What is a Kicking bike, Scooter or Trikke?
A kicking bike is a cross
between a scooter and a bicycle. It's got handbrakes, and pneumatic
tires like a bicycle but you kick it like a scooter. A razor scooter is
like a skateboard with a handle. It's also a lot of fun although not for
long trips! A Trikke is a three wheeled vehicle that you propel by using
your upper body and weight shifts (called a cambering vehicle). A Trikke
8 has 8 inch wheels which roll easily. Trikke 8's DO fold up small and yet
are good for going around town. And now there is .... the trikke
12! Which is the ultimate for traveling comfort (has 12" pneumatic
tires!) (see Photo!) They even have a power assisted Trikke 12 and
Why get a kicking bike
or scooter -
I've got a fine recumbent already!
Because it's a combination of the freedom of running without the jarring
to your knees and the smooth ride of a bicycle! Because it's
addictive. Because it's a new dimension in biking not quite like
anything else. Because it works a lot of leg and back muscles in a fun
way. Because it's THERE!
Why get a Trikke?
It offers all the advantages of
a scooting, skating and more yet is no impact on the joints. Being a three wheeler
with 8 inch wheels, it's very very stable and rocks and less than great
road does not bother it. But the wheels which are like roller
blade wheels, go very fast. You use the clever
design of the vehicle to convert the kinetic energy shifting weight from
side to side and/or turning the tiller back and forth to forward motion.
You can go very fast and it feels like inline skating, or skiing or
flying or a combination. Works the entire body and is a great calorie
burn but doesn't feel like so much work because the work load is divided
between so many muscles. Because you can easily fold it up and take it
on the bus! Because it's INCREDIBLE FUN! Because it's there! :)
Differences between Trikke and TriKing Kobra (another cambering
All trikkes except the
trikke 8 v.1 have a 250 lbs rider limit. The Kobra rider weight limit
used to be 350 lbs but now it's 250 lbs like Trikkes. The trikke 8
v.1 has a weight rating of 300 lbs and they can be found all over
including on Ebay.
Trikke-8 appears to have a
bit more flexible front end which means it might be easier to operate.
The consensus of everyone I
have talked to who
has ridden both trikkes and kobras in our online community is that the Trikke
may easier and more
enjoyable to ride than the Kobra
Trikke-8 has 8 inch wheels,
Kobra - 7 inch wheels. Larger wheels may be an advantage in taking bumps
As I understand, the
inventor of the cambering vehicle founded the TrikkeTech company which may
mean if you buy a Trikke-8, you might be getting the original product
Kobra is more economically
priced than are trikkes
Trikke has more models
available including the Trikke 12 roadster, the Pone-E, the trikke 8 convertible and
these vehicles are HIGHLY addictive!!!! :)
Advantages of a kicking
bike, scooter and Trikke
burn - similar to running or inline skating depending on
your weight and fitness level!
Great for those
short hauls which are too short to use a bicycle
but too long to walk. (Great for longer hauls if you are an
animal and looking for more challenge!) NOTE: You can take the
trikke on longer hauls very nicely.
If you get a
folding kicking bike, you can easily do longer
rides by combining kicking with taking the bus.
Works the same
muscles which running does... and then some, yet
has no impact like running. Your legs love
it! NOTE: the trikke works the upper body and side abs as well.
You can go as fast
as an average inline skater, burn the same
calories and not have to worry about falling -
it's really hard to fall on a scooter or kicking bike and then
you don't fall very far. (that's a big issue for
us er...more mature types - falling HURTS more
when you are over 40!) :)
Can wear regular
clothing on a kicking bike.
No one minds when
you take a kicking bike into the store with you,
even if you don't fold it.
of many sizes (see the Xootr link below)
A kicking bike
ride is invigorating and refreshing! (Even a razor scooter is
fun - kind of like safer roller blading!)
Fringe Benefits of
kicking bikes, scooters and Trikkes
Can go riding
with the grandkids (related disadvantage - they
will soon decide you should replace their
scooters with kicking bikes - this can get expensive
if you have more than one grandkid!)
smile and say "HI" to you (don't take
this lightly because skateboarders seldom smile at anyone
over 18 years old!)
Can ride the speed
of a bicycle (slow) yet are welcome on the
sidewalks so don't have to deal with cars!
If they see you on a
Trikke, they always say "Hey, that's cool!" Sometimes cars
stop on look at you on your Trikke!
Caveats about kicking, trikke and scooting
It's not a chance
to go bareheaded... wear a safety helmet!
kicking bikes are
awesome on downhills - and just as horrible on
uphills as they are awesome on downhills. Related
caveat - you can always get off the kicking bike and
walk up the hill (just take a drink of water,
like you meant to stop there anyway).
Trikkes can offer
some challenges going uphill but you can develop a technique for some
pretty good inclines using the upper body. In San Francisco,
you might want to walk up the hills though.
On a scooter - Use both legs!
Best to get into a routine - I do 2 sets of 3
kicks on one leg and then, switch to the other
and do same. When you kick, kick forwards first,
sweep your leg backwards, touching only the ball
of your foot to the ground and end with your leg
backwards. If this is confusing, watch any
skateboarder kick - they use the same technique.
Related tip - if you don't know how to change
legs without stopping, watch the kids on their
razor scooters - they are quite expert at it!
Further related tip - if the kid method doesn't
work for you, you can always stop and change
For Trikke-ers riders, go to
the website for more hints and tips about riding it.
watching the infomercials on TV is quite informative as well as
watching the tape which came with your trikke. Also visit
Sue's trikke-ing site
Learning how to
ride a kicking bike? Just DO it! Or have your
children or grandkids show you how - they'll love
being the teacher for a change and do a good job
of giving you the 'ins' and 'outs' of