Not all tricycles are created equal. I learned this lesson the hard way.
Back in 2005, when my firstborn seemed like she was ready for an upgrade form her stroller, I researched the available options and decided to invest in what I thought the was best tricycle choice on the market at the time. I chose a higher end (okay, fine the most expensive one I could find) model that I thought would last through multiple kids.
Well, here we are 6 years later and I still have the same tricycle (not going to name names) in my garage. The product has lasted through the years, but that is because it doesn’t work very well so we haven’t used it much. Our old tricycle is just really hard for kids to peddle and even harder for adults to steer using the push bar. That darn thing just doesn't work that well. However, I paid a lot of money for it, so there it sits in our garage – unused.
When I was contacted by Smart Trike at the beginning of the summer to see if I’d be interested in checking out their product, I jumped at the chance. When the completely adorable 3-in-1, bee-themed (I mean, how cute is that thing?) tricycle arrived, my two year-old Colin fell in love at first site.
I struggled a bit with the instructions (but that is usually the case when I am assembling something). The best feature of this product is the fact that it literally grows with your child from 10 months through 3 years old. The Smart Trike has a safety bar and an adjustable, detachable parent steering handle to allow parents to easily push the tricycle for little ones. The Smart Trike can be modified to that older kids can peddle it independently (as you chase them down the street!). My son is nearly two-and-a-half so I skipped the first two stages and assembled it for a child who is 24 months or older (and we skipped the canopy because he wasn't into that feature).
In addition to the three stage transformation, the Smart Trike features:
- A Foot Rest
- Full Metal Construction (32 mm)
- Safety Bar
- Seat Cover (washable & padded)
- Foot Brake
- Tipping Bucket
- Fashion Printed Storage Bag
- Non Slip Pedals
- Rubber Wheels
- Seat Belt
- Telescopic Handle (adjustable removable parent steeting handle)
- UV Canopy (detachable and adjustable)
In contrast to my first tricycle purchase, the Smart Trike seems to be working well thus far. My son is able to peddle it independently and the assembly seems to be holding up. But most of all, I love the fact that the Smart Trike isn't going to just sit in our garage when my little guy outgrows it. When Colin is ready for his first bike with training wheels, I plan to pass the Smart Trike along to my 16 month-old niece who will be able to use it from Stage 1 on up. And boy, will she look cute cruising around town in her bee-mobile!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Smart Trike so I could check it out for purposes of this review.
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