I had never really put much thought into skate scooters. I found out the official name should probably be kick scooters instead. Mr H had always been against the idea of this toy. Had our auntie not suggest to buy for Z’s 3rd birthday, our poor boys would never have been able to try this gadget.
It was only recently that X was into kick scooters did I do my research properly. Of course, having 3 kick scooters in our possession allowed us to compare the pros and cons of each kick scooter. I had to say I was really surprised by the vast difference in quality.
Honestly, when you asked kids to test drive kick scooters, there were many blind spots which we could not see because some of them did not even know how to use the gadget as of the point of purchase.
A 3-wheel kick scooter was definitely more stable than a 2-wheel kick scooter. When we first purchased a 3-wheel kick scooter in 2012, we went to Toysrus. We were presented with a tri-scooter (1 wheel in front and 2 wheels at the back) in Lightning Mcqueen design $69 and Y-gliders $89-$129. Of the two, the former handle was more stable but had a higher step. We did not think much of this gadget and picked the cheaper option. We thought the former would be more relevant in aiding Z to learn cycling as it followed the same steering concept. It was also more stable and cheaper.
Later on, did we realise that the step was too high even for a 3-year old Z, the gliding was not smooth and on the basis that he kept clinging on to the handle for support, the kick scooter kept toppling over.
Recently, we took out the 2-wheel kick scooter for 4.5 year old Z. It had been his 3-year old birthday gift. It had a full metal body and felt very solid. It was definitely a smoother ride over the previous. It was on a random window shopping trip and the boys were playing at ELC when I realised that 1.5 year old X had managed to step on a Micro mini kick scooter by himself. That was when I realised that he had caught on the kick scooter fever. Given that Toysrus and ELC were so near each other, we managed to compare both brands. Within the same category, Y-glider (for 3-5 years’ old) was going at $129.95 while a Micro Mini (for 2-5 years’ old) was at $130.
Similarly, we asked Z to test out Y-glider XL (for 5-9 years’ old) at $149.95 and Micro Maxi (for 5-9 years’ old) at $205.
We found that the handle bar was a lot more stable for Micro than for Y-glider. It was especially apparently when Z tried the Y-glider XL and we could hear the creaking.
Micro also offered several 2-wheel kick scooter models, hence, we got him to try the Micro Sprite at ELC. We discovered the difference was also at the handle. The one we currently owned tend to loosen and rattle when Z used the kick scooter for more than 15min at high speed.
Micro, being a Swiss brand, really offered high quality kick scooters. Hence, we would probably upgrade Z to a Micro Sprite. You could find the entire range of Micro kick scooters here. It was a price-controlled brand and the only place I found to offer the lowest price was a German website called Bike Discount. However, the price difference was only $30-$40 and buying locally offered 2 years’ warranty.
I would also take more care in selecting a bicycle for him in future. I found this useful write up on how to select a bicycle in general. I probably would check out the listed stores when Z was ready.