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What gives??rubendc19
Jul 28, 2003 11:39 PM
Hello all, I don't know about you, but lately I have been seeing a trend around where I live. I have been seeing a lot of young kids zooming by in those freaking gas powered scooters. Now it might be a great innovation somehow! But I hope that none or you whp hold this sport so dearly, and care about your fitness levels, are purchasing these things for your kids. What is wrong with this country, obesity is rising by the day, and the numbers don't just target adults, that goes for fat little kids too. These kids are being taught and becoming so comfortable with being extremely lazy, so that later on in life they can sue a fast food chain. Please people by your kids a bike instead, if they don't like, buy them skates, skateboard etc. Help the future out, I eat a lot of fast food, I don't think there is nothing wrong with that, But the differance is that I go to the gym atleast 5 times a week (weighlifting) and ride atleast 2 times a week (mtb'ing or road). Everything starts at home, lets pass on to our kids the importance of fitness, and activity in life. what are your thoughts??????
Amen brotha.Pinarelloparis
Jul 29, 2003 4:01 AM
well think on the brighter side of fast food. with all those preservatives, shouldn't you live longer? :)
We told our boys "You're the only motor you got." nmdzrider
Jul 29, 2003 4:11 AM
re: What gives??lemmy999
Jul 29, 2003 4:19 AM
My wife complains about all of the kids in our neighborhood driving the little motorized cars, then when the get older it is the motorized scooters. I can see the future where everyone is obese and we get out of a huge SUV straight on to a Segway (so we have to have new stores with widerer aisles). Actually that wouldn't work because we would have to stand. We need to all be on one of those electric cars that should only be for the elderly and handicapped at wal-mart. God forbid we take one step unassisted.
He he he! a Segway, what a goof.!..c722061
Jul 29, 2003 5:03 AM
Oh, yeah! "the invention of IT (Segway) will change the way we transport in the future". Would you spend $3000 for a Segway? I sure am not! I would buy a very nice bike and race with you guys.

Talking about kid, I have not have one yet but when I do, my kids will not get anything motorize until they 17 and they have to work on the car to appreciate it (just like I did).
Oh, that...NatC
Jul 29, 2003 6:12 AM
Let's see...a two-wheeled device that stays upright on its own when ridden, compact enough to move about almost anywhere...yeah revolutionary!!! Never heard of anything like it before!!!
'Cept they're slowerKristin
Jul 29, 2003 9:10 AM
The scooters that is. I beat one in a road race last year. Apparantly, though, the kid was breaking the law. I wonder if we could have been jailed for drag racing?
I am waiting for home delivery to take offSnowBlind
Jul 29, 2003 9:16 AM
so I don't have to go outside to get my Keystone and Pork Rinds.
Call the cops next time!hycobob
Jul 29, 2003 4:23 AM
Theres always going to be a problem with new powered crap on the streets...but most are not ridden legally. Almost every time I see a young kid in the street on a gas/electric skooter I call the law. They don't have any training in road-rules or a license to operate them...and yes its required. Nor are they usually helmeted up. A few days ago there were two teenagers racing brand new ATV's up the street late at night; not any more. My wife saw one of these idiots crash riding a wheelie and it actually flipped four times before stopping in a neighbors helmet either. All the dad was upset over was that it was wrecked; not his son's safety. Who knows, maybe Darwin's Law will catch up with them soon enough. Or will stupid people take over the Earth?
Call the cops next time!PEDDLEFOOT
Jul 29, 2003 4:49 AM
The more people I see driving the more I think you're right.Stupid people will take over the world.
Stupid people rule now - Bush, Rumsfeld, Blair.........nmafrican
Jul 29, 2003 6:38 AM
re: Call the cops next time!!Jervis
Jul 29, 2003 2:18 PM
The more people I see/meet/converse with, the more I think you're right. Stupid people will take over the world.
man you are harsh!ColnagoFE
Jul 29, 2003 6:34 AM
i'm not a big fan of the electric scooters, but i don't call the cops just because i see the neighbor kid riding one down the street!
i was thinking the sameSteve_0
Jul 29, 2003 7:36 AM
theres a big difference between a 50 hp quad flipping through the neighbors lawn, and a .5 hp glorified skateboard crawling past more slowly than a recovery ride.

i've got bigger problems in life than preventing the local kid from having his fun.
They are not street legal and not legal on sidewalks orBrooks
Jul 29, 2003 8:47 AM
MUTs. Also you can literally hear them a mile away. And I do mean literally. I've called the cops several times because there are several in our neighborhood that ran most weekend nights, sometimes until 1am. Kind of hard to sleep with that racket going on.
Jul 29, 2003 9:01 AM
OK, If they're disrupting sleep, I'll give you that, but It's silly to call police based soley on the fact that theyre not registered vehicles, IMO (you make 'illegal' turns daily on your bicycle, noone calls the police on you, because you're not harming anyone).

Do you have objection to the silent, electric ones? Certainly dont disrupt your sleep. If they're not executing flybys on the elderly sidewalk peds; live and let live.
i can see calling the cops if it's late at night (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 29, 2003 10:03 AM
re: What gives??aliensporebomb
Jul 29, 2003 5:07 AM
I posted a message about this over at the bicycling
magazine forums when I noted within a relatively short
time span:

(1) A little pudgy kid, no more than 6-7 years of age
in a small motorized car, tooling around his front
yard. WTF? When I was that age I was already on
some kind of self-propelled thing.

(2) Another kid on a gas powered scooter wailing down
the main street near where I live. Noisy as hell.
He was old enough to ride a bike and certainly could
have used the weight loss.

(3) People taking turns riding a small (like really small)
bullet bike type motorcycle at the entrance of a local
park. Really strange. The people looked like giants
on this tiny little motorbike.

It's a worrisome trend. Just yesterday I talked to a guy
who last year bought a $1400 bike and rode it twice to my
knowledge and was talking about getting a segway. Needless
to say, he's not getting any skinnier.
re: What gives??djg
Jul 29, 2003 5:58 AM
I don't like the scooters at all. I'm not opposed to motorized transportation, although I prefer riding my bike to work when I can. And before I had a house full of kids I rode a motorcycle. But I agree with you that scooters are a bad substitute for bicycles. In fact, I think that they operate in an unhappy middle ground between bikes and cycles and that they're a bad substitute both for bicycles and for other forms of motorized transport. They surrender the exercise and ecological benefits of bicycling on the one hand, and they place young people in the stream of traffic--often without adequate training, testing, power (the power issues is a mixed bag, and cuts both ways), breaking ability, or visibility--and often without helmets. In the right context they could be very useful, but they seem dangerous in the contexts in which I tend to observe them.
just an extension of AmericanaSteve_0
Jul 29, 2003 6:06 AM
there's absolutely no difference between the kid riding a scooter as transportation, and an adult driving his car to work.

The problem's a whole lot bigger than bad parents with lazy kids.
"Where's my Gameboy?"Alex-in-Evanston
Jul 29, 2003 6:23 AM
agree on scooters...disagree on fast foodColnagoFE
Jul 29, 2003 6:30 AM
fast food is a blight on the united states. i don't care if you go to the gym everyday...the stuff is generally not very healthy. you might be able to rationalize it because you don't gain weight, but a steady diet of fast food (unless you make intelligent choices there) is not a good thing. every blue moon we will take the kids to rotten ronnies for a burger but i try not to make it a regular event. also mickey d's is creeping into schools now. sure lunch food has never been anything too great, but at least it wasnt a burger and fries and a coke.
re: What gives??rubendc19
Jul 29, 2003 11:43 AM
My beef isn't so much the disruptive noise, ( i live in a city area). Or if they're illegal or not, I was hitting the subject of the fast that todays youth are becoming insanely lathargic.Playstations, xbox etc they come from playing these for hours and hours, and when they do go out, it's on a motorized scooter( Now I don't have a beef with the games systems, I own to of them and I play a lot of games to). These things are fine but in moderation. They will get a scooter when they're young, ride it all the way until it's time to get a license...... then what, they never even had a chance to find out whether they might cycling, or skating or rollerblading or anything....... continue thoughts.............