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Skate or Kick scooters

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.

Walk the talk, scoot the walk

By day 2, X was gliding on his Micro skate scooter with ease. That was pretty good for a 18.5 months’ old. The product was built for 2+ years’ old onwards.

The most amazing part was – we had done nothing to teach him.

It was Z who inspired his little brother to take up scooting. While everyone was bemused with X’s achievements, I took note to constantly encourage and pay attention to Z. On a few occasions, Z actually asked why no one was looking at him. The fact that X was performing beyond our expectations triggered Z to work harder at mastering his 2-wheel scooter.

By the time X was able to glide on his 2-day old scooter, Z was able to glide and balance on his 2-wheeler. It was definitely friendly competition at play.

I explained to Z that X’s success in scooting was all due to him. That made Z feel like a very proud brother and less jealous of the attention we were fawning over X.

I researched more on this brand called Micro and realized that in their product classification, a 2-wheel scooter, though built for 5-12 years’ old, was recommended for 8 years old onwards.

Given that Z was only 4.5++ years’ old, we had unwittingly gave him a tall order to fulfill. In our hearts, we had honestly thought that practicing on a 2-wheel scooter would help him to master riding a bicycle without its baby wheels. He did achieve very good results for his first trial on the bicycle today. We reckoned he would be able to cycle by the next ‘lesson’.

Skate scooter for X

We had been training Z to get used to his 2-wheel skate scooter in an attempt to transit him to a 2-wheel bicycle.

X was heavily influenced and kept going towards Z’s skate scooters. Z had two but both were not suitable for a 18-month old. We had not purchased skate scooters for Z till the first arrived as a gift for Z’s 3rd year old birthday. This was because he had a very cautious dad.

With X, Mr H was willing to indulge in our adventurous spirits (after much persuasion) and we went down to ELC to pick this up. There were 4 colours and X zoomed in on the orange one. Only much later did we realize that Z’s scooter was orange too.

Z also did us proud by not acting up over X’s new toys. I explained that X did not have much new toys of his own and this was one of his own new toys. Z felt rather sorry for X at this juncture so I added on, “He might have less new toys compared to you, but he has so much of your love so it balances out.”