“ Brand: Argos / Type: Toy Ride-ons „
I bought the purple version of this trike for my daughter first birthday. It cost me 49.99 with free delivery from amazon.co.uk. It arrived 3 days later via courier. I took my husband around 20 minutes to put this trike together, it wasn't difficult at all but there was a lot of pieces and obviously he had to make sure it was sturdy. The instruction manual that came with it was pretty comprehensive and you can't really go wrong.
The smart trike is suitable from 10 months to 36 months. People who have read my reviews previously will know that Amelia was born 3 months prematurely so her corrected age is actually 10 months and she can use this comfortably. When your baby is there are plastic bars around the seat to ensure they don't fall out. There is also a 5 point harness for added security. I feel confident that this is safe for Amelia to use and never worry that she's going to fall out. She does tend to slouch in the seat however as she wants to reach the pedals. I feel that it would be a better design if it hard a higher bit at the front of the seat to stop this.
I also always have to have shoes on her while using as the pedals catch her feet. This could be easily solved by being able to fix them and I think this is a pretty simple safety feature that is lacking. There is a footrest for younger children but the allure of the pedals are just too much for her.
There is no doubt about it Amelia absolutely adores her trike.
She looks proud as punch riding on it and will hold on to the handle bars 'like a big girl'. We have used this quite extensively since getting it 2 weeks ago. We were fortunate enough to have some very nice weather so have been for lots of nice walks. I don't find it particularly difficult to steer although it is hard to keep it straight or get it up curbs. However for the enjoyment Amelia gets out of it it's well worth peservering. Obviously it would be easier in her pram but that's no where near as fun for her.
The sun canopy is flexible and easy to move to block the sun, there is also a drinks holder on the parent handle which is a handy feature as during the warm weather Amelia drinks like a fish. I'm not sure how much use we are going to get out of it now the weather has turned again as it hasn't got a rain cover so it's pretty useless unless it's dry. I am however confident that this trike will last for the next couple of year. The parent handle and bars come off and the seat can be moved further back so it really does grow with your child.
All in all I'm very happy with this trike. Amelia loves it and that's a good enough reason for me!
I bought the pink version of this trike with the sunroof for my daughter when she became 1 year old, it cost me 90 Euros/80 Pounds. At that time she could only sit on the chair with the use of the pink side bars, to make sure she didn't fall out. The trike came with a fake plastic cell phone that doesn't make any fun sound, it just beeps a lot and I took out the batteries immediately because I went coo-coo. There are straps stuck on the back of the bike's seat, so you can make sure your child isn't going to move around too much. But I hardly used those straps because my daughter became very cranky when I locked her in these straps.
When my husband tried to assemble the bike (thankfully there was a little manual added to the box the trike came in), he noticed that some parts were a bit crooked and it was difficult to put them together. He had to use his hammer and some other tools to make sure the trike was completely steady. That was a bit disappointing, because it was pretty high priced and I think you can expect a bit more than crooked pink trike parts.
The bike itself is very "plastic and not so fantastic" I have to say. Although the colors purple and pink are great, and the plastic cell phone is fun for my daughter as well (even without sound) the bike itself is difficult for me as a parent to steer (using the long steering part at the back) and I have to be very careful that the bike doesn't fall to the side, leaving my little girl with bruises on her face. Getting on and off the sidewalks is very difficult so I hardly ever use the bike. My daughter is a year and a half now so we took off the side braces, and she can almost peddle herself, and I do think that it is a rather stable bike then, but not when you have to steer it from the back, when you kid is too small to peddle itself.
So overall the bike is okay, but not the greatest one around, it just doesn't look stable enough to me.
I bought this Smart Trike for my son for his birthday present and it is fantastic! It is designed to be suitable from around 10 months old through to the toddler years and I believe it can do this easily.
It has a fairly comfortable looking seat with a harness, and a plastic surround which you use for the younger child to ensure they can't fall off the trike and hurt themselves. The removable parent handle is a godsend and works brilliantly. I was a bit dubious as to whether or not it would actually turn the trike but it does with ease.
There are both pedals for when the child can pedal themselves and a footrest for the younger child. The trike also has a bucket at the back for carrying innanimate objects such as stones which for some reason my son loves to collect!
The trike comes with a sun shade which is perfect for those hot sunny days although since I bought this we have had so little sun that the shade has never been used.
The trike comes in a choice of 2 colours - pink for the girls or gender neutral which consists of green, orange and blue. It is very bright and appeals to the children.
My son looked so proud of himself the first time he rode in his trike, riding alongside his older brother. It was definitely worth the money and I would recommend it as a great alternative to a pushchair for short journeys as children will actually want to ride this.
Beware! The 'clutch doesn't work. It says it locks to stop the pedals turning, but it doesn't lock them at all. The pedals still turn which can cause a toddler to get his/her feet stuck in between the footrests and the moving pedals - VERY DANGEROUS! I do not recommend this product. We returned two of them back to Argos and eventually accepted a refund as it seemed that all the trikes had the same problem. It wasn't just a one off.
I've just bought the more basic version of this trike (the no sun roof version) for my 1 year old.
I think the design must have been improved since earlier reviews as the parent handle seems very secure to me as long as it is locked into place properly.
I find the trike very sturdy with a metal frame and good solid plastic seat, handle bars etc. I am also pleased with the seat belt as this has a between the legs strap as well as the strap that goes around the waist so the little rider is firmly attached to the seat. When I was looking for a trike I found very few had seat belt straps at all and I think this is a very important safety feature.
The trike is very colourful and has been an instant hit with my daughter.
The downside is that it is a little bit tricky to steer and ours does tend to veer to the side a bit. I would only use it for short trips and would revert to our normal buggy if we were going for more than 10 minutes or so. It's lots of fun for whizzing around the house and garden though.
My husband put it together and managed it very easily - although he did say he decided to ignore the instructions and just work it out by looking at the pieces and what it was supposed to look like when finished.
I have bought the blue one from argos, It seems to have been improved on since previous reviews as when using it from 10 months there are in fact two lots of safety straps the one around the waist and between the legs plus padded shouldier straps which also go to a buckle between the legs. So far I cannot fault it. I know there is also a deluxe one out there which also has a drinks holder and padded seats but i am quite happy with the one I have. Plus with having a hubby who is a foot taller than myself the adjustable parental handle is really good.
The only fault we found was that the instructions did not explain that we needed to put two lost of safety straps through a bolt under the seat we had done one and we then had to dismantle the trike to do the second.
We have the pink version of this for our daughter and she was bought it for her 1st birthday. She adores it and will go for long bike rides on it and is much happier then in her pushchair.
It all comes flat pack and did seem rather fiddly to put together and take a long time, but then again it was my dad doing it so perhaps just him. He has lots of great features making it a really attractive and fun bike.
When using it from 9months, the child can sit in it safely with a seat belt around the lap, and solid straps from the front to the back so cant fall out. If they cant reach the pedals, there is fold down pedals which are closer for them to rest their feet on. Over head is a sun canopy, which can be moved. I actually find this bit annoying especially with the lack of sun we have so its folded again the handle out the way. The steering handle is adjustable and is easy to steer however it does require both hands. On the handle is also a well size bag to put all your bits and bobs in, and a small bucket fastened to the back.
As the child gets older you can then lift up the foot rests, remove the sides and remove the handle so they have a trike to use on their own.
The only problem I find is its difficult getting down curbs, fine going up, but think thats the same with all similar trikes anyway.
My daughter loves it on here from the very first time and sits with the biggest grin on her face like she is the king of the castle. Will definetely get plenty of use from it as grows with them. Worth shopping around as its only about £45 in toys r us now.
We bought the Smart Trike around a month ago for our baby boy. We in fact purchased this item from Mothercare at £54.99 and not from Argos as the title suggests. I understand now however that it is also available on Amazon at a cheaper price.
The Smart Trike is a safe, brightly coloured trike which is suitable from 10 months of age. Our son has been using this under supervision from a little before 9 months.
This item has high protective sides to keep your baby in as well as a lap belt. The handle bars have a soft rubber covering for a good grip and there are foot rests at the bottom. There is a rather nice sun roof at the top and a handle for parents at the back.
When your baby is old enough to ride a bike the handle and sides come away, the foot rests fold beneath and the handle can be removed. Your child will then have his or her first bike!
This item is truly fantastic and our son absolutely adores being pushed around in it. He will rock back and forth with the intention of making it go faster and always has the biggest grin on his face. We only ever use this on basic short journeys however such as a walk around the local area. Extra care should be taken when going up and down curbs and around corners as it is a little difficult to steer.
I would most certainly recommend the Smart Trike!
DO NOT BUY THIS BIKE DANGER HAZARD
ARGOS NOT INTERESTED THERE SAYING THE BIKE HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND NOT BEEN FITTED TOGETHER PROPERLY AS IT HAS LIKE A KEY THROUGH THE BACK TO HOLD IT TOGETHER BUT MY BIKE WAS ONE OF THE EARLIER ONES THAT DID NOT HAVE THAT FEATURE BUT TRADING STANDARDS ARE AWARE OF ONE THAT DID HAVE THAT FEATURE AND IT HAS STILL HAPPENED SO PLEASE BE AWARE AS IT CAUSED INJURY TO MY SONS FACE AND HEAD THE PARENT HANDLE JUST COMES OFF IN YOUR HAND UNEXPECTEDLY CAUSING BIKE TO TIP FORWARD AND INJURING CHILD PLEASE DO NOT BUY AS ARGOS ARE SAYING THERE IS NOT A PROBLEM WITH THE TRIKE BUT THERE IS.
I HAVE HEARD OF 4 OTHER PEOPLE IT HAS HAPPENED TO AND I DONT WANT IT TO HAPPEN TO ANY MORE BABYS/TODDLERS AS IT IS GOING TO CAUSE A SEROUIS ACCIDENT AS THE BIKE IS DESIGNED AS A FUN PUSHCHAIR.
When it came to Harry's 2nd birthday in March, my fiance and I weren't sure on what to get him for his main present, because he had received so much at Christmas, he still hadn't played with most of it! But when I saw this trike at an absolute bargain price on the Boots website, we decided that it would be perfect as his birthday present, and it has certainly become the present he's ever received from anyone!
Although Dooyoo states that the trike is Argos, it is actually made by Mookie. The Smart Trike is a trike which is designed for use by children from 12 months old through until they are 4 years old, or have outgrown the trike. It adapts itself for each of these age groups by the removal of certain features, which is a great feature of this product. Harry is 2 years old, and the trike is the perfect size for him, so he is really happy riding it, which is great for us!
The trike came in an enormous cardboard box with a large picture of the trike emblazoned on the side, so if it's a surprise for an older child, make sure they are out before you let the trike into your house so you can hide it! The night before Harry's birthday, we took the box out of the shed and got ready to put it together. When we opened it, there were lots of colourful plastic pieces, a basic frame unit and lots of other bits and bobs to fix to the main chasis. The instructions came on a folded A3 sheet of paper, with drawings and basic words to instruct you on the building of the trike. The instructions were sufficient enough for us to make the trike without any problems, so we were happy on that front.
Building the trike seemed pretty easy...I say that because it wasn't actually me doing it, my fiance managed it all by himself while I sat and observed from the sofa! It all looked like things went in easily and where they were meant to go, all screws were provided and after about 15 minutes, the trike was complete! There was also a sunroof as you can see in the picture, but it looked cheap and awful so we decided not to include this on our trike, as Harry loves wearing a sunhat and suncream anyway! We set up the trike in the middle of the sitting room, threw a few balloons around it and the next morning when Harry came down, he was thrilled with it!
I tried in vain to get him inside the thing but he wasn't having any of it, preferring instead to push it around the living room in a big circle again and again and again. I decided to be cruel to be kind the next day and shoved him in it and quickly set off down the road before he could climb out! After a few minutes he loved it! One of the great features I love about this trike is the foldable second set of pedals, which are located underneath the orange seat. They fold right up so they are flush with the metal bar under the seat, and when you want to use them, just push them directly down (pressing a small button while you do so) and the bar will drop, then just flatten the pedals...simple! This is great for Harry as he can't yet reach the main pedals but obviously he can't let his feet drag on the floor.
The parent handle is also a fab feature of this trike. It attaches to the back of the trike, just behind and below the seat, and is a long adjustable metal pole with a triangular shaped handle. This allows the parent to push the trike and also steer it, great for younger children or lazy older ones like Harry! There are 4 height settings which offer a good range of heights, and we find the handle pretty good. You have to turn it quite far around to turn a corner fully, and the slightest movement of it sends the trike off in that direction so it can be tough to push it in a straight line, but once you get the knack of it, its fine! The handle is removable for when an older child wants to use it and just pulls out with a sharp tug.
The seat unit, as I mentioned, adjusts for different age groups. The picture Dooyoo shows is the younger setting, with a frame surrounding the seat to support younger children so they can't slump to the floor, and a higher back seat too. The straps go through holes at the top of the seat back to form a 3 point harness, a nice tight strap which can be tightened to keep your child safe. The seat back and frame can then be removed when its appropriate for your child, and the straps move down to be attached to the back of the seat back. Ours didn't come with these fastenings, so I must call them and get the company to send them on, but I have seen everyone else have their trike this way, as it is in the picture. The final stage doesn't involve any seat changes, just the removal of the parent handle. The straps also come with shoulder pads just to make them a bit softer on your toddler's shoulders as well, handy to know!
The trike also comes with a green bucket at the back, which Harry loves to fill with various bits and bobs to take with him on his journey. Its quite a nice deep and generously sizes bucket so you can plonk your handbag and a small football in there happily. I find it great when we go to the park as I can put my phone, sun cream, Harry's juice and a ball in there without the need for a bag. As I mentioned, there is a sunroof which comes with the trike, which attached to the yellow seat back. This is a lught grey flimsy material, looks horrible and is quite easily breakable so we don't bother with it, but might be useful for those with younger babies.
Oh, finally I should mention the pedals. This comes with a special mechanism with involves the front wheel. There is a small gear-lie circular rim to pull out which stops the pedals from making the trike move. They still rotate but don't affect the movement of the trike, great for those who want to pedal but aren't able to control it properly. If you push that back in, the pedals once again become functional on the trike and work properly, great for the older children. Brilliant! My only negative about this trike is that it can be hard to steer at times around corners because of the parent handle, and that if you try to go round a corner too fast, it WILL tip over, so just be careful when you use it!
Overall, this is a great trike. It lasts for a good age range and its ability to be changed for each age group is fantastic. It comes in lovely bright colours which are lovely and unisex, so it can be used by both boys and girls in a family. The parent handle offers peace of mind and control for mum or dad, and allows you full control of your child. The drop down pedals are great for kids with little legs who can't reach the proper pedals, and store away to keep things looking neat and tidy. The bucket on the back is great for storage, and is a nice large size. There are 2 nice chunky handlebars with grips on so your child can hold on tightly, and finally the adjustable seat is great, with 2 positions on the axel bar so littler children can sit nearer the handlebars to reach, and this can then be moved back for bigger kids!
We got Harry's for a bargain price of £15 from Boots when they had a clearance, but you can also get this trike from Argos at the moment for £44.99, although they are selling it with either boys or girls colours (pinks or red/yellow/blue). For more information, see the website http://www.smart-trike.com/. It's a great trike, Harry adores it and we love taking him for walks in it as its much more fun than a pushchair! I'd thoroughly recommend it for all parents.
Thank you for reading!
I bought the pink smart trike for my daughters first birthday in July 2007, and to start with I was really pleased because it was pink and girlie, and seemed safe and age-approprate for my baby.
The first and second time that I used it all went well and my daughter seemed really happy in it.
On the third occasion - which was 10 days after purchasing - we were returning from the shops, and on turning the parent handle to the left, it came off in my hand, tipping the trike over, and resulting in my 12month old baby daughter ending up in A&E with severe bleeding from the mouth, lacerations to the gums around her front teeth, and cuts and bruises to her forehead and chin.
On returning the trike to argos, I was told that they had never had any complaints before, clearly untrue after reading some of the reviews on the net, and after speaking to others who returned the trikes to argos with problems.
I was offered a refund and £20 gift voucher to spend in-store, which I declined as I wanted the matter investigated. Argos Consumer Affairs sent a letter apologising for 'any inconvenience', and didn't even mention the injuries to my daughter.
The result - It is now October and on writing to argos 3 times, I have yet to receive the results of the testing on the trike as to how this happened, I have yet to receive a refund and the trike is still on sale!
~ Smart trike with sunroof ~
I brought this trike about 3 months ago for my 1 year old son. I am really happy with it and my son loves to travel on it everywhere we go. I have even resulted taking it to sainsburys shopping because he is much happier on his trike than sitting in the trolley.
I needed a trike that had a parent handle so that when we go out it is easy to push and to control. The parent handle on this trike is excellent, you can actually steer the trike and have full control. It comes with foam padding on the handle for comfortable handling ideal for long walks. The handle is easy to detach from the trike for storage and for when the child grows up and can pedal by themselves.
I was attracted to this particular product because of its stylish and colourful design. It is also quite a chunky trike. With it having a steel construction it is very strong to ensure stability. It is not too heavy to lift in and out of the boot of your car but would probably be a good idea to detach parent handle, backrest and sunroof before doing so.
The trike is aimed at toddlers aged 10 months - 4 years and is designed to grow with them. There is a detachable safety guard and backrest which makes it safe and suitable for younger children and stops them from falling off. There is also an adjustable harness which can be used along with the safety guard and without. Underneath the seat the is a clutch like mechanism which can be folded down to make the footrest for the childs feet so they dont get caught in the pedals.
The sunroof is also detachable and is a unique feature to this trike. I have never seen a product like this with a sunroof and it was an excellent idea. I have found it very useful as my son will never keep his sun hat on his head so when we are out in the beautiful sun (which we have got none of at the moment) the sunroof protects his head and shoulders from sun and stops him from burning. Unfortunately the sunroof can only be used if the safety guard and backrest are attached as it attaches to the side of the backrest.
The trikes seat is very comfortable to ride on and there are rubber grips on the handle bars which is great for on uneven ground and helps the child to keep grip. There are also rubber grips on the wheels which makes is easier to pedal on slippy surfaces and also helps stop the trike from make that terrible noise then your going down the street.
There is a little bell that can be attached to the handle bars which make a nice little Ding sound youll be happy to know that it can be easily detached. Apart from the fantastic sunroof I also really like the little bucket on the back of the trike, it is quite handy for putting snacks and juice in.
My trike came in a box with needed assembling. I personally like to put things together and love flat pack stuff so I enjoyed making it up. It only took about 20 minutes if that and had a very easy to follow simply ENGLISH instructions.
~ Price ~
I paid £37.99 from Argos Cat No: 367/0554 although if I remember rightly they knocked a few pounds off because it does not come with the little bag as pictured. I personally think that the price is very reasonable for the amount of use my son will get out of it.
~ Summary ~
I would recommend the smart trike to other parents and grandparents. It is a very strong durable product with stylish head turning design and fantastic unique features.
Thank you for taking the time to read and rate my review ~ Claire
Adjustable seat with safety belts. Press-out clutch for pedal power or free wheeling whilst the parent pushes, to prevent child's feet from injury. Steel construction, especially strong and thick to ensure extra stability. Foldaway, retractable footrest for the very young.