Scooters are a very popular means of transport for children and adults. Different types of scooters are suitable for different types of riding and terrain. In this article, you will find basic breakdowns and information that can help you choose the right type of scooter for you.
Urban and folding scooters
Urban and folding scooters are ideal for shorter distances. For example, you can use them to get around town - to work, to school or just for fun. By being primarily designed for urban environments, these scooters are lightweight, foldable and easy to handle when riding on the street. Suitable for children, women and men.
- height adjustable handlebars
- easily transportable
- rubber wheels cannot be punctured
- more noticeable shocks when driving on rough surfaces
- not suitable for longer journeys
Scooters with inflatable wheels
Scooters with inflatable wheels are suitable for riding around the city and beyond, special types are also suitable for off-road use. It depends on how big your wheels are and whether the scooter is sprung. These scooters will give you a comfortable ride. The wheels absorb shocks better and can handle uneven roads. The scooters are suitable for shorter and longer routes. They are popular among children and also among adults who often get a scooter instead of a bike. Scooters are popularly used for rides in the countryside and on cycle paths.
- handlebar height adjustable by a few mm
- handles irregular roads better
- larger and heavier construction
- wheels can get punctured
TIP: The most comfortable handlebar height is slightly above the lower back. If you set the handlebars too low, your back will put more strain on it and you will tire quickly. If higher, the scooter will become harder to control.
Electric scooters have become a recent phenomenon. They are particularly suitable for urban environments and paved roads. Managers ride them to work, children and students ride them to school and women like to go shopping on them. These scooters are a very popular means of transport because they can handle long distances (they have a range of up to 50 km). Less effort is required to ride - thanks to the motor you don't have to bounce. The scooters are foldable, so you can easily transport them on public transport, place them in the office and they won't take up so much space at home.
- high load capacity (up to 150 kg)
- can go up to 25 km/h (depending on the type of scooter)
- possibility to mount an additional saddle
- must be charged after each discharge (4-8 h)
- can be discharged during the journey (can be ridden by classic bouncing)
- the wheels can be punctured
Freestyle scooters are suitable for street riding. But they're at their best in the skatepark. These scooters are suitable for every freestyler, especially for kids and teenagers. They have a sturdy construction so they can withstand even more demanding rides, complete with tricks and jumps that can be done on them thanks to their high maneuverability. They usually have a brake on the rear wheel, also for tricks.
- handlebars swivel 360°
- extended tread
- lower frame (better rebound)
- not suitable for longer trips
- quite small wheels
- no handlebar height adjustment
Accessories to scooters
Children's scooters are a popular 'approach vehicle' for the youngest children. Mothers like them too, because thanks to the scooter their children "go" a little faster than on foot. Children's scooters are easy to use and are suitable for riding on the street, in the garden and on the playground. The scooters are small, lightweight, but stable (some models have 2 front wheels).
- rubber wheels
- helps develop balance and coordination of movement
- attractive children's design
- plastic construction (less durable)
- not suitable for longer journeys
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