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Tall Guy Buys Another Kick Scooter

[ KICK SCOOTING - 11/11/2012 - www.LetsKickScoot.com ]

Jerry Szubin

    There are many things to consider before buying a kick scooter. This four-part article by our contributing editor, Jerry Szubin, demonstrates how he determined what scooter to buy based on his needs, height, and shoe size. Article links: [1]   2   3   4  

>>  I love kick scooting. My first scooter, in fact, was a Xootr MG, which, I hate to say, broke my heart and landed on Ebay. My experiences on it, however, actually inspired my great kick scooter shopping experience, which you are about to read.

Before telling you about my search for the perfect vehicle, let me tell you a little bit about myself . . .

I am 53 year's old and live in New Jersey, USA. I work as a graphic artist, but my main passion in life is music. I am a classical pianist. Some favorite memories of my younger years are of exploring unknown places on bike with a close friend. I've owned a much beloved Brompton folding bike for the past 5 years, which I've used for multi-modal commuting to work and for recreation. I'm 5' 11.5" tall (181.5 cm), weigh 180 lb. (81.5 kg), and wear size 13 shoes.

In 2008, while driving to New York City from New Jersey for my weekly music lesson, a thought occurred to me. At times it was difficult to find parking close to the music school where I took my lessons. If I had some form of quick, portable transportation to go from my car to the school, it wouldn't matter how far away I had to park. A vehicle like that would sure make things easier.

And that's when I started my research and discovered the world of adult kick scooters. Small, portable, quick - perfect for my needs! So, I bought myself a Xootr MG kick scooter - one of the most popular and highly rated models, noted for its light weight, solid design, and speed.

At first, the Xootr worked just the way I wanted it to. I kept it in the trunk of my car, and when I drove to my lessons, I no longer dreaded finding a parking place close by. Problem solved, and hey, it was fun!

Wheel comparison between a Knowped and Xootr kick scooter

The above photo shows the differences in tire shape and size between a KickPed/Know-Ped and a Xootr kick scooter.

Soon, I came up with another idea. Why drive into the city at all? Within weeks I was parking my car on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, scooting across it, taking the A Train to The Village, and scooting from the subway station to the school. I liked the idea of using public transportation, saving the bridge and tunnel toll as well as gas, and exercising at the same time. But one day all that changed.

One evening, as I scooted across the bridge back to my car, the narrow front wheel of my Xootr got caught in a gap in the walkway and my scooter stopped short. Before I could blink an eye, I catapulted over the handlebar and landed face first on the pavement. My helmet cracked and my nose and upper lip were bloodied from the impact (but fortunately, did not crack). If I hadn't been wearing a helmet, my forehead would have been badly cut up as well, and who knows what else. (The term "brain drain" takes a new meaning.)

After that accident, my scooting days ended. It was traumatic enough that I sustained the injuries I did. But my imagination ran wild. What if I had knocked out my front teeth?! That would have been a terrible price to pay, both physically and financially, for the means to quickly and easily traverse Manhattan. And yet, kick scooting was so enjoyable, especially in non-treacherous areas. Fear kept me grounded. Desire made me seek a solution.

In spring 2012, I've signed up for music lessons again, raising my desire for better mobility and here is where my story starts. In the next three articles, I'll describe my search for a safer scooter, share my impression of several models I tried, and reveal my final choice - a scooter that fits all my criteria and reintroduced the fun of scooting into my life. Hopefully, my search and its conclusions will help you, too.

. . . continue with Article 2 in this series.

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Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Jerry Szubin - ScooterJerry88@gmail.com

Article by Jerry Szubin. Photos by Karen Little. First published on 11/11/2012. All rights reserved by www.LetsKickScoot.com and Jerry Szubin.






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