How to choose the right kids' scooter?

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Kids absolutely love playing around on scooters. They're quick to get to grips with the technique of pushing themselves along and really enjoy picking up some speed. For the very youngest, it's a really good way of developing psychomotor skills; for slightly older kids it's a proper sport that lets them let off steam. To make sure your children are learning to ride in the best possible conditions, it's important to choose the right scooter model.

 

KIDS' SCOOTERS

You can get all sorts of different scooters for kids. They need to be suitable for their age, body shape and weight in order to offer a smoother glide. You therefore need to take into account the scooter's technical characteristics when choosing one. The elements that vary from model to model are: the ABEC. This is the standard that defines the bearings. The lower it is, the slower the scooter. It's best to choose a lower number (ABEC 1) for beginners so that they can find their balance without picking up too much speed; the wheels. How hard they are and their diameter varies in order to prioritise either comfort or durability. The number of wheels your scooter has affects how it travels in certain configurations. You can get classic models with wheels that are in line, and models whose wheels are arranged differently (in a triangle); the deck. This is where you place your feet. The width varies from model to model in order to give beginners better balance; the headset. This is the part of the scooter that allows you to steer and is telescopic to let you adapt the handlebars to your child's height; the braking system. It may be activated by a handle on the handlebar or placed above the rear wheel.

SCOOTERS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (2-6 YEARS)

Even very young children can ride a scooter. And there are plenty of models designed just for them. They're very stable and smaller than normal so that toddlers can learn the technique of gliding along safely. They'll also learn how to maintain their balance and combine different movements for propelling themselves along. This makes the scooter a really good tool for developing psychomotor skills, as well as being fun. We recommend several different models for young children: Very stable three-wheeled models for beginners getting used to the movements you have to do. They're particularly appropriate for kids aged 2 to 4; two-wheeled models for children who already know how to stay balanced. These are best for kids aged 5 to 6.

 

Trottinette pour enfant de 2 à 4 ans Oxelo B1

 

 

SCOOTERS FOR OLDER CHILDREN (6-12 YEARS)

Children grow up pretty quickly, which means their scooter needs to keep up with them. This is why you should choose a model that fits your child. Scooters for older children (aged 6 to 12) tend to be designed for everyday use, with more fluid bearings and softer wheels to help them glide along. These scooters are designed so that kids can fold them themselves, and the forks include a suspension system. After the age of 12, what kids want to get out of their scooters will probably have changed. This is why you can get scooters for teenagers with different purposes, different kinds of wheels, and different pushing techniques. You still need to make sure that your child is using the right scooter for their kind of riding - kids' scooters aren't designed for doing freestyle so if they want to get into the sport they'll need a specific freestyle scooter.

Trottinette pour enfant de 6 à 12 ans Oxelo Mid 5

 

PROTECTIVE GEAR

As you're probably all too aware, kids love to push their limits; they hurtle off at high speed and tend to take quite a few tumbles. It's therefore really important to keep them safe by getting protective gear for their head, elbows, knees and wrists. This will let them be a total daredevil without taking any risks.

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