First attempt with a Xootr Mg scooter, some thoughts
In my eternal efforts to avoid cars, I've tinkered with a decent few alternatives, including everyone's favorite, the bicycle. But this time, I experimented with the obscure but loved Xootr Mg, a kick-scooter for adults.
First off, I'll say this: It's big. Real big. Stunningly big. Even after seeing pictures, seeing it in person is surprising. But cool.
Second off: It's definitely well built. There're some minor problems, but I suspect those are as much my fault(like the pin that keeps it folded/unfolded sticking) as anything else.
Now then, the ride thoughts:
-You feel the vibrations a LOT. I had to switch legs or take breaks because my knees were being rumbled into agony. This clearly wouldn't be as much of a problem in areas where the sidewalks and roads weren't ****, however.
-The balance is iffy. I suspect this is one of those things I could overcome, but it's very frustrating. The small wheels + relative low speed + innate need to be unbalanced to kick and scoot yourself along = some major squirrelyness, in my experience. This seems more the fault of the scooter form than the Xootr, though.
-It's a lot more work than I expected. Despite only going about a mile, I was a lot more winded than on my bike. To be fair, however, I'm also riding a very awkward course.
So, will it work for my needs or not? I'm...Not sure yet, honestly. It definitely wasn't as nice as I was led to believe by people in better circumstances for it, but I also suspect that a good chunk of it is simply my inexperience with the format. I'll be updating this thread with more thoughts and attempts and such.
I have actually considered one of those, November. My main issue is that large kick-bikes like that lose two of the major advantages of a kick scooter; Weight, and the ability to fold it down to a small size.
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I've had this several years, I don't know who makes it. This style is really a lot of fun, your center of gravity is almost ground level. Once you get comfortable you will be amazed how far you can lean on turns. If vibration is a problem maybe you can get smooth tires. Gloves with a lot a padding might help also.
I have a Xootr MG and I love it. I have commute on it daily for about 6 years and would estimate that I have over 1,500 miles on mine and it is still in great shape. I have literally replaced nothing other than the pin for the hinge and I adjusted the brakes once. For my commute (about 0.9 miles on the scooter, then a packed subway ride, then another 0.4 or so to work, mixed in with a total of 8 flights of stairs, all within 30-35 minutes), it beats my folding bike by leaps and bounds. It is a little bit slower on the road portion, but way lighter and less cumbersome on the train, on the stairs, and in the office. I also end up working late and taking a cab home at least once a week, which would be a hassle (at best) if I had the bike with me.
It is great on the street and a little more challenging on the sidewalk. Be careful in the wet- traction varies greatly by surface. Blacktop and sidewalks are usually fine, but brick/marble/tile can be like ice.
Ride it for a few weeks and let us know what you think! I love the Xootr and am very grateful for the literally hundreds of hours it has saved me versus walking.