Buying a Scooter
How do I choose the right scooter?
It is important that the kicking position is ergonomic and that the scooter is safe (good brakes and high quality wheels).
Learning to kick
How do I ride it?
Almost like a bicycle. You use your body just a bit more and you lean to the direction you want to go to. Kostka scooters are very stable at high speeds because of the steering geometry and big front wheel. It is unfortunate that there are many low quality scooters on the market that are not well tested at high speeds.
How fast is it ?
It depends on your fitness, scooter and terrain, but here’s a rough estimate:
0 – 5 km/h – You probably walk, but scooter is easy to ride walking pace on busy streets
5 – 15 km/h – Very easy on flat, usual speed on uphills
15 – 20 km/h – Cruising, sweet spot
20 – 30 km/h – Sports exercise
30 – 40 km/h – Fast guys sprinting
40 – 120 km/h – Downhill, using brakes is up to you
Kostka scooters design
Big front wheel and small real wheel, why?
Kostka scooters have unique style. Big front wheel negotiates easily bumps, cobbles and gravel, making riding well controlled, easier and safer. Small rear wheel allows narrow ultra slim design that gives maximum room and freedom to the kicking foot. Short rear end makes Kostka scooters lighter as well as small and agile in traffic.
Why so narrow footboard?
By experience, narrow footboard enables most relaxed kick close to the centerline of the scooter. Kostka scooters design is slim, to give maximum freedom of movement to kicking foot. Only Mushing models have wide footplate which is very practicle for dog sledding.
Is Kostka scooter maintenance-free?
One principle of Kostka scooter design is to keep it simple. There are no chains, no derailleurs, almost nothing to break and repair. Still, to occasionally lubricate brake cables is not a bad idea at all. To ensure that there is enough pressure in tires and no loose lbrake evers, bolts or nuts is a basic check before every ride.
What are the major physiological benefits?
With regular workouts you can expect to stretch the hamstring, strengthen the quadriceps and calf muscles and trim down and firm up the thighs and buttocks. By adopting the proper kicking technique – lifting the knee in front, you will also strengthen your diagonal lower abdominals and lower back.
Which muscles do I utilize the most?
The standing leg does a surprising amount of work and will soon get tired if legs are not switched frequently. The muscle work (which is effectively isometric) is mostly felt in the quads, but almost all groups of lower leg muscles are used (tibialis and calf – gastrocnemius and soleus). The kicking leg goes through an extended movement cycle where muscles used and forces developed are very similar to running without the impact damage. So hamstrings, calves and glutes are the main muscles used. Also the abdominals come into play as will biceps/triceps to counteract the forwards-backwards body movement generated by the kick.
Could you give us a training schedule?
If you want to be a fast on the scooter you have to kick fast. It’s so simple! Interval training is very good: 10 x 2 km at an average speed of 30 km/h with 2 minute rest is a typical session for a fit athlete. Long aerobic rides are very important, such as 40-70 km with an average speed of 20-25 km/h. Most people tolerate no more than two hard scooter workouts or races within one week. It is important to have recovery days in between and do some other sports like running or swimming, for instance. Of course you can do some easy kicking on your easy days, too.
What traffic rules say about scooters?
Rules vary country by country. Scooterers can be considered to be pedestrians, inline skaters or bikers. If you kick fast people will think you have a bicycle so ride like a biker. When moving to pedestrian zones match your pace with pedestrians.
What kind of clothes do I need?
Scooters has a small rear wheel so some elegant ladies use it with a dress. However, tights or shorts are better than skirt or slacks because they don’t catch somewhere (rear hub, brake etc.). For the same reason you should tie your shoelaces short enough. Normal running shoes are very good, but anything without high heels or slippery soles will do fine. Use of bike helmet is strongly recommended. In addition, some people use bicycle gloves and eyewear.
Can I carry luggage?
You can buy a handy wire basket for small items (handbag + extra clothing), and bicycle handlebar bags fit all models except Rebel. And of course you can use a backpack.
Is the scooter an all-terrain vehicle?
Yes! Kostka scooters roll very well on gravel roads too.