Think you know nyc? 3 riverside Kick Scooter rides you’d never think to try.

“So you just moved to New York, eh? Got a shiny new Kick Scooter and you feel like a big shot?! EH?!! Let me tell you, you don’t know nothin’ tough guy.”

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One thing I’ve learned, the longer you’ve lived in New York, the more you enjoy telling foreigners about how little they know about the city. The old timers like nothing more than to give you directions, tell you the fastest subway route, the best bagel shop in the area, what USED to be the best bagel shop, you know, in the days when people baked their own bread, kept their nose to the grind stone, employed carrier pigeons, and used abacuses to keep track of their CD’s.

So tell me Mr big stuff, where you gon’ ride that fancy kick scooter, you just bought. The HUDSON bike path? Yeah, everyone and their mother knows about the Hudson bike path.

Here’s 3 riverside rides that you’d never know about if you weren’t a local:

1. Carl Schultz park, East river promenade and Randall’s Island

Kick scooter in randall's islandMost NYC bikers and Kick Scooter riders have ridden the Hudson bike path and probably have also explored the stretch of the East River Promenade which runs south from 37th street, but not as many people have explored the east river north of 80th.

Enter Carl Schultz park with your Kick Scooter at east end ave between 86th and 87th, follow a winding path that cuts west to east through the park, and you’ll find yourself right on the river, with a quaint cobblestone path running left and right. The cobble stones are fairly large and close together so a Kick Scooter with large rubber wheels like the KickPed Scooter would roll right over them.

Kick Scooter in nycFollow the path north, and these stones quickly turn into a smooth, paved bike path that runs all the way up to 125th.

At 103rd street, you can cross a pedestrian path, and enter Randall’s island, where beautiful bike paths criss-cross amidst beautiful architecture, wetlands, and river vistas.

2. Riverside State Park.

Take your kick scooter follow the Hudson river bike path north, eventually you’ll pass by Fairway Market at 130th street, probably even stop in to sample their prodigious apple selection, or purchase a $3 rotisserie chicken or three. Continue on up and eventually you’ll end up at the little red light house that lies just below the George W. bridge, one of New York’s most beautiful and coveted sights.

Riverside State ParkWhat tourists and even most New Yorkers don’t know is that around 138th street, the Hudson bike path passes under a beautiful state park which lies on the top of a parking garage. Positioned 3 stories above the city below, this park has an Olympic sized swimming pool, tennis courts, a baseball field, a full sized football field, Gym, skating rink, and gorgeous eagle eye views of the Hudson river and the George Washington bridge on the northern horizon. A perfect and relatively secluded place to ride your kick scooter on a beautiful fall day and take in the sights. To enter the park you’d ride your kick scooter over to riverside drive and across the pedestrian bridge at 138th.

3. Underneath the Queensboro Bridge

East river promenade At 96th street and east end, there is a stair case which leads right onto one of the most beautiful sections of the East river promenade which runs all the way down to the Queensboro bridge. You rarely see kick scooters along this path, and I have no idea why because it is so beautiful. Kick Scooter under the Queensborough Bridge

Wheel your City Kicker, KickPed, or other kick scooter of choice right along the water, look over at Roosevelt Island on your left across the river, stop at one of the many benches along the water and take in the view. At the end of the path lies the bridge, and beneath it, a lookout point right on the water, where local joggers and bikers are wont to stop and stretch and take a breath in the midst of their busy day.

These are some of my favorite spots in in the city, so as the fall comes on, as the languid humid days of august give way to a bright and crisp Indian summer, throw away that old tired map of the Hudson river, get out your kick scooter - it’s time to break some new ground.

Jack

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3 Places to Ride Your Kick Scooter

Though we here at NYCeWheels, as well as our devoted fan base, understand the utility, allure, and sheer brilliance of kick scooters, to many they still sound more like toys than actual vehicles. It is really interesting to see how quickly and avidly people come around to them, though, once they are introduced into daily life. I’ve seen customers–upstanding, serious, be-suited, business people–trepidatiously leave our shop with a brand new CityKicker tucked under their arms, too uncertain even to roll out the front door, only to return a few months later wanting to add the carry strap or duffle bag.

It seems that having a kick scooter becomes such an integral part of these folks’ lives that they cannot imagine managing without one. To demonstrate how helpful scooters can be in the course of daily life, check out my top 3 suggestions for the handiest places to use your new adult kick scooter.


The Airport

Micro Scooter folded upAs a large dealer of folding bikes, we often get requests from people who travel a lot, wanting a bike that can fold small enough to check on cross-country flights, or even fit in their overhead bins. This is a hard mark to hit–some over-zealous airlines even give owners of the super-compact Brompton folding bikes a hard time.

One solution that I think gets overlooked far too often is the kick scooter. Small enough to fit into a medium sized backpack without much difficulty as a carry on, having a scooter with you on a multiple transfer trip can be life (and leg!) saver. Take, for example, Denver International Airport, which covers about 140 square kilometers! Obviously, even on the worst transfer you wouldn’t have to cover all that ground, but it makes for some potentially epic treks between flights on potentially very little time. With a speedy, compact ride like the Micro kick scooter in your backpack, though, you could cut your travel time by two thirds, and make your connecting flight with time to grab an overpriced sandwich in between.

KickPed scooter unfoldedThe Subway

For New Yorkers, the subway is the classic, almost obvious environment in which to use a kick scooter. Anyone who commutes during peak times can attest to the lack of space in which to store any kind of vehicle–heck, there’s barely room for your feet at 6pm on a train pulling into Union Square. But even though the KickPed scooter is one of the burliest we carry, when it’s folded and slung over your shoulder, it barely takes up any extra room at all. Plus, when you get off the train its extra wide, all-terrain wheels will have you floating over crags and divots in no time flat.

The Neighborhood

CityKicker rolling around the neighborhoodFor busy, errand-running, family-raising, nine-to-five-working adults, perhaps the most overlooked usage for a kick scooter is having fun. We have all gotten home at the end of the day and simply been so completely exhausted that we couldn’t take another step if our lives depended on it. But I think even at that point, just about anyone could be convinced to take a scoot down the block for a night out with the family, or just perhaps a glass of wine to unwind. And with a durable scooter like the CityKicker, which features hand and foot brakes for extra stopping power, there is even enough room on the large, luxurious board for an extra pair of little feet, so you don’t even need to scoot alone.


If you have a favorite place to scoot, or have found your scooter to be particularly helpful in a certain situation, we’d love to hear about it! If you don’t have a kick scooter of your own yet, what are you waiting for?! Visit the NYCeWheels website today to find out more about our selection of kick scooters.

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On Trendsetting (or, Am I Too Old for this Scooter?)

KickPed kick scooter in New YorkWhen it comes to kick scooters and folding bikes, some people are looking for the utilitarian option, asking for the most affordable vehicle that will get them where they want to go. Others simply must have a set of wheels painted in their favorite color, or equipped with the perfect basket so that their tiny dog can ride shotgun (Dorothy of Oz and NYCeWheels owner Bert are both guilty of the latter). For most of us, it’s fair to say that we want our rides to offer serious usefulness while at the very least not making us look silly. Thus, while most of our customers can’t wait to hop on a brand new KickPed or CityKicker, some hold back. Perhaps it is the exposure to such ultra-cool role models as Hansel from Zoolander that lets our younger clientele embrace the kick scooter without hesitation, but I think many middle-aged and retired folks worry that these devices are somehow unacceptable for them to use. When these customers enter the shop, they take sidelong glances at the scooters hanging on the wall, and I can always tell that they’re itching to give them a try–scooters are awfully fun to ride after all–but they all too often are held up, asking, “Am I too old for a scooter?”

Changing Attitudes About Kick Scooters

Kickped scooter father and childIn many ways I think this hesitation parallels the attitude held by many in the 1950s and 1960s about bicycles at large. At that time, bikes were frequently seen as a toy for children, not a legitimate means of transportation. Gradually this viewpoint shifted as bike racing became more well known and mainstream. Today, programs like New York’s new bike share initiative provide bicycles as a cheap, convenient method of transportation that people of all ages embrace and use on a daily basis. I think we are currently in a state of similar flux when it comes to people’s attitudes towards adult kick scooters. Every day in New York City I see more people casually pushing their scooters down the block. They come in all stripes, from giggling college students on their way to school, to 30-somethings coming back from yoga class, to suited-up businessmen with their ties whipping in the wind. I have also noticed a steep decline in the number of judgmental glances or crooked eyebrows in these new riders’ wake, as push scooters steadily become a standard mode of transportation in New York. And after all, why not? They make a tremendous amount of sense in such a massive city. For many, traversing New York means enduring a series of hour-long subway rides, or using a combination of trains and buses. I can say from personal experience that when you are already spending two or three hours a day squeezed into a packed subway car, any way to cut your walking time in half is something to appreciate.

Kick Scooters: Go for it!

Razor A5 Lux in action So to anyone wondering if they can “pull off” riding a kick scooter, I say–go for it. The more the merrier, and the more you ride, the more accepted it will become. Whether you yearn for the lovely CityKicker or the burly KickPed, this is your chance to be a cutting edge trendsetter and have a lot of fun at the same time!

About the Author Miles Schneider is a folding bike and scooter specialist and blogger at NYCeWheels in New York City. He is also an electric violinist, dog enthusiast, and loves eating grapes.

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Three Reasons to Love the KickPed

We recently received a much-needed KickPed shipment, which had been delayed for several weeks. During that time the waiting list for these handsome kick scooters grew and grew to the point that when we finally received the shipment, all the large-sized scooters got snapped up within the first two days! In fact, it has been our experience that, much like the Brompton folding bicycle, the KickPed commands a deep love from everyone who purchases one. One time (I am not making this up), a customer scooted back to us the same day he bought his just to give us some cookies to show his appreciation.

So why do these vehicles invoke such a fervor? I can a few very valid reasons for starters.

Indestructible Scooter

There is a reason we describe the KickPed as “bulletproof”. Really, anything you throw at this thing it seems to shrug off with ease. The scooter is based around an ultra-strong steel frame, and even if the unthinkable should happen and you manage to seriously damage your KickPed’s frame, you will be able to replace it through the lifetime warranty.

Though some customers are initially concerned that the wooden deck will be damaged by the elements, a full weather-proofing treatment ensures that no amount of rain or even snow will phase the KickPed.

Finally, while other kick scooters utilize small, breakable, moving parts in order to make folding possible, the KickPed relies on a single, burly hinge which is literally encased in metal to keep damage and grime to a minimum.

Smooth Rider

For those looking to travel over everything from rough city sidewalks to beaten dirt trails on their kick scooter, nothing comes close to the KickPed’s performance on rough terrain. The 2.5-inch wide wheels are some of the beefiest that you can find on a collapsible push scooter, and their solid rubber construction makes flats impossible while providing tremendous grip on almost any surface.

Additionally, the KickPed’s steel frame is able to flex slightly. This gives the scooter the ability to naturally absorb impact vibrations when rolling over uneven surfaces, and reduces the likelihood of the vehicle suffering serious damage as a result of hard riding.

A Handsome Devil

Finally, many just find the KickPed darned good looking. I count myself in this category. The hollow steel tube at the core of the frame protrudes out the back end, looking almost like an exhaust pipe, and giving the whole setup a sort of jet-powered vibe. The deep red-toned wood of the deck gives the KickPed an element of old-school class, while the tread stripes provide a functional nod to skater aesthetics. Overall, the simplicity in the KickPed’s design bleeds over into its visual impression in a striking way, making this scooter look like some sort of neo-industrial steampunk creation. Well, that’s my take on it anyway.

Why do you love the KickPed?

About the Author

Miles Schneider is a scooter specialist and blogger for NYCeWheels in New York City. He enjoys two-wheeled transportation, plays 6-string electric violin, and consumes massive quantities of salsa–though never all three at once.

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A Buying Guide for Kickscooters

For first-time scooter shoppers (or maybe second-time, but decades removed), deciding what kick scooter to go with can be tricky. What sets one apart from another? As someone who has had the pleasure of becoming quite familiar with a variety of adult kick scooters, I thought I would write a quick shopping guide for some of the most popular scooters out there.

Razor A5

What’s to like:

     

  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable height
  • Large wheels
  • Matches your kid’s Razor
  • Very affordable

Razor is the ubiquitous brand in kick scooters, and chances are anyone born since about 1990 has spent time rolling around on their brightly colored wheels. In this regard the times have not been a-changin’, so a small person in your life keeps scooting a little faster than you can walk, this might be your answer. Be careful though–these scooters are not known for their durability.

The Razor A5 kickscooter is for…

Newbies and those on a shoe-string budget. The Razor is the classic first-time scooter.

Micro

Why you’ll love it:

     

  • Super speedy
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable

The Micro is probably the speediest kick scooter I have ridden, and one of the lightest too. It can be found in an elegant white and blue paint job, or a striking black one with orange highlights. For the non-thrill seekers out there, this might be a bit too speedy, though.

The Micro kick scooter is for…

Speed demons and people looking for the lightest, most compact package.

CityKicker

What’s brilliant:

  • Extra-wide board
  • Hand brake in addition to optional fender brake
  • Thick aluminum construction
  • Good combination of sturdiness and speed

The CityKicker is a luxurious, high-end kick scooter. These scooter are outfitted with a super reliable handbrake, making them a great option for folks who want to use a kick scooter but are worried about rolling down their steep drive a bit too fast. This is one scooter that boasts a zippy, rigid ride.

The CityKicker kick scooter is for…

Fashionistas looking for a beautiful look, and anyone looking for a kick scooter that can stop on a dime.

KickPed

Why you’ll never want to simply walk anywhere again:

  • Heavy duty construction can handle heaviest loads
  • Thick wheels give a smooth ride over bumps and cracks
  • Handsome dark wooden deck
  • Best stopping power out there from a fender brake
  • Spring-loaded folding mechanism

For those looking for a smooth scoot no matter the terrain, look no further than the KickPed. Its extra-wide wheels give it the ability to float over pretty much any surface, making it ideal not only for bumpy sidewalks in the city, but also for hard dirt roads and gravel in more rural areas. Folks who know they are going to be putting their scooters through more than its fair share of abuse will be happy with the burly steel construction–the KickPed can carry up to 300 pounds! In order to make this high weight capacity possible, the KickPed is designed with a solid, non-adjustable stem piece, but it also comes in two different sizes to fit small and large people easily. Finally, this scooter features the coolest folding mechanism of the bunch–a metal, spring-loaded sheath covers the hinge at the base of the stem. Simply slide the sheath up, fold the stem down, and loop the heavy duty nylon band at the bottom of the handlebars around the rear fender. In its folded state, there is enough clearance between the deck and the stem to simply throw the scooter over your shoulder, so there’s no need for a strap. The KickPed weighs a pound or so more than its peers, but the payoff is an indestructible all-terrain scooter that can take on anything you throw its way.

The KickPed kick scooter is for…

All-terrain rough riders, or anyone with a commute that will wreck anything not made of solid steel.

Now get scooting!

About the Author

Miles Schneider is a folding and electric bike specialist at NYCeWheels in New York City. He plays the 6-string electric violin and loves dogs.

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Kickped vs. City Kicker

John here again with my take on the features that make the Kickped and the City Kicker formidable city adult scooters while offering their own particular performance advantages.  Not having ridden a kick scooter since bygone days of youth, it was a bit strange to step back on a scooter, but oddly enough this made me more receptive to the features and rides offered by both if you too should happen to be new to the option of adult kick scooters and considering one for your commuter needs.

City Kicker

City Kicker

City Kicker: a formidable navigator

First up, the City Kicker stands out with its wide deck for added stability for riding with both feet in a more natural stance.  Combine this with its solid wheels, and it makes for a formidable city navigator to get you through the streets, especially on the flat straightaways— all in all one of the fastest kick scooters you’ll find.  And in the case you ever want to stop the cruising fun, or need to avoid a hazard, its front wheel brake lever offers more than enough stopping power.  Coupled with a back fender, it is a more complete package.

The KickPed, great for rougher streets

KickPed Kick Scooter

Thick Tires for smooth rides

Where the City Kicker is a formidable navigator, the Kickped adult scooter is the robust city fighter.  Its steel frame and massive solid rubber wheels make it nearly impervious to any pit or debris the mean urban landscape can offer, and I easily rolled over them.  And unlike other adult kick scooters, its clean cable-less and pad-less construction makes it the ideal maintenance option.

Advantages of the Adult Kick Scooter

The advantage of adult kick scooters is their unmatched portability and both the City Kicker and Kickped surpass this expectation with added straps that allow you to swing it over your shoulder, leaving your hands free for the morning cup of coffee or dive into your pockets for the Metro Card should you happen to take in onto a bus, train, or ferry.

City Kicker Kick Scooter

Small fold with the City Kicker

Even though both unfold within seconds, the Kickped shaves off  just a bit more time with a pull sleeve that renders this adult kick scooter ready to ride and tackle the city.  Supremely both render you a stylish and conscientious commuter.  So do consider these adult kick scooters for your city travel, they just might surprise you with their unmatched portability and ride comfort.

For more details check out the Kickped and the City Kicker profiles and videos, they are just two options along with many other unique adult scooters to augment and ease your city commute.  Until next ride. Happy commuting.

John

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Top 3 places to ride a Kick Scooter in NYC.

It’s a new day, you’re up with the sunrise, cup of coffee in one hand, Kick Scooter in the other. New york City is your playground and you’re ready to take it on in style. So where do you go? What are the hot spots for riding a kick scooter in nyc?

1) Take a ride down riverside

The Hudson river Greenway runs the entire length of Manhattan, beginning just north Fort Tryon Park and continuing along the Hudson all the way to the financial district.

Take a ride down the greenway on your Kick Scooter and you’ll pass by 100 different New York niches. Look up at the George Washington Bridge shooting over your head at 182nd, visit the beautiful yachts moored along 86th st, stop off at Peir I Cafe at 70th st for a drink on the waterfront, and then head down south to enjoy the sunset at battery park. For so many reasons, the Hudson river greenway is the perfect place to take your kick scooter in nyc.

2) Explore Randalls Island with your Kick Scooter

For some reason no one knows about Randall’s island, a beautiful and private little haven accessible via a pedestrian bridge at 103rd street which has some of the best riverside kick scooter paths in the city. 20 years ago the island was primarily known as the site of a waste management plant, and a rather large psychiatric facility, not the most attractive features I admit, but over the last few decades, it’s gone through a major makeover. Criss-crossed with bike paths, the island is now home to some of the best sights in the city— wetlands, outdoor art exhibition, sporting events, and some of the most stunning views of the New York City Scape. Just take your Kick Scooter into Carl Schultz park at 86th street, head up north on the east river bike path, cross the pedestrian bridge at 103rd, and spend the rest of the day exploring the island at your own pace.

3)Take a fast Kick Scooter down the Williamsburg Bridge

For the hardcore Kick Scooter aficionado who wants to get a great work out and catch some serious speed, the Williamsburg bridge is a challenge worth facing. Enter the bridge by heading east on Delancey street until you get to the river. The first half of the bridge is a steep climb, so be prepared to get your blood pumping. Once you get past the midway point its all downhill from there. Extremely downhill. Even regulating your speed with a steady back heel, you’ll be reaching speeds of up to 20 or 25 mph. So be careful. A past customer sent us this video which should give you an idea…

To get the most out of it you’ll want to be riding a fast kick scooter with thin wheels like the City Kicker. But at the speeds you’ll be going, be sure to avoid the front handbrake and lay on the rear fender. After you satiate that need for speed, take your Kick Scooter a few blocks up and you’ll be in the heart of Williamsburg, surrounded by tons of great restaurants and cafes. Not such a bad way to spend an afternoon with your kick scooter in NYC.

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Kickin’ It in Comfort With the KickPed

The Return of the Kick Scooter

Okay, I haven’t owned a kick scooter since I was about 9. Once biking became a viable transportation option I quickly became obsessed with riding. I grew up in a Montana city, so things were fairly spread out but still urban. I biked to school practically every day for 3 years of middle school and even quite a bit in high school. That established me pretty well as a cyclist, and in college and beyond I found out that I not only love riding, but I just really love everything about bikes. But now that I’m in the Big Apple riding the subway and doing my fair share of walking, I’ve realized there’s a kind of beautiful sensibility to the option of having a comfortable kick scooter.

Kickped Kick ScooterThe Two Scooters

My main interest was to see how it felt to ride between the subway station near work and the front door of the shop. This is the longest walking portion of my commute at about 8 blocks. Not that bad all things considered, but hey, sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed! There are plenty of bumps and cobbles and bricks to roll over on this portion of my daily routine, so I figured this would be a good place to find out if I was sampling a truly comfortable kick scooter.

There are a surprising number of options out there for kick scooters, and most of the differences have to do with weight, deck size, and material. The first Kick scooter I looked at was the City Kicker, a fast model based on the Xootr Mg, with large polyurethane tires.  But speed wasn’t my priority, really I just wanted a Kick Scooter that looked like it could take a beating. Enter the KickPed kick scooter. It has a sturdy steel frame with a wooden deck, thick, cushy rubber tires, and it’s supposed to be perfect for a guy like me who clocks in right around 200 lbs. and would likely be riding the heck out of a kick scooter like this. So out I went to roll over bumps and see how everything felt.

The Fellowship of the Ride

Kickped Kick Scooter“Man, this is super fun!” I had forgotten what it was like to jump on that little two-wheeled platform and just push myself along every once in a while. Plus this was a far more advanced kick scooter than I ever rode as a kid. I had only ridden on several of those classic plastic department store specials with iffy brakes and uncomfortable “tires”. This was infinitely more the definition of a comfortable kick scooter. The handlebar fit my hands great and had excellent grips. The tires soaked up bumps like they were nothing. Obviously I could feel the terrain I was traversing, but it was noticeably dampened by those nice cushions of rubber. This was also my first experience braking with the rear fender on a kick scooter. I was pleasantly surprised how much control I found I had over my speed when I came up on intersections or pedestrians (including the mom wearing a backpack featuring all the classic Mario All-Stars from back in the SNES days. A+). I had a blast kicking around on my KickPed, and I really understood why kick scooters are still popular.

The Hop-it

KickPed Kick ScooterI set out to find a comfortable kick scooter. I certainly found one. The KickPed is a well-made ride that I would be happy to take out on all those gnarly New York sidewalks. This is a serious statement from a man who has only ever owned Cadillacs! I plan to spend many more hours enjoying the comfort of a KickPed and maybe along the way I’ll start getting crazy and tricking on that bad boy. For now, I’ll be content to have the pleasure of recounting my awesome ride on the KickPed Kick Scooter for posterity. Just please don’t point out that my Tolkien references are in reverse order of publication. (I already know).

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Kick Scooter in New York City

KickPed Scooter in New York City

Taking a break with the KickPed Scooter in Midtown

Being a cyclist for 25+ years means that sometimes you just need to change things up. In this case, that meant spending some time on a KickPed scooter in New York City. Commuting on a bike is great, don’t get me wrong, but trying a hand at scooting offered a brand new perspective on getting around the city I love. Riding a Kick Scooter gave me time to really look around and appreciate commuting in the city in a whole new way.

A compact Kick Scooter

If you plan on taking public transit like buses or subways, you’ll want your Kick Scooter to be compact. Carrying anything unwieldy just adds more stress to your commute, and who wants that? Not me. The KickPed Scooter folds in a few seconds, and it is lightweight and compact enough to offer a pleasant commute to both you and your fellow travelers.

KickPed in Brooklyn

Meeting a friend for Breakfast in Brooklyn

Just fold it up, slip it under your seat or place it in your lap and your commute with the KickPed scooter will be a snap. Take this compact kick scooter with you on the weekends to the local cafe, too, as it’s small enough to stow under the table when you’re meeting up with friends. Or get creative, take your Kick Scooter on the ferry and explore Staten Island, take a ride along the Riverside water front, or racing down the Williamsburg bridge. You’ll start to see the city in a new way when you start thinking of all the amazing places to ride your kick scooter.

The KickPed has Solid Handling

Within a few blocks of being on the KickPed Scooter for the first time, cruising down York Ave, an oncoming car performed a left-hand turn directly in front of me, forcing me to take evasive maneuver around the vehicle. With the upright handlebars and thick rubber wheels the KickPed has very solid handling, allowing me to zip right around the car without any worries. As I’m used to the 700c wheels on a road bike, I have to say I was impressed with how well a kick scooter could handle such a delicate situation.

KickPed Kick Scooter

KickPed Kick Scooter

A Kick Scooter with Durable Wheels

The KickPed isn’t designed for speed like the City Kicker Kick Scooter, but its thick rubber wheels sure are beefy enough to soak up rough pavement cruising down Lexington Ave to Grand Central. Manhole covers and uneven pavement aren’t much of a worry on the KickPed scooter, as it simply eats up most everything in your path. You simply couldn’t find a Kick Scooter better able to handle the rough New York sidewalks.

Heavy duty riding on the KickPed

At about 200lbs, I didn’t notice much flex or give from the KickPed scooter. The heavy duty scooter frame and wooden platform of the KickPed holds up well, giving you a comfortable commute. Even if you’re just scooting on some paths in the park, you’ll really appreciate the strength of this heavy duty kick scooter. The rock solid frame, in addition to the durable wheels, really provide a stable and secure ride no matter the terrain.

The KickPed is a great commuter scooter

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kickped-kick-scooter

If you’re looking for a kick scooter for short to mid-range distances from the bus stop or train station, and you want something that’s easy to carry around with you, the KickPed is the way to go. Its solid design, comfortable platform, and durable wheels will keep you rolling along for years to come. Try out the KickPed Kick Scooter yourself, and you’ll see what I mean.

Seth

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Kick Scooters on Vacation

Although I’ve lived in New York City for almost 7 years now, I grew up in the North West in a small town outside of Seattle, and every year I try to make it back around Christmas time to see dearly missed friends and family. The pacific northwest is beautiful, the site of the Kitsap Peninsula and the Puget sound, a haven of wildlife, evergreen forests, and lakes, nestled between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. I miss these landmarks of my childhood home and this year, I had a great time exploring some of my old stomping grounds on a couple of adult kick scooters.

Kick Scooters around Lake WashingtonKick Scooters around Lake Washington

James, one of my best and oldest friends, is your classic, outdoorsman, sporty, overly athletic Northwesterner.  True, he doesn’t have the requisite beard, but what he lacks in facial hair he makes up by going hiking, working out at the gym, and owning a Volvo. I met up with James for the first time in almost a year, and we took a couple of adult Kick Scooters out to Lake Washington to catch up, explore, and enjoy the sunlight while we could get it.

Lake Washington is the second largest lake in Washington State, and too big to circumvent by foot, but on a fast kick scooter like the City Kicker you can make it around the entire thing in about an hour.  Kick Scooting can be truly wonderful.  You make good time, get to see a lot, but it’s not a huge event that requires a lot of time and panning.  That day, we just folded up the Kick Scooters, threw them in the back of James’ Volvo and then cruised around the Lake at a nice leisurely rate, looking at the scenery, enjoying the view, but mostly just talking, catching up.

Could’ve used the KickPed

kickped-kick-scooterOn a high quality Kick Scooter, getting around should feel almost effortless.  You just get in the rhythm of kicking and gliding, and then forget about what you’re doing and enjoy. James and I were using fast kick scooters, like the City Kicker or Micro Adult models, but the sidewalks which line the shore are a bit bumpy, and we could have used Kick Scooters with larger rubber wheels, like the KickPed Kick Scoooter, to handle the rougher terrain.

We rode for about 45 minutes, and then found a small dock, jutting out onto the water in a path of sunlight. Folding up our Kick Scooters, we walked out onto the water, and relaxed for a bit, lying on our backs and feeling the sun on our faces, before packing up and heading back towards the car.

After the ride James wanted to get some protein shakes and head for the gym, but I was feeling content after the ride, and didn’t feel like doing squat thrusts and dead-lifts just then.  We parted ways, but I was glad we got a chance to catch up and take a ride. Now that I’m back in New York, I’m thinking I’ll buy a Kick Scooter of my own, explore some new places and and maybe meet a few new friends.

Jack

 

 

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