Mini Micro T-Bar Scooter
“The Mini Micro T-Bar Scooter is just brilliant; it’s perfectly designed for toddlers and pre-schoolers.”
Buy online at John Lewis
Initial thoughts: I’ve seen these scooters around in the smarter parts of London and I’ve definitely noticed the Yummy Mummy brigade at Flea’s school regularly pull them out of the back of their 4x4s. I always assumed they were just another scooter, until we got our hands on one of the new green Mini Micro Scooters.
The most obvious difference is that there are TWO wheels at the front (so little ones can balance more easily) and you don’t turn the handle to steer – children push down with one hand to turn. It took Flea a little while to get used to this approach, because she’s used to steering her Like a Bike, but after an afternoon of pottering around the garden, she was away.
We liked: It’s well-made, with no sharp corners or edges to trap little fingers. It balances well, corners easily and is very light – meaning Flea can easily pick it up and manoeuvre the scooter when she’s playing. We tend to keep this in the back of the car so that if we need to walk a long distance, Flea can practice riding. She’s already doing tricks and has perfected her ‘fake’ fall. She loves to stop the scooter, look around, ‘fall over’ and shout: “Oh no, Mummy, I’ve taken a tumble!” What can I say, kids are weird.
We weren’t keen: Can’t think of anything. The steering takes a little bit of getting used to if children are used to riding bikes, but it really didn’t take Flea long, and I can see this approach prevents them jack-knifing or over-steering, which has to be a good thing. The foot brake at the back of the scooter’s base is entirely decorative from what I can tell – certainly Flea hasn’t ever used it successfully.
Overall: Nicely built, attractive and great fun. I can’t think of anything about this I would improve. It’s certainly lighter, faster, easier to manoeuvre and safer than other scooters Flea has played with. The Mini Micro Scooter comes highly recommended.
[By Sally, Who’s the Mummy?]