When first asked to review the Smart Trike 4 in 1 dream tricycle, I must admit I said to myself “Mmmmm, after 5 boys and their toys, do we really need another bike, trike or automobile taking up precious space on the back deck?” But upon a little investigation of said trike, I decided that this one may be a little different and perhaps it was worth a try.
It arrived in a box and usually the instructions that infer ‘self assembly’ do not ignite feelings of excitement and enthusiasm in my husband. After handing over the assembly reigns to said husband and the 10 year old however, he made comment very soon after, ”Well if you are going to write about this trike, then you can say that it was really very easy to assemble” And well, lets just say you don’t get a better endorsement than that. I repeat, self assembly is not usually my husbands strong point!
Anyway for about a week this trike was wheeled around and climbed on and little brothers were pushed by big brothers all around the loungeroom. This was partly due to a very busy week and a very wet week which prevented the Trike a burn on the real outside turf!
But we did get there and I have to say, Mr nearly 2 absolutely loved his first ride on the trike. He actually tried to go to bed with his bike helmet on to ensure that I would remember to take him again the next day.
I have had trikes before but there were some definite differences with this one.
I did love the fact that the Smart Trike is so easy to steer. We have had a similar one before, but if your child is not up to actually realising they have to steer the trike, then it is really rather hard to change directions. You would almost need to lift the whole front of the trike in order to change direction. The Smart Trike however has a fantastic touch steering system that really does make a huge difference and can even be wheeled and turned easily with one hand.
I love that it caters for so many age and development levels. We all know how quickly they can grow out of a trike or bike, so having one that lasts from 10 months to over 3 years is really impressive. I was just disappointed I missed zooming around with the little one when he was younger. It is almost enough to make me want another kid just so I get the real value out of the trike! Well, not quite.
For the little ones, stage 1 starts with foot rests and an adjustable seat harness with high back support. Stage 2 sees the removal of the back support so the little tike can gain confidence and balance whilst mum, dad or older sibling pushes them along. Stage 3 transforms to a training bike as your little 2 year old begins to pedal. Lastly, Stage 4 sees the parent handle removed, the safety clutch closed and off they ride into the sunset just like a real trike.
There are also enough extras like sunshades, trolleys on the back, back packs, a drink holder and even a toy phone for the little travellers to feel they have hit the big time.
For your chance to win a Smart Trike 4 in 1 Dream (original RRP $199), remember to like The Modern Parent Facebook page and leave a comment below telling me about a favourite toy you had as a child or one that you have bought your own kids that is standing the test of time.
Competition is open to Australian Residents only. Competition closes July 12th 2013, 9pm AEST.
But if you don’t win, head to the Toy sales on now, where you can find them on sale at Toys R us for $159.67 or Big W for $148.