Xootr Scooting Technique: Ride The Glide, Refined

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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.

Riding the Xootr scooter.
Riding the Xootr scooter.

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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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

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