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120 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2007
After much research and shopping around for a good quality tricycle for my two-year-old, I found this Roadmaster - and am very pleased! My main criteria for choosing a tricycle were:

(1) The trike should not be tippy. Several popular models (like the Radio Flyer Fold 2 Go) seem to tip over with the slightest nudge.

(2) The tires should be made of rubber, not hard plastic. Plastic tires provide a rough ride, are loud on rough pavement, and show their wear much moreso than rubber tires.

(3) Value - While I don't mind spending more for better quality/features, some models seem overpriced for what they offer.

My 3-year-old son has a Schwinn Roadster 12-Inch Trike (Red) (also highly recommended), but I had been considering the Radio Flyer classic red dual-deck tricycle for my 2-year-old, until finding this Roadmaster model. The quality and features seem comparable to the Radio Flyer (minus the streamers on the handlebars). It has nice solid metal construction, and rubber tires. The trike is nice and stable. Assembly was required, but was straightforward. At the lowest adjustable seat position, my 2-year-old can reach the pedals nicely, and should be able to grow with the trike for some time. And, of course, the ultimate test - my daughter loves it! This Roadmaster trike is a great unit, especially at its price point.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2008
We have twin 2.5 year old girls. So we got 2 trikes. The Girls are still a little young for it even at the lowest setting. They are very slightly on the tall side for their age. Probably in another 3 months they will be peddling around.

Quality is only so-so.

As the label on the bike says: "designed in USA, made in China".

The design for this bike is pretty good. But every every effort has been made to save money on the parts. There are little things that indicate a lack of attention to detail: low quality hardware, washers that are the wrong size, I had to use some of my own washers in order to properly bolt the main frame to the step otherwise the supplied screws just pass through.

You have to really crank on the steering wheel screw in order to get it to stay in place. Also, the steering wheel on one of the bikes won't go perfectly straight.

The tires that were supplied are not true on the wheel. They are a little warped.

All that said, when this trike is on sale it is worth it. They do seem solid enough. And I like the old school design.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2007
We got this bike for our 2 year son for his birthday. It's a great bike all around. You won't be disappointed with this bike.
Reasons to buy :
(1) The trike should not be tippy.
(2) The tires should be made of rubber, not hard plastic.
(3) Value - Great bike for a great price.
(4) Style- great design look like a radio flyer
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2007
Maybe I'm the only person so far that thought this trike is just OK. I purchased it for a toddler as part of a charity Christmas toy drive. I had high expectations for it because of the prior reviews and hope that this makes the little boy happy. But I am a little disappointed with it and wonder if I would buy it again for my son. First off, the bolt that holds the seat in took a lot of effort to screw in-ok, way too much effort. The seat install took about 30 minutes, the majority of the time I spent assembling the trike. Obviously the hole wasn't tapped correctly. Also, the back wheels are a bit wobbly-not enough to be a real problem or dangerous but it bothered me. Worst part in my opinion is the tires. They smell horrible. I just hope the air out soon. To put this in perspective, I have a 3000 square foot house and could smell them everywhere I went. I had to put it in the garage immediately-the trip to work tomorrow with it in the car is going to be a long one. Bottom line, love the retro look, the price was right, but there are enough issues that I may think twice before buying this when my son is old enough.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2009
The family just opened their Christmas gifts this morning - the tricycle was the main event. My son put it together from the package sent. His 1st comment that it's a very flimsy tricycle, and he questions if it's going to last very long. He was quite disappointed and it made me feel awful. I just went by the review you rec'd - and I was quite surprised that he was upset with the quzlity of thie item. He said the bushings were only made out of plastic? He thought it should be better items to put it together. Now I feel so inadequate that I sent this gift by going by your photo and reviews - very sad. I would have bought something MORE advantageous instead - hope many read this review and think twice? elaine andersen
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2007
This is a cool looking, retro style trike that's a good value overall.

The instructions included steps for all individual parts and pieces, but some of the sections I received were already put together. I'm not sure if this was intentionally done by the manufacturer or if I received someone's return that they had previously started to put together. To be sure it was put together correctly, I had to take everything apart and put it together again.

Some of the thick red enamel paint was heavily chipped on the edges, so much that I imagine the metal will start to rust in those spots at some point.

I'm glad the trike comes with rubber tires, but the smell of the rubber was so potent that it gave me a headache when I was putting the trike together.

All in all, my experience wasn't perfect, but I am satisfied. It's an extremely cute trike and a good buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2010
I bought this trike for my son's 2nd birthday. I had one when I was a child and loved it. It lasted through two very rough boys. I'm affraid this one will probably fall apart within a year. The metal is very thin and cheap, the paint doesn't even cover the metal in some places and it just feels flimsy. I suppose you get what you pay for these days what with everything being made somewhere in China.

Overall; it's OK for the money but, definately not like the one I remember from my childhood.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2008
I'm very happy we selected this tricyle. Our daughter is two and a half, and on the shorter side, and she was able reach the pedals and ride the trike without any problem. It seems very sturdy and our daughter loves riding it. We love the retro look of the trike and feel the price was very reasonable. We did have one problem but it was resolved to our satisfaction. When we received the product one of the pieces was damaged (from shipping I presume). The seller (JPL Goods) responded very quickly to our issue and we had a replacement part in a matter of days.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2007
A great trike. It is well built. Sturdy. Built to last. The older kids ride it and it takes the use and abuse. A great trike. Well worth the money. The front axel hubs could be metal. But the plastic seem to be holding up O.K. Time will tell on that. Overall, good value for the money. I would buy it again. Of all the one out there, this is the best I have found. blw.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
Once this tricycle was finally assembled with all the right parts, my 2 yr old granddaughter loved it. The original shipment was missing parts. The manufacturer was contacted and sent replacement parts to the wrong address. After contacting the manufacturer again, the parts pack was sent to the correct address but parts were still missing. Another go-around resulted in the wrong parts again. Finally, we went to the store and bought them ourselves. When my granddaughter finally got on the trike the pedal kept coming off. After that was fixed the trike was great. We would have returned it, but by the time we were done trying to get the correct parts, it was too late to send it back. I would recommend never buying this product. I would recommend tha Amazon stop carrying it. Amazon was great however. They did refund my priority shipping.
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