As you can imagine having 2 year old twin boys with plenty of family they had christmas presents coming out of their earholes. One of their many presents was a bob the builder bike, they had one each to TRY prevent fights of course - by the way it NEVER happens lol!
The Bob the builder bikes can be bought in Argos for around £45, or you can buy similar versions in stores such as Halfords. The twins bikes were bought from Argos and were found in the bike/outdoor toy section of the argos catalogue. There are two styles of bikes you can choose from in Argos at the moment, the three wheeler style with a little bucket at the back or the what I would call 'normal' bike with stabilisers on the back wheel. It was the 'normal' bikes that my boys had as they are suitable for children aged 2 years to 4 and my twins turned 2 in November.
Buying the bikes in Argos was simple, thanks to me reserving them beforehand. They came in quite small, recyclable cardboard boxes with a small diagram of a bike on one side of the box. To be honest I soon wondered how a whole bike was to fit in this small box and was dreading putting it together. Well not so much the first one but knowing I had to put another one together straight after was even more daunting as you can imagine lol. I suppose theres one good thing about that though and that's the fact the first toy I put together is my practise run therefore the second tends to be a breeze, just a shame the practise run takes me a few hours to get right lol!
Taking the bike out of the box everything seemed straightforward really, I was a little apprehensive as I usually like to look at a picture of the actual product whilst putting it together as you can generally see where each piece goes but as there was only a drawing of a bike on the box I couldn't rely on the photo this time. The bike came in a few different pieces, these sections being;
*2 x stabilisers
There was also a sheet of instructions, just one page of instructions believe it or not but set out in a way that they were easy to grasp, understand and follow without havng to go back over them wondering which bit you'd missed out. It does inform you at the top of the sheet that tools that are required for the assembly of the bike are a screwdriver and a spanner which are not supplied. After much begging of daddy for a lend of his screwdriver when it came to putting it together I soon learnt that a screwdriver isn't actually needed but a spanner definitely is if you want the bike to stay together.
Without looking at the instructions it was common sense really as to where roughly each piece went and I was able to put both bikes together without the help of anyone else and without too much struggle.
Each seperate piece slotted perfectly together within the main frame, the front wheel slotted inside the main frame and the handlebars snuggled in on top. Ensuring the bolt was tightened securely so the handlebars don't turn in a different direction to the front wheel I turned it around so the back of the main frame was facing me and held it gently between my knees. The back wheel fits into a gap on the back of the main frame and needs to be tightened together just the same as the front wheel. Once both wheels are on, and tightened I then had to screw on the stabilisers. Each stabiliser I tightened on using my spanner and soon the bike was able to stand freely. Last but not least I had to clip on the plastic, bob the builder panels. The panels have plastic clips at the back of them which simply clip onto the metal main frame with a gentle push, they can be pulled off and knocked off if played with too roughly but it takes just seconds to put them back on.
Overall the assmembly of the bike was pretty straightforward, I was able to do the both bikes with little trouble at all. Once together they stand freely and straight thanks to the stabilisers, of course once your child has learnt to ride the back the stabilisers can be taken off so it does have it's uses if your child is an early learner on a bike which is a plus as it would be a total waste of money otherwise. The handle bars are straight and have bright red, rubbery grips each side for little hands to get a firm, comfortable grip. One thing I did notice however was the pedals are attached to the front wheel. Usually pedals go just beneath your legs however the design of this particular bike is a little different. I don't know whether they are made like this purposely just to try and help kids gain confidence on bikes a little easier but it does make riding the bike a little difficult if your child doesn't have quite long legs. My boys are just 2 and are alot taller than most children their age, they can just about reach their legs forward to touch the pedals but their legs are not quite long enough to be able to push on the pedals and move their feet in a full circle to ride the bike properly. It is a shame they can't ride them properly yet or even try to for that matter as the pair of them are bike mad and really want to ride them properly instead they have no choice but to sit on the seat, dangle their legs and wait for mummy to push them round for a quick ride. Maybe the bike should be made suitable for children aged 3 plus instead, I know even then some 3 year olds could be short but I'm sure they'd have more chance at that age of reaching the pedals comfortably and being able to move the pedals in one full circle without struggling to reach or having to hang themselves off the edge of the seat. The seat by the way is quite a padded seat, it's bright red and colour co-ordinated with the rest of the bike as well as having the bob the builder logo stamped on it. The fact that it's slightly padded pleased me as it can be uncomfortable to sit on a bike sometimes and I didn't want my twins first ride to be uncomfortable to begin with, at least they do have a bit of comfort on their bums.
I do personally feel the bike will last the boys but only up until they have learnt to ride it, thanks to them being such big boys I will probably have to buy a sturdier and stronger bike aimed at older children in another year or so but for now this was money well spent. I think they will do what they are aimed to do and that's help teach them how to ride a bike. There is no chain attached to the bike - hence the reason the pedals are attached to the front wheel, each push of the pedals turns the front wheel making the bike move - the no chain thing is good though as I'm sure a young child from the age of 2 would get seriously hurt with a bike chain.
The seat can be adjusted depending on the height of your child and how confident they are with riding the bike. It can go from 39cm to 42cm and the handlebar height is 55cm. Their is also a weight restriction for the bike which is 20kg. For what these are I'd reccomend them, it's a simple bike to encourage a child to learn to ride one, help them gain confidence thanks to the stabilisers and also grow with your child as they continue to use it for fun. It's bright, colourful and characterised making it all the more fun, it's strong, sturdy and with a watchful eye from an adult, quite safe to. Definitely worth the money in my opinion!
Hi, I work in a bike shop and we do sell these bob the builder bikes. Personally, I don't like calling them bikes, I prefer to call it a toy. It doesn't have the characteristics as other bikes, it has platics wheels and cheap brkaes, a skinny axel, its a child's play thing, but for that, it is very good. We sell them for £75 and we get a lot of people buying them, they're covered in bob the builder, has canitlever style "U" brakes and some good stabalisers. Its a good bike for getting the child to learn how to ride the bike without stableisers, bacause you can slowly bend outwards the stableisers, so that instead of riding on his side, the child will naturally learn how to balance! Overall I like it. If you buy it for a 3 year old, it will probably last 2 years, a younger child could probably ride it, but in my personal oppinion, I wouldn't let a 2 year old ride it for safety. The cranks ad chainring are metal, so don't take off the chaingaurds because it could badly hurt the child. The handle bars and brakes and pedals are all cheaply Taiwanese parts so it all comes together at a very resonable price. Hope you like it too!
Yes "BOB The Builder"is now available on a scooter.Well why not he appears on everything else,doesnt he? Unless you are been living in a rabbit hole or on the planet Mars you will be aware of "Bob The Builder" a lovable television character who has become an icon within the eyes of children. Bob is everywhere on Flasks, on lunchboxes, playstation games, clothing and now on a scooter. But this is no micro scooter,rather an old fashioned styled three wheeled scooter. The Recommended age group for this is 3 years and upwards. I have at last managed to buy one of these scooters after trying for the last month to find one,I found it in my local Index store. But be warned my branch only had two in stock,this could be due to them being a new product and classed as a summer item. It costs £19.99 and comes compact in a easy to carry box. It is a self assembly package and putting it together was very easy. The only tools required to assemble the scooter are two spanners a 13mm and a 14mm to tighten the nuts and Bolts. About the scooter presentation. It is brightly coloured in Yellow and Blue,with nice wide EVA tyres. The footplace platform is wide and made of good strong plastic and the main frame is made of metal to give it extra strength. A 3D front plaque of Bob himself is attached to the handle bars,although it looks lovely, I am a little worried about the way the plaque has been attached by use of three plastic ties. Are they strong enough to hold the plaque securely in place? Time will tell. The scooter has an adjustable handle height of 60-65cm,this is great for a growing child. How well does my son ride this scooter? He is having a bit of trouble riding this scooter at the moment,as the foot that He pushes along the ground with keeps knocking against the back wheel. I think it has something to do with the back
wheels being set quite wide apart. This is causing him some frustration at this present time. I am hoping he will get used to it. All the nuts and Bolt fittings have plastic hub covers to prevent an injury. But they dont stay on very well at all, I thought about using glue to keep them on, but then I wont be able to tighten the nuts should they come loose. Overall it is an attractive looking scooter,which feels pretty strong. I particularly like the "Bob" plaque and I am hoping that it does stay fixed on securely. The three wheels are an excellant idea to give a small child confidence in the way that it gives extra balance,making them less likely to fall off. But I cant help feeling that the wheels may be a bit too wide apart. Don't throw the box away until, you have made a note of the maker's address. This could be handy should you have problems with the scooter, or you need replacement parts, you never know. There is also a customer helpline for enquirys.