23 responses to The Amish Scooter

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    Kevin Lindsey
    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 07:17)

    I always remember my suprise when we were visiting Lancaster county a few years back and saw an elderly gentleman zipping by on a scooter. Here in the midwest bikes seem to be more the norm, and scooters are for generally for kids. But where bikes arent allowed, they do make sense. And that Amish fellow handled that scooter like a pro!

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    SharonR
    Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 07:34)

    Amish Scooter

    Hey, that’s pretty cool! It gets them where they want to go, and not motorized, and pretty healthy, too! And “economical”.
    SharonR

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    No car in the USA (February 21st, 2012 at 07:51)

    No car in the USA

    When I first came back to the USA, we had no car for about four months, and I did not live in a city. We had bikes and a trolly for my daughter. I was in better shape then.

    A scooter to me seems fun if you are going downhill or close distances.

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    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 08:12)

    My most popular blog post is on Amish scooters. I intend to get one when we move back to the flat lands.

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    Roberta Klooster
    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 08:47)

    I loved seeing the scooters. I had one when I was young (60 yrs ago) and spent many hours on it. It only had 9-10″ tires. I could have really rolled on the ones in these pictures!

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    Robin M.
    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 09:04)

    My understanding behind the scooter vs. bicycle is that the latter are considered “prideful” … I’d love to have one. Are they hard to ride? I’m thinking one would be easier on my arthritic knees.

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      Carolyn B
      Thanks, Robin (February 21st, 2012 at 22:59)

      Thanks, Robin

      Robin, thanks for explaining the theory of scooter vs bicycle. That was my first question as I read Erik’s blog.

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      tom
      scooters easy to ride (March 1st, 2012 at 19:44)

      scooters easy to ride

      We are plain-catholics from Ashland county Ohio who have and use Amish-made scooters (with 20 inch wheels).They are probably easier on your knees then a bike,but not easy.They rise great on level ground,should really walk uphill if your not looking to die.Would be good in town,college,etc.They are good to ride,fun;but ya get a workout.

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    Rich Stevick
    Scooter Information (February 21st, 2012 at 09:16)

    Scooter Information

    I have a genuine Lancaster County Amish scooter, a gift from some Amish friends. I have used it in four states and is great for flat-land travel. I can do a mile on the flat in about seven minutes. I am hoping to do a scooter road trip in Lancaster County to visit many, if not all, of the families who have hosted my Messiah College students over the years. My friends are amused, if not highly interested. Robin M, contact me if you want more info on where you can buy one. They are manufactured on Groffdale Road, I think, Lancaster County, and cost something less than $200. Rich Stevick rstevick@messiah.edu

    Scooter Information

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      Lydia Blow
      I had fun! (February 27th, 2012 at 09:36)

      I had fun!

      Mr. Stevick, thank you for letting me try out your scooter in Pinecraft a couple of weeks ago. It was a lot of fun! I have a picture on my Facebook page and have gotten a lot of comments about it.

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    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 09:18)

    Its just nice to see something with 2 wheels that’s still made in America like these Amish scooters, and I’m with Erik in preferring to ride a bike. Here in Lebanon county scooters are very popular as well, and I’ve yet to see anyone try and sneak a little motor on one yet,lol. Richard

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    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 09:41)

    It is a stupid question but do you right foot or left foot push a scooter into gear? Does a person always use the same foot?

    My Little Person friend Lizzie Fisher brought her scooter to Pinecraft some years ago and scootered all the way to Siesta Keys, which was ten miles.

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      Alice Mary
      Ambidextrous feet? (February 21st, 2012 at 11:47)

      Ambidextrous feet?

      Katie, I don’t think it matters which foot you use, I guess it depends on which you feel more comfortable with.

      I used to use my sisters’ old scooter (from the 1940’s, I’d guess) when I was a kid, and loved it. I remember using my right foot—maybe because I’m right-handed? (Does anyone else have any comment on “handedness” and “footedness”?):) It helped me learn to balance and came in handy when I finally learned to ride a bike in the late 1950’s. I loved that little red scooter, and even used it after I had a bike. I could get it going pretty well back then, and like others have commented, I’ll bet you can go even faster & farther with those BIG wheels (mine were maybe 10″ tops).

      I’ve never seen any of those big, Amish-type scooters around these parts. I’d like to hear from anyone who uses one now…especially anyone over 50, like me!

      Alice Mary

      Ambidextrous feet?

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      Lissa Holder
      The Amish Scooter (March 12th, 2012 at 11:56)

      What fun!! I have an Amish scooter (green). Everyday I go little farther and farther. I push with my right foot first (cause I’m right handed I suppose), then on the way back I push with my left. At first It seems a little strange but not long and I’m zipping down the road. You can really get going on them. Especially down hill. You make the most of it. hehe. Great fun and great exercise too! Lissa

      The Amish Scooter

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    Debbie Welsh
    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 11:59)

    Just another thing I love about the Lancaster area ….. seeing the Amish go by on their scooters.

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    Alice Aber
    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 12:03)

    Greetings,

    Scooters look not only fun but practical as well. However, I am feeling a bit too old and out of balance to learn how to use one now. But I would be happy to watch the younger generations use one or the older folks who were raised up on using one, LOL.

    Blessings, Alice

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    Eli
    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 13:18)

    On the nature of right hand/left hand…

    I grew up skateboarding and believe it or not, there is no connection between hand-ed-ness and whether you ride goofy foot (right foot forward) or regular foot (left foot forward). Same with pushing over long distances. You just switch your pushing foot when your leg gets tired (It’s not the one pushing that gets tired, it’s the one your standing on, flexing up and down gets to your thigh muscles.

    Some people prefer a certain pushing foot for greater control when setting up to go jumping down those stairs, though.

    I’ve been wanting one of those scooters for a while now.

    The Amish Scooter

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    The Amish Scooter (February 21st, 2012 at 13:36)

    That’s it. Once I put away my horse and buggy I’d be interested in purchasing an Amish scooter. Trouble is I’ll be over 70 years old by then. Maybe a scooter with smaller wheels so that when I fall I’ll be closer to the ground. Less damage; to the scooter of course.

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    Ann
    scooters (February 21st, 2012 at 19:36)

    scooters

    Bikes are OK’d in Holmes Co. Ohio but you see scooters in the Geauga Co. area and the Carroll Co. Ohio area. I recently saw a line of scooters for sale at a fabric/battery store near Middlefield, Geauga Co. including one HOT PINK one that my granddaughter would love. Another mode I see kidsin Geauga Co. using is a wagon on which they kneel with the right leg while pushing with the left leg.

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Gettin' A'boot (February 21st, 2012 at 21:52)

    Gettin' A'boot

    You know, growing up when I did, I don’t recall having many scooters around. I didn’t have one. I had a lot of other “things that went”, lets see, I had a bicycle, I had a skateboard, I had a pogo stick for a while, I had one of those pogo ball things, that might not be the right name, but there was a rubber ball surrounded by a plastic platform which you stood on and jumped, it was pretty cool between 1988 and 1994, when I was a little kid we had Big Wheels too. My street was on a bit of hill too, and the neighbor kids tried to use our toboggans and all assorted snow sliding variations, along with the then trendy “G-T Snow Racers” which actually stood up to pretty good wear and tare even for high school kids. But I never had a scooter.

    Gettin' A'boot

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    Ellie
    Scooters (February 26th, 2012 at 21:33)

    Scooters

    I remember when I turned about 6, getting a brand new red scooter for my birthday. It had the smaller wheels, about 10″ or so, but could really get it going, even on a flat surface. I learned how to ride a bike a year or two later, but never quite got the hang of it. To this day, decades later, it’s inevitable: if I get on a bicycle, I will fall over at some point *smiles*. It amazes me that I can stay on horseback, even if that horse is bucking hard, or rearing, but I can’t master a simple bicycle! My vote goes to the scooter *grin*. I’d love to see what riding an Amish-style scooter felt like!

    Scooters

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    Kate H.
    Harder than they look (February 27th, 2012 at 09:55)

    Harder than they look

    I have a scooter very similar to the one in the picture. I got it at Kauffman’s Store in Loganton PA, and it was about $200 with the sales tax.

    I was immediately surprised at how tired my legs became when I scootered. It wasn’t the pushing leg, though, it was the standing leg! In order for the pushing leg to touch the ground, the standing leg has to be slightly bent at the knee. The muscle on the top of my thigh was burning in no time.

    As for Katie Troyer’s question, I found that I was wearing down the pushing shoe faster than the standing shoe, so I started alternating pushing legs.

    And I second Rich Stevick’s opinion–you have to be younger than we are to operate one of these uphill. Flatlands are much easier. This takes more fitness than a bicycle, in my estimation.

    Harder than they look

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    Carl
    CUSTOM SCOOTER? (January 14th, 2013 at 09:30)

    CUSTOM SCOOTER?

    Hello

    Can you customize the scooters a bit?

    I need a scooter that has 6.5” Ground Clearance and an overall length (fully assembled) of 69″ or longer.

    Ground to handlebar height: 44” Maximum (adjustable also)

    Thank you,

    Carl

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