Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Citrus Scooter: Old School or Just Old?
Behold the Citrus Scooter by Mountain Boy Sledworks.
It’s kind of, sort of, your great grandparent’s scooter. Kick or "push" scooters started in the early 1900s and thrived as a childhood pastime until their 1955 peak in Hill Valley, Calif.
Kids nailed roller skate wheels onto the bottom of two-by-fours and nailed produce crates on top. Sometime later, they lost the crate and discovered skateboards.
Perhaps unlike homebrew models, the Citrus Scooter is rated for 3-year-olds.
Indeed, my own 3-year-old effortlessly uses a modern kick scooter. But this one might pose more of a challenge, presumably not turning quite so sharply as a scooter that has a single pivoting front wheel.
Yet, this thing is better than Great Grandpa’s scooter, secured with stainless-steel bolts and decked with skateboard wheels. The rest is real wood â€” birch, pine and willow. The company also makes an awesome wooden Butterfly Wagon.
The Citrus Scooter’s crate bears a seemingly authentic, but oddly placed fruit label on its front, what would effectively be the original crate’s bottom.
A kid wouldn’t recognize the faux pas, but shouldn’t the parent who paid for the novelty of an old school push scooter want it to be a closer match? It’s kind of like buying a leg lamp, then realizing the leg is too small and the lamp shade is all wrong. (Welcome to my life as an early adopter.)
On the plus side, the scooter’s weight limit is 150 lbs. If Grandpa has kept trim or has a raging case of osteoporosis, maybe he could nail on a handle extension and go for a spin.
Whatcha think? Is the scooter really cool or really not? If it’s cool, could you see your toddler pushing down the sidewalk on one next to friends who use modern metal scooters?