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Lucky Scooters

In: Scooters

Know those nights where you’re chilling with your friends, casually throwing some crazy ideas around when one kinda surprises you? Well get this.

 

Lucky actually started out in a garage. They were bummed that scooter companies were selling low quality scooters with parts that just didn’t cut it. So what’d these guys do? They created and sold high performance parts that wouldn’t break. Lucky Scooters became more and more popular and are now one of the most sought after  scooter brands in the world!

 

The cool thing is that these guys are really all about making scooting the most popular action sport in the world. They want to help develop riders and help make it a legitimate sport. I mean, why not?

 

Check out some awesome clips from Capron:

 

 

There isn’t a weak spot in their inventory; all of Lucky Scooter’s products are made to last. You really can’t go wrong with a Lucky Scooter!

Where Did Kick Scooters Come From?

In: Scooters

A Brief History of Scooters

It’s crazy to think how much kick scooters have changed in the past 100 years. The first kick scooter literally was a small piece of wood attached to roller skate wheels. These kids—yep, youngins created kick scooters!—hooked wood onto a handlebar and, voila!, a new, fun way of getting around was born.

Scooters are awesome, but fell behind the bicycle, rollerskate, and skateboard craze. Kids were looking for different ways to get around, and more quickly, which explains why bicycles were so popular. Scooter diehards tweaked the designs here and there, and it wasn’t until 1990 that Wim Ouboter jumped in and revamped the way scooters looked and functioned. Ouboter’s sister had a really hard time riding a bike because one of her legs was shorter than the other, and he wanted to create something special and practical for her.


Ouboter realized wooden scooters didn’t really hold up to the weather, so he kept the design but made them a bit sturdier. He used smaller wheels, too, and his design paved the way for new, more modern scooters. To combat that clunky noise and improve durability, designers started using aluminum to build scooters. This was great for riders in two ways: it improved safety (riders could hear traffic!) and the way you looked while you rode (no more clunky-ness!).

What’s Hot Right Now

There are a ton of popular brands out there, and the variety of scooters is crazy impressive. You can literally pick any color and any style you can think of. Scooters can come preassembled (called scooter completes, just in case you didn’t know!), or you can build your own (and pick from different scooter decks, scooter wheels, scooter bars, scooter forks, scooter brakes and scooter clamps.) All of the choices you make depend on your own style—personal and riding. Warehouse Skateboards carries the best at the moment: Lucky Scooters, Madd Gear Scooters, Razor Scooters, and Phase Two Scooters. We’re loving how the style of riding has changed over time, from a more “get from point A to point B” to “hey, I wonder what kind of air I can get from riding this rail?”


If you have any questions about scooters, hit us up!

Madd Gear Scooters Now Available!

In: Products, Warehouse Skateboards

Madd Gear Scooters have been around for over a decade, originating in Australia and then expanding worldwide. The brand is known for its quality scooter parts and accessories, and Warehouse Skateboards is proud to add Madd Gear Scooters and accessories to its offerings.

Madd Gear’s innovative design and colorful styles are youthful, from Madd Gear Scooter Bars all the way to Madd Gear Scooter Wheels. But despite being “youthful,” and Madd Gear staying dedicated to being a kid’s brand, these scooters are built to last through even the most hardcore scootering. If you want a scooter bar that you can count on, and scooter wheels you can flip hard tricks on, these scooters are for you.

To top it off, these guys are big on keeping kids active on both the local and global level. Madd Gear donates scooters to fundraisers and events, and also volunteers at instructional camps and programs. Everything about this brand is sharp, and these scooters come with many innovative features that allow you to show off and ride in style.

Choosing The Right Skateboard Trucks

In: Build a Skateboard, How To, Tips & Tricks, Warehouse Skateboards

Have you seen the metal T-shaped pieces on the underside of your skateboard? These are skateboard trucks, and they keep your wheels and bearings securely attached to the deck. Trucks are a key component in creating your own skateboard, and they’re composed of several different parts: axles, hangers, kingpins and bushings. Each one of these parts affects your skateboard’s performance.

 

Axle: Long pin that runs through the hanger and attaches to the wheels
Hanger: Large triangular metal piece that runs through the axle and supports it
Kingpin: Bolt that fits inside the bushings and holds the skate truck parts together
Bushings: Soft urethane rings fitted around the kingpin to allow the board to turn

 

Type and size of trucks chosen impact your stability and what tricks you’re able to pull off on your skateboard. You can also adjust trucks in order to perform tighter turns or specific tricks on your board. For easy turning, choose softer bushings; for stiff turning, choose hard bushings.

 

Truck Size

 

Truck size is measured by axle width or hanger width. You should choose a truck axle that is roughly the same width as your skateboard deck, just over or under ¼ of an inch the width of the board. Visit our help guide to view a recommended sizing chart for truck size based on deck size.

 

Truck Profile

 

Truck profile is the distance between the hanger and the bottom of the skate deck. Mid-sized trucks are most widely chosen by skateboarders. Low-sized trucks are designed for small wheels, and provide extra stability for certain skate moves. High-sized trucks are ideal for large wheels, and are made for carving and cruising streets, working well with longboards or cruisers.

 

Trucks also require regular maintenance in order to keep your skateboard firing on all cylinders. Visit our help guide for directions on tightening your kingpin, replacing a broken kingpin and replacing bushings.

How To Build A Skateboard

In: Build a Skateboard, How To, Tips & Tricks, Warehouse Skateboards

After you’ve chosen all the individual parts of your skateboard with our custom builder, it’s time to assemble your board. Follow these steps, and you’re on your way to becoming a serious skateboarder.

 

Materials Needed:

 

  • Gripped Skateboard Deck
  • Skateboard Hardware (Set of 8 Bolts and Nuts)
  • Skateboard Trucks (Set of 2)
  • Set of Bearings (2 per Wheel; 8 Total)
  • Skateboard Wheels (Set of 4)
  • Skate Tool
  • Risers (Optional)
  • Screwdriver

 

Step 1: Install Truck Hardware

 

Pop the screw holes in the deck, insert all eight screws and turn your board over so that the bottom is facing up. If you’re installing risers, start by fitting those onto the screws.

 

Step 2: Attach Trucks

 

If you’re not installing risers, slip the baseplate into the screws to secure your trucks – and make sure your two trucks are facing each other (i.e. both kingpins are closer to the interior and away from the nose/tail). Fasten your hardware with your screwdriver while holding the nut with your skate tool. We recommend you secure screws in a X pattern – start with the upper left, then move to the lower right, and so on.

 

Step 3: Insert the Bearings into the Wheels

 

Remove the nut and washers from each truck axle, and place the bearings into the wheel hole and press down on the wheel to secure it in place. Then insert the bearing spacer inside the wheel from the opposite side, and repeat this process for the opposite side.

 

Step 4: Install the Wheels on the Trucks

 

Slip one washer over the skateboard trucks, followed by the complete wheel and the second washer. Use a skate tool to secure the wheel with a nut, which should allow the wheel to spin easily yet still secure it in place. Repeat this process on all four wheels and you’re done! To view a step-by-step video of this process, visit our help guide.