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Trike recommendations please

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shelleylou Sun 05-Oct-08 14:38:14

I would like to get my ds a trike havent decided whether to get it for his birthday (will be 2) or christmas. If anyone has any recommendations id would be very grateful.

swampster Sun 05-Oct-08 20:43:43

Kettler and Puky ones are v. good. DS1 had a Kettler Tricky Air (discontinued now) from two (the Air is the pneumatic tyres - v important for a smooth ride). It took him a while to get going on it but once he had the hang of it, there was no stopping him - half-hour+ journeys with the greatest of ease.

BUT DS2 is two-and-a-half and has been on a Mini-Micro Scooter for almost a year and they are truly amazing for the balance and mobility they give wee ones.

And since he turned two he's been on a balance bike - great for learning to ride a 'real' bike. The trike hasn't really had a look-in.

If I knew then what I know now, I would have skipped the trike altogether.

ScotGirl Sun 05-Oct-08 21:20:44

I have the Mothercare one - don't get it - the wheels are too noisy and the noise drives you crazy after a short time.

If you do get one get rubber wheels or at least one that has a rubber strip. Also consider getting one second hand - I paid £15 glad I didn't waste my money.

They are a idea but the reality was we didn't get much use out of it - and we live right beside the park. He has never got the hang of the peddling and has too progressed to a balance bike which is just the best thing ever - he got it for his second birthday - it took a few months but now he is great on it - went a mile on it last weekend!!

I think if your son is going to be 2 is maybe a bit too old to get the max use out of a trike. My mum and dad got my ds his the balance bike - we though he was too young but he proved us wrong!

shelleylou Sun 05-Oct-08 21:25:59

he got a sit and ride for last christmas and is still used practically daily. I want to get him used to pedalling so can progress onto a bike.
A balance bike is a bike without pedals isnt it? I dont know a lot about them tbh

swampster Sun 05-Oct-08 21:34:06

As I said, if I knew then what I know now, I would have skipped the trike altogether...

The pedalling isn't the difficult thing about learning to ride a bike really, the balance is, which is why balance bikes are great.

They whizz along on them until one day (a fair bit down the line!) they get on a bike with pedals and away they go.

DS1 had his trike, no problems pedalling, had a bike with stabilizers, no worries, got on a bike without stabilizers (at four) and it was a real struggle.

But I have seen three-year-olds go straight from balance bikes to pedal bikes with no stabilizers.

shelleylou Sun 05-Oct-08 21:46:12

i thought of a trike as a step to a proper bike. Dont know a lot about balance bikes. Have you got any links to reasonablish priced ones?

LaundryFairy Sun 05-Oct-08 22:04:12

DS started with a balance bike - a really cool one that had good height adjustablility.

He went strait to a regular pedal bike - no stabilizer and he is not the most coordinated of kids. (and he never had got the hang of a tricycle, but it didn't hold him back at all)

This is the one we had. Sometimes you can pick them up second hand too. Cant' recommend it enough.

swampster Sun 05-Oct-08 22:04:34

Lots of different makes:

Likeabike (over £125+ so not reasonable at all!!!)

Islabike Rothan (£90, in my opinion the loveliest children's bikes - they hold their value really well second hand, too).

I hear Puky ones are excellent.

Halfords has some from about £45. Or a wooden one...

Tesco from £50.

Or try ebay.

swampster Sun 05-Oct-08 22:10:18

Sorry, LaundryFairy, that was a crosspost, not a dig - and Likeabikes ARE pretty gorgeous.

shelleylou Sun 05-Oct-08 22:11:12

Likeabike is well out of my price range as is islabike rothan. Will look at the other links. Had a look on Halfords and all the ones on that site are 3+ so would have to measure ds. Im going to go into the bike shops in town to see if they do them aswell

swampster Sun 05-Oct-08 22:14:03

Look at Puky - their stuff is truly fab compared to the other stuff.

shelleylou Sun 05-Oct-08 22:20:30

thanks swampster i will, want to know what sort of price im looking at so i can get it sorted as his birthday is in a month so got a chance of sorting it out for then if i want to

swampster Sun 05-Oct-08 22:25:00

Pukys are about £55 or £60 delivered.

bythepowerofgreyskull Sun 05-Oct-08 22:26:53

we have this one it is great.. has worked with 2 children and would easily keep going for alot more.

saltcod Sun 05-Oct-08 22:49:02

Another training bike here for under £40 inc. delivery

shelleylou Sun 05-Oct-08 23:12:39

thanks thats more my price range lol smile

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