Scooters are a big thing in our house right now!
When the sun’s out, you can be guaranteed that there’ll be at least one (usually both) of my children playing out with their friends on their scooter and I regularly have to climb over a pile of scooters in the hallway to answer the door to more scooter riding children calling for mine. We even store the scooters in the back of the car so we always have them with us and we’ve taken them on every break away that we’ve had for the last year or so.
I’ve just done a quick search in my photos for any that are scooter related and I found loads – not all the best quality as I’m usually shooting a moving target but lots of scooter love all the same.
But what is it about scooters that kids love so much?
I certainly don’t remember loving my scooter that much when I was younger. This is what my two said when I pinned them down and asked them to share their scooter love reasons with me:
- They’re fun!
- They’re cool!
- I love that mines red!
- They mean we don’t have to walk places.
- We can go down ramps super quick.
- We can play on them at the skate park.
- They’re fun!
- You can buy bits off eBay to customise them.
- You can ride them to school.
- You can learn tricks.
So basically, they’re lots of fun and they get them places without having to walk!
There really is a scooter for every budget and for every ability and you certainly don’t need to spend a fortune on a scooter for your children to enjoy it.
But…. What I’ve found over the last year or two is that there are particular makes of scooter that are more popular than others and certain types of scooters will get more scooter envy from your children’s friends than others will. None of this is important really to us as parents but to a nine year old and an eleven year old it’s very important to fit in – and that means having the right scooter.
Last year it was all about the JD Bug and the Madd Gear scooters – we managed to get ours from a car boot sale and Mast F is particularly proud of his customised (not by us) scooter but this year, there’s a new scooter on the block!
(Did that sounds as cheesey to you as it did to me?)
Miss Frugal has been reviewing a Zinc Chozen scooter for the last couple of weeks which has resulted in a lot of scooter envy going on – from Master Frugal mostly!
For the purposes of the review I’ll tell you the techie stuff although if I’m honest, it actually makes no sense to me at all:
SCS Aluminum Quad Clamp • CNC Threadless headset with unique Zinc branding • CNC alloy fork • Anodised Aluminium 6061-T6 extruded deck with unique ZINC detailing • Spring steel brake • 10mm High Bounce 6 Spoke Alloy core wheels – 88A PU • Soft rubberised Pro Grips • Available 4 colours • 100kgs Maximum Weight
What does make sense to me are the technical facts as confirmed by an 11 year old:
It’s really quiet and doesn’t make any noise • It’s really smooth when you’re riding it • It goes faster than my old scooter • It’s brilliant for doing stunts – even though I can’t really do many yet • 200 times better than my old scooter • All my friends say it’s better than their scooters • It looks great and I love the red colour • It’s lots of fun!
And if you want a parents point of view about it too, then here you go:
It looks and feels extremely well made • She’s been riding it for two or three weeks now and it still looks great – no chips or scratches • The brake seems really good which makes me feel better • Two parents at school have asked me where I got it from • It makes them excited to ride to school on a morning which saves me a job going with them • It does come with a big price tag of around £150 but that actually represents good value in the world of stunt scooters and considering the number of hours that are spent on scooters here then it’s not a bad price.
If you put together the techie specs together and the fun factor then this scooter is definitely worth it’s price tag so if you want a good long lasting scooter that will not only do the job as far as being a scooter is concerned but will also make your child the envy of their friends then this could be the one for you.