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Periodic Maintenance Tutorial

Scooters have come a long way since the beginning. The technology is sophisticated now, but like any machine they require periodic maintenance to keep them running smooth. This is a practice that is commonly overlooked, and when done correctly can keep your $700+ scooter running for years. This tutorial goes over some routines that you should perform on your scooter once a month. Depending on what kind of conditions you ride in will dictate how frequently you need to do this.

For example if you ride street a lot, you are probably riding through dirt and grime, if you are riding a clean concrete skatepark, there is less dirt and grime to infiltrate your bearings. The lubrication products I am using are my personal preferences that I have come to trust over the years of trying different products. Some other products might work better for you.

The list of supplies needed is a short one. Allen wrenches, pliers, lube, and a rag/ paper towel.

Both of these lubes are commonly used on bicycles. Because so much of scooter technology comes from bicycles like headsets and compression, it is not a surprise that I am using the same products. The bottle of the left is a product called Tri Flow. I use this for the bearings in my wheels. It makes them spin very fast. The tube on the right is a grease made by a bicycle company called Phil Wood. I use this grease on my headset. The reason I have two separate lubrications is because if I used Tri Flow on my headset it would spin very fast. I like my headset to be very smooth, but have a more dampened spin to it. For me it makes my scooter feel more solid. This choice of lubrication is a personal preference, so if you like your headset to spin fast just use Tri Flow for headset and wheel bearings.

Begin by taking your wheels off.

The common theme throughout this tutorial is going to be wiping, wipe everything down with your rag or paper towel. Make sure all the grease and dirt is gone from your bearings.

You donʼt need a lot of lube. A few drops is fine, and if you put too much then your bearings will be like a magnet for dirt. Let the lube soak into the bearing casing and then wipe off the exterior shields.

While your wheels are off you might want to rotate them. In this case, I have been doing a lot of frontside power slides lately from hill bombing, so my wheel is uneven. To compensate for this I am flipping my back wheel one hundred and eighty degrees when I put it back on. When I do more frontside power slides it will even out the wheel so I donʼt have a lopsided wheel. Also if your back wheel is square and your front wheel is rounded this is from your brake. Put your front wheel in the back and back wheel in the front. This will lengthen the life of your wheels.

The two places your wheels are, the fork and back dropouts, get grease on them from the bearings being so close. This attracts dirt, lots of it. While the wheels are off wipe out these two locations. Your freshly lubed bearings are going to instantly attract the dirt from these locations when you put your wheels back on if you donʼt clean them.

Now for the headset, take it off.

I find that taking your allen or flathead screwdriver and pushing in an upwards motion while rotating the tool around in the circle of the bearing is the best way to get the headset bearings put without damaging them. If you just pop it out from one pressure point you risk ripping the casing apart.

Another through cleaning. Wipe all the grease and dirt off in sight.

I apply the thick grease to my bearings for the smooth, dampened headset feeling. Apply Tri Flow instead for a faster spinning headset.

Put everything back together and you are ready to roll! Your wheels will spin faster, and your headset will spin smoother. Donʼt forget to do it all again in a month.