BT stopped in at the shop in Highett to teach us the difference between scooters and how to choose one that's right for you.
From stunt and park scooters to kids scooter and commuter scooters, BT lets you know about which scooter bars are right and what the different scooter wheels help you do.
Check out the video below or scroll down for the transcript. Enjoy!
Choosing a Stunt / Park Scooter
Choosing a Kids Scooter or Commuter Scooter
Hello, I'm BT and I'm here at Bayside Blades to run you through the diverse scooter range they stock.
From commuter to stunt scooter, they've got you covered. So without further ado, let's get educated!
Stunt Scooters / Park Scooters
So I'm going to start you off with my specialty - the stunt or skate park scooter.
First thing I want to talk about is that these scooters do not fold and they do not adjust in height. Now the reason for the non-folding mechanism and the non-adjustable height bar is so that there are other least amount of moving parts on the scooter as they are designed for jumping.
But let's run through the scooters. I'll start at the lower end and we'll work our way up.
This is a perfect example of an entry-level stunt scooter. It has small handlebars, small wheels, and a basic headset. Now on the stunt scooters, the bars are generally quite low and the reason for this is that when you're at the skate park, you want to be able to pull the bars up when you're jumping in the air.
Now the reason for the width of the bar is for stability and giving you good balance when riding down the ramps. Because of how practical this thing is, some riders like to ride it to school. Personally, I would recommend getting a bigger front wheel for a smoother ride to ride over ditches, cracks or any rocks that might get in the way, ultimately giving you the smoothest ride possible. Now, these stunt scooters start quite small. Low handlebars, small wheels and a small deck.
As you go through the range and spend more, you start to get longer-lasting components. Also in general, everything starts to get bigger. So for example, at this entry-level scooter, we have small wheels. They have an open ring, unsealed bearings in the headset and as previously mentioned, a low handlebar from there to there.
So our next level up, we have stronger bars, bigger wheels, a stronger deck, and a fully integrated sealed bearing headset. Now, this deck is a lot stronger. It will take high impacts when jumping at the skate park and also it's a bit wider for your feet to stand on to get a little bit more comfy. Same with the handlebar, a little bit bigger and a little bit stronger as well.
And moving onto Bayside's highest end-range that they stock. Now, as mentioned previously, everything just gets stronger and lighter as it goes on. This thing is really light and really strong. Massive wheels, massive deck and aluminium bars. This scooter even has a stronger fork. As mentioned previously, just better for high-impact when doing crazy tricks at the skate park. And generally the more you spend, the nicer finish you get as well. This one has a really beautiful finish to it, but every scooter is going to be different so you'll have to come in and check for yourself.
When choosing a stunt scooter, we believe it should be based on how strong you need it to be for yourself. An eight-year-old child riding to school on a scooter does not need it to be as strong as a 10-year-old doing it back-flip at a skate park, so it's all subjective and it's all based on what you need.
One other factor we believe that it can be decided on as well is the height of the rider. Someone like myself, I like a taller bar, but you can find all the specs in the description of the scooters on the website. So if you've got the general gist of this video, everything gets stronger and lighter and bigger as you go on through the range.
However, there are also options for smaller riders to have high-end performing scooter parts for those riders that need a little bit of extra strength. So do not hesitate to ask for advice.
Now, I believe that's everything covered in the skate parks/stunt scooters section. If you have any questions on that, feel free to comment below or come into the store and ask us questions. We would love to help you.
But let's move over to the commuter scooter and get educated on those scooters as well.
Commuter Scooters and Kids Scooters
All right. Let me run you through the different commuter scooters they have here at Bayside Blades. These scooters are great for a smooth ride to either school, work, or just the smoothest ride on the beach path.
Now, the commuter range starts off for tiny kids as a three-wheeler. This little guy. (example shown is the Micro Mini Deluxe Scooter) It's super lightweight and easy for kids to lift and maneuver. These scooters are super-stable, stand up on their own and even have adjustable height handlebars as the kids grow up.
Now the next size up from this is a bigger, stronger version than this. This guy has a bigger deck to hold more weight. It has bigger wheels for a smoother, faster ride and bigger handlebars to grow as you do. (example shown in video is the Micro Maxi Scooter)
And after the three-wheeled scooter, you can move on to a two-wheel commuter scooter. These guys actually fold down, easy for storage and for carrying around. They go from small handlebar height for kids, all the way up to adult size. So this scooter will last a very long time. (example shown is the Micro Sprite Scooter)
Now a really interesting and cool thing about this scooter is that the front wheel's actually larger than the back wheel. This allows a smoother ride when rolling over cracks, ditches, bumps, rocks, dirt, whatever. This thing has got you covered.
Now, these scooters go up massive in size. Let me quickly show you. You can see the size of that scooter wheel there compared to that one. Generally speaking, the bigger the wheel, the smoother the ride, the less effort you have to put in to get to your destination. (example shown in video is the Micro White Classic Scooter)
So there are endless options here at Bayside Blades. Come in, ask for advice. I'm sure we have the scooter for you.
That pretty much wraps up the spec side of the range. If you want more details, you can check out the descriptions on the website or come in store and asked the friendly staff.
Something you can have a lot of fun with as well, is accessorising a scooter, with either a scooter head, scooter ribbons, scooter bottles, and even more. Check out on the website or again, come in store.
When riding a scooter, it is compulsory to wear a helmet. Bayside Blades has you covered from kids to adult and plenty of colours to choose from. Again, check on the website or come in store and see what they got.
I think that's it. All the details can be found on the website at www.baysideblades.com.au or simply call the store (03 95557988) and ask your questions. Any questions. The staff are so friendly and lovely here. You will have the best experience possible, I can assure you.
Thank you so much for tuning in to this video, guys. I hope you learned something and happy scootering. Bye!
(Brenton Taylor, AKA 'BT' has been riding scooters for over a decade at an Elite level, as a sponsored rider, and involved in product development and marketing for various Scooter companies. BT also coaches scooter riding and skateboarding locally here in the Melbourne area) Read all about BT in his interview... click here.