I carry a purse. And, yes, I’m a woman. No matter how hard I try to find ultra-lightweight handbags, with nylon being the most optimum “nothing there” handbag material, they all end up weighing between 3 and 4 pounds.
My primary handbag ballast includes a wallet without even a single picture in it, a cell phone, a camera, and keys. Together, those objects make up the bulk of the weight and I’ve given up trying to figure out how to make my purse lighter.
Under all conditions, I hate carrying a handbag except by necessity. Unfortunately, I always need my camera and cell (not to mention money and keys), so I very rarely leave home without it. When I kick scoot, however, I lash it to the base of the scooter’s handlebar, with the purse facing the scooter’s floorboard.
What I accidentally discovered is that my kick scooter rides better with my purse in that position, than it does without any extra weight over the front wheel. My kickscooter even rolls better when being walked!
The conclusion I’ve drawn is that although kick scooter manufacturers do their best to keep their products’ weight low, more weight is needed over the front wheel; at least 3 or 4 pounds more weight. This appears to be true for the KickPed, Citykicker, the Razor A5 Lux, and a Micro Black or White.
Is my insight wrong-sighted? Test it for yourself by securely strapping a weighted bag at the base of your kick scooter’s handlebar facing its floorboard, and let us know!