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Jun 23, 2013, 07:48 PM
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The coming skateboard boom

The 10 year quest for compact, simple range extension of foot transportation has led to the el cheapo skateboard. Inventing new forms of kid transportation has been an industry forever, but it's time for adults to think about the logic of spending $10 to move a 2 ton piece of metal to go 30 miles.

Walmart has a $35 one with 58mm eurethane wheels. It's very quiet on asphalt. It's $40 locally. Target finally had a sale, temporarily reducing the local one to $35.

They're rated for 110lbs, but much heavier kids skate past you on those Kryptonics Torpedos. All the parts except for the board can be had for $30.

The kid reviews for the Kryptonics Torpedo are absolutely awful. They're putting in another $60 in parts to get those to work. A mechanism which converts banking to turning, with just the right amount of tension, just the right balance, durable bearings, just the right amount of cushioning in the wheels, is still very expensive to manufacture.

The absolute cheapest is under $20 with microscopic wheels. There are questions of endurance of the parts, noise, wheel size, maximum speed. No-one has ever designed a skateboard for practical transportation. The mane market has only been stunts. The whole matter could involve a lot of experimentation, leading to over $100 wasted.

There is also a 3 wheeler using just 1 skateboard truck for turning & a scooter wheel for speed. It would wear out fewer parts & be lighter.

For the amount invested in Segways, electric scooters, electric cars, electric skateboards, electric bikes, folding bikes, 8 seat bikes, 3 wheeled motorcycles, & electric motorcycles, the 21st century vehicle of choice is going to be the foot powered skateboard. The automobile isn't going to work out for distances under 20 miles, anymore.

The mane trigger for an investment is how much it would be used. That depends on whether a skateboard can exercise the same muscles as running in the same amount of time. Athletes do weight training & cross training, so the theory of a skateboard being effective is sound. No-one has ever tried it.
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