The Tour de France is on at the time of writing. H can’t really understand why I’m at all interested, as I am not and never have been a competitive cyclist, but the sport has a powerful combination of athletic endeavour (including a murky past) and elegant equipment that draws me in. But it’s not just cycling; there is something about kit in general that I find fascinating, even if I never have and never will use it properly. With suitable funding I could very easily become the ultimate Mr All-the-gear-and-no-idea, with a shed bursting with never used (but very shiny) little understood, but very beautiful bits of climbing, diving, skiing, and cycling equipment. It’s the gleaming jewelled precision of bits of carbon fibre and polished stainless steel that exerts the irresistible draw; luckily for my sanity, the wrath of the bank manager stops me from such foolishness.
Buses and tubes are unbearable saunas at this time of year, and now we have to contend with the tube strikes, so I far prefer other methods of getting about London. As mentioned before, I have found a scooter to be a great method of transport, and I have recently been trying Micro’s newest addition to their range, the Suspension Scooter, thanks to the offer of an upgrade of my Micro Black Scooter from Micro UK.
It’s a sizeable machine; larger than the Micro Black, and heavier too at 6.4kg compared to 4.7 kg. This does mean that even more than the Black, it’s best suited to continuous journeys rather than topping and tailing a trip on the tube or bus. The suspension at both the front and back is noticeably effective, smoothing ruts in the pavement and making the ride much more comfortable. The wheels are the same, with a diameter of 20cm, and hard tyres so no danger of flats. Like all Micro scooters, the rear mudguard incorporates a brake. It’s very solidly engineered indeed, opening out from its folded state with a satisfying click. As well as the press button stops keeping it folded or unfolded, again, like the Black, there is a cam lever to lock it into position. There is a little maintenance required, in that the bolts holding the head unit to the board need to be kept tight. An allen key to do this is included.
I’m seeing more and more adult scooterers, and not only parents scooting with their children; I don’t find this surprising, as it’s a quick and convenient way of making short to medium length journeys around town, and lets me whizz past those on foot due to the strikes. The Micro Suspension Scooter is a fast and comfortable way of joining this growing tribe. All I have to do now is keep it nice and shiny.
Many thanks to Micro for our complimentary scooter. All opinions are our own, Fuss Free Flavours was not obliged to write a positive review.
Safety first – Micro do recommend that you wear a cycling helmet and use common sense when using your scooter.
The scooter will be available from Micro soon. Price TBC.