to think I can be in my 40s and ride a scooter (like kids ones but built for adults) and they can all 'do one?'

(72 Posts)
captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:05:48

That really

TiggyD Thu 16-May-13 19:07:32

Nope!

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:09:19

but why not? Seriously! It is an easy method of transport for short journeys. My children ride theirs. I'm not allowed to cycle on the pavement. I just do not understand the flabbergasted reactions!

Pendipidy Thu 16-May-13 19:09:47

I would like one too!

happyhorse Thu 16-May-13 19:11:05

Of course you can. You'll look silly, but if you don't mind that then good luck to you.

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:11:41

you know when you may have really 'outed yourself!' ???

TiggyD Thu 16-May-13 19:11:51

Still no.

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:12:18

really early 40s!

noisytoys Thu 16-May-13 19:12:20

Loads of parents at DDs school ride their DCs scooter home from school you'd look great smile

happyhorse Thu 16-May-13 19:13:00

You might not look quite as silly as the grown man I saw skateboarding (badly) down the street yesterday.

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:13:02

Tiggy D , but why? It can be very exhillarating on an early morn

AwkwardSquad Thu 16-May-13 19:13:06

I wanted one but was too embarrassed - hats off to you, OP!

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:13:49

thanks noisy, but it is mine. Is that still acceptable?

AThingInYourLife Thu 16-May-13 19:14:42

DH has started using DD1's scooter for short trips.

He loves it.

He is mid 40s.

Startail Thu 16-May-13 19:15:29

Why not, I'm 45. I trampoline, go on swings and a sneak down slides when no ones noticing, I love water chutes and wave pools and roller coasters. If my DDS scooted I would too.

treas Thu 16-May-13 19:16:31

Dh and I had a wonderful time riding the dc's scooters between Boscombe and Bournemouth beach front in the off season - added bonus was we embarrassed the children.

Mind you it it is a fair bit of exercise

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:16:48

seriously those who would like one. I think you should go for it. I love it. So much more fun than walking, sits in the hallway... and actually let's not bother what others think! The fact that I haven't been bombarded with shame is a scootering inspiration! Mine was just over £50, adult proof and great! x And non- believers, ha,ha,ha to you

LadyVoldemort Thu 16-May-13 19:18:01

Why not? I get funny looks for joining in on the kids stuff but I don't care, kids shouldn't be allowed to have all the fun!

Go ride about on your scooter, if anyone calls you just send em my way! grin

pigletmania Thu 16-May-13 19:18:48

Yanbu at all. Why not!

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:19:32

I think one leg is slightly fitter than the other, but that is cos I can be a bit uncordinated. Seriously though, if you have no room for a bike, scooting is brilliant! Come on, let's not be told which toys are the grown up ones!

Amrapaali Thu 16-May-13 19:21:43

noisy ewww no! Those parents on the school run get my goat every time. They have this breezy, insouciant air as they whiz past, but I always think, "trying too hard. Yes, yes we get it, you are fun and zany, but FFS, reel it in"

chandellina Thu 16-May-13 19:23:13

My dh often scoots with our son and sometimes on his own. I see an adult commuting by scooter roughly once a month on London. I don't see why not.

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:24:48

amrap, that made me laugh, but really I'm not trying hard enough apparently. I know what you mean, but i hope i'm not guilty

AwkwardSquad Thu 16-May-13 19:24:55

The urge is building up again.... I could scoot my commute grin

maillotjaune Thu 16-May-13 19:26:59

DH got one for himself after our older boys started scooting. He goes out for rides with them.

Yes he looks silly but he doesn't care - and maybe I'm just jealous because I now find all sorts of things I loved when I was a kid like swings and scooting now make me feel light headed.

storytopper Thu 16-May-13 19:28:19

This company makes scooters for adults:

www.swiftyscooters.com/

Looks like they are based on the scooters the Amish use in the USA

www.amishscooters.com/

MadameOvary Thu 16-May-13 19:29:40

I think the Universe is trying to tell me something.
First I have a dream about scooting up the road (it was awesome!)
Then DD brings home an abandoned scooter today.
Now this thread.
Tempted...

louisianablue2000 Thu 16-May-13 19:33:04

micro scooters make scooters for adults. Just saying...

I wasn't playing on the swing for about 10 minutes last time we went to the play park, oh no

freddiefrog Thu 16-May-13 19:33:26

I ride my DD's back from school.

We kept getting them nicked so I refuse to leave it in the scooter racks at school and bring it home in the morning and take it with me in the afternoon. Riding it is the quickest and easiest way to do so it also means I can leave 5 minutes later and catch the end of Escape to the Country

DD has one of those 2 legged V shaped ones, dead easy to ride and you can get quite a speed up

hellohellohihi Thu 16-May-13 19:34:47

I just came on here to post about adult scooters as DH is contemplating getting one to help speed up his mammoth commute.

Where do we even start to look?? He'll need one he can carry on the train and tube...

Amrapaali Thu 16-May-13 19:38:07

Get a Segway Beaky, you'll look really cool and with it (like a security guard at an American mall)

grin

Abra1d Thu 16-May-13 19:40:29

I used to have to get my car serviced four miles from my home. My bike wouldn't fit in the boot, so I used to take a child's scooters. Some funny looks, but it saved me masses of time getting home again. Just make sure you do rotate the pushing leg or you'll get sore muscles.

Abra1d Thu 16-May-13 19:41:04

Oh, and I was 44 when I used to do this.

captainBeaky Thu 16-May-13 19:47:05

madamovary... I dreamt you were riding one! Gooooooo onnnnnnnnnnnnn

KD0706 Thu 16-May-13 19:55:38

I met a lady last week who was scooting around town.
She was with her two children, one on a bike and the other on a scooter and said it was how she kept up with them.

When I saw her my first thought was how much fun it looked. And my second was how practical it was.

I don't think YABU at all, go for it.

DontMeanToBeRudeBut Thu 16-May-13 19:59:40

I'd love to scoot back from dropping DS at nursery but I'd feel ridiculous.

Micro sends me their catalogue every few months. I quite like this one.

CheapBread Thu 16-May-13 20:00:12

Hear hear OP.
The more people use them the more acceptable they'll become. I'd love one but my commute is literally a couple of metres.
People aren't active enough, and that's why we're turning into fat feckers.
I always have a go of the swings in the park- and monkey bars. It's fun (and hard work).

FrequentFlyerRandomDent Thu 16-May-13 20:05:15

My DH has had one for years. He is very satisfied. It shortens his commute. It is foldable, has a step to carry, fits the luggage rack in the train. He does not have to wear Lycra or special clothing. Actually he does use cycling mittens for better grip/ to protect his hand in case of a fall. He has had a few tumbles too when overconfident.

FrequentFlyerRandomDent Thu 16-May-13 20:05:50

Has a strap not a step to carry!

Standingonlego Thu 16-May-13 20:06:26

i have a grown up micro skooter - micro black. It is awesome! I do school run and allsorts on it. Husband does too! It is genuinely practical as can fold up and throw in boot of anyones car. It is fun, fast and i do not care as i love it. My Dad (62) also does the school run on it occassionally smile Now I have outed myself...I skoot to the pub...

Budgiegirlbob Thu 16-May-13 20:08:04

I occasionally ride my daughter's scooter back from school, I'm 44 and look pretty silly on it, but I don't care! However, two kids from along the road nearly managed to put me off as they shouted out of the window as I went past "Oi, old woman, no! ". I ignored them!

Yanbu. Microscooters were originally invented for the commuter in mind!
I was late picking my child up from nursery, had 5 minutes to do a 15 minute walk. I grabbed ds2's razor spark scooter and got there in 5 minutes!
Ds3 wouldn't let me scoot back though!

I had a go on DS (6) scooter and it was proper hard work! I begin to see why his calf muscles are so well defined...

His is one which goes up to adult so I don't see why an adult shouldn't ride it.

5madthings Thu 16-May-13 20:12:35

Yanbu there are a few mums at my kids primary who have the micro scooters for adults and i ride the madthings maxi micro ones, i am under the weight limit and they are fab. I cannot go as fast as the madthings, i tried and it was terrifying!

mazzi2fly Thu 16-May-13 20:19:19

I've had a scooter for years! I bought one when I was 18, and used it for commuting to work. I've kept it, and although while the children were small I didn't use it much, I use it loads now.

We all have scooters, and it's our favourite way to spend a Saturday, at the sea front whizzing along for miles. DH sometimes rollerblades instead but that's a bit more hassle as he needs to changes his shoes, and can't pop down onto the beach.

LydiasLunch Thu 16-May-13 21:02:56

Go for it! I ride an adult tricycle and I bloody love it.

quoteunquote Thu 16-May-13 21:15:56

I still use a skate board as a quick way down to the shops, we have some great hills here in devon it would silly to waste them, I wasn't aware there was an age limit on skating, and scooters are sort of the same.

Tony Hawk is in his forties he is the worlds top skater, so why would it be odd for other people of the same generation to use wheels to get about.

and it's so much fun, age limits of fun are silly.

TheoriginalMrsDarcy Thu 16-May-13 21:21:49

Do whatever makes you happy. Have no regrets in life.

If people think its silly, let them.

I think I might have to get one now. Sounds totally fun.

zeno Thu 16-May-13 22:16:48

Adult size micro scooter here, which both dh and I use on the school run. It's bloody brilliant. Far from finding it silly the other grown ups keep asking to have a go.

It's great aerobic activity and fun. What's not to like?

bluecarrot Thu 16-May-13 22:23:27

My legs ache after going on it! Plus I went on it, downhill, after 2 glasses of wine once. Don't do that.

Just remember to often bolts etc and wash it once in a while ( bots every few weeks at start, then once a month, washing I do once a month when I tighten it all up)

DD uses hers daily ( micro scooter, possibly the sprite?) and a little bit of rust is starting to show after 2 years. It's kept inside except for school when it's in a bike shed. I def wouldn't leave it outside in a garden.

bluecarrot Thu 16-May-13 22:24:55

Oh and we looked into them after seeing all the dishy dads out on them with their kids in the parks in London. ;)

WafflyVersatile Thu 16-May-13 22:25:25

I quite like the idea of having one to get to the tube station but not carrying it around when I can't use it.

KittensoftPuppydog Thu 16-May-13 22:29:01

Do it.

whois Thu 16-May-13 22:34:28

Yes! Totally yes! If I had kids and they had scooters I would totally get an adult one. Scooting it such fun!

DaveMccave Fri 17-May-13 00:37:00

I would be delighted to see it. I really want one but don't have the guts. I did ride dd's mini micro down a hill home from a friends once when drunk (she wasn't with me!) and nearly died a couple of times, but it's the shame of being caught in daylight that bothers me more than that experience. This is a case for wanting to follow the crowd, than wanting to start the adult scooter revolution. I might be tempted when she gets the next size up...

DPotter Fri 17-May-13 02:13:09

I got a scooter for my birthday a few weeks ago and I'm in my 50s ! Great fun. and funnily enough those who mocked now are asking for a go......

fuzzypicklehead Fri 17-May-13 07:11:34

Now I really want one. Just need to decide between the regular sort and the two-legged type...

JollyOrangeGiant Fri 17-May-13 07:23:37

My Grandfather, in his 70s, fell off a scooter and broke his arm. Although the medical professionals in A&E did a great job patching him up, they did laugh a bit when they heard what happened.

Otherworld Fri 17-May-13 07:25:44

Mmm I am loving the idea of swapping the Waterloo and City line for a scoot along the Thames grin

Cookethenook Fri 17-May-13 09:38:34

DS has a micro scooter (suitable for adults, not the plasticy ones for under 5s) and i have to take it to school for him sometimes. The logical thing to do is to ride it!
Not only is it faster than walking (half hour walk), if you carry or push it, the bloody thing has a habit of swinging around and breaking your ankles.
I'm aware that i look a little odd, but i really couldn't care less tbh!

Plus, it's super-fun...

MadameBlavatsky Fri 17-May-13 11:07:20

I really, really want some roller skates. The quad ones though not those new fangled in-line things.

I will, if you will OP! grin

edwardsmum11 Fri 17-May-13 11:26:36

As long as you aren't on pavement, knock yourself out.

mrswoz Fri 17-May-13 14:18:29

I can't wait until DD2 is old enough to scoot, as we won't need a pushchair anymore and we can all scoot to nursery/school/shops etc!

Shame I look such a knob in a helmet. And it messes my hair up so much.

Also, at the back of my mind is a lady I used to work with, was in her late 30's at the time, took up roller blading to work to keep fit, fell and hurt herself really badly one morning, multiple leg fractures. Off work and out of action for months. Not something I'm keen to experience!

Londonseye Fri 17-May-13 14:23:43

My kids have micros, I ran to keep up with them then thought "fuck it! Why are they getting all the fun?" And bought myself one. I do get funny looks, I don't think I am "cool", I just think I am having fun with my kids. I go down slides with them, play in the sand and splash in the sea with them, so why not scoot? We are off to the park on go karts tonight! Let the judging commencegrin

YoniOneWayOfLife Fri 17-May-13 14:24:31

There's a bike circuit near here. Most parents stand in the middle wishing they'd thought about bringing deckchairs but once I went and one mum was rollerskating around grin She looked so cool. I believe she even went round backwards looking at her DC behind her [jealous]

There's a bloke lives down our road who uses his skateboard to get to the station looks a bit too chubby and balding to carry it off though

Scooters for mummies rock!
I was concerned about looking daft for all of twenty seconds before I started enjoying myself too much to care.
Twins and me go everywhere on ours. It's taken inches off my waist and bum - really. Saves loads of bus fares. Carry all the shopping book bags and crap over the handlebars. Saves lots of time. Makes me happy!
I got one of these, currently on special offer on amazon:
Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B002EZZGJO
It's a no brainer and we get loads of nice comments and friendly smiles!

Hazards:
Scooting in rain
Drain covers
Cobbled pavements
When it flips round and chops your ankles
When it flips round and chops someone else's ankles blush
When you run into your own child - more blush

FamiliesShareGerms Mon 20-May-13 21:21:39

But it's not on to scoot on the pavement as a grown up, and surely it's dangerous to scoot on the road?

ByTheSea Mon 20-May-13 21:21:40

Go for it. I used to use one one my commute. It was fun and saved loads of time.

CaurnieBred Mon 20-May-13 21:31:56

I am in my 40s and I have an adult scooter. got it from Lidl. Use it when DD scoots to school rather than cycles and for when take car for service/MOT. Have also used for commute but find it uncomfortable with the laptop.

PatPig Mon 20-May-13 23:32:47

I saw a woman on a petrol-powered one yesterday, she had an enormous arse, and was getting some comments from passing motorists.

EatenByZombies Tue 21-May-13 00:06:58

They're not flabbergasted, they're jealous! wink

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