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I bought this scooter for my 2 year old after receiving recommendations from friends with children of a similar age. The decision to buy one took a while as the price was significantly higher than most other scooters on the market, but I now see why! POSITIVES The scooter is light and easy to manoeuvre which makes it great for small children. My daughter had just started to show some independence away from her pushchair and I felt this helped her develop her hand/eye coordination and ability to explore! After owning the scooter for a year, she whizzes ahead in front of me on walks laughing and squeeling with excitement! The quality of the scooter makes it very easy to see why it costs more than other competitor scooters. Its constructed of a very lightweight aluminium t-bar handle and stick which is fixed to a colourful footboard and break with sturdy wheels. The accessories that go with the scooter are great and the 'parent cred' I've received when out and about with my daughter is great (albeit cringe worthy!!). We often get stopped and asked where we got it from. The unique way in which it steers just by tilting the t-bar to one side is incredible and means my 2 year old picked up the mechanism very quickly! NEGATIVES Only negatives I can think of is the fact the stick can't be folded down and has to be removed from the base which isn't easy. This makes the scooter a little bulky to store. Also, the accessories are quite expensive.
Age Range: 3 to 4 years Dimensions L54 x W22 x H66.5cm Max User Weight 20kg This is by far the best scooter out there! Anything else just does not compare at all once your child has used one of these. The scooter has two wheels at the front, which makes it super sturdy and easy to use even for very young children. The recommended age is from 3 years, but I have seen loads of younger children ride this scooter with confidence (my son included). Unlike a traditional scooter the handle bar is fixed and steering works by leaning into the direction you would like to move. This may sound a bit complicated, but it seems that this is very intuitive for small children and they seem to work it out within minutes. THe wheels are rubber and the same kind of wheels as used on inline skates. This not only makes the scooter very quiet, but also makes it run and feel really smooth - and fast! With very little effort, you get to move a good distances, which I think is one of the main reasons why it is so popular. Ordinary scooters can seem like hard work compared. The handles are soft and easy to hold onto. The board itself can be exchanged, as can the handles. They come in various colours for you to pick and choose. There are lots of accessories available (e.g. bottle holder, bags, bells etc) Any part of the scooter is replaceable and you can buy single parts to fix it. Which is just as well, as you would not like to replace the whole scooter. At just over £50 it's not the cheap option, but in my opinion still worth every penny! In the unlikely event that your child gets fed up and you end up carrying the scooter you will be pleased to know it is really light. It can also be taken apart and fits in any car. My little boys loves this scooter and uses it daily.
The Mini Micro scooter is a "must have" accessory for under 5's. Don't be fooled by cheaper imitations - of which there are hundreds on the market - as the original really is the best in this case (which is unfortunate as it's not the cheapest at £55). So why is it the best? I think it ultimately comes down to quality and durability. We've had the one mini micro scooter passed down between 3 children so far, over a period of 6 years, and it's still going strong! Yes, the wheels are a bit worn now - but the great thing about the Micro Scooter brand is that it's very easy to get replacement parts, so when I get around to it I can replace the wheels, handle grips, footplate etc. without having to fork out another £55 on a new scooter, which is great news as I have another child to pass it down to. We've definitely had our monies worth. The Mini Micro is different to other 3 wheeled infant scooters on the market, in that it has 2 wheels at the front instead of the rear which makes it nice and stable. It also has a different method of steering - instead of twisting the handlebars to change direction like the traditional scooter/bike, you lean on the handles to the left or right and gradually turn. I've found my children take to the lean-to steering method much more quickly and naturally than the traditional one, and are always zipping along quite comfortably in no time. For us, the Mini Micro has become an essential for the school/nursery runs, as my children at the age of using (2-5) have been far to tired and grumpy to walk home after an energetic day at nursery or school, but are too old to use a buggy. The Mini Micro is fun for them to use, and they are generally much happier to go there and back without a fuss rather than "boring" walking. It's also much more slimline than a bike, so they can weave through the pavement "traffic" without bashing in to other children and parents. Being a 3 wheeler, and having 2 front wheels, has also meant that on the few occasions my child is too tired to even scoot - I can attach a strap to the handles and pull them home! I believe you can buy a strap specifically for this purpose from Micro Scooters now, but any old strap will do to be honest. In recent years Micro Scooters have brought out many new colours to the original Mini Micro design, but the design itself has remained the same as it's so good! I would say this is an essential buy for all parents to young children.
Where we live, Mini Micro scooters are everywhere. Doing the school run involves dodging pre-schoolers scooting along the pavements at high speed after dropping off their older siblings (usually pursued by a parent rushing along carrying the older child's scooter) and, during the day, they seem to be the preferred method of encouraging those 3 and 4 year olds to move at something resembling normal speed - after all, if you're on a scooter, it is much harder to stop and examine everything on the pavement in minute detail. My two year old daughter was not oblivious to this proliferation of scooters, she was absolutely desperate for one of her own (mainly so she could chase her big brother on his Micro Sprite) and the main thing on her Christmas list this year was a PINK scooter. So, when she unwrapped the scooter on Christmas morning she was delighted and spent the rest of the morning scooting up and down the kitchen, asking us if it had stopped raining yet - so keen was she to get outside on it. *The Product* The Mini Micro Scooter is definitely the scooter of choice in our area, and I think there is a very good reason for that. The design itself is very simple - a strong plastic footplate, three chunky wheels (two at the front and one at the back), and a T-bar handle with rubber handles. The front wheels are set fairly wide apart, either side of the footplate which provides added stability. It also has a bright orange brake at the back. The scooter itself is very low to the ground, which again makes it more stable and easy for even very young children to ride. It comes boxed and in two parts, but you simply need to slot the T-bar steering column into place and then it is ready to use - this is great when you have a very impatient two year old waiting to try it out. The scooter is also very lightweight - weighing 1.5K - meaning that it is easy for an adult to carry should you find yourself in a location where scooting is not an option (my son's school playground for example). The Mini Micro also comes in a range of colours - my daughter has a bright pink one, but you can also get them in blue, red, white, green and some limited edition neon colours. Last year there was even a special Team GB Mini Micro Scooter for the Olympics. *Our Experiences* The Mini Micro Scooter is very simple for young children to master. The low height off the ground makes it feel very stable, and my daughter grasped the concept of scooting very quickly. Steering is a slightly tricky element for a beginner as you need to 'lean' to steer the scooter - the first time we went out on it, my daughter was leaning too much and every few scoots resulted in the scooter veering sideways into somebody's front wall. However, it really doesn't take long for them to get the hang of the steering - within a couple of days my daughter was confidently whizzing round corners in pursuit of her big brother, and swerving efficiently out of the way of other pedestrians. For me, the most positive thing is the stability of this scooter - she very rarely falls off while scooting normally, however fast she is going, and the only tumbles that she has had is when she forgets to stop and lift the scooter up a raised kerb or scoots straight into an uneven manhole cover. This makes me feel very confident about taking her out on it and, within a couple of months, it has already replaced the buggy as her predominant mode of transport. It is also perfect for the school run as we are no longer waiting for her to decide whether she can be bothered to walk down the road or not, instead I am pursuing the pair of them down the street as they scoot off happily together. In my opinion, there are only two (very minor) downsides with this scooter. The first of these is that you can't fold the scooter. To me, this isn't a big deal as it is definitely light enough to carry unfolded, but there are times where it would be useful to stash a folded scooter under the buggy. The second is that, unlike my son's Micro Sprite, the height of the handlebars is not adjustable. Again, I don't feel that this is a major issue as it is only designed for 3-5 year olds and, if you need a higher handlebar, then it is probably time for an upgrade anyway. *Price and Purchasing* We bought our Mini Micro Scooter direct from the Micro Scooters website for £49.95. They seem to be one of those products which is difficult to find at a discounted rate, but you can also buy them from places like John Lewis or Jojo Maman Bebe. If you are buying for a very young child, you can also buy a version which has a seat attachment and an O-shaped handle, which can then convert to the proper version when they are big enough to scoot confidently. There are also a wide range of accessories available for the scooters - from special handbags to attach to the front, to bells and fleece 'ears' for the scooter handles to prevent cold hands while scooting. *Final Thoughts* The Mini Micro Scooter is definitely one of the best purchases that I have made for my children. My only wish is that I'd succumbed to the temptation to buy one when my son was three years old as it would have been so much better than the clunky, metal one we bought instead. My daughter absolutely adores her scooter and it has revolutionised the school run for us - it is so refreshing to see her actually want to get outside and do something physical, and we have the Mini Micro to thank for that. It is lightweight enough for her to manoeuvre herself, extremely stable which boosts confidence and a whole lot of fun. For me, this is unconditionally a five star product and one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Like many kids at 2 and a half my little nephew Adam hates being in his buggy but walking any 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 toddlers tantrums. 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
This scooter was handed down to my daughter by my neice who was due an upgrade - it has been a huge success! My daughter was just 2 and a half when we aquired it, so a little under the 3 - 5 recommended age group. She was very confident on it from the word go, though she didn't reach the speeds she does now for some time! The two wheels at the front ensure that the scooter doesn't tip over. The handle bar doesn't turn, you steer the scooter by tilting the handle bars one way or the other. It took my daughter some time to grasp this concept, so for a while changing directoin meant stopping, re-positioning the scooter and setting off again - which made for slow progress if we were actually going somewhere. However, it soon became natural for her and now the speeds she reaches on the school run are a little hair raising! There is a brake on the back wheel, but we haven't started using this yet. She slows herself down in the same way she makes herself go, but with resisitance instead of a push. As this was handed down I cannot comment on the packaging or initially assembly. The scooter doesn't fold down (this would be a nice improvent as it's not too heavy so could probably be stuck under a pram when necessary) but it is possibly to completely remove the neck/handle bar. This is done by pressing down a catch under the scooter and pulling the handle bar out. It is quite fiddly and would be a messy job if the scooter was wet/dirty so you probably wouldn't want to be doing it regularly, but it is handy for packing in the car to go on holiday, etc. To assemble it again you just push the handle bar back into the hole until it clicks. The scooter looks very smart - and grown up! You're child will only want a new one when they have literally out grown this one (the handle bar doesn't extend), not because it looks 'babyish'. My daughter is now 3 and a half and has just started nursery school. The school is around a mile away and initially we walked.....a very long, slow walk with lots of singing/games to keep her distracted! After the first week we decided to try the scooter. Now we set off 10 minutes later and I have to do a very brisk walk/trot to keep up (which is good exercise for me!) As this was handed down I can vouch for the quality of it. My daughter has now had it for a year and my niece must have had it for at least 3 (more if it was initially my nephews!). It certainly doesn't look new - though most of that is probably down to the dirt, but it is in full working order and nothing has fallen off or broken! I think this is the perfect starter scooter. It's is very age appropriate, the size is perfect for 3 - 5 years olds. The handle bar doesn't extend but I imagine this is because it is the perfect size for the dimensions of the scooter. If your child requires a higher handle bar they are probably ready for a different scooter!
When big brother received a big boy scooter for Xmas our 2yr old daughter wouldnt stop trying to use it. We therefore decided that we would invest in a safe scooter for our ambitious little girls 2nd birthday in Jan. After considerable investigation work we settled on the Micro scooter as it seemed to continually be recommended for stability, safety and ease of use. We purchased ours from Amazon in a lovely pink/red colour (blue also available) for £35.99 but have seen prices up to £45-50 so shop around. The scooter is made specifically for 3-5 years age group but despite this is very well built and sturdy. The maxiumum recommended use weight is 20kg. The scooter is very easy to put together, coming in just two parts - the neck and handle are pushed into the joint above the wheels - in 2 minutes your scooter is made. Using the scooter- our 2yr old mastered the scooter within hours and, unlike other toddler scooters, this does not tip over in use due to the 2no wheels located at the front. The base board is centred very low to the ground so, unlike alot of others, there is no chance of trapped toes and just a small step off. This also means that the centre of gravity is very close to the ground making it a far more stable platform than any other system we looked at. Steering is from "leaning" as opposed to pulling the handle bars one way or the other like conventional scooters. This is ingenious as it stops children jack knifing the scooter and prevents them from wobbling the handles to and fro and falling off. A brake is located at the rear of the base board which is operated when they are older by the underside of their foot - like on a Razor scooter. To top it off it is a good looking scooter stong coloured plastics and shiny metal neck shaft to black gripped handles. This scooter cannot be folded down for storage or carrying but is very light and fits in a car with ease. Lots of other scooters our there on the market, many cheaper than this, but if you want a durable and safe scooter then its worth ditching the Peppa Pig one and going for the micro scooter.
Some Christmas presents are better than others, and as it turns out, this scooter is probably the biggest success this year as far as my four year old is concerned, and I think it is great too! The Mirco Mini T-Bar Scooter is a 3 wheeled scooter designed for 3-5 year olds, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and we bought it following the purchase of another, cheaper scooter that proved to be a disaster on wheels; as soon as we got this item we realised how good it actually was, and since she has had it my 4 year old has practically been inseparable from it. You can expect to pay about £50 for this item, mine cost £34 from The Entertainer, and it comes in pink and blue - currently there are also "limited edition" green, red and blue scooters available too, all in the same dimensions. The first thing to impress me about this scooter was that, on purchase, very little assembly was required. All you have to do is push the steering column into place and you are good to go. The chunky two front wheels, which are made of PU, mean that the board is nice and stable, allowing the child to build up quite a lot of speed - luckily there is a brake at the back (it's the orange hub wheel you can see in the photo), and this my four year old learned to use pretty instantly. Steering is by means of leaning with the steering column, rather than turning; this is easier to do than describe, basically there's a clever steering system in the front wheels, then the child leans the steering column to the left the front wheels turn slightly. This, again, seemed to come quite easily to my daughter, though we did make sure she was wearing a crash helmet whilst trying it out. She was soon weaving in and out of obstacles, gliding along and going down hills quite quickly, and braking with confidence. Everything about this scooter is well made, though the footboard is plastic, it's reinforced underneath and quite springy, and textured so the child's feet grip to it. The aforementioned wheels are of a really good quality with metal spokes. It's a shame that the handlebars are not height adjustable (they are 670mm high), but they do seem to be perfect for the age at which they are aimed - these scooters are very popular where I live and I see children of all sizes scooting around on them very happily, and they get great use at our preschool too, they seem to live up to the challenges that that environment poses and cope with use and abuse. The T-bar design is well designed for small hands, the rounded edges mean that if you drop the scooter on to its side it bounces, the grips are well made and robust, like the rest of the toy. We find that this scooter is perfect for the school run, my daughter loves the freedom of going on it, though I do struggle to keep up with her at times! It's lightweight enough to be carried by an adult if necessary, (it weighs 1500g) , and also fits nicely in the car. You can't, however, fold the scooter at all, but again this isn't too much of an issue as far as I am concerned, what matters to me is that by combination of great design, in terms of steering and quality of the wheels this scooter allows a child to have fun and get around more easily. We've had no problems with the scooter, although it is really only for use on smooth surfaces, such as pavements. Should we have anything break on the scooter, it's good to know that there are handy repair videos on the manufacturer's site (link below), with spare parts, as well as different coloured decks and handles to personalise your scooter being available at a reasonable cost. I'm quite tempted to buy an add on flashing light for safety on the school run on dark mornings, but there is a whole range of accessories to buy if you wish. I really think that this is a fantastic scooter, and well worth the purchase price, given that it works as well as it does, has great re-sale value, and is a well made and solid item. Sometimes it's just worth buying a quality brand item, in my opinion, and having experienced the scooter from hell prior to this, this is one of those times. Highly recommended, just a great product - I just wish I'd bought one before I actually did! More details here: http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk There is also a scooter for age 6-12