Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Footbike, Push or Kick Scooter

This is a list compiled by the keen kickers at NYC KickScooters
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  1. Simplicity: Fun and easy way of exercise and transportation.
  2. Portability: Kick scooters can easily be folded and carried, while footbikes are light and easy to carry.
  3. Ease of Use: You can hop off, walk or stop and browse shops any time you like.
  4. Clean: No messy chains to grease your clothing. You can wear your working clothes without having to worry about stains or snags.
  5. Low Maintenance: The absence of chains, derailleurs and fewer moving parts minimize the chances of disrepair.
  6. Painless: No pedals to hurt your shins and no more saddle injuries.
  7. Urban-friendly: Allowed on streets, sidewalks and footpaths.
  8. Environmentally-friendly: Foot-powered and does not require gasoline.
  9. Cheap Transportation Alternative: Avoid the rising cost of gas, because push scooters do not need a motor to run.
  10. Pleasurable Commute: An easy ride on a Kickbike takes about 5 to 8 minutes per mile. On a Xootr (pictured) you can also go fast and cover ground, because its wheels are three times as large as skate wheels.
My Addenda:
  1. When you push a scooter hard you get a great workout -- a workout that demands much more of you than a bicycle ride.
  2. But you can also travel light and don't have to work hard to get from 'a' to 'b' if you choose to. So you can pick your pace with these bikes -- even get off and walk and then get on to scoot again when you feel like it.(God, I love that option!)
  3. One size fits all sizes/ages...except from kids(ie: kickbike size).
  4. When you are out and about people tell you that you've got a cool bike.
Disadvantages with these scooters/kickbikes:
  1. Not usually used to traverse long distances -- but such journeys are nonetheless being clocked up.
  2. Limited capacity to carry gear -- as gear would get in the way of the 'kick'.
  3. The best design relies on a short foot board and short foot boards only accommodate one foot at a time.
  4. Technique is all about reducing the strain on the foot that rides on the foot board so you have to change feet often.
  5. Few people own and use a kickbike There's only a small number of them in use in Australia. Micro scooters, unfortunately, still hold the largest market share (but don't you buy one!) and Xootrs are very rare indeed.
  6. All scooters are imports and most don't boast local agents so they can cost a lot of money to purchase relative to the cost of a bicycle.
  7. They're not an Olympic sport...yet.


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