Skoot is a hybrid between bicycle, skateboard and scooter. It gives the user a fast, smooth ride and a strange feeling of levitation. It is absolutely minimal with no seat, sprockets, chains or pedals. Just step up and go.
Concept and Design
Skoot was designed to solve a problem. I love to cruise the city streets on my skateboard but a skateboard is not ideal for going long distances or high speeds. Normally the practical solution would be to get a bike.
So, I got a bike. I knew in order to solve my problem I would need the large wheels. I took the wheels off the bike and laid them on my concrete garage floor. I "borrowed" some sidewalk chalk from my niece and used it to draw a frame on the floor between the wheels. Then I measured the chalk frame and welded it up. I used one inch square steel tube for the frame because I use it in most of the furniture I build.
Then I cut the front and back off of the bike and welded it to my new square frame.
After that, I made a platform from reclaimed walnut flooring. Then I had the entire frame powder coated white.
Steel Frame: Welded from 1x1" fourteen gauge steel tubing. Powder coated.
Brakes: Front - 23.8mm
Platform: Reclaimed Wood - source varies per bike
Designed, Fabricated and Assembled in Cleveland, Ohio.
I designed this wall mount because I am proud of my bikes. I didn't want them to be tucked in a closet or in the garage. It is made from walnut and steel. Due to the weight of a bicycle, the mount must be attached to a wall stud (1/4" x 2" lag bolts included).
I also designed the wall lock because I am proud of my bikes. I designed this lock to prevent someone from stealing my bike inside my apartment. It can also be used in garages or outdoors for more than just bicycles. The lock plate mounts to a wall stud (1/4" x 2" lag bolts included) and you can run your cable/chain lock through it.
I build custom industrial furniture for Play-Haus Design in Cleveland, Ohio. I am also a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art majoring in Industrial Design. I like tinkering with things in my garage in my spare time which is how the skoot came aboot. I'm really proud of the way it turned out and I look forward to building many more!
Thank you for your support!
Gund Family Scholarship (Cleveland Institute of Art)
Daniel H. Straffon Memorial Scholarship (Cleveland Institute of Art)
Nottingham-Spirk Business Innovation Award (1st Place for Skoot)
Best of Cleveland 2014 - Furniture Designer - Scene Magazine
Best of Cleveland 2013 - Furniture Designer - Cleveland Magazine
Best of Cleveland 2015 - Furniture Designer - Scene Magazine
Risks and challenges
I have a fabrication team standing by ready to produce the skoots after the Kickstarter is funded. I've contacted material suppliers to make sure everything runs smoothly in a timely manner once the project is funded. Part of the appeal of the Skoot is that it is handmade in Cleveland so there will be a possible extended lead times on later orders.
Production delays may result from raw material procurement to production speed. If the project becomes hugely successful, delivery times may have to be extended to compensate for larger order volume and production runs. There will be shipping priority for early backers and I will work hard to get the skoot to you as soon as possible!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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