Adults with Scooters ~ A Zippy Way To Ride
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Why I Love My Razor Scooter
My sister bought me this rad red Razor scooter for Christmas and I love it. I'm an adult and too old for these things, but I don't care. The wheels light up when it moves, like those flashy children's sneakers that sparkle at you when a gangle of kids run by.
I'm fast, I'm smooth, I'm cool on this thing. Teenagers have complimented me on my scooter. I cut my commute so much I can take the second bus. I wiz by walkers, wind around street obstacles, and get there early.
It folds up, it fits in buses (easily), it's lightweight, it's sturdy. It's altogether lovely. It even takes a bit of muscle to use, so I get a twee bit of a workout riding this thing.
I haven't named it yet, but I'm gonna.
I just love it.
Why Do I Need a Razor Scooter?
Well, actually, I did not need a Razor scooter, I just wanted some sort of device that would act just like one. :)
Here's the story (it seems long, but it's really not):
Just a couple of years ago I used to swim regularly and really enjoyed it. I went to the YMCA and the swimming pool was warm, cozy, and regularly fairly empty ~ all the conditions I just love when I swim. Then the YMCA had to sell that building and off I went to swim in a larger, colder, more crowded YMCA pool. ...which was okay... And then I stopped working and decided to tighten up my budget so out went the YMCA membership and no more swimming.
Consequently, along with a couple of running injuries, I've gotten a bit out of shape.
Cut to this summer. I started a new job and right around the corner is a swimming pool! With reasonable rates! However this pool has specific hours that you can swim laps ~ either smack dab in the middle of the day or at night at 8pm. (I didn't bother looking at the early morning times since I feel it'd be too cold to attempt that.)
This pool is only 1 block by 1 long block away from my work... but I only have an hour for lunch... it's a conundrum ~ why would I waste minutes of my prescious swim time walking to the pool when I could zip over there on a scooter, swim for the majority of my lunch, change quickly, and then zip back. It was a no-brainer. I mentioned this wonderful strategy to my sister... who must've agreed with me on it's brilliance, because there on Christmas day appeared a Razor scooter for me!
How It Stands Now...
I'm very grateful to my sister for the scooter and I have yet to use it to go swimming!
That's right, it's still too cold out now to actually enact my plan, but that doesn't mean the scooter has been sitting around gathering dust! I've already got the swim tickets ready and waiting for the warmer weather.
In the mean time I've found out just how useful that scooter is and I'm going to share with you all the pros and cons of being A Crazy Adult with a Scooter (zipping past everyone happily).
First, the pros:
- I can sleep in! It's lovely. Luckily I work rather close by, so I only have to jump on a bus to get to work. But now I can jump on a later bus and just zip over there! Wonderful!
- At lunch, I can zip over to a restaurant or store nearby and zip back to work with plenty of time to spare. That has been very helpful.
- As I mentioned earlier, the scooter takes a bit of muscle. I'm not kidding. Where I live the streets are not perfectly even, and when I'm on a slight incline, it does take more work to get moving. I'm sometimes huffing and puffing a bit even. So I'm getting a little bit of a workout on the thing.
- There is the cool factor of gliding past others with little effort.
- The scooter easily fits on buses, and tucks down under the seat. I've never had a problem or felt the scooter was unwieldy. It's also lightweight which makes lifting it up on the bus very easy.
- The scooter folds up small if I need to hide it away somewhere.
- The wheels light up! More cool factor, especially at night.
- Razors are fast! This can also be a con because sometimes they can be too fast. But when you are in a hurry and are riding safely, you appreciate the scooter!
- You can weave through the walkers if you are careful and don't go too fast. This saves time if you're trying to get somewhere faster than walking will take you. Of course you must always be courteous when doing this and help them to feel safe and at ease by going much slower than you can go (which, you'll see, is still faster than the walkers).
- I take my scooter into stores with me all the time. I don't even fold it up, I just direct it and let it roll. It has never been a problem. However, I'm usually going to casual-type places when I have my scooter with me, and I don't ride around in the stores on my scooter, I just roll it around beside me.
- And last but not least ~ the scooter is fun! Nice to glide down streets with just one push of the foot.
And Now for the Cons...
- I'm an adult. On a scooter. Can be a little bit weird to people.
- You're not supposed to ride the scooter on inclines, either up or down. And I know why. These things are fast! (Which can be a pro at times.) You can easily lose control or crash into something and hurt yourself or others if you are not careful.
- You have to be a careful scooter-er at all times when riding the Razor. You have to slow down and watch your balance at all times. You have to avoid pocks and bumps in the sidewalk or you can easily injure yourself. These are easy to ride but that doesn't mean they're mind-less. You have to go slower than you may want, just to be safe.
- Because they can be work for your muscles you will have to switch legs so you don't over-work one leg. (This is not necessarily a con...)
- At night, it can be hard to see the bumps and pocks in the sidewalk which means it can be much more dangerous to ride. I go much slower at night and ride much more carefully, using good balance and my other foot to stabilize during tricky areas.
A Happy Commuter
A Toy for Independence
I think my taking so to the new Razor scooter I received at Christmas is just another example of my independent nature. Either that or being close to the child that lives inside of me. ;)
For people who don't mind being a little different and doing what pleases themselves, getting a little scooter like mine might be a fun and zippy way to spice up their commute.