I got to spend a solid week with the KickPed kick scooter recently, in a variety of situations. From wide-open back roads in a suburban setting to a packed commuter train, I got to put the KickPed through the paces and see what worked, how it handled, and how it held up to the beating of a 200lb bike nerd.
The KickPed scooter, in terms of speed, is not a sprinter. Think of the quote by comedian Steven Wright, "every place is walking distance if you got the time." The KickPed won't replace a commuter bicycle in terms of speed, but if you've only got a mile or so of flat land to cover, you should be fine.
Compared to kick scooters with thinner wheels the KickPed handles everyday terrain much better. The beefy tires will roll over bumps, cracks, and manhole covers. By pulling up on the handlebars, much in the same way you would do with a bicycle, helps with this. Pebbles and rocks aren't much a problem for the Kickped, and wet conditions are handled well with the bigger contact patch of the wheels. This kick scooter is a dream on bike paths, with smooth pavement. When hitting the road, though, with its assortment of obstacles, the KickPed really shines.
While there are no hand brakes like on the City Kicker Kick Scooter, the KickPed has two stopping methods. The first, when you're traveling along at an average pace, is to simply put a foot down and drag it along a bit. As long as you're not flying at 15mph down a hill this method of stopping works quite well. One of the pleasant things about scooting is the slowed down pace, as compared to a bicycle commuting, where you're cruising along at 12mph without even thinking about it. On the KickPed, your travels feel a bit more grounded, and nonchalant. You're just scooting, after all!
Now, when you do build up some speed, and it'll happen, you have the rear brake. The brake looks like a fender, which it is, but you can step down on it to slow the rear wheel which will in turn slow you down. Note that I said it will slow you down. You won't go from 15 mph to full stop in 2 seconds. This rear brake will slow your speed gradually. Yes, you can stand on it with both feet to stop a little quicker, but it might better to just both feet down and start slowing from a run speed to a jog to a full stop. After an hour or two on the KickPed you'll figure out these best way to slow down.
A note on hills - since the wheels don't really roll along all that swiftly, as the incline increases, so does the effort required to keep your momentum as you climb. The bigger the hill, the more work. At a certain point it's almost easier to just get off and walk. I wouldn't consider this a design flaw, as the ease at which the KickPed handles debris is a bigger upside. I'd rather be slowed by a hill than a pebble in the road.
As for portability, the KickPed is a hair under 12lbs. (5.3 kilograms). To fold, you pick up the kick scooter by the stem, pull a spring loaded clasp upward and it then folds over. After a few tries you'll be an expert. From there you can hook the loop under the rear fender. From here you can carry the kick scooter horizontally by the handlebar, or sling it over your shoulder. I've carried this scooter on a crowded NJ Transit bus during rush hour without much hassle. You could even travel with your Kick Scooter, carry it onto a train, or load it into the back of your car. So for most any type of commute, by bus or train, you should be fine, and the KickPed is compact enough to carry with you into a cafe, or while shopping.
Overall, the KickPed is really a great companion to your commute, a blast to ride when out running errands or even just enjoying a day in the park. If you have the time and energy it can go long distances, too. The KickPed Kick Scooter is built like a tank and will keep you moving for years to come.
by Seth W.