User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Still the best looking tricycle on the market! Excellent customer service at Radio Flyer.
Cons:Made in China; rusts easily
The Bottom Line: I would recommend this tricycle if you can keep it out of the elements. If you can't, be prepared to be replacing parts fairly soon!
I bought this tricycle in 2005 for my then 3 year old daughter's Christmas gift. I paid $50 for it at Toys R Us. I could have paid extra to have it assembled, but my husband is good with stuff like that, so I saved us the ten bucks or so it would have cost to have it put together.
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I had wanted my daughter to have something like the tricycles I had growing up. They were great little trikes and I remember still having them at home when I was in high school. We rode those things like crazy and never could wear them out. We left them out in the rain and snow. Still they held up.
I was excited to find the Radio Flyer red tricycle, but disappointed to see it was now built in China. I have not had good luck with much of anything that was built in China, but like anything else--I figured if it was a hunk of junk I'd just take it back to the store.
I bought the trike and my husband put it together. It didn't take long to put together and it was very solid and heavy. It looked nice. It really didn't LOOK like a "hunk of junk!" It is mostly metal, not plastic like a lot of trikes are now. Even the seat is metal. I wasn't too thrilled about the words "Made in China" being printed right on the trike in plain sight, but I could deal with that. I mean, what ISN'T made there anymore?! The trike has a bell and also has streamers coming out of the handlebars. Very appealing to any child.
My daughter loved it. She rode it all around the house. I wouldn't let her take it outside because I just knew if it was left out in the rain, it wouldn't hold up as well as my old trikes did. We also lived right on a busy highway and there wasn't much of an area she could ride in anyway.
In early 2007 we sold our house and moved in with my inlaws while we were building a home. We had to keep the tricycle outside. My concerns about it ended up being legitimate...the trike started rusting and a back wheel came almost completely off. The spokes were so rusted that most of them just broke in half. It was then that I realized how thin they are. It wouldn't take much rust to ruin them.
I wasn't sure what to do about it, so I just left it alone until for the time being.
In April of this year (2008), we moved into our new home and took the tricycle with us. I was thinking we'd probably just have to junk it and buy a brand new one, then one day I got the idea that maybe I could get a new wheel for it. I went online to the Radio Flyer website and found a customer service phone number. I called it and actually got a live human being to answer the phone. I asked her if it was possible to order a new wheel and she said she would have one out to me right away. I only had to pay a few bucks for it (for shipping I assume), which was way cheaper than paying $50 for a brand new trike!
The wheel arrived just a few days later, and it was very easy to replace. What was difficult was trying to remove the old one. There is a small red "cap" that covers the bolt that holds the wheel in place and that came off easily, but the bolt inside did not. I had to pry and pry at it, but it finally came off. Putting the new wheel on was a piece of cake compared to THAT!
When I put the trike down after replacing the wheel, my daughter immediately got on it and rode it around..it was perfect!
By the way, the user's manual that came with the tricycle does state to not leave it out in the rain. So had we been able to keep it indoors, I don't think we would have had a problem with it. Unfortunately, keeping it indoors is not always possible.
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Amount Paid (US$): 50.00
Type of Toy: Other
Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years