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Last summer we bought my little girl this Iggle Piggle trike. She is a big In The Night Garden Fan and we thought it would be a fun way of driving her to the park and around the streets in a bike with one of her favourite characters.
Well, unfortunately Iggle Piggle is now lonely, languishing all alone in the garage by himself because my little girl did not find it all that fun and mummy and daddy did not like it much either.
Firstly though I must say the one thing I did like was a fluffy Iggle Piggle backpack that came with this trike. You can attach it to the front of the trike so Iggle Piggle comes with you on your adventure or you can take it off of the trike and just have it as a regular bag. It's just Iggle Piggle's face made out of a plush material but its quite cute and well made and my little girl likes carrying it around.
I think the worst part of this trike for me was the handle bar with which you use to push the trike. When we first got this bike my little girl was not quite big enough for her feet to reach the pedals so she was not able to drive this bike herself, she had to rely on us to push it. Well, the handle bar is very awkward and hard to push with. It's basically a bar that juts out of the back of the bike at a 90 degree angle so for me it is an extremely awkward way of holding a handlebar as is very uncomfortable to push and near on impossible to steer. I used to end up having to sort of hold it with two hands or bend over and push the seat instead which was quite backbreaking. The handle bar can be set at different levels or removed, probably when your little one starts to be able to pedal themselves but it just is not well designed in my opinion.
The bike has three wheels, obviously as its a trike with one wheel at the front and two at the back. Only the front wheel turns as its on a pole attached to the handlebars at the top. Once your little one moves these handlebars you will obviously go in that direction but it's very difficult to steer. So again, I find the manoeuvrability of this trike quite inadequate.
The wheels are described as robust with chunky blow-moulded wheels for extra stability however I find them made of quite a cheap thin plastic so they do not wear well on the pavements and they make a lot of noise as you push the trike along. There is a mud guard flap over the front wheel and even though we didn't use it that often this flap has cracked and does not look good and I would have expected it to last longer than that before it broke.
There is a seat on the trike for your little one to sit on. It's almost a bucket type seat so it dips quite low meaning your little one can sit in it quite comfortably although their are no restraints or seat belts so you have to be quite sue that your child is old enough to stay in a seat and no wiggle out as it would be very easy to fall out of the seat. Last year my little girl was two and a half and I felt confident she could sit in this seat comfortably which she could but I wouldn't put a child under 2 in this trike really. In fact, the trike is recommended for ages 2-4 and I would say this is about right.
One thing I like about the trike is that it has a little basket/bucket on the back for kids to put things in such as teddies, snacks, drinks, things they find on a walk etc. my little girl always liked to take her dollies in this bucket which was really cute and a nice addition to the bike in my opinion. I also think this trike is nice and colourful and follows the theme of Iggle Piggle with quite vibrant red and blue colours so its quite a striking, eye catching trike. However, I just don't think the quality is good enough for me to really want to use it more or recommend to others and now that my little girl has her proper bike I don't think we will be using this anymore.
My daughter received the Iggle Piggle trike for her 3rd birthday, and has used it as often as the weather has allowed. The trike has a lovely design - bright colours, and with a detachable Iggle Piggle rucksack on the handlebars. My daughter was given the choice of several trikes based on other characters that she likes, but she chose this one, mainly because of the basket on theback - she likes to take her other toys for a ride! It is easy to assemble and feels sturdy and safe, although the nuts and bolts need checking regularly and re-tightening. I also find that I have to re-align the wheels a lot, but this only takes a few seconds.
The trike comes with a parent handle for use before the child can pedal, or for a little extra help up hills! There is also a foot rest behind the pedals for when the child is not pedalling. This ensures that their feet don't get knocked by the pedals when the parent is pushing them. The trike appears to be easy for a youngster to steer, although the low centre of gravity means that pedalling sometimes looks like hard work.
The only negative is the noise! The wheels are plastic, so the sound it makes on hard surfaces like pavement/patio is loud and quite annoying. The only other negative is the lack of brakes, although as the trike is for quite young children, I imagine the manufacturers assume it will be used under supervision and in a safe environment.
My two year old girl is iggle piggle mad so for her birthday we thought we would get her this trike as my eight year old son had had a similar one and we got much use out of it.
After searching for ages we finally sourced it at amazon, everywhere else had sold out and did'nt have any in stock.
It arrived promptly which i thought was great as i was new to amazon.
It is a self assemble product which I do always find a bit daunting as am not great at instructions and this time it was no different. After two hours I thought that I had finally got it although this was not to be ,I had put the handlebars on the wrong way and it would have been very difficult for her to use so I had to change them which didnt take too long but was annoying. I had no problem putting the adult control bar on and we loved the little iggle piggle bag that comes with it especially as it can be removed and used as a small rucsac. I also loved the fact that they had thought about when a childs legs do not reach the peddles so they have little foot rest for your childs feet to rest on which must make the ride more comfortable .
One thing that did bother me was that it does'nt have a safety belt on the chair which other trikes do and I am always aware that she might slip off, also once out and about I realised that the front wheel needed re-adjusting and as I don't carry a tool kit with me was a bit of a pain as it required alot of power to push until I got home,it was easy enough when at home but was'nt the best first ride.
All in all though my little girl loves it, it's a sturdy product and worth the £27 that we paid for it.
I would definitly reccommend it as it does'nt matter that I had problems assembling it thats probably just me its the fact that you get alot of use from it and puts a smile your childs face. Priceless.
We bought our In The Night Garden Iggle Piggle Trike from Argos in the summer when our daughter was 30 months old. We paid £24.99. It came in a box and needed assembling.
Unlike the last reviewer, I did not find it easy to assemble. On our first attempt we discovered a couple of pieces missing (yes we should've checked the pieces before we started, but we assumed they'd just be there. We took it back to Argos and swapped it without any problems. On our second attempt, we did manage to assemble most of the trike, although we couldn't attatch the parent safety handle, (for the parent to push the bike while the child learns). We had all the pieces and the only reason we could think of was that the bar was misshaped.
We have been using the trike anyway, and my daughter loves it. The quality is awful. The only thing that made the trike an Iggle Piggle trike, was a few stickers that we had to attatch ourselves, and the little Iggle Piggle pouch on the front which is attached with velcro and constantly falls off. The other problem is the vertcal bar that the handlebars are attached to, tends to twist round sometimes, this makes it akward to ride.
we bought the in the night garden trike from woolworths at the very reasonable price of £24.99.
It was for my daughters 2nd birthday, and she is a bit of an Iggle Piggle fan so thought the trike would appeal to her, and that she could also have fun with it in the garden throughout the summer.
It also meant that because their was a detatchable parent handle, i could help her to ride her trike to the park - as her big sister would ride her bike so she could now join in!
She could also learn how to pedal which will prepare her for a bigger bike in the future.
The trike came in a box, and when opened I had to assemble it - which following instructions was fairly easy. There was also th stickers included which i had to put in place by looking at the picture of the trike on the box!
The frame is sturdy and everything, once tightened seemed safe and solid. The handle bars did take a little more tightening a few times to get right.
As well as the detachable parent handle, it comes with a detachable Iggle Piggle soft bag, which sits on the handle bars or can be places on the childs back.
The hole under the back of the seat - has a plasic covering and when you want to add the parent handle you open the lid like flap and the handle is supose to clip in, on this one however the tube was too small with the plastic bit on so my other half had to completely remove it to fit the handle.
Apart from that I have never had any problems and a year on, my little girl stil loves her ''pickle pickle' trike!
Fantastic In The Night Garden trike featuring fluffy Igglepiggle rucksack with squeaker. Chunky blow moulded wheels for extra stability. Adjustable seat height 33cm-36cm 2 - 4 Years