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Old 22.09.2010, 10:33
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Grown men on micro-scooters

I was prepared to overlook the Swiss idiosyncrasy of adults using these children’s toys as a mode of transport.
This morning however as I was walking out of the Orange Store in SBB, I was sent flying by a balding man speeding down the corridor on his Micro Scooter. Being typically English I apologised profusely for interrupting his journey but as I nursed my sore ankle I realised the absurdity of adults using these stupid things.

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Old 22.09.2010, 10:36
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Re: Grown men on micro-scooters

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! So true!
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Old 22.09.2010, 10:39
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Re: Grown men on micro-scooters

lol - I made a similar comment recently to which my German friend took offense saying they are perfectly fine for adults and that I should try it. To me though, they are a child's toy. I'll keep to my bike. And try to avoid running EF members over.
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lol - I made a similar comment recently to which my German friend took offense saying they are perfectly fine for adults and that I should try it. To me though, they are a child's toy. I'll keep to my bike. And try to avoid running EF members over.
When I see an adult on it, I can't stop thinking it is just lazyness to just walk from one point to an other. But I guess it is more for doing it faster.
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Old 22.09.2010, 10:43
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Re: Grown men on micro-scooters

To make matters worse, most times it is grown men..."In Business Attire"...suits and all...

That's just wrong !!!
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Old 22.09.2010, 12:49
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To make matters worse, most times it is grown men..."In Business Attire"...suits and all...

That's just wrong !!!
And laptop bags
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When I see an adult on it, I can't stop thinking it is just lazyness to just walk from one point to an other. But I guess it is more for doing it faster.
Yes, I think it's a speed thing. I guess the bigger, made for grownups ones are more comfortable, but I tried to drive my son's one part of the way home from the park once (he wanted to run) and it was bloody uncomfortable! I ended up carrying it over my shoulder to save my back and my pride.
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Old 22.09.2010, 10:48
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When I see an adult on it, I can't stop thinking it is just lazyness to just walk from one point to an other. But I guess it is more for doing it faster.
I have one of these:



I don't have a bike and I it useful to get from A to B when I don't have much time (e.g. to play tennis over lunch).

When I wrote my car off last year, it was great for cutting down the commute time.

As for being too lazy - over distances, it can be quite strenuous, more so than a bike over similar distances, I would wager...

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Old 22.09.2010, 11:10
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I have one of these:



I don't have a bike and I it useful to get from A to B when I don't have much time (e.g. to play tennis over lunch).

When I wrote my car off last year, it was great for cutting down the commute time.

As for being too lazy - over distances, it can be quite strenuous, more so than a bike over similar distances, I would wager...

This definitely doesn't surprise me. Are you by any chance related to Kevlegs?
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I have one of these:



I don't have a bike and I it useful to get from A to B when I don't have much time (e.g. to play tennis over lunch).

When I wrote my car off last year, it was great for cutting down the commute time.

As for being too lazy - over distances, it can be quite strenuous, more so than a bike over similar distances, I would wager...

Have to say this thread made me laugh uncontrollably. I personally think adults of any kind look ridiculous on these. However I am American, and we all drive cars, so I think it is part of the culture here, being eco friendly, which I think is great. My Dad bought one just like this one in the picture above one year, to ride with my niece who was about 5 at the time, however my sisters and I had quite a lot of laughs at his expense, in our own time. The funniest thing was though, one time we were coming out of the office, and my sister wanted to ride on it, to get at her daughter (the aforementioned niece) So she jumps on it and scoots off all fast past her and she runs into an uneven sidewalk panel, and goes flying. The best part was her trying to catch herself on the handle bars, however as you can see there was none, and she went flying almost into the busy-5 o'clock traffic road. Ahhhh I still laugh about it to this day. SO does her daughter "That's what you get for trying to beat me mom!" HAHahaha
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Personally I found using one was not good on my ankles, which stands to reason as one stands on the thing with one leg a lot of the time, and therefore has one's weight on that ankle.

So I never use it since at least 4 years. I tried to sell it but ..... no takers.

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Personally I found using one was not good on my ankles, which stands to reason as one stands on the thing with one leg a lot of the time, and therefore has one's weight on that ankle.

So I never use it since at least 4 years. I tried to sell it but ..... no takers.
Ebay is your friend...
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I was hit by a kid on his scooter last week. Luckily my shopping bag acted as a barrier. Kid got hurt and started crying but the grapes in my bag were mostly undamaged.
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Old 22.09.2010, 11:25
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lol - I made a similar comment recently to which my German friend took offense saying they are perfectly fine for adults and that I should try it. To me though, they are a child's toy. I'll keep to my bike. And try to avoid running EF members over.
I don't ride one myself but can see the advantages. You can take them in many places you can't take bikes and then easily fold them and carry them around in places where you can't ride them.

Similar to cycling though, riders have to be resposnible and respectful of others. I see that not all those who use them understand that.
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Re: Grown men on micro-scooters

Real Swiss men drive Cayennes, no?

Very green and efficient though.

Remember: MBTs are worn openly here, so are white socks and sandals, and don't get me started on mullets/chin minge.

A micro scooter isn't high in the Swiss cringe list...
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Old 22.09.2010, 11:03
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No. This statement is confusing genders as much as your avartar.
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Re: Grown men on micro-scooters

The only time when it is acceptable for someone who physically resembles an adult to ride one of these is on the Trottenegs in the mountains. Where you are going downhill on bigger versions - usually whose brakes are woefully inadequate
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Old 22.09.2010, 11:17
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Re: Grown men on micro-scooters

maybe this is a more acceptable solution ?

http://www.a-bike.co.uk/store/how_does_it_fold.php
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Old 22.09.2010, 11:20
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The only time when it is acceptable for someone who physically resembles an adult to ride one of these is on the Trottenegs in the mountains. Where you are going downhill on bigger versions - usually whose brakes are woefully inadequate
The brakes ARE useless on these buggers, but going downhill is the most fun you can have on them. The missus crashed into a wall at a pedestrian tunnel some weeks ago, much laughter followed (me mostly).

Still, the only way to look like an even bigger buffoon on these things is to wear a helmet and accompanying elbow/knee guards. It's a Catch 22 situation I tells ya
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