Micro Scooters: what you need to know

This is a review post; Micro Scooters were kind enough to send two-year-old Gwen and four-year-old Austin a Mini and Maxi Micro Scooter to try out.

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Why has travelling around on Micro Scooters become so popular?

In our neck of the woods, the run-up to 9am sees pavements teeming with little speed demons, zipping along to school next to their puffing, red-faced parents.

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A vision in lilac: the height of urban chic. For two-year-olds.

I like to have some balance in my review posts. But, after chatting to other Mums on the school run and during play dates, I genuinely can’t find anyone with a bad word to say about these scooters.

So what exactly is it about the t-bar bits of metal on wheels, that has made them take the pre-school world by storm?

* The new models come in funky colours, to help brighten up the school run on those grim, grey winter mornings. Gwen’s Mini is a natty lilac, which has garnered loads of admiring comments from the parents of her two-year-old peers. Other colours include vibrant orange, aqua and candy pink. Predictably, Austin chose a generic blue, but he’s the first of his tribe to graduate onto the big-boy Maxi model with the adjustable handlebar. In his world, this trumps snazzy colours.

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You can tell a scooter’s had a happy outing if it returns home plastered in mud. Just like the family dog. Here are our two, waiting to be taken out for their walkies.

 

* They are durable, sturdy and they hold their value. This is useful if (like us, before we were sent our brand-new scooters) you’re usually on the hunt for second-hand gear that’s in decent nick. All our previous scooters have been bought from nearly new sales, and have lasted us well. With components like brakes available for purchase separately, if a part breaks then you can usually get a replacement.

* You know those Alpine children you see on ski slopes? The ones who whizz merrily off down steep hills, even though they look barely old enough to walk? Well, we might not have the right weather to breed generations of children who can ski from the age of two. But scooters are the urban equivalent of skis for our youngsters. The vehicular initiation of the British child: push them out, stick on a nappy, wait for them to toddle….and then, they’re off.

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First steps on the piste.

* It’s not often you see a Mum riding an adult scooter. But when you do, you can be sure that she’ll be the cool, with-it type. Like the funky-but-glamorous woman who arrives daily at Austin’s school gates, with her two daughters, all of them on scooters. She’s trim, wears practical-but-groovy clothes, and looks as though she attacks life with a fun-hammer. I want to look like her. Hell, I want to be her. Scooter for Mother’s Day, anyone? [hint, hint]

* As well as coming up with one of the biggest transport crazes known to the under-10s, the folk at Micro Scooters seem to be genuinely all-round niceguys. They donated scooters to bloggers on the Team Honk relay. After they’d helped some of us zip around the UK, those scooters were auctioned off to raise money for Sport Relief. And, more recently, Micro Scooters have announced the Scooters for Schools scheme, where purchases made via their website count towards cashback or scooters for your local educational establishment.

So, is there a downside to all this?

One occurred to me the other day. In our part of London (and, I’m sure, in many other places across the country), there seems to be a trend among the local youth of roller skating behind buses, holding on to get a free (and very fast) ride. While I admit that this looks like the sort of thing I’d have loved when I was fifteen, the parent in me shudders in horror at the thought that either of my offspring would try something so inherently risky.

Austin has recently developed a habit of holding onto the handlebar of the buggy, while I push Gwen along, so that he can scoot along with minimal effort. Could he be in training for the sort of rude boy antics I see on the streets? I bleedin’ hope not….

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Saaarf London rudeboy in the making. Just DO NOT let him coast along with the buggy….

Disclosure: we were given a Mini and a Maxi Micro Scooter for the purpose of this review. All views expressed are my own.

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25 thoughts on “Micro Scooters: what you need to know

  1. My kids have had a few different scooters, but I’ve made the mistake of buying cheaper character ones and we have never had an actual micro scooter branded one – I think rather than buying more of those other ones, I should have just spent and bought these proper ones they do seem to be so much better, and sturdier?
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    1. These ARE more expensive, it’s true. But we’ve used a different brand before, and it was nowhere near as good.

  2. We are a bit old for micro scooters now (although I know they do them for older kids) but we do use our other generic scooters to get to school every day – couldn’t manage without them. I did look at micro scooters but could never justify the cost. Our scooters have never cost more than £15 a time and tbh they have done the job just fine. I think Bigger Miss’s first scooter was less than a tenner and it lasted over two years! Anyway that aside will take a look at the scooters for schools for our school though as that looks a great idea.
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  3. Ella keeps asking for a scooter to go to school on because she ride her bike at the moment due to being picked up in the car in the afternoons. She said if she had a scooter she could still be picked up because she can fold it up! I’ll have to look into these because I’ve bought cheap ones in the past that go rusty really quickly and I vowed not to keep wasting my money!
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  4. I’d love these for my two so they can whizz along next to me when I’m in my wheelchair. They seem to think it is a perk rather than a necessity, but I’m sure funky scooters like this would soon stop them feeling left out.

    They do look super and I can see why everyone likes them. I do wonder how you manage on the pavements in London though. On a recent trip to London (and off again tomorrow – yay!) I had such trouble finding dropped curbs I had to conduct most of a short ‘walk’ in the road. I guess it depends on there in London you are – it is a big place :-)
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  5. I don’t have a bad word to say about these – I invested in 2 maxis and a micro a couple of years ago for my kids. It was huge expense at the time on our very tight budget, but what swung me was reading several reviews for copycat scooters on Amazon that pretty much all said – ‘don’t buy this to save cash because you’ll end up buying a proper one anyway’ – and I haven’t regretted it once. They’ve had pretty much constant use and also had a big effect on improving physical co-ordination and confidence for my eldest. Fab review!
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