Citrus Scooter: Old School or Just Old?

Photo of a Citrus Scooter made from a wood box, wood plank, wheels and a wood bar that acts as a handlebar.

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 — 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?


8 Responses to “Citrus Scooter: Old School or Just Old?”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’d rather sit and make one of these with my child than buy it. I don’t even know if I would do that either; but it would be a great project with lessons learned.
    Actually, around here it would end up being a great hit; I think we just might do it…

    June 2nd, 2008 at 7:54 am

  2. Allison (CodeCrafter) says:

    Normally I have a weakness for wooden things and nostalgia but this looks pretty unwieldy. I too would be tempted to make this rather then buy it because at least then it would be an unwieldy unsafe looking toy that I made.

    I must say that the sleds made by that company look AWESOME! I think one may make it’s way to our house this winter…

    June 2nd, 2008 at 10:02 am

  3. Inki says:

    How cool would it be if they made this from actual recycled citrus boxes? :-)

    June 2nd, 2008 at 11:11 am

  4. Jeffery Williams says:

    It seems like an art piece more than a toy; an attempt at nostalgic youth. I can see it in a loft or guest room next to an old baseball glove and one of those leather football helmets.

    June 2nd, 2008 at 11:19 am

  5. Andie says:

    I think it looks neat, but the Radio Flyer version that our kids have is IMHO a lot sweeter looking and still has that “vintage” feel to it. Cheers to my older brother for forking out for it as a present for my first born who outgrew it pretty quickly (since he was almost 5 when he got it 3 years ago) it is now being happily steered around by our 2.5 year old “little miss” -yes we use that term too and her stuffed friends.

    June 2nd, 2008 at 11:44 am

  6. CanCan says:

    It looks cool, but I wouldn’t pay $100 for it. I’m also quite cheap so maybe I’m not the best judge of “value for price”.

    June 2nd, 2008 at 1:58 pm

  7. Cindi says:

    It looks dangerous to me! It doesn’t seem very maneuverable. I bought our sons one at at yard sale one time. It was a skateboard with tall handles. It didn’t move too quickly nor make sharp curves very well. It only worked for them for awhile. Cindi

    June 4th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

  8. zincink says:

    That must be some super deluxe non rotting wood. I would not want to see a kid crash and burn on that thing…looks way more dangerous than the old pogo stick.

    June 6th, 2008 at 9:50 am

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