Introduction and comparison of various non-electric riding/skating sports equipment for children

2021-01-08 12:13Yuho Chen

Kids Scooter / Kick Scooter / Yo-yo Scooter

A kick scooter (also referred to as a push-scooter or scooter) is a human-powered street vehicle with a handlebar, deck, and wheels propelled by a rider pushing off the ground. Today, the most common scooters are made of aluminum, titanium, and steel. Some kick scooters made for younger children have 3 to 4 wheels (but most common ones are known to have 2 wheels) and are made of plastic or don't fold.

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Toy Wiggle Car

The PlasmaCar is a plastic ride-on toy car designed for children, (can be adapted for adults see below), made popular by Canadian toy distributor PlaSmart. The PlasmaCar can be propelled by wiggling the front steering wheel which is attached to two pivoting wheels touching the ground. It harnesses the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, gravity, and friction in order to drive the car forward and backward. It does not require a power source such as batteries, fuel, pedals, or gears - it simply runs on the child's ability to wiggle the steering wheel. It can be operated indoors and/or outdoors, though it works best on a smooth, flat surface.

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Scissor Scooter /Frog Scooter

The Trikke (also known as a wiggle scooter, scissor scooter, carver scooter, and Y scooter) is a chainless, pedalless, personal vehicle with a three-wheel frame. The rider stands on two foot platforms above the two rear wheels and steers the vehicle with handlebars attached to the lone front wheel. The cambering system is designed to provide a stable, three-point platform that lets the rider lean into turns while all three wheels remain in contact with the ground. There are several variations of the Trikke, from body-powered fitness machines, to battery-powered transportation and personal mobility vehicles.

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Children's Bicycle

A bicycle, also called a bike or cycle, is a human-powered or motor-powered, pedal-driven, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A bicycle rider is called a cyclist, or bicyclist.

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Balance Bike/ Kids Strider

A balance bicycle or run bike or no pedal bike or dandy horse is a training bicycle that helps children learn balance and steering. It has no foot pedals, no drivetrain, no chain, no gears, no gear shifters, no derailleurs, and no freewheel.

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Roller Skates / Roller Skating Shoes

Roller skates are shoes, or bindings that fit onto shoes, that are worn to enable the wearer to roll along on wheels. The first roller skate was effectively an ice skate with wheels replacing the blade. Later the "quad" style of roller skate became more popular consisting of four wheels arranged in the same configuration as a typical car. Roller skating is a hobby, sport, and mode of transportation using roller skates.

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Track Skating / Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels are a combination of skateboarding and roller skating. It is also known as a spinning wheel, but is much more manoeuvrable and easier to use than skateboards and roller skates.

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Double Rocker Skateboard

The double rocker skateboard is a flexible, technical skateboard with a nose and tail. Like all other types of skateboards, it has a bridge, wheels, axles, sandpaper and deck.

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Mini Skateboard

The mini skateboard is the most miniature of all skateboarding equipment, with a standard size of 64cm*16.5cm. Because of the small size of the board, it is more suitable for children and girls starting out. Its smaller size makes it easier to control the board by applying forces.

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Land Surfboard

The bridge on a landboard is live, and unlike a regular skateboard that stomps along, it uses body swings and shifts of weight back and forth to mimic the motion of surfing on land. Landboards usually have a thicker, rounder look to them, with a width of 25cm or more, which allows the foot to be more accurate in distributing power to the stays.

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Ripstik Board

The Ripstik, commonly known as the snake board, is a new type of skateboard, which is different from the normal four-wheeled skateboard, it only has two wheels, also known as the "two-wheeled skateboard". It is based on the theory of human movement and mechanics and uses the swing of the waist, feet and hands to drive the board forward.

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Wiggleboard

The Wiggleboard is specially designed to be a safer, easier-to-ride skateboarding option for children aged 6–13, but is also entertaining and challenging for teenagers and adults. The skateboard has only three wheels and thus contributes to strengthening the spine and core musculature and supports users to develop their sense of balance, strength and coordination. It can be moved only by wiggling one’s hips without any contact with the ground; skateboarding with it can be learnt in 30 minutes.

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