Are you trying to fit more two-wheeling into your life? When you can’t ride a traditional bike, a micro scooter — also known as a kick scooter — can be a fun way to get around. Originally designed for kids, today many teens and adults enjoy rolling along on a micro scooter.
Typically designed to fold, they’re light and easy to carry, meaning you can take your scooter with you everywhere. Similar to BMX bikes and skateboards, micro scooters have inspired a cool type of trick riding as well. Since micro scooters aren’t all that well known, we thought we’d give you a few details. Knowing what to look for will help you choose a micro scooter that is adapted to you.
There are micro scooters on the market for all different types of riders. There are two main things to consider:
Weight: A micro scooter is designed with a maximum load rating. Don’t go over this limit, as you risk damaging the frame, wheels, or bearings, and could get hurt.
Size/height: Taller scooter riders need a handle that extends to a comfortable height. Kids’ models have a shorter foot bed, and won’t suit older kids or adults.
Traditional kick scooters have a single footboard, with one wheel at the front steered by the handlebar and one wheel at the back. A modern variant is the ‘V’ shaped scooter that has two footboards set at an angle and a total of three wheels.
Low-cost children’s micro scooters sometimes come with a fixed handlebar post. These are a good choice as a starter scooter, but aren’t as easy to store as the foldable models. For older children, teenagers, and adults, folding models are standard. With the front post retracted and folded down, they are easy to carry and don’t take up much space.
You will find cool features and accessories for micro scooters, much like you can find for a bike. Replacement wheels, heavier-duty bearings, custom hand grips, and even brakes allow you to customise your scooter the way you like it. If you’ll be doing tricks, make sure to add footpegs. If you’re wondering what possible tricks one could perform on a mini scooter, search for videos online. You’ll be amazed at how fun and wild they can be!
While micro scooters are growing in popularity in New Zealand, many people still haven’t tried them. If you get the chance, give one a try. Kids should always wear protection, like helmets, elbow and knee pads, and sturdy shoes, and it’s not a bad idea for adults as well. It might take a few tries to get the knack of it, but once you’re comfortable, you’ll want to take your micro scooter with you everywhere you go!
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