N.K. asks from Chicago, IL on February 02, 2009
Which Tricycle Is Best?
We want to buy a tricycle for our son's second birthday in a few weeks. We want something that has a wide enough wheel base not to tip over easily and are hoping for a push bar. There are so many tricycles out there...,One thing that bothers me is that even some of the Kettler tricycles got poor reviews on Amazon.com. Does anyone have a tricycle they love and can recommend for a two year old? If it's a Kettler you're recommending...which model do you like? Thanks!
M.O. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
I agree with the comment to stay away from the Radio Flyer, fire engine red ones. They are too tall, have a high center of gravity and are HORRIBLE for the kids.
I got our Kettler at a church bazarre and our kids love it. It's well made, low to the ground and has the hole to insert a pole to push the kid along.
I have to say tho I don't think a tricycle is ideal for a two year old. I would stick to something his feet won't get tangled in. It's amazing how much coordination it takes to pedal a bike...and let me just say, if they aren't peddling, their feet fall off and get stuck and tangled underneath.
I would stick with something he can ride on/in where either his feet are contained or it can grow with him and maybe pedals can be used/added later.
We didn't go for the trike 'til our kids were three. They stayed on low, ride on toys until then.
I hope that helps.
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C.D. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
I was looking last summer for a similar thing, but the push bar and me being able to steer it was a must for us. We went with the Radio Flyer Ultimate Canopy Steer & Stroll Trike. It doesn't have the widest wheel base I would like, but my 2 year old has never tipped on it either. We had a previous fisher price trike that converted from a ride on baby toy and I loved it because it was low to the ground and had a push bar. But, I had to get a new trike because the plastic wheels wore out pretty fast. I needed rubber wheels because we take walks daily on the sidewalks so I needed a trike that would hold up for 2 years. So, after much debate and trying many trikes, we went with the RF one mentioned above. I like it for the most part. The handle is a little wobbly, and the steering is a little tough at times. But, it's a nice tricycle for the money. I've tried the Kettlers and it's very similar and worth the discounted price in my opinion over the Kettler.
M.S. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
We got a Radio Flyer (The Classic Red Duel Deck) and hate it. It tips over everytime my child rides it! We love our spider man tricycle that we got from Toys R Us last year. I am pretty sure it is made my Fisher Price.
B.Z. answers from Chicago on February 02, 2009
Hi, N., a lot depends on your son's size and interest in bicycling. We wanted to buy our son a bike/trike for his 2nd bday last month, but we held off. He would probably outgrow it after this summer and he really wouldn't learn much about riding a real bike. We plan to buy a balance bike instead. (A balance bike has no pedals or brakes, but the child can rest his feet on the frame.) Strider is a brand that we may go with. Stay away from Skuut; they are made of wood and don't last. Also, the regular 12 inch bikes are just barely too big with the seat all the way down, so we are waiting until warm weather to see if our son grew into it, yet.
You can go to L.L.Bean, REI or a bike shop and have your son try them out. If he's not totally excited about it, you may get two years out of the tricycle. If he's ready to bike, I recommend getting one that he can use a lot and for two years.