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.
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
“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.
I 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).