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Old 10-31-17, 07:46 PM
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Wooden bikes of DR Congo

How DR Congo's wooden bikes drive profit in Goma - BBC News

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Old 10-31-17, 11:26 PM
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<starts digging around in yard>

I think I want to make one of these. I think I might be able to make one of these.
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I guess bikes are in. So to make the story interesting they call them bikes, even though they're actually scooters.

But it is an interesting case in micro capitalism, and how people with the drive can get ahead one way or another.
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I have yet to see any important difference between scooters and kick bikes.
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I have yet to see any important difference between scooters and kick bikes.
I believe that kick bike is just another name for scooter.

However, I prefer the term scooter, since I reserve bicycle or bike for pedal driven machines.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
I believe that kick bike is just another name for scooter.

However, I prefer the term scooter, since I reserve bicycle or bike for pedal driven machines.
For your consideration.

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Doesn't look very aero!

As far as entrepreneurial skills go, it is hard to think of a place that beats Africa.
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For your consideration.....
Thanks, you're right.

I wasn't thinking when I posted earlier.

So that's another reason I don't like to call scooters kick bikes.

So, as I said originally, those things in the video are scooters, and I'll reserve kick bike for those with seats like pictured.

The difference being whether you sit and propel with 2 feet, or stand and kneel and propel with one.
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Kickbikes don't have seats, at least not the ones here: Kickbike Worldwide | Home
I understand these are raced in parts of Europe.
Saw a guy on a kickbike like these at the Hilly Hundred tour in southern Indiana a decade or so ago. He was slow up the hills but flew past us on our tandem on a moderate downhill.
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That's what I meant, Jan. I think Kick Bike is a brand. I got to try one for maybe a hundred yards and it was a hoot. Still, they looked quite pricey for not having a seat or any kind of driveline.
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Also, I wonder where elliptical bikes fall in this discussion-- they have cranks and chains, and all of the other bike parts... mostly. My ride yesterday took me through Solana Beach, which I just found out is where Elliptigo bikes is from-- which explains why I saw so damn many of them in one day, after having seen maybe 3 total... ever.
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Wonder if I could get a dealership on those?
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Only on BF would someone post a video of hard-working young African guys making a living hauling things on hand-made wooden wheeled contraptions, and within like two posts the whole topic devolves into a pedantic argument over the distinctions between "kick bikes" and "scooters."

At least we're consistent. :-)

ps: since these are cargo haulers I'd rather call them two-wheeled, man-powered wooden trucks, but it doesn't roll off the tongue as easily. Either way, my hat's off to these guys.
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