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|Product Type: Balance bike||Frame Color: Beige|
|Frame Material: Wood||Age Group: 3 to 4 Years; 2 Years|
|Gender: Boy; Girl||Number of Gears: 1|
|Adjustable Handlebar: Yes||Adjustable Seat Height: Yes|
|Country of Manufacture: China|
Perfect first bike for a toddler
Anastasia at Eco-Babyz from Boston, MA
You should have seen my 2 year old's face when she saw the big box with a bike photo on it! She lit up like a light bulb! What is it with toddlers and anything with wheels? We unpacked the box and it took about 5 minutes to put the bike together, it was really easy and intuitive, didn't even need the instructions (my husband did it). Since it is winter outside and snow banks abound, we tried it out indoors. At this point I can't say how it is for the baby to ride because my toddler's toes are about 1" from reaching the floor when sitting on the bike, she can't yet ride by herself and needs me to help her balance and not fall off. She is 32" tall, so keep in mind that this bike will not work for most two year olds under 33" - not that they don't grow fast, it will fit in no time. I really like that the seat is adjustable, so it will last us a while. It seems quite sturdy, not at all flimsy, even though it isn't solid wood (but something like pressed board). I like how the steering wheel is designed in such a way that you can't make a very sharp sudden turn which would result in a fall. It doesn't turn 180 degrees, but more like 120-140 maybe, which makes it more stable and great for learning. I really appreciate the handle that makes it convenient for me to carry. The only thing I would change about it is lowering the frame even more so it would fit even tiny two year olds like my daughter. It would also be nice if there was something to put the feet on when gliding on the bike. Of course that in no way takes any points away from the function of the product.
Every toddler's first bike
Timothy from Minneapolis, MN– Verified Buyer
My 4 year old daughter loves this bike! She's going to be to big for it pretty soon, but she still loves riding it. The seat is adjustable and goes down pretty low to accommodate smaller children. This is a must have bike for any toddler starting to learn to ride a bike. The handle bars only turn about 30 degrees in either direction to prevent the bike from jackknifing and the wheels are child proofed with no spokes for fingers to get caught in. This bike might make training wheels obsolete. Some assembly is required, but all the tools needed are included.
D.A.R.L.I.N.G. Bike for Little ones
Heidi from Portland, OR– Verified Buyer
This may be the most darling thing I have purchased for the little ones in my life. This rugged little balance bike is perfect for those little ones who feel too grown-up for the 3-wheeled type and will be so helpful in teaching them to balance in preparation of learning a two-wheeler down the road a bit. I am delighted with the real tires (not stiff plastic ones) and that there are no open spokes to tangle little feet, hands, or clothing. The seat is adjustable and the handlebars have wonderful grips. Really, I could not be happier with this purchase.
Must purchase! Great bike!
susan from columbia, SC– Verified Buyer
My 2 1/2 year old son is obsessed with motorcycles. Since I can't get him one of those, I bought him this thinking he might like it. I was right! He loves it! He doesn't like to pedal things so this was perfect. It only took him 1 day to get the hang of it. Now he is a pro. Our neighbors cannot believe how good he is and how fast. He even does tricks! He will be ready for a bike without training wheels very soon!
Great for 2-3 year olds
Lin from Charlotte, NC– Verified Buyer
This balance bike is awesome. The only problem is that it's slated for 2-4 yr. olds, so I bought it for my grandson's 4th birthday, and it's too small for him. I think it should be for 2-3 year olds.
Excellent value, quality bike.
dblanchard from Seattle– Verified Buyer
I read as many reviews on push bikes as I could before ordering this and wanted to give a comprehensive review after having for a month.We ordered this for our first child and she loves it. She is 3.75 years-old and a little tall for her age. She was very excited to unpackage and assemble it with me, which was a snap, and she rode it on our laminate flooring that night. The design is such that when the bike is on its side, only the tires and the rubber handlebar grip touch the floor, i.e. no wooden parts or bolts ding my floor when it falls over.We took it outside the next day and she just wanted to ride her trike, but by the end of the day she wanted to ride "the wooden bike" more.We are fortunate to have a bunch of walking paths in the woods near our home and we prefer to ride there to enjoy the scenery, and so that fall are softer, but this bike does great on pavement, trails and indoors. The tires are knobby, but we'll never take it out in the mud and slicks or semi-slicks would be fine on the trails we'll be on.The bike is quite light and she has no trouble picking it up or pushing it. However, for the first couple weeks she was slower riding her bike than when we go "walking." That isn't entirely fair of me to say because she almost never walks and usually runs circles around me. So, she is a much faster runner than rider. She has gotten faster on the bike, but will probably always be faster on foot.When we stray far from home, I always end up carrying it a ways, and of coarse up and down any steep hills. I expected this, but thought it was worth mentioning here.The handle cut into the frame is handy, but the position/angle of the handle is a little off such that the rear wheel hangs lower than the front and I end up carrying its weight mostly on my pinky and ring fingers. Actually, I usually carry it with my hand between the handlebar grips. This is my only complaint about the bike, and isn't a big enough deal to dock the review a star. The bike is light enough for me to carry without the handle.We initially put it together with the seat in the lowest position and immediately saw that this was much too low. I moved it up to the second highest position and that looked pretty comfortable for her, but I was disappointed that she'd only fit it until she outgrew the next height.She asked a couple days ago if she could have the seat lowered and now it is in the third highest position, and looks like a fair fit, and she reports that she likes it better there. Still, I think she'll be ready for a pedal bike before she would have outgrown just one more notch.We've had to explain it to so many neighbors that she now calls it her balance bike, which is more apt.Our daughter over-steers, but is getting better and corrects well. She's had a few wrecks, but has walked away from all of them on her own. The lightness of the bike, and lack of protruding parts contribute to this.We also have a tag-along bike, a single wheel on an arm that attaches to my seatpost, a seat and a pair of pedals. I think that we'll hold off on that until she is a little taller, but between the two, I think she'll be ready for a pedal bike by next summer.We have a younger child also and fully expect the balance bike to be in great condition when he is tall enough to start riding it. It is a quality bike and will take all the riding we'll be able to give it.[...] I was willing to go as high as eighty for a used one, and was very happy to find this deal for a new one.
Great bike-even greater customer service
Molly from Raleigh, NC– Verified Buyer
I bought two of these for my 4-year old twins. They LOVE them, and it's a great way to prepare for two-wheelers. One of the bikes had assembly holes that weren't quite lined up. As a result, the bolt warped and a small piece broke off the frame. I emailed the manufacturer some photos (smartgeartoys[@]), and their response was quick and completely satisfactory. They sent me a new frame free of charge, and it worked perfectly. The other bike was perfect too, so I'm sure the problem is pretty rare. Bottom line: I would definitely recommend these bikes to anyone with kids 5 and under who want a pre-2-wheeler bike. My twins just love zipping around the cul-de-sac on them. One of them refused to get on a bike with training wheels, but loves this one. The only con is that the seat is difficult to move up and down. I have a soon-to-be 3 year old, and would have liked the option of easily moving the seat down for him. But it involves removing two big bolts, then re-screwing them in. Other than that, it's perfect.
I loved it. I really loved it!
Travelin' Grandma from Orlando, FL
Never know what to get our grand children. We want it to have a "Wow" factor and not just be another toy that gets played with briefly then breaks and gets discarded. Our 3 yr. old grand daughter really wanted to ride a 2-wheeler and couldn't. After receiving this bike, I thought it was just sitting in the garage. Unbenounced to me, it was being used frequently in the driveway. About a month ago, my son put my grand daughter on her 2-wheeler, and without fear, and with an afternoon of practice, can now ride her bike. Our two year old grandson will be the next to use it. It's well made and of good quality material. Thanks for this training bike that was just the right size and did just what it was supposed to do.
Sturdy wooden trike
Susan from OWATONNA, MN
Should be fun in spring when our 2 year old grandson can reach the ground with his feet. our 3 year old GrandDaughter. Is not quite sure of it yet, but tries it out periodically. Assembly easy.
Who needs training wheels?
Heather from COLUMBUS, OH– Verified Buyer
Really well made "bike". This allows toddlers to keep up with their older siblings while learning balance. Better than training wheels. Cute too.