Purpose of the Kick Scooter
Amish scooter sizes approach that of a bike and because of the similarity, they are sometimes called a "kick bike" or "foot bike." Riding one is similar to riding a bike, except that the rider stands on a low floorboard, rather than perched on a high seat, and propels it by kicking instead of pedaling.
Like standard bikes, Amish scooters are designed to carry a single rider at a reasonable speed, with or without a few goods in an optionally attached wire basket.
Riders up to 150 pounds can enjoy gliding aboard this fun riding scooter available with 12” wheels. Although the 12” scooter is gear more toward children, the Amish still use this size for adults in some communities.
Speed – moderate or fast!
Our Amish kick scooters are not equipped with a speedometer, so it is up to each rider to determine his or her own "reasonable speed." In general, a moderate speed suggests that the rider:
- Can firmly touch the ground with his or her kicking foot. The inability to firmly touch the ground indicates that the kick scooter is traveling faster than kicking speed.
- Use brake wisely for speed control. The 12" scooter only comes with a back "stomp" brake as standard equipment. Use devises to maintain riding speed. They should not, however, be considered as the means to execute an emergency stop as the last resort as the kick scooter may skid or flip.
- Use brakes for short periods. The kick scooter's brake, for example, helps slow it down when traveling downhill. Extended application of the brake, however, can cause surfaces to heat up excessively, cause wear, and when accidentally touched, cause skin burns. Walk the kick scooter down very steep, long, downhill routes.
- Understands the difference between emergency situations on a kick scooter and a bicycle. In the event of an emergency, bike riders tend to get tangled in their equipment or are thrown over the handlebars. Kick scooter riders, however, can let go of their vehicle and step or jump off the almost ground level floorboard at the same time.
- Race with care! Our kick scooters are designed to be ridden conventionally more than competitively. Racing, of course, requires that the rider thoroughly understands his or her vehicle and scrupulously checks all aspects of it before each ride.
Riding Surfaces and Stability
Like bicycles, our kick scooters can be ridden on sidewalks or roads over several surfaces. These include concrete, hard asphalt, packed block, and packed/groomed earth. Loose gravel and stone-filled roadways should be avoided. To retain stability, avoiding riding in the rain and/or through puddles. Do not ride over wet vegetation such as leaves (they are slippery and can hide objects such as large stones, glass, and branches), or over any surface that is oily slick, and/or soft.
Conditions to Avoid
Our kick scooters are designed to hold a single rider, with no additional rider sharing the floorboard, or sitting on the handlebars. It is not built to be ridden off-road on un-groomed paths, used for stunts, such as being aloft or spinning, or be ridden recklessly without controlled speed. Night riding can be done; however, it requires that the rider wears proper reflective garments, plus has a head and tail light on the kick scooter.
Optional Basket in the picture is available for the 12" scooter.
The optional kickstand is available.
The optional safety flag comes with an easy mounting bracket to attach to the rear-wheel lug. Features a bright orange pennant flag on a 59" tall fiberglass rod.
Select colors, tires, and options using the drop-down boxes at the bottom of the page.
Scooters are shipped dimensional weight. Slightly unassembled for shipping.
12” Scooter Specifications.
Body material: Welded steel.
Total body weight: 14 pounds.
Total body length with tires: 43-inches.
Total body height: 33-inches
Distance between the top of the floorboard and the ground: 2-3/4” top 1-7/8” ground clearance
Floorboard: 5” x 12” foot clearance
Handlebars: Welded steel powder coated adjustable from 32-1/4”-34-1/2”
Recommended Rider Age: Age 5-10 (Being used by Adults in some areas for short distances)
Maximum rider weight: * 150 lb. recommended
Handbrake: No front brake
Rear brake: Stomp (compression) type.
Wheels: White plastic rims.
Wheel Attachment: Standard bicycle nut and bolt (no wheel dropouts)
Bearings: Standard bicycle open sided
Tires: 40 psi air tires or hard rubber tires
Inner tubes: Yes
Colors: Powder coat paint in gloss Light Blue, Orange, Yellow, Pink, Neon Green, and Red
Optional wire bike basket: Optional
Lights: Not Available
* Recommended weight capacity is based on actual use by the Amish. Always use good judgment when riding as regular riding rough terrain can cause more impact pressure.
Cleaning: Use a damp cloth to clean your kick scooter and avoid aggressive scrubbing or soaking. Avoid riding through salt, as it can dull surfaces. Touch up painted surfaces with a matching color available from your kick scooter dealer.
Back "stomp" Brake: Check the stomp brake lever to make sure it comes in contact with the tire when pressed with a foot and that the tire does not show rough wear from using it.
Bearings: Open-sided bicycle ball bearings will require regular cleaning and lube as a regular bicycle.
Tires: Make sure that tire air valves are clean before filling tires with air. Maintain air pressure to the PSI rating on the tire sidewall. Check treads and sidewalls for wear and cracking. Understand how to remove and replace your tires, and, as a convenience, always have extra inner tubes available. Many tutorials and videos related to tire maintenance are available on the web should you need more information.
Seams and Welded Joints: Establish a regular schedule to examine seams and welded joints for wear and potential cracks. This is especially important for people who regularly ride on rough surfaces and/or who are near the scooters maximum weight.
Accidents: After an accident, a thorough equipment examination is required. Check the frame to make sure it is not bent. Check that all the seams and welded joints are firm. Check brakes and the hand brake lever to make sure all are in proper position and work.
Helmets: Although there is no law requiring that kick scooter riders wear one, we recommend that wear well-made biking helmets.
We also have larger adult sizes and all-aluminum Amish-made kick scooters available Click Here to see more information.