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      30.07.2011 23:23
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      A design that will last for years to come.

      Cleaning out the garage recently, I came across this Micro Scooter that my kids used to use on and off over the years, I remember buying it for my daughter from Toys R'Us many years ago because she was going through the whole thing of roller skates at the time, and I thought that this Micro Scooter would fit right in with that theme, and yes, she loved it. At the time (and I'm thinking around 2002) it cost me in the region of about £50, and for that money, you did get quite a novel contraption.

      The overall design sort of took the typical girl's Barbie or boy's Ninja Turtle Scooter of the day, with the big wheels and big frame, and tried to produce a smaller, more sleeker version that was all shiny silver and chrome and more aimed at a unisex market. There were, and still are many variations of this Micro Scooter on the retail market, but they all tended to follow the same design. The frame is made out of aluminium for light weight and strength, and the wheels were reduced in size from something like 6" in diameter with a wide tyre fitted, down to 4" diameter running on a solid rubber/nylon wheel, which was very narrow to reduce the rolling resistance. You still have the metal base plate that you stand on, which is 4" wide and about 13" long with a grip strip in the middle, and it is also designed with strengthening plates underneath to allow you to put your full weight on the scooter as you travel along.

      At the front of the scooter you have the adjustable handlebars which take the height of the scooter up to 36" and are nicely finished off with padded handles, and the whole ensemble is completed with a few additional nice little touches. At the back, you have a nice little chrome mudguard which also doubles as a brake which can be pressed onto the wheel, and on the front wheel, they have tried to set up a suspension system with matching springs either side of the front wheel on a pivot mechanism supporting the front wheel.

      In use, you can zip along quite smartly on it, and I know my kids used to love running up and down the drive on it. With the small hard wheels, the ride can be fairly bumpy over rough ground, because whereas larger wheels would ride over most obstacles and stones, the smaller wheels will hit everything and not easily ride over anything. So the scooter is better off being used on a flatter surface such as a driveway or a pavement.

      But where there Micro Scooter really comes into its own is that it is all completely collapsible. For starters, the handlebars were adjustable in height from about 27" up to the 36" full height, where you could lock them at any height in between using the quick release collar around the main stem. The actual handles at the top are fitted with quick release press pins, where they can be disconnected from the main head very easily. So to collapse the scooter down, you first disconnect the handles at the top. Conveniently, the handles are held together with a piece of elastic between them so that they cannot be removed (and lost) from the scooter. To ensure safe storage, just below the head is a double sided plastic clip into which you clip the handles so that they are stored parallel to the main stem.

      Next, using the quick release collar, collapse the handlebars down to their lowest setting. Now, just behind the front wheel on the base plate, there is another locking quick release spring loaded pin/bolt. Releasing this then allows you to fold the handlebar/front shaft assembly back onto the base plate. The release pin/bolt then automatically snaps back into position to lock everything in the collapsed position. So you now have an assembly that is about 6" high, by 4" wide and 27" long, which only weights about 2.5kgs. As an added bonus, the scooter also came with a detachable shoulder strap which could be clipped on, allowing you to carry it around either in your hand or over your shoulder.

      At the time when I bought this, I seem to remember poster ads selling these that were more aimed at the city worker. The sleek chrome styling aimed it more at the adult market, and once set up, the idea was that the worker could 'commute' and get around the city very quickly on this scooter. But with the added bonus of being completely collapsible, the worker could fold it up and easily carry it around, thereby taking it into the office or wherever with them. I don't seem to recall seeing many city workers zipping around on these scooters, so I don't expect that the idea ever caught on and hence, the micro scooter stayed with the children's market.

      A final thing worth pointing out is the longevity and durability of the design. My particular scooter is now about 9 years old and has been extensively played with by my kids throughout the years, and then been knocking around the garage for the last few years. And when I recently re-discovered it, the first thing we all did was to fold it all out and have a go on it again down the drive. Everything still worked. The wheel bearings were still running smooth nothing, had seized and it was all still shiny and bright. So it seems to have lasted the test of time.

      In summary, there have been numerous variations of this micro scooter on the market throughout the years, each perhaps slightly changing the design with some new added feature, but all based around the same concept of being collapsible, portable and light weight. But even though they are small, they are tough little things that will carry the weight of an adult with ease. So if you want to get a scooter for your kids that will be around for years to come, you can't go wrong with this one. Highly recommended.

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        02.02.2011 00:20
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        Good transport tool.

        Large city living plays havok on commuting times, a short distance of a few miles to work or the shops can easily take a couple of hours down to increased congestion. A great way to get around this is to have a mobile personal transport system that can be used on paths to escape the danger of cycling on inner city roads. The Micro Skate Scooter fills this role.

        Weghing in at just under 3kg it is very light, the bar can extend up to 100cm so will be suitable for many height ranges. The overall length is just 60 cm. This all makes for a gadget that can dodge in and out of pedestrians and is very manoeuvrable. The scooter can be folded away when you reach your destination and carried with you making it a very compact machine.

        Whilst the wheels are small (about 10cm diameter) they are strong and sturdy, with regular use you will not need to change the wheels for a few months, though if you notice a reduced performance I would recommend getting someone to take a look at it. You don't want to be riding when a wheel break (especially the front).

        With a price tag of anywhere between £90-120 it is costly though it makes a great gift for you or someone else. It is a great investment if you travel short distances regularly and you want some fun on the way.

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          31.08.2003 02:12
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          So, this Christmas, Grandma came up trumps with a scooter. *sarcasm* great! "Thanks, Grandma." Not only is your 'fantastic' gift about 5 years out of date, it's crappy! Think about how stupid I, moi - queen of being chauffered to places by my mother - would look "scooting" (funny joke, dad!) around on my new, 'hip, cool' scooter. My friends saw it and laughed, hysterically. Even my little brother, who usually accepts by un-wanted gifts from Grandma, didn't want it this time. No, no way, had my Grandma bought me that, actually picturing me getting from place to place on it. ("It'll be great for you. You'll lose weight!" she exclaimed) However, after having it sitting in the shed for a few months, I wondered what it would be like to actually use. So, i tried it out.... Well, to be quite honest, it's not as bad as I thought. Obviously, I wouldn't be caught dead going out of the garden with it, but riding up and down the garden path with it, isn't actually so bad. In fact, it was pretty fun. Good points: * After mastering the technique of using it, it's a quick, reliable way of getting to places. * It looks quite ok, i s'pose. The silver is quite cool, and if flashing-wheels are your thing, then that's cool too. * They're cheaper now, I suppose. when they were a £100, no way would I ever have got one! Bad points: * It took me a few precious minutes to learn how not to trip over it when first using it. It's quite hard to use at first. * The geeky strap to carry it with * It's sort-of an out-of-date craze, isn't it? Overall, it's ok. For someone who doesn't care what other folk think of them, it's a secure way of arriving at some chosen destination. For people, like me, who can't be bothered getting it out of the shed and looking foolish on it, then it's a pretty big waste of t
          ime, effort and money. I advise people over the age of 15, not to buy one!!!!

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            18.02.2002 08:32
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            As long as there are cars, there are traffic jams, flared tempers and exhaust gasses, and most of us hate to walk. Well, the answer has been right here in front of us for all this time, and, by gum, ive only noticed it, now available in most high street shops and supermarkets, this lightweight, zippy little plaything is cropping up everywhere, and in my eyes, none too soon. Albeit a kids plaything most of the time, this little gem has its uses, u want to go to the shop, not got the time to walk, save yourself a few minutes and get the scooter out, wonderful quick, easy, energy efficient, clean, can it get any better? well frankly, probably, but i like it anyway. good for short distances and a good way of getting exercise without beng bored stiff, the micro scooter is excellent as a toy/mode of transport fro all the people who arent afraid of getting a few bumps or scratches, because, its quite tricky when you first climb onto 1, easy to get the hang off tho, and in no time youll be zipping about with the best of them........ So pop into your local shopping mall now and see what a microscooter can do for you, Grannies need not apply....

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              28.01.2002 01:13

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              Uptown Goose He's been writing in his dooyoo world I bet he's never gonna get a crown He makes a lot of other members frown He likes to try And when he's writing he thinks that he's fineeeeeeeeee. But all the other dooyooers just whineeeeeeeee. He knows there not so tough, They can all just get stuffed. Uptown Jock He was a part of Operation Flock. He's about annoying as one of KenJohn's socks Any everyone on dooyoo suck cock. Even Jo Star And when he's writing he thinks that he's fineeeeeeeeee. But all the other dooyooers just whineeeeeeeee. He knows there not so tough, They can all just get stuffed. (to be sung to the tun of Uptown Girl)

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              02.10.2001 09:43
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              • "There is a chance you might fall into goose poo"

              I bought mine about a year ago and used it solidly for a long time to get about on. I am nearly 30 now but people think I am little only 20 so I reckoned I stll looked the part! Didn't take a bus or tube for ages. Enjoyed using it. Only came off once when I was scooting along Regent's Canal tow path and got my front wheel stuck in a gap between two paving slabs. The scooter stopped but I kept going. I am told by my partnet that I fell off and landed rather gracefully but at the time I was doing that quick embarassed look all round to see if anyone saw me! Fortunately they didn't. I was just glad I did not land in the water because geese poo every four minutes and it was goose breeding season. I took the thing everywhere. My younger cousins loved me for it. Seems they were more pleased to see my scooter than me! I have not used it for a while now. I actually bought a scooter as in one with a 100cc engine so I have to admit to using the one with the engine more than the one with the little wheels. But the thing is fun. My favourite place for scooting and indeed rollerblading is along the sea front in Swansea, Wales. That path is beautiful and smooth. Runs along the Mumbles and waterfront and also the Clyne Valley path is another great one in Swansea. I have not used it for a while but I am certainly hanging on to it.

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                25.08.2001 02:23
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                As some people say good things come in small packages. And with this product they sure do. The micro bike is like a mini mountain bike without all the gears. And because the micro bike is so small the company advise people do not use them on ramps, because you could cause some damage. The micro bike has full front and back suspension, and riding one is quite smooth. I was able to do some bunny hops. But it needs loads of practice, like with any new toy. As like the micro scooter, the first people to start using them were business men/women for skating around the office, and getting the teas and coffees from the vending machine. The micro bike comes with a chain guard so you don’t have to worry about the oil and dirt getting on your nice work clothes. Which would not be that good. Being 6ft you would think it will be impossible to ride the bike but the seat and handlebars are fully adjustable, good for the larger people. When I first sore one of these things, I had to give it a go, but to me it looked mission impossible to ride. But as soon as I got on I found it quite comfortable, and the suspension helped. It did take about 15/30 minutes to get used to the handling of the bike, but I did find it loads of fun. I was told by toysrus (that will be selling them) that the micro bike will be on sell before Christmas, and I am sure that when kids see this wicked bike, they will definitely be adding one to their Christmas list. The cost of one will be around 100- 130 pounds but I am not sure. Overall this is a great product and I am sure this will be a great crazy just after Christmas, like the micro scooter was last year. If you are wondering where I got mine from, well when I was in China I sore one there, and they were really popular, and nearly everyone had one. Just like everyone in England with the micro scooter, so I had to bring one back. Respect everything that comes in small packages. *-=
                =DOTMATRIX ==-*

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                  26.05.2001 21:13
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                  Ok, ok, Micro Skate Scooters, so you’ve all been there and done that have you... well now it is the renaissance! I was one of the first people in the UK to have a micro scooter. I picked one up in Switzerland back in October 1999. When I came home to skate the streets of Portsmouth all I received were boggy looks, catcalls and turning heads! “What the Dickens is that contraption?” This was the general greeting I received from all and sundry. Of course, this had its variations, guys at the skate park preferred to shout, “Yo dude, what a totally awesome pair of wheels!” I loved the attention, but by April 2000, Woolworth’s and other stores had started to produce their own variations of the now infamous micro scooters. Now they were more common than rollerblades on the streets of Britain and I became a little ashamed to be seen on mine! They then disappeared from the hands of ten year olds as the Winter months set in. We are now set for the revival! This is led of course by myself! For those of us have forgotten, let’s remind ourselves a little about the wonderful Micro Skate Scooter. Hailed as the must have gadget for inner city commuters, this smart aluminium scooter was developed by two happening dudes in Germany way back in Spring 1999. Weighing in at just under 3kg (2.76 to be precise), a few bolts and quick release clamps make it incredibly easy to fold and carry – ideal for people working in cities, as they can save the hassle of trying to drive and park or even walking (snail travel!). You can even buy a bag for £12.99 to carry it in! The scooter even has a brake incorporated into its sleek design! What a novelty! The overall size is convenient for travelling short distances and then folding it up while you hop on the train or collect a few small groceries! The fork can be extended from 40cm right upto 110cm (16cm when folded!) and the overall length is a mere 60 centimetres! Micro Skate Scooters are just as popular with kids looking to have a bit of fun. The range of jumps is small due to the foot platform only being 10cm wide, but you can still do wheelies and get a little air. The low ground clearance means you have to be extra careful when hopping pavements though! The wheels are tiny – 10cm diameter and are classed as PU Abec 5 Bearings. This type of bearings are incredibly strong and resistant. However if you are a frequent rider such as myself then you will need to replace them every few months. I once cracked mine dropping off a sea wall! Replacement sets are avail from www.citybug.co.uk for £19.99. The only problem I have encountered is the loss of a bolt, which meant the handle bars came off! This happened after riding in the rain. The bolt had become lose and I hadn’t checked or tightened it. Subsequently it came off whilst riding! I contacted a local retailer – skate shop, they all sell ‘em – and asked how much it would cost for a replacement,. Those lovely people gave me one free! Overall this is a great little mover which is an absolute chuckle to ride. It really does make a difference for urban travel too! When I worked in inner city Portsmouth, my journey from the train station to place of work was 15 mins on foot, with the scooter I was there in under 4!!! I would seriously recommend this to anyone who is up for a laugh and enjoys gadgets! Also, just think of the calories you’re burning! One last thing – avoid the cheap and tacky copies. The quality and finish is poor, they are a lot heavier and less durable. The skate scooter doesn’t come cheap at £90 - £120 but it certainly lasts!

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                    22.04.2001 04:43
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                    I bought the very first Micro skate scooter when it came out onto the market, i paid £129.99, how stupid i was. I thought it was cool how it folded up and you could carry it around with you because it was so light. Also because it was summer it would be good to spend my days out on it. Being 15 at the time and about 10st it was too much for this piece of equipment. The weilding is of a very poor quality and not finished off very well and doesn't seem very substatial for what i was going to use it for, general use. I thought the thing was going to snap and low and behold, IT DID. I don't know if it was just mine, you know weak product for some reason. Any way i took it back and got back my money. It may be small, light and fast but is that any good when think you may break it? NO. So i say if you are going to buy one, buy one of the cheaper ones, they may not be the original gadget shop one, but you will be getting a bargain if it's under £50. Happy skating!

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                    03.04.2001 20:50
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                    Look I know they are not cheap and can be annoying at times, but they are the most fun you can have with a lump of aluminium and two wheels! They’re made out of aircraft grade aluminium so they are extremely light, and fold up to make them easily stored and easy to transport. They have chunky rubber wheels to help grip the terrain. They are small which makes them extremely easy to control. I know everybody hates them but personally I think they are better than skating or bikes. They are such a great way to get around. They are fun and economical, well they cost almost £100!

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                      29.01.2001 00:17
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                      Trying to keep up with the latest micro scooter craze,My children decided they all wanted one for Christmas. I bought two of these scooters both costing £29.99. I found them fasinating, the way that by opening two levers folds the scooter so flat it will fit in a holdall. They were made of good strong Aluminium and are very light weight. After making sure the neighbours werent about I had a quick scoot Myself these things dont half move. Over all I was quite impressed with them. Then My fourteen year old son bought one Himself it cost Him £49.99. When I heard the price He paid and comparing it to the other two I felt He had been ripped off. His was much heavier and the joints had been welded together very badly. It looked and felt cheap and tacky. He bought this scooter on the third of January it is now only the twenty eighth and already it is failing to bits. So far a rivet had loosened on the wheel which fell off while He was riding it,never to be found again. Both wheels have had to be replaced as they had worn down so quickly. These costing £7.99 each. Then the front bar that leads to the handlebars has bent making it slope towards Him,this makes it difficult for Him to steer properly. On top of all that the bar that extends the handle bars wont stay up,it keeps slipping down. The only way to tighten it is to use a Hammer to whack the levers over tight enough. And now the brakes have worn away,at this rate He will have paid the price twice over. Our overall opinion of this scooter is it wont be long before it ends up somewhere in a skip. Our experience is pretty bad,I was wondering if there are other people who have paid this kind of money,only to find it turned out to be a heap of rubbish. Is it a case of paying over £100 that gets you a worth while one?.if so they can keep them.I wouldnt dream of parting with that kind of money over a me
                      re scooter !!! p.s. the other two scooters, touch wood are still intact.

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                        08.01.2001 01:00
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                        This is just one of the new toys that you have just got to have it is worth it for how much you pay! You can get around fast plus look cool at the same time! You can fold it up and carry it around where ever you are this is just simply the best everybody has to have one. They are easy to put together and to take down! You have just got to have one!

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                          30.12.2000 06:40
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                          Over recent months everyone will have encounted one of these chrome-plated nightmares. Correction, the idiots who use them. Recently, a kid was killed on one of these things not far from where I live. I feel sorry for the driver who knocked the kid down as the kids here (Liverpool) seem to think they can do whatever they want on them. In supermarkets such as Iceland (not that I recommend anyone buying from them) and Tesco, kids are riding them in the shops - bad enough on the pavements, middle of the roads. Of course, the current post-christmas icey streets have the little "darlings" riding up close to pedestrians, endangering them. The problem is increased as they are quite cheap some have been seen in so-called "respectable" stores from as little as twenty quid - and they have even been given away free with mobile phones. If anyone thought that riding bikes on the pavement is bad (it is) - these are even worse. Ban them now and melt them down.

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                            08.12.2000 02:24

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                            The Micro Scooter in my opinion is one of the best purchases I have made. I'm a student and my accomodation is 1.5 miles away from where lectures are held, aswell as this my place of work is 3 miles away. At first I thought of getting a bike but then realised a micro is so much better: here's the reasons. 1. It doesn't have to chain it up - you wouldn't believe the amount of time you save but not having to tie upyour bike to a railing or even finding a railing at all - my micro goes everywhere with me and even fits in my locker at work. When I'm shopping I take carry it round town and fold it up to go into shops. When I get home the scooter fits perfectly into the cupboard 2. It's compact - when did you last take your bike on the tube?. It's so convientient to be able to move around compus without worrying about having to treck all the way back to where my bike was last locked up and with the carrying strap it's even easier. meaning its always reading. With practice you can fold up or down a micro in about 7 seconds without losing your step. 3. It's safe & legal at once!- cycle laws state the bikes above a certain diameter have to ride on the road in most areas- failure to do so causing a £500 fine. I live in reading where traffic is so heavy you think they were giving away cars- in such places taking a bike onto the road is crazy talk. 4. It's easy to maintain - There is so little to go wrong it's unbelivable - the only problem I've had are a set of flattened bearings but I do tricks. Besides the cost to replace these was £2. Now punctures or chain slips on this baby. 5. It keeps you fit- Many peoplethink that you only use one leg but this isn't so. After about a week you can learn how to change legs on the go and contrary to popular belief YES it does go up hills. 6. It's fun. Like a skatboard but without all the injuries- you won't believe how much fun you can have on one of t
                            hese things. I own a micro pro (get one of these instead of the standard if you are going to use it LOTS)and tricks can be practised with the piece of mind that you have handlebars to stablise with. Also the thrill of weaving in and out of pedestrains is somthing that lasts forever. Overall the micro scooter is the new god, a great fun quality product. I clock up 38 miles per week on mine (no joke) and average out at one mile in about 6 minutes. Mine goes everywhere with me and I've quit walking. It's not just a gimmick Bikes are passe'

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                            02.09.2000 21:58
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                            These things are great whether your a child or adult. I've got one for £60. If you thinking of buying on of then you should if you have money to spend. They are so easy to learn. You will be a bit wobbly to start but soon you will be gliding down the street with no trouble going up and down curbs no end. They can also be folded up as well. So you can fit them in to the smallest of spaces. I bought one about 2 months ago. Since then i have made a few adaptions. You don't have too and they are still good anyway i just like personalizing things. OK Deck Firstly i did not find the deck (the bit you stand on) grippy enough. So i went and bought some grip tape that goes on skateboards. You can gets some from www.rollersnakes.co.uk or phone up and order with the number on the page. Bearings I also changed the bearings. I found them too slow. The bearings are measured in ABEC 1 (Slowest) all the way to ABEC 11 (Fastest) I put some ABEC 9's (also called Boss Swiss) in mine wheels. This make alot of differece. The bearings are the same size as normal skateboard bearing or inline skating bearings. Bearings cost about £30 - £60 but this is for 8 - 16. I got mine from my old inline skates so i didn't have to buy the bearings. I don't know if a skate shop will sell you set of 4 bearings but i would by 8 so you have some spares. Handle Bars I personally don't like the handle bar foam grips. They rip. I got some old bike handle bar grips and stuck them on. They last a lot better. I hope that this has been helpful. Oh yeah could you give me a thumbs up if you like my suggestions.

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