18 responses to Who makes Amish scooters?
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    Margaret
    Comment on Who makes Amish scooters? (October 23rd, 2014 at 07:09)

    I want one – in pink!

    And, you look great on the one you’re riding, Erik! 🙂

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on Who Makes Amish Scooters? (October 23rd, 2014 at 07:54)

    Who Makes Amish Scooters?

    I love seeing the Amish children on their scooters, headed to and from school. I can only imagine the “leg power” involved! I’ve toyed with the idea of purchasing one. It would certainly turn a few heads in my Virginia neighborhood where everyone either rides a bike, jogs or walks …

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    Comment on Pedals (October 23rd, 2014 at 09:15)

    Pedals

    I never understood a reason for prohibiting pedals on bicycles, but the more I think about it, they would make the vehicle capable of much longer trips taking children and adults farther from home, and away from time with the family. With a scooter, you always think about the work getting back up the hill you just rode down, keeping you closer to home.
    I have a neighbor with one that has a dog pull it, and with the very low center of gravity, works well.
    Years ago my grandson wanted one, and I gave him a 50 dollar bill before heading to a local flea market in hopes of finding one. I found a good one that a vendor was given on his way there by a neighbor, and was getting rid of his neighbors unwanted items cheap. I got it for $1.00 !! I gave it to my grandson, told him “here you go, I told you I would find you one! Now give me the fifty dollars for it”. He did, and always took good care of it thinking it was so expensive. So I gained $49 dollars on that deal! He’s 18 now. I hope when he gets a car, he doesn’t want $50 for it. I’d like to have one and they aren’t cheap.

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      Comment on Amish reasoning against bicycles (October 23rd, 2014 at 16:12)

      Amish reasoning against bicycles

      Paul that is a good point and I bet that the distance you can travel would also factor into reasoning against bicycles. Some Holmes County Amish brothers I know, fairly young, have done at least one or two cross, or most of the way across-country bike trips. I don’t see that happening on a scooter 🙂

      I have also seen scooters in Swiss Amish churches.

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    City Slicker
    Comment on Scooters (October 23rd, 2014 at 09:23)

    Scooters

    We’ve noticed over the past couple years that more of the scooters used (primarily) by Amish children in Lancaster are painted in bright fluorescent pinks, reds, and greens; undoubtedly for the increased visibility and safety such colors afford.
    We’ve also seen that Amish of all ages are wearing safety vests with reflective strips when walking or riding scooters along some of the more heavily traveled roads.

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    Comment on Models from Groffdale and others; (October 23rd, 2014 at 09:33)

    Models from Groffdale and others;

    http://www.letskickscoot.com/home/articles/Amish_scooter_models.cfm

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    Mike
    Comment on Groffdale Machine Shop (October 23rd, 2014 at 11:00)

    Groffdale Machine Shop

    Not only do my uncles and cousins at Groffdale Machine Shop make scooters, they also make excellent quality croquet sets. I bought a set at an Amish benefit auction this summer.

    http://amishtoybox.com/products/deluxe-amish-crafted-wooden-pro-croquet-game-set?variant=781900115

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    Comment on Bike to Scooter (October 23rd, 2014 at 21:38)

    Bike to Scooter

    We had an old pedal bike, full size and gave it to an Amish family in Lancaster, probably about 15 years ago. Didn’t realize they couldn’t use it as a bike. Surprised us with turning it into a scooter and giving it back to us. My husband looked kinda silly on this converted bike, so we gave it to a local Amish family in Big Valley. Now we see lots on these converted scooters, mainly the older kids and adults use them. Smaller scooters for the little ones. As we often use the term “buggy” Amish, we also have joked that there are “scooter” Amish!

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      Comment on Who makes Amish scooters? (October 24th, 2014 at 10:21)

      Interesting Claudia, do you know which Amish groups in the valley use scooters? I wonder if any of the Nebraska groups have them. I haven’t ever thought to look when I’ve been there.

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        Mark – Holmes Co.
        Comment on Who makes Amish scooters? (October 24th, 2014 at 13:14)

        We have friends & family in Big Valley and my understanding is the Nebraska Amish do not allow scooters but the black & yellow toppers do. I’ve never seen a Nebraska on one, but that might change, as I know some Nebraska Amish now have phones (landline and/or cell) and at least one group has now allowed battery lights on their buggies, so maybe the scooter will find its way in, too.

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    Emily
    Comment on Another source (October 24th, 2014 at 06:56)

    Another source

    After we adopted our daughter from foster care in 2010 (she was 6), we quickly figured out that regular bikes, for some reason, were a huge trigger for her emotionally. We wanted her to have the “bike” experience, so when I saw an Amish scooter while visiting the LaGrange/Shipshe settlement, we went on the hunt for someone who would be able to ship to us.

    We ended up using http://www.amishscooters.com/ owned/run by Hoffman House (clearly an English company with a website, etc.). This was a great company with which to work and the scooter was beautifully made. Our daughter is now rounding off her 3rd year on her scooter and it proved the perfect substitute for the bike. Also, she loves things Amish (like her parents) and will frequently dress in one of her Amish dresses and ride around the yard on it.

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    Oldkat
    Comment on I have one (October 24th, 2014 at 09:58)

    I have one

    I got a scooter from Groffdale Machine for Christmas last year. It is very well made and is Hunter green with 24″ wheels.

    It is also a blast to ride, because where I live the terrain is gently rolling. I love coasting downhill, the uphill side not so much!

    DOK

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    Linda
    Comment on Walking or riding scooters (October 27th, 2014 at 13:57)

    Walking or riding scooters

    It looks to me like the two children are walking alongside their scooters instead of riding them.

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    Comment on Best Deal (July 24th, 2017 at 14:12)

    Best Deal

    Don’t buy from the shops right around Intercourse unless you absolutely must. That’s like buying stuff on the boardwalk… super high, tourist-trap prices. We live in the local area. If you want a good deal, try Honeybrook Hardware in Honeybrook. 24″ Groffdale scooters are $204 there. Online, I am seeing them advertised for $350… and $695!!! We got all ours at Honeybrook.

    Peace and blessings.

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    Comment on Better Yet (July 27th, 2017 at 06:14)

    Better Yet

    You can buy direct from Groffdale Machine:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=groffdale+machine&rlz=1C5CHFA_enIN698IN699&oq=groffdale+machine&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i59.4663j0j2&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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