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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

How to spray paint pro scooter parts (the correct way)

Oct 29, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Sometimes when I get new pro scooter parts I like to spray paint them. I feel like it makes them unique and stand out. I just spray painted my Kota deck and I think it came out really sick. Spray painting a pro scooter part can be really fun and cool if you do it the right way. If you don’t do some of the steps, your parts could chip easily and the paint could peel. It’s essential you follow all the steps below to get the most out of your paint job. Read below and learn how to paint your scooter parts like a master.

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There are a few crucial steps you need to follow in order to paint pro scooter parts. First lets take a look at the materials you are going to need.

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  • The spray paint (make sure you get the right type. You don’t want spray paint thats meant for plastic)

  • Primer, any color works, I use white (primer goes on before the spray paint)

  • Clear coat (clear coat goes on after the spray paint)

  • A clean workspace

  • Painters tape

  • Piece of cardboard/newspapers

  • Work clothes

  • Clean up towel

  • Sandpaper


Once you have all of these things you are ready to start the process. The first thing you are going to want to do is set up your workspace. Spray paint is kind of tricky to shoot with. If the wind is kicking up it can spray in multiple directions destroying plants or other things. Thats why I included the “work clothes” in the supplies list. Throw those on because if you get spray paint on your clothes, its not coming off. So, like I was saying set up your workspace. Find someplace that there’s not a lot of wind or if there is a lot make sure you don't have anything valuable around it that could be damaged by spray paint. Once your work place is setup you are ready to start. First look at the part you are going to paint and decide whether or not it needs to be masked off. What I mean by masked off is, are there any places where you don’t want paint to get in? This is where the painters tape comes into play. Let’s say you are painting an integrated deck and don’t want the inside of the cups to be sprayed. Put tape over that area so the paint cannot spray there.

Next, take the sandpaper and go over the whole part with it. The sandpaper roughens the part up and allows for the paint to stick better. Once you have done that, you are ready to put the primer on. Primer does a lot of things. It smoothens out uneven surfaces, increases spray paint adhesion, and helps ensure the true color of the spray paint. Spray the primer everywhere you intend to put the spray paint on . You only need to put on one coat and you will be good to go. Let the primer sit for as long as it says on the can, normally its 15 - 45 minutes depending on the type of primer you have. After that is done, you are ready to spray paint. Spray paint your part gently and lightly at first. It may take two coats to cover fully. Let it dry for the amount of time it says on the bottle. After you have spray painted your part/parts its time for clear coat. Basically you use clear coat to protect you parts from chipping easy. After you have clear coated your parts, you’re finished! All you gotta do is clean up your workspace and put away the spray paint. I would suggest not riding the parts you painted for 24 hours to allow the paint to harden and in the end, last longer.

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So, you have your painted parts. I hoped this helped make the whole process easier.

Remember, be safe and have fun. If you need a parent to help you make sure you ask one. Below is a video that shows you the basics of what I just described.

 

https://www.luckyscooters.com/


(LUCKY TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR DAMAGED PARTS OR INJURIES DURING THE PROCESS OF PAINTING YOUR PARTS)  

Topics: scooter parts

The East Coast Scooter Scene | with Jonmarco Gaydos

Oct 27, 2014 12:00:00 PM

I recently did a little interview about the East Coast scene with up and comer Lucky title team rider Jonmarco Gaydos. About a year ago not a lot of people knew who Jonmarco was. Now you can't really go to any East Coast competition and not see him take first place in the AM class.

The East Coast scene has been developing increasingly fast lately. With some big name pros and best female rider in the world Kiara Meade living on the East Coast, you know the scene has been blowing up. 

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Bayley  - Hey Jonmarco, can we first get an introduction as to who you are exactly?
Jonmarco - Hi, my name is JonMarco Gaydos I'm 11 years old from Brick NJ. I’m a title/pro rider for Lucky Scooters and I'm also sponsored by ELYTS Footwear and The Shop. I have been riding for 2 1/2 years.

 

Bayley - When you first started riding was the scooter scene on the East Coast smaller than it is now?Jonmarco - I think it's about the same and that may be because I have only been riding for two and a half years.

 

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Bayley - I know you have traveled all over the East Coast to compete. Where would you say the biggest scooter scene is? TIC., Rye, Black Diamond, etc?
Jonmarco - I think TIC definitely has the biggest scooter scene. Its such an amazing training facility and a lot of pros go there.

 

 

Bayley - Do you think having a big name girl rider like Kiara on the East Coast has helped any girls get into the sport?
Jonmarco - Not only do I think Kiara helps girls in the sport but boys as well. Kiara was one of the first scooter riders I met at TIC. In fact she taught me how to tailwhip. She has both boys and girls look up to her and admire what she does every day.

 

Bayley - Would you say having a big time “scooter friendly” local park like TIC has helped you and others on the East Coast progress your riding?  
Jonmarco - Absolutely!!! With all the pros that ride at TIC you can't help but want to ride harder. As I said before TIC is an amazing training facility and everyone supports each other and helps push you to go bigger and do better.

 

 

 

Bayley - I know you have been to the West Coast as well. Would you say the scene is bigger on the East Coast or West Coast?
Jonmarco - The scene is way bigger on the west coast. I love it out there. It's so great to ride outside. We have outdoor parks on the East Coast but nothing comparable to what's on the west coast. I always look forward to my trips out west.

 

Bayley - Where do you see the scooter scene in 2 years?
Jonmarco - I would love to see the scooter scene in the X-games in 2 years.

 

Bayley - Any last words?
Jonmarco - Everyone keep an eye out. I'll be dropping my welcome to Title edit real soon and if you don't already, follow me on Instagram! @jonmarcogaydos

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Check out Jonmarco’s most recent video and be on the lookout for his new “Welcome to Title” edit dropping soon!!!







Topics: Scooter Scene

How to raw a powder coated scooter parts

Oct 24, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Ever wonder ow riders make their parts raw and then add their own look. Lucky team rider Bayley Maxcy shows you how to do it. Read below and be careful!!!

I like to raw and paint my parts because I feel like it gives my scooter a unique look and makes it one of a kind. Whenever I post a photo of my new product online I get a lot of people asking “how did you do that?” or “what did you use?”. Well today I’m going to tell you how to raw a powder coated scooter part.

Rawing/stripping a scooter part can actually be fun and easy if you have the right tools. If you’re going to raw a powder coated part you will need the following:


  • The scooter part you are rawing

  • A clean workspace (not the inside of your house or on top of the table you eat from)

  • Rubber gloves (not a must but a good precaution)

  • Paint stripper (if you get the spray on version you wont need a paint brush but if you get the paint on version, make sure you get a disposable paint brush) PS: I think the paint on version works better

  • A paint scraper to peel off the paint

  • A clean up towel

  • Big piece of cardboard/newspaper

  • Rubbing alcohol (not a must)

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Once you have those things you are ready to start the process. The first thing you need to do is find a clean workspace. This will most likely be somewhere in your garage or if its nice out, somewhere outside. Make sure where you are working is flat. Take your cardboard or newspaper and place it on the ground. Next, take your part and place it on top of the cardboard. Make sure you wipe some rubbing alcohol lightly over the whole part to clean it off and make it ready to strip. Next put your rubber gloves on your hands. You are now ready to start the production.

 

If you’re using the spray on paint stripper lightly spray the part and let it sit on for 15 minutes. If you’re using the paint on kind, lightly dump some on your part and begin to spread it all over with your paint brush. Also let the stripper sit on for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes is up, take your paint scraper and begin to scrape away at the paint. It should peel off very easy. If probably won't all come off first try though, so repeat these steps multiple times until your part is paint free. It took me about two hours to raw my deck so dont be surprised if you spend an hour rawing your bars or somthing else. Now that your part is raw, its time to clean up. Dap the towel with rubbing alcohol and lightly wipe the whole part down. This will get any left over sticky parts or residue off. Next, throw away the cardboard/newspaper and put away the other things. Make sure you leave your workspace cleaner than it was before you got there.

Here’s a good video that shows what I just explained:

 

I hope this helped you raw your scooter part effectively. Polishing and painting your scooter parts is another thing and we will save that for another article. So go out and get creative, just don't make a mess!!!


https://www.luckyscooters.com/

 

(LUCKY DOES NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURY OR DAMAGED PARTS DURING THE PROCESS OF RAWING YOUR PART)  

Topics: scooter parts

The best way to install a non integrated scooter headset

Oct 22, 2014 12:40:37 PM

Most companies have switched to fully integrated decks but there are a few out there that still make non integrated decks. One of the hardest things about non integrated decks is installing the scooter headset. It can be a real pain if the scooter headset cup goes in crooked or you hit it too hard and it bends therefore its no longer able to fit the headset bearings in it. I’m going to tell you the best way to install non integrated headsets.

You are going to need a bench vice press. Theres really only one step you have too do. Insert both bearing cups into the deck (make sure the bearings aren't in the cups) then put it in the middle of the vice press and tighten it. The two bearing cups should slide into the deck perfectly.

 

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Some people don't have a bench vice press though so this is the next easiest way to install it. You will need a piece of wood and a hammer/rubber mallet. You then place the piece of wood over the bearing cup and hammer it in until it fits snug. Repeat this step with the other bearing cup as well.   

 

I hope this helped you somewhat. Think about getting an integrated deck though as they are much easier to deal with.

You can pick up an integrated deck here:

 

Topics: pro scooter parts

Denver Herzing | Fav Five Friday

Oct 17, 2014 12:00:00 PM

“Fav Five Friday” is a new segment i will be doing here on the Lucky Blog. Basically i ask riders what their 5 favorite skateparks/spots are and why. Who better to start us off then park shredder Denver Herzing? You won't find Denver in the park doing huge combos or a ton of grinds, but you will find him blasting flairs and tucks 10 feet over coping. Check out his 5 favorite skateparks below! 

  
  1. Tigard Skatepark ( 13125 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR 97223 ) It has so much stuff to do and all the tranny is so perfect.

  2. Rusch Skatepark ( 7801 Antelope Rd, Citrus Heights, CA 95621 ) It’s pretty small but I never run out of stuff to do and I’m just so use to everything there.

  3. Clairemont Skatepark ( 3401 Clairemont Dr, San Diego, CA 92117 ) It’s an “Aussie type skatepark in America” is the best way to put it. It’s so gnarly and everything flows together.

  4. No name skatepark ( no address haha ) Some random park in LA that me and my buddies stumbled upon at 6 in the morning on our way to one of the Esco comps. It just had so much of everything and you could get so techy.

  5. Hanger at Woodward West ( 28400 Stallion Springs Drive, Tehachapi, CA 93561 ) Even though it’s super slippery, everything is so perfectly made and people are always throwing down which makes it even more fun to ride and watch!

Visit Denvers rider profile under the team section of our site!

 http://www.luckyscooters.com/pages/denver-herzing

Topics: VIDEOS

What to bring to the skatepark

Oct 15, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Most kids bring a bag of some sort to the skatepark everytime they go. If you dont do this, you should. Coming from years of my mom dropping me off at the park everyday I know what I need to bring with me inside my backpack. So, I decided to do a little write up on what I think should go in your backpack when you get dropped of at the skatepark.

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1 - A backpack -
First you got to have a backpack to put your necessities in. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. It could be a two string backpack or a nice heavy duty backpack. You just need something that will hold your things so you dont lose or misplace them.  

2 - A snack - 
You should try and bring a snack every time you go to the park. I know that if i'm riding hard I get hungry quick. Throwing a granola bar in your bag before you leave the house can be a life saver later that day.

3 - A cellphone -
If you don't have one of these thats fine; however most kids do and its good to have one incase of emergencies. Hopefully the skatepark that you go to isn't too sketchy and your bag won't get stolen. Just put your bag in the safest place you can find.

 

 

4 - A helmet - 
I’m not your mom so I don't really care if you wear one or not but its a smart idea.

5 - An allen wrench -
You don’t want to be that kid who's always asking others for tools to tighten your scooter. Bring an allen wrench when you go to the skatepark. Whether it be a 5mm or a 6mm bring it. You can buy allen wrench sets at most hardware stores or at luckyscoot.com that have every size allen you could need. If you don't have one I recommend you pick one up.  

6 - Any spare parts -
Bring any spare parts you might need if you think somthing on your scooter is going to brake.

 

7 - Wax -
You will be the hero of the park if you bring wax with you. Alot of times after it rains, coping becomes very sticky and wax is a must.

8 - Money - 
If the skatepark you are at is close to places to eat, money is not a bad thing to keep in your bag. Once again just make sure you try and put your bag somewhere safe.

To finish-

If you keep all these things in your bag at all time, you will be much more organized and less dependent on people to ride. 

Topics: Skatepark Sessions

Pro Scooter Buying Guide

Oct 13, 2014 12:00:00 PM

The sport of freestyle scooter riding has taken off in the last decade, and with that, kids around the world have been looking to join in on this new, hot commodity. However, before you just jump into buying a pro scooter, you may want to do your homework first! This buying guide will break down the individual components of a scooter and explain their functionality, in order to help you make the right decision when buying your first scooter!
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Pro Scooter Parts
There are 8 main components that make up a pro scooter, all of which will contribute to the overall look, feel, and performance of your personal scooter. 

  • Bars: The bars that you put on your pro scooter are very personal and will determine the type of feel that your scooter will have. Your bar dimensions come down to personal preference, as does your style and type of bars. The majority of pro scooter bars are made out of steel tubing, but bars made out of aluminum tubing are fairly common as well. The Standard (STD) diameter of a scooter bar is 1 ¼". The majority of scooters use an Oversized (OS) bar, meaning they have a diameter of 1 3/8". Both of these bar types require a compression system, as well as a clamp that fits them. Pro scooter bars also come in various styles, which will slightly alter the feel of your scooter, but the functionality won’t vary greatly. Most scooter riders customize their scooter bars by choosing a specific bar, grip and bar end color to accentuate the personal look of their bars! Check out our scooter bars.
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  • Fork: Much like a bicycle fork, the pro scooter fork is a very critical aspect of your scooter. Your fork is the direct link that runs through your headset, connecting your bars, deck and front wheel to one another. A compression system is required, in order for the fork to firmly attach to the scooter bars. Most high-end pro scooters use a threadless fork, as opposed to a threaded one, to ensure maximum strength and performance. It is important to make sure when choosing your scooter fork, that you also choose wheels that will fit that fork size. Pro scooter forks come in all different weights, strengths and styles, which is why it is crucial that you find out what kind of fork you prefer. This will enhance your overall scooter riding experience! Check out our pro scooter forks here.
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  • Deck: The pro scooter deck is the single most significant component of your scooter. It comes in various different lengths, widths, concaves and styles, so, as you can imagine, it is important that you choose the correct deck. The industry’s current standardized decks have one-piece bodies and head tubes. Also, most pro scooter decks have either an integrated or non-integrated headset. Integrated headsets are ready to use without the insertion of another aftermarket headset because the bearings are already installed. This is the recommended purchase for most freestyle scooter riders. The non-integrated headset is for riders who wish to change their headset type, in order to meet specific personal preferences. The scooter deck is the main piece, in which the rest of the scooter is built around. It is designed to provide a well-balanced, high-performance feel under your feet, while also withstanding the daily abuse of freestyle scooter riding.  The vast majority of high-end scooter decks on the market today are produced with aircraft-grade aluminum, to ensure a lightweight, durable design that is reliable enough for scooter riders of all styles and sizes. You can check out our decks here.
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  • Headset: The headset is another vital contribution to the overall performance of your pro scooter. The quality of your scooter’s headset determines the feel of all of your pro scooter tricks. Each headset consists of bearings, bearing cups, fork race, and top cap, all of which add to the general functionality of the headset. The headset is essentially what allows the fork tube to smoothly, silently rotate within your head tube, allowing you to steer your scooter, as well as, perform scooter maneuvers. High-end scooters will have a sealed headset that requires a threadless fork and a compression system, which will allow for much smoother operation. The difference between integrated and non-integrated headsets is, integrated headsets provide bearing cups already installed into the head tube, which offers a much better fit for the headset and will ensure perfect alignment for smoother fork rotation. This is the recommended route, simply because tampering with headset installation is not an easy task. Checkout the available headsets here.
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  • Clamp: The pro scooter clamp is the glue that securely holds the bars and the fork together, so that they can rotate in unison, while simultaneously, not slipping apart from one another. Most pro scooter clamps on the market today are available as Double, Triple and Quadruple clamps. Each name refers to the number of bolts that each clamp comes equipped with, which tightens the bars down onto the fork tube. Pro scooter clamps also tend to vary, in terms of performance, based on their manufacturer and design specifications. Choosing a reliable, high-performance scooter clamp is a key element in the scooter building process. Check out our scooter clamps.
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  • Wheels: The wheels that you choose to put on your scooter will have a major influence on the overall look and feel of your scooter. Pro scooter wheels are made up of two parts: the urethane and the core. However, almost every scooter wheel on the market today is produced with a different urethane compound and core design, giving every wheel a different feel. Most entry-level wheels have plastic cores, which are not very durable once you enter into more advanced scooter riding. Metal core wheels provide much more support amidst the carnage of freestyle scooter riding. They are also more resistant to breakage. Most wheels will come in 100MM or 110MM sizing. The sizing chosen by the scooter rider is a personal preference, but there are several benefits to the larger wheel size. The larger wheel runs faster and smoother because of the increase in urethane. However, it is crucial that you choose the correct wheel size, in order for it to fit in your fork. The huge variation in color ways that scooter wheels come in also allow you to add a personal touch to the overall aesthetic of your own scooter. Check out the wheels!!
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  • Compression: The compression system is the system that holds your bars and fork together onto your deck, while also allowing you to fine-tune your headset to dialed, perfection. This process is essential because if there is no stable connection between your bars and fork than it could result in broken scooter parts or even injury. The majority of entry-level scooter riders will use a threaded compression system, which clamps the bars directly onto a threaded fork. This system is simple to build, but not as reliable for advanced freestyle scooter riding. More advanced freestyle scooter riders will use different types of compression, which include HIC (Hidden Internal Compression), ICS (Inverted Compression System) and SCS (Standard Compression System). All of these compression systems, in their own way, offer more stability, durability and performance compared to threaded fork systems. 
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  • Brake: The brake is a small, but integral part of a pro scooter. The brake is attached to the rear of the scooter with a bolt or screw, depending on the model. The majority of scooter riders run a flex or spring-loaded brake, however, most mid to high-level scooters riders will have a flex brake because of it’s high level of performance in the field. The flex brake is a piece of steel, shaped to fit the rear of the deck, while simultaneously, but comfortably, hugging the rear wheel. This brake is essentially silent and will provide you with all of the braking ability that you will ever need.
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In Conclusion:

This break down of all of the separate components of a scooter will hopefully help you on your quest to purchasing your first pro scooter. One thing that is important to keep in mind when purchasing scooter parts, is that, although everything may seem costly at first, the cost of continuously replacing cheaper parts will eventually add up. That is why investing in a high end, pro scooter from the beginning, is more cost efficient. If you have purchased a pro scooter or individual pro scooter parts in the past than hopefully this guide can assist you in finding higher quality, longer lasting scooter parts this time around. If this is your first time buying scooter parts and the process seems overwhelming, you might want to consider purchasing a complete pro scooter. They come equipped with all of the necessary components, pre-assembled, so you don’t have to tamper with building your scooter. However, if you are looking to customize your scooter to your own specifications, than purchasing individual parts and assembling them yourself is the way to go.

Topics: 2014 Product Line

Knowing the right bar size to ride

Oct 10, 2014 12:00:00 PM

One of the biggest debates I hear in the scooter industry is about bar size. Whether it be “your bars are too small” or “your bars are too wide” it seems like someone is always complaining. Some kids don't even know what they're bar height & width should be.

Here’s the answer:
its up to you. Ok, but I have a little bit of a better answer if you read below.

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In all honesty it is up to you; however there is a general rule. The rule is that bars should go up to about your waist or a little below and they should be about your shoulder length wide.

What do I mean exactly?
Take me for example. I’m about 5 foot 3 or 5 foot 4 inches tall. I ride 22 tall bars. They sit just below my waist and are perfect for me. They feel really nice and I’m never super hunched over therefore I dont get alot of back pain. I also ride 21 wide. When I say shoulder length I mean the length from one of your shoulders to the other. I would say my shoulder length is about 20 inches, so 21 wide bars are perfect for me. In the end though, ride what ever size bars you want. I use to ride 12.5 wide bars and I loved them (until I realized wider bars help for whips haha).

Topics: scooter parts

The Shop Proscooter Lab Interview

Oct 8, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Lucky Team rider Bayley Maxcey brings us a great interview. Today we get to know The Shop ProScooter Lab

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Bayley - First off, can you tell everyone a little bit about The Shop?
The Shop - The Shop was born in 2012, we’re a family owned and operated business located in Chino, CA with an online shop to serve the world with a price match guarantee!

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Bayley - Who is behind Pro Scooter Lab and how did you guys first start?
The Shop - My wife and I run The Shop with the help of our family and a couple of our riders David Granger and Capron Funk and of course we wouldn’t be here without our ninja team! We first started off as a skateboard shop in Chino Hills but 2 months into it two kids (Zach & Shane) introduced us to scooters and that’s where it all began.

Bayley - What makes The Shop different from other scooter shops?
The Shop - We make sure we take care of everyone like family, we’re looking to make that long term relationship and not just a sale. We’re always looking to do something different to help and expand the sport. We love being active in the industry and we - eat, sleep, scoot!

 Bayley - I know you guys make really cool custom stickers (I have one on my helmet). How did that all start up and how do you even make them!?
The Shop - We wanted our Team to rep us at events and on a daily basis when riding and what better way to do that then with custom helmets. My brother is a graphic arts genius and has the patience to get some of the craziest designs onto the helmet. We have been trying some different things with the helmets and will have some fresh new designs for our riders this season.

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 Bayley - I know at one point you guys had an indoor skatepark open that had a foam pit and plans for a resi. Then all of a sudden it kinda shut down. Can you give us any info about that and what exactly happened?
The Shop - Yes, we had a fresh park that was about 80% complete and was open for a little over a month. There were a lot of big plans for that park with a lot of potential. I had 2 partners that let’s just say weren’t the most honest.  There are many stories on what exactly happened but all I can say is video footage and pictures don’t lie. We went back to our roots and are here to stay!

Bayley - Your current shop is located just down the street from Ayala skatepark. Do you feel like having a shop close to a big time skatepark like Ayala draws more business?
The Shop - Being down the street from the park is great! We are like a tourist attraction for all the kids coming to town to ride Ayala. The kids ride to The Shop knowing we can fix anything the RIGHT way and get them back on their scooters.  We make our shop home to all and we welcome the kids to come hang out. 

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Bayley - What are some things the scooter industry might see from The Shop in the upcoming years?
The Shop - There are a few tricks up our sleeves and this holiday season we will launch the first part of our plan. 

Bayley - Any last words?
The Shop - We want to thank everyone for their support! We appreciate everyone and especially our Team, we couldn’t do it without you!

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