I like Micro scooters and I would have loved one when I ‘were a boy’. My daughters have them and they love zipping along the pavement on them to school. The scooters handle well and are well screwed together. They are also well supported from a spares point of view, so I like them even more.
Make and model: Micro Mini Scooter
Fault reported: Back wheel stuck
Cost of replacement: £55
Manufacturer support: 7/10
Cost of parts: £2.00
Hours spent on repair: 30 minutes
Tools needed: Cleaning tools/ cross-head screwdriver/ Allen keys
Sundry items: Silicone spray/ cleaning rags/ PTFE spray for steering
Repair difficulty: 2/10
Cups of tea: 1
Biscuits: 1 custard cream
The scooter in the picture belonged to my friend’s son who’d taken it through one too many puddles I think, as the rain water had taken its toll on some of the scooter’s moving parts. Over time, the rear wheel’s bearing had suffered excess water ingress, had rusted and had seized. I’m always amazed at how ‘stuck’ things can get with only a small amount of rust.
In their wisdom, Micro have decided to fit their products with generic bearings commonly fitted to skateboards, roller boots, bikes, cars, photocopiers etc, which means that replacement bearings are a doddle to obtain. I bought some upgraded bearings with better water seals for under £10, so I know that the repair will last longer than the original equipment fitted from the factory.
The front wheels were seemingly fine, so I left them alone. ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
On this model, the rear wheel comes off with one Allen key bolt holding a retaining a stub axel, which slides out with a little persuasion. The bearings just pop out of the wheel using a small screwdriver as a lever and before fitting new equipment, I always clean the area first to ensure that no dirt is trapped, which could cause premature bearing failure in future.
With the new bearings in, stub axel refitted, a quick wipe down with a strong cleaning wipe, a little PTFE lube applied to the scooter’s steering mechanism and it was ready to see another day.