Scooters and everything related to it is our passion! We love to help our customers in choosing an appropriate scooter. The quality of scooters is very important to us, but also a good price and quality ratio aswell . Therefore we only buy the best brands from authorized suppliers. In case of any faults, customers can always refer to us. We are more than happy to look for an appropriate solution.
In September 1999 stepshop.nl was the first website launched for online scooter sales. As an independent member of Gooiker Step Trading (www.steptrading.nl), this shop has become one of the most specialized scooter websites in Europe. With a wide choice and physical inventory of over 10,000 scooters we are able to deliver quickly to consumers and businesses across Europe. Our goal is to enable both children and adults to play outside and sport with lots of pleasure!
Whole heartedly we say: Your kick is our drive!
About Vincent Gooiker
A long time ago, he began on a children's scooter which raised the handlebar. It seemed a good way to go to college, where he graduated in 1994 as a teacher. In the years that followed he has trained fanatically. Weekly trainings, tours, contests at home and abroad, the scooter Elfstedentocht, Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier and the Mont Ventoux. Twenty years ago he also founded 'Step Team Twente’ in Hengelo. And last but not least: he’s a multiple Dutch champion in the discipline 'Cross', see photo.
While he was working at a secondary school for children with special needs, he ran a small scooter business from home with Jolanda. The first years he also provided rental scooters on demand, although teaching was still his core business. Meanwhile, everywhere he went (often with Jolanda) he met a lot of groups and individuals very enthusiastic about scooters.
Shortly after the birth of their daughter Famke in 2003, Vincent terminated his permanent employment at school to spend more time undertaking his talent as entrepreneur. He used new scooters for rentals. Rental scooters were sold after two seasons because the rental equipment "had to be excellent." Selling scooters became more intense and then he came a point where a decision had to be made. The rental of hundreds of scooters, trailers and his customer base had to go!
In the relatively small scooter world Vincent is a familiar guest. Over the last couple of years Vincent both attended and exhibited at fairs such as the Cycling and Walking Fair in Utrecht, The Netherlands, the Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany and Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany. As an advocate of responsible entrepreneurship Vincent visited factories in Finland, Czech Republic, Taiwan, China and Pennsylvania (USA). He went to have a look during processing and meanwhile kept an eye out on safety and environment during the production of scooters. At this time ten sustainable scooter brands were imported by Gooiker Step Trading.
“The thrill of entrepreneurship is here every single day. To be able to do what you are good at and above all to have fun at work is a gift, because life is too important to spend the day reluctantly. Carpe Diem.”
"I was lucky to be able to turn my hobby into my profession. My optimism is endless, says Jolanda at times, but I just love happy people around me, and to keep them around me. Most of the time I see bright spots and opportunities everywhere. I really love entrepreneurship. Working with a social twist is something I prefer. For example, Frank, our warehouseworker, is a former student of mine. And he’s part of our business for 15 years now. I never abandoned my job as a teacher completely. I really enjoy existing customers coming back again; this keeps me going! "
About Jolanda Stelma-Gooiker
Jolanda was born and raised in ‘Friesland’ a Dutch region in the Northern part of The Netherlands which is known for all its waterways and many lakes. Jolanda is now living half of her life in the eastern part of The Netherlands. This region is called Twente and is famous for it’s peaceful surroundings. Although she’s missing all the lakes, channels and corresponding wind, she’s more then happy here with all the cycle paths. It gives her a lot of opportunity to explore by bike or scooter!
Every Monday and Wednesday evening she guides a sport scooter group, which she finds extremely rewarding and she often takes a scooter ride alone near the end of the week.
A private company was never a desire she had. In high school she even dropped the subject of economics after a year. A businessplan was never written, plans to sell scooters were never made , it just happened. Entrepreneurship is to Jolanda all about chemistry and freedom. Chemistry, she experiences next to her husband. They bring out the best in each other. And freedom working flexible hours within a homely environment. Together they form a solid team, both at home and within the business.
The kick is shown in all the great things they experience together and the freedom to work with each other. Carpe Diem.
Interested to ride along in our scooter group? Feel free to call me at 003174-2919903 or please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
"After a year we started stepverhuur.nl (scooter rentals) and then I became seriously ill, this was in July 2000. I spent a lot of time in bed after chemotherapy and radiation. But I continued to answer the phone with requests for new rental contracts, which felt like a good distraction . During those calls I spoke to a lot of friendly, positive people and (when possible) accompanied Vincent to lease assignments, sometimes even lying on the back seat, but enjoying the break. Nowadays we still combine business with pleasure, so I've been to many beautiful places in Europe.
Walking or scootering, afterwards neither were taken for granted. Needless to say how grateful I am to be up and running!
11 years after my illness I (finally) felt physically strong again. I decided to start an intensive year of training to be able to ascend the Alpe d'Huez. I went up by scooter in three hours for charity. This was so much more than an unforgettable experience, it was a definite highlight!
My drive comes from gratitude for life, to experience that satisfied feeling during and especially after each scooter ride. More than once I experience benefits from that one hour intensive outdoor sports for a couple of days after the ride. The views along the way and full exposure to the elements of nature while stepping are the things I enjoy most. And those things I love to share with others!”
If you’ve any questions about a scooter, please call us, we are more than happy to assist you.
0031- (0) 74-2919903
Vincent Gooiker & Jolanda Stelma-Gooiker