, so if you live in the Northwest, you should be able to find one relatively close.
Come on out, have some fun, and see the awesome new Phoenix Reventon deck. I'll bet they'll even have some of the sweet new TLC fork/compression/bar systems for you to check out. I've checked out two Reventon models and they are awesome. The design, build, and quality is fantastic. Ahem, I mean, it's totally legit!