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Well-Built and Versatile,
This review is from: Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike, Red (Toy)
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When you open a box, you get a first impression. The first thing I saw when I opened the box of this tricycle/stroller is the plastic "trunk." I thought, "Oh no. I hope this thing is not made of cheap plastic." My first impression was in error. Yes, the plastic "trunk" is made of relatively light plastic. The rest of the tricycle is either heavy duty plastic or welded steel. The entire tricycle feels solid and looks solid.
When I was much younger, a tricycle was a single use kind of device. A tricycle was three wheels, a seat, and pedals. I can only say that tricycles have come a long way. This tricycle has four different configurations or modes of operation.
The first mode of operation is as baby stroller. There is a plastic safety restraint or insert to help position a baby from ages 9 months to 18 months in addition to straps. The pedals have two settings. One setting lets the pedals spin without moving the front wheel. The other setting lets a child pedal the front wheel, when the child is old enough to pedal the tricycle. The plastic "trunk" is a storage bin that can hold a few small items. Because the storage bin has a divider in the middle, which I consider unfortunate, the size of items it can hold is limited. The tricycle comes with a canopy that is especially useful for babies and toddlers. There is a push handle or a "parent handle" in the back. The push handle has a huge advantage over many strollers in that the height of the push handle is easily adjustable over a reasonably large range.
The second mode of operation is similar to the first. The primary difference is that the safety restraint removes for toddlers aged 18 months to 2 years. The straps remain in place and the canopy is probably still useful to keep the sun off your child.
As your toddler gets to the point where pedaling the tricycle is possible and exciting, the front wheel rotary piece needs adjustment to the second position that permits the pedals to move the front wheels. The canopy may be unnecessary and the restraint straps are easily removable. In this transition phase, a parent still has the handle in the back to keep the child from running amok or just to keep the child close. The recommended age range for this configuration is 2 years to 3 years.
The last configuration is as a standard tricycle, suitable for most children ages 3 years to 5 years. The "parent handle" in the back is removable and the tricycle now looks like a standard tricycle. The storage bin in the back is a great place for a few smaller toys.
Assembly does take some time. You need a hammer, an adjustable wrench or a socket set, and a Philips screwdriver. Strangely, the nuts requiring a wrench are both English and metric, so you if you use sockets you ideally need both types.
The parts come with plastic pieces on hard ends to protect the box and to protect a person assembling the tricycle until they are ready for that part. The plastic pieces remove easily for disposal. The main frame of the tricycle is welded steel, as is the steering bar. The rear axle also seems to be steel. The seat is plastic, but seems quite sturdy.
This tricycle was an immediate hit, with the only problem being the bad weather we had soon after receiving the tricycle. Fortunately, the relatively soft wheels are easy on our wood floors. We do not plan to permit the tricycle on our floors after outside use, when it will inevitably pick up rocks in the tires.
Are there any downsides to this tricycle? I suppose it depends on your point of view. The push handle removes somewhat easily. Alternatively, since the handle adjusts, it may lower enough to let the tricycle fit easily in a trunk or the back of an SUV. However, there is no folding available with this stroller, so if you are looking for the convenience of a folding stroller, then get a folding stroller. The other minor problem is that this tricycle does not have any brakes, which makes it quite different from most traditional strollers, including most folding strollers. Be extremely careful using this tricycle on hills, and if your child is in the stroller, keep a firm grip on the handle. The instructions include warnings against using this tricycle on hills. However, many of us live on hills of some kind, even if they are small hills. A better warning is to keep your hands on the stroller at all times.
I am pleased that Radio Flyer, Inc. is maintaining their reputation of making durable and sturdy products. I love the heavy steel frame and the other steel elements. The plastic is thick and used in all the places where steel or aluminum is less practical. The result is a high quality product that children love and that you can either save for future grandchildren or pass on to a friend, knowing you are giving a quality product.
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Initial post: Jul 1, 2013 5:12:01 PM PDT
M. Martins says:
so, to make it clear, it DOES comes with all the items showed on the picture? canopy, seatbellt, etc?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2013 6:37:10 PM PDT
Lonnie E. Holder says:
Yes, it comes with the canopy, the seat restraint, etc. Many items are removable to adapt to a child as the child grows older. It is a very flexible tricycle.
Posted on Jul 4, 2013 6:08:04 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Have you ever tried pushing it in sand?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 7:30:14 AM PDT
Lonnie E. Holder says:
I have not tried pushing this particular tricycle in sand. However, I have tried pushing others in dry sand, and it is generally an exercise in frustration. You need much wider tires for successful navigation through fine, dry sand.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2013 10:09:54 PM PDT
R T says:
If you want something for sand - here's what we have - the Jeep Liberty stroller (not a trike...but a AWESOME stroller for sand). We live at the beach - so this was essential.
Jeep Liberty Limited Urban Terrain Stroller, Sonar
They also have an All-Terrain (since this is an "urban terrain" - although I assure you - it handle the beach just fine).
Jeep Liberty Sport X All-Terrain Stroller, Spark
The key difference with these is the tires...inflatable - serious tires (like comparable to the tired on my bike type tires) - but a word of advice - get an air pump if you don't already have one...you'll need it with any stroller that can handle sand.
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