Today’s ride brought further insights into my Xootr scooting technique.
A ride from Peck Road Park
I did one of my preferred rides, from Peck Road Park on the Rio Hondo Bike Path in Arcadia, CA, south to Fletcher Park in El Monte. 6 miles and change for the round trip. I got under way by 9:00 am, before the day became too hot.
The ride happened on Labor Day, so there were a few more bicyclists and pedestrians than usual, but fortunately no hot rod folks riding gas powered variants of motorcycles, no electric scooters, and just a few electric-assisted bicycles.
Riders who passed me were very gracious, giving me a heads up “On your left” as they got close.
Six older men and women doing their Tai Chi exercises behind their apartment building on the trail, next to the El Monte Busway station, all returned a cordial wave to me as I passed.
Xootr scooting technique
Technique: seeking refinement to my Ride the Glide technique, I discovered an additional helpful maneuver.
Before, I’d scoot, and I’d keep the leg standing on the floorboard slightly bent, waiting to do the next scoot with the scooting foot.
On this day, I tried standing up straight on the floorboard leg after each scoot, then bending a bit as needed to make the next scoot as the momentum of the previous scoot ebbed.
I discovered that this modification to my technique, standing up straight between scoots, was less fatiguing than keeping the floorboard leg bent all the time.
An open door for scooting further
This should make for easier rides of my usual distance, and leave the door open for scooting increased distances with less energy expenditure than before.
It’s pleasing to discover that this old dog can learn a new trick or two.
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