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Kickbike Worldwide Ltd, founded 1994, promotes scootering and kicksledding for sport, fitness, commuting - or just for fun by manufacturing and distributing Kickbikes, Kicksparks and related equipment together with its partners.
Kickbike Worldwide Ltd also participates in studying the kick - motion biomechanics and metabolism, teaches people how to kick, runs recreational events and much, much more.
FAQ- Buying a scooter
There are thousands of different ones. Recently, lots of small-wheeled scooters have appeared on the market. However, there are scooters of different sizes and shapes all around the world.
It is important that the kicking position is ergonomic and that the scooter is safe (good brakes and high quality wheels). It is also important that the rolling friction is minimal, if you want to use the scooter for moving from one place to another. Kickbike Company have developed the Kickbike this in mind.
Almost like a bicycle. You use your body just a bit more and you lean to the direction you want to go to. Kickbike is very stable at high speeds because of the steering geometry and big front wheel. It is unfortunate that there are so many low quality scooters on the market that are not well tested at high speeds. Also the components are often bad quality (cheapest) and it can be dangerous to go fast downhill with such vehicles.
Of course it depends on your legs, but here's a rough estimation:
0 - 5 km/h - You probably walk, but Kickbike is easy to ride walking pace on busy streets
5 - 15 km/h - Very easy on flat, usual speed on uphills
15 - 20 km/h - Cruising, sweet spot
20 - 30 km/h - Sports exercise
30 - 40 km/h - Sprinting
40 - 120 km/h - Downhill, using brakes is up to you
Yes, on the fly. Common frequency is 3-10 kicks with one foot while kicking around, at most 5 if going fast. See our instructions page.
To be relaxed all the time! Many people kick on too stiff legs. Using both feet equally is another thing to remember in the beginning. You kick only 3-4 times on one foot and then you change the kicking foot. A good Kickbiker can do a hop switch (small jump).
Kickbike has unique style.
Big front wheel negotiates easily bumps, cobbles and gravel, making riding well controlled, easier and safer. Small rear wheel allows narrow ultra slim design that gives maximum room and freedom to the kicking foot. Short rear end makes Kickbike lighter as well as small and agile in traffic.
By experience, narrow footboard enables most relaxed kick. You should never hit your ankle on the edge of the footboard. Most of the characteristic Kickbike design aims to a narrow structure, that gives maximum freedom of movement to kicking foot.
Experience shows that itís not essential. You can easily disassemble it if you want. If there"s a wall, lean Kickbike on it. If there ain't anything to lean on there is plenty of room to lay Kickbike down. However, many people are so proud of their Kickbike that they want to leave it upright.
One principle of Kickbike design is to keep it simple. There are no chains, no deraillers, almost nothing to break and repair. We want to make every part of Kickbike as hard-wearing as possible. Still, to occasionally lubricate brake cables is not a bad idea at all. To ensure that there is enough pressure in tires and no loose levers, bolts or nuts is a basic check before every ride.
With regular workouts you can expect to stretch the hamstring, strengthen the quadriceps and calf muscles and trim down and firm up the thighs and buttocks. By adopting the proper kicking technique Ė lifting the knee in front, you will also strengthen your diagonal lower abdominals and lower back. After some learning both legs get more equal, not vice versa as some people falsely presume.
The standing leg does a surprising amount of work during the kick cycle of the other leg and is the leg in which fatigue is first felt if legs are not changed frequently enough. At the start of the cycle, the leg is held almost straight with the foot slightly flexed and with the heel off the footplate. All the weight is on this leg as well as vertical and fore-aft forces generated by the kicking action and consequent body movement. The muscle work (which is effectively isometric) is mostly felt in the quads, but almost all groups of lower leg muscles are used (tibialis and calf - gastrocnemius and soleus). The standing leg is straight at the end of the kicking cycle.
The kicking leg goes through an extended movement cycle where muscles used and forces developed are very similar to running without the impact damage. So hamstrings, calves and glutes are the main muscles used.
It should be noted that on the leg uplift prior to starting the cycle, the abdominals come into play as biceps/triceps to counteract the forwards-backwards body movement generated by the kick.
Maximum efficiency of motion is gained by minimizing up and down movement (hence the tendency of most competitive racers to fit back wheel lowering brackets so that there needs be less compensation for the height of the footboard) and by minimizing forward-backwards movement of the body (use of shoulders and arms to steady body position).
If you want to be a fast on the scooter you have to kick fast. Itís so simple! Interval training is very good: 10 x 2 km at an average speed of 30 km/h with 2 minute rest is a typical session for a fit athlete. Long aerobic rides are very important, such as 40-70 km with an average speed of 20-25 km/h. Most people tolerate no more than two hard Kickbike workouts or races within one week. It is important to have recovery days in between and do some other sports like running or swimming, for instance. Of course you can do some easy kicking on your easy days, too.
Rules vary country by country. Kickbikes can be considered to be pedestrians, inline skaters or bikers. Riding cautiously and politely is never a bad idea. If you kick fast people will think you have a bicycle so ride like a biker. When moving to pedestrian zones match your pace with pedestrians.
. Kickbike. has a small rear wheel so some elegant ladies use it with a dress. However, tights or shorts are better than skirt or slacks because they don't catch somewhere (rear hub, brake etc.). For the same reason you should tie your shoelaces short enough. Normal running shoes are very good, but anything without high heels or slippery soles will do fine. Use of bike helmet is strongly recommended. In addition, some people use bicycle gloves and eyewear.
City G4 features a handy wire basket for small items (handbag + extra clothing). Ordinary bike racks fit too.
Yes! Kickbike rolls very well in gravel and sand roads. We are also manufacturing Cross Max, which is designed to go off-road!
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