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US kick scooter bike enthusiast are finding USA Amish made kick scooters to be a great equivalent to the European models.
They can enjoy the benefits of a kick scooter without having to pay the hefty prices for the imported European models .
One of the more popular European 26/20 aluminum kick bikes is not even available in the US.
The US Amish made LA MX 26/20 Aluminum Kick Scooter may not look as sleek as the Finnish Max 26/20 model.
However, for the price and many of equivalent features it defiantly is something to take a look at.
US Amish scooters use wheel sizes ranging from 12" up to 26”.
The larger sizes even have aluminum racing rims and high pressure tires.
These are a far cry from those little Red Radio scooters that many of us grew with as a kid.
Larger wheeled kick scooters are also more practical over the small aluminum sidewalk scooters.
The Amish scooters can take you down standard bike paths and just about anywhere else that you might ride a standard bike.
You can also get from point A to point B in about a third of the time as walking.
A push scooter or kick bike is called such because the rider uses a push and kick back motion with one leg to propel froward.
There's no seat or pedals, just an open foot board to stand on and kick from.
Standard bicycles with their narrow seats are not the most comfortable for some people to ride, especially as they become older.
Climbing on and then trying pedal and balance a traditional bike is also an issue for many who have aging issues.
Many who enjoyed biking have just given up the prospects of ever riding again.
Kick scooters just might allow those to enjoy biking once again.
They are easy to step on and off the platform, even in a full skirt.
Like most things one product does not fit all
One group of Kick Bikers who enjoy the sport of racing kick bikes want them just for off road extreme sports.
This is one of the exciting aspects of kick biking that has made the European models so popular.
Like fine European automobiles European manufactures promote their kick bikes for racing in extreme sports.
The Amish kick scooters are probably not the best suited for this type of off road use.
They are built for the more casual and conservative users.
Amish kick bikes also lack a rear caliper brake.
Instead they equip the scooters with a front wheel lever bike brake and the rear wheel with a foot operated rub brake.
While this type of braking system may work just fine for relative flat and rolling terrain at moderated casual speeds.
This type of brake setup is probably not at all going to be adequate or even safe for racing or to make emergency stops when racing down a steep hill.
History of the Amish kick scooters
The Amish kick scooters have been used by the Pennsylvanian Amish since the mid 1970s.
From Amish children to adults you will see Amish families in Pennsylvanian using these kick scooters for trips to school, town and work.
You may have even seen them on some of the recent television shows about the Amish communities located in Pennsylvanian.
Local Amish church leaders prescribe the rules on how the Amish will use transportation devices and how they will be designed.
For what ever the reason, they have banned the use of a peddle bicycle in the Pennsylvanian Amish communities.
In one particular Amish community in Pennsylvanian the Amish Bishop will only allow his members to use the smaller 12" scooters.
In that area of Pennsylvanian you will only see the smaller scooters being used by both children and adults.
Other Amish communities such as in Ohio and Indiana allow standard bicycles.
Kick Bikes may provide a good work out
For those who would like to up their calorie burn over walking but are just not into running or riding a traditional bicycle, a kick scooter just may be the answer.
You can walk alongside a kick scooter, step on and scoot and then walk again as many time as you want alternating your work out routine.
Kick scooters are not required to maintain a certain speed in order to balance either.
They are very low to the ground so that a person can just step off when they rather walk a bit or jump back on and speed up the calorie burn.
Kick scooters may also provide a good core body work out with the motions required to push off and scoot. If one leg gets tired the rider can switch over and kick push with the opposite leg.
Those who have had a partial stroke or knee injury may find that a kick scooter allows them to keep one leg more stationary while they use their good leg to propel.
The Amish kick scooters provide the lowest ground clearance on the market.
This is very important in having less fatigue while not having to use the foot and leg to reach as far down as pushing back off a higher plat form.
This also may cause less stress on the stationary leg and knee that often occurs when the body has to stoop further down in order for the propelling leg and foot to touch the ground and cycle through the push.
Push scooters may appear hard to use, but actually were probably one of the first bikes that we learned to ride as a kid.
For those who just want to have a nice ride, learning the glide pattern is when you hit the sweet spot.
The more you can glide with both feet up the less effort it takes to kick.
The glide pattern is determined not only by the amount of time that you spend on downhill slopes but can also be greatly influenced by the weight of the scooter, the size of tires and air pressure.
Amish scooters come with aluminum rims and choices of having up to 100 PSI racing tires to take as much drag as possible.
These are called racing rims and tires by the bicycle industry, but in the context of the Amish scooters they are used to create less drag and to make the ride smoother over bumps.
If you have ever tried to pedal a bike with half flat tires, you may remember just how much harder to peddle over having the tires fully inflated.
This is the concept of using the high PSI tires on the kick scooters.
The all aluminum kick scooter models can weigh less than 20 lbs making them not only easy to ride, but as easy to pickup and store when not in use.
Kick scooter have so many applications from just a casual evening scoot in the place of walking, to getting to work in a busy city, or getting across a college campus to the next class.
Just Google Amish Push Scooters to find one for almost every member of the family from age 5 to senior.
Many thanks to LetsKickScoot for the photos. This is a site with open discussion on the growing US sport of kick scooting.
In fact many seniors who are no longer able to maneuver a bicycle are finding the kick scooter to also be a nice alternative to the bike rides they have been missing out on.
With the front basket, lunch and drinks are easy to carry along for a shady spot a long side the road or in a park.
Like bicycles kick bike accessories include front and back lights, safety flags, and kick stands.
Bike helmets are not required in many areas but are highly recommended as accidents can occur just like riding a bicycle.
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