I discovered two things today – that we have a fantastic local business in Cottingham making awesome kids scooters and that my son now wants to be a scooter designer when he grows up! After a long process of trials and prototypes, LIFERYDER have just started selling their unique off road and ultra-cool scooters online. Today we were lucky enough to be invited ‘inside the factory’ to see them!
LIFERYDER has been set up by two local dads with the mission of making the best scooters they could for their children. They already had an engineering business and the skills to make the scooters, so during lockdown they have spent their time refining the scooters and getting them ready to sell.
Both of my children were incredibly excited to go to a real life scooter factory! We arrived at the unit to learn more about the scooters, see them being made and collect one for each of my children. We a were greeted by Chris, Allan, and Chris’s daughter who has been helping in the unit over lockdown, and started by going up to the mezzanine level to look down on the factory to see how each bit worked.
We then went to the factory floor to see some of the metal being cut and the computer program’s they have developed to build each bit. I have never seen my son so animated; he loves computers and building things so this was just perfect for him. I thought we were skiving home school today but this was the most educational thing he’s done! He announced on the car journey home that he is going to work at that factory when he grows up and design scooters on their computer (I’d best book him in for work experience in a few years time!). We then watched all the parts be assembled into a very sturdy and specialised box, the boxed up scooters are then collected by Royal Mail to delivered to customers across the UK in a kit form.
The scooters are very robust and can be used for normal scooting or to go off-road. They’re suitable for up to 50kg weight (but they reassures me I could go on it and not do any damage!). The scooters are all based on the same design, which adjusts to your child’s height, but you customise it by choosing the design. The designs are stickers, which means if your child changes their mind or wants a new design you can replace them with a new set at any point. There are over 30 designs to choose from (many created by Chris and Allan’s children), you can choose on their website here. After a lot of deliberating these were our choices –
We collected our boxes and then you assemble the scooter together at home. For me this was a great extra – my kids love building things (usually Lego or some mechano) so this was a novelty build! It also really shows the children how things work, how pieces go together, another engineering lesson for us. As soon as we got home my children put them together, dad wanted to get involved in this bit! Instructions were very clear and easy to follow. My husband said he was really impressed with how well made it all was, how easily it went together and how much he enjoyed doing it with the kids. The scooters do fold in half to transport to places, you just need to remove one bolt (they didn’t design them to fold like a normal scooter with the clip down mechanism as this didn’t make the scooters strong enough).
Our scooters now assembled, we are ready to test them out! We had a quick blast around the block and into a patch of woodland for a quick ‘test drive’ and were incredibly impressed by how easy they were to use, for both my 9 and 6 year old. Look out for the next review when we hit the coast or countryside with our LIFERYDER’s and really test them out!
If you would like a LIFERYDER scooter you can order them from their website here. If you live locally they have an offer for free collection to save you the postage cost, just choose the collection option when ordering on the website (collection is Cottingham). Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.