There is little that is more exciting than your child’s first tricycle, to both you and your child. Finally; freedom! They can wander, drive in front of you, or even go down (small, hopefully) hills to see how the speed picks up without their feet even touching the pedals. The first taste of actual liberation from a parent can be infectious and addicting. So much so, in fact, that a child may wear themselves out before you’re even halfway home.
That’s why I really dig this 4-in-1 design. When your kid just can’t handle it anymore and needs either a rest or a nap, this trike is there and ready to help. There are some amazing features in addition to a few things one should be cautious about, so let’s take a good hard look at this trike to see if it might be a great way to encourage your child to feel the wind in their hair. Read on for our review of the Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll n’ Trike.
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The 4-in-1 Stroll n’ Trike has some really clever design. The four in the title of trike comes from the four stages of development that this trike can be converted for: infant trike, steering trike, learn-to-ride-trike, and then what I like to call “let ‘em rip mode,” which is a classic trike.
This trike comes in both red and pink, the newer model features a sleeker, more streamlined design that includes a removable footrest for younger children, an adjustable adult steer and stroll handlebar, and more comfortable features for children all the way up to five years of age.
A removable sippy cup holder and safety tray, along with a three-point harness and high back seat, make this a great option for younger children to stroll. A removable matching canopy is great for UV protection, and a storage bin near the bottom is perfect for a purse while you’re strolling and a wonderful sidekick compartment once your child is biking on their own.
Having a product that is dependable enough to last for at least four years of your child’s life with a name like “Radio Flyer” is pro enough, in my opinion. Being able to lock a young child down in something they will love when they’re older is a huge benefit. The 4-in-1 feature is so cleverly designed. It really does grow with your child; rather, your child grows, and the necessary components to control a younger child begin to fall away until it becomes a toy rather than a way to keep track of your child.
All of the features you’d expect in a stroller are there, and all of the features you’d expect in a trike once your child has outgrown the stroller part are there, too. Even the seat is adjustable and will slowly move downwards as your child shoots upwards. The push bar for parents is now comfy and easy to use, and the little plastic “trunk” is just too adorable to even mention - it’s perfect for parents and then kids later on. There’s just no way around it.
Naturally, the high-quality brand that is Radio Flyer doesn’t hurt, either. This company has been making wagons since 1933, and they’ve only gotten better at them. While not everything is metal on this toy, everything IS a high-quality plastic, at worst and smooth, crafted steel at best. Best of all, the price is not what you’d expect - this item is affordable and definitely cost less than buying a stroller and then a trike later on.
The old version had a flawed parent system as well as no foot rest for tiny feet that couldn’t reach the pedals. However, the newer model of the Stroll n’ Trike has solved those issues. The footrest for younger children is removable, too, so as soon as your child is ready to pedal by themselves, they can. Parents report that the footrest is somewhat awkward to take off, but it’s doable.
The biggest con that was not repaired with the update is that this trike is bulky when it’s a stroller, making it difficult to take anywhere in a vehicle. It’s best used around neighborhoods and places that are easily walked to, because picking up a fifteen pound trike and trying to shove it into your trunk is not ideal.
The wheels are plastic, and some parents report that this creates quite a bumpy ride over time if the trike is driven much on rough ground; however, for sidewalk goers and rollers, these plastic tires do great and function much like pneumatic rubber tires.
Overall, this trike is clever, sleek, and thoughtful enough to make up for it's shortcomings. The price would also make you happy, and it’ll make a great Christmas gift for any child that loves the outdoors.