37 responses to Where Amish scooters come from

  • Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 15th, 2008 at 18:58)

    I’m pretty sure I’ve ridden past that Amish recumbent manufacturer in northern Indiana — in the Middlebury area, I think — and at least once have shared the road with Amish recumbent riders there. I wish I could remember exactly where it was.

  • Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 16th, 2008 at 05:08)

    Hi John, that might be a different one, this fellow I am speaking of is on the southwest side of the settlement, past Millersburg.

  • Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 16th, 2008 at 16:36)

    I never would have thought of them making scooters! Interesting!

  • Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 17th, 2008 at 21:43)

    Well, Millersburg isn’t that from from Middlebury, even by bicycle. I had thought it was further north, but that could be the one. I’ve been through the area around Millersburg a few times, though not nearly as often as I’ve ridden between Middlebury and Goshen. I’ve only seen that shop one time — seemed like it was in an area that’s almost residential, with quite a few houses along the road.

    And it was on the west side of a north-south road. That much I do remember for sure. The rest is kinda hazy.

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  • Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 17th, 2008 at 21:45)

    Well, Millersburg isn’t that from from Middlebury, even by bicycle. I had thought it was further north, but that could be the one. I’ve been through the area around Millersburg a few times, though not nearly as often as I’ve ridden between Middlebury and Goshen. I’ve only seen that shop one time — seemed like it was in an area that’s almost residential, with quite a few houses along the road.

    And it was on the west side of a north-south road. That much I do remember for sure. The rest is kinda hazy.

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  • Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 18th, 2008 at 04:07)

    Yeah that sounds like a different one, this one is in a wooded area on the north side of an east-west. There are probably a couple out there.

    I saw a fellow here in Krakow yesterday ride by on an ‘extremely recumbent’ recumbent–he was basically lying down in a horizontal position. The way it looked, it didn’t seem that comfortable…have you ridden those before John?

    • ralph becker
      Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (November 26th, 2012 at 21:17)

      products How does one find manufacters

      Im looking for anything toys bikes games etc the amish make or manufacture. Thy seem to hide them selves . how do I get contacts?
      WE sell all American made products.
      RALPH BECKER DBA LAKE BLUFF TRADERS

  • raminthethicket
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 29th, 2008 at 06:33)

    Do you have any information about ordering a scooter like this? I am in Vermont and would like one for my daughter. Do you have an address for this business?

  • Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 31st, 2008 at 02:20)

    Hi raminthethicket, send me an email (click ‘Email me’ in upper left hand corner), I need to check but I might be able to find a contact.

  • claudia
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (July 5th, 2008 at 08:34)

    hello there
    do you have an address for the scooter manufacturer. i was recently in pa and found different ranges in prices. i much rather deal with the manufacturer.
    thank you

  • Jeremy
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (July 25th, 2008 at 10:24)

    Hi, i would also love to buy a scooter from the manufacturer. Anyone know the address? Thanks

  • Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (July 27th, 2008 at 07:50)

    Where to buy Amish scooters--contact info

    Hi everyone interested in scooters, here are two contacts:

    Abram P. Stoltzfus
    717 442 8328

    Abram lives in the Lancaster settlement.

    Also in Lancaster:

    Groffdale Machine Co
    717 656 7657

    both advertise in the Lancaster County Business directory; unfortunately I cannot give you an idea on pricing, but give them a ring and I’m sure they’d be glad to.

    There are no doubt other scooter manufacturers as well. Scooters are much more common in certain settlements, with Lancaster being the largest community where you’ll see them.

    Hope that helps!

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    • Jay & Angel Connley
      Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (February 8th, 2013 at 19:47)

      Super light Aluminum Scooters.

      Just bought two great scooters at Groffdale Mahine Company in Leola, PA. They are great.. I can pick them up so easy.. They are sturday and a large size 24 inch front tire for easy scooting.. They are really fast..

      Groffdale Machine Co
      717 656 7657

  • Timothy
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (May 26th, 2010 at 15:43)

    I sell Amish scooters and I have excellent prices. Please e-mail me if you are interested. Thank you.

  • J. Christie
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (June 27th, 2010 at 02:20)

    How do I send Timothy an e-mail?

  • Wendy
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (October 27th, 2011 at 12:14)

    Why?

    Why would someone ride a scooter when bikes are available? Why is this a popular mode of transport for the Amish? A bike will get you there much faster with far less effort. Please explain.

    • Why do Amish use scooters instead of bikes?

      Good question Wendy, briefly answered here: http://amishamerica.com/do-amish-ride-bicycles/

      You hear different answers to this question.

      My favored response is that bikes are seen as worldly, and unlike the case with other technologies, there hasn’t been a compelling reason (ie economic) to change the tradition of using scooters.

      Scooters are popular in some Amish communities but bikes are also used in many communities. Lancaster County is the best known community where scooters are predominantly used.

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    • Don Curtis
      Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 12th, 2013 at 12:34)

      scooters versus bikes

      I asked my son, Mark, why some Amish communities don’t allow bikes but do allow scooteres. Mark said that it has to do with limiting the distance that a person can comfortably go. It is difficult to take a scooter for ten or fiften miles into the nearest big town. However, with a bike you can hop on and peddle that distance in a half hour or so. Youth from Mark’s community have biked down to Kentucky and clear up to New York. Some have expensive road bikes and can really travel. For some Amish, they fear this easy availabiity to travel and the scooters are a way to control the young folks and make it more difficult for them to be lured away by the temptations of the nearby towns.

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      • Amish on bikes vs. scooters

        A couple of 20-something Amish friends did a 2000-mile bike ride last summer, out to the West Coast from Ohio. I can’t imagine a 20-mile scooter ride, much less a 2000-mile one.

        I’ve also discussed this with a friend in Lancaster County, which everyone knows is world capital of the Amish scooter.

        One possible reason that this hasn’t changed too much, is that there really hasn’t been a pressing need to address it. Lancaster Amish were among the first to adopt certain occupation-related technologies like bulk milk tanks. Whether you ride a scooter or a bicycle is not nearly as consequential and has little economic impact compared to some of the farm and milking technology that was allowed early in this community (and as a result dairy is still viable and being done by Amish, while in other places like Swiss settlements in Indiana, or among the Nebraska Amish in Big Valley, not so much).

        That noted, I have noticed bicycles in Amish hands in Lancaster County, and not just ridden by Amish youth or children.

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  • dolores
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (December 11th, 2012 at 11:49)

    tricycle with big wheels where can I get one

    I am interested in a tricycle with big wheels, where can I get one?
    I liked it very much.

  • Lissa Holder
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (January 18th, 2013 at 02:40)

    I love to ride mine it actually is a lot of fun!

  • Lissa
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (February 9th, 2013 at 14:29)

    Hi Erik! I have a scooter that came from PA. I have had it for about 3 yrs. I used to ride bikes, all kinds . Even road bikes. I have trouble with my eyes now so I bought a scooter. I love it! And I must say it is the most fun. You can really get going on them. I do get a lot of looks though. I live in California and I am a Member of the Old German Baptist Church. When one leg gets tired I just switch legs. It’s easy and like I said, a lot of fun! Oh, and mine is green, my favorite color (0:

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  • Jay & Angel Connley
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 12th, 2013 at 06:20)

    Scootin to the Philly Art Museum

    This past Saturday my husband and I scooted on our new scooters along the Schuykill River Trail down to the Philadelphia Art Museum. We spent a total of 3 hours on the scooters.. had a great time. They provided great excercize and ease of use.
    Grofffdale Machine Shop in Leola has the aluminum ones. They are really great.. espcially because they are so light to transport.
    Blessings to all.

    • THOMAS BUNCH
      Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 12th, 2013 at 10:45)

      LA Scooter

      The Amish store in Middlefield, OH says the
      aluminum scooters are made in Lancaster, PA.
      He has seen the 26/20 model I saw on the web identified as the LA Scooter.

      So the mystery is solved.

      Tom

  • Bob Dymond
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (March 12th, 2013 at 11:29)

    Love My Yodercycle

    I’ve been a dedicated kickscooterist for nearly ten years. I average 3000-5000 mi. yearly. Owned and ridden several makes of Finnish, Dutch and Czech footbikes. I have several of these actually break in half while underway. I purchased an Amish scooter in Middlefield OH last Summer. It rolls great and is beautifully made. Although a bit of a heavyweight, the steel model is very easy to keep going. After over 600 mi. the powdercoat finish shows no sign of wear on the footplate. I had to replace the stock handlebars with a conventional MTB setup, which made a huge improvement in handling and efficiency. The Amish scooters are definitely the real deal, that you cannot grow out of.

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    • Steve
      Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (April 26th, 2013 at 12:34)

      Where in Ohio did you purchase from

      Can you tell me what shop you purchased from? I want to buy one of the Amish scooters. I live on the west coast and the only place I found that sells them is in Pennsylvania. To save on shipping it would make sense to buy from a place that’s a little closer. Also, do you know if the stock handlebars (riser) that come with the stock models are height adjustable?

  • Tom Bunch
    Comment on Where Amish scooters come from (April 26th, 2013 at 22:00)

    LA Scooter

    I ended up getting my Amish scooter from CottageCraftWorks.com in Texas. It weighs around 16 pounds. I bought the 26/20 model. It is very fast and rides very smooth. They powder coated it for me “Signal Red”.

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