What we're about
This Meetup is for anyone with curiosity or interest in large-wheeled adult kick scooters as a bicycle hybrid (more specifically "footbikes") for exercise & exploring trails or your local neighborhood loop. A footbike is a bicycle size scooter that you kick or push forward. There is no seat, so you have to support yourself standing up while kicking. Footbikes are bicycles, but footbiking is not cycling.
Footbiking has less impact than running and isolates each leg with full range of motion. It takes some coordination to switch feet/legs and promotes strength in the standing leg and back muscles. I think it's a perfect compliment for our excellent and growing trail network, exploring neighborhoods and cross training.
A footbike is an adult kick scooter or bicycle hybrid with wheels 12" or greater with brakes front and rear and wheelbase of 33" or greater. I use mine as an alternative workout from running and biking. I can explore trails kicking about 3x the distance walking or running at about half the speed of a pedal bicycle. I do switch feet and mix walking up hills.
Footbiking has changed the way I look at old familiar trails and new places with concrete trails that would make running tough or bicycling too easy. Once going with momentum it's about maintaining speed with good handling & smooth inputs. My usual cruising speed is faster than running, not so intimidating to others sharing the trail. I usually slow down or jump off to mix with walkers or groups when the trail is crowded.