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Indiana Star Article

Concord Monitor Article

Lake City Journal Article

The Southern Illoniosian Article

New York Times Article

U.S News Article

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Indiana Star Article (www.indystar.com)

Gary Schmitt purchased a scooter at Toys R Us a couple of years ago and began racing it. He traveled to Finland and, against riders nearly 10 years younger, became a world champion.

Sound preposterous? The Finns thought so, too.
" It surprised the hell out of them. And it surprised me, too," Schmitt said.

Schmitt, 54, is 5-9, 168 pounds, and a native of Dayton, Ohio. The graphic designer at Indiana University's School of Medicine has lived in Indianapolis since 1980. His scooter is not to be confused with a motorized gadget or child's toy. Riders kick from high-tech machines that resemble a racing bicycle with a small rear wheel and no seat or pedals. What originated in Finland a century ago as kick-sledding -- a winter sport -- was transformed into a summer sport in the 1990s with a scooter designed like the sleds. The International Kicksled and Scooter Association had its first world championship in 2004. Schmitt won two gold medals in the over-45 masters division, at 1,200 meters and a marathon, on Aug. 4 and 6. He won the 1,200 meters in a parking lot next to Helsinki Stadium, site of the 1952 Olympics, on a course that ended near a sculpture of legendary runner Paavo Nurmi. Schmitt won the marathon on a hilly course in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 35 seconds at Espoo. He beat Finnish champion Matti Pessälä by six seconds. Schmitt had built a large lead, fell behind after dehydrating and developing leg cramps, and then came back to win. "The last sprint over the top was just pure adrenaline," Schmitt said.

Only 11 countries were represented at the world championships, and none of the races had more than 50 entries. There is little racing outside Finland, the Netherlands, Czech Republic or Italy. But Schmitt decided he was training well enough that the $2,500 trip to Finland would be worth it. He has covered a mile in 3:23 and five miles in 18:29. He said he likes the longer movements of scooter racing, compared to cycling or skating.
Schmitt, who had formerly raced on bicycles and inline skates, learned about the new sport on the Internet. He found scooter racing to be a combination of cycling, running, skating and cross country skiing. " It probably takes advantage of more of my abilities," he said. "And you have to be agile because you have to be able to shift your feet at high speeds."

Concord Monitor "Just kicking around" Kickbikes more than just a fad

May 22. 2004

He does get looks when he's pushing on that weird-looking thing, but John Varrill is a fan. On the streets of Concord, whether it be a 10-mile spin after work or a 30-mile weekend jaunt, the 50-year-old State Department of Education employee is out putting miles on his Kickbike. Whether it be the challenge of an uphill or the thrill of zipping down at 45 mph, Varrill considers the Kickbike a well-designed scooter, and after finding one five years ago, he's hooked. "You ride, you get the glide," he says. "There is freedom of movement. It's just something I enjoy." A modified scooter, the Kickbike has a front wheel the size of a bicycle tire, a wide platform and hand brakes for stopping.

A European import, a recent New York Times article said in the last few years Kickbikes have become a favorite of some (ultra-) marathoners and other racers in the United States who appreciate how these grown-up scooters work their legs but leave them less sore than high-impact exercise.

Four models are produced, ranging in cost from $289 to $389, and are capable of reaching speeds of 60 mph. Like bicycles, there are dirt and road rigs. Varrill describes it as a cross between running and bicycling. Varrill did his running in high school and college. He also was into racquetball for about 25 years. Eventually, his knees and joints started bothering him. He read an article in Time magazine about five years ago on a scooter called a Razor. He did some research, stumbled across the Kickbike, bought one unseen, and now is the moderator of a Kickbike USA newsgroup on Yahoo with more than 200 members. According to Varrill, in Europe there are several scooter races ranging from one to 50 kilometers, and most racers use Kickbikes. Lately, some teams have used the X-Country Kickbike instead of a mountain bike when competing in multi-discipline adventure races or 24-hour mountain bike relay races.

Several people have crossed the country on a Kickbike and, starting July 2, one guy is going to try to break the U.S. crossing record of 21 days, 9 hours, 57 minutes. Varrill has kicked 100 miles in 8 hours, 45 minutes in a 5-mile Concord loop and used that same circuit for a double century clocked at 21 hours, 33 minutes. He's considering entering the Vermont 50, a dirt run/bicycle race, or the Seacoast Century, a bike ride, in September. Varrill and Nashua teacher Jim Hansen once did a metric century - about 63 miles -on Kickbikes during the Seacoast Century. Hansen is a veteran of about 40 marathons and uses the contraption as a supplement for training. The 46-year-old was reading a book about running a few years ago where it was suggested to use a scooter as a way of improving form. He hit the Internet and, voila, ended up with a Kickbike.
" The Kickbike is more gentle than running," Hansen said. "You get a longer running stride, but there isn't the pounding like running."

According to Hansen, the Kickbike isn't as harsh on his back as a bicycle nor does his backside hurt after spending miles in the saddle. Hansen has also competed in triathlons and Ironman races." Breaking-down endurance athletes seem to be turning to it as an alternative," he said with a laugh. Now in his third year of using a Kickbike, Hansen also wanted to see how far he could go on it. So he left Nashua. Later that day, he found himself on Cape Cod after pushing his way 127 miles. Kickbike enthusiasts develop different techniques over the miles. Depending on the terrain, riders switch feet every five to 10 kicks. Going uphill, they may use short strides and switch more frequently.
Hansen calls the Kickbike a good equalizer. When he's on it, he can keep pace with his children, 15 and 10, while they are on their bicycles.

Both Hansen and Varrill said people are drawn to the Kickbike and always ask questions. They are constantly getting stares from passing motorists.
Both wear helmets while riding. There aren't Kickbike specific clothes, except what is comfortable. "I just hope people become aware of Kickbikes and see if they are for them," said Varrill.

(Marty Basch can be reached at http://www.martybasch.com.)

Lake City Journal

"Kickbike rider visits Lake City, near end of 2,500 mile trip for God
and charity"

July 20, 2005

By Karl R. Burkhardt

Jim Delzer looked fit and happy in Lake City after riding some 2,400 miles on two wheels – mostly on a kickbike, sometimes on a bicycle. His coast-to-coast journey, that started July 2 in San Diego, is a mission for God, for cancer survivors and to inspire others.
Florida’s heat did not bother him. “Not after the 115 degree heat in Arizona,” he said after lunch at the Subway on US 90 across from Texas Roadhouse. “I knew I missed the record after a slow start in the California hills and the heat in Arizona.”


Yes, there is a Guinness World Record for the fastest time crossing the country on a kickbike: 20 days. “I set it in 2001, then another guy broke it,” Delzer said. Dan Nielsen of Colorado claimed the record of 21 days 9 hours 57 minutes (3827 km) on November 22, 2001.
Delzer established the original record through the northern states of 35 days 4 hours 44 minutes (3,260 miles) on July 3, 2001.
“ I’ve changed my concept to a hybrid,” he said Wednesday, using the bicycle in construction zones and other dangerous areas, riding the kickbike the rest of the time.
Delzer, a personal trainer, is 48. His mother Ruby, 78, is driving a chase car with the spare bicycle on top.

His goal, in addition to biking across the southern United States, is to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation Peloton Project, Crystal Cathedral Ministries and to “encourage at least five million people to do something, however small, to help others.”
“ The Lance Armstrong Foundation www.livestrong.org offers physical support and information on living with cancer,” Delzer says on his website, www.ag2g.com (all glory 2 God).

“Lance Armstrong’s story of cancer diagnosis, survival and victory has motivated many people, myself included. I lost a sister-in-law to cancer on my birthday and know people who have died, people who have been diagnosed and are getting treatment, and others who are in remission. Cancer affects us all whether we have cancer or not,” he wrote.

Delzer wears one of the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s yellow “Livestrong” wristbands. “I want to do whatever I can to help and this record attempt in conjunction with the Crystal Cathedral and the LAF Peloton Project seems to be the perfect opportunity,” he wrote before he started.

During his trip, he has been keeping up with the news about his hero, Lance Armstrong, and the Discovery Team in the Tour de France. Armstrong is leading in the event.
On Friday, July 14, Delzer said he received a warm reception when he visited the Lance Armstrong Foundation headquarters in Austin, Tex., and was interviewed by reporters.
Delzer is a member of the Crystal Cathedral Choir in Garden Grove, Calif., which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. “You can see me singing in the choir every Sunday on TV on Hour of Power where Dr. Schuller offers his inspirational message around the world,” he said.

The most relaxing rides were through Mississippi, Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle,” he said. “There’s too much traffic in cities.” Delzer calls his bike-and-car group the Yellowstone Club Express. One of the sponsors, the Yellowstone Club, is a ski and golf resort. KickBike America, TeckUSA and Jax Bicycle also are sponsors. There are hotlinks to each on his Web site, as well as links for making donations. He plans to arrive in Jacksonville on Thursday and ride to Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach. Then, he and his mother will drive back to California.

The Southern Illionoisian

AT IN THE WORLD IS A KICKBIKE? CARBONDALE STORE HOPS ON NEW CYCLING TREND

BY NICOLE SACK _THE SOUTHERN
NICOLE SACK/THE SOUTHERN
David Nadolski of Murphysboro shows off the Kickbike at Phoenix Cycle which is the only retail shop to carry the hybrid model.
CARBONDALE - It's a bike. It's a scooter.
Actually, it's a little of both.

Kickbikes are being spotted on both coasts of the United States and are wildly popular in Europe, but have only been available for purchase on the Internet.
Until now, that is. And the only retail shop in the U.S. to carry the Kickbike is Phoenix Cycle, 300 S. Illinois Ave., in Carbondale. How did it happen that a small bike shop in Southern Illinois would break the online-only sales? Simple: the distributor of the Kickbike for most of the country lives in Jackson County. David Nadolski has been selling the Kickbike in 35 states since December. He has shipped more than 350 from his warehouse in rural Murphysboro. Nadolski also distributes overseas and is working to tap into the Canadian market. However, he has given the curious in Carbondale a chance to see and try the scooter-bicycle hybrid by selling it directly from Phoenix Cycle. "That is the beauty of it," Nadolski said. "They are the same price as online, but you (Southern Illinoisans) don't have to pay the shipping and handling and they come assembled."

The Kickbike comes in four models - the city cruiser, the racer, the cross country and the classic sport. Each model has a different size and has wheels of different thicknesses depending on the type of terrain. The cross country has shock absorbers. Kickbike retail prices range from $290 to $389. That includes the bell and basket. They also come equipped with brakes and a covered rear wheel to prevent tire burn on one's shoe.
Doug McDonald, owner of Phoenix Cycle, has been in the bike business for more than 30 years. He's excited about the new type of bike. "I've seen a lot of things over the years," McDonald said. "But these are well built and draw heavily on bicycle technology." McDonald said his shop will also be able to provide maintenance for the machines. The Kickbike has received some special attention in the New York Times, U.S. News & World Report and on CBS's The Early Show. A California man is bringing the bike-scooter hybrid to life. Jim Delzer is attempting to reclaim the Guinness World Record for crossing the United States on a Kickbike. Delzer has already traveled 3,260 miles during his first trip in the Northern United States. Now he plans to travel 2,500 miles in a Southern route. While traveling coast to coast is a bit extreme for most folks, the Kickbike is smooth and easy to ride around town, Nadolski said. There are no pedals on a Kickbike, but there are handlebars. A rider grips the handlebars as he or she would with a bike, but instead of peddling, the rider uses their feet to crate momentum, just like with a scooter.

nicole.sack@thesouthern.com
618-529-5454 5816

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See it to believe it … use it to FEEL it!!
Fancy a lower body workout that’s fun and competitive?
Welcome to the world of KICKBIKING! You’ve gotta see it to believe it!
WHAT'S A KICKBIKE ANYWAY?


A Kickbike is a scooter/bicycle hybrid. It features a scooter platform, front tire like a bicycle and back tire like a scooter. It’s not pedal-powered but it IS person-powered! You wanna move? It’s all up to you! Unless you’re on a downhill slope and then gravity’s your best friend in the whole wide world!
Kickbike was designed by Hannu Vierikko, a Finnish doctor who ran marathons and wanted to get in shape without injuring his joints. The Kickbike is the fastest scooter in the world!

WHAT KIND OF WORKOUT DOES IT GIVE?
It uses the same muscles as running, yet is lower impact. In fact, a Kickbike workout uses even more muscles than running. It’s propelled by pushing off with alternate legs in a motion very similar to running.
Over hilly terrain, twenty minutes on a Kickbike equals around one hour and fifteen minutes on a road bike.

WHO'D USE A KICKBIKE?
Kickbike is a decidedly grown up scooter! It’s not going to fold up so you can tuck it under your arm and head to the 7-Eleven for a Big Gulp. It’s not the kind of thing you’ll trade for Pokemon Cards with your school buddies. It’s a serious workout machine and deserves a little respect.
- The Australian Kickbike Racing Team can’t imagine life without it!
- Women love it for the definition it helps them build up in their backsides and thighs.
- Athletes use it for training.
- Dog-sledders ride their Kickbike while their canine team lead them over the course.
- Enthusiasts regularly hold and attend tournaments and events all over the country and the world!

4 DIFFERENT MODELS
The designers of Kickbike developed four different styles to suit a range of exercise and transportation needs.

THE CITY CRUISER: It’ll have you running errands in style, while turning your legs and backside into the envy of your friends! Kick leisurely in the park, improve your overall fitness and attract glances while you do it! The City Cruiser's upright position and enhanced wheels maximise rider form and comfort.
THE X-COUNTRY: Go off-road, up mountains, along streams, wherever your inclination takes you! With front fork suspension and disk brake, you can go hard and get dirty!
THE SPORT CLASSIC: The durable tires are fast on city streets, but still provide traction and comfort on country roads. Functionally designed, the ergonomic frame, slick rims and lowered handlebars, further enhanced with an angle adjustable stem, make it the best cross-trainer available.
THE MILLENNIUM RACER: The MR is for the athlete in search seeking the best equipment and peak experiences without compromise. Every detail has been considered with speed and lightness in mind. This is truly the fastest scooter money can buy.
THE WHEEL DEAL: Kickbike is made from high-tech bicycle components like aluminum alloy handlebars and Trans X components, which are found in many high-end mountain bikes. There are no chains or gears and no bicycle grease. They weigh around eight and a half kilograms and you can carry two in the back of a car!
WHAT ELSE? Well, so many people are talking Kickbiking, that you don’t have to look far for enthusiastic repartee! There are Yahoo Groups, websites devoted to the sport, and there’s even a Podcast for Kickbikers!
Do not underestimate Kickbike for a kick-butt workout … and have fun doing it!
Gina Lofaro is the owner of Live It Up Lifestyle Products (http://www.liveitup.net.au) and, along with Kickbike, sells juicers, dehydrators, coffee machines, food smokers, intimate area shavers, health books and more. She also runs her own successful copywriting business (http://www.ginalofaro.com.au).

 
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