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The Best Trick: Scootering as Therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Published: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Category: scooterdad
Our unique little kid, Paxton. In case you were wondering, he’s one on the right. ;) The following article was written by my wife, Dena Carlile, who is the mother of my scooter kid, Paxton Swygard. This has been a challenging article to write as we weren’t sure if being open/honest about ... Read more >>
Ask ScooterDad - Volume 4
Published: Monday, August 13, 2012
Category: scooterdad
It’s Ask ScooterDad time again! If you missed the other volumes, you can find them here: Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3. Why do some scooter decks have different headtube angles? The angle of the headtube on a scooter deck affects a few aspects of the way your scooter feels. First, and pe... Read more >>
Ask ScooterDad - Volume 3
Published: Monday, January 30, 2012
Category: scooterdad
It’s time for another round of Ask ScooterDad! If you missed the first two installments, you can find them here: Volume 1 and Volume 2. Is there a rule of thumb for determining the height and width of your bars in relation to a rider’s height? Every kid has a different preference for bar he... Read more >>
Ask ScooterDad - Volume 2
Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Do you have a question for ScooterDad? Send me an email at, post on Facebook at, or message me on Twitter at I’m back with more answers to your questions with Volume 2 of Ask ScooterDad. If you missed the first volu... Read more >>
Ask ScooterDad - Volume 1
Published: Saturday, October 08, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Not every question or topic is broad enough for an entire article. Some topics are very specialized or have very short answers, but I’d still like to help where I can. I’ve scanned the Google keyword searches resulting in hits to ScooterDad and I’ve identified some questions that I can answer... Read more >>
Scooter Lingo - Volume 2
Published: Sunday, September 18, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Jeremy Cathcart definitely knows what “sick”, “beast”, and “boost” mean. He’s also pretty familiar with “flow”. :o) We had a lot of fun with our tongue-in-cheek, yet informative, Scooter Lingo - Volume 1 article which resulted in quite a few web hits and some positive feedback. This article,... Read more >>
What are the Basic Parts of a Scooter?
Published: Sunday, September 04, 2011
Category: scooterdad
The first step to maintaining your scooter is knowing what all the parts are. It’s a lot easier to order a new “fork” than it is to order a “you know, that long metal thingy with the tube part and the U-shaped part that holds the spinny jobby”. :o) Many of you reading this blog will undoubte... Read more >>
Scooter Lingo - Volume 1
Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011
Category: scooterdad
“That scooter is so dialed and those bri flips are legit! You’re riding steezy today. I can’t wait to see that banger in your next edit, homie!” This is the first article in what I expect will be a series of articles to help teach parents and kids who are new to the scooter world about some ... Read more >>
New ScooterDad Stickers
Published: Friday, August 05, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Find me at a skate park or event and get your own free ScooterDad sticker! If you’ve been to a skate park in the Portland, OR area, you may have seen some scooter kids proudly rocking the new ScooterDad sticker on their scooter and/or helmet. I’m really excited to have our stickers to share ... Read more >>
Swap Meet - Frequent Part Swapping in Scooter Culture
Published: Friday, July 29, 2011
Category: scooterdad
When you’re the scooter mechanic for a fleet of kids, you end up with a graveyard of parts like I have. If your kid is serious about freestyle scooter competitions, you’ll find very quickly that trying every possible part and combination of parts is ingrained in the culture. As a parent, it ... Read more >>
When Should You Upgrade to a Pro Scooter?
Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Category: scooterdad
It can be difficult to decide when to make an investment in your kid’s freestyle scooter. The Razor Ultra Pro is the best all-around complete scooter for beginners. When your kid is first beginning to scooter, he will probably start out on a Razor A1, A2, A3, B model, Pro model, or similar f... Read more >>
About ScooterDad
Published: Monday, July 11, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Introduction When my step-son Paxton was 3 years old, his mom got him a Spiderman skateboard with a T-handle attached to it. It was somewhere between a skateboard and a scooter. We had no idea that we’d be so involved in the scooter world, but we are because it’s his true love and passion. We do... Read more >>
Welcome to!
Published: Friday, July 08, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Freestyle scootering information for parents and kids. Thanks for visiting my new website dedicated to providing a resource to the parents of scooter kids. My name is Kenny Carlile (ScooterDad) and Paxton Swygard is my step-son and scooter kid. As the parent of a scooter kid, I’ve spent the ... Read more >>