What are the major physiological benefits?
With regular workouts you can expect to stretch the hamstring, strengthen the quadriceps and calf muscles, and firm up the thighs and buttocks. By adopting the proper kicking technique – lifting the knee in front, you will also strengthen your diagonal lower abdominals and lower back.
Which muscles do I utilize the most?
The standing leg does a surprising amount of work and will soon get tired if legs are not switched frequently. 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 kicking leg goes through an extended movement cycle, where the muscles used and forces developed are very similar to running without the impact damage. So hamstrings, calves and glutes are the main muscles used. Also the abdominals come into play, as will biceps/triceps to counteract the forwards-backwards body movement generated by the kick.
What traffic rules say about Kickbikes?
Rules may vary for each 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 make sure you ride like a biker. When moving to pedestrian zones match your pace with pedestrians.
Is the scooter an all-terrain vehicle?
Yes! Kickbike rolls very well on gravel and sand roads. And Cross Max is designed to go off-road!
LEARNING TO KICK
How do I ride it ?
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 many low quality scooters on the market that are not well tested at high speeds.
How fast is it ?
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 – Fast guys sprinting
40 – 120 km/h – Downhill, using brakes is up to you
Big front wheel and small real wheel, why?
Kickbike has a unique style. The big front wheel easily negotiates bumps, cobbles and gravel, making riding well controlled, easier and safer. The small rear wheel allows a narrow ultra slim design that gives maximum room and freedom to the kicking foot. The short rear end makes Kickbike lighter, as well as small and agile in traffic.
Why is the footboard so narrow?
By experience, a narrow footboard enables you to kick close to the centerline of the scooter. Kickbike design is slim, to give maximum freedom of movement to kicking foot.
Is Kickbike maintenance-free?
One principle of the Kickbike design is to keep it simple. There are no chains, no derailleurs, 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 tyres and no loose levers, bolts or nuts is a basic check before every ride.
Kickbike Owners Manual (PDF)
eCruise insert (PDF)
Cross Max 20 Disc Assembly video