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I stopped using a buggy with my daughter when she was 1yr and 2 months, she would walk very well holding my hand when we went to the shops. When she had just turned two I decided I would get her a trike, thinking it would be fun for her to go to the shops on. My daughter is massively into Peppa Pig, as most little girls of her age are, and I set about looking for a Peppa Pig trike that had a parent handle, so I could push her easier when her legs got tired of pedalling. I found this little trike, reasonably priced, and in pink, so I immediately ordered it from amazon.co.uk.
The trike is meant for children aged 2-4 and it is the perfect size for my little one. It comes with a little tray attached to the rear axle, that will hold a dolly, teddy, or a small bag of groceries (yes it is helpful that way). It is quite eye catching to look at, festooned with Peppa Pig decals (you have to stick these on yourself). It comes with a removable parent handle, which just slots in behind the seat and when removed the slot has a plastic cover for safety. The handlebars on the trike can be adjusted 50-53cm, it doesn't give you a lot of room to play with, but it helps a little as your child gets that little bit taller.
==Building the Trike==
I did not expect to have to build this, as it did not say anywhere that it required self assembly, so this annoyed me, I am no professional trike builder, and this is my daughters safety I am dealing with here. Building the trike was relatively straightforward, the instructions were easy enough to follow and I had managed to build it within half an hour.
When I purchased this, I paid £34.99 including delivery from amazon.co.uk, so it's not going to break the bank.
My daughter loves this trike, I have cleared a large space in my living room and she often gets her trike and scooter out and rides about the livingroom on them. As much as my daughter enjoys this toy, I have a couple of negatives, which would put me off recommending this to anyone. The first negative is with the parent handle. When I took my daughter to the shops on her trike the first couple of times, I found that my daughters coordination when it comes to steering was horrendous to say the least, the parent handle just seemed to act as a stick which you push the trike along, I expected it to help with the steering too, but alas no, I spent most of my time leaning over the trike, holding the handlebars to help my daughter steer, this rendered the parent handle pointless. My other gripe with this trike and I don't know if it is a manufacturing fault, is the stopper on the front wheel, that when pulled out stops the child being able to use the pedals, when the parent handle is in use and when pushed in enables the child to use the pedals. This stopper keeps popping out when my child is using the trike on her own, she gets a couple of minutes pedal power before it pops out and she can't pedal anymore, resulting in the cry of "daaaaaaaaadaaaaaaa!" every few minutes. I have to push the stopper back in again, and the same thing happens a couple of minutes later the same thing happens. I know this has nothing to do with me building the trike, as this part came pre-assembled. My third gripe with this toy and it's only minor, is the plastic cover for the handle bar stem nut, it slots into place and you twist it to lock it in, but it doesn't lock in very well at all and feels kind of flimsy. I have since bought my daughter a bike for her Christmas, from Halfords and it came ready assembled and looks and feels sturdy and strong, so I am looking forward to getting rid of this trike when she gets her bike (I can't do it at the moment because she still loves playing with it). Due to my bad experiences with this, I am only going to give it 2 stars out of 5, I have seen other reviews where people have given it a higher rating, so maybe they had a better overall experience than I have and maybe I just have a faulty trike.
We recently bought the Peppa Pig Trike for our youngest daughters 2nd birthday. We chose the trike not only because our daughter is a huge Peppa Pig fan but also because she was very attached to an existing trike that we had that was looking very tired and had certainly seen better days.
I decided I wanted the trike and had a hunt around online looking for the best deal, I had a look in some local shops too and eventually found the trike for £19.99 from B&M. Prices online had varied from £24.99 up to £39.99. We bought the trike in March 2012 but I believe that B&M still have it in stock.
The trike comes in a big box and has to be partially assembled when you get it home. There are also a few stickers to puit on once you have the whole thing put together. My husband managed to build the trike but there was quite a bit of swearing and head scratching so I am assuming that it was a little problematic but all went together ok in the end.
The trike has a nice wide seat and sturdy handle bars and there is a foot rest as well as pedals. There is a little bucket on the back that can be secured or tipped up by the child.The parent handle on the back is used simply to push the bike while the child controls the direction using the handle bars. I would have preferred to be able to control the trike but I didn't want to pay too much and the trikes with parent steering seem a bit steeply priced to me. The trike has a metal frame and hard plastic seat and bucket with soft rubber grips in the handle bars.
My daughter was really pleased with her trike and we have used it quite a lot. To get some use from the trike I have been putting it into the boot of the car and using it to get from the car to the school when doing the school runs. My daughter enjoys this very much and it is quicker and less hassle than messing about with the buggy.
I have tried walking to the park with the trike but this is quite hard work. The road noise from the wheels is quite loud and makes it difficult to hear traffic. The other problem is that as my daughter is in control of steering we do suddenly veer off without warning. I do push down on the handle to raise the front wheel off the floor but this puts a lot of strain on my wrist and hand and gets very uncomfortable. It is about a mile and a half to our local park which doesn't seem far with the buggy but can be quite a trek when trying to control the trike.
Unfortunately we moved house recently and before we got organised enough to put all the garden toys into the shed the trike did get a bit faded in the sun. I am quite disappointed about this because it was such a lovely colour that this has really spoilt the look for me. My daughter isn't bothered in the slightest and still loves to go out on her bike.
The parent handle can be removed to extend the usability of the trike but I think it is really only suitable for toddlers anyway. I have noticed in the most recent Argos book that the shape of the parent handle has changed so I imagine that as it has been turned slightly this would be much more comfortable to push.
A lovely sturdy cute little first trike ideal for short journey and in the garden.
Peppa Pig Tricycle
We bought this from Amazon for our granddaughter's second birthday in November. I bought it through Amazon as I had some vouchers to use and was quite happy at the price I paid which was about £30.
It came in bits in a large cardboard box with a nice bright picture of the trike on both front and back. The fact that it came in pieces was a bit of a let down as when granddaughter opened it she only found a box of bits rather than a full trike but we didn't want to unpack it before hand as it was such a neat gift .
Anyway she unwrapped it and was pretty chuffed with the box as the picture showed Peppa. We unpacked all the bits and set Grandpa off on constructing the trike. Granddaughter was actually really intent on helping and enjoyed assisting us in putting it together. I think it took less than fifteen minutes to construct and then we took it outside to ride.
This is where we have had less success. She loves the tricycle but always insists on us sitting on it or Ted and very rarely can we get her to sit on it for very long. The little girl next door is pretty good on this trike and our g'daughter always wants to have a try after Charlotte has been on it but again quickly loses interest.
The trike is a pretty basic trike and what makes it a 'Peppa' trike are a few stickers and a oval plaque that fixes on the front of the handlebars. This trike is the same as several others and to make it a different 'brand' they just change the colour and stickers. This is pretty clever marketing on the part of the company.
So we have a metal frame with plastic saddle and wheels. The handle bars have two plastic grips and the metal handle at the back also has a plastic grip. The long metal handle is removable so that once the child has accomplished riding themselves this can be removed. The handle sticks out quite a way and is a perfect height for me to push this easily. The other thing we have found is that because g'daughter isn't great at steering we can slightly tilt the trike to lift the front wheel off the ground and so turn the trike ourselves.
Another thing I am impressed with is that when the child is unable to pedal themselves there are two foot rests closer to the child for them to put their feet on. These also have grips on them. Our granddaughter usually has her feet on these and we are trying to train her to steer. Sometimes she puts her feet on the pedals and this way gets to feel what it is like to pedal.
Admittedly we got this in November at the start of winter so we haven't had a lot of practise time but in the seven months we have had this trike our granddaughter has not achieved either pedalling or steering.
It is pretty strong as both my step daughter and I are made to ride this pretty often and even though we are far too big we can just about pedal it but granddaughter likes to try to push us on it. She also likes to push Ted in the little carrier that is at the back. In fact I think Ted rides it more than she does.
When Charlotte next door rides the trike she whizzes it around our driveway with great speed and it is well balanced as she turns it with speed and it has never tipped over. Despite the fact that g'daughter is less than interested in learning to ride this I am still every happy with this little trike as it is nicely balanced with the back wheels a decent distance apart. Although the wheels are only plastic the weight of the child riding this is so light that it will outlast the time the child uses it and probably go on to a second child as well.
It isn't the quietest trike when riding as the wheels are hard plastic but I haven't seen a trike with rubber wheels for some years and that would be the only way to get a quieter ride. I can't see this being the sort of trike that a child would ride for great long bike rides but it isn;t aimed at the age of child who might do that.
All in all I am happy for the money we paid for this I think this is a decent little trike that may come disguised as a 'Peppa' trike or a 'Barbie' one or a 'Cars' one but is underneath allthe sticker s the same basic tricycle.
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This is unfortunately quite a cheap trike and it shows. We purchased it in Halfords for £35 a few months ago and bar those first few weeks when we played with it we haven't really used it since and it's just been taking up room in the garage.
When it came it was in several pieces although it was fairly easy to put together, things just slotted into each other.
It's probably best to say what I don't like about this trike as its longer than what I do like. There are two wheels at the back and one at the front. The wheels are made of that thin plastic with nothing inside so they do not wear well on the pavements and they make a lot of noise as you push the trike along. 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.
At the back of the frame is a long handlebar for an adult to hold and push the child along. It's just one handlebar in an 90 degree angle so really the opposite way to the way handlebars on a bike would go. This 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.
There is a little seat to sit on which is fine but it doesn't look very comfortable and a few months ago my little girl couldn't even reach the pedals so there was no way she could drive this herself and I would say that once she could reach the pedals she might as well get a proper bike instead of this trike.
The two things I did like about this trike was that it has a little basket/bucket on the back for kids to put things in such as teddys, snacks, drinks, things they find on a walk etc and the trike also comes with a little soft Peppa Pig backpack that you can either attach to the trike or use separately but these are the only things I like about this trike and would say there are much better ones on the market that you can buy.
I bought my daughter this Peppa Pig trike for Christmas 2011, she turned 2 years old the month before so I thought she would enjoy something like this and it's something nice to introduce her to world of pedalling. It cost me £29.99 from Amazon, but you can purchase it from lots of places such as Argos and play.com.
~*~*~ Assembly ~*~*~
A couple of days before Christmas and I decided to put the trike together just in case it was missing a part or I couldn't do it myself. I'm glad I did because I had trouble putting it together and had to get my step dad to come and put it together on Christmas eve. It could have been a huge disaster!
The pieces are nicely packaged in the box, with each individual pieces being wrapped in a plastic bag to stop all of the metal components rubbing and marking each other. There is an instruction manual and a sheet of Peppa Pig stickers included too. The instruction manual was well presented with pictures illustrating each step. I am usually good with putting things together and the odd DIY job so I was confident that I could do it without any troubles. After looking at the manual and working out which piece was which and setting it all out nice and neat, I set to work.
The first few steps were relatively easy, but when it came to the point where I had to put the front fork on to the pole that ran through the middle of the front wheel, I hit a problem. I could get one side of the front fork to attach to the pole but when it came to pulling the other side apart a little more to allow it to slot on to the pole it just wouldn't happen. I'm not one to be defeated easily and spent a good 20 minutes trying to pull the forks apart just that little bit more to slot it on, but it wasn't happening. I gave up and got my step dad to do it on Christmas eve, since he was already at my house, he decided to put the rest of it together, yes!
Apart from the assembling the front fork, the rest of the assembly process was relatively easy. The only other little problem was putting on the front decorative plate, only one of the screws would fully screw right in place, the other two screws would only screw in some of the way, it leaves the plate quite loose, but it's not really much of a problem for us, unless it falls right off!
~*~*~ Our opinions ~*~*~
Christmas morning came and as soon as my daughter caught sight of her presents she went straight for the biggest one with the parent handle unwrapped poking out of the wrapped package. She shrieked with delight when she noticed it was Peppa and I honestly think she fell in love! I spent most of Christmas morning wheeling her around the house until it was time to go out.
The parent handle slots into the hole which is located underneath the seat, there is a little button on the parent handle that lines up with the hole in the handle hole to attach it into place. The handle fits into the hole easily with a lot of room left over, this means it is quite wobbly, while this could be a problem for some, I find it actually helps me steer the trike in the kind of direction I want to go. Obviously it isn't as good at steering as the main handlebars but it generally gets us going in the right direction. The parent handle has red handle part for your hand, it has raised circles all the way around it, whilst it is comfortable to start with, if you are pushing it for more than 30 minutes it does start to get uncomfortable.
My daughter, at almost two and a half years old, still can't reach the pedals properly. She can get her foot on one if it is nearest to her, the other one wont reach the other pedal. She is above average in height for her age so I would imagine most two year olds wouldn't be able to reach the pedals either. It isn't a problem though, as there is a foot rest directly below the seat and she can place her feet there easily until she can reach the pedals. She also finds it quite difficult to steer and quite often just pushes the handlebars from one side to the other, which can be quite annoying for me!
The trike has a little basket at the back, this simply clicks on to the bar between the back wheels, the clips are quite easy to click in place and with a little bit of effort can click off also, so could be used as a dumper type activity once it gets a bit more use and is a little easier to click off. The basket is the right size for my daughters dollies and if we go out with the trike she has to bring a dolly along for the ride too, the basket is deep enough for the dolly to stay in place, even going down relatively bumpy roads.
Pushing the trike down the road is quite noisy, I think this could be because the wheels are hollow. I've found smooth tarmac is the quietest surface to push the trike over. If I push my daughter to the shop on this it is very noisy as our pavements are quite stony and if the shop was further away than what it is, it would certainly be loud enough to cause a headache.
The Peppa Pig element of the trike is only made from the stickers you put on to the trike yourself. If the box was missing the stickers or you didn't have a chance to put them on, you wouldn't know this is a Peppa Pig trike. Whilst the blue and red colourful design is nice, it wouldn't be very nice minus the Peppa Pig stickers. There are lots included in the box and looking at the box means you can put the stickers in the correct places to get the most from them. With all stickers, my daughter loves picking them off and we are missing the sticker of George Pig from the basket now, I just hope she doesn't pull any more off.
The trike isn't all that large, I can fit it in the boot of my little Seat Ibiza without having to take the parcel shelf off. This is handy as we quite often go for walks around ponds, woods and the like. It wont fit in the boot with the parent handle still attached of course, but the parent handle is easy to take off of the trike so it isn't much of a problem.
~*~*~ Suitability ~*~*~
The recommended age for this trike is 18 months old. I think this is a little too young personally. The trike doesn't have any kind of belt or harness to keep the child from falling from the seat. My daughter, at 18 months old, wouldn't have had the required balance to keep her in the correct place. I think 2 years would be a more appropriate age recommendation unless the trike becomes available to buy with a belt.
~*~*~ Overall ~*~*~
I'm a little undecided on whether I would recommend this trike, there are good points, but there are a lot of bad points too. The assembly is a nightmare, it is loud to push on uneven surfaces, the parent handle is quite loose and there is no harness. Saying all of that, my daughter absolutely loves going out on her trike and enjoys it to no end. As she loves it so much, this definitely outweighs all of the negatives.