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    Buying a trike for a 2 year old

    Our grandson will be 2 this month, and his dad said we could get him a trike. Local bike shops showed me a Sun Carousel trike in a catalog, but the reviews I read online were not good. I've been looking at a Radio Flyer trike online. The child is currently about 35" tall. Should we get a 10" or 12" wheel trike? Our son wanted us to get a traditional trike, I think, and not a "Big Wheel" type. We've already got a 12 1/2" wheel sidewalk bike, so maybe the trike will only be used about 1 1/2-2 years, unless a sibling comes along, and we discussed the balance bike issue, but think the pedalling skill would be better first. Any brand suggestions or ideas about sizing will be appreciated.

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    Balance first, pedal later. Trikes are fun but IMO they delay the transition to a bike later. Take another look at a balance bike. My 2 yo daughter loves hers.
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    I got my kids (twins) balance bikes before they could crawl and left them in the living room. They were playing with them when they crawled, push-biking with them when the walked, riding crazy down hills at 2 and 3, riding pedal bikes at about 3.5 and so on.

    Gave the push bikes to my bro-in-law for his twins. He got them tricycles too. They pretty much want no part of the push bikes, just like the pedaling of the big wheels and trikes. Learning nothing, four years old now and I figure won't ride a bike until they're 6, 7, or 8 at this rate unless I teach them.

    Nothing wrong with that either, I just think it's better/easier to skip the whole trike to training wheels thing and get right to business.

    When it's time to move from a push bike to a pedal bike, it helps immensely to find a little bike that is a fixed gear rather than coaster brakes. That way the kids legs have to pedal, and they learn that. I drilled two holes in the rear sprocket of my kids bikes and zip tied the gear to the spokes so it would always pedal when the wheels turned. Very irritating to be pushing the kids and they keep locking up the coaster brakes and think it's funny.

    All my opinion. They do have a ball on trikes, but I've had people ask me how to teach their older kids to ride without training wheels.

    Against wally-world opinions on the forums, you can get a balance bike off walmart.com for 29 bux. At least you could a handful of years back when I got mine.

    Good luck!

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    Kids don't actually learn to pedal until 30 months. The balance bike is a better option. And since their feet are closer to the ground, there is less chance of falling.
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    Some people swear by the Kettler trikes but my kids didn't like them. They are very expensive and my kids found them hard to pedal and too heavy. I ended up having to get a more traditional one.

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    I agree with the balance bike. My boy was started on a strider at 18months and was doing 5ft ramps at the skate park by 2.5yrs. He now does as much as 7miles on it and turns 3 this month.

    I recommend pneumatic tires. The foam that comes on strider sucks on smooth concrete like at skate parks, garage floors, and shops/warehouses.


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    I am another one for the balance bike. We bought one for our oldest son back when he was turning 2. He is going to be 5 in August, I took the pedals off of his pedal bike 2 weeks ago and you can totally see the skills he learned from the balance bike. The only times he has crashed is when he lost focus.

    Our younger son who is 2 right now is on the balance bike now and keeps up with older brother on his pedal bike. I have to use my bike to pace them.

    Lots of fun.

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    Well, sorry I haven't kept up with this thread after starting it. The birthday was a week ago, and we ended up buying a Radio Flyer trike. It's a little large for him, and he has not pedaled on his own yet, so maybe the balance bike would have been better. I am already working on refurbishing his father's first 12" bike, though, and hope he'll learn to ride it in about a year. His dad had pretty much left the training wheels behind when he was still 3.

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