Recently I set out to customize a GoPed KnowPed into an ersatz KickPed, such as were being sold by NYCEWheels on Manhattan. As nice as the result was, it had a problem (shared by the actual KickPed): I had cut down the wide footboard to approximately the width of a Kickbike® deck, but with the non-slip material on top it was impossible to pivot my foot for a leg change, though it looks good.
The NYCEWheels’ footboard, while slightly different, was also narrow with a non-slip top. Now if you watch a kid on a Razor, they’ll always kick with one foot (unwisely, but they’re kids, right?). Well, Manhattanites probably do the same on their KickPeds (again, unwisely, but they’re … Manhattanites =D). (Disclaimer: I misspent my wild youth on Manhattan.)
I thought I might turn over the deck, leaving the smooth wood on top, but the scooter turned out to be too wiggly even for normal Kickbike®-style foot-changing. The original wide KnowPed deck, on which one could stand with both feet, was probably the best solution (yes, the way GoPed designed it). One could kick with one leg and then the other without having to pivot one’s feet. So, putting it down to a lesson learned, I set out on the internet to purchase an original deck.
But since I am an inveterate tweaker (and because it turned up in the “goped decks” search), I sent for this beauty, in natural aluminum color. (I hate anodized aluminum parts.) It has the advantage over the stock deck in that water won’t harm it (Some Amazon commenters said the original wooden KnowPed deck was insufficiently sealed) – and it looks awesome, dude!
And even with the $70 cost of the new billet deck added to the $150 that I found the original KnowPed for, the project still came in $20 under the $240 price of NYCEWheels’ KickPed – and is an improvement. I call it the Scooter-Sport SportPed.