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      20.03.2011 09:12
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      Excellent scooter, adaptable for different uses and folds down for portability

      For my 7 year old son's last birthday, my in laws bought him a new scooter. We looked around for a while, working out which one would be the best to go for, before settling on this one. It seemed to be sturdy, a lot sturdier than his previous scooter, which although good was probably more suitable for him when he was a couple of years younger.

      The JD bug is that you often see teens on doing tricks, and while this one isn't most kitted out trick scooter, it has proven to be enough for our little man to handle. Visually, ours is a mix of metal grey and blue, and functions just as a normal scooter would. There are only the two wheels, one at the front and one at the back, another step up from our previous 3 wheeled one. This has meant better chance of going at increased speeds for our son and has also resulted in more enjoyment for him.

      The strong metal frame also bears enough weight so that my wife and I have also been able to have a go on it, and I was impressed by the adaptability of the scooter. The frame adjusts up and down with quite a large degree of change available, a strong locking mechanism ensuring that using the handlebars for support as well as steering doesn't push it down. If you do push hard, however, it will slowly sink a little bit, so just be warned that if you rely on pushing down on the front then it may mean you're leaning over.

      However, this is only a little niggle, as it was me pushing down and leaning my body weight on it that resulted like this, and our 7 year old won't generate that much pressure and so it's be perfect for him. The handlebars themselves are padded, which provides comfy grip, although if you get a bit sweaty then you do get that residue you often get with grips, where tiny flakes can come off. It's very comfy to hold, though, as my son keeps pointing out to us!

      Does it go? Well, we took it out on a nearby walking/cycle trail recently, and on the downhill bit, our little adventurer was zooming off at speed, so excited, trying to do little tricks that had us putting our hands over our mouths and calling out. It really can go. It's not going to be as fast as a bicycle, but it can build up quite a bit of speed, and the wheels will carry forward the momentum on the flat or uphill with the pushing that you'd do with your trail leg. Some scooters have a tendency to be inefficient when it comes to transferring leg power to the wheels, but not this one.

      The body will also rotate 360 degrees. It won't keep going round and round, but the design will let you flip it round once. Our son isn't aware of this yet, and we'll probably wait until he's a bit more confident and able with it before even suggesting he tries things like that. I've seen kids do a trick with flipping the base round before landing on it again, and sneakily and without success I have tried it myself, but I can see how it could be dangerous, so before he tries that, we'll pop some elbow and knee pads on along with his bicycle helmet, I think.

      Naturally, this protection doesn't come with the scooter, but I do recommend having them in case you have a zoomer user like we do. It's for peace of mind as much as safety, but it would be easy to see how they could come flying off by one over zealous turn or a stumble, and the results could be serious at speed. Luckily, we already have these, so it wasn't an extra cost we had to factor in, but it's certainly something to be aware of.

      The scooter also comes equipped with a brake, applied with the back foot. It's merely a metal pedal that hovers over the wheel arch at the back, coming off the foot plate. You merely need apply pressure to it with your trail leg, and it'll operate just like any other brake. It's not a sudden effect, though, which has more good points than bad. It does mean that immediate stopping when travelling at velocity is unlikely, but it also means that a sudden stop likely to fling you over the handlebars is equally unlikely.

      Transportation has also been thought of. Along the front frame that ends with the handlebars and starts at the front wheel, there is an adjustable strap, along with a lever that means you can fold the frame down so it's in line with the base. This provides you with a flat unit and you can put the strap easily put over your shoulder as you would do wit a backpack. It's not quite as comfortable, as you have the metal scooter against your shoulder and back, but it's much better than having to potentially strain and carry a cumbersome object. The handlebars also fold in flat, preventing them digging in to you and sticking out.

      It's very well thought out, overall, and is proving to be very durable on top of all this. My son has put it through its paces and it's taken some off road beatings as well as smooth track flying, and it's still running smoothly. We're very impressed with it indeed. It cost my wife's folks around the £30 mark, I believe, and seemed to be about twice as much as the cheapest similar option. However, this didn't seem anywhere near as reliable, flexible, portable and sturdy as the one we finally got, and we're exceptionally pleased with what he's ended up with, as is he. We alternate between taking this and the bike out with him, and he's happy with either. The scooter just takes up less room in the car! Recommended!

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        26.09.2010 02:32
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        A nice product

        Our JD Bug Big Wheel Scooter is something we bought for our child to use. Not only is it a bit smarter than some of the cheaper scooters you can buy, but it also has a quality feel about it, which gave us confidence in having bought a good product.

        When you consider the fact that similar but cheaper scooters can be bought for £15 or so, the JD Bug Big Wheel Scooter which can range from £30 up to £48 is a much pricier buy. However when your wallet begins to creak under the pressure of the added expense, a quick reminder that you are getting a bit more for your money may ease the pain.

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        Having ridden this myself I have to say that once you get the hang of these scooters they can really move at some speed. They are also great fun. One good thing they have over skateboards is a sturdy set of adjustable handle bars. This certainly gave me a feeling of added safety and support when riding on the JD Bug Big Wheel Scooter.

        Another thing I really liked about the JD Bug Big Wheel Scooter is the fact that you get an attachment for a carry handle which means that if you are picking the kids up from school etc, you can if you are not feeling up to whizzing up to the school gates yourself, use the carrying option to transport the scooter safely there with the minimum of fuss. I would say though that if doing that you do need to be prepared for the fact that the scooter does weigh around 7lbs.

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        Our JD Bug Big Wheel Scooter came in a funky silver toned body with bright red shaded highlights. Although the piccy here shows a blue version, the red in my opinion is much nicer. Both will suit either a boy or a girl and you can get funky brighter coloured versions from the same maker if wanted. After all who wouldn't want a Barbie pink version to ride into school on?

        The wheels on our JD Bug Big Wheel Scooter have Abec 5 bearings and for anyone who has a great interest in that type of thing, these bearings are a mid range bearing. This means they spin well but won't spin too fast, so faster then Abec 3's but slower than 7's or 9's. They also won't wear down as fast as the higher rated bearings and as they are a medium range bearing, you don't need to exert too much effort to get a decent spin going on the wheels.

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        Other points to note about the scooter are that the handles have a nice foamy padding for good grip and they match the over all highlight colour (in our case red). A nice set of 6 inch PU wheels are fitted which give a good ride and feel, again these are red. The scooter can be folded or unfolded to be carried or stored and the carry/ shoulder strap can be used. See the piccy for a close up of that, which is located on the front of the scooter.

        As a general every day scooter the JD Bug Big Wheel Scooter is a nice product. Its light yet sturdy and feels well made. It looks stylish but also performs well. The foot plate is compact yet more than able to cope even with an adults foot and the overall weight that the scooter can hold is up to 100kg. This means that the whole family can have a go on this little beauty if wanted and it should be able to stand up to the job.

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        Thinking about safety issues you may want to purchase a helmet and knee and elbow pads for use with this as we did. These can also double for use with skateboards and work well in either situations. These types of scooters can be used for trick scooting and use on ramps or for doing jumps, but as thats not for the unskilled rider, many children and adults will not want to use the product in that way.

        To give the scooter a rating I feel it ought to get 4 stars. One thing I have to say is that its best not to leave the scooter outside in all weathers, as rust can be a problem with these types of items as we have found in the past. So far we have avoided that by putting the scooter away after use.

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    • Product Details

      Features: Full Alloy construction; Instant foldability; Abec 5 bearings; and 125mm wheels.