Want enjoy your commute? Want your time back in the morning?Come and see us at Micro Scooters and we can make the seemingly impossible possible for you by putting joy back in to your commute. Joe recently came into Micro HQ and had a chat with us on why he enjoys his commute on the Flex Air.
What made you decide to buy a scooter?
I lost my bike! I moved house and realised that I left it in the bike shed and the landlord had got rid of it so I needed a replacement commuter. I found online that a lot of people are using scooters, and I thought I would give it a try since I've got pretty good balance.
I thought I'd try a new form of transport for my 2.5km commute, not knowing exactly what to expect and not thinking that the range would be as large as it is. I've had some experience with kids scooters with polyurethane wheels before and I'd been quite happy with that but there's too much vibration for a long commute. I found the Micro Flex Air scooter with air filled tyres solves that problem. It basically turns into a standing bicycle which I’ve found is really great.
What made you choose a scooter over a bike?
I didn't want another push bike as I didn't like the idea of cycling on the road especially in peak-hour traffic. I see a lot of stories in the news about people being injured in bicycle accidents. I'd much prefer to be on the footpath but you can't really do that on a bicycle. So this is a good middle ground. It's technically a pedestrian vehicle and that's been really good for me. It's more quiet than walking - you don't even hear footsteps. It's one of the most convenient forms of transport I've ever come across to be honest.
How did you find Micro scooters?
I found Micro online - you were the only brand offering air filled tyres. I was specifically looking for pneumatic tyres to reduce vibration and increase grip because I would be going at speed downhill and that you need quite a bit of grip for that.. Also I've been commuting quite a bit in the rain and I wanted the grip I was used to on a bike. I’m very happy with the Flex Air scooter full stop.
I did look online at different brands, but the Swiss engineering combined with air filled tyres is what sold it for me. The Flex Air is a bit pricey but it's turned out to be the best money I've ever spent. I would have spent quite a bit more on a replacement bicycle and I think I would be a lot less happy with that than I have been with this scooter. Honestly it's one of the best $400 purchases I've ever made.
I've had a motorcycle so I've experienced motorcycling to work, biking to work, walking to work and the safest and most efficient of all of those has been scooting. It's safer than cycling, it's faster than walking; I feel like I'm sprinting everywhere but using no effort to do it. It's really convenient and it's silent.
"I've had a motorcycle so I've experienced motorcycling to work, biking to work, walking to work and the safest and most efficient of all of those has been scooting... I feel like I'm sprinting everywhere but using no effort to do it"
Early in the morning it gives you time to think, so you spend your commute not just focusing on the road or the traffic, you're thinking about things as you would if you were on the bus. But not actually having to deal with the bus.
Scooting is faster too. I'm frequently passing the same bus as I go to work - they're stuck in traffic and I'm just flying past on the sidewalk much faster than they can go. There are no stability safety issues in my opinion; I've never come off my scooter, never had anything even close to a close call. It might just be that I've got good balance, but I think it's one of the safest forms of transport as well as just being fun.
I wouldn't want to take a motorcycle to work and I wouldn't want to walk either, so this is the perfect in between vehicle for my commute.
Joe commutes 2.5km each way to his to work doing IT application support and is the proud owner of a Micro Flex Air.