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2 vs 3 wheel for Kids Scooters
Firstly, the Micro Sprite is a great 2-wheeler for 8 year olds!
However, believe it or not, the 3rd wheel on our 3-wheelers is far from a training wheel— in fact, the first Micro 3-wheelers were designed for teens and adults!
Rather than the 3-wheelers being for beginners, they are instead a completely different style of ride— the way you steer a 3-wheeler is closer to the way you would “lean” to steer a snowboard or surfboard.
Following is an explanation of the riding style offered by our 3-wheelers and 2-wheelers, respectively:
The 3-wheeled "kickboard" ride:
Going with a 3-wheeler, known as a "kickboard", will offer you the greatest stability along with the “axle steering”; this means you actually lean your body to steer the kickboard. A 3-wheeled kickboard can stand on its own without the aid of a kickstand; conversely, a 2-wheeled scooter cannot, thus exemplifying the added stability of a kickboard. Due to a kickboard's 3-wheel design, riders cannot make as sharp of turns on a kickboard as they can on a scooter; turns must be planned a bit “in advance” on a 3-wheeler so that the rider can lean to steer.
Overall, the main "tradeoff" here is stability and ease of ride vs. the inability to make sharp, "athletic" turns
The 2-wheeled "scooter" ride:
Going with a 2-wheeler, known as a "scooter", will offer portability and convenience. Our 2-wheelers definitely require more "rider balance" than their 3-wheeled counterparts; this comes with the benefit of being able to make sharper, more "athletic" turns and an increase in overall maneuverability.
Overall, the main "tradeoff" is portability and convenience vs. added attention to balance and (added) physical requirements.
Our only 2-wheeler safety-tested for use by riders ages 8 and up is the Micro Sprite. It is our lightest and easiest-to-maneuver scooter when compared to our other (larger) 2-wheelers. It is also offered in a variety of fun colors, here is a link: http://www.microkickboard.com/young-adult-teen-scooters/2-wheeled/sprite