Remember the Christmas we all wanted Razors? It seems like everyone I know got one of these bad boys… or at least some knock off version. Easier to ride than a bike and more fun than a skate board, these foldable scooters became all the rage.
I think what I enjoyed most was using your foot to push down on the back wheel to stop. We used to see just how hot we could make the metal part covering the wheel. Nothing like being a kid and burning your finger on a hot piece of metal to show off your “coolness.”
They also came out with the miniature “finger scooters,” which you could change the wheel colors on. Similar to finger skateboards, you could do all kinds of flips and tricks, but it was definitely harder using your fingers to maneuver the toy scooter.
Eventually a) every kid had one and b) stories started coming out about how dangerous these things were. In the year 2000 alone, 9400 emergency room injuries from razor scooters were reported. The media loved exploiting this and the scooter trend came to an end.
I’m surprised that these haven’t really made a comeback with our generation. They would make getting to class a breeze since they are so portable, and the wheels are practically indestructible. I suppose you are less likely to get run over if in a bike.
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