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Puzzled by good reviews
on August 24, 2013
We got this for our 2 yr old. I love the concept, but this design misses the mark in every single way. I am puzzled by the good reviews it has received.
REASONS NOT TO BUY:
-- It is so low to the ground that even the smallest child appropriate to ride it is too short for it.
-- The weird "Easy Rider" position it puts kids in makes it hard to get any leverage to use their legs and push themselves along.
-- The rear wheels are far too wide, which creates multiple problems: 1)It doesn't help develop balance. 2) It hardly rolls, even down a moderate slope. It will roll down a slope that is steep, but the wide wheels makes it impossible to lean without completely losing control and balance. 3) The lack of tipping back and forth at safe speeds or sitting still takes away the fun. 4) If a child tries to use his legs to push it along, he will inevitably bang his heels into the protruding rear wheel covers. INEVITABLY. And if it's rolling down a slope, he'll get his feet jammed between the rear wheel covers and the ground, which leads to ouchies and tears.
Our child rode this twice. Two minutes the first time, 1 minute the second time. Then he got back on his tricycle.
Think it's just my kid? Think again. We live on a cul-de-sac with 9 kids under the age of 4. I've had this bike for 2 years. Every kid on the cul-de-sac has seen it and said "Wow, cool!" because it looks like a very cool motorcycle. Not one single kid (or their visiting friends or cousins who also tried it) rode it for more than 1 minute.
This bike looks good. That's why I gave it two stars. Don't buy it.