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Sitting, Waiting, Wishing…

First and foremost, I hope you can appreciate the Jack Johnson reference. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here is the video (you can thank me later) https://vimeo.com/30460289

So, where are we with this Guinness World Record?

Well, we are Sitting, Waiting, and Wishing for a final word from Guinness World Records about how exactly a kick scooter is defined in regards to the maximum allowable wheel size.

Just to review, after our last minor setback about 2 weeks ago with Guinness denying us the ability to use the Kickbike Race Max 20 (a professional European racing scooter pictured below) on the grounds that it resembles a bicycle/scooter hybrid and would therefore provide an unfair advantage due to its oversized wheels (28″ front and 20″ rear) compared to the size of a normal scooter wheel (98mm or 3.8″), we had to adapt and overcome. PS: If you missed out on this, check out our previous post about this http://scootingrecord.com/new-team-logo-2/

Before we move on, lets touch on why a larger wheel even matters. In order to give you an answer to this question, I must bring to light the old carpenters adage “Its not the size of the hammer that matters but how the tool is used.” Although, many could argue that this is indeed true and physical stamina on the scooter can account for an inefficient scooter, gaining or losing a second each lap can be the difference between being World Record holders or not. So…when it comes down to seconds, size matters. Here is a summary by our friend Tom Sarazac of wheel size v. the energy expended. Check out his full article here… http://www.tomsarazac.com/tom/opinions/wheelsize.html

This means that for any given forward speed of the bicycle (v), the energy required just to get the wheel up to speed is greater for larger radius wheels. And this relationship is linear, e.g. a wheel that is 50% larger (in radius) will require 50% more energy to reach the same speed…So this issue is finally settled, right? Unfortunately not. It takes this much energy to get the wheel up to speed, but once it’s there, you only need to add more energy to make up for what has been lost to friction, and here the larger wheel wins.

Okay, so now we are investigating three other options – The Xootr Dash, the Atom Sidewalker, and the Kickbike Clix. The Dash is the smallest of the three weighing in at 10lbs with a 7.1 diameter wheel diameter. The Atom comes in at 17lbs with a 12″ wheel diameter and the Clix has a weight of 17lbs and a 16″ wheel diameter. All of these scooters are masterfully engineered with attention paid to the smallest of details (compared to the atrocious and cheap engineering of the Razor scooters).

Stay tuned for the final word from Guinness World Records as well as our decision as to which scooter will become our official World Record scooter.

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