Mom, can I get a scooter?
December 7, 2000 7:07 AM   Subscribe

Mom, can I get a scooter?
posted by tiaka (21 comments total)
To be perfectly honest with you, I feel bad for any little kids that got hurt, but as far as those scooter-riding adults who make up the injury got exactly what was coming to you. Come on now, y'all just looked foolish.
posted by NickBarat at 7:24 AM on December 7, 2000

Its about time that there was something wrong with those things. i personally like the big scooters.
posted by radioblasters at 7:26 AM on December 7, 2000

But Bick, it's the hottest thing sweeping the streets of new york to the boardwalks of San Fransisco. Heh. I suddenly got the Razer info-mercial stuck in my head. ``and stay out of traffic,''
posted by tiaka at 7:33 AM on December 7, 2000

i hated them too... until i tried one... they're really fun. i dont blame people for using them
posted by palegirl at 8:12 AM on December 7, 2000

LOL the if I could only find a way to keep all this sand outta my shoes.
posted by brian at 8:21 AM on December 7, 2000

Those things are huge here in Paris, too, and it's mostly non-kids using them. "Trotteurs" they're called, which also means "baby walker."
posted by Mo Nickels at 8:59 AM on December 7, 2000

If all goes as planned, a month from now I'll be working here, which is a mile from my apartment via flat roads with bike lanes. I've been thinking that a scooter would be the perfect mode of transportation--fast, easy, and I wouldn't have to lug my bike up and down stairs. But I'm a big guy, 6' 5", and I'm a little sheepish about the spectable I'd make, not to mention skeptical about the possibility of actually finding a scooter to fit me. Any input from the fine folks of MeFi?
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:11 AM on December 7, 2000

Ya'll saw The Onion's take on scooters, right?
posted by fleener at 10:17 AM on December 7, 2000

This is a good case of "You get what you pay for", I don't own a Razor but I believe the quality you would get is good considering the price tag. Then copy cats and even counterfeits come out and hit places like Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.
posted by thirdball at 10:50 AM on December 7, 2000

Did anybody see David Letterman where he strung piano wire across the hallway and when Paul Schaeffer came by on a skeeter, he got his head cut off, and Dave sez: "See, I told you those things were dangerous!! Hahahahahahahah!"
That was great.
posted by sonofsamiam at 11:09 AM on December 7, 2000

The "Kash n' Gold" corporation. heh heh heh. Here's a company that openly states in its name how it sees the scooter market.
posted by grimmelm at 11:35 AM on December 7, 2000

MrMoonPie, nothing about scooters -- I have yet to buy one -- but can you fix their interface? For that, I have a laundry list ...
posted by dhartung at 11:56 AM on December 7, 2000

All you BIG KIDS, have you tried the Xootr? It's more expensive than most, but bigger with bigger wheels to boot. Here's their FAQ page for any questions you might have.
posted by 120degrees at 1:02 PM on December 7, 2000

A little search on MySimon about the Xootr revealed the Nova Cruz Xootr Cruz Scooter at REI for $269.00, and the Nova Cruz Xootr Street Scooter at REI for $ 389.00. I want one!
posted by 120degrees at 1:19 PM on December 7, 2000

I have a scooter and I love it. I ride it to class every day (weather providing), and it shaves about 5-7 minutes off the traveling time. Why care if you look silly? Especially when it's freezing now (I go to Penn), I'm doubly eager to stay out of the cold as long as possible.
posted by evilmaryellen at 2:14 PM on December 7, 2000

scooting in the snow?
posted by tiaka at 2:36 PM on December 7, 2000

Yep! there's nothing quite like a ride - scooter or no!
posted by druadh at 6:06 PM on December 7, 2000

120degrees, I finally saw the my first xootr in the streets the other day (even though they were in Wired months ago), and I have to say, the larger size matters. This person was really moving, at 2 to 3 times the speed I normally see people kicking along with razors.
posted by mathowie at 7:22 PM on December 7, 2000

I'm suprised that they haven't caught on more than they have. I'm sure that the price is a major factor, considering they sell the Razor knock-offs at every discount store and swap meet these days.

My only comment about these scooters....X-Games baby. I would love to see one of these on the vert ramp.
posted by 120degrees at 10:40 PM on December 7, 2000

Scooters are silly.

There's a scooter at my Nanna's house. It has a green metal frame; the foot plate and the handlebars are wood, and painted orange. If I could pull it off, I'd bust it out for a spin around the neighbourhood.
posted by mstillwell at 10:54 PM on December 7, 2000

It's a shame that the credit for the adults-on-scooters craze isn't being given where it's due -- Kevin Spacey. More than a year ago, he was shown scooting through NYC during a 60 Minutes profile. Next thing you know, everyone's scooting. He deserves some love. Or at least an endorsement deal.
posted by Dreama at 11:30 AM on December 8, 2000

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