You’ll see from the ‘blog-entry title that I mean footbikes from the Kickbike and Amazing Wheels companies. My gripe is that both makers use proprietary rear hubs on their bikes – and one’s not even the same size as the other.
It’s not even that serious; certainly not serious enough to keep me from owning one of each brand, especially since I’ve no plans of switching out either rear wheel, although 16″ wheels instead of both bikes’ 18-inchers would let me easily lower their deck heights. I know 16-inchers are sporadically available from Kickbike, as they come stock on some of the models, but I’ve already lowered my City Cruiser to a 3.25″ deck height just by changing the tires, and that’s not the point.
If only these scooters (or some models) were designed to use 20″ front wheels on the back. There are plenty available (even setting aside the narrow hub, 18″ bicycle wheels are as rare as hens’ teeth).
And you’ll never find 70mm-wide hubs. According to BikeWorks NYC, hubs narrower than 100mm are antiques: “90-93mm = narrow and pre-1930s front hubs. 96-100mm = standard front hubs….”
I know the idea was to keep ankles intact, and there are folks who scrape theirs on the narrow hubs already on footbikes, but not all do. And there are footbikes that use standard wheels, although some are plagued by high deck heights: viz., the otherwise beautiful Sidewalker City. Not all are as unsuitable for serious kicking, though; there’s Jim Gallant’s fine homemade footbikes and the venerable Amish scooters.
Okay; I feel better now…