You are unlikely to see footbikes in bicycle shops, but why is that? Are they so different?
The inmates of the local bike shop (LBS) are often fascinated by footbikes; my LBS proprietor, who had to take mine around the block, admitted he sees them at the international shows.
So why don’t said proprietors sign up for a few? Is it because the companies that market only footbikes are necessarily small to service the small numbers of existing kickers, and that keeps their costs – and therefore prices – too high?
What if big bicycle companies made (or had made) and marketed footbikes along with their other vehicles? Surely the modest requirements for building a scooter should be within the range of Trek, Raleigh, Schwinn etc.?
Maybe those same modest requirements are why tiny specialist companies are already in the game. But can they make a living? The prices necessary for these small companies to make a profit may be perceived by the general public, who see $99.99 bicycles in Wal-Mart, as too high.
A bicycle company rep need only say to the LBS, “Okay, you’d like X bicycles. Any tandems? Tricycles? Scooters?” Judging from the looks we get on our footbikes, what might happen if, say, a Raleigh scooter was on display in the bike shop next to the Internationals and Roadsters?
This is not to say there’s not a place for my good friends who make and distribute Kickbikes and Footbikes™ – there’s always a place for high-end and specialist bikes of any persuasion. But the general public needs a taste first.