Today I had to take my car to the garage for a checkup and leave it, about 4-5 miles from my house, so I flung the SportPed in the back of it and set out. Coming home on the scooter I got a good idea of how the ‘Ped actually performs when some distance needs to be covered.
Conditions were ideal for my kick home; a 15-20-m.p.h. north wind was at my back and so I could give the scooter five kicks and stand still for at least as long, as the wind pushed me along nicely.
Trying to cover distance at some speed I found that the SportPed is very twitchy; I had to consciously relax at the narrow handlebars to keep the front wheel on track, but after a while it came pretty easily. The solid tires magnified every bump on the road surface, but again relaxing minimized any discomfort I might have felt, including in my hands from gripping the bars too tightly. (Riding one-handed to attend to other things needed a smooth stretch of bike path, but proceeded without any real problem.)
The hubs were very free-spinning and I caught and dropped a beach-cruiser bicycle without trying. (This was a young guy tooling along; I was surprised he let himself be dropped by a kids’ scooter, but when I looked back he was further and further behind – a mellow fellow.) The wide deck was fine as I didn’t have to pivot or hop-switch my feet for the same position on it, and by the end of the trip I was pretty comfortable.
It’s not as quick as a Kick- or Footbike, and not as stable, but it’s a nice addition to my stable of scooters and will have a happy home in the back of the SUV as a “lifeboat,” which was my original official rationale for buying it – nice how that worked out.