The Amish, commonly referred to as The Pennsylvania Dutch, reside in rural Pennsylvania and other parts of the Midwest. Overall, the Amish people are very selective in their use of technology, choosing to preserve their traditional, old world lifestyle, rather than adopting all of the advancements of the 20th and 21st century. Though each subsection of the Pennsylvania Dutch follows a different set of rules, by and large the society as a whole does not drive cars, use electricity or even ride bicycles. For this reason, the Amish rely on horse drawn carriages and, as is the subject of this article, kick scooters.
Amish Kick Scooter
The Amish kick scooter is unique from the more popular, modern kick scooters. Originally built using bicycle parts, the Amish kick scooter traditionally has larger wheels. Ranging from 12 and 16 inch wheels (for children) to 20 and 24 inches (for adults), the Amish kick scooter coasts majestically along the idyllic country roads with speed and grace uncommon in traditional kick scooters. The large wheels make the Amish kick scooter incredibly stable at high speeds and the low deck (typically 2-3 inches from the riding surface) makes kicking easy and comfortable.
The Amish kick scooter has several unique features, aside from the size of its wheels, such as a front mounted basket, fenders, a hand break and a kickstand. Generally speaking, the Amish kick scooter resembles a bicycle more closely than the typical conception of a kick scooter. Their design does have a couple of disadvantages compared to the more popular kick scooters. The Amish kick scooter is quite large, making it harder to store. Compounding this drawback is the fact that the Amish kick scooter does not fold. Unlike most kick scooter brands such as Razor and Xootr, the Amish kick scooter can not compact itself. This makes the Amish kick scooter not as well adapted for bringing to the office, on a train or anywhere it would be nice to fold and carry the scooter. Ultimately, in a world with a multitude of styles of kick scooters, the Amish kick scooter represents a unique hybrid between a conventional bicycle and a kick scooter.