I normally pay scant attention to little Razor™-type scooters, but this caught my eye: a small-wheel scooter explicitly designed tough for the sidewalks of New York (and only sold through NYCEWheels).
The biggest deal is the tire selection (here compared to a Xootr):
If the pavement is wet or even slightly damp, the Xootr can skid and cause an accident. No such issue with the rubber tire of the KickPed. In dry conditions, the polyurethane tires on the Xootr will not let you down, but dampness is all it takes to ruin your day. Polyurethane and water add up to falling down painfully.
Also the deck is trimmed down from the original “KnowPed” and the front brake is omitted, leaving a “spoon” brake for the rear wheel. NYCEWheels says it’s to reduce maintenance, but it will reduce faceplants (more here) as well, a very real danger for something with such a small wheelbase and small wheels.
Now one of these,
folded in a backpack (maybe not), could be a “lifeboat” for a full-grown footbike :) – or a way to get to a rural mailbox or down the street. Shove one in the trunk of your car and forget about it.
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