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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic style, but classic defects, December 21, 2001
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle (Toy)
UPDATE AUGUST 2006: It has been nearly five years since I bought this trike and wrote the below review. The trike is still holding its own. It was handed down to my second child, who outgrew it, and then handed down to our neighbor, who is still riding it.
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Yes, this is the classic trike, virtually unchanged from its original design. Unfortunately, that also means that the design has not substantially improved during the past 40 years. I got this for my 3-year old, and she began riding it with a little effort. Now she's 4, and she still loves riding it. No problem there.

One problem is that the child sits high on the trike, and the front wheel is small enough and thin enough that it is easy for the child to tip over when making a quick turn. This is especially true when turning at a sidewalk corner that that has been modified to slope toward the street for wheelchair access.

Another problem is that the handlebars can become misaligned with the wheel (wheel is straight, but handlebars are turned a smidge to one side, and vice versa)unless you screw the bolt in real REAL tight. Same with the seat; because it's held in place by a bolt, the seat can become misaligned by swiveling a fraction of an inch in either direction unless its screwed in really REALLY tight.

The best part about this trike is the bell. It has one of the best bike/trike bells I've ever heard. The second best part of this trike is that it is one of the few these days that have the back platform for another kit to stand on. Yes, I have a feeling that modern trikes eliminate this feature for safety reasons, but I am one of those who think "safety concerns" have gone a little too far. Riding on the back is king.

Even with the above concerns, I love this trike. It just means that you gotta watch the really young ones when they're riding around. My 18-month old son now wants to play with it. He climbs on and pretends to ride, ringing the bell. (For him, this year, I got him the "Rock, Roll and Ride Trike" by Fisher Price. It's a rocker, then a push-trike, then a full-blown trike.)

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Initial post: Jan 23, 2013 4:21:22 PM PST
James Boos says:
This bike is a pure classic. It has stood the test of time. It was perfect for us when we were just kids (I'm 54 now) and it's still a great bike today, despite the over protecting nature of society. Kids are suppose to get bumped every now and then, that's being a kid. It is your job as a parent to make sure all the nuts/bolts are tight. Even when I buy a new Schwinn for myself from my local bike shop, I make sure everything is tightened down before I take my first ride. This is a five star bike. Always was and always will be

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 8:05:21 AM PST
Rod says:
You are supposed to make sure the bolts are tight. Why would you not?
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