Most people don’t think about doing tricks with a scooter. For some reason, they equate tricks with bicycles and skateboards. Scooters provide the balance of a bicycle with the form of a skateboard. You can do some amazing tricks on a scooter, but before you head out to the skate park, learn some of these basic moves first.
The starting block to almost all tricks is the Ollie. It’s basically a jump where the wheels come off the ground. While riding, pull up on the handlebars and your feet so the scooter gets airborne. Practice these several times and make sure you get used to the landing. You can even expand that to include the No-Foot, where you Ollie and then take both feet of the scooter.
The X-Up and Kick Out
This trick is one you often see with bicyclists. Do an Ollie, so the scooter goes high in the air and then twist the handlebars 90 degrees. Make sure to straighten them before landing. You can also do a Kick-Out, where you do an Ollie and then kick the scooter deck out to the side and bring it back before landing.
The Wheelie and Front Wheelie
For the wheelie, just apply pressure to the rear of the scooter and lean back until the front wheel lifts. Once the wheel is in the air, just use your balance to keep it there. The Front Wheelie is similar, but instead of putting pressure on the rear and leaning back, you’re putting pressure on the front and leaning forward.
Anyone remember the pogo stick from childhood? It’s a stick with springs that allowed you to hop from place to place. The scooter version doesn’t have springs, but the bouncing is the same. Lean on the rear brake so the wheel can’t move and lean back so the front wheel lifts. Start bouncing on the rear wheel, and you’ve got the pogo perfected.
Another gateway trick, the Tailwhip involves doing an Ollie and kicking the deck around 360 degrees.
The Key is Practice
These tricks are fun, but they’re not all easy. It’s going to take practice to perfect and develop your abilities. Also, make sure the person on the Scooter is wearing protective guards and a helmet. The scooter will be in the air and falls can happen.
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