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Kickbike in Heligoland

A kickbike (bikeboard, footbike, pedicycle) is a type of kick scooter (also referred to as a push-scooter or scooter) and is a human-powered street vehicle with a handlebar, deck, and wheels propelled by a rider pushing off the ground.[1] The kickbike often has a large standard size bicycle front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel, which allows for a much faster ride.

History

A similar vehicle had been produced by Denis Johnson in 1819

The modern kickbike was developed in the early 1990s by Hannu Vierikko who was active at the time in kicksled racing.[2] (A kicksled is a type of human powered sled that is in common use in Scandinavia.) In 1994 Vierikko founded Kickbike Worldwide in Finland to produce and market kickbikes.[3][4]

Use

Amish kick scooters

Amish communities also use kickbikes in preference to bicycles,[5][6] for several reasons, including the safety and unaffordability of early bicycles, and the risk of gearing mechanisms as a source of vanity.[7] Kickbikes can be used for dryland mushing, also called "dog scootering."[8]

Sport

Some former world champions include Jan Vlasek and Alpo Kuusisto.[9]

Gallery

Sport

See also

References

  1. ^ Crowder, Jordan (31 March 2019). "5 Reasons Why Kickbike Is The Best Low Impact Exercise". Medium.
  2. ^ Joling, Dan. "Kicksleds make inroads". The Lewiston Tribune.
  3. ^ McDougall, Christopher (28 April 2005). "The Power of One Foot Pushing". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Kickbike". Kickbike Finland.
  5. ^ "The Amish Scooter".
  6. ^ "Amish Scooter". Better Living Through Design. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2023.
  7. ^ Dhir, Gaurav (30 September 2021). "Why Can't The Amish Ride Bikes With Pedals - levination.com". Retrieved 12 March 2023.
  8. ^ "DON'T LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME—INTRODUCING DOG SCOOTERING/MUSHING".
  9. ^ "Czech team scoot entire 2013 Tour de France… Or should that be kick? + VIDEO". road.cc. 2 June 2013.