(Monday, March 24, 2008)
thanks for the photo, 12 OrangeS!
The last few posts have leaned towards bigger/sleeker/stranger variations of a working bicycle. But in the other direction we find bikes that nobody really considers to be bikes. Two wheels, human-propelled, handlebars, brake levers... and yet scooters are largely dismissed as toys. In most cases that's justfied, but the Xootr is an exception.
The larger wheels increase ground clearence and can bridge pavement gaps more smoothly. It has a large platform for adult feet (that's Mely-O's foot right there.) And the fit and finish of the Xootr give the impression that it's engineered for serious, daily use.
It's really a sub-bicycle, and for commuters taking a long hard look at folding bikes, the size and weight of this machine can't be dismissed.
- Prices: $179-299
- Weight: 10.5 lbs
- Deck platform: 7.9in x 24in; constructed from 9 layers of laminated birch with a polyurethane clear coat
- Folded size 31.1 in long x 9.4 in high x 12.6 in wide
- Xootr website (and yes, they also sell a folding bike.)