Our solution? Folding kick scooters. Because one stands upright while using a scooter (scooting?), we can use the baby carrier and the scooter at the same time.
|Scooting with Helina|
|Folded Go-Ped Know-Ped|
First, it has wide rubber wheels as opposed to skinny polyurethane ones. The result is a smoother ride, especially over rough surfaces, and the wheels are much less likely to get stuck in cracks and the like. (At expense of speed, but that is a fine compromise for us.)
Second, it is cheaper.
That's about it. The Xootr seems equal or better in nearly every other category. But, for us, the smooth ride wins the day, particularly because there are lots of rough sidewalks in our scooting area (including those brick sidewalks that roller bladers seem to avoid at all costs). For us, the main comparative advantage of the Xootr is its greater ability to resist the elements - it comes with either a magnesium or aluminum deck, whereas the Know-Ped's deck is wood, which will fall apart at some point. However, there is a huge supply of aftermarket parts for the Know-Ped, and so when the deck fails, we can easily replace it with a new aluminum one. Conversely, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to replace the Xootr's wheels with softer ones. So, each has a flaw, but only one can be remedied. Easy call, no?