We’re all aware that leading an active lifestyle is good for our brains, bodies, moods and much more, but the busy lifestyle of today pretty much forces us to get into metal boxes to get around, then keeps us locked indoors for hours. It’s the reason why all of us fall victim to the “Miracle Diet” clickbait titles we see on the internet and it’s one of the reasons why many of us have “ghost” gym memberships. If you’re looking for a way to kickstart your active lifestyle, studies suggest that one of the best ways to do it is by riding a scooter.
You only need 2 things to get right to it – willpower and a scooter. If you buy a quality scooter, you won’t have to worry about anything besides its wheels for a very long time. Scooter wheels are durable, however, rough riding conditions take their toll on them and they wear and tear over time. Replacing your scooter wheels is simple and straightforward, all you need to worry about is the wheel diameter and the materials they’re made from.
Most scooter wheels are made of mainly polyurethane. Some are designed for more durability and use a mix of various durometres, which is something to strongly consider, as not every rider has the same habits and drives in the same conditions. Durometer is a hardness measurement unit used for plastic and rubber. There are a few scales, with the “A” scale being used exclusively for wheels. When you combine the scale with the rating (the rating is measured from 0-100, 0 being no resistance and 100 being very high resistance) you get the toughness factor of the wheels. For instance, an A85 wheel is extremely durable and very likely to last you for a long time.
The diameter of the wheel is the first thing that comes to mind to most buyers, as it represents how tall the wheel is. Most common diameters range from 90 to 125 millimeters, and the most common sizes you’ll find for recreational scooters are 100 and 110 millimeters. Speed scooters use 100 millimeter wheels, but that can vary depending on the terrain, distance and on the scooter itself.
Generally, the taller the wheels, the faster you can cruise. However, taller wheels tend to be less maneuverable than shorter wheels, which is why stunt-performers typically use smaller wheels. Smaller wheels tend to be sold in higher durometers, so they won’t wear out as quickly if you perform tricks and hit bumps often.