Summer Favorites: Bikes & Trikes
One of our greatest joys as parents is having the opportunity to teach our kids really cool stuff; like eating ice cream, learning to swim, and riding a bike. Tradition would suggest that you must start with a tricycle or training wheels, but as modern moms, we know there are so many other options worth considering. Today we take a look at how four of our favorite companies are putting a fresh spin on bikes and trikes this summer.
The Joovy Tricycoo is a modern spin on the classic tricycle, for children as young as 18 months! The Tricycoo is the perfect way to introduce your child to balance and coordination, one step at a time. The concept is simple: your child enjoys the fun and independence of sitting on their first tricycle while you guide them with the removable parent push handle. They don’t have to steer, pedal, or balance on their own.
While your child is getting used to the idea of balancing and holding on to the handlebars, the front wheel pedals can be unlocked, allowing the pedals to spin freely without force and “go” without the need to pedal. The removable baby surround arms (not seen above) safely enclose your child on the seat and the fold down footrest adds more stability. When your child is ready, you can remove the parent push handle, baby surround arms, and fold up the footrest. The front wheel pedals can then be locked to allow your child to pedal on their own.
Unlike most tricycles, the Tricycoo features “injection-molded” wheels with urethane treads. This means that the wheels will roll quietly on most floors, making it a great outdoor and indoor ride-on toy. For additional fun, the Tricycoo is also equipped with a bell on the handlebar and a large rear basket so your child can take along their favorite toy or stuffed animal. The Tricycoo frame is constructed of steel and it supports a child up to 44 pounds. It is available in green, pink, and orange.
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If you’re into all things retro, or all things quality, this beauty is something you need to see. An old school tricycle, both in materials and looks, this rider will turn heads in the neighborhood. Shimmering pink, lavender, red, black – all look striking on the metal body and curved lines.
Made by Morgan Cycle, this retro tricycle is going to be the envy of the whole neighborhood. Biking in style has never been so easy and Grandmothers will gush over the classic look of the trike that was modeled after the classic 1934 Van Doren design that is displayed in museums.
This also makes a gorgeous gift from grandparents and great grandparents – the retro design is reminiscent of the days when they themselves where kids. Offering free personalization on most of their products, Morgan trikes become a no-brainer.
This isn’t a plastic trike that your neighbor has. Morgan Tricycles are made of handcrafted steel, one solid piece for the body that looks and speaks quality. Needless to say, this is the kind of item that gets passed down for generations. Timeless features include chrome trim, durable steel spokes, solid rubber wheels, a padded saddle seat, a working headlight that your toddler will surely go crazy over, and adjustable handlebars.
Keep in mind that this trike is not as portable as a plastic tricycle. It is heavy and solid, yet allows for whisper-quiet and easy maneuvering. This isn’t a trike to throw in the back of the car, or use on long distance trips. This is like a luxury car–heavy, beautiful, well-made, and lasting for generations. If quality and style is what you’re looking for, you don’t need to look any further–Morgan Cycle has got you covered. It comes in several beautiful colors, like silver, lavender, black, hot rod, blue and red as well as with Victorian flower designs, so you can pick the best style for your child’s personality and gender.
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Looking for the hottest new trendy bike for your kids? We have found it! Radio Flyer has created a new version of a bike called the Cyclone, which is a mix between a bike, scooter and a big wheel, but with one big twist: this bike is powered by your arms! It’s is designed for kids between the ages of 3-7 and is built to last with its steel framed construction. Using the handles, kids can sit, spin and zoom forwards, backwards and in a 360 degree motion. The large 16-inch wheels are made for spinning and are designed for a smooth ride.
The Cyclone has an ergonomic seat and frame for a comfortable ride and the comfort grip handles will keep your kids spinning, playing and zooming for hours. The small design of the Cyclone also makes it ideal for taking to the park or on vacation and is much easier to transport than a traditional bike. Radio Flyer is known for their solid construction and durability and the Cyclone is no exception. This piece is designed to last for years and can accommodate kids up to 69 pounds.
If your kids are looking for new adventures and love to spin, this is the bike for them! They will not be disappointed with the fun they will have doing 360’s in the driveway. All the kids in the neighborhood will want to take a spin on it, trust us!
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There has never been a more fun way to zoom than with the NEW Radio Flyer Ziggle! The Ziggle is one of the hottest new trends in ride-on-toys that is powered by your kids twisting, wiggling and grooving. By turning the handlebars back and forth, kids will use their own weight to help them gain momentum and pick up speed. Beginning riders can move at a slower pace, going at just the right speed for them with very little effort. More advanced riders can really get grooving and even work in some spins, turns, and drifts!
The thing we love about this toy is how much it really grows with your kids. Designed for 3 to 8 year-olds and made with Radio Flyer’s patented steel frame construction, you can expect it to last for many summers. Due to it’s simple design, 3 year-olds can wiggle quite easily on the Ziggle and since it’s so low to the ground, it is easier to get on and off of than a traditional bike. Older kids will love how the four castor wheels allow them to do tricks and 360’s. The grip tape on the footer bar helps keep little feet in place while they are playing.
This bike is available in both the traditional red and also pink and will be a hit with all your younger kids! It’s a nice addition to their spring and summer activities and is small enough for families on-the-go to take along. With a weight capacity up to 81 pounds, you will really get your money’s worth with this toy!
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The multiple award-winning First Bike balance bike is simply incredible. Lightweight, for children ages 2-5, with countless safety features, and a coveted adjustable seat height and lowering kit that many other balance bikes don’t offer, this will be a sure hit with your toddler and you. While your child masters his balance on the First Bike balance bike, the need for training wheels later is eliminated.
The First Bike Cross balance bike was designed by a cyclist, product designer, and father who spent years perfecting the design, so that it is perfectly suited to support a young child’s physical development and motor skills. First Bike has been deemed the safest balance bike available. This amazing balance bike boasts safety features like a saddle seat to help prevent children from slipping off when riding downhill, reflective stickers, safety hand grips to prevent hand slippage, a steering limiter to prevent rough falls and provide a smoother ride, and a flexible frame for shock absorption to protect your child’s developing spine.
We can’t say enough about the First Bike’s long list of other unique fun features – from a composite, scratch-resistant frame, optional lowering kit for children as young as 22 months old (minimum seat height of 12 inches), custom adjustable seat height (no tools required to make adjustments), hand brake, sealed wheel bearings, mudguards, and a limited lifetime warranty.
There are several styles of bikes in First Bike’s product line, as well as a wide selection of colors. We love the Cross edition, with air tires that allow your child to ride on off-road conditions such as grass, gravel, and loose dirt. You child can even pick from First Bike’s array of optional bells, baskets, reflective safety vests, and even a ski attachment for adventures in the snow. Each First Bike can be customized to match your child’s own unique style, which adds even more excitement to this amazing balance bike.
So, whether you’re on one, two, three or four wheels, get out there and enjoy the rest of your summer with your kids. We promise it’ll be just like riding a bike!
For more summer fun, check out our post on Summer Fun Must-Haves!
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Ashley lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children and Kitty Paw. She’s a work-from-home mom with a natural light photography business and a passion for sharing everything she knows. Since leaving the corporate world, she now spends her time chasing her preschooler, nursing her new baby, writing and finding ways to enjoy life. You can find her on Facebook, Google + or on her website.