Freestyle scootering also known as scootering, scooting, scooter riding or just riding) is an action sport which involves using scooters to perform freestyle tricks, in a manner similar to skateboarding and BMX Freestyle.
Riding in skates park is the most common. Kick scooters, due to their construction, can use most structures, including rails, boxes and even vertical ramps. Some riders enjoy doing ‘flyout’ tricks and pushing their trick level. Others enjoy more of a relaxed style, based on a combination of BMX and their own style.
Among inner city riders, using structures such as stairs, ledges, hubbas, handrails, speedbumps, and gaps. Street riders tend to get technical with tricks. Most scooter riders enjoy street to some extent, but only a small group declare themselves as focusing strictly on street riding. Street riding is also a great platform to ride as it gives the riders interesting challenges such as gaps, grind, combinations and lines that they would not normally find in a vert styled skatepark.
The flatland genre of freestyle scooter riding takes place on flat surfaces such as parking lots, driveways, or tennis/basketball courts. Flatland riders prefer to link smaller tricks up in “combos”, or combinations, such as barspins, tailwhips, manuals, hang fives, fakies, scooter fakies, sliders, and many more.
Freestyle scooter parts
Decks of freestyle scooters have come a long way since scooterers first rode razor ‘A’ style decks, Nowadays, Freestyle scooter decks are usually one piece or two piece Nevertheless, both are equally as strong. Most scooter companies today make decks including TSI, Phoenix, Lucky, and Madd Gear. Lucky has their “Evo 2” Deck that features the aforementioned Two Piece deck design where the headtube is bolted on to the deck.
Handlebars are usually made out of 4130 chromoly or aluminium. The original folding Razor Bars have been out of use for years now and are replaced with welded and often gusseted bars for extra strength. There are several different designs for bars including standard RAD “OG” or “T” Bars and many other variations with different styles and angles. Bars can be custom cut to the preference of the rider and are generally between 18″ and 24″ Tall and 14″ to 24″ Wide.
Grips and Bar Ends
Originally, Freestyle scooter grips were simply foam rubber grips as seen on classic razor scooters. However, with today’s demand for stronger and more durable parts, BMX style grips are now used on scooters, and are available from companies such as ODI (longnecks) and Animal (edwins). Most grips come with bar ends which are designed to prevent the bars from becoming jagged around the edges. In the event of a fall, these jagged edges could cut the rider causing a painful injury.
Early Scooter Wheels were composed of a plastic center and a urethane outside. However, these often snapped, causing the development of metal-core wheels that are generally used by today’s riders. Newer metal-core wheels are composed of a machined aluminum core and a durable urethane outside.
Scooter Forks have come along way since the original razor forks which often bent from impact. Andrew Broussard, the owner of Proto Scooters and Freestyle Depot, following RADs footsteps in the DIY approach to aftermarket scooter parts, created the Proto Senior Fork in the mid 2000s. Nowadays, many companies make forks, each with their own advantages and innovations.
There are tons of brake types available for the freestyle scooter rider with TSI’s flex fender leading the way, Madd Gear and Phoenix being the most popular. Many brakes are ones that are composed of the brake itself, a bolt the runs horizontally through the bottom of it, and a spring to keep it from rattling. Nevertheless, these often rattle, which caused the invention of the flex-fender type brake system which is essentially just a flat or curved piece of metal that when depressed rubs down on the wheel to slow the rider down.
Pegs are a relatively new innovation to the scooter industry and are made by companies such as Quebec Scooters, Tilt Scooters and Lucky Scooters. They allow the rider to do stalls and grinds. However, they can occasionally interfere with riding, for example if they were to hit the side of a ramp or the riders foot.
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