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For along time, Ive been one of those people that tries to be well organised when it comes to buying Christmas and birthday presents. Probably even more so now with having children. But one of the things I absolutely hate is the thought of not having anything bought and spending the few days leading up to the day running around like a headless chicken, buying absolute rubbish because Im panic buying and then finding Ive spent a lot more than what I should have! So I simply buy things when I see them on offer and I hope the person its for will like it, hide it away in a cupboard then wrap nearer the time. I bought this for my sons birthday last year, but had bought it a number of months previous to that so cant recall how much it cost ( I did bu it when on special offer though! ), but currently can be bought for around the £15.00/£20.00 mark from all good toy retailers.
Why did I buy it?
I thought it would be something that my son would like to use, and a perfect outdoor ' toy ' to be able to enjoy especially when the weather is nice. Previous to buying this, he only had a ride on when he was 12 months old, and thought this would be a good variation to suit his growing age and confidence.
How is it packaged?
It comes in a medium sized rectangular cardboard box, mainly blue in colour. On the front, if you turn the box sideways, has a picture of the scooter in the folded position. Above the picture is the name ' Nebulus TX ' in bold. On the right hand side it mentions afew of its features and that the recommended age for use is 5 plus.
Turn the box on the other side it mirrors the front but shows the scooter completely unfolded and ready for use.
On the side it gives you the general warnings associated with such an item, website details and mentions all instructions are included but requires adult assembly.
On the other side of the box there is a plastic carry handle, so ideal when you first purchase so easy to carry, but if you wanted to store it away in box for feature use makes moving it around easier.
How does it look/how to use?
The main body of the scooter is made from aluminium alloy, which you can clearly see as most of it is a silver colour. When in the upright position, this looks like a traditional scooter-handle bar grips at the top (blue in colour and padded, as if made from durable foam). This section, as if forming a t shape, is connected to a long pipe shaped body. A third down from the top, you can adjust the height of the scooter. On the outside of the main body are three holes ( three possible heights available ), on the inside of this is another tube which has a small button that needs to be pressed in to allow the outside body to move up or down, and then when the button is released ( it needs to sit in one of the three holes ) it will fix in place. To add security, there is a locking system that covers the join between the two tube sections where you need to ensure that the lever is pressed down towards the main body rather than against.
Further down you have a sticker on the scooter which says ' Nebulus ' in bold, and at the bottom you have one of the wheels. Just behind this wheel there is a blue plastic ' lever ' type switch. When the scooter is folded, this needs to be pulled down to release it and on its right hand side is another lever that needs to be pushed in to make it secure. When placed in the folding section reverse the process.
Connected to the wheel is the section where one of your feet is placed ( or two if adventurous! ). Theres a good length and width to it ( length 14 inches, width just under 4 inches ) so feet can be placed onto it with ease and feeling quite comfortable and secure. This section again has the word ' Nebulus TX ' on it. Connected to the other end of this foot section is the other wheel.
Theres a brake at the back of the scooter, which is long and slightly curved ( as it sits around an inch over the wheel but obviously not touching it unless when its pressed ). Needs to be pressed in by the foot to either slow down the motion of the scooter or to stop completely, depending on the amount of pressure applied.
Minimum height of scooter is 58cm, maximum height 82 cm ( when upright ).
Putting it together
Thankfully that wasnt necessary. It was pretty much a take out of the box job. It was folded down so needed to be unfolded. The only thing that needed to be done was the handle grips needed to be pushed into the scooter and that was it! Then tightened.
What do we think?
My son loves this! To be honest, it was only just given to him 2 weeks ago ( he should have got this last year, but my friend bought him a scooter so I gave him that instead and was going to give this to him a year or two down the line ).He saw a lot of children going to school on their scooters, and because it's a new school hes attending, and hes been abit shakey with the new change, when picking him up one day I brought this for him to use as a surprise. He had another scooter at home but was designed more for younger children and to be honest it needed a good clean. So I took this out of its hiding place, hoping this wouldn't be too advanced or tricky for him to use as hes 1 year younger than the recommended age for use. But he grabbed it, and rode of into the distance like a pro! He appeared comfortable, but more importantly in control and finds it very easy to use.
What do I think?
Well Im the poor mummy that has to carry this to school now every day when finished. When its in the folded up position, its not too bulky and thankfully light weight, so I can easily carry this and push a pram at the same time. Folding it, unfolding it, simple. Took me two occasions to master it, so if I can do it anyone can!
The folding up function is the highlight for me. Not only does it make it easy for me to carry ( if the basket under my pram was slightly different in shape it would fit in it ), but perfect to store away. Obviously, its being used on a near daily basis so makes no sense putting it in a cupboard. So its folded and in the hallway by the shoes. No one trips over it, its not in the way and its easy and quick to grab.
Would I buy this again? Most definitely! The most important thing is my son enjoys using it and he does. Although he is younger than the recommended age for use I would use common sense on this one. I wouldn't let my 2 year old daughter on it, but my son has good hand and eye co ordination, reasonably aware of his surroundings and has a good sense of danger ( but hes still a young kid so I don't completely trust him! ). He has good control over this scooter, starts and stopping is fine and he generates speed like no ones business. I cant comment on how durable this is as its still fairly new, but its light weight, foldable, looks great and made very well.
A winner in this house!
Ozbozz Nebulus Folding Scooter.
My son has just turned three, he has had a little three wheeled scooter for some time but always preferred to uses his brothers jd bug which I a two wheeled scooter. He kept saying that his one was not fast enough and he did become quite frustrated with it. I stared to look round for a suitable replacement suitable for his age range but they all seemed to be three wheels. So as my son appeared competent riding on his older brothers two wheeled scooter started looking for a cheap option for a slightly older age group.
I didn't want to spend a huge amount of money on one like I had for his brother as I knew his would be thrown around more, and frankly he was not going to be do stunts on it, well hopefully anyway.
We looked around for a few weeks and discovered one of the nebulus scooters in Halfords of all places. It was priced very reasonably at £9.99 or there about.
The scooter comes folded and in a box about 60x30x30 and weighs around 3-3.5 kg , however I have thrown the box away so the dimensions could be wrong, but it wasn't huge and I was easily able to carry it home. The scooter is folded flat with the handles also unclipped and folded. The assembly is incredibly easy the handle are clipped in with small ball bearing type button. the scooter is easily unfolded using a simple locking mechanism. The handle height is easily adjustable using a clip grip to a maximum of I think around four foot(not had it completely open) and a minimum of around two foot give or take. the front wheels lock so they cannot spin 360 degrees making it safer for younger less experienced riders. If however you are wanting to do stunts like my older son does this scooter is not suitable because of the spin ratio on the handle bars. The wheels are replaceable if they get worn out but to be honest the price of wheels is around the price of the scooter so in reality you could be better off replacing the scooter as a whole. The handle grips are made of a blue spongy material which helps to keep the grip and is the perfect size for my little one. This again are replaceable. The good thing about this scooter is that is foldable which makes it easy to transport and store, also for when you got to the shops and need it folded to go into the trolley. The base plate or deck board has grip tape attached with the nebulus symbol emblazoned on it, this is sufficient to keep from slipping.
This scooter has been thrown pushed knocked and ridden, even by adults thinking they are still kids, and it is still in great condition. my son uses this daily and has requested we take it on holiday with us so it is a definite hit. My older son was less impressed thinking it was far too simple and basic for his use, which is good because it means he won't be "borrowing" it.
The scooter is designed for five to ten year olds but my three year old is using it with ease, he wants to be like his brother...lol! word of warning this scooter hurts ankles when hit...lol!
I definitely recommend this scooter for a no frills option for younger users or beginners.
My eldest daughter turned 6 a few weeks ago and amongst the things on her birthday list one thing she desperately wanted was a scooter. I came across this one when have a mooch on the Smyths toys website, they are currently selling it at £9.99 with free delivery if you spend over £40 on the site. I didn't want to spend too much on a scooter for Sophie as I thought the only reason she wanted one is that lots of her friends have then at the start and end of each school day and wasn't actually convinced that she would play with it.
The scooter came packaged in a bright pink cardboard box, the box shows a picture of the scooter along with the name of it and the age range which is 5 plus. The box wasn't too heavy and I was able to easily put it on top of the wardrobe to hide it so I was a little unsure of what the quality would be like.
When Sophie opened her present she wanted to play on it immediately and the rest of her presents were nearly forgotten, we opened the box expecting there to be a building task but the scooter was ready built. The scooter is made of metal with pink bits of colour on it, it is a 2 wheeled scooter and has quite large wheels and the ability to fold in half with a simple twist and lock mechanism. The only part of the scooter that needed any attention was the handle bars which were folded down the main shaft of the scooter but they clicked into place very easily and the scooter was ready for her first ride.
The scooter can be adjusted to 3 different heights and Sophie is currently using the middle selection, as I said she has just turned 6 and she is of average height so I would say this would probably only last until your child is aged 7-8.
Sophie was eager to get her scooter outside but we insisted she try it in the house first, we found that the height was perfect for her and the plate for her feet was a decent size so that he feet don't fall off either side. Once we were sure she was ok on the scooter we allowed her to play outside on it and she really loves it however we took it to school that evening for her and she came straight off it resulting in 2 grazed knees! I should point out this was nothing to do with the scooter just Sophie's co-ordination.
The scooter has been banged off walls and chucked on the floor many times and it seems really sturdy, it has been played with just about every day since Sophie's birthday and there is barely any wear to the wheels so I have drawn the conclusion that it is a well made scooter. Sophie's younger sister Emily tried to play on the scooter and even though the age suggestion on it is older than the 2 years that Emily is she still manages to play on it pretty well and is probably more co-ordinated than her sister.
The scooter is well made, durable, attractively pink for a girl and a fantastic price so we rate it 5 stars.
I purchased this Blue Nebulus scooter for my son last Christmas. It is exactly the same as the picture. At the time it cost £8.60 and it's current price is selling at £9.90 From Tescos. A good price is you want a basic scooter at a reasonable price. Suitable from 5 years plus.
It came in a small box folded down and once opened it was easy to put it together and unfold it into the correct position making sure the scooter was secure. It can be handy to store or take in car by collapsing it back down again if needed to.
My son was so pleased with it as it was something that was on his wanted list, he was a bit too eager to try it out though on Christmas day and was using it in the hall way. Despite both myself and his Dad telling him not too a few seconds later he fell off it onto a radiator slicing his head open. A trip to A&E and some glue sorted him out but he did learn why helmets are so important and also why scooters are not for in the house.
This scooter is lightweight with 2 wheels weighing in at 2 kilos. Even though it isn't a fancy one is it capable of going fairly fast. It has grips on the handles and a metal plate part over the rear wheel which can be used to slow it down kind of like a brake. The wheels are blue and made from solid plastic.
For the last 5 months this has been left in the garden even though we have a shed it rarely ends up getting put back in there, this has caused rust to appear on the scooter. The other wear and tear is on the stand on part it is getting worn out. In all honesty I'm not too bothered by these issues as it was a cheap buy to start with.
My son still loves his scooter and still uses it a lot. I would recommend this scooter to anyone planning to buy one without breaking the bank.
Also my son is 7 and tends to thrown it down rather then put it down carefully so it withstands abuse too.
Harry has been stuck with a 3 wheel Roary the Racing Car scooter for quite a few years now, and after seeing some of his classmates on two wheeled scooters on the way to school, he decided that his Roary one was too babyish and small and he didn't want to use it anymore. While he has a lovely bike, I find the scooter is much more easy to transport around for school runs and things so now he's on summer holidays, I decided to treat him to a new grown up boy scooter. I had a look around as I didn't want to pay too much money, and preferably wanted one that folded up too, so I was thrilled to see Halfords stocked the OzBozz Nebulus scooter for just £9.99, on a half price offer. I reserved one at my local store and went to collect it an hour later much to Harry's delight!
The OzBozz Nebulus scooter is a metal frame, 2 wheeled scooter, and comes in both blue and pink so can be used boys and girls! It comes in a cardboard box, and I was worried about having to assemble it myself at home but luckily it comes almost fully built. It's folded down in half, but you merely need to click it into the upright position, push in the handlebars which was very easy to do and off he went. There were no fiddly nuts and bolts to contend with so it was very quick to assemble, especially for mums like me who aren't very strong! Harry was pleased it took me no time at all and quickly took it for a test run up and down our driveway.
The scooter looks and feels pretty sturdy once its clicked into position. To do this, you have to pull the handlebar and post so it is vertical, twist around the just above the wheel, and pull the blue locking lever while pushing the pole straight again. I have to admit it took me a few minutes to work it out first time as I hadn't released the pressure catch so it was too stiff to pull the blue locking lever, but once I released it, it clicked in no problem. Inserting the handlebars was also easy, simply depress the button on the edge, push on and line up the button with the hole. This is good because you can remove them for travel if and when you need to, and there is a blue handlebar holding attachment on the main pole of the scooter too. To collapse it, simply release the pressure catch again and pull the blue locking lever, and the handlebar pole will collapse backwards. It then clicks into a flat position so the scooter can be picked up and transported.
Harry has used the scooter quite a bit now, and is more than happy with it. The handlebars have 3 height settings, and at 5 years old Harry is using the lowest setting, so it should grow with him for a good few years yet. I feel the metal frame is well made, and the wheels seem very sturdy too. They seem to be made of clear rubber with a blue middle so suit the look of the scooter very well. The foot plate is wide enough for young children's feet, and has the Nebulus Trax logo on it, so looks pretty cool too. For the price I paid, which was £9.99, I think this is a great value for money scooter, and once I will definitely recommend for children aged 5 and over. Younger children probably wouldn't be sturdy enough on the the two wheels as it does require elements of balance to use it. I think this is a fantastic scooter, and I know Harry would certainly recommend it too!
Price: £19.99 although I obtained mine on sale for £9.99
Available at Halfords stores, and at www.halfords.co.uk
Thank you for reading.
When looking for Christmas presents (last June! Lol!), I stumbled across what I thought was a good offer in one of my catalogues, which was a BOGOF (buy one get one free!),on exactly the product I was looking for, I love it when a plan comes together!
My son had got to an age where he was showing an interest in scooters, due to his age and the fact his school have about three "healthy living" days a year, meaning they have to bring a healthy lunch and their favourite forms of transport/exercise!
After looking around for a scooter that would be as appealing to my slightly older daughter too, but not so different in design that she would complain he was getting a better one (yes, they are that petty at times!), I was pleased to come across a scooter that not only looked sturdy, but came in a choice of colours, blue for my son and pink for my daughter!
The scooter is a "nebulus" branded item, this is not a brand I am familiar with, but wasn't too concerned!
The scooter is around a 1/3 smaller than a bog standard scooter, and what I would describe as a "mini" size, though still as useable by my (then)8 year old as effectively as my (then) 5 year old.
The main body of the scooter is made from silver coloured metal, with the small plastic wheels and the foam handle bar protectors being either in the bright blue or cerise pink, though there are a couple of other colours on offer too, I am sure I have seen a yellow and green.
My kids found it very easy to ride these from the start, even on my lumpy and uneven path with little to no difficulty, even my daughter who has trouble walking upright, let alone on something with wheels!
The standing board is much narrower than a normal sized scooter, and though it's aluminium (which could potentially get a bit wet and slightly slippy) has never caused any problems, even with the lack of non slip substance on the standing board.
One the back, and just above the wheel is a small metal curved "plate", that if going to fast, could be used as a brake, though my kids just usually put their feet onto the floor, never building up enough speed to use this!
When finished with, the scooters are small enough to be simply stored as they are, but for transporting the handle part is on a hinge, so with a quick release of the button by the front wheel (well I say quick it took us a while to work out how to do it, and my hubby is still the only one who can do it!), the scooter then becomes almost flat pack, perfect to be slid away somewhere, it only measures around 3-4" high once folded up.
Another good point about the folding mechanism is the fact that this doesn't assembling when purchased and taken home, you simple pull out of the box, and pull the handle into an upright position, sorted!
Any down sides, well apart from the fact they will inevitably grow out of them, only the fading of the colour parts.
I got these last summer for last Christmas, and they have been played with extensively, and most times put away in the shed when finished with, so I think my kids were disappointed upon finding that here really is very little difference between their scooters now the colour has (almost) faded from the handles and wheels, though this has not affected them using them in any way.
Price wise this cost me £19.99, which considering I got two was a fantastic offer, as I had allowed myself that much each scooter rather than two.
These are also available on www.amazon.co.uk.
These have been well used and loved scooters, but do lose a star due to how quick the colours have faded.
Thanks for reading x
I bought this scooter for my 4 year old daughter after being attracted by the low price of £10.99. I had been looking at three wheel versions, but they all looked very plastic and babyish in comparison, and were generally more expensive. I also thought that a three wheel one would maybe see one summer's use, whereas children of all ages seem to like the nebulus scooter.
The design of the item is excellent. We chose the pink and silver version which, while still being girlish and pretty, is also trendy and appropriate for older children. The build quality is good too, with a sturdy frame and strong connecting parts. The folding mechanism is quite stiff - there is no way my daughter could do this on her own - but I find this reassuring as it means the scooter won't collapse while my daughter is riding it. The height of the handles is adjustable, so we should see many years play from it.
Once folded, the scooter is small, light and easy to carry. The wheels are average and do give a bumpy ride on some surfaces, but this does not seem to put my daughter off. The scooter also features a brake on the back wheel that is pressed by the child's foot. However, although this is a good safety feature, my daughter cannot seem to get the hang of using it, so is probably only relevant when the child is older.
Having seen children of age 5 or so out and about on these two wheeled scooters, I decided to look into getting one for my daughter. Like anything these items vary quite a lot in price, I was looking at a microlite one at the £50 mark, but when I saw this Ozbozz one when shopping at Sainsbury's for £9.99 I decided it was worth a go.
The scooter has adjsutable height bars, and the manufacturer says it is for use from 5 years, I think a 4 year old with good gross motor skills could probably give it a go. My daughter shares my lack of co-ordination but quickly grasped how to scoot along on this, though she has yet to use the brake at the back (it depresses on the back wheel), and actually has had no real need to do so. The steering is quite easy, eased by ball bearings and the actual build quality of this item is surprisingly good.
These scooters really do ease the school run, kids happily scoot along on them, this one folds and so can be carried or put on a buggy once it is not needed or when legs tire. It weighs about 2 kilos, so is relatively light to carry, though it is not very easy to fold and has to be pulled with quite some force, but at this price I think that is acceptable.
The wheels seem to have worn quite well - I think more expensive models may have quieter gel wheels, but we have found the wheels to be fine for our use, and fine on most surfaces though not great on more bumpy pavements. The handlebars are sufficiently padded and easy for a small child to use, they can detach to fold down smaller but we haven't really ever needed to do this.
Having seen a small child come off one of these I do make my daughter wear a helmet to use her scooter, and surprisingly she has yet to complain about this. I think this inexpensive scooter is actually better than some of the more expensive 3-wheeled versions around, by using it my daughter seems to have learned to balance so this may help her learn to ride a bike in the future.
This scooter gets frequent use and yet bar a little customisation with High School Musical stickers, it looks as good as new. Maximum weight is 50kg but I must confess to having had a sneaky go despite being well over that weight.
This is a good low risk buy if you are looking into buying a scooter for a child and are not sure if they will like it or not, I would recommend it and so, I think would my daughter who really loves it!
Ozbozz folding scooters have been around since the first folding scooter was invented. As a result of this they have developed the scooters with time and now offer one of the best, most reliable yet lightweight models on the market to date. Its fun, fast and can be folded and taken anywhere due to its lightweight body!