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I need a trike/bike with parent handle that is EASY FOR THE CHILD TO PEDAL
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#1 simple

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:39 PM

Can anyone recommend a trike/bike for my small 2.5yo to ride on while we walk my older child to school?  It needs a parent handle, but I also want something that my DD can pedal around herself (without the parent handle on) when we are home.  A lot of the trikes have pedals that are too far forward from the seat (her feet can't reach) or they are just too difficult for her to get going.  I think some of the more classic metal ones look better, but don't know where to start.
Help much appreciated!

#2 roses99

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:43 PM

Radioflyer has been great for us. It's one of the few that allow the parents to actually steer (and not just push) and it's not hard to pedal either.

#3 qak

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:43 PM

I think from about age 3 is "typical" of starting to be able to pedal.
I would start at a bike shop or Toy R Us. Probably more an issue of what will fit her rather than looks at this stage.
Just be aware there is a lot of putting together (for bikes) if you go the department store route.

#4 Silver Girl

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:46 PM

A PP mentioned Radio Flyer. We have ordered the following:


The site above has a little video showing its features.


#5 Elsom

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:51 PM

How about trying an upgrade to a "big girls" bike.  We started with a EuroTrike (STR) Star 10 (10") Pavement Cycle PCSS.  Like a normal kids bike with training wheels, but has the parent handle, which is also removable.  Quite light too.  Chain guard and adjustable seat.  Worked a treat for our little one.

#6 Marchioness Flea

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:53 PM

Aww, bugger! I wish I'd seen this thread last year when I was being told by a relative to get a trike on her behalf for my daughter. I got a Smart trike and she';s no where near being able to pedal it and it's terrible to steer/push for me.
I spent the same amount on it as the one above too sad.gif

#7 roses99

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (Silver Girl @ 25/01/2012, 12:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A PP mentioned Radio Flyer. We have ordered the following:


That looks pretty cool!

This is the one we have:


DS is now 4.5 but still loves to tear around the paths at home on it.

I agree with a PP though, that 2.5 might be a bit young to be able to pedal. But it's good for them to get the hang of how to pedal while you push. We'd get DS to keep his feet on the pedals all the time so he got the idea pretty quickly, and then it all came together when he built up the strength to be able to pedal himself.

ETA: And as I mentioned before, make sure whatever you get allows your steering to override theirs! Otherwise it'll drive you crazy  original.gif

Edited by Bahodie, 25 January 2012 - 12:55 PM.

#8 irishgirly

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:55 PM

Another vote for the radio flyer trike, with parent steering. We got our's for DS 1 when he was 1, he was pedaling himself by 2.5. DS2 (who is now 2.5) also used it but the parent steerig had gone so he wasn't getting the same out of it, wasn't learning to pedal at all. I think 2.5 is very young to be able to pedal on their own.
We now have the Radio Flyer trike that Santa bought for DS2, he isn't pedaling, but will get there. It is a Pain not having parent handle though, it was $100 more for one with that !

#9 irishgirly

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:58 PM

Just to add, our's is same as one in Bahodie's link. That is US price though so it is more here.

#10 simple

Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:12 PM

Geez I love EB!! Within half and hour of posting there are 8 replies!! original.gif
Where did you buy the radio flyers here?  I can see that you can buy online, but would really like to see one in store somewhere so that I can check she actually fits on it.  
We have previously tried DD on a trike that didn't have parental steering and yes, it drove us absolutely bonkers trying to keep her on course!!  
If anyone has any other recommendations, please let me know.
Thanks again

#11 irishgirly

Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:31 PM

We got our one at toys r us, over 3 years ago though. I have seen it in baby bunting in Sydney recently.
That online site is US only.

#12 babycat

Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

We bought DS 1 a bike from Target for Xmas 2010. Easy parent handle to steer with and pedals well positioned for a small child.

Don't know if they still have similar ones but might be worth a try.

#13 mum_mum

Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:19 PM

Consider a Kettler trike:

We would have bought one if we didn't end up buying a Berchet, which no longer seem to be made.

Whatever you decide, make sure it has soft rubber tyres and not hard plastic ones.

#14 bark

Posted 27 January 2012 - 07:46 AM

I do not recommend Radio Flyer, I found the pedals REALLY hard for DS to push, they are quite stiff. Other cheaper brands were much much easier.

#15 simple

Posted 27 January 2012 - 01:30 PM

babycat - what brand is the trike from target?

mum_mum - the kettler trikes look great because you can adjust where how close the seat is to the pedals. But they are so expensive!! And they seem to be sold out everywhere.

woofer - thanks.  I think I'm going to have to get DD onto one to see. Were you talking about the same style of radio flyer that the others have mentioned? I see there is a classic version too...

#16 ejdonn

Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:41 AM

The 4 in 1 radio flyer looks great.  Silver girl where did you order it from?

#17 Marchioness Flea

Posted 19 April 2012 - 08:46 AM

My local DJ's toy section had one recently.

#18 myTop3

Posted 22 June 2012 - 11:00 AM

We've had a kettler for nine years and my 11 year old still rides it round the back yard - looks like a monkey. They're about the only trike in Aust that lasts and you can hand on. Just ask a German friend, I bet they grew up with a Kettcar.

The most important thing for your kids first trike is how it pedals.
All Kettler trikes auto free wheel, just like a real bike. So you can pedal / push / coast and the pedals only go around when you kid pedals.

This is important to get them ready for their first bike.

Second is the type of wheels. Definitely go for rubber or pneumatic (pump up) No hard plastic.

I know Kettler can be hard to find but they're worth the extra effort.

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