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HOW SCOOTERS FOR TEENS SHOULD BE USED

If you are planning to buy your teenager a new kickboard or another type of scooter this year, the following tips should ensure that they have fun and stay safe!

 

Buying Scooters for Teens That Are Safe

High quality components and construction are crucial for safety and longevity. The scooter you buy for your teen should have premium quality Polyurethane wheels, ball bearings, brake, frame and grips will ensure that your teen is getting the smoothest, quietest, and therefore, most fun ride possible.  You don’t want the shake and rattle, just he roll!  Look for a scooter that has been hand-bolted together rather than just cheaply riveted so that the scooter can be maintained with regular tightening for optimal performance and safety. Make sure that worn components such as wheels and brakes can be easily ordered and replaced.

Safety Tips for New Scooter Riders

  1. Buy the Right Sized Scooter – If you want to be sure that your child will be able to control their new scooter with ease, you need to buy one that fits them perfectly. Take their height and weight into account when shopping, not just their age.
  1. Buy a Good Quality Helmet – This safety tip cannot be overemphasised. Head injuries can be serious so the very first thing that you should do after buying a scooters for teens is to purchase a quality helmet and make sure that it is being worn.
  1. Wear Durable Shoes – It is highly recommended that your son or daughter uses appropriate footwear, such as a good pair of running or skateboard shoes, when riding their scooter. Open toe footwear such as sandals or flip flops are not recommended for scooting.
  1. Invest in Safety Padding – While you may find it hard to get your teen to wear his/her safety padding, having a set on hand when they are first learning is never a bad idea. Many kids would prefer to learn with a degree of security until they feel more comfortable on their new kickboard or scooter.
  1. Maintenance – Regularly check the scooter over to ensure safety and optimal performance. Tighten any loosened bolts and replace any worn parts.
  1. Practice! – One of the easiest ways to make sure your son or daughter can stay safe and have fun is to practice basic manoeuvres. In particular, proper braking is essential to a safe ride. With practice, it is possible to stop any of the scooters for teens extremely quickly. Constant repetition will help to ensure that it is possible to carry out this manoeuvre safely in the event of an emergency.

The precautionary measures and buying tips listed above should help ensure that your teen gets the most fun out of scooting while staying safe. Kickboard Canada has a full assortment of excellent Micro scooters for teens so you should not find it difficult to locate a suitable model.

They also have a full assortment of replacement parts available to order to keep any Micro scooter running and looking like new.  Remember: A quality scooter is one that will get used over and over again.

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FAQS ABOUT THE MAXI MICRO SCOOTER

If you are not sure exactly what the Maxi Micro scooter is or whether it will make a good present for your child, take a look at the following questions that are commonly asked by others who are new to these fun machines.

What People Want to Know About the Maxi Micro Scooter

  1. What makes a Maxi Micro so special? – The patented lean-to-steer mechanism means that your child uses their weight to steer. The front wheels turn automatically as the rider leans left or right for the ultimate sidewalk surfing experience.  It is often described as a cross between a scooter and a snowboard!  Yup, pretty awesome!
  2. Can the Handlebar Height Be Adjusted? – Yes. You can move the bars up as your child grows so your son or daughter should be able to get several years’ use out of their new scooter- usually until they are about 11 or 12.
  3. What is the Maximum Weight They Can Carry? – The maximum rider weight is 50 kg. Any child who weighs more than 50 kg should probably get one of the scooters for teens that we have available rather than a Maxi Micro scooter.
  4. Are They Suitable for Newbies? – They most certainly are! If your child has never ridden a scooter before, the three wheels have the added advantage of providing more stability and helping grow in confidence. With practice they will soon be able to take full advantage of the lean-to-steer mechanism for a curvier ride.
  5. Are They Easier To Control than Two-Wheeled Scooters? – The low deck height and the ability to steer by shifting one’s weight are both factors that many people feel make the Maxi particularly easy to control. But again, it is with practice they will soon be able to take full advantage of the lean-to-steer mechanism to start carving. The third wheel on a kickboard is absolutely not a ‘training wheel’ on a scooter but rather a way to allow for a more dynamic curvy ride.
  6. Are They Built to Last? – Yes, they are. When you buy a Maxi Micro scooter, you are buying a high quality vehicle with features such as a fibreglass reinforced deck, high quality polyurethane wheels and ABEC 5 ball bearings for the smoothest, quietest ride on the sidewalk – no shake and rattle, just the roll! It also comes with a one year warranty against all manufacturer defects. In addition, all the parts on the Maxi Micro are replaceable and can be sourced from the Kickboard Canada online store.
  7. Is My Child Old Enough? – If your son or daughter is between 5 and 11 they should be able to handle a Maxi Micro. If they are under 5, a Mini Micro scooter will probably be more suitable.
  8. Where can I buy one? – Kickboard Canada has a great selection 3-wheeled kickboards for riders of all ages on its website. Shipping to anywhere in Canada is free with orders over $99.

 

What to Do if You Need More Information

If you have any questions about the Maxi Micro scooter that are not answered above, please feel free to contact us here at Kickboard Canada and we will do our best to answer them. You can also find several other articles about these scooters on our website.

 

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TIPS TO HELP YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MICRO KICKBOARD

If you’re looking for some useful tips for riding your 3-wheeled kickboard, this article is sure to be of interest to you. In it, we are going to take a quick look at some basic techniques that will help to get you off to a great start.

Basic Kickboard Techniques

At first glance, the models you can find for sale online mostly look very similar to the two-wheeled scooters for teens and adults that are available across Canada. However, the extra wheel at the front makes a big difference to the way that you control them.

  • Lean-to-steer – The patented lean-to-steer mechanism means that the rider uses their weight to steer rather than turning the handlebars like on a bicycle. The front wheels turn automatically as the rider leans left or right for the ultimate sidewalk surfing experience.  With practice the rider can carve longer sweeping curves as space allows.  The exhilarating feeling is often described as a cross between a scooter and a snowboard.
  • Stopping – Being able to stop is, of course, an essential technique of riding any scooter. The integrated brakes of all Micro kickboards are activated when the back foot pushes down onto it, which slows the back wheel and brings the scooter to a smooth stop. Given the stability of kickboards, abrupt stops can be also accomplished simply by taking one foot off the deck and placing it on the ground. Practicing both techniques will allow you to use them in different situations and will contribute to a safe ride.
  • Hopping on and off – Because a kickboard is built for long sweeping curves rather than sharp turns, you will probably need to stop and step off when tackling sharp turns. Once you have lifted and turned your board simply step back on again and go! The very low ride height of the decks make this manoeuvre easy to accomplish. In addition, being able to quickly hop off your kickboard is essential in getting up and down curbs, crossing streets and avoiding obstacles.

Practice Makes Perfect

The above three techniques should ensure that you are able to steer accurately and avoid common obstacles without too much effort. The more time you spend on your kickboard, practising these and other manoeuvres, the sooner you will become a kickboarding pro. For more information about different techniques or the models that we have available in this country, please feel free to give us a call on our toll free number – 1.877.913.5425.

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3 WHEELED SCOOTERS: HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT FROM THE 2 WHEELERS?

Whether it’s for a special occasion like a birthday or Christmas or ‘just because’, quality scooters represent a great gift for any child as young as 3 years (and there are many adults in Canada that would love one too!) If you’re struggling to determine whether a 2 or 3 wheeled scooter would be best, then this article is for you.

While classic 2 wheeled scooters are relatively well known, 3 wheeled scooters have unique characteristics that should be taken into consideration when deciding to purchase a scooter. We are going to point out some of the key characteristics of 3 wheeled scooters which offer the rider a surprisingly different riding experience than that of their traditional 2 wheeled relatives. Sometimes people make the mistake of assuming that having 3 wheels is like having training wheels on your scooter. Nothing could be further from the truth in the case of a curvy, high quality 3 wheeled scooter. Read on to find out what we mean.

2 and 3 Wheeled Scooters: The Main Differences

Understanding the difference is important as it could mean the difference between the new scooter becoming your child’s favourite possession or it being left in the basement gathering dust. Here’s what you need to know about 3 wheeled scooters:

  • Lean-to-Steer Mechanism – Micro of Switzerland is credited with innovating the very first 3 wheeled scooter (also known as a kickboard) featuring a lean-to-steer mechanism, which was initially only implemented on scooters aimed at teens and adults. Lean-to-steer was such a big hit that Micro went on to develop the Mini Micro range (aimed at kids aged 3-5) and the Maxi Micro range (aimed at kids aged 5-11). While a classic 2 wheeled scooter steers much like a bicycle, the lean-to-steer technology offers the user a particularly dynamic ride, and it is often described as a “cross between a skateboard, snowboard and scooter.” Although it is easy to start using and having fun right away, it is with a bit of practice that the rider is able to take full advantage of the lean-to-steer mechanism and properly curve and carve out those very satisfying and exhilarating
  • Quick Starts – As the 3 wheeled scooters that Micro offers are always in the upright position, they are easy to get on and start using right away. Even though some 2 wheeled models have a handy kickstand, the 3 wheeled model is particularly useful for kids who like to jump on and off along the way.

Advantages of 3 Wheeled Scooters by Micro of Switzerland

Micro is head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to 3 wheeled scooters. Here are just a few reasons why it is wise to invest in an authentic Micro kickboard.

  • Superior Steering – Remember that we mentioned that Micro pioneered the lean-to-steer mechanism on the 3 wheeled kickboard? This particularly responsive system is considered superior to many of the similar steering systems that have since been implemented by competitors, offering a smoother and more dynamic ride. It also accelerates the learning curve in terms of the user’s sense of balance.
  • Highest-Quality Components – Micro’s premium quality PU (Polyurethane) wheels, ABEC5 ball bearings and fibre-glass reinforced chassis mean a sturdier and smoother ride. All parts can be exchanged through the extensive Micro replacement parts service.Translation: A longer lasting scooter that is more fun for the rider!
  • Wheel Configuration – The 3 wheeled scooters produced by Micro feature two wheels at the front of the scooter and a single wheel at the back, which allows the user to kick more freely, without fear of knocking a foot on the rear wheel. This is safer for both you and the scooter!
  • Customizable – The plastic decks covering the fibreglass reinforced bases are available in a wide range of colours and can be removed and replaced with another deck. The rubber grips can also be swapped out. This is particularly useful if the scooter is being passed down to a younger sibling who has different design preferences.

If you would like to learn more about the 3 wheeled scooters offered by Micro, get in touch with the Kickboard Canada team at info@kickboard.ca today and we’ll be glad to advise you.

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JUST WHY HAVE SCOOTERS FOR KIDS BECOME SO POPULAR?

If you’re thinking of buying a scooter for your child, you’re not alone. In recent years thousands of parents across Canada have been buying 3-wheeled kickboards and scooters for kids; it’s become the most popular and most efficient way for young children to “get around.” It’s now relatively common to see hoards of scooter-riding children making their way to school every morning and most parents don’t have a bad word to say about them. So what is it about scooters for kids that have made them so popular?

Scooters for Kids: A Must Have Accessory for Every Child

Many parents have become concerned by the trend that has been established amongst many youngsters in recent years, finding it difficult to persuade them to go outside and play. However,scooters for kids have gotten them out from the TV room and back outside. Here are just a few reasons why they’ve become so well liked by parents and children alike.

  • Both a Mode of Transportation and Favourite Toy – A typical child is 6 times faster on a scooter than walking which comes in handy during the morning rush to get to school. When not needed to get somewhere on time, the scooter turns into a sporty toy that can go as fast or as curvy as the rider wants.
  • Easy to Use – One of the other reasons that young children have so much fun with scooters is that the learning curve is not as steep as other products, such as bikes. This means they are able to quickly master the basic skills required to use a scooter. Also, some of the skills learned are transferable; many children learn how to balance on a scooter which comes in very handy when learning to ride a bike.
  • Less Risky Than Other Ride-On Toys – There are various ride-on “toys” that children traditionally like to use, with bikes and skateboards being two of the other most popular options. However, in comparison scooters for kids are much safer and your child is less likely to sustain an injury when using a scooter. However, that doesn’t mean that precautions shouldn’t be taken and we recommend that kneepads, elbow pads and a helmet be worn at all times.
  • High-Quality Scooters Really Last – Anything that is bought for a young child needs to be able to tolerate a fair amount of abuse and well-built scooters for kids are able to do just that. High quality components will make scooters cost a bit more but are well worth the money as they also make the scooter much sturdier and therefore much smoother and more fun to ride. There’s nothing worse than a shake and rattle when you’re rolling! What’s more, if a certain part of such a scooter does break or get damaged, it’s usually possible to source a replacement from the repair service.
  • Wonderful Design Variations – We all have our own unique identity, including children! As such, scooters for kids are available in a wide range of different colours and designs. Matching scooter accessories such as helmets, bells, lights and decorations can be used to personalize a scooter even more to make the journey to school something to look forward to (for both the child and the parent)
  • Convenient – Last but not least, scooters for kids are very convenient to store as they use up much less room than a bicycle. Quality 2-wheeled models boast a handlebar assembly that folds with little effort, meaning the scooter occupies a minimal amount of storage space. Three-wheeled kickboards have the advantage of always standing upright rather than lying on the floor.

For more information on kick scooters, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at info@kickboard.ca.

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HOW TO TELL GENUINE MICRO SCOOTERS APART FROM IMITATIONS

Exceptional quality, unrivaled performance and extreme durability; we can only be referring to one brand of scooters – Micro scooters! The scooter craze that quickly spread throughout the world and gripped the attention of kids, teens and adults alike in the 1990’s can be almost solely attributed to this Swiss brand. Micro Scooters invented the very first modern folding 2-wheeled scooter (you know, the one that virtually every child got for Christmas that year) back in 1999. Due to the overwhelming success they have enjoyed, others have tried to “piggyback” off of their products by offering imitations of the real Micro Scooter range. While this is neither legal nor ethical, it’s very difficult to completely prevent the sale of these imitations and it’s left to you to be a responsible consumer and really know what you’re buying before you make a financial commitment. We’re going to help you achieve this by pointing out a few of the main visible differences between genuine Micro scooters and imitations.

What to Look For to Make Sure You are Buying an Authentic Micro Scooter:

It’s always best to buy scooters for kids (or yourself) from a reputable retailer, but if you choose to buy from a less well-known source or perhaps from a second hand sale, watch out for the following:

  • Unique Serial Number – When handling a Micro scooter, if you look at the top of the folding block that’s located at the base of the steering column, right near the “Swiss Design” logo you should see a unique serial number stamped into the metal. All genuine Micro scooters feature this, as well as an aluminum medallion with the “Micro” logo on the front of the steering column. The presence of these features signifies that the scooter is a genuine product.
  • Hand-Bolted Together – Virtually every imitation Micro scooter will be cheaply riveted together, as opposed to hand bolted, because the production costs are significantly lower this way. However, a hand-bolted design offers the consumer a number of advantages: Parts can be tightened up for added safety and they can also be exchanged should the need arise. This means you can enjoy genuine Micro scooters for much longer periods of time.
  • Smoother Ride – Don’t forget to ask for a test ride before you buy a new scooter as there is almost always some very noticeable differences between the performance of a genuine Micro scooter and an imitation. The “real deal” features high quality polyurethane wheels, ABEC5 ball-bearings and a high quality rear-wheel braking system that work together to provide you with a smooth ride that can’t be matched. On imitation models you will likely notice that there is a considerable amount of vibration and noise produced when using the scooter, owing to the poorer components that are used to construct it.
  • Cushioned Hand Grips – On imitation Micro scooters, another difference that you will likely notice are the hand grips. While a genuine Micro scooter will feature super foam-cushioned hand grips or soft rubber grips with side rubber bumpers that offer additional protection, imitations will often have handle grips that are hard and lack ergonomic design.

Micro has had to deal with a countless number of imitators over the years but has outlasted each and every one of them by focusing its efforts on producing products that are high quality, well designed and innovative. For these reasons it remains the leading brand for scooter enthusiasts across Canada and the rest of the world.

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HOW BALANCE BIKES CAN BENEFIT YOUR CHILD

Balance bikes are a great training aid that can have a significant impact on the development of your child, teaching them to balance and steer. They are also superior to alternative products that are designed to achieve the same goals, such as tricycles and training wheels. Due to the impact they can have, it’s not surprising that they have been the subject of some significant hype in recent years. But why are balance bikes considered the best option?

4 BIG Ways in Which Balance Bikes Can Benefit Your Little Ones and Your Pocket Book

Children absolutely love riding bikes, but before you can let them loose on one, they first need to learn some basic core skills and that’s where balance bikes come in. Here are four of the main ways in which they are beneficial to kids:

  1. They Are Safe – Safety is one of the primary concerns of any parent and this is one area in which balance bikes excel when compared to the competition. There are no pedals for the child to get caught up in or become distracted by; they can focus all of their attention on developing their ability to balance. The rider picks up momentum by running while sitting on the balance bike and then coasts along while holding their feet off the ground. The rider’s feet are never far from the ground so the risk of tipping over is minimized. The main reason why children fall over on a bike is due to a lack of balance, so investing in a balance bike now can prevent a lot of cuts and bruises when they eventually graduate to a pedal bike.
  2. Long Term Savings – If you are undecided over whether to purchase a balance bike for your child, it’s probably because you’re not sure whether it’s an investment you really need to make. However, this is a common misconception as parents that purchase balance bikes often end up saving in the long term. Those that buy tricycles still have to buy a full learner’s bike later on. Even those that opt to buy a 30 cm bike right away often end up buying a larger model soon after, as many 30cm models can only be used with training wheels.
  3. Faster Progression – There’s no doubt that children that utilize balance bikes generally progress to successfully riding a full bike unaided much quicker. Why? Because learning to balance on their own is the most challenging aspect of learning to ride a bike and it’s something that can’t be learned on a tricycle or with training wheels. We’ve seen children as young as 3 riding a full bike after graduating from a balance bike, whereas the average age is typically around 5 or 6.
  4. Encourages Outdoor Activity – Too often children stay indoors to play the latest video game or watch cartoons that never seem to end. Instead of having to plead with your children to get them to play outdoors, a balance bike will actually motivate them to get outside. Children like the challenge of learning to ride a bike and there’s an added bonus in that it’s good for their health too.

Kickboard Canada Inc. carries the Micro G-Bike+ Light balance bike, one of the lightest and most compact (and therefore transportable!) on the market. If you have any questions or you require any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at info@kickboard.ca.

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TIPS TO HELP YOU CHOOSE BETWEEN THE MANY KICK SCOOTERS ON OFFER

If you asked children (and maybe even some adults) in Canada what their favourite form of transportation is, kick scooters would be right up there on the list of the most common responses. They are just so fun and simple to use, and are great form of urban transportation. They are relatively safe and they get you and your child outdoors in the fresh air, which is always a good thing. If you’ve decided to buy one, it can be difficult to know which model to choose. Fear not! We have put together a list of tips based on our vast experience in this industry which should help you to narrow down your search.

Factors to Consider When Buying Kick Scooters

If you just spend a few minutes browsing around you will soon learn that kick scooters are certainly not a one-size-fits-all kind of product. There’s an incredible amount of variety and it’s important to choose a model that is perfectly suited to the person that it’s intended for. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Quality Components and Construction – Take a close look at the construction of the scooter. Are the components hand-bolted together so that parts can regularly tightened or replaced? Cheaply riveted scooters will quickly loosen and rattle. How are the ball-bearings? Do the wheels turn smoothly when you spin them?
  • Deck Size – Smaller deck sizes are better suited to either children or people with a more slender frame. Most adults or children with a larger body size require a deck that is thicker, otherwise balancing and manoeuvring the scooter can become a real issue. Some riders appreciate a deck that is slightly lower to the ground so that they can stand more upright when kicking.
  • Handlebar Height – Most kick scooters have a handlebar that can be adjusted for the rider to use comfortably. An exception are the rigid handlebars of scooters specifically built for stunt riding and scooter built for children under 5.
  • Weight – The weight of kick scooters can vary tremendously depending on the materials they are constructed from (Micro scooters are available with solid aluminum, wood flex board and fiberglass flex board decks, for example) in addition to their overall design and the features they boast. The user’s physical capabilities and strength should be considered when deciding upon the weight of the scooter. There is no use pairing a young child with one of the heavier kick scooters available, as they will likely tire quickly when using it. For safety reasons, riders should never exceed the stated maximum weight load of a particular scooter.
  • Wheel Configuration – There are numerous different wheel configurations, with some models only featuring 2 wheels, while others can have 3 or even 4 in total. Classic two wheeled scooters are ideally suited for those who are less interested in making curves and more interested in a compact and efficient mode of transportation. Micro’s 3 wheeled scooters feature an innovative lean-to-steer mechanism that produces a more curvy and dynamic ride with a bit of practice. Think scooter meets snowboard and skateboard. The 3 wheels also ensure the scooter is quickly accessible as it’s always in an upright position. We don’t recommend scooters with 4 opposing wheels as they tend to be rather slow and unresponsive which can be very frustrating for the rider.

If you would like some additional advice about kick scooters, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We consider no question to be “silly” and we enjoy sharing our years of experience gained from working with these products with clients located all over Canada. Contact us at info@kickboard.ca.

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COMING SOON! PEDALFLOW II

The folding aluminum Pedalflow II is the latest innovation from Micro. This clever cross between a bicycle and scooter offers riders the best of elements of both to quickly and simply cover short distances. Its weight of only 7.3kg and foldable compact design makes it less cumbersome than a bike to ride, transport or store. Thanks to its air-filled tires, the Pedalflow can also be used on rougher terrain like packed gravel and even cobblestones. It’s the perfect companion to get you to the morning train on time while adding some exhilarating exercise and fun to your day!

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MICRO G-BIKE+ LIGHT – NOW AVAILABLE IN 6 FUN COLOURS!

The Micro G-Bike+ Light is a revolutionary balance bike that gives young children the exhilarating feeling of ‘cycling’ down the sidewalk as they run and coast along with both feet safely in reach of the ground at all times.

Young riders learn a sense of balance and coordination while improving their motor skills. This often allows them to easily transition to a bicycle with pedals without the need for training wheels!

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