The KickPed Scooter: A Tough, Solid Ride

Some cold nasty weather has descended upon the Northeast this past week. While I am as much a proponent of 4-season cycling as any employee of a bike shop, walking the walk (biking the bike) becomes a little harder when your sloppy weather ride gets stolen, as mine did a year ago (if anyone has paid $15 for a single-speed red Centurion with Ashtabula cranks it is probably mine). So with no bike and somewhere to go one day after work last week (cheapskate that I am the thought of burning $2.25 on a Metrocard swipe makes me cringe) I turned to NYCeWheels’ cache of loaner kick scooters. Specifically, to our KickPed test scooter.

Harrison on the KickPed

Harrison scoots 70 blocks on a Kick Ped scooter

Despite the fact that I have worked four months now in a shop specializing not only in electric bikes and folding bikes but also – hence this blog post kick scooters, I will admit that I have not scooted aboard one of these nifty conveyances any significant distance since my childhood days patrolling my neighborhood on a General Sidekick kick scooter of the pneumatic tire variety back in the late 1980s. Boarding the KickPed was like experiencing the sum of almost 25 years of kick scooter innovation and advancement in a single scoot.

Gone are the days when kick scooters are just for kids. The KickPed – in a densely packed place like New York City especially – is a legitimate and very convenient means of transport. I took a route downtown that combined some street scooting (mostly on the quieter crosstown streets), a few bike lanes, and in spots even sidewalks. With the KickPed there’s a slight trade-off of speed compared to, say, a Xootr kick scooter, but given the sloppy weather (on account of which I was also very glad to have a fender!) I was playing it safe anyway.

I’m not sure there’s any other kick scooter I’d rather ride, at night, in an urban environment than the KickPed kick scooter. With its long wheelbase and beefy hard rubber wheels I could hop a lip in the road when necessary, not wipe out if I suddenly came upon a raised manhole cover or pothole. The KickPed is also as portable as they get. The deck features a cut-out that allows you to carry the KickPed closer to your body when folded, but doesn’t sacrifice any deck stability when scooting. And the fold is quick and easy – just pull up on the sleeve and fold the handlebars down. Then your means of transport takes up no more space than a folded umbrella.

I ended up scooting all the way from 84th down to 14th Street, a solid 45 minute scoot. In addition to being quite a bit of fun kick scooting is also something of a workout. A coworker of mine likened riding a kick scooter to cross country skiing and given the winter weather, the analogy felt just about spot on.

About Harrison-L

Harrison is a bike guy that was introduced to the world of kick scooting when he started working at NYCeWheels. Harrison very quickly understood the value of a kick scooter for urban commuting.
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  • jules weiss


    I’m interested in buying a kick scooter, and have narrowed it down between the Kickped and the XOOTR. Could you please advise the pluses and minuses of each
    - speed, durability, how each handles over uneven surfaces, and the like. Please
    include total price, including shipping to zip 94707. Thanks.



    • Harrison

      Hi Julie,

      Well, to be brief: the Xootr is faster but a somewhat less stable on rough ground, while the KickPed is built to handle bumps and potholes but leaves a little speed on the table. It’s all about tradeoffs. Both are great scooters, it just depends what kind of scooting you do and what the conditions are like where you live. Personally I use both!

      KickPeds are $229 while Xootrs, depending on the model, begin at $199 and go up to $279. Shipping to the west coast would probably be $25-35 but you can visit NYCeWheels, add the item to your cart and enter your zip code for a 100% accurate quote.

      • Jack R.

        Thanks for the helpful post Harrison, sounds like you know your Kick Scooters. You should know that, with the exception of the City Kicker, Xootr scooters are for in store purchases only. Best- Jack

    • Jack R.

      Hi Jules, in general I would agree with our friend Harrison’s post, the KickPed is great for rough terrain and is very stable at high speeds with its elongated wheel base, but does forgo a little speed. You should be aware that the City Kicker( based on the Xootr Mg) is the only Xootr available for online purchase. The City Kicker has a wider deck for comfort and stability and is very fast but won’t handle bumps in the road as well. Prices can be found online at our website, but you can expect the cost of shipping either scooter to your zip to be approx 20$

      best- jack

  • Kitty

    I’ve been hemming and somewhat hawing re: kick scooters. The Xootr was something I’d revisit from time to time but the fact that the thing is TOO FAST (I’m old BTW) would preclude the purchase. This scooter sounds perfect for my needs: riding with my daughter and possibly going marketing, going on the subway etc. It seems as though NYCE Wheels is the only place where this item can be purchased. That’s fine. I would like to try it…..

    • Harrison

      Hi Julie,

      Well, the KickPed is available for test rides in our NY City store…

    • Jack R.

      Hi Kitty, we’re going through our posts from last year to make sure we didn’t overlook anybody. Did you end up trying out the Kick Ped?

      Best – Jack

  • Alice

    I’m interested in getting a getting a kick scooter for general traveling in the city. I’m stuck between the kickped and xooter mg. I’ve seen the xooter mg and the kickeped’s video. Do both stand up over time? I don’t mind the exercise part.

    • Jack R.

      Hi Alice, thanks for your inquiry, and sorry for the late response. I would recommend the KickPed, its our toughest scooter, built to stand the test of time. It’s got tough rubber wheels so you should never have to deal with flats, and a very durable steel frame.



  • Miranda

    I live in Seattle where it rains most of the time. I usually walk but looking for a faster commute, do you think this would work if I don’t go too fast?

    • Tom

      I live in Seattle too, and have been enjoying a Xootr mg for about 2 years. I’m considering adding a Kickped to my stable for wet weather, as the rubber wheels won’t slip and slide like the harder urethane wheels on the Xoot. It sounds like just the thing.

      In warmer/dryer weather, Xooting from lower Queen Anne to downtown is a breeze.

      • Jack R.

        Hi Tom, the rubber wheels on the KickPed may grip a bit better than your Xootr, but you should still be extremely careful in the rain, and especially avoid any metalic surfaces- jack

    • Jack R.

      Hi Miranda, the KickPed has tough rubber wheels that will grip the ground better than most, however you should be extremely careful riding in the rain. A wet surface, especially metaic, will compromise any kick scooter’s braking system. If the pavements just a little wet and your not planning on going too fast, the Kick Ped should be a good option. – jack

  • Al

    Just an FYI,
    I got the xootr and loved the speed and its slick clean look. However, after two days of riding I realized I made a big mistake. So I went back to the good people of NYCWheels and begged them to let me exchange the xooter for the Kickped. I found that in general city sidewalks are not as smooth as they appear when you are walking on them. I found that many times they are so bad. You end up walking along side the xootr. So although you’re not riding as fast as the xootr you will be riding it more often with the kickped and it will get you to your destination faster. Thank you NYCWheels for understanding.

    • bert

      Hi Al! We’re glad you came back. I think the KickPed was definitely the way to go for you. Glad you are enjoying it! -Peter

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    I really love your website.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my own personal blog and would love to learn where you got this from or what the theme is named. Cheers!

    • Peter

      This is just one of the standard blog themes available through WordPress. Check that out, it’s super easy. Good luck and thanks for reading! -Peter

  • Laura Walsh

    I’m looking for a scooter that will be good over bumps/curbs – I need a high foot plate – can you recommend a scooter?

    • Jack R.

      Hi Luara, I would definitely recommend the KickPed Scooter. It’s our most durable Kick Scooter, and great for handling bumpy terrain. – jack

  • Kenny

    I am finding it very difficult to make a decision w/o a test run. I live in Victoria BC and test runs are not an option. I have spent 2 days researching but it is still tough to make an online purchase w/ limited info and understanding that w/ high shipping costs, returns are not an option. I like the look of the xootr series but am concerned about the many comments about uncomfortable ride, and people that talk about getting dumped when they hit a bump. How uncomfortable is it? how common is it to get dumped by a simple bump? I don’t find the kickped as aesthetically pleasing but people rave about how comfortable it is. It is slower than the xootr but how much slower? Are we talking tortoise vs the hair or are they much closer in speed. I don’t want to have to carry my scooter like some have said with the Xootr. I would think if there was this much of an issue with the xootr ride they would come up with an option w/ different tires. Are these issues way overblown? Ideally, I would like to commute to work (2miles) and around town and if thing go well, use it for longer rides. Climate similar to Seattle. I am athletic male 220lbs. Please help…

    • NYCeWheels

      Hi Kenny, sounds like you’re on the right track. First, I don’t think the City Kicker is uncomfortable, nor is it common to get dumped by a single bump, these opinions are way overblown. Just watch one of our past customers go 25pmh down a NYC bridge:

      Because the City Kicker has harder thinner tires than the KickPed it will be able to reach faster speeds on smooth pavement, but I wouldn’t describe it as faster in general. If you’re riding casually, both will go around the same speed, and if the sidewalks are rough, the KickPed actually might require a little less work to maintain speed as its larger rubber wheels will roll over bumps more smoothly.

      Best- jack