The World of Kick Scooters

A Freestyle Kick Scooter of today is much the same as it was a hundred years ago—a human powered land vehicle with a handlebar, deck and wheels that is propelled by a rider pushing off the ground. Today’s Free Style Kick Scooters are made of aluminum, titanium, and steel. Some Kick Scooters made for young children have three to four wheels and the deck is made of plastic and the handlebar does not fold down. High-performance freestyle racing scooters resemble the old high wheel or penny-farthing bicycle, a type of bicycle from the 1870s that had a large wheel in the front and a much smaller back wheel.


The Kick Scooter originated more than one hundred years ago, but it took decades for it to catch up to the popularity they enjoy today. Crazy, isn’t it? The earliest patents I could find for Kick Scooters weren’t even submitted until 1921. Serious manufacturing didn’t start until the end of the 1990s; before that decade everything was created on a small scale.

Way back in the 1900s, German kids created the first Kick Scooters. Jumping forward to 1997 Wim Ouboter changed the way scooters look today. Wim invented the modern Kick Scooter out of laziness. He states that the distance from his apartment to his favorite restaurant was too far to go by foot and yet too close to use a bike. Wim’s design paved the way for the more modern Razor scooters of today.

Some of us are old enough to remember slapping some two by fours together and converting our old metal roller skates into homemade Kick Scooters. The first early scoot-ers typically were made of the old steel ball bearings like the ones used on skates and had four wheels much like the skateboards of today. I remember my friends and I made these in the 50s then later on in the 60s we were riding actual skateboards.

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