Cycling infrastructure is good for other forms of human powered transport too! While most people walk or ride bicycles on it, there are a few skaters, and then there are tools like me who still think they are teenagers, and ride things like this sometimes.
I bought this for $20 – I think it was a Christmas return because the box was all taped up and mashed. I have ridden it to and from work about 4 times, it’s a 8.7km trip, and according to Strava my average speed was around 12 kilometres per hour. It’s slower than riding and faster than walking. It makes for a good change of pace every now and then.
The 145 mm wheels roll over all the nasty city pavement, even the tactile stuff that is a bunch of raised concrete lumps.
The fibreglass flex deck takes some of the painful edges out of the lumps.
It’s maximum weight load is 100 kilograms – which is great for the price. I have seen them for sale for $50 at Rebel Sport, though I haven’t seen any marked down to $20 since I got mine.
The folding mechanism is a bit flimsy, and mine doesn’t like to fold up.
The foam grips are gross, especially if you get a bit sweaty, they just absorb heaps of water and then end up really soggy.
The headset has come loose twice, so you have to keep an eye on it.
The rear brake doesn’t really work, but you don’t really need it, you can just stop skater style.
I wouldn’t pay more than $50 for one but it’s been a fun addition to my human powered transport armoury! It is awesome for those trips where you want to catch the train but can’t be bothered walking all the way to the station because there are no restrictions like there are with bikes. You can also take it on a bus with you!