Nowadays the kick scooters are popular not only among children or teenagers, but also among adults. It is a rather convenient variant to commute and a good idea of everyday physical activity. Here is some information which can be useful for those who only start to ride kick scooters or doesn’t have much experience.
It’s important to choose an appropriate route; especially it concerns changes in elevation. Of course, it can be a good exercise if you want to practice riding uphill and downhill. But if you don’t need such exertion, it’s necessary to find a route without unwanted hills. The surface is also very important. If it is smooth and paved, it’ll be easy for you to ride, without bumps and with fewer efforts.
Everything begins from a proper stance – the way to place the feet while riding. Place one leg in the middle of the desk straight ahead. Lean a bit forward and bend the knee. Then push off the ground on the balls of the foot using the second leg. After the kick straighten the leg on the deck and bend it again for the next kick. If you are a beginner, start with short kicks. While riding, try to balance both feet on the scooter. To stop press gradually the brake with your kicking foot or use handbrakes on the handlebar if you have them. Slowly rotating handlebars you can turn. You can also control your movement with a kicking foot. By the way, don’t forget to change legs; otherwise you’ll quickly get tired.
And it’s necessary to remember about safety. First and foremost never ride on the roads; no one expects to consider kick scooter riders as road users. And riding on the pavement, try to keep speed control in order not to fall, to frighten or to hurt people around. You shouldn’t use the scooter when crossing the road and keep in mind that changing surfaces and inclines can influence the speed of the scooter.
Make sure that to the pedestrians see you, and if it’s dark, fit your scooter with light and use reflective elements on clothes. Don’t disregard the protective gear. Even if you a very careful rider, you can stumble or fall, and then you’ll avoid any serious dangers. A helmet is the main part of the equipment, but you can add to it guards for wrists, elbows and knees. These simple tips will help you to make the first steps in kick scooter riding and to enjoy this activity to the full extent!