replace folding bike with kick scooter for short commute?

  • Red-Moose 20 Feb 2012 17:12:22 5,344 posts
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    I am looking for opinions on this. I use a folding Dahon for the 1km trip to the local train station and then have around 500m on the other side. The Dahon is fast but bulky (and saves 25 mins each day walking the 3km).

    I am thinking of switching to a kick scooter (e.g., Xootr) as they seem fast enough and also much much lighter (~4.5kg). I am living in Amsterdam so it's flat.

    Anyone got experience of these on a regular basis; for example, speed and so on?
  • simplerotation 20 Feb 2012 18:18:10 332 posts
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    why not get a better/lighter folding bike? Then you wouldn't need two wheeled devices :)

    My brompton weighs around 9kg, which whilst heavier than a scooter, is much lighter and smaller than the Dahons (I did a quick perusal and they average around 15kg, but not sure if that includes pedals etc)
  • THFourteen 20 Feb 2012 18:50:43 52,785 posts
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    I have a kick scooter I used to use from London Bridge to Liverpool street when they first came in fashion, around 2000. Downhill was great but uphill was nigh on pointless.

    Also I'm no longer 18years old so you wouldn't catch me on it anymore :(

    Tough in heavily busy areas too.
  • Deleted user 20 February 2012 19:09:22
    Can't quite believe you're carting around a fold up bike for a 3km round trip. Is life really too short for two 12 minute walks a day?
  • mal 20 Feb 2012 19:22:10 29,326 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Can't quite believe you're carting around a fold up bike for a 3km round trip. Is life really too short for two 12 minute walks a day?
    This. Or given you seem to be living and working in the same city, why not Dahon the whole way?
  • Stickman 20 Feb 2012 19:38:01 29,986 posts
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    Chop your feel off and graft castors on instead. Don't listen to these guys, walking anywhere is for chumps.
  • FairgroundTown 20 Feb 2012 19:43:02 2,522 posts
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    Heelys!
  • Trafford 20 Feb 2012 19:43:32 8,378 posts
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    Brisk walk FTW!
  • Red-Moose 20 Feb 2012 22:58:07 5,344 posts
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    simplerotation wrote:
    why not get a better/lighter folding bike? Then you wouldn't need two wheeled devices :)

    My brompton weighs around 9kg, which whilst heavier than a scooter, is much lighter and smaller than the Dahons (I did a quick perusal and they average around 15kg, but not sure if that includes pedals etc)
    I use a Mu Uno with a single speed 12T gear, so it's very fast and 9.9kg with 20" wheels. The Brompton steel frame just doesn't fit well with me unfortunately, and also seemed to be a bit heavy when kitted out pushing 11kg. I prefer the quick folding on the Dahon as well. My idea was that I could throw a scooter in my backpack as the 1.5km each way is quite short. Seems excessive to have a bike....maybe I will just park the bike at the station and walk the 500m at the other side!

    Edited by Red-Moose at 23:01:03 20-02-2012
  • Jazzy_Geoff 20 Feb 2012 23:34:28 8,068 posts
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    Are you a grown man? If so, then no. People will you are a nonce which, given your location, is probably pretty accurate.
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