Pros: tiny tricycle for little ones with motor skills bigger than their size
Cons: no seat adjustment
I have three children, and am expecting number four at the end of the summer. Number one, my five-year-old, is a tall string-bean, consistently in the 75th-85th percentile for height. Number two, my three-year-old, is average, after spending almost two years in the same clothing size. Which brings us to Bug, who is vertically impaired. Apparently, my children get progressively smaller, because Bug at nearly two is the same size my daughter was at a year old.
He's a cute little thing, and much easier for this pregnant mama to carry when she has to. Problem is, Bug wants to do everything his older brother and sister can do, and that includes pedaling outside toys. We have the Radio Flyer Classic Red Tricycle, but that's way too big for him, and even the Fisher Price Rock Roll 'n Ride Trike is too big for him to reach the pedals, even though they claim it's for ages 18 months and up. A recent trek through Target netted the Radio Flyer Fold-2-Go Trike when my daughter Beanie spotted "that itty bitty tricycle!" After trying it out to make sure that he could actually reach the pedals, I grabbed it up as an early birthday present.
::: Ready for the Circus :::
The Radio Flyer Fold-2-Go Trike is about the smallest tricycle I've ever seen, and Bug's physical therapist confirmed it, as she was also stumped as to how we could find a tricycle small enough for Bug to pedal. The body measures 24" by 15" by 19", with the front wheel a scant 8 1/2" in diameter by 2 1/4" wide, and the rear wheels 6 1/2" by 2" wide. This tricycle is so tiny that we've taken to calling it the "Clowncycle" since it looks like something out of a circus.
The frame is the red coated metal you've come to expect from Radio Flyer, with a red pad on the handlebars, red and white streamers on the red handgrips, a blue plastic seat (with back!), and a cute little yellow "basket" in back for your little one to carry anything found while outside playing. Best of all, the Radio Flyer Fold-2-Go Trike folds up for easy storage and transport, making it ideal for hanging on a wall to store, or for therapists to tote along in their cars (Bug's physical therapist is now on the hunt for one for her other smaller kids).
Recommended for ages 18 months and up, this is one tricycle that actually lives up to the age recommendation. Bug is 22 months, but very small for his age. My daughter would have fit on this tricycle at about a year, and my other son would have fit right at the recommended age.
::: Bug Goes For a Ride :::
Does Bug love his Radio Flyer Fold-2-Go Trike? Absolutely. In fact, when I had to take him off it to put it in our basket at Target, he screamed through the entire store because he wanted it RIGHT THEN. With it folded up, I was able to let him have it next to him on the bench seat in the back of our van on the return trip, which let him calm down a bit, and since then, we've brought it along to the grandparents' as well as to his physical therapy clinic. It weighs a bit over 20 pounds, making it easy to carry, and the seat has a convenient carry handle built in. It unfolds very easily for riding, and a metal brace locks into place so that you can be sure that the tricycle won't accidentally fold up while your child is riding.
The only downside to the Radio Flyer Fold-2-Go Trike is that the seat and handlebars aren't adjustable at all; this is a one-size trike for your little one. In our case, this isn't a bad thing at all, as I have another little one due in September who will get use out of it, and as soon as Bug outgrows this tricycle, he can move up to the larger Radio Flyer trike that his three-year-old brother is currently using, but this might be a factor for some families.
I have to say, though, that this tricycle was well worth the money for Bug to be able to act like a "big kid" riding his own bike in the driveway. Even if he only gets one summer of use out of this tricycle, it is worth it, not only for his contentment to be a big kid, but also to help work on some gross motor skills we weren't able to help him with because of his small size.