Bike Show / Scooterworks Tour De France party: 6-7 July

Join us for Tour de France festivities in sunny Waterloo on Friday and Saturday of Le Grand Départ in London. The Bike Show is teaming up with Scooterworks for a two-day bonanza of bicycles, music and fun.

All will take place at 132 Lower Marsh, London SE1 8SP, just across the river from the Prologue course. Riders still welcome for the SYMPHONY FOR SINGING BICYCLES.

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  • Dave Riley

    And when THE BIKE SHOW does return I hope it overcomes its chronic bias against scooters.

    Well may the BS talk about anything on cogs –but as soon as you get pristine and groovy on two wheels without all this mechanical fillagree , bi-cy-lists don’t want to know about it.

    Whats’ the beef? Scooters have transcended the Razor big time and there’s a whole emergent culture kicking in across the world on diameters greater than 12 inches and up.

    Then the Bike Show teams up with a purveyor of fine foods who passes itself off as a SCOOTERworks!

    Whole duplicitous!

    What we need from the BS — when it returns — is an episode on scooter/kick bike versus the bicycle. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty because I think there’s an argument to be had: no gears, no chain,low to the ground, total body engagement rather than a mechanical reliance on the lower limbs…Scooters have Zen big time.

    No one writes a book, Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance do they? A bike is a quintessential analogue of the industrial age. It is designed to function as a self contained up and down machine, driven by a series of pistons and energy quotients.

    But watch a kick biker in motion and you know what the Buddha meant if he was prone to travel Asia on two wheels in a pair of close fitting knicks tucked under his beer gut.

    Kick bikes are remarkably fast. I use them as a rehabilitation vehicle because with arthritis I cannot manage the bicycle. They lend themselves to nice sports — like dogscootering. They cover most commute journey lengths especially the very short. They’re ideal in and out of traffic as it is so easy to mount(and dismount onto) the footpath.

    But lo! To the bicycle world the scooter is treated with arrogant disdain. It’s dismissed as a kid’s toy.

    Not any more…. No more will the tyranny of the cog and chain rule the world!

    Bicyclists of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

  • Jack

    Of course the modern Kickbike is really a return to the time of the very earliest velocipedes, which were straddled by riders and pushed along by the feet on the ground.

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    But thanks for the heads up, Dave, we’ll be sure to follow this one up in the new season.