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This has to be the dumbest "bike" I've ever seen...the kickbike

Old 02-15-08, 07:56 AM
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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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Old 02-15-08, 08:11 AM
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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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Old 02-15-08, 08:32 AM
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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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Originally Posted by Pepper Grinder View Post


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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Old 02-15-08, 09:31 AM
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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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Thanks for the gif...I'm sure it will come in handy...somewhere, someday...
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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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Originally Posted by Pepper Grinder View Post


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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Old 02-15-08, 11:20 AM
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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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Originally Posted by DanteB View Post
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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Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
Are these bicycles then?



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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