November 24, 2014
Bayley Maxcy is here, once again, breaking down some parts for us!
One of the most frequently asked questions by parents and young riders is “what height and width bars should I buy for my child?”. Honestly there is no easy answer to this question. Unfortunately, that is not what most parents want to hear. Different models of scooters come with their own size bars. For example, Lucky offers a wide range of sizes on their different scooters and you can even order custom height/width pro scooter bars if none of the standard sizes work for you. That said, I think most people are looking for a general guide to help them decide what size to start with so I took the time to write up a suggested bar width/height chart. Check it out below.
(Bar size is 100% preference and choice. The following are just my thoughts on it.)
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” I would suggest ordering a bar that is 18" - 20" wide. It’s OK to order bars that are a little wider than your shoulder width. Industry rule #2: Bars that are too wide can be cut and narrowed, bars that are too narrow can not be modified to make wider.
Suggested Bar Width:
Riders 3'5" - 4', suggested width = 18' - 20"
Riders 4' - 4'5", suggested width = 19" - 22"
Riders 4'5" - 5', suggested width = 19" - 23”
Riders over 5' suggested width = 22” or wider
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 while standing on your scooter, so measure from the top of the headset 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 bar size is 100% preference. Some people like taller bars for comfort and some like smaller because it's easier to do tricks, like bri flips. It's 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.
Suggested Bar Height:
Riders 3'5" - 4" suggested height = 18" - 20"
Riders 4' - 4'5" suggested height = 20" - 22"
Riders 4'5" - 5' suggested height = 22" - 24"
Riders over 5' suggested height = 24" or taller
What are the advantages to smaller 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; More stability, and 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. Please keep in mind bar size is 100% preference and custom bars are not returnable. If you have friends with scooters I would highly recommend riding theirs, this will help you determine the exact bar height and width that you prefer.
Written By: Bayley Maxcy