Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Sleek aluminum scooters can trace heritage to 1816.(Trends)

Byline: Rick Nathanson

The sleek aluminum scooters now seen zipping around the neighborhood are a high-tech version of the bright red steel scooters made popular in the 1950s.

But even those Eisenhower-era scooters were not exactly new. Annette Thompson of the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, Ohio, traces scooters back to 1816. At that time, scooters had one large wheel in the back and one in the front. They were joined by a slat of wood where the rider sat and pushed off with his feet.

In the 1930s, Thompson said, kids frequently made their own scooters by nailing roller skates to the bottom of a milk crate.

The new, compact scooters began appearing in Germany about seven years ago, but didn't catch on until a company in Taiwan began producing them two years ago. …

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