Tricycle Buying Guide
With a couple of young girls, we’ve bought a couple of tricycles and I wanted to pass on this information which will hopefully help you choose the right trike for your tyke.
The first tricycle we purchased was a Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike. This model allows the child to pedal or coast as a parent pushes and steers the tricycle. I think it’s ideal if you have a 2-ish year old and you are eager to get your child out on a tricycle. However, the plastic and paint faded quickly on ours and I do not think it’s the best way for a small child to actually learn how to pedal. Pedals fixed to the front wheel, like on a traditional tricycle, are best for little ones to learn how to pedal.
The Traditional Tricycle
I highly recommend a traditional tricycle like this Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle. Since the pedals are fixed to the front wheel, children can learn how to pedal for themselves quite quickly. The paint on this metal tricycle also holds up quite well compared with the steerable/pushable model. This model is ideal for 3-and-up-year-olds.
I wish you and your children a happy three-wheeling experience!