Kick Scooter revelations

Kick Scooter in NYC

I’ve lived in New York now for over 6 years, and until recently, I’d never thought about  commuting on a Kick Scooter.  It just wasn’t on my radar. I think, like a lot of people, I associated Kick Scooters with a younger time in my life and hadn’t given much thought to the possibilities that a Kick Scooter could have for an adult working and living in a big city in New York.  But, over the last few months, I keep finding myself thinking, man, wouldn’t it be nice to have a Kick Scooter right about now.

Kick Scooter revelation #1: getting doored

I live up in Harlem at 139th and Broadway and, usually, I try to bike to work.  I love it for so many reasons.  It’s much faster than public transit, it’s a good way to get exercise, and explore the city.  But it also takes a lot of energy and, as there’s no consistent bike path between me and my work, I have to bike in dense traffic.  The other day I was biking home from NYCeWheels, the bike shop where I work on the uppereast side.  Heading West on 85th street toward Central Park I was preparing to pass a few taxis stuck in traffic.  This always a dicey moment as New Yorkers are apt to open taxi doors at any moment, and I was cautious, slowing down glancing suspiciously at each door- just try it, I thought, that’s right taxis, I’m one step ahead of y… BAM! front door passenger nails me, I fall off the seat, top tube catches me right in the, well you know where, and I crawl off the sidewalk with a few sad moans.
Kick Scooters in NYCAs I sat on the curb, whimpering and trying to recover a little dignity, a middle aged couple zipped behind me on the sidewalk riding a couple of KickPed Kick Scooters, Laughing, carefree, and I suddenly considered the real advantage to commuting on a Kick Scooter, on the sidewalk, where doors aren’t your natural enemy.  With a Kick Scooter, you still get the main advantages of biking – exercise, being out doors, having fun, – and you don’t have to contend with traffic .  Pretty sweet deal from where I was sitting.

Kick Scooter Revelation #2: I hate buses

The day after my dooring, I was still a little shaken up, so I decided to give my bike a break and take public transit to work.  Strangely, after taking taxis and subways NY for 6 years, this would be the first time on an above ground bus, and I made all the rookie mistakes.  I tried to pay with cash, was ushered off the bus and asked to get dollar coins.  When I finally succeeded in paying for my ride, we immediately got stuck in rush hour traffic for 30 minutes while I leaned my head miserably against the window and watched Kick Scooters pass merrily buy.  Finally I got off too early and had to walk 2 avenues to the 125th 4/5 train, take it down to 86th, and walk 4 more avenues to work.  All in all it took me an hour and 30 minutes to travel 4 miles to work.  On a Kick Scooter I probably could have made it in under 30min.  Easily.  And had a blast.  Stupid bus.

Kick Scooter Revelation #3: They’re a great way to have fun with friends

So in the past few weeks, I’ve had my eyes open, and I’ve seen quite a few people having a blast on their Kick Scooters around town.  And often as a group.  Sitting at Murray’s bagels in the village, I watched a couple pass by, one riding a City Kicker Kick Scooter, one of the faster models we sell,  and the other on the KickPed.  Often I see families riding Kick Scooters along the sidewalks, or friends scooting around central park.  One of our past customer sent us a great video of his flying down the bridge on his Kick Scooter pushing 20 miles per hour.

The more I think about it, the more clear it seem: a Kick Scooter is not only a safe and fun way to commute, it’s also a great way to make new friends and have a great time exploring this wonderful city.

That’s all for now

Jack

 

 

 

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How to defy gravity on your Kick Scooter

By Jeffrey the Barak
KickPed Kick Scooter

KickPed Kick Scooter

Those of us who have a human-powered kick scooter such as the KickPed, CityKicker, Micro Black or Razor A5 are familiar with the convenience and ease they provide for getting from A to B, or for simply gliding aimlessly simply for the fun of the ride.

But we quickly realize that it is much harder to go uphill than to go downhill. The pure pleasure of coasting downhill on a kick scooter without the need to kick or push can be all too fleeting.  After all, assuming we are on a round-trip route, we will eventually have to return to the same altitude as our starting point.

Find the perfect ride on your kick scooter

City Kicker Kick Scooter

City Kicker Kick Scooter

So how can we trick nature and get around this conundrum? We cheat, and rely on mechanical energy to get our kick scooters back to the top of the hill. There are several ways to do this but they all involve cars, buses, trains, funiculars or elevators. These multi-transit rides are best enjoyed on a folding kick scooter rather than a larger road-scooter or Footbike, because a folding kick scooter is so much easier to carry and transport.

The simplest way to get a thrilling free ride, is to find a multi-level parking structure with an elevator. Park near the lowest point,  which may be underground, and ride the elevator, with your KickPed or other kick scooter to the highest point. Then enjoy the ride down at whatever speed you are most comfortable at, and repeat as often as you like.

 

This opportunity is not without its pitfalls however. Often, for reasons of concern over liability, one glimpse on the CCTV of a guy on a kick scooter careening down the parking ramps will send the security guards out to evict you. After all they don’t want us to skid into a Rolls Royce and injure ourselves. Additionally, parking structures that are completely above ground are quite hard to find, and there is something a little spooky about descending seven levels into the void beneath a skyscraper.

Kick Scooters and public transit

The City Kicker Kick Scooter

The City Kicker Kick Scooter

So bringing us back out into the fresh air and scenery, what can we do? The best downhill runs are usually far from any town center and the walk back from bottom to top could take an entire afternoon, so we need to arrange transportation for ourselves and our kick scooters, so we can get back and have another ride.

This usually involves an assistant with a car to follow us down and recover us at the end, but with some contour map reading and some planning, most cities have a mostly downhill route that can keep us happy for an hour or so, and a bus route that takes us from close to the ride’s end, to close to the ride’s start.

In Downtown Los Angeles for example, a city with a large hill in the center, you can ride a kick scooter up the historic Angel’s Flight funicular railway and then make large circles back down to the lower station. On weekend mornings, Downtown is almost deserted.

No matter where you live, as you drive around, paying attention to altitude and gradient can reveal some great downhill runs. All you need to do is figure out how to get yourself and your kick scooter back up to the top.

So do a little research, scan your surroundings for likely rides, or use the terrain feature of Google Maps and plan out a nice long downhill cruise on the kick scooter of your choice.

 

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Christmas sweaters, festive socks… just get me a Kick Scooter.

Every Christmas it get’s harder and harder for me to think of great gift ideas for my family.  Inevitably, we all end up giving each other warm festive clothing, but a guy can only own so many reindeer embroidered socks before he starts to lose self respect.  This year I’m thinking I’ll up the anti and get my parents a Kick Scooter or two.

Kick Scooters for one and for all

Christmas is a time when people make an extra effort to come together and spend some quality time, and a Kick Scooter is a great way to bridge the age gap.  Back home in Washington state, my next door neighbors, Kelly and Dave have two little girls, an 8 year old named Lucy and a 12 year old, Corina.  At that age it can be tough to find activities that you all enjoy— I’ve always felt there’s just something a little unnerving about talking muppets— but I think taking a ride on an awesome Kick Scooter is something that we all can appreciate.

Lux A5

Lux A5

For my next door neighbors, I think 4 Razor A5 Kick Scooters would make the  perfect christmas gift.  The Razor A5 Kick Scooter, is small, lightweight at just 9.8lbs, and has large urethane wheels that are very stable and make for a nice smooth ride.  It folds up easily, and has a strong aluminum handlebar that’s fully adjustable, a great fit for any rider 8 years old and up.  Once Dave and Kelly and the girls adjust the handlebars to their respective heights, they can all hit the town on their new wheels.

Picking Kick Scooters for moms and pops

KickPed

KickPed

For my own parents Christmas gifts I think I would mix it up, try to give each of them a Kick Scooter that would reflect their unique personalities.  For my dad, the KickPed would be my Kick Scooter of choice.  Like my Dad, the KickPed is tough, sturdy, able to handle any terrain.  The KickPed has extra thick rubber tires that are great for bumpy streets and a high tensile steel frame that will last forever.  It also has a kind of masculine look which I think would appeal to my pops.

City Kicker Kick Scooter

City Kicker Kick Scooter

For my mom, I would go for the City Kicker Kick Scooter.  The City Kicker has a frame that is wider and a little closer to the ground which I think would make my mom feel a little more comfortable riding.  Unlike most Kick Scooters which use heel brakes, the City Kicker also has an optional handbrake that I think would be more comfortable for my mom as she is used to riding bikes but doesn’t have much experience with Kick Scooters.

In my mind, I imagine my mom and dad grabbing their Kick Scooters from the closet on a nice day and riding together down to the beach near our house, or maybe to the local store to get some groceries.  They could fold them up and put them in the car to take to the park, or even take them on an airplane to explore a new part of the world– a Kick Scooter inspired second honeymoon of sorts.  And maybe I’ll treat myself to a little Christmas Gift as well, get a Kick Scooter of my own so I can join in on the fun when I visit my family for the holidays.

Jack

 

 

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Get Around Town on the Micro Adult Kick Scooter

If you’re looking for a fast Adult Kick Scooter for getting around town, take a look at Micro Adult Kick Scooter, one of the fastest on the market! If speed is important to you, the Micro Adult Kick Scooter won’t let you down. The frame of this scooter is made of lightweight magnesium and weighs just 10lbs. This scooter is strong, too, capable of supporting a rider up to 225lbs, making the Micro Adult Kick Scooter a joy to ride in any urban setting.

Micro Adult Kick Scooter has a sporty look

A scooter doesn’t have to look like a kids toy, which is why you’ll appreciate the clean styling of the Micro Adult Kick Scooter. This scooter has clean lines, and you can tell just by looking at it that it’s a sporty machine. This slick looking scooter comes with two color options, black or white, and both have a smooth, durable finish, and look good on the move.

Micro Adult Kick Scooter (Black)

Micro Adult Kick Scooter (Black)

Quick Folding Kick Scooter

When you’re done with your scooter trip, the Micro Adult Kick Scooter is a quick fold, taking about three seconds. With the collapsible handlebar, you will be able to carry this scooter onto buses, trains, in crowded markets or busy stores with no worry about bumping into people. Like the City Kicker Kick Scooter, the Micro Adult Kick Scooter weighs in around just 10 lbs, so it’s light enough to carry for longer periods of time if need be.

Kickstand on the Micro

It’s the little things that make the Micro Adult Kick Scooter such a great machine. This scooter comes equipped with a kickstand, which is handy when you don’t have anything to lean it against, or if you just don’t want to set it down.  The kickstand on the Micro Adult Kick Scooter keeps your scooter upright, so you can talk with your friend, make a call, or just have a seat!

Micro Adult Kick Scooter (Black)

Micro Adult Kick Scooter (Black)

The Micro Kick Scooter is Very Durable

You’ll notice when riding the Micro Adult Kick Scooter just how sturdy this machine really is. It’s got a super durable construction, able to carry riders up to 225 lbs, so you know this scooter is built tough. If you’re scooting 20 blocks to the subways or just out for an afternoon with the kids, you will feel confident on your Micro Adult Kick Scooter knowing how well built this scooter is.

Summarizing the Micro Adult Kick Scooter

If you want a scooter that can stand up to the rigors of urban travel and looks pretty slick at the same time then you’ll want to give the Micro Adult Kick Scooter a test ride. The Micro Adult Kick Scooter is great for quick commutes between the bus and office, around campus, or just out for a nice ride through the park.

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Kicking Around on the KickPed Scooter

Looking for a set of wheels to cover some distance, but want something small and portable? Check out the KickPed Scooter, a durable, quick folding and ultra-portable Kick Scooter. This scooter is made for the office worker who needs to catch a bus, the college student who needs to get to class in a snap, or anyone who wants to cover a bit of ground without breaking the bank.

The KickPed

The KickPed

Comfortable Scooting on the KickPed

The KickPed uses solid rubber wheels that are very durable, comfortable and great at handling bumps in the road.  The bigger wheels are more forgiving, meaning debris in the street or the occasional crack in the pavement are easy to roll over with the KickPed Scooter. It might not be as fast as other scooters out there, like the City Kicker, but if you’re looking for comfort you’ll want to check out the KickPed Scooter.

The KickPed is indestructible

The KickPed Scooter is built solid like a tank, right here in the USA. Sure, there are some lighter scooters on the market, but the 11.7 lb KickPed Scooter is durable and can really take a beating. This scooter is made of durable steel and can support riders weighing up to 300 lbs, so this tough scooter will last you for many years and many miles. Like I said, it’s heavier since it’s not made of some exotic material, but if you want a durable scooter that can withstand miles of abuse in any city, this is the scooter you want.

The KickPed folded

The KickPed folded

Done riding?  The KickPed is easy to fold up.

The KickPed Scooter folds up quick when you need to hop on a subway, duck into a corner store, or meet a friend for coffee. The handlebars fold down and then attach securely to the rear fender, so you can then sling it over your shoulder and walk around with ease. When you’re ready to resume scooting, the KickPed Scooter unfolds even faster and away you go. This is a quick folding scooter which is great for when you’re rushing through busy transit centers!

Solid braking on the KickPed

Slowing down and stopping on the KickPed Scooter is handled by a simple and effective rear foot brake. Just apply pressure to the rear fender / brake with your foot and it slows the rear wheel, which is plenty of solid braking power for any level of scooting in the city. This solid braking system is also virtually maintenance free, meaning you’ll be scooting more miles without worrying about brake cable, adjustments, or replacing brake pads.

So if you’re looking for a comfortable way to get around the city and you want a scooter that will stand up to years of abuse, then take a look at the KickPed Scooter. Built in the USA with strong steel tubing and solid rubber wheels, the KickPed Kick Scooter is practically indestructible, and will last you for many years to come.

Seth Werkheiser

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The City Kicker Scooter: fast and fun!

If you’re looking for a fast scooter for getting around town, take a look at CityKicker Scooter, one of the fastest on the market.

If speed is important to you, the CityKicker won’t let you down. The frame of this kick scooter is made of lightweight magnesium and weighs just 10lbs. The CityKicker is strong, too, capable of supporting a rider up to 250lbs, making this scooter a joy to ride in any urban setting.

City Kicker Kick Scooter

City Kicker Kick Scooter

One Fast Kick Scooter

You can tell at a glance that the CityKicker is a fast kick scooter. This scooter rolls along on large polyurethane tires that are thin and slick, perfect for quick trips to the corner store or catching the last bus from the city.

These wheels are not as shock absorbent as scooters with big rubber wheels like the KickPed Kick Scooter, but they’re much faster. Less rolling resistance means more speed. If you’re mindful of any debris in your way the thin wheels of the CityKicker Scooter should suit you fine.

The City Kicker has solid braking

The faster you can stop, the faster you can go! That’s why the CityKicker Scooter comes with a front brake! You operate the front brake just like a bicycle, using a traditional BMX-style brake lever.

This solid braking method is great for any urban trips, whether you’re cruising down the boardwalk or scooting along in traffic to the train station.

The braking on the CityKicker Scooter is top quality and comes in handy when traveling at fast top speed. You can also purchase the optional rear brake/fender which is just one more braking method on the CityKicker.

The City Kicker uses a Large Deck

The deck on the CityKicker Scooter is extra wide, providing  a comfortable platform for your feet. This is important no matter if you’re riding around the corner or 20 blocks to the bus station. You’ll enjoy the large, study deck on the CityKicker Scooter. The large deck can accommodate your child, too, who can stand safely in front of you while heading to school!

Small Folding Kick Scooter

The CityKicker Scooter folds up nicely when you’re done scooting, which is nice when you need to pick up some groceries, stow it under your desk at work, or carry it onto a crowded bus. While the CityKicker Scooter doesn’t fold up as quickly as some other scooters, it’s still compact and easy enough to fold when you’re done riding for the day. After a few tries you’ll fold the CityKicker like a pro.

The City Kicker as a whole:

Riding the CityKicker is fun, as it’s a rocket on the pavement. A quick scooter is a fun scooter in my book! It’s great in parks, busy roads and just about any urban setting you can think of. The solid frame, fast wheels, front brake and the large, comfortable deck, all make the CityKicker Scooter one of the best kick scooters on the market.

Seth Werkheiser

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Grown Up Scooting with the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter

A blog by: Seth Werkheiser

Are you looking for a budget conscience scooter for the occasional spin around the block? Then take a look at the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter. It’s built by the same company who made the original Razor scooter that you see all the kids riding, but the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter is made for kids 8 years and older, which means plenty of adults use this scooter, too!

Lightweight Kick Scooter

Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter

Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter

The Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter weighs just under 10 lbs yet and can carry persons up to 220 lbs. This lightweight kick scooter is perfect if you need to carry it onto the bus or train, or just need to carry it around when you’re out and about. The shorter deck keeps the weight down, but still gives you a nimble and steady ride.

The Razor A5 folds up fast

When you’re done scooting for the day, or you just need to step inside the grocery store to pick up a few items, simply fold up the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter and take it with you! Folding is easy, and after a few tries you’ll have it mastered. Once folded, the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter is easy to transport, as you can carry along with you or stow it in the trunk of your car.

An affordable Kick Scooter

When you don’t have a lot to spend on a scooter, the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter is a solid choice for the price. While at this price you don’t get the same craftsmanship of scooters costing twice as much, you still get a scooter that’s capable of trips to the store, around the park or to the bus station after work. If you need a scooter a few days a week, the affordable Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter is a great choice.

The Razor A5: big wheels and a smooth ride

While the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter is made by the same company that manufactures the original Razor scooter, they upgraded from the tiny wheels to much bigger 8-inch urethane wheels. These big wheels are much safer out on the city streets and paths in the park. And with the big wheels you’ll roll much faster compared to the original Razor scooter. The Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter is all grown up! In summary, the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter is great if you’re just getting into scooting, and you’re not ready to spend a lot of money. This scooter isn’t made for hardcore commuting, day in and day out like the KickPed or City Kicker, but if you just want a Kick Scooter that’s great for casual scooting with the kids, along paved trails in the park, or quiet rides in the neighborhood the Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter is the way to go.

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L.A. Beach Bike Path, Part Three

By Jeffrey the Barak

(c) Google Earth, our route

Part one took us from Torrance to Manhattan Beach on the L.A. Beach Bike Path, and part two began in Manhattan Beach and ended as we arrived at Venice Beach. This article is part three so if you are starting here, you may want to navigate to parts one and two first.

Part Three: riding your Kick Scooter from Venice to Temescal Canyon.

We begin this ride at the end of Washington Boulevard, which we old-timers call Washington Street, because the Boulevard used to veer North following the historical alignment of the streetcar lines, but it was renamed Abott Kinney at that point. So what was formerly Washington Street took on the name of the Boulevard. Now we are at the Southern end of the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Visitors from the East coast will notice that this is boardwalk by name only. The surface is asphalt, or in places concrete. The L.A. Beach Bike Path is, as it was in the South Bay, still concrete.

Looking out to sea from our starting point is the Washington Street Pier. If you are not in a hurry to scoot off down the bike path on your, KickPed, City Kicker or other kick scooter, this pier is worth a stroll to the end and back. Being roughly in the middle of Santa Monica Bay you will see the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the South and Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains to the South.

(c) Google Earth, the Venice section

We have now scooted down the bike lane and can now rejoin the real bike path here at the beach and head South again. Between Washington and Venice Boulevard the main attraction is the architecture of the homes that face Venice Beach here. The bike path here is never straight so there will be curves to keep us interested. And on this side of the Marina our bike path is much busier at all times.

Just before Venice Boulevard there is the big lifeguard station on the left that the fans of Baywatch will remember as the Hoff’s HQ.

For the next third of a mile, the bike path is one or two hundred feet from the main action of the boardwalk. If you have visited Venice before and are concentrating on our twenty six mile scooting chautauqua then this distance will be welcome. But let’s not forget that Venice Beach is second in attendance only to Disneyland in SoCal. And usually you can scoot through the crowds without ever getting so much as a dirty look from law enforcement. So one day, perhaps after you have covered every yard of the path, please bring your scooter back and ride the boardwalk as well.

Sandwiched between the bike path and the boardwalk you will see the paddleboard courts, the volleyball courts, the basketball courts and the famous Muscle Beach, which moved here from Santa Monica decades ago.

KickPed at mile 16: Venice Beach Park

At mile 16 is Venice Beach Park which has been much improved in recent years and is usually full of dancing quad-skaters and other assorted Venice Beach performer-types.

This park too is nice place to scoot back and forth and around and around, going nowhere in particular, unless you are on this mission to complete the path. To the left, or beach side of the path is the Venice Skate Park. Kick scooters are designed to go forward nicely, but you will see some people here using them as jumping vehicles and generally making a lot of noise and falling down a lot. If that is your thing, good luck.

For the next mile, Venice Beach gives us the nicest curves on the bike path. Lovely swooping lefts and rights. There is however a lot of sand on the concrete here that can result in a skid. On a KickPed you will be stable, but your pushing foot may have to be aimed at sand-free patches in some parts.

Mile 17: riding your kick scooter through Santa Monica

(c) Google Earth, Ocean Park and Santa Monica

Mile 17 is the end of Venice and we enter the City of Santa Monica, our tenth city since the beginning. This section is on Ocean Park and it is even better than Venice for a nice day out on your scooter. In fact if all you want to do is ride, then Ocean Park is the best place on the L.A. Beach Bike Path to bring your Kick scooter. It would be the perfect spot to test out the speed on a Razor A5 Lux, or just kick back with your KickPed. In decades past there was a large pier and amusement park here, and the sand is four hundred feet from path to surf. What remains is a vast parking world. Even on the busiest days, these parking lots never get full, so there is always plenty of asphalt for us to enjoy kick scooter fun in the sun with an ocean breeze.

At Perry’s Cafe Bike and Skate you can enjoy some good food by beach standards and watch the world ride by as you enjoy a break. There are eight Perry’s on the bike path, but Ocean Park is the place.

KickPed at Bicknell, nearing mile 18

At Bicknell, just before mile 18 we leave Ocean Park and we remain in the City of Santa Monica. Here we find many people walking on the bike path, and despite the slower speeds of our leg scooters we still have to be alert and not let these violators step right in front of us without warning.

We see the large hotels to our right as we get nearer and nearer to Santa Monica Pier. This is where Muscle Beach originally was, in the grand Hollywood era, before it was reintroduced in Venice as World Famous Muscle Beach. And then for two hundred feet, we are under the pier itself, kick scooting in the shade with the smell of preserved wood, and salty air mixing together to form that beachy smell of the nineteenth century.

Of course it goes without saying that this pier is a good place to visit, but let’s keep going. After the pier parking lot, the path bends toward shore and keeps going and going. The sand here is a good seven hundred feet wide from bike path to surf.

(c) Google Earth, Santa Monica Pier to Temescal

We hear traffic now, as the Interstate 10 has ended it’s cross-continental span and emptied into Pacific Coast Highway just a short distance off to our right. But we pass houses and parking lots as the bike path straightens out and shadows the road.

Kick Ped in Santa Monica State

Mile 19 is Santa Monica State Beach Park, and when we see lifeguard tower 18, we are at Santa Monica Canyon. Inland this channel cuts through the land to form a chasm between Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades, but more interestingly, under the ocean where we cannot see it, it forms a deep underwater river valley that cuts down through Santa Monica Bay. For us, it is mile 20, and we leave Santa Monica. The Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles is our eleventh city.

The final five miles on your Kick Scooter

At Mile 21 we pass Palisades Park and we commence the final five mile scoot of our journey. At Temescal Canyon, it is the end of the road. A parking lot in the 14800 block of PCH. This is the Northern end of the L.A. Beach Bike Path.

My KickPed, from NYCeWheels.com

I doubt that anyone would ride a human-powered scooter all the way from Washington to Temescal in one day. It is over ten miles and then you need to get back, but there are some cyclists who do the whole thing in one session. We can choose to take this a section at a time depending on our strength and endurance. And of course you don’t have to start in Torrance, you can ride from North to South and end there instead.

Always remember, as I said in parts one and two, whenever you take a long scoot in one direction, you need to have enough energy to get back again. Of course if you do over-extend yourself, you can always take a taxi back!

Compared to the cyclists for whom this epic path was built, we kick scooter riders have a different ethic. We like to stand upright and see what is around us, and take our time, and stop frequently and have conversations.

Considering the beauty of this little coastal concrete ribbon on the West coast, I think that kick-scooter riders can get a deeper appreciation of their surroundings, despite having to input more energy to complete the journey.

So now you’ve heard a bit about one of my favorite rides.  Don’t wait, drop by NYCeWheels to get a Kick Scooter of your own and start having your own adventures.

Jeffrey the Barak writes from Los Angeles

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Kick Scooter on the L.A. Beach Bike Path, Part Two

(c) Google Earth, our route

By Jeffrey the Barak

Part one took us from Torrance to Manhattan Beach on the L.A. Beach Bike Path. This article is part two so if you are starting here, you may want to navigate to part one first.

Google Maps has an overlay view of the L.A. Beach Bike Path at this link:

Part Two: Riding your Kick Scooter from Manhattan Beach to Marina del Rey.

North of Manhattan Beach Pier, the bike path continues along the edge of the sand and keeps us well up the beach from the surf. Up a level to our right is The Strand where beachfront homes look out upon this classic L.A. Beach scene.

Pedestrians, runners and kids on toy scooters, tricycles and bikes with training wheels are up a level from the bike path, but you will find that they use the bike path just as much. We should remember that a non-local may enter the bike bath between any posted signs and therefore not realize that it is reserved for cyclists.

I usually approach them with a casual “on your left” or at worst, “please step off this bike path” rather than show rudeness. Don’t worry, some road bike racing speedster will soon happen by with a more strongly worded message for these walkers.

Up until this point we have experienced only slight variances in gradient, few climbs and few coasts, so on your your KickPed, Xootr, Razor A5, Micro Adult White, or whichever Kick Scooter you are the proud and enthusiastic owner of, it has been a nice ride.

Of course the key to enjoying a kick scooter or push scooter ride in a scenic place, or anywhere else is to take it easy. Even at a speed that feels very slow, any pedestrian that you pass will have dropped into the distance behind you after a few seconds, so you need feel no obligation to pursue your maximum speed. The slower you go, the further you go.

Next, ride your Kick Scooter through El Segundo.

At 45th Street the path bends slightly left and right to pass some gasometers and at this point, Mile 7 of the bike path, we exit Manhattan Beach and enter the City of El Segundo, the fifth city so far on our South to North scoot along the bike path.

In the El Segundo area we see a much more industrial landscape. Just offshore, oil tankers unload Alaskan crude into pipelines terminating at large buoys. These pipelines carry the oil to the refineries that we can see inland of the L.A. Beach Bike Path.

There is a slight chance that you may have to take a break if anyone is using the Chevron Refinery Heliport which is right beside the bike path. You are free to pass during a take off or landing, but you risk being sandblasted from the rotor wash.

At Grand Avenue, we scoot out of El Segundo and find ourselves for the first time in Los Angeles, our sixth city. Here at Mile 8, when you reach the first swooping left and right curve of the path you have the honor of passing by all the sewage of Los Angeles. Just inland from the bike path, and across the street called Vista del Mar is the Los Angeles Sanitation Department’s massive wastewater treatment plant. No need to worry though as on most days the ocean breeze is enough to prevent any trace of odor from intruding upon your ride.

When I had my KickBike I would regularly park the car in Playa del Rey and scoot a round trip to Manhattan Beach, but I have never done this on my KickPed. As lovely and huge as this section is, it is better suited to riding a swift bicycle. Assuming though that you will be seeking to do the whole twenty six mile path in stages, there is much of interest here nonetheless.

KickPed at the LAX

When you pass Imperial Highway at Mile 9, there is something just out of sight to the right, LAX. Every minute or so a jet will take off from one of the four runways and fly over the bike path and out to the Pacific, where it will turn to select a flight path to wherever in the world it is headed. The sound of jet engines is constant here and it merges with the traffic up on Vista del Mar and with the ocean surf to create a background roar that is quite unique to where we now are, Dockweiler Beach State Park.

The bike path snakes around on this large beach, making a long stretch even longer. The gradient also changes so you have to power up hill, but get some nice high-speed downhill coasts as reward for your effort. But the difficulty of this section is dependent upon the wind. It may be your friend or your foe. It can change directions, and on some days of the year, you will even see the planes approaching LAX for a landing from the ocean instead of the other way around.

In years past, it was not unknown for lone cyclists to be held up and robbed along this stretch of the path. I only go through during a busy weekend and I keep an eye on any suspicious characters if I find myself far from other riders. Criminals here are in an isolated spot so if they take a victim’s mobile phone, they can be far away by the time police can arrive to help. But I don’t want to scare everyone away from Dockweiler. If you goal is to complete the path, then you have to ride through.

Need a break? Ride your Kick Scooter on over to the Playa del Rey

During one of these curving swoops of the path, approximately between the two pairs of LAX runways, we pass into an area of Los Angeles, that we call Playa del Rey, our seventh town.

Playa del Rey has an upper level way above the elevation of the bike path, and a smaller area down at sea level. Just past Mile 11, you can take your Scooter off the bike path at Culver Boulevard and look for some coffee and food in the lower village section of PdR. A century ago, before there were roads and towns, Playa del Rey was a beach resort serviced by the old Balloon Line streetcars out of Los Angeles, which is fifteen miles inland from here as the crow flies. Then, as now, Ballona Creek emptied into the Pacific at Playa del Rey and there was a lagoon called Del Rey Lagoon, which is a remnant of what was once Mud Lake. Mud Lake was no more when the Army Corp of Engineers constructed Marina del Rey, the world’s largest man-made yacht harbor.

This entire coastal area was part of an extensive marsh system called The Ballona Wetlands. Some of this has been preserved, but most has since been developed, first by the Hughes Airport, used for the production of WW2 aircraft, and lately by housing.

Officially, the L.A. Beach Bike Path stays on the sand here until just before the channel of the creek, where it curves around and crosses a bridge to a spit of land that separates Ballona Creek from the entrance channel of Marina del Rey.

Unless you have a magic flying scooter, in order to get to Venice on the other side, you need to take long inland detour as the bike path heads inland around Marina del Rey. NYCeWheels has no immediate plans to sell a magic flying scooter.

Don’t forget to walk your Kick Scooter through Fisherman’s Village

After crossing this bridge, which is a nice place to stop and enjoy the view, the bike path is a nice downhill from our Playa del Rey end, passing Mile 12, until we get to the split between the twenty six mile L.A. Beach Bike Path and the Ballona Creek Bike Path. We will not cover the Ballona Creek Bike Path in this article, and we will hang a left and find ourselves for the first time, sharing the road with motor vehicles and the bike path becomes a bike lane on Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, our eighth town.

But it would be shame not to stop here as we are now in Fisherman’s Village and here we can walk our scooters and enjoy food, coffee, a boat ride, or, if it is the weekend, outdoor live music. It’s not a bad place to take a break, and in fact I got married here at Shanghai Red’s.

Back on the KickPed

Continuing on the bike path, which is a bike lane on Fiji Way, we pass Mile 13, the halfway point. Then we eventually have to cut across four lanes to make a left turn onto the section of the bike path that snakes past the boatyards. This Marina section is actually a nice ride on a Kick Scooter and less so on a fast bicycle. Of course we do not strictly have to use the Fiji Way bike lane at all. Instead of riding in the bike lane beside the cars, we can stay on the other side of the road, where Fisherman’s Village was, and we can ride the sidewalk and detour through the parking lots of The Boatyard and West Marine, and generally have a fun time on our scooters just as we would in town.

Assuming we are sticking to the path, it resumes across Fiji (just past Mile 13), and curves within Admiralty Way, crosses Mindanao Way and Bali Way, affording us close up views of hundreds of docked boats, and eventually leads us into the parking lot of the Marina del Rey library. We have to cross Admiralty Way at the traffic light and then the bike path is separated from the road in a nice green park where it gets an additional local name, The Marvin Braude Bike Path. Halfway through this section at the beacon that shines straight down the main channel of Marina del Rey we are at Mile 14.

I have ridden this section many times on folding-bikes and scooters, but I should warn that around twenty years ago the Los Angeles County Sheriff Bike Patrol used to hang out here and give citations to roller skaters who are technically forbidden from the bike path. On any given day you will see many skaters here, and everywhere else along the twenty six miles, but I do not really know where we legally stand with our scooters. No-one does.

Kick Scooter in Venice

At the end of the Marvin Braude, we again have to use a crosswalk to continue down a bike lane on the far side of Washington Boulevard. This is now Venice, our ninth town. Cars will be passing us on our left, but again, no reason we cannot scoot on the sidewalk if it is a more relaxed experience. This street eventually takes us back to the shore, passing the Venice Canals at Mile 15 and then arriving a couple of blocks later at Venice Beach. I will save this famous ride for part three.

Marina del Rey is also a nice place to ride a kick-scooter if you ignore the L.A, Beach Bike Path altogether. Riding the sidewalks there are nice routes around each yacht basin and there are nice quiet streets around the Marina Peninsular and the Grand Canal. The actual Venice Canals, on the North side of Washington Boulevard should be reserved for walking, as there is no room to ride, but it is handy to carry a scooter anywhere in this area.

I doubt that anyone would ever ride a folding scooter all the way from Manhattan Beach to Venice in one day, but you can take this a section at a time depending on your strength and endurance.

Always remember, as I said in part one, whenever you take a long scoot in one direction, you need to have enough energy to get back again. Of course if you do over-extend yourself, don’t forget you can just fold your Kick Scooter up and hail a taxi!

Jeffrey the Barak writes from Los Angeles, California.

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In love with a KickPed

After the first day of work at NYCeWheels, in NYC I got to test ride my choice of adult kick scooters.

My first choice was a KickPed kick scooter. An adult kick scooter specifically made for our shop here at NYCeWheels. Why the KickPed? Because ever since I saw adult kick scooters I could not wait to get my hands and feet on one!

First experience on the KickPed scooter

KickPed

KickPed

On my very first visit to the NYCeWheels website I was naturally drawn to the kick scooter section. And, “ohh yess!” Finally I am looking at not just a couple, but a whole lineup of high quality adult kick scooters in a wide variety of options. There were eye-pleasing, sleek designs in a range of models and colors but I’ve always been into the “dirt stuff.” You know: mountain biking, downhill and free-ride, and just about any type of motion focused on getting through obstacles and avoiding unexpected objects on the path.

When I first had the opportunity to ride the KickPed scooter I was not just only excited for the ride, but also determined to put it’s title as, “Practically indestructible” to the test.

How this adult kick scooter measures up

I am a tall guy, 6.4″ and I always find myself motivated and excited by the challenge of pushing the limits. I am not going to bore you with the technical facts, the verdict is simple and it is said in 3 statements:

1) Steel is the deal
2) Simplicity is key
3) If it feels good, it is good

The KickPed adult scooter meets and exceeds the rest on all 3 points, proving it as the logical choice for anybody looking to scoot around on a indestructible kick scooter. It just feels that good, it has by far the fastest and simplest folding system, and it is made out of the 2 best materials (known and trusted for centuries) wood and steel.

I really cannot say enough about the KickPed! Order your own KickPed adult scooter and you’ll love it too!

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