A few questions and answers about myself and Kick Scooting. If you have any questions you wish to ask or any suggestions for a question and answer to include on this FAQ, please use the Contact form to send them in. Thank you.

Why did you purchase a Swifty kick scooter?
Having looked a number of adult kick scooters from around the world, I settled for the Swifty Zero for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a quality product designed and produced here in the UK. Secondly it’s capable of being used off-road and lastly it simply just looks right. The large 16″ wheels were also important as I wanted something that would easily cope with different surfaces and I particularly liked the yellow colour. I later purchased a second scooter, the Swifty Air.

How much does a Swifty scooter weigh?
Out of the box, a standard Swifty Zero weighs in at around 8.2 kg (or just over 18 lb in old money). Adding mudguards, a bell, lights and larger tyres obviously adds a few grams but is barely noticeable. The Swifty Air is slightly heavier.

Why did you not buy a Swifty One folding scooter?
Before purchasing the Swifty Zero, I looked long and hard at which model to go for. The folding Swifty One is a great idea but as I’m not going to use it for commuting, it was not really necessary for my situation. I also liked the simplicity of the non-folding Swifty Zero which I could easily carry in the car should the need arise.

Does a kick scooter require a lot of maintenance?
A kick scooter is very simply to maintain. Before every ride I always check tyres for pressure and damage, test the brakes are working and that everything is tight and secure. I look at brake adjustment regularly and an annual check of wheel hubs and headset bearings for wear and play. None of these tasks are very difficult but if you are not technically minded a local bicycle shop will be able to assist.

I’m nearly 60 years old. Should I ride a kick scooter?
I’ll start my answer to this question by stating that I’m also approaching 60 years old and I ride a kick scooter. Having said that I’m reasonable fit, not overweight, enjoy walking and cross-country mountain biking, and also a bit of coastal fat biking as well. My advice would be to take it easy at first, consult your doctor if you have health issues or are overweight and don’t bother about what other people think.

Can I ride a kick scooter in the pavement?
Here in Scotland we have something called the Scottish Access Code that allows you to walk, cycle, canoe and ride a horse just about anywhere within reason. You cannot ride a bicycle on the pavement but you can ride on a footpath, trail, road, path or the like. Kick scooters are not mentioned, though if you follow the guidelines in the Scottish Access Code for other modes of transport and use some common sense, I think scooting on the pavement should not cause any issues. Always giving way to pedestrians is a good idea. Note, this is just my personal opinion, not legal advice and laws outside Scotland may be different.

What is so good about kick scooting?
Well, you can get a great work out if you want or simply scoot along at a gentle pace. You don’t have to bother about oily chains and changing gears as you do on a bicycle. You can (as far as I can determine) safely scoot along pavements if you use common sense with other users. And finally, it’s simply just great fun.

I’m confused, push scooter, kick bike, kick scooter?
Okay, the Swifty scooter in the images on these pages is both a push scooter and a kick scooter, both terms are the same. A kick bike is like a kick scooter on steroids and looks more like a bicycle, with a full size front wheel and a smaller rear wheel but still missing the pedals and gears. They tend to be designed for going faster than a kick scooter.

Should I wear a helmet, gloves and protective clothing?
The obvious answer to this question is yes, of course. Having said that I do not personally wear a helmet, neither for kick scooting or cross-country cycling. (I do wear one when road cycling). I always wear cycling gloves to protect my hands should I fall or brush against bushes and the like.

What kind of clothing should I wear for kick scooting?
Well, just about anything really. Though it’s usually a good idea to dress according to the location, time of year, type of terrain and how much effort you are planning to put into your scoot.

Is a Swifty kick scooter any use off-road?
From personal experience, the Swifty can manage most reasonably smooth surfaces, such as grass, graded gravel trails and compacted earth, even well compacted sand. However, deep mud or gravel, rocky trails and very uneven ground is a challenge, particularly when going uphill, going downhill is not so difficult. My plan is to have two Swifty scooters, a Swifty Zero for on-road use and a Swifty Air for off-road use.

How kind of distances can you ride a kick scooter?
You can ride a kick scooter, like a Swifty, for any distance you care to think of. Some brave adventurers have scooted 1000 miles across Japan or scooted from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, around 900 miles or so. Others just scoot along to the local shops or commute a few miles to work. My advice is start with short distances and build up your stamina, it gets easier the more your scoot.

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