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How to Buy a Kick Scooter

To properly select your kick scooter you need to think about your height, weight, and shoe size. Kick scooters for adults say the maximum weight is 220-300 pounds. I suggest going for the larger size if you are within 20 lbs. of the maximum weight limit. This avoids shortening the life of your scooter; also get one that supports your weight and other physical features.

For example, so you are a man of 6' 2'' who has shoe size is a US 12. You would require enough room on the deck of the scooter so you don't have to stand so close to the handlebar and a handlebar at about waist height. If the deck of the scooter is too short and the front of your shoes are too close to the front wheel, every time you kick, it will make the front wheel lift.

While all kick scooter makers tell the measurement of a handlebar fully extended, the best height is waist height. Fully extended handlebar hinders your ability to lean forward easily as you kick. This puts more pressure on your knees.

In contrast, if you are 5’ 3” and have a show size of US 8; you will tend to fit almost all the scooters we sell at Urban Scoot. However, you should still pay attention to the various dimensions of the deck, handlebar height and overall scooter length. For example, the footboard on the Yedoo Tidit is 12.6 in (32cm) versus the Yedoo Ox at 14 in (36cm). The Tidit does not have enough room on the footboard for someone with a size US12 shoe. I personally own a Yedoo Ox and it works great for me as well as my 9 year old son.

So, I highly recommend scooters that are smaller for those that are 5’ 8” or shorter. People that are taller and have shoe sizes that are larger, will be more comfortable on kick scooters that come with bigger decks and waist high handlebars.

All kick scooters discussed on my site come with deck and handlebar dimensions. Your shoe size more so, tells what deck you need.

More Considerations

  • Shoes: Choosing a shoe to use for kick scooting, think about wearing non-padded, non-athletic shoes. Large athletic shoes could take up too much space on the deck, you also run the chance of stepping on the edges of your soles as you more your feet to get a more comfortable stance. Kick scooting is easier in a shoe that is flat and is easy to bend so you can feel what you step on , rather than one packed with padding and fat soles.
  • Multiple Scooters: A few people own more than 1 scooter, one might seem too small but is convenient for moving on trips and the other more a good size for kick scooting about where they live.
  • Standing and Cruising: There are people that buy kick scooters with very small decks purposely so that the cost is low or the scooter is more portable. If you feel this is a good idea, it is good to practice standing on one foot for ten minutes, then the other. If your hips don't tire out, this may be an idea you can use.
  • Brakes and Braking: Every kick scooter is made with a different braking system. There are front and rear brakes in the fender, some have front brakes only, and some only have back brakes in the fender.

The first order of safety is decided by whether you can control speed by dragging a foot, or jump off your kick scooter, with ease, if need be. That's my opinion. If the length of your shoe is too short for the height of the deck (meaning you have to bend your standing knee to drag a foot), think about purchasing a shorter, and maybe, smaller scooter.

The brakes are not supposed to stop you, just slow you down. It’s safer to keep the kick scooter at a low speed all the time. Don't just shoot down a hill on a kick scooter allowing gravity do it's thing just as you shouldn't let your car coast down a hill and not think about the consequences of doing it.