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.
I plan to ride the Loop and Violet Crown Trails starting at 10:00 AM. It's a no drop ride, so regrouping will be agreed upon by the tour leader using landmarks or time. Average speed is anywhere from 6 to 10 mph depending on skill, ability and interesting terrain/features along the tour.
Check out Dick Nichols District Park in SW Austin. There is a nice paved 1 mile loop for a short demo test ride then expand to a section of the Violet Crown Trail going north as far as the group is interested. Link to information about the Violet Crown Trail shown below.
Please bring your own footbike along with water, see notice below. I'll bring a spare Kickbike to share or demo if needed.
Dick Nichols Park Restroom and Water Fountains
Date of closure: January 9, 2019 - TBA
I plan to ride part of the 7 mile out and back along Brushy Creek starting at 10:00 AM. It's a no drop ride, so regrouping will be agreed upon by the tour leader using landmarks or time. Average speed is anywhere from 6 to 10 mph depending on skill, ability and interesting terrain/features along the tour.
Tour Brushy Creek Regional Trail at starting at Champion Park. Bring your own footbike or try my Kickbike. I'll bring a spare Kickbike or two to share.