The Radio Flyer red tricycle has been a classic toy for generations. Call me odd, but even before I had kids, I knew a red Radio Flyer tricycle would be a must for my kids. Radio Flyer continues in their tradition of sturdy, well-made ride-on toys, and they just keep getting better.
Radio Flyer sent their newest trike, the 4-in-1 Trike for me to review for the gift guide.
The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike is the ultimate grow-with-me trike. It offers 4 ways to ride, to accomodate ages 9 months to 5 years: it easily converts from a stroller to a steering trike, learning-to-ride trike, and finally a classic trike. The 4-in-1 Trike has safety features for the youngest riders, including removable wrap-around safety bars with cupholder and snack tray, and a three-point hardness. The trike has quiet ride tires. The frame and adjustable seat ensure it will last for years.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Since the weather has cooled off in San Antonio, I’ve been trying to teach Big Brother how to ride his bike. This has been evoked many temper tantrums from Little Brother who could think of nothing he’d like better than to hop on his brother’s bike and go for a spin.
Bikes are rarely a cinch to put together and this Radio Flyer tricycle wasn’t any different. It was almost overwhelming how many pieces there were, but with the number of features the Radio Flyer 4-in-1 trike has it is not surprising how many parts there were to put together. It took me about an hour, mostly by myself, to put together. It should be mentioned though, that you’ll most likely need 2 people to put this together. There are certain parts to put on that need more than 2 hands.
I absolutely LOVE all the features that are included. We didn’t put on the sunshade or the child tray on, but we did put the 3-point harness on since Little Brother isn’t used to balancing on and remaining sitting in a bike seat yet.
There are a few very thoughtful features that I am so glad Radio Flyer had the foresight to include. 1) You have the option of “locking” the pedals so that when the trike is being used like a stroller the kids won’t be able to move the front wheel when they put their feet on the pedals. When the little one are ready, it couldn’t be any simpler to turn the dial to the unlock position so they can pedal the trike. 2) I love that the parent handle bars are attached to the steering mechanism. Steering the trike with the parent handle bars couldn’t be easier.
When Big Brother was 2 years old we got him a Red Radio Flyer bike for his birthday. He was so excited to have a big boy bike, but it was so hard on our backs to be hunched over, holding the back of his bike on long trips around the block until he finally learned to pedal and steer. The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 trike solved those problems for us and I am in heaven!
You can learn more and purchase the Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Red Trike on the Radio Flyer website or on Amazon.com.