Anyone that grew up in the 90’s will know what a scooter is, but if you missed that period of time, then let me explain. A scooter is a human-powered board, that looks like a hybrid of a skateboard and a bicycle. It features a standing platform and a handlebar Most are made out of titanium, aluminium and steel.
While it was originally advertised as a kids toy, its gradual advancements have made the scooter quite sturdy and ideal for stunts. Many people have become professional scooter stunt riders (Such as Kota Schuetz, Ryan Williams and Max Peters), but it is not as easy as they make it seem. There are a lot of things that can go wrong during stunt performance, that’s why it’s really important to wear protective gear. To perform their tricks, all scooter stunts riders use scooter ramps, which are also available for home use.
Types of Scooter Ramps
With such a variety of ticks (such as Ollies, Bunny Hops, X Ups, Tail Whips and many more), you will need different conditions to achieve them. Each trick needs different amounts of speed, height and acculturation, and for the best result you need to use the appropriate scooter ramps. This will allow you to successfully perform your stunt with best results and prevent injury.
- Launch Ramp – This is the most basic type of ramp, designed to give a strong lift off the ground, and is best used to perform flips. They can also be used and combined in pairs, if places parallel to each-other, facing the opposite ways to create a gap for jumping over.
- Ramp Ledge – Designed in the shape of a box, with one metal-lined edge. These ramps are used for grinding (going airborne and landing on the edge, then using the momentum to glide the bottom half of the board across the surface of the edge) and the height of the ramp can be changed by flipping the box around (as it is a rectangle).
- Half Pipe – As the name implies, this ramp has the shape of half a pipe and is good for back and fort action. You will constantly gain momentum as you ride from one side to the other, gaining more height, speed and the ability to perform more tricks.
- Pyramid Ramps – This is a great ramp for multiple scooter riders, as it has the form of a pyramid, with the top part being a flat surface and ramps coming down all 4 sides.
Choosing the Right Ramp
- Size – The bigger the ramp the more room you have to practice, but you should measure the room you have to place it on first. The size of the ramp does not measure the quality of practice though. You can do virtually the same tricks on small ramps as well (although it might be a bit harder). Even professionals use smaller ramps for their indoor and backyard practise areas.
- Weight – It is highly important to see how much of the weight the ramp can withstand. While most scooter ramps can hold up to 100kg of a riders weight, some might not be build so well and not be so sturdy. After all, you don’t want your ramp collapsing underneath you, this can injure you and damage your scooter.
- Resistance – If you intend to use your ramp outdoors, you should consider getting a ramp that can withstand harsh weather, especially if it’s a wooden ramp. But even if the ramp you buy is not resistant, a heavy, even coat of paint can solve that problem.