Kick scooters and BMX have way more in common than one would think. I would consider kick scooters to be the closer relative to the sport than a skate board. The overall structure of the modern day kick scooter is easily recognizable but they took their structure from a BMX bike and a skateboard. So who do you choose in the kick scooter vs bike debate? Let’s find out.
The kick scooter vs bike debate
Our first difference in the kick scooter vs bike debate are the handlebars. BMX bikes have handle bars but the kick scooters have a totally different looking handlebar. Most kick scooter handlebars have a T like shape while a bike handlebar is more like a U. The handlebars on a BMX bike are connected to the fork which the front wheel is connected to. Kick scooters also have a fork that is attached to the handlebars. However, bikes have a stem connecting the handlebars to the fork while kick scooters have a clamp or SCS system which is connected to the fork. The both have their advantages but the stem on the bike will only work on the bike and not the kick scooter.
Another obvious similarity of a kick scooter vs bike are the wheel system. Both riding devices have two wheels. The front wheels on both are held between the fork in the front. The back wheel on the bike is connected to the frame of the bike while the deck of the kick scooter is where the back wheel goes. The kick scooter deck is like the frame of the bike. One of the structural differences of a kick scooter vs bike are the pegs. If bikes want to grind on a ledge or rail they need pegs in order to do this. Kick scooters can grind on the deck but also have the option to do peg tricks while on their kick scooters.
The biggest difference of the kick scooter vs bike debate are the tricks that are involved. Kick scooter tricks have learned a little something from BMX riders as well as skate board tricks. Kick scooters can do tailwhips and barspins which are the staple of the modern BMX bike rider. Both kick scooters and BMX bikes would be a completely different sport without both of those tricks. Now the main difference in tricks between a BMX bike and a kick scooter are the grinds. All extreme sports minus rollerblading do grinds called feeble and smiths.
These are the most common in BMX and kick scooters. Kick scooters compared to BMX have different variations of the feeble and smith grinds. Kick scooters can do front side and back side variants of both these grinds while BMX bikes only have one side they can do their grinds on. Every single grind can be done on a kick scooter either front side or back side without the use of pegs. Bike riders have to have pegs on either side of their bikes and they do not have a name for them.
All in all kick scooters have essentially adopted most of the BMX bike community. Kick scooters evolved their parts to make them more adaptable. Brands such as Razor, Xootr, Kickped, and Micro Board have helped further their development. They even took some of the bike tricks and made them into their own. if there was an action sport family tree, kick scooters would call BMX bikes their brothers and skateboards as a cousin. It is cool to see how everything is related. So who wins in the kick scooter vs bike debate? You decide.