I love Micro Scooters. They. Are. Cool.
Gammon has had one since he was about 18 months old. I bought him a second hand blue one from the Friday Ads because he kept ‘borrowing’ those of older children when we went to playgroup. He was really good on it from a very young age – totally fearless!
We bought a new pink one for Chips for her second birthday recently. She is Little Miss Independent and refuses to do Gammon’s school run in the pushchair, so I find whizzing her along on the scooter is a really helpful way of getting her quickly down the hill, and quickly back up again.
So how thrilled was I when the lovely people at Micro Scooters offered me one of their new pedal-free Balance Bikes (G-Bike Plus) to review for Chips? They come in gorgeous range of some of my favourite Pantone colours. We chose purple.
We never had a balance bike for Gammon, and consequently he hasn’t taken to riding a normal bike with stabilisers very well – not like his death defying friends who all learnt to ride on one first before seemingly going straight on to a real bike and skipping the stabilisers stage. I’m hoping this will change for Chips!
Suitable for children aged 2 plus, the Micro G-Bike Plus is a great first bike and is aimed at helping the very youngest toddlers get off to a flying start.
It’s well made, incredibly lightweight (3.2kg), yet very sturdy, beautifully designed (Swiss) and with an adjustable seat and handlebars.
Chips was a little unsure at first, so let Gammon leap on to it initially. We adjusted the seat up to maximum height and he was actually a little too tall for it – he’s from a long line of vertically challenged relatives, so I think saying they’re suitable for children up to 5 is maybe stretching it a little – maybe 4 is a bit more realistic. But regardless, he had a little play on it before we very easily lowered the seat and Chips assumed the position.
She was still a bit wary, and had a bit of a go with us holding on to her, but she could only just touch the floor with her feet (again, that’s the shortie gene) so it’s going to take a little while for her to build her confidence up.
The idea behind the Micro Scooter balance bike is to allow small children to easily and quickly master balance and control making the transition to a bike with pedals fuss-free. The puncture-free wheels are really sturdy, and my prediction is that once Chips gets her confidence up a bit (probably with some noisy encouragement from Gammon) she’ll be zooming around on it like a red porsche after a Brighton seafront parking spot before we know it! She might just have to grow a couple of centimetres in the meantime, but I saw her pack away a plate full of sausages and chips today with culinary gusto so I know that won’t be long at all.
Probably in time for the summer in fact. Can’t bloody wait!
*Disclaimer: We were sent a purple Micro Scooter G-Bike Plus Balance Bike for the purposes of this honest review.