What is a lean-to-steer scooter?

Scooter shoppers may feel overwhelmed by often-mentioned scooter jargon. One term that comes up here at Micro is “lean-to-steer.” While we’re famous for it, what does it really mean? And why does it matter?

Lean-to-steer is the term used to describe the steering style of Micro’s 3-wheeled scooters. The original inventors of this style of ride, you can bet we’ve mastered everything that makes it great! These 3-wheeled scooters, like our Mini and Maxi, don’t rely on the hands of the rider to twist the handlebars to steer, unlike a bike or traditional 2-wheeled scooter. Our 3-wheelers employ our lean-to-steer mechanism, where children shift their body weight left or right to gently curve their scooter in that direction, and hold onto the handle bars to maintain their balance.

Wondering what it looks like to ride a 3-wheeled scooter? Check out this video of our Mini Deluxe!

3-wheeled, lean-to-steer scooters have many benefits. Here are a few:

  • Easy for young riders to use
  • Aids in developing balance and coordination skills
  • Eliminates jerky turns that can cause children to fall
  • Smooth-gliding ride
  • Even more fun as children get older and want to “surf the sidewalk”

Lean-to-steer is simply a different style of ride vs. the classic 2-wheel ride of other scooters. We get plenty of questions from parents asking which scooter style we recommend for their child. It probably won't come as a surprise, but it depends!  To learn more about the differences between 2-wheeled and 3-wheeled scooters, click below to read a post with all of the details. 

Scooters: 2 or 3 Wheels?

If you have any additional questions regarding the lean-to-steer riding style, we're happy to chat. Our award-winning customer service is standing by M-F, 9-5 EST. 

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