At the end of last year we were asked ifwe would like to review the Toddlebike2 before it’s launch in November. I have to be honest in that I had never heard of the Toddlebike before but when I looked into it I found that the original version had some fantastic reviews so I jumped at the chance to be able to try the new and updated one out for ourselves!
The Toddlebike2 is a ‘pre-balance’ bike. It has no pedals, just like a balance bike, but the four wheels are close enough that it is able to stand up on its own. It is designed to aid children as young as 18 months, who are independent walkers, to learn the basics of cycling. It comes in three bright and cheery colours; racing red (which is what we have), midnight blue and pinky pink.
O was so used to his tricycle style ride on, that he could lean on any which way possible and still remain steady on it’s wheels, that he avoided using the toddlebike2 for a good month or so, because he would topple over from trying to do the same tricks. But he eventually got more and more used to it and is now a pro at racing up and down the living room, or the park, on it.
When I first pulled the toddlebike2 out of the box I have to be honest that I was a bit dubious about it. It is extremely lightweight and made entirely of plastic and I did wonder how well it would actually stand up to a two year old. After all toddlers are not renowned for being gentle with anything! But I am happy to say that it has been banged around, laid down and used as a stool to reach things he shouldn’t, treated just as badly as a little boy treats all their toys and it has stood up to everything he has (literally as well as figuratively) thrown at it!
He now chooses the Toddlebike2 first over his three wheeled ride on as he can go much faster and it goes much further with each push of his feet. This is actually great for me because it is so lightweight it is really easy to carry. We live at the top of a steep hill so I have to carry it if we want to go anywhere off our street! The day I took these photos it started hail stoning really heavily, you can actually see it in the above picture, so I had to carry both the bike and O up the hill at one point because he slipped and got upset, I would have really struggled with anything heavier than than the toddlebike2!
Here is a little video of him going up our street. You can see how easily he manages even with it being on a bit of an incline.
If you are looking for a ride-on for your toddler I would really suggest looking into the toddlebike2, it is competitively priced (only £24.99 on Amazon) and although it may take them a little while to get used to it really is worth it and they’ll be whizzing around like pros in no time at all!
What ride-ons does your toddler enjoy?