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I bought this bike for my son for Christmas as he is a very big Thomas the Tank fan!! It cost approximately £40 from Toys-R-Us. I and my son are very pleased with the bike. The parent handle on the back is very handy for trips to the park etc as we can hold onto him on the way there to make sure he stays away from the road and also to push him back if little legs get a bit tired. My son loves the bucket on the back for carrying around his toys or even the cat has a ride lol. The bike is very colourfull with lots of Thomas images which any young Thomas fan will love. The only negative thing I must say about this bike is that we quite struggled to put it all together and the instructions were not very clear at all. Overall though a very good purchase, the bike has been used a lot, indoors and outdoors and is still in very good condition.
My son was such a big fan of Thomas the Tank that when I asked him to look through the catalogue at christmas he chose everything to do with Thomas. One thing that he pointed out was this bike. Due to living in a flat I thought it was going to be a good idea to buy this to be able to take him to the park or over to my nans who lived accross the road. I liked the idea that it came with a handle because I lived on a main road and it meant that I could keep hold of him.
This cost £40 from argos and came in a very big box that was very hard to carry. I would advise if you are going to buy it to make sure you get it delivered. When I did eventually get it home I found that it came in parts to be assembled. The instructions were straight forward and had diagrams to show you how it was to go together. This assembly only took me around 20 minuites. Their is one problem though, once it is put together you can not take it apart and you are not able to hide it very well. It is all made out of meatal painted blue and a plastic seat, pedals and wheel guard that is red. It also has a blue plastice tray on the back that children can put any trinkets in that they want. On the front it has a clip on thomas sign that does stay on well but looks a little big. The handle on the back that helps you keep hold of them detaches well and has a cap on the bottom bit to ensure saftey for your child when you are not pushing them. All the handles are made out of a red rubber but are very hard and can hurt your hand.
This bike is supposed to be suitable from 3 years old, when my son was 3 he couldn't reach the peddles so I had to push him. This is very hard to push because it tends to go in all different directions because your child can not steer it, I found that I had to lift the front wheel to be able to push my son easier but this was still quiet hard to do. Then when my son got to the age of 4 he was too big for it everytime he tried to peddle his knees would hit the top and I did also notice that he was still finding it hard to peddle it they just seemed so far away.
I would advise that this is not bought to be honest their are alot more functual bikes around that work alot better than this one. I would also say if you are able to take your child with you to try them on the bikes to see if they are any good then do it.
We recieved two of these Thomas and Friends trikes a year ago when my twin sons turned two. The trikes were a gift, so we recieved them helpfuly made up and ready to go, but they are currently on sale at Toys R Us for £39.99.
The tricycle is blue and red and features pictures of Thomas the Tank Engine, Percy and James. A plaque on the handle bars has a big picture of Thomas, marking it clearly as a Thomas bike- important when you are two years old! The bike has a bucket on the back which is useful for carrying all sorts of things around (usually an assortment of toys), and a parent handle at the back, which can be removed.
Being huge Thomas fans, these bikes were a big hit in our household. My sons have used their bikes for a year now- the seat and handle bars are adjustable so it has grown with them, and still has plenty of scope for adjustment. As the boys have only just learned to actually pedal the bikes they have spent much of the last year scooting along, propelling the bike by pushing their feet on the floor, and it is amazing how quickly they can move this way! When we first had these bikes we had envisaged being able to take the boys to the park on them, with us pushing them around using the parent handle. We tried this a few times however and found steering the bike using the handle was very hard work! The child on the bike still needs to steer using the handle bars, and with a two year old in charge this can be very hit and miss! I know that there are other toddler trikes on the market which have a parent handle which actually allows you to steer the bike from the back using the handle, and I think for trips to the park, these would be much easier to use. We have in fact only used the parent handle a handful of times.
Overall, for toddlers who like Thomas the Tank Engine, I would reccomend this trike for racing around the garden as my sons love them, but its hard work for the parents if you want to be able to take charge!
Thomas the Tank Engine has been a firm favourite with little boys (and girls!) for generations and my youngest son is another firm fan, singing along to the TV theme tune and possessing a range of books, toys and other merchandise emblazoned with images of Thomas and his friends. It seemed a natural choice to treat him to a Thomas trike for his second birthday, combining his love of all things Thomas related with his desire to be on wheels and keep up with his big brother!
This particular trike is manufactured by MV Sports and seems to be of very good quality and not too badly priced. Prices vary from around the £40-£50 but I found the cheapest method was to purchase it from Littlewoods online and take advantage of a rather generous new customer discount code which knocked £25 off the price.
The trike comes boxed and in pieces ready to be assembled. I normally assess ease of assembly based on how many swear words my other half utters whilst trying to put something together, but this time he put it up whilst I was work so I missed out on all the fun! He did manage to put it together singlehanded and didn't make too much of a fuss about it afterwards so it can't have been too difficult. Once assembled, the trike seems pretty much like another trike marketed at this sort of age group. The only things that mark this out as a 'Thomas' trike are several stickers which need to be attached onto the frame and handle by the owner and a removable plastic plaque which clips onto the handlebars and features the familiar Thomas image and logo. My two year had no doubt that this was a Thomas toy and he was absolutely delighted when he woke up on his birthday to discover his first trike waiting for him.
The trike is deemed to be suitable for children over two years, although my little boy's feet can't quite reach the pedals as yet and don't quite reach the footrest yet either. For that reason, the trike comes supplied with a removable parent handle which saves Mum and Dad's back when pushing it around. For storage purposes, we tend to remove the handle which justs slots easily in and out of a hole at the back of the trike. It can be separated into two pieces, which again slot easily back together so storage (providing you've got the room for the main body of the trike) isn't an issue. The handle can be removed altogether once the rider is old enough to pedal themselves and both the seat and the handle height can be adjusted to adapt to a growing child, which makes this trike a pretty versatile and long-lasting gift.
Attached to the back of the trike there is a tippable 'bucket' attachment, supposedly for storage. I tend to use it just to pop in a pack of wipes and his cup as anything too heavy just makes the bucket tip, ejecting all of its contents. The plastic it's made with is fairly strong, but not quite strong enough to withstand a six year old brother crashing into the back of it with his bike! Yes, our trike was sporting a small crack in the rear bucket just a few days after it was first used. Never mind.
Our little boy really loves riding on his trike and will often go to the storage box outside where his trike lives, asking for Thomas. The seat is made of strong plastic which seems comfy enough. There are no straps or other safety harnesses supplied with the trike but this seems fairly standard for a trike aimed at this age group. I've only seen trikes marketed at younger children that come with harnesses and I'm confident that this is safe enough, given appropriate supervision. At two, my son is able to stay seated on this and holds on to the handles without any problems. The trike is easy to push along and the three wheels are chunky enough to make the ride seem relatively smooth for its little passenger. The only issue that I find when using this is that there is a little bit of 'give' within the parent handle which means that I have to apply quite a lot of pressure on it in order for it to keep going in the direction I want it to! It's a shame that the handlebars can't be fixed into position for the first stage of use. My son inevitably tilts the handle bars slightly which means I have to lean even harder to counteract the angle and keep us on track. The parent handle has a rubberised grip which can make my hand quite sore after a long trip because of the pressure that I need to apply. We've also had to remove the Thomas plaque from the front of the bike as my son kept banging his nose on it whenever we needed to go up a pavement! This is a pity as the plaque is the main feature that distinguishes this as a 'Thomas' trike but the trike is still colourful and attractive, even without the plaque.
Despite these little criticisms, I would still recommend this trike for any little Thomas fans. It is bright, colourful and seems sturdy and adaptable enough to last any child until they are ready to move on to their first bike.
Fun trike with colourful Thomas graphics and Thomas character plaque. Chunky blow-moulded wheels for extra stability. Sturdy, tubular frame and rear bucket for storage. Removable parent handle and footrest.