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2 year old son loves this and got the hang of it quickly, one of the best buys I've made so far
on May 2, 2012
I bought this bike less than two months ago and my son is now two years and four months old. For the first few times he was "riding" this bicycle he was very excited to have it but he merely walked with it between his legs at a rather slow pace. After a few times of that I gently encouraged him to sit on the seat and he quickly learned he could go a lot faster and cruise with it that way. Since then he's just been getting better and better. Now, after two months of riding the bike (typically on Saturday and Sunday each week, not even every day) he now can coast with his feet up for 20-30 seconds. It isn't teaching him to pedal of course but I'm amazed at how quickly he's learned to balance and all this without much intervention on my part at all. I just let him figure it out pretty much on his own. He's now so quick this old dad will probably need a bike of my own to keep up with him. For the price there have been very few things I have bought for my son which get the fun, joy and use that this bike does and I'm very glad I bought it.
Quality wise the construction is pretty good but the tires aren't air filled, they are soft like tires but feel like they're filled with foam and aren't made to last very long. Our rides to the park now are typically about two miles long (we did 2 1/2 miles yesterday says my GPS app) and we ride to a playground on a paved path half way then ride back on a dirt bike trail that's more off-road rugged. He enjoys both and he's gotten the bike lovingly muddy. The tires will probably wear out sooner than later at this rate though. They're already showing a lot of wear, and some cracking in the rubber. The rest of the bike seems like it will hold up but I have a feeling I'll be replacing the tires (or wheels) before we're done with this.
All in all I could not be happier though. My son absolutely loves this and he looks forward to our excursions and I can't believe in the short time and at his age how quickly he has gone from pedestrian walking with it to coasting with his feet up. At this age also of course it's important to impart rules and lessons along the way. Always wear a helmet, of course, but also he now says "people coming!" and he pulls over to the side to let them pass which makes me very proud (and I tell him so).
He has gotten an "owie" on it recently, I'm not sure if the seat got him or a bar on the side, he hit a rock and the bike kicked a little but he was back on it five minutes later none worse for wear. He hasn't taken any big spills on it and hasn't really hurt himself on it to any noticeable extent or that he didn't recover from quickly. That said, my son is a pretty tough kid who doesn't cry much from pain (and he's also rather fearless on the hills) it's a challenge sometimes to keep up with him and keep him on the right path; you need to exercise a great deal of vigilance and caution and be sure to keep up (taking photos or videos is difficult if you don't have a third person along because the kid might be fifty yards away by the time you snap the shutter).
All in all I think this is one of my best "fun/toy" purchases for my son to date and I'm so glad I got one. A friend who has a son a year older than my own son told me about it and I think I got it at just the right age. 18 months might be too soon, but shortly after they turn two years old is probably perfect.
I'm one heck of a pleased father with this bike and will be all too happy to replace the wheels/tires if needed. And most importantly my son loves it too.