Uncomfortable seats lead to innovation

JOHNNY BONNAR
Last updated 13:00 09/11/2012
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GET OUT AND SCOOT: Mathews with one of his Spectrum Scooters, the Lowrider.Photo: MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ

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A spate of uncomfortable bike seats has led a Nelson joiner to start up his own project creating scooters for adults.

Ross Mathews, who confesses he grew up in the garage, used to own a mountainbike but did not enjoy riding it because of the way his seat felt.

"I am not a bike fan because I don't find the seats comfortable and I'm sure I'm not the only one," he said.

The solution? Creating a scooter.

The idea has been in the back of Mr Mathews' mind for almost two years after seeing the growing population of children riding them.

"You can't go anywhere without seeing one of these kids on a scooter and I didn't want one of those.

"[I want to] get parents out of their shells and get them outside on a scooter," he said.

Spectrum Scooters are made out of Spectrum 120 eco plywood that is imported from Finland, are all handbuilt at his home in Tahunanui.

Mr Mathews believes many people look past wood despite it being strong and flexible.

"People look at metal and they look at wood and they think wood is weak and metal is strong . . . you find me one metal skateboard," he said.

All of the products used to create Spectrum Scooters are economically friendly and the dust is turned into compost.

Mr Mathews hopes they will be a summer hit.

"Get out there and scoot," he said.

The 41-year-old also creates tables and clothing racks out of timber. The range of Spectrum Scooters feature five models, including the Lowrider made for suburban areas and the Mountain Scooter made higher off the ground and with bigger tyres for terrain such as sand and gravel. They will be on display at the Nelson Outdoor Recreation Expo on Sunday.

They cost about $400.

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- The Nelson Mail

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