Anyone who knows me, knows I am not too great on a bike. My balance is ‘unbalanced’, I fear falling off and it’s just safer for all if I stay off 2 wheels. In fact when we were on our honeymoon in LA I hired a 3-wheeled bike with some friends – and although it caused much laughter – I felt a lot more grounded, you know to the ground!
When Micro-Scooter approached me about trying some adult scooters I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. Mr VIB was up for the challenge so I thought why not?
The adult Micro Scooters have the same iconic design, quality and construction as the kids versions – but have a wider and longer footplate (of course) and the deck is lower to the ground meaning it puts less pressure and strain on the back…phew!
The larger wheels also mean that you can get around faster and with less effort – speed wasn’t my concern for a moment but anything to make it a little easier was good. With adjustable handlebars that steer like a bike I was a little worried my balance would fail me again.
To play it safe we hit the local park as I knew there was a long stretch of path that would mean we could give them a ‘proper’ go – and hopefully not get in anyones way.
Miss Marnie already had a Mini Micro Scooter – but she too was a little unsure on her wheels. One thing I didn’t want to do was pass my ‘anxiety’ onto her. She hasn’t naturally taken to her scooter and I know it will take a little time.
When I have tried to encourage her to use it on the pre-school run I end up carrying it – and she walks along beside me. She is always more eager to try it when she sees her friends on theirs though. I wondered whether going out all together as a family could be the answer to help us both build our confidence?
I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed ‘scooting’ with the family – and I think Miss M seeing us riding them gave her a little confidence to try hers too. I was really hoping she would be a natural but I guess with everything, practice makes perfect.
One thing that concerned me was storage. As Miss M’s scooter and helmet already fill the porch way. But, the adult versions fold easily (great if taking on transport, on holiday or in the car) and are surprisingly lightweight too. The kickstand means the scooter can stand upright for parking (rather than being slung on the floor as many kids do) too.
Although I’m unsure if it would be something I would use around town (I mean all those people in my way!) – using it with Miss M on the pre-school run might mean we’ll get there on time.
I also discovered that adult scooting helps tone and strengthen muscles, IS actually easier than riding a bike and burns upto 480 calories an hour! Need I say more… If you are up for a bit of adult scooting then this guide to the top ten perfect places for family scooting as part of the National Cycle Network is a must read.
And, here’s our 5 Fave Micro Scooter Accessories: