Product Type: Micro Outdoor Toy
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Transport For Toddlers
Micro Mini Micro Scooter
Member Name: SJ2011
Micro Mini Micro Scooter
Advantages: Well made and easy for toddlers to ride safely
distance with him is a stop start effort.Since his older sister started school my sister in law wanted
to find a way of walking to the local school which didn't involve Ads screaming like a banshee in his
buggy the entire way or leaving home at 7am to make it to school for 9am at Adams pace. We
originally tried him with his cousin Jamie's balance bike which was a great success for his cousins
Jamie and Arran but Adam didn't really take to it and still the school crawl continued usually ending
up with his mum carrying him and his big sister riding the bike.
We noticed other toddlers riding the Mini Micro scooters to school and decided to try one for Adam.
The Mini Micro Scooter is a 3 wheeled scooter similar in style to the 2 wheel micro scooters that most
primary school kids seem to be whizzing around on but this one is designed for 3-5 year olds. The
scooter comes in pink or blue with a silver handlebar pole and black hand grips or there's also a
range of bright multicoloured special edition scooters which are the same fluo colours as Stabilo highlighter pens and have brightly coloured handlebar grips and rear foot brake.
Thankfully unlike many kids toys and bikes the Micro requires minimum self assembly. In the box
are 2 parts the foot board with wheels and brake already attached and the T bar shaped handlebar
post with chunky grips already on so all you have to do is push the handlebar post into the slot at
the front of the foot board and the scooter is ready to roll. Once built the scooter measures 670mm
high x 550mm long x 220 wide and only weighs 1.5kg and is suitable for children weighing up to 20kg. Sadly there's no adjustment on the height of the bars and no way of folding the scooter although to
be fair the height of the bars is perfect for most 3-5 year olds and the ability to fold it down would probably end up in tears and trapped little fingers.
The Mini Micro comes with 3 PU wheels 2 larger 120mm wheels at the front and a smaller 80mm wheel
at the back the wheels are big enough and a soft enough compound to roll easily over pavement cracks and small stones without jarring or stopping dead. The 3 wheels provide more stability for toddlers and the scooter turns by weight transfer rather than by turning the handlebars so the child steers by leaning their weight to the side which means there's no chance of over steering and ending up flat on their face as could happen easily if the bars turned like they do on a normal scooter and the child decides to turn them 90 degrees when halfway down a hill!
The scooter comes with a flexible springy plastic foot board measuring 300mm long x 110mm wide
which is reinforced by the frame underneath and the top of the foot board is textured to prevent
slipping. The foot board sits lower than a normal scooter giving a low centre of gravity which helps
keep even the most cautious of toddlers feeling secure and makes it easier for pushing the scooter
along without fear of losing balance. Overall the scooter does seem well made and robust so it
should easily withstand daily life with a toddler and have no problems surviving even the worst
Adam loves his new neon yellow scooter and seemed to get the hang of pushing it along and steering
it within an hour or so and although he's a lot more cautious than my other nephews he seems really
confident riding this and seems to be getting faster every time I go out with him on it. Now the school
walk or a trip to the park or shops is a pleasure as he wheels himself along happily and never asks to
be carried and even if he gets tired when we're out he'll just stand on the scooter and allow you to
pull him along which is a lot easier than carrying him.
After walking along with him on this I'm surprised at how fast it can actually go and you definitely
have to hurry to keep up with him and be ready to grab him if he's about to run into someone.
I feel sorry for the poor pedestrians who've nipped out for the morning paper and are suddenly bombarded with countless toddlers on the school walk riding these 3 wheeled scooters down the
street and often accompanied by older siblings on the 2 wheeled variety. Out of fairness for those pedestrians I bought him a bell so at least they have some warning to watch out because his
steering and braking aren't quite up to scratch yet although his speed definitely is!
Micro have a range of scooters ranging from these mini versions to stunt scooters for older kids and
their website includes spare parts for everything from the foot board to the handlebars and wheels
and everything in between so everything is replaceable. Micro also have a huge range of accessories including the normal bells,horns,reflectors.lights,bags and streamers through to Zooters which are
long puppets which go over the long Tbar pole and turn your scooter into a dinosaur,lion or dragon
and hobby heads to turn your scooter into a hobby horse style lion,horse or giraffe.
Overall I think this is a great way to get your toddler mobile and active and should last most kids at
least a couple of years. The scooter is suitable for 3-5 years but I would say most 2 year olds would
be okay with it. There's also a seated version that can be used from one year then converted into
a scooter when the child is older which could be a good option for those with younger children who
aren't quite ready for a scooter and adding a strap means you can tow them along if they get tired.
The Mini Micro costs between £49 and £60 depending on where you shop with accessories and
spares ranging from £2.95-£20. The Micro Scooter website is http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk
Summary: Great transport for toddlers