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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.










 

Topics: buying guide

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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Topics: scooter parts

110mm VS 100mm Scooter Wheels

Nov 17, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Here we go again!  Bayley Maxcy is going to break down so parts for you!

The two most common sized scooter wheels in the industry are without a doubt 110mm and 100mm. I’ve seen a few companies start to make 125mm wheels but they haven't really taken off because in order for them to work you need a bigger fork and a bigger brake. I think the industry is going in the direction of bigger parts (125mm wheels, 22 long decks, taller and wider bars, etc) but for now 110mm and 100mm are the main wheel sizes. Kids sometimes don't understand the difference between the two and are confused on which ones to get when it comes time to order new wheels. Allow me to help you out.

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110mm

The most common wheel size in the scooter industry would have to be 110mm. Below I’ll list out why.

  • Faster than 100mm
  • Last longer because they have more urethane on them
  • Make your scooter a little bit taller (LOL)
  • They look better than 100mm while on your scooter (in most peoples opinions)
  • Easier to manny (manual video) with because the break is closer to the wheel

100mm

  • Less expensive than 110mm (in most cases)
    • ^^^^^^ thats really it LOL

When it comes down to it, 110mm wheels are the play. They’re faster, better, and longer lasting than 100mm wheels. If you have the opportunity to get either, get 110mm wheels!!!  Also dont forget if your are going to work on your scooter, like changing wheels. Make sure to have the right tools for working on your scooter here!


Topics: Lucky wheels

Competition day | How to perform your best

Nov 14, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Competition day can either be a really exciting day for you or a really stressful day, it just all depends on how you interpret it. Most people feel a lot of pressure during competition day because of a few things. Maybe there sponsor is there watching them, or their parents are there, or there just nervous in general because they have to ride in front of a large crowd. Whatever the case may be, you should not be nervous during a comp. I’m going to go over some things that have helped me, and hopefully you can take what you've learned and apply it to yourself to compete at a better level.

  • First, eat a good breakfast. Like your mom always said, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Eating a good breakfast can help you better prepare for the day ahead. No I don't mean cinnamon rolls and a soda. Try and eat something healthy and nutritious that will give you a lot of energy like an egg, some bacon, and toast. Also try a banana which is loaded with potassium. A good breakfast can be a key to your success.
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  • Second, know your run. You will be much more relaxed and focused if you know your run and aren't just “winging” it when they call your name. Try and make it out to the park the day before and get a minute run down that you're confident you can land almost every time. Having a solid run down can make you a lot less nervous and in the end can make you perform a lot better.  

  • Third, know the judges. I cant stress this one enough. You should be able to figure out who the judges are before the competition starts. You may ask yourself, “why do I care who the judges are”? Good question. Knowing the judges and their riding style can in the end benefit you and how you place in the competition. Say theres a judge who’s super into flowing around and doing “style” tricks like turndowns and stuff. Even though judges aren't suppose to give you a higher score when you do tricks they like, they normally do. Know your judges and build a run around them and you will prosper.

Corey_2ndLastly, and very important!!, its just a competition. At the end of the day just remember, its only a competition. It doesn't matter if there are people watching you or where you place. We all just compete to have fun and make memories. Try and not focus on all the people watching you and just imagine that you're just shredding the park by yourself.





Topics: scooter competition

Lucky Gift Card

Nov 12, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Are you worried that your parents are going to totally screw up your birthday present/christmas gift? I know that I’ll tell my parents something I want and they get the totally wrong thing, then I have to hassle to return it. Dont be that kid this time. Tell your parents to just get you a Lucky Gift Card instead of messing up your order. Its a simple yet good way to shop at Lucky. You can pick gift cards up at $25, $50, $100, and $250.

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“This is the best way to let your rider pick out what they want from Lucky Scooters. Grab them a Lucky gift certificate, they will be glad you did! Starting at $25 dollars. Gift Cards are non-refundable and discount codes cannot be applied to gift cards”

 

 

Topics: scooter parts

Lucky Scooters | Cody Flom | Welcome To Pro

Nov 10, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Since Cody has joined Lucky he has shown the progression of a future champion, qualifying for the 2014 ISA World Champions we knew it was only a matter of time before he was ready to make the jump and represent Lucky as a full fledged Pro! Expect tons of content from this young talented shredder” - Lucky Scooters

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Cody Flom has been making his way through the competition scene for about two years now. I remember watching him make his way through the AM class and up to the pro level. It seemed like not to long ago he was winning AM comps and now he has been officially bumped up to the Lucky pro team! I’ve had the pleasure of riding with Cody and he reminds me a lot of Kota. He’s always learning new tricks and never seems to stop progressing. I cant wait to see where he is in about two years from now, my guess would be at the top of every pro competition. Check out his welcome to pro video below! That banger is just jaw dropping…


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Topics: pro rider

The right tool for the job Scooter Tools

Nov 7, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Having the right scooter tools for the job is crucial when working on your scooter. Without the knowledge and the correct tool your scooter might stay forever UNDIALED. I’m going to go over what tool you will need for every part on the scooter. NOTE: Some scooters might be different but most follow these guidelines.

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  • Grips - The best thing that works to take grips on and off would be an air compressor. You stick the nozzle of the compressor under your grip and they slide right on/off. If you don’t have an air compressor, hair spray works good as well. If nothing else you can put a little water under your grips and eventually after working at them, they will slide off/on.

  • Clamp/compression - To take an SCS clamp or just a regular clamp off/put it on you will need a 5mm or 6mm allen wrench. Most clamps are 5mm; however I know the Tilt is 6mm so there could be others out there. You will also need a 5mm or 6mm depending on compression size.

  • Headset - This will be different depending on if you have an integrated deck or non intergrated deck. If you’re using a non integrated headset the best way to put it in is to have a headset compressor. If you don't have this you can use a piece of wood and a rubber mallet to hit in your headset. To take out a non integrated headset you can use a flat head screw driver and a rubber mallet. If you have an integrated headset/deck, you can take out/put in the bearings with your hands.   

  • Fork axle - In most cases you will need two 5mm allens.

  • Wheels - To take bearings in and out you can use a bearing press. Most people don't have a bearing press though so a 5mm allen and a rubber mallet work.

  • Back axle - This could also be two 5mm or a 6mm and a flat head. It just depends on the deck/axle.

  • Brake - To work with most brakes you are going to need a 3mm allen wrench.

  • Griptape - To put on griptape all you really need are a pair of good scissors.

So, if you have hairspray, a 5mm allen, a 6mm allen, a rubber mallet, a block of wood, a flat head screwdriver, a 3mm allen, and a pair of scissors, you should be able to work on any scooter NO problem!


(NOTE: there is more than one way to work on a scooter. You might have different scooter tools you use different methods. That is fine)


You can pick some of these tools up at

Topics: scooter parts

How to progress as a rider

Nov 5, 2014 12:00:00 PM

There are a few key tips on to progress as a rider. Some people progress much faster than others. It’s all about what you do and the approach you take to riding. If you want to learn how to progress fast and become good quick, I’m going to go over some things that might be worth your time to read. Check them out below!

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(the following list of things applies to riders who are serious about the sport and want to progress and become better. If you don’t want to progress and you just want to ride and have fun, and aren't worried about getting better quick and competing at a higher level, this article isn't for you)

  1. First - Dedication. You need to be dedicated to riding your scooter. If you want to progress quickly, you need to be going to the park everyday that you can. You got to be riding hard when you're at the park and not sitting around watching other people ride. Remember, practice makes perfect.

  2. Second - Attitude. You got to have a good attitude. If you can't land a trick thats ok, dont get discouraged and give up. Not landing tricks is part of the sport. Try it again a different day.

  3. Third - Huck it. You got to be able to just huck it. The best way to learn a trick is to just pratice, pratice, pratice it. If you fall, get up and go for it again. The riders who progress the fastest are the riders who just huck stuff and try everything. You can't be afraid to get hurt or fall down.

  4. Fourth - Have the right equipment. If you’ve got an ultra pro with worn down wheels and no grips, its going to be harder for you to progress then say someone with a Clover complete. Have equipment that will help you prosper and continue to get better as a rider. This goes with safety equipment as well. If you want a mouth guard because you feel like you're going to chip your teeth, buy one and wear it. The same goes with knee pads, helmets, etc.

So there they are, a few tips on how to progress at a quicker pace.

Topics: pro rider

Universal Bar Adapter UBA

Nov 3, 2014 12:00:00 PM

The UBA is for people still living in 2009 hahah. Just kidding, its actually for anyone with a threaded fork (do people still ride those?). What it does is gives you the ability to run oversized bars with a threaded fork. Alot of the cool designed bars come in oversized so this is a huge plus. If you do for some reason have a threaded fork, the UBA is for you!

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“Our one-of-a-kind Universal Bar Adapter allows any oversize bar to fit on a threaded fork. Like the HIC Kit, It is made of Delrin composite, a lightweight, low-friction, and wear-resistant material that dampens vibration, protects against the weakening of the bar, and makes it easy to remove and adjust headset tension. If you have a threaded fork and want to use an oversized bar (1 3/8") diameter this is for you!”

Topics: scooter parts

Behind the lens filming | with Aaron Hill

Oct 31, 2014 12:00:00 PM

When it comes to people who film and take photos of scooter riders, Aaron Hill is one of the most well known names. Living in California and always around talented riders, hes always capturing footage, filming and making top notch edits. He even recently flew out to Washington to film my edit! He's super talented and devoted to what he loves. Check out the interview below and see what life is like for Aaron Hill behind the lens!

Bayley - To start us off can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Aaron - My name is Aaron Hill, and I’m a 17 year old filmmaker from San Diego, CA. Owner of the YouTube channel DoubleAVideo, at www.doubleavideo.com.

https://www.youtube.com/user/DoubleAVideo


Bayley - When did you first get into filmmaking and how did you get into it?
Aaron - I’ve been filming since early 2011, so for over 3 years now. It's hard to believe it's been that long. I got into filming the sport by being a rider myself. My friends and I would ride around at our local skatepark, and as we progressed I started capturing our new tricks on my iPhone. I found I was spending more time filming than riding, because it was just more fun for me.


Bayley - I know you film more than just scootering but would you say scootering is your favorite thing to film?
Aaron - I would say so, it’s definitely what I would define as my comfort zone. Like most people, I like stepping out of my comfort zone to do different projects, but scootering is definitely my favorite. Creating new scootering videos is always exciting for me.


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Bayley - What was your first camera and how good was it?
Aaron - Well, I started with an iPhone. I used that for a while, then I picked up a Sanyo Digital Camera with an Opteka fisheye. After a few months I picked up my first DSLR, a T3i! My first day shooting with it was mind blowing because of the versatility and the challenge of handling all the options available at my fingertips. It took me to a whole new level of filmmaking.


Bayley - What’s in your camera bag now?
Aaron - I have a Canon 6D and 60D, with a few lenses. Canon 16-35 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/4, and a Sigma 15 f/2.8.


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Bayley - Do you prefer to shoot photos or videos?
Aaron - I'll always love video more, but recently I've been getting into photography a lot more. When I’ve been working on videos for a week straight, it’s great to be able to take a break and shoot stills. My favorite part of it is having a finished product that is just simple to look at and absorb, compared to a video that's a longer experience.

 

 

 

Bayley - What was it like working with Devin Super Tramp?
Aaron - That was such an awesome experience! He was a really cool guy, and during the shoot Devin did a great job of getting everyone hyped up. Devin does great work, so I definitely look forward to the next opportunity I have to work with him. Another great thing was hearing from Devin that I was one of the best he had seen with the Glidecam. That compliment went along way for me!


(Check out the video below. Aaron Hill filmed most of this for the Devinsupertramp channel)

 

 


Bayley - What current projects are you working on?
Aaron - Right now I have an edit of Bayley Maxcy to put together, and I’m also planning to do some filming with Cody Flom soon. You can also look out for an edit from Corey Funk and I in the future. On my channel, I have a fan favorite "Fails" video to put out, a gnarly edit of Nitro Circus skater Beaver Fleming, and my favorite of all, a Spiderman parkour edit! Hoping to get some major views on that one.


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Bayley - Can you tell me which edit you've filmed that you're most proud of?
Aaron - This is always a hard question for me to answer, because I always feel like the most recent I drop is a step up from the previous one. But to target one older video, I’ll go with my video of Kota shredding throughout San Diego (Dakota "Kota" Schuetz is the title).


 

 


Bayley - How did you think up the catchy Youtube name “DoubleAVideo”?
Aaron - My Dad was the first one to call me that, and that was my nickname throughout baseball (I played for 9 years). My name is Aaron, spelled with two A's, so that's where it comes from!


Bayley - What might we see from you in the future?
Aaron - Hopefully some big stuff on YouTube! DoubleAVideo has recently partnered with The Whistle Sports Network, (one of their bigger partners being Dude Perfect) so you can definitely look for some big stuff in that realm.


Bayley - Can you give some advice to aspiring filmmakers?
Aaron - The question I get asked most often is how I got to film for the scooter companies I work with today. The way I got there was by first, building my own channel. I gained a little following and honed my skills, and from there it was just about making connections. The first step is being able to consistently produce content you’re proud of, cool stuff you want to show off and that people want to watch. From there you take that next step in sharing your skills. Bottom line, it takes work - I have spent several hundred hours researching equipment and techniques, talking with other videographers and photographers to develop my skills and then going out and practicing. Then countless hours working on editing techniques to produce a quality product. The time flew by because it’s what I love; it’s my passion so it doesn’t feel like work.


Bayley - Any last words?
Aaron - Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, at www.doubleavideo.com, and follow me on Instagram @doubleavideo! Also: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller

 

Check out Aaron's website here: www.doubleavideo.com

Topics: VIDEOS

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