Are You Dialed?
Now that you've been riding a pro scooter...
Have you been asked if your scooter is dialed?
Are you wondering if you need to study for the drop test?
Here is a quick introduction of what is involved with taking care of a pro scooter so you're always passing the drop test and keeping it dialed.
Keeping the scooter tight, clean, and lubricated are the fundamental parts of routine maintenance.
There will be times when replacing parts may be necessary, but properly caring for a scooter can prolong the life of the parts and maximize your riding experience.
Riding with loose, dirty, or dry parts may cause premature damage to otherwise healthy parts. Riding a tuned scooter will prevent damage and keep healthy parts lasting longer.
How do I know when I need a dial (tune-up)?
If your pro scooter is beginning to sound like that old folding scooter you recycled, it's likely that something has come loose, gotten dirty, dried out, or broken.
Scooters have moving parts and no-matter the design they’ll eventually come loose, get dirty, and wear out.
Dials (also known as tune-ups) needs to happen any time there is looseness or movement in a place there is not supposed to be.
You’ll know something is loose when your wheels move side to side, handlebars move forward and back, the brake moves and rattles, the wheel won’t stay lined up with the handlebars, and so on.
Noise can be a signal
Scooters that are loose tend to make more noise.
The drop test can be performed to listen for loose parts.
Lightly dropping the scooter on it’s wheels from an inch above the ground will make extra rattling and clunking noises from the loose part.
When you hear extra noise, it’s likely the scooter needs a tune.
You may need your first tune in as little as one day of riding.
The new parts on the scooter need to be ridden to break-in.
Once break-in is complete, parts stay tuned for much longer.
Break-in periods will vary depending on the equipment and the rider.
What to Expect
Even with proper care, parts eventually wear out and need to be replaced. The lifespan of a part will vary greatly depending on the skill level and size of the rider as well as the quality of the part.
Bigger riders wear out parts quicker. A beginner learning tricks may stress parts more than an advanced rider doing tricks that have been mastered. Advanced tricks can put more stress on parts when compared to simple tricks. Higher quality parts will also last longer than low quality parts.
There are many variables that need to be considered when estimating the lifespan of replacement parts. Below is a rough estimate of how often some parts will need to be replaced.
When grip tape needs to be replaced it will look dirty and worn out, pieces may tear away, and feet may slide off. Estimated lifespan: 1 week to 2 months.
When handle bar grips need to be replaced they may show wear spots, holes, stretch or slide. Estimated lifespan: 1 to 3 months.
When bearings need to be replaced they will make noise, slow down, have roughness, or break. Estimated lifespan: 1 to 2 months.
When headsets need to be replaced they will make noise, slow down, have roughness or break. Estimated lifespan: 3 to 6 months.
When wheels need to be replaced they will look worn down and smaller. Wheels should be replaced if tearing, chunking, or dehubbing occurs. Estimated lifespan: 3 to 9 months.
Bring Your Scooter to Kicks!
Bring your scooter into our shop and we can do a free drop test and visual inspection.
We'll let you know what we think you need most and make sure your scooter is compatible with the parts you've got on your wish list.
While scooters are allowed inside; all riding, jumping, spinning and whipping needs to stay outside.
Remember, your first tune is free when you purchase your complete scooter from Kicks Pro Scooters!