Yes, going uphill. That point on your ride where the going gets tough and gravity is no longer your friend. Scootering uphill is all part of the fun, part of the challenge of being a kick scooter enthusiast and looking on the bright side, its also the part of the journey that helps you get fit and shed those excess pounds. Technique for kick scooting uphill is nothing special and almost intuitive, in fact, you will probably have worked it out without even trying to work it out! If that makes sense?
The trick is to take shorter leg thusts, thrust more frequently and change legs more often as well. On the flat, I usually change legs after no more than 10 thrusts, on hills as few as 3 is much more efficient, and more comfortable. Of course, it all depends on how fit you ar,e or not, as the case may be. It’s usually not worth putting a lot of effort into leg thrusts going uphill as gravity quickly tires you out. Of course, at some point you will find that uphill progress is almost down to zero and the trick at this point is to get off and walk.
When scootering off-road, rough terrain, even on relatively flat areas, has the same effect as an increase in the gradient. Loose gravel, small stones, larger rocks, tree roots and even slippery vegetation, can all slow you down, resisting any forwards momentum and often bringing you to a dead stop. Again, sometimes it’s just easier to get off and walk, pushing the scooter along by hand.
I mentioned about momentum in the paragraph above and that’s something we can use to our advantage. On your trip watch out for stretches of downhill is followed by a short uphill section. On the downhill part get your speed up as much as you can and use that gained momentum to carry you over the following uphill part. You might need a few very energetic kicks on the way but that’s all part of the fun.
One final point I want to mention while on the topic of scooting uphill is footwear. On occasion, usually when scooting off-road, I’ve found myself loosing momentum because my foot slipped when kicking and I lost the thrust it would have provided, effectively bringing me to a stop. Small stones and slippery vegetation are the usual suspects and a decent tread on footwear is recommended.
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