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5 Tips To Keep Your Scooter Rolling Right

Posted on: July 21st, 2014 by Pulse

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Scooters do not require much maintenance. However, if you are using your scooter often, especially for freestyle scootering, then you will want to regularly maintain your scooter to keep it rolling right. By following these five tips, you can make sure that your scooter remains in great condition so that you can continue to do your tricks without hurting your scooter, or yourself.

Storing your Scooter

When you are not using your scooter, you want to make sure you store it in a clean, dry space. This will keep it dry, which will prevent any rusting or corrosion that weakens the scooter. You should also try to keep the scooter as clean as possible, especially if you take it off road. Any dirt or mud that remains on the scooter could weaken it, eventually causing damage. If you do get your scooter dirty, just hose it off or wipe it down with a damp cloth and dry it before storing.

Check for Loose Parts

You should regularly check for loose parts on your scooter, especially in the areas that connect, including the handlebars, deck, and wheels. If you have any loose nuts, bolts, screws, wheels, or any other parts, it affects the ability of your scooter. If you notice anything loose, typically you just tighten it up and the scooter will continue to work well. If you notice a part regularly comes loose, then you should look into replacing that part.

Replace the Brakes Regularly

If your scooter has handlebar brakes, you should regularly check for wear and tear, especially in the break pads. The connection between the handlebars and brakes is also at risk of wearing down and malfunctioning. You do not want to encounter a problem due to your brakes failing. The more you use your scooter, the more often you should check for problems. If you notice that your scooter is not breaking as well as it usually does, then that is a sign that the break pads have worn down, or there might be a problem with the wiring.

Keep the Wheels in Shape

If your wheels are not kept in good shape, then you will not be able to ride your scooter well. You should make sure the wheels are tightly connected to the deck. The wheels should also remain in correct alignment for the best ride. If you have inflatable wheels on your scooter, you will want to make sure they remain inflated and do not have any holes or leaks. For other types of wheels, you should regularly check them to make sure they do not have any significant signs of damage that would require replacement.

Replace any Broken or Worn Parts

You should take the time to look over your scooter regularly to check for any broken or worn out parts. This could include small parts, like the bolts and wheels. However, even the deck and handlebars are at risk of wearing out. If you notice you have significant wear and tear in an area of your scooter, you should replace it to make your scooter like new. For some of the larger parts, such as the handlebars or deck, you will have to judge whether it is worth replacing the parts or just buying a new scooter.

By regularly examining your scooter, you can find the areas of the scooter that might be wearing down and in need of replacement. Keeping your scooter well maintained and storing it in a cool, dry area will help it to last longer, and keep it rolling correctly. You will be able to enjoy scootering around town and performing your freestyle tricks without worrying about your scooter failing.

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ScootAM A Site To Support Amateur Freestyle Scooter Riders

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by Pulse

ScootAM Supports Amatuer Freestyle Scooter Riders

Amateur freestyle scooter riders often find it difficult to get promoted on YouTube, blogs and websites. This can make it difficult to break into the sport as a professional. Unless you have connections with professional riders or other power players in the industry, it is difficult to find sponsors and gain exposure in the larger scooter riding community. With ScootAm’s new site, up and coming amateur freestyle riders have a place to be showcased that does not even require the creation of an account.

What is ScootAM?

ScootAM is a website for promoting and exposing freestyle scooter riders. Professionals can easily get their videos on the best scooter blogs and websites for a wide audience to see, but it is difficult for amateurs to do the same. ScootAm provides a platform for amateurs to upload their videos, photos, event results, announcements, and more to promote themselves. Users can look through and view the promotion of other users, and sponsors can easily search for new riders.

As long as there is nothing inappropriate or it is not low quality, the video will be posted. Those deemed exceptional by the ScootAM employees will be marked as featured, and listed in the featured category. When the promo is published, the users name is listed on the author page of the website. A person can click on the name to see all promotions posted by that person.

What can be Posted?

Amateur scooter riders can post videos, photos, event results, sponsorship announcements, or general announcements on ScootAM. Users can specify the preferred release date of the promo, which is perfect if you want it to coincide with a particular event or date. The site provides a platform to push out videos of awesome tricks and rides so it can have more views, which gives you more exposures. The same can be done for any photos of a trick. You can post as many promos as you would like, and they will all be easily found under your name.

Why Post on ScootAM?

When you film your latest tricks, you probably upload them to YouTube or Vimeo and post a link on your social media pages. However, this typically only provides you with a limited number of views, and you most likely will not be seen by any potential sponsors. By including this information on the site, it increases a rider’s chance of being seen by a larger audience. Although ScootAM does not sponsor riders, they can help facilitate sponsors finding new up and coming talent. By posting various promos, including videos and results, you can increase your chance of being seen by sponsors and turning pro.

Increase your Exposure

By posting on ScootAM, you can increase your exposure without having to sign up for an account, pay for anything, or give up your content. When you post the content, you share the link to your YouTube posting or other sites, although you typically will upload a file for a photo. ScootAM works solely as a platform for self-promotion. It hopes to help facilitate the next generation of freestyle scooter riders as the sport continues to grow.

While you are on the site uploading your own promotional material, be sure to check out the videos of the other riders who have likewise shared their promotional videos and information. You might just learn a new trick or two by watching their videos, or discover a new event. With this website, not only are individual riders being promoted, but the network of amateur riders is enriched by making it easier to find and view one another’s videos, which will help the sport continue to grow.

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Upcoming Freestyle Scooter Competitions

Posted on: July 16th, 2014 by Pulse

Upcoming Freestyle Scooter Competition

With the rise in popularity of scooters, a new extreme sport was born: freestyle scootering. This sport uses a kick scooter to perform similar freestyle tricks as skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders, and BMX bikes. As freestyle scootering caught on, manufacturers created scooters made specifically for the sport. Competitions soon followed, and now there are several events in which freestyle scooter enthusiast can compete. Many local skate parks and scooter clubs offer competitions for local scooter riders. Along with local events, there are several national and international events, including a world championship. Following is a list of the upcoming freestyle scooter competitions.

U.S. National Championship

On July 12, the U.S. National Championship finals will take place at the Escondido Sports Center in Escondido, California. In this competition, the top 50 US pro riders will be competing for a place in the ISA World Championships. It is the final event from the series of pro events that have taken place throughout the year at various locations throughout the country. The winner of this event will go to the world championships to compete for the title. The event will also include other activities for non-pro scooter riders.

Russian Scooter Championship

On the weekend of July 26, the Moscow Scooter Competition will take place. This competition has been selected as an ISA International Wild Card. What this designation means is that any international pro rider who wins this competition will have a place in the ISA World Championship. The same weekend will also be the National Championship for Russia, and that winner will also have a place in the ISA World Championship. This event takes place at the Luzhnetskaya Olympic complex in Moscow.

Scootfest 2014

Scootfest 2014 will take place in August on two consecutive weekends. Scootfest North will take place on the 9th and 10th of August at Rampworx in Liverpool. It will hold the UK Championships, as well as allowing open riders to compete. The Scootfest North competition is also a wild card for the ISA World Championship, so any international professional rider who wins can go try for the world championship.

Scootfest South will take place on the 16 and 17th of August at Rush in Stroud. The feature event will be the ISA World Championships. There will be 50 of the world’s best riders competing to see who will be the world champion. There will also be activities for other riders, as well as a Scooter Trade Village, music, a parent’s lounge, and offsite camping. Scootfest is an annual event that has become a tradition among those who compete in freestyle scootering.

Scooter Con

Scooter Con in San Diego is one of the largest events in the freestyle scooter industry and the longest running consecutive event. It draws in many of the top professional riders in the industry who compete for the prestigious title of SD champ. The next event takes place in January 2015, but in the summer there is a smaller event.

There are many freestyle scooter events around, and the number continues to grow as the sport becomes more and more popular. Every year there are national and international competitions where professionals compete to see who will be the national and international champion among the professional scooter riders. However, for non-professional riders, it is easy to find competitions in the local area. They will be posted on the websites of the different skate parks and other areas where freestyle scootering takes place. If you cannot find one near you, you can always start one. You might one day work your way to the ISA world championships.

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The Next Generation Of Scooters Is Moving To The Dirt

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by Pulse

The Next Generation of Scooter Moving to the Dirt

Scooters have been a fun and convenient way to commute around urban areas for years. The growing popularity of scooters led to the formation of freestyle scootering and other scooter-based sports. As these sports gain in popularity, scooter manufacturers create new models of scooters that enhance the ability and safety of the scooters for these sports, such as freestyle scooters. The latest generations of scooters are providing users the ability to scooter off-road and in the dirt.

Why Dirt Scooters?

Most scooters are built to ride on smooth terrain, such as at skate parks or on the street. The wheels, deck, handle bars and other elements of the scooter are made for the specific use of the scooter. Although freestyle scooters have a more solid and rigid deck, reinforced handlebars, and other special features to allow the tricks to be done and extend the life of the scooter, it still does not provide the durability of an off-road vehicle. As more and more scooter riders are moving to the dirt, manufacturers are creating scooters that will have the durability and ability for freestyle dirt scootering.

What can Dirt Scooters Do?

Dirt scooters, or those that can ride on all terrains, can take the enjoyment of scootering off the road and into dirt, trails and mountains. They are made of stronger materials and wheels to handle the harsher terrain. In addition to freestyle scootering, they can be used for cross-country riding either alone or with dogs (also known as mushing). Although each specific brand of dirt scooter has its own features, the biggest differentiator of dirt scooters form other types is that they have inflatable tires and intertubes, similar to the BMX bikes.

Razor’s Phase Two Dirt Scoot

There are several different types of dirt or all-terrain scooters already on the market, including that by one of the most recognized name of scooters, Razor. John Radke, the professional freestyle scooter rider who first recognized the potential of taking the sport to the dirt, designed the Razor Phase Two Dirt Scoot Pro. This scooter underwent two years of testing to ensure its high-quality and ability to take on this sport. It has high-pressure tires and tubes that have a custom design tread pattern that feature knobs for aggressive traction but a smooth center rib for rolling on pavement. It also has a two-piece, split core hub design that makes it easy to maintain the tires and tubes.

Other Brands of Dirt Scooters

Royal Scout also has manufactured some dirt scooter models that feature genuine MBS 200mm pneumatic wheels that can be used on dirt jumps, BMX tracks, rough alley rail jams, grass drops, or single track trails. They have a variety of models with features perfect for the entry-level rider to a professional.

Another type of dirt scooter is the Diggler Mountain Scooter, proclaimed as the original mountain scooter. It is a combination of mountain bike and scooter, and features larger wheels than some of the dirt scooters. They can handle the same terrain as a mountain bike, but they offer the turning abilities and fun of a skateboard. They can go downhill and around terrain, whether you just want to get around hiking trails a bit faster or want to take your scooter freestyle tricks off the ramp and into the woods.

For scooter enthusiasts who wish to take their sport off-road, they now have many options of dirt and mountain scooters that provide the durability to perform tricks or just go for a ride on any surface. With the new generation of dirt scooters, you can take your scooter anywhere.

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A Look at the Origins of Scooters

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by Pulse

how scooter evolve

The kick scooter originated more than 100 years ago, although it took almost a century for them to catch up to the popularity of similar personal transportation methods, such as the bicycle or skateboard. The earliest patents for scooters were submitted in 1921, but serious manufacturing of scooters did not begin until the late 1990s.

The Early Days of Scooters

The earliest kick scooters were typically hand-made by those living in industrial urban areas looking for another way to get around. Some versions of the early homemade scooters included using a roller skate wheel set on a board with a handle or an old box. Some people created their scooter out of two boards connected by a crude pivot to help turn the scooter. These scooters tended to be made of all wood, with three to four inch wheels with steel ball bearings. Another typical homemade kick scooter was made using a steel clamp roller skate attached to a wood beam.

Scooters begin to Improve

The lighter and more durable metal scooters with two small bicycle wheels attached became a popular mode of transpiration for children before bicycles caught on, but soon were overtaken in popularity by bicycles. These early scooters typically made with roller skates were four-wheeled, similar to skateboards. Although other wheel options have since been manufactured, there are still lines of four-wheeled scooters produced today. In 2000, the four-wheeled Wetzer Stickboard was produced by a Swiss company, which had a narrow skateboard attached to a foldable pole. In 2006, Nextsport produced four-wheeled scooters called the Fuzion. These four-wheeled models tended to be larger and heavier than the Razor and similar scooters, and some also added features to facilitate stunts and freestyling.

The Folding Scooter

The folding scooter debuted in 1996, and changed the scooter world. It was made from aluminum and featured inline skate wheels, providing a faster, easier and lighter scooter. The first version was made by Wim Ouboter from the Micro Mobility Systems in Switzerland known as the Micro Skate Scooter. Soon after, the Razor debuted, and in 1999, it caught on in Japan as a way to commute and quickly became popular around the world. Larger folding kick scooters have also been manufactured for adult commuters. These typically have more durable parts and feature a wider deck, larger wheels, and a hand brake.

Freestyle Scootering

With the invention of the lightweight folding scooter, the new sport of freestyle scootering began. Soon after, new versions of stunt scooters debuted, which include non-folding professional scooters that are stronger and made for doing stunts and using in half pipes.

BMX Scoot Debuts

BMX began manufacturing scooters in 1987, which they called Scoot. Although the manufacturing did not last long under BMX, other companies saw the draw, and began producing scooters. These scooters are often faster than a folding scooter and offer users more convenience than a utility bicycle in urban areas. Mountain Scooters also have been produced, which are made for off-road usage.

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5 innovative Ways to Use a Go-Pro Camera

Posted on: July 9th, 2014 by Pulse

Go-Pro Camera

The Go-Pro Camera is small, lightweight, durable, mostly waterproof, and has the ability to capture amazing video and still photography. With accessories to mount the camera to you, your bike, or anything else, it is the go-to camera for adventurers and extreme sport fanatics looking to capture amazing footage. With the options available with the Go-Pro camera, you are only limited by your imagination in how to use the camera. Here are five innovative ways that go beyond just mounting your camera to your helmet to capture your mountain bike or skateboarding tricks to help inspire you on your next project.

Capture what it Feels like to Fly

With a Go-Pro camera, you can easily mount it to something in order to see what it would be like to fly. You could attach the camera to a balloon, a remote helicopter, or other toys or gadgets that easily fly in the air. If you want an even bigger show, attach it to a model rocket and send it flying up into space and see what you can capture. Just be sure to protect it safe, or else you might end up losing the footage you created. You can capture amazing aerial views, as well as have an idea of what it must feel like to be a bird.

Walk a day in an Animal’s World

With the Go-Pro, you can attach it to an animal and see what they see in their day. Many people have done this to their dogs. You can easily attach it to the collar and see what happens. However, you could also try to attach it to a docile wild animal to see what their life in the wild is like. You will want to protect your camera, and you will want to find an animal that will allow you to attach the camera without hurting you. You will capture what life is really like in the animal kingdom, away from humans.

A Real Behind the Music Video

You can attach your camera to the inside of a musical instrument for a really unique experience. Some instruments, such as a piano, have intricate insides that move while you play. By attaching the camera to the inside of the instrument, you can get a unique perspective of the music being played. You can also place the camera on your instrument to capture the surroundings for an interesting perspective during a concert.

A Day in the Life of an Appliance

Have you ever wondered what is like inside your washing machine or dishwasher? With your Go-Pro camera, you can find out. You just have to make sure you protect it from the water and heat before you use it. You can mount it in your appliance, or you can just let it run freely for a surreal experience. You can do the same for any household appliance, or any other appliance or tools, such as a lawn mower.

Capturing the Big Breakers

Many people use their Go-Pro cameras to capture themselves surfing, including the wave breaks. However, not many people are able to capture the big, dangerous surf. However, you can mount your camera to a remote boat or something else that floats and send it out into the dangerous surf to capture some amazing waves, without any danger to you. Just beware that there is a high risk of actually losing your camera to the ocean depths.

With a Go-Pro camera, you have the ability to capture pictures and videos unlike anything else. Because it is so compact and durable, you can attach it to anything to try to capture something unique. It only takes imagination, and possibly some minor risks including possibly losing or breaking the camera, to create truly innovative footage.

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Ira Opper Launches Online Extreme Sports Video Platform Vaporvue

Posted on: July 7th, 2014 by Pulse

Online Extreme Sports

Over the past few decades, extreme sports have gained in popularity. Many enthusiasts do not just enjoy participating in the sports but also like to watch the sports in person and on film. However, it can be difficult to find movies and documentaries featuring extreme sports through regular channels.

Luckily for extreme sport enthusiasts, there is a new subscription service that provides movies of various extreme sports: Vaporvue. Ira Opper, a well-known surfing filmmaker, has created this monthly subscription streaming service to provide an outlet for extreme sports videos. It is being dubbed the Netflix of extreme sport content, and it is available for streaming on most Internet connected device, including smartphones, tablets, computers and TVs.

What will the content feature?

The content offerings will include movies, TV series and documentaries that focus on various extremes sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing, outdoor, motorbiking, climbing, and more. To complement the extreme sports video library, there will also be videos featuring associated content, such as adventure travel, fitness, yoga, and instructional videos about the different extreme sports. It will provide hours of themed entertainment for fans.

The goal of Vaporvue is to provide the most compressive and diverse library of professionally produced content featuring extreme sports. The company is creating the service with both the content creator and consumer in mind. It offers a place for professional filmmakers to reach their audience, and the audience to easily find the content they crave. It will not just stream already published materials, but also offer a platform for exclusive content. Opper and the Vaporvue team are working closely with the filmmakers to create an outlet for their creations that will easily find the target audiences. It provides another outlet for filmmakers to publish their content.

The Selected Content

Initially, there will be more than 1,000 contemporary and classic movies, TV series, documentaries, travel and informational videos. Some of the selections include exclusive documentaries, such as “The Surfers Journal Services,” “Great Waves,” and “the Biography.” It will also include “Surfing Magazine TV” and “FiNS,” two previously aired Emmy award winning series. There will also be the 70s movie classics “Cosmic Children,” “Super Session,” and “Sea for Yourself.” These titles are just a handful of the numerous titles already available on Vaporvue. The company hopes to continually build the number of available titles, both classics and newly created content.

The Pioneer of an Industry

Opper was one of the pioneers of documenting extreme sports for television. Once again, he is on the pioneering forefront by offering this service. It is difficult for extreme sport enthusiasms to find these movies on cable TV. Vaporvue offers unlimited access anytime, anywhere through on-demand, HD and Internet streaming media. Opper has found a solution for the gap in the entertainment industry market.

Initially, Vaporvue will launch with a Roku TV channel, which is a media player that offers streaming entertainment devices and apps for television. It is also available online at www.vaprovue.com and available on tablets and smartphones. The cost of subscription will be $9.99 per month.

The Changing Entertainment Industry

This is just one more example of the way streaming and subscription services are changing the entertainment industry. More and more consumers are forgoing cable and network television services for streaming through Netflix, Hulu, and the network Internet sites. Players such as Roku feature numerous channels that offer streaming content, both old and newly created. With Vaporvue, Opper has created such a service that focuses on a niche audience: extreme sport enthusiasts. If it is successful, it just might pave the way for similar services for other sports and hobbies.

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