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Old 02-15-08, 07:56 AM   #1
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This has to be the dumbest "bike" I've ever seen...the kickbike



I refuse to believe somebody wasn't very, very high when they decided to try to combine a skateboard and a bicycle. I cannot understand, however, why the heck they decided to actually follow through with it once they sobered up. What the heck?



wtf http://www.kickbikeamerica.com/index.html
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They've had scooters like that for YEARS!!! That's the first I've seen with a full-size front tire though (much less disc brakes. The others were usually kiddie size 8 or 10in tires (something like that). Makes bunny-hopping easy
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Based on the price I would guess that if they sold 1000 a year they would be able to support themselves financially. I could easily see them selling 1000 per year. I am guessing they arrive from asia at about $100 each for an order of 1000. They are then sold for $150 wholesale, $300 retail.

They could also tend other export import businesses. Starting such a business is a really good resume point, or college application essay / interview topic. It is also likely very hard work.
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Kick bikes like that have been around for over 100 years...nothing new, just a regurgitation of an old concept.

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I refuse to believe somebody wasn't very, very high when they decided to try to combine a skateboard and a bicycle. I cannot understand, however, why the heck they decided to actually follow through with it once they sobered up. What the heck?
I saw one in action last summer here in downtown Ottawa and I had to ask BF what the heck it was that I saw. Apparently, they're popular in parts of Europe.

According to the company website, lots of benefits accrue from using them.

To each their own, I suppose.
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It's basically a high-end scooter. If you dig scooters, then you'll probably enjoy this thing.
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They are also more likely to be used by Amish.

Old order Amish don't use geared bikes, but I have seen an Amish "bike" and it looks a lot like a kick bike.

Just tell that to the people riding them.
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I've seen them used the sled dogs pulling them in competitions on dirt trails, looked like fun.
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I know I'm not the only one here old enough to remember 2x4s, skates, and orange crates.

Although I've never forgiven my brothers for constantly stealing my damned skates!
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Supposedly they're big in eastern europe and have been for many years. There's even a "world cup" series of races, sponsored riders(kickers?) and such.
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I refuse to believe somebody wasn't very, very high when they decided to try to combine a skateboard and a bicycle. I cannot understand, however, why the heck they decided to actually follow through with it once they sobered up. What the heck?



wtf http://www.kickbikeamerica.com/index.html
These have been around forever; in some parts of Europe they are fairly popular.

Someone here posted info on them once, if you can find it--in some Bicycle races in Europe, kickbikes can be entered in the same race with bicycles, but in a separate class. The races are randonee/cyclocross types, run on secondary asphalt and gravel roads (where a standard road bike won't work well). Even more shocking: the top guys on kickbikes often beat MOST of the people riding normal bikes.
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I wouldn't buy one but I did have fun on a scooter when I was a kid. So, for that reason I wouldn't mind spending an afternoon riding around on one for fun.
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I've got one. Slower and more work than a bike on flat ground or especially uphill, faster downhill if you sit on your heels (scaaaary). Faster than a unicycle, although about as practical. One hell of a workout if you try to maintain any speed. Lots of fun, though.

If you think this is the dumbest bike ever created, you've never seen a Trikke. Even Kickbike users point and laugh at Trikke users.
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I've seen them used the sled dogs pulling them in competitions on dirt trails, looked like fun.
Yes! GREAT dog driving toy!!!! I want one.
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I saw a guy on one out at White Rock Lake the other day. He didn't look so cool, and don't guess he was going to pass any cyclist ever- looked slow. It looked a tad boring, actually.

I love the intense look on that guy's face in the picture. Have you seen those little 3-wheelers that are basically a Big Wheel for adults? They have the video where these people are all bicycling around at 8 miles per hour acting like it's really exciting. Kind of what that photo looks like.

Yeah, here's the competition. Whee!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7tQCaf86Hg

Here's a kickbike vid....sure doesn't look to me like they're going faster than a bicycle, though:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBUWjUTWRQ8
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A swedish guy road one in Paris Brest Paris in 2003 (750 mile ride in under 90 hrs). He was a speed skater cross Training. New rules say you need a chain or something like that so no one can do this again.



(and yes matchka I linked the picture from your site. Hopefully that is OK. You just had the best picture I could find quickly)
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It's not a bicycle so it's not a dumbest bike.
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It's not a bicycle so it's not a dumbest bike.
Two wheels, it fits the definition of a bicycle.
Many historic bicycles were pushed with feet in it's infancy and yet they still were bicycles having two wheels..
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Two wheels, it fits the definition of a bicycle.
Many historic bicycles were pushed with feet in it's infancy and yet they still were bicycles having two wheels..
Are these bicycles then?



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Nope those are X's.
Although on second though, perhaps Cycle denotes something you should sit onl,even the old push bicycles had seats , in which case it would not be a bicycle.
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Definition from Wikipedia: The bicycle, bike, or cycle, is a pedal-driven, human-powered vehicle with two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. Invented in Europe in the ...blah, blah, blah.

That would exclude kick bikes.
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Merriam-Webster definition:

: a vehicle with two wheels tandem, handlebars for steering, a saddle seat, and pedals by which it is propelled; also : a stationary exercise machine that resembles such a vehicle
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So the first bicycle was not a bicycle but some sort of pimordial cycle by definition. If it is in a dictionary it must be right. Historically it does not appear to have needed pedals though.

Your right by modern definition a bicycle it is not.
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No thanks. I'm satisfied with my folding bike. I have seen it also available as a ski. What do they call that?
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