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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2009
I admit I was a little hesitant to order this bike with the one bad review. I'm glad I ended up going through with the purchase. I'll admit the directions I was following weren't the greatest but the bike was really easy to put together. Then when I finished, I found an addendum with much better instructions in the box. Oops. Luckily I had figured it out correctly so everyyhing was fine. I admit I hate assembling things and I had no problems.
Anyway as far as performance, me and my two and a half year old son were very happy with it. I can't imagine the [...] LIke-a-bikes being much better than this one costing less then 1/3 the price. I was impressed with my son hopping on and pushing himself along with no problem. I would think he'll be lifting his feet soon and can see this being his favorite toy as we scoot around town. I would definitely recommend this bike to anyone interested in getting his child to learn to ride a bike.
UPDATE Two years later - Originally wrote this review in September of 2009. Now that it's October of 2011 I thought I'd throw in an update. Still have the bike and it's in great shape other than a lot of wear on the tires which would still get a lot of miles on them if needed. Anyway as expected my son LOVED this bike and we would bike all over the neighborhood, on the local bike trail and down hills whenever we could find them. He did great on it and I was impressed with how fast he was able to balance himself on it and coast for several yards at a time. I decided to get a regular bike for him just after his fourth birthday early this spring. After about four minutes, he was pedaling the new bike like he'd been biking for years. Could have gotten him on it a lot earlier. We ended up letting his three year old friend borrow the Prince Lionheart bike. His friend rode it for a couple of weeks and then the training wheels came off his "other bike". They're both four now. Kind of neat to see a couple of four year olds riding bikes all over the neighborhood.
This balance bike has fond memories and we may just let other friends borrow it so they don't bother with useless training wheels. Training wheels don't help children get the sense of balance. This bike does.