Scooting Around in Style

There's nothing pedestrian about these hot wheels

Rollerblades are over. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for at least the rest of the year, their novelty is likely to be supplanted by an alternate mode of self-propulsion. Scooters, those nostalgic vehicles of 1950s suburban youth, have been updated and repackaged as urban transport and are being embraced by metropolitan commuters, thrill-seeking teens and those who occasionally find walking too great an inconvenience.

In its essentials, the new scooter is much like the old: a board on two wheels, steered with handlebars and propelled by foot. The new versions, however, are made from lightweight metals, sport...

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