How to choose equipment for a scooter
Scooters are gaining popularity every year. This is not only a great form of physically-active entertainment for a child, but also a means of transportation for an adult, allowing one to avoid traffic jams.
To make riding comfortable and safe, we recommend paying attention to a number of points:
- Clothes and footwear
- Knee pads
- Elbow pads and wrist protectors
CLOTHES AND SHOES
A scooter is a versatile means of transportation and does not require any special uniform: you can ride in an office suit or shorts and a t-shirt. But, if you are riding for a long time or professionally, the right clothes will make your riding pleasant and comfortable.
Choose clothes made from natural materials that are breathable and not uncomfortable. It is preferable that the clothes cover the elbows and knees, fit loosely without unnecessary accessories.
Choose a shoe that fits comfortably on your feet and has a flat and thin sole. The sole of the shoe should be made of high-quality abrasion-resistant material.
We do not recommend choosing shoes with a high top, since good mobility of the ankle is necessary while riding.
A helmet is the main and necessary element of protection for both beginner athletes, professional riders, and for kids.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SELECTING A SCOOTER HELMET
- Be sure to try on the helmet to make sure it fits.
- The helmet should fit well on the head and not slip during sharp turns and maneuvers.
- The front part of the helmet should be exactly above the eyes. Do not lift the helmet up to the forehead and the sides should be horizontal
- Elbow pads and wrist protectors are also important accessories along with a helmet.
Do not neglect such an piece of equipment like a helmet, which can protect you from potential blows to the head.
Kids should always be reminded of the importance of wearing a helmet while riding.
Falling while riding a scooter can lead to unpleasant consequences. One of the most vulnerable parts of the body while riding are the knees.
There are two types of knee pads: hard and soft.
Rigid knee pads contain plastic inserts and protect the kneecap well in case of a fall. But, it should be taken into consideration that hard knee pads will slightly hamper movement while riding, soft knee pads are more comfortable in this regard.
ELBOW PADS AND WRIST PROTECTION
Remember to also protect your elbows and arms while riding.
Elbow pads are especially useful during training. The principle of choosing elbow pads is similar to choosing knee pads, since the type of protection and materials are very similar.
When falling, a person always puts his hands forward, so high-quality protection for the palms and wrists is essential.
Choose protection from materials that are good for air permeability and wick moisture out. This is necessary to avoid chafing and calluses while riding.
We recommend purchasing a spacious scooter bag. The bag will allow you to comfortably transport the scooter and will become indispensable when traveling. It is incredibly convenient to check the scooter in your luggage or transport it in the car without worrying about minor damage.
It is worth considering purchasing a backpack for riding. A particularly convenient option would be a backpack with one strap, which you can unfold, get what you need and continue to ride.