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How to Backflip | Lucky Scooters

Jan 30, 2015 12:00:00 PM

One of the most frequently asked questions kids ask me is "how do you backflip?" This question can get on the nerves of many pro riders. If you really want to learn to backflip, I'm going to verbal teach you as best I can. Keep in mind there are also a ton of videos on Youtube that you may find helpful!

(I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU WEAR A HELMENT AND PADS WHEN ATTEMPTING BACKFLIPS OR ANY FLIP TRICKS)

There are a few things you need to be able to do before you try and backflip. You should be able to drop in and carve around bowls with ease. Also you should be able to flow around the park without getting speed wobbles. The next thing you should be able to do is backflip on a trampoline. Being able to flip on a trampoline will help you when you finally go and try it on your scooter.

The best place to learn how to backflip, is hands down a foam pit. It doesn't matter if you land on your neck or your back, you're not getting hurt. Get a feel for the foam pit and the take off. What you need to do in order to flip is simple; lean back with your body and head. That's honestly all there is to it at first. Once you get better you can tuck your knees and get them to look cleaner. Right as you start to feel your front wheel pull off the ramp, just lean back and your body will flip. Don't pull back too early otherwise you could scrape your head on the top of the ramp (this barely ever happens though so dont worry about it happening to you). Also make sure you commit! It may not feel like you're not rotating, but bailing while halfway through a flip is never a good thing. Once you have them done them into a foam pit just play around with them and get them dialed. You're now ready to take them to resi/wood/concrete. Imagine the ground you are back flipping onto is just like the foam pit. You now have the muscle memory of how to backflip. As long as you commit to it and want to do it, you will land it. Like I said earlier though, I highly recommend you wear a helmet and pads. You don't want to be landing on your head without a helmet on. Once you man up and huck it to concrete/wood you've officially landed a backflip! Play around with them until you get them 100% dialed. Flip out of smaller things and bigger things, mellower things and steeper things. Once you get backflips good you can start to add tricks to them such as backflip whip, backflip tuck, etc. 

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I hope this helped you progress and try backflips soon. If you cannot get to a foam pit just bring a mattress to your local park and huck haha. If you are just going to attempt it right away to a mattress or straight concrete, I would highly recommend you know how to backflip on a trampoline. The last thing you want to do is bail on concrete. The biggest thing while flipping is just to commit. If you commit, you will rotate it. 

 

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Having the Right Riding Shoes

Jan 28, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Having the right riding shoes can be a critical component to your success as progressing as a rider. You don't want to be riding in slippers or sandals. You want to ride in "skate" style shoes. I personally prefer Nike SB's to ride in. Nike SB's are super padded and I never get heel bruises or foot pain after riding. I prefer to ride in low tops, while others prefer high tops. If you have a tendency to whip yourself, high tops are for you as they will protect your ankles from impact. You may also find you are less likely to roll your ankles if you wear high tops. You don't want a shoe that is thin and flimsy that wont provide adequate support while you ride. 

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Now the question remains what brand should you support, by purchasing their product? If you decide to move away from the shoe giants, check out Elyts. They make really nice shoes, that feel similar to Nike's with the amount of cushion and protection they provide. Elyts are are going to run you around $70.00 but then again, so is nice pair of Nike's. In the end, it boils down to personal preference just dont ride in running shoes, crocs or slip ons. 

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The Easiest Way to Put On Grip Tape

Jan 26, 2015 12:00:00 PM

When it comes to putting grip tape on your deck, there are alot of different ways to do it. Whenever I grip my deck, I always check to make sure that the grip tape covers the entire deck so no matter where I stand my shoes will stick. Keep in mind this applies to people who have a sheet of grip tape bigger than their deck (a skateboard size sheet for example). This does not include grip tape that comes pre cut for a certain deck. To start off you are going to need the following items 

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  • Griptape Sheet (preferably bigger than your deck)
  • Razor Blade 
  • Sanding Sheet
  • File/Scissors 

Once you have all this stuff you are ready to start. The first thing you are going to do is remove your old grip tape if you had any on your deck. Next, take the sanding block/sheet and sand the whole top of the deck where the grip tape is going to go. This roughens up the deck and allows for the grip tape to stick better and not peel off. Whether you have a new deck or your gripping an old deck, this step is crucial if you want your grip tape to stick good. Once you have done this you are ready to move on. Take the piece of grip tape and lay it over the deck, headtube, and brake (or take your brake off. I think it's easier to grip the deck this way) Then take the razor blade and cut along the headtube and the brake to take off the excess grip tape. Next, grab the file/scissors and file the edges of the deck (also shown in video.) Grab your razor blade and slice the edges of the grip tape off along the deck till they come off. Then take your razor blade and slice around the brake bolt holes to remove the grip tape there. 

You are done! Installing grip tape is that easy! You can get a visual as to what I'm talking about if you watch the video below! Make sure to be safe when using sharp items such as razor blades and always have a parent there to help you out! 

 


 

 

 

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Filming a Video with Blake Bailor | Lucky Scooters

Jan 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

This is Blake Bailor and I'm not here to tell you how to film a video or what tricks you should throw down for your next video, in order to get the most possible views. I decided to write this article to demonstrate the importance of being true to yourself with your work! Scooter riding is all about expressing yourself and having fun, so when filming for a video, it is critical that you are doing it all for the right reasons. It is so easy to get caught up in all of the latest hype along the way! 

 

"Sometimes scootering involves not scootering" 

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Now a days, it is becoming more and more common for kids to just spew out a constant flow of YouTube videos, in order to either please their sponsors or attempt to get sponsored. They may also use music they dont even necessarily like, but since it is popular within the scooter community, they put it in their videos. Taking your time with your videos and putting a lot of hard work and thought into every aspect of them is what ultimately creates a beautiful piece of work. What I enjoy seeing most, is a rider who releases a video that reflects who they are as a person! 

 

 

The most significant piece to the puzzle for a video is the riding itself. It is always rad to see creativity and originality in someone's riding. It can be a reflection of that individual's personality and the best part about originality is that it comes in so many more forms that just one. You can express yourself in a million different ways, both on and off the scooter. Showcasing your abilities is always something to strive for, but in my opinion, showcasing who you are as a person is much more important. Just some food for thought for the next time you and your buddies go out filming with the camera. Hopefully, you got something out of this. I'll end it with a quotefrom the one and only Picasso, who once said "Good artists copy, Great artists Steal" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to paint splatter your parts

Jan 21, 2015 1:08:00 PM

I've had a ton of people ask me "how did you paint your parts like that?" Well the correct term is "paint splatter" and it was easier that you thought. Below I'm going to finally reveal how I paint splatterd my scooter parts and I'll inform you of everything you are going to need. 

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First off lets start with the tools you are going to need. Remember there is more than one way to paint splatter parts, this is just how I did it. 

  • The spray paint (whatever colors you want. I did red, white and blue) 
  • However many colors you are choosing to paint, you need that amount of paint brushes (you're splattering green and yellow? You need two paint brushes) The paint brushes can be throw away brushes. 
  • A clean workspace 
  • Something that can get paint on it (I used big painters tarps but you could use a lot of thick newspaper or whatever). 
  • Some sort of plastic. (garbage trash bags work) 

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That's all you need, not too much. The first thing you are going to want to do is decide which part you're paint splattering. Once you have the part picked out check to see if it needs to be masked off or covered any where. Like if you're splattering a deck, I would put tape where the headset goes so you dont splatter that part. 

 

Once you have that done you need to set up your workspace. Lets say you're using a newspaper. set it on the ground and hang it in the back because when you splatter the part paint is going to fly behind it and you aren't going to want anything to get paint on it, especially not your moms nice wall. 

Next you're going to want to decide if you're splattering the part how it is or if you're giving it a bass color. when I painted my Kota deck I first painted it white then splattered it to make it "pop" more. If your splattering a black bar it might be a good idea to paint it white first so the splatter stands out more. 

Once you have given your scooter part a base color (or not) you need to lay out the plastic. You're going to want to spray whatever color you're splattering heavy onto the plastic. Then quickly take your paint brush, dip it in the spray paint, and flick the paint brush at your part. The paint should splatter off your brush onto your scooter part. You can flick harder and softer, and flick at different angles to give it a different splatter look. You will have to repeat the spraying process with almost every flick as the spray paint will dry right up on the plastic as soon as you spray it. If you are splattering more than one color let your first color sit for 30 minutes, then repeat the process with a new color. 

Lastly, make sure to clean up your workspace. You dont want to leave it a mess and irrate your mom and dad. 

Hopefully your paint splattered part comes out sick and you love it! 

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(Lucky does not take responsibility for damaged parts or goods during the painting process. We also recommend you have a parent supervise you while splattering).  

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Dialing your Scooter... The Proper Steps to Take

Jan 19, 2015 3:24:00 PM

Lets be honest a scooter that's dialed is just leaps and bounds more fun to ride. Whoever you are, chances are you like your scooter to be dialed. Tricks just feel better and cleaner, especially when you hear that nice crisp sound of a solid scooter hitting the pavement when you land. It can be super hard and frustrating to dial your scooter but when you pull it off, it's a great feeling. Below I'm going to give you some tips on how to dial a scooter and the steps you should take in order to make sure you're scooter stays dialed! 

For the rest of this article I'm going to assume that everything on your scooter is undialed and needs to be worked on. 

We are going to start with the back of the scooter this time, the wheels. Make sure your back wheel is all the way tightened. The wheel bearings should spin smoothly for 2-4 seconds. If the bearings are making a weird noise, its likely they are broken and need to be replaced. If this is the case, replace them otherwise your scooter will never be dialed. 

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Once you have your back wheel tigtened up its time to move on to the brake. The brake is one of the most important things in regards to a dialed scooter. Most brakes take a 3mm allen and a wrench. You will tighten it just like you tighten most scooter wheels. Put the wrench around the bolt and tighten the bolt thorugh the allen key. Don't tighten it to the point where you cant any more, otherwise it will strip the bolt and you will have to drill it out which you wont want to do. Do this with however many brake bolts there are until the brake doesn't move. Also having a little piece of rubber under the deck but on top of the brake makes it MUCH more dialed. Most brakes come with this so you should have one. 

 

 

 

 

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Next, the compression. For this write up I'm going to be focusing on dialing HIC but the same rules will apply to SCS. Make sure you have a threadless headset and threadless fork. Lubricate your headset up so its super buttery even when its tight. Put the headset in, then put the fork through the headtube (also make sure your front wheel is super tight and dialed, like your back wheel). Next put the HIC shim on your fork and tighten it with your 5mm allen key. Tighten it really tight to the point where it goes around about one spin when you spin the front wheel with your hand. You want your compression to be super tight if you want a dialed scooter. 

 

 

You're basically done now! All you have to do is put your bars over your HIC shim and tighten your clamp down. Tighten each bolt a little at a time until the clamp is super tight. Your scooter should be pretty dialed now. I hope this helped and I hope you have a more dialed scooter than when you first started! 

Check out this video that perfectly shows how to dial a scooter! 

 

 

 

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SD9 Recap

Jan 16, 2015 12:00:00 PM

A recap of SD9 by Bayley Maxcy:

One of the biggest, if not the biggest scooter comp in the USA happened for the 9th year in a row and that is SD9 in San Diego. Riders from all over the world including Dylan Morrison (Australia, world ranked #2 rider) Capron and Corey Funk and many other pros. The event was nothing short of spectacular and was super stoked I got to watch the whole thing unfold in person. 

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The day kicked off with registration at 8:00am, by the time I arrived at 8:30, the line was still out the door. Companies were just starting to set up their product booths in preparation for the event. When I got past the line and was able to get inot the park, I was stunned at how many competitors were practicing their respective runs. It was packed and everywhere I looked kids were throwing flairs and buttercups. Unlike past SD comps the lineup for the day was AM, Pro, finishing with beginner. I was excited about the opportunity as I ride the pro class and don't like to wait around all day. AM kicked off at 10am and I was blown away at how good all these guys were getting. Kids were throwing flair whips, bri to barspins, 720's and much more. They ran a heat style format where 10 riders would each ride once for 5 minutes, then after everyone had gone they picked the top 10 riders to each get one run, lasting a minute. All the riders did great congrats to the top 3 riders in the AM class!

The Pro Event was jam packed filled with 70 riders. Each rider received two, one minute runs. They could do their run anywhere in the park with exception to the mega pipe. Tensions ran high with the three top pro riders in attendance (Dakota Schuetz, Dylan Morrison and Joe Armstrong). Every Rider was throwing down and I knew it'd be hard for the judges to declare a top three. Team rider Capron Funk had a great run but did a backflip and wasn't able to make it to the top of the ramp resulting in a smash to the chest.

 

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Overall the Lucky pro riders threw down and it was going to be interesting to see who came up on top. Awards for all the divisions were set to be announced at the end of the day. 

Finally it became time for the beginners to go. They had the same format as the AMs with two divisions, 12 and under and 13 and older. Personally I didn't get a chance to watch the beginners as I had hurt myself in my run but from what I hear they all did great!! It's so awesome to see kids throw down and push themselves along with the sport. Special shoutout to all the moms and dads that brought their kids to this event and supported them the whole way through. 

After everyone had rode, it was time for best trick. They normally don't get best trick in due to lighting but this year they were able to complete everything on time and fit in best trick. Not too much crazy stuff was thrown this year because there was no prize money for best trick. Jared Adelson was able to win with an Inward in from a super tall vert quarter. 

Once it was dark Clairmont kicked everyone out of the park which I thought was kind of a stupid move. Anyway everyone left the park and crowded in the parking lot awaiting results. They announced best trick, beginner, AM then Pro. After everything had been announced everyone went their separate ways.

Overall it was a great day and a very well run event. If there was one thing, I think they could do better would be getting bathrooms. They only had three porta potties and they ran out of toilet paper very quickly. Thanks to everyone who made the event possible and I cant wait for SD10! in 2016.


Check out the awesome edit Aaron Hill made of the competition! 


 

 

SD9_pro1st - Dakota Schuetz 

2nd - Dylan Morrison 

3rd - Capron Funk 

4th - Vincent Kudrna 

5th - Raymond Warner 

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What height and width bar should I ride? Bar size?

Nov 24, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Bayley Maxcy braking down once again some parts for us.

One of the most frequently asked questions by parents is “what height and width bars should I buy for my child”? Honestly there is no easy answer to this question; however that is not what most parents want to hear. I took the time to write up a suggested bar width/height chart that should help you to decide what size you want your bars. Check it out below. If you are a rider read my previous article on scooter bar height here

(Bar size is 100% preference & choice. The following are just my thoughts on it)

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Alright lets start off with width. For bar width the best way to measure what would be right for you would be to measure your shoulder width. My shoulder width is about 20 inches and I ride 21” wide bars. This is a great way to measure how wide your bars should be. If your shoulder width is 18” you don’t wanna go ordering 12” wide bars. They will look too small and feel too small. It’s ok to order bars a little bigger than your shoulder width or a little smaller.

Width:

  • If you’re 5ft or under, order bars 16” and under

  • If you're 5ft - 5’5” order bars 16-20”

  • If you’re 5’5” - 6ft order bars 20-23”

  • If you’re over 6ft order bars 23” or bigger

Alright now lets move on to height. Just like we used shoulder width to measure the correct bar width, we are going to use waist height to measure bar height. You want your bars to sit just below your waist so measure from the ground to your waist than order those height bars. When you stand on your deck your bars will end up sitting just under your waist. Like I said earlier everyone is different. Some people like taller bars and some like smaller because its easier to do tricks like bri flip. Its all up to the rider and what they want, although no one wants bars that sit right below there chest or bars that sit by their knees.

Height:

  • If you’re 5ft or under, order bars 17” tall or smaller

  • If you’re 5ft - 5’5” order bars 18 - 21”

  • If you’re 5’5” - 6ft order bars 21 - 23”

  • If you’re 6ft or over, order bars 23” or taller


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What are the advantages to smaller/less wide bars?

Advantages to smaller bars include; easier to bri flip/scooter flip around, less total scooter weight, easier to fit in car.

What are the advantages to taller/wider bars?

Advantages to taller bars include; less back pain, less speed wobble, more comfort.

Final thoughts - so what bar dimensions should I order?  

In the end it all comes down to you and what you like to do most. If you just flow around and don’t do too many tricks, taller bars might be better for you. If you love to do “park” style tricks like bri flips, finger whips, etc, than smaller bars might be better for you. I hope the two charts I made somewhat better help you decide what bar width and height to buy!


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Lucky Scooter Complete Buying Guide

Nov 21, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Today’s article is directed at first time scooter buyers interested in a complete scooter and their options. If you are interested in a part by part breakdown, make sure to check out our previous parts article.

When you’re first thinking of getting a scooter it can be hard to know which one to choose. To help Lucky makes four types of already complete scooters, the Crew, the Strata, the Kota Sig, and the Clover. You also have the option to customize a scooter. The custom scooter option is great if you know what colors and parts you might want that don't come on the stock completes. Another bonus is that they come already assembled! All you have to do is attach the bars and go ride!

First, figure out your price range. Lets say you only have $200 bucks to spend. Then the Crew is going to be the scooter for you. As an example, the reason that the Clover costs more than the Crew, is because its designd for a larger rider so it needs to be bigger, stronger, and have better parts on it. That doesnt mean the Crews are bad though. They are just differnet and each worth the money.

Then find out your height. Lets say you’re 5 feet tall. Most likely the crew is going to fit you the best. Theres no real “height chart” when buying a scooter, its whatever you like most. I made a little height chart of my own for you to look at and get an idea of what scooter MIGHT fit you best. Keep in mind tho, its whatever you like! Some people like small bars others like big bars.

  • Crew - If you’re 5 feet or shorter
  • Strata - If you’re 5 feet - 5 feet 6 inches
  • Kota Signature - If you’re 5 feet - 5 feet 6 inches
  • Clover - If you’re 5 feet 6 inches or taller
  • Custom scooter - Can customize the bars so you can buy this at whatever height!

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This is very important, its your choice! If you really want the grey on black clover complete, get it! Every scooter Lucky sells is top of the line and you won't be disappointed with any of them. Just remember, any of these scooters will get the job done!

Allow me to recap for you.
  • CREW - Meant for the younger and starting out rider that might just flow around the park dropping into things and doing only tailwhips.
  • STRATA/KOTA - Meant for a typical rider that wants to get into scootering. A great scooter to do anything from tailwhips to buttercups on. 
  • CLOVER - Meant for an older stronger rider. Someone who will have no problem dropping in or learning the basics. This scooter and withstand the gnarliest of street rails.  

Keep in mind, if you really want to get a scooter fit perfectly to you, get a custom scooter.

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Creating new scooter parts

Nov 19, 2014 1:00:00 PM

One thing I think many people do not understand is how much time and effort go into creating a new part or coming up with a new design. I I’ve been working in the Lucky office for the past month and I have seen how much effort goes into creating, naming, designing, and branding a new part. Alot of kids think that its super easy and takes no time at all to think up and make a new part. Well, they would be wrong. I’m going to talk a little bit about how much effort it does take and how much time actually does go into designing and producing a new part. Check out this segment I like to call “Creating new scooter parts”!


Creating the idea

The first thing that goes into making a new product is thinking about it mentally and sketching it up. Thinking about a new design for a part can be tricky work. You dont want to do the exact same thing a different brand has or do somthing thats not going to sell. You’ve got to come up with an original design that the team riders like and that you think will sell. Once you have your design thought up whether it be a wheel, a bar, a fork, etc, it’s now time to sketch it out. You can sketch it out on the computer or on paper, whatever. I know Lucky mocks-up their new designs on the computer along with putting down sizes and colors.

Having the part made

After you’ve thought up the idea you now have to create the part to be tested. You got to bring or send your product mock-up to your manufacture. They will take it and make however many real life replicas of the item you tell them to. This can take a long time.

 

Testing the part  

Now that you have the part its time to test it. This is a key step in creating a new product. You want your team riders to test the product so if there are adjustments to be made, they can be made. If team riders don't test the product, it could be faulty and break when you mass produce it which would not be a good thing. After people test the parts and the company makes adjustments, its time to move on.

(check out lucky riders testing the original lucky wheels)

Branding the part    

It’s now time to brand the part. When I say “brand the part’ I mean put logos/designs over the parts for look/marketing. You want to make sure that you don’t overload the part with decals/laser engravings but you want to do enough to make sure everyone knows thats a (whatever your brand is) product. Everyone/every brand does this step different so the amount of time can range depending on how much detail goes into your branding.

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Selling the product

After the part is complete and finished its time to have it mass produced. This can take awhile depending on where your parts are being made and how many parts you’re having made. Once you receive the product you send it out to your shops/dealers and begin to sell!

So there it is, the process of making a scooter part to selling it. It is allot longer than most people think. It can even take longer than a year. Product coming out in 2016 could be getting thought about today! I’m sure I missed a small few things but this is the jist of what most companies go through.


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