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Toy story Bicycle
Toy Story Bike
Member Name: aleena123
Toy Story Bike
Date: 11/04/11, updated on 17/07/13 (101 review reads)
Advantages: Good quality looking bicycle, cheap
Disadvantages: Front pedals can be tricky for toddlers, no brakes
I noticed this bicycle in Sainsburys, it had been reduced to £34 so I decided to get it for my son who was nearly 2 and a half years old. The bicycle was advertised for 2 to 4 year olds. I didn't really look at the item properly as it was in the box and as it was a bicycle I assumed it was a normal bicycle with a chain and pedals in the middle of the bike. This is my fault as I should have properly looked at the image in the front of the box.
My son already had a tricycle so I was more interested in a proper first bicycle for him bit I never really looked into it until I saw this bicycle and he was going through a phase of loving Toy Story so I assumed this would be perfect. He is short for his age and still hadn't mastered how to use his tricycle at the time which has a similar pedals stuck to the front wheels look.
I brought it home to realise I had bought a bicycle which is designed differently to other bicycles. Meaning it had no chain and pedals in the middle and no brakes. Just a basic one with the pedals at a odd place in the front which is actually harder for little kids to do. It was a Sunday and Sainsburys was closed to return on that day and my son had now seen it and would cry madly if I was to return it. He wanted it badly and it would break his heart if it was returned. Therefore my husband blamed me for not checking the bicycle properly before buying and we decided to keep it so he assembled it for him.
I later did discover that most 10 inch wheel bicycles like these come in this design and 12 inch ones typically start looking like normal bicycles. As my son was short he did find it hard to pedal and never got the hang of it until he was 3 years old, he would still use it by dragging it along with his feet or getting us to push it, which we didnt really enjoy.
I did notice the bicycle was made well as my son dropped it many times and still it looked in nearly new condition even after 6 months of use, however he did not use it much as I said before he had difficulty in pedalling. My nephew who is a similar age to my son at the age of 2 and half he also found it hard to pedal and could only manage it backwards and he is much taller then my son so I do think it is a difficult design for 2 year olds.
The funny thing is we thought my son would never master how to actually pedal and use the bike no matter how much we helped him so we decided to buy him a new bicycle. We got him a Scoopy Doo 12 inch bicycle which was a proper bicycle with pedals in the middle, with a bike chain and brakes. He got it straight away and loved it from day one. It is used so much more then his Toy Story bicycle. He can comfortable pedal and is a confident rider. After a few days of using his Scoopy Doo bike he tried the Toy Story one and all of a sudden can ride that one too. So after buying him a new one with the traditional design he can pedal the Toy Story one, but we were stuck with two bicycles and decided to rehome the Toy Story one.
I think that the front pedal bicycles are poorly designed making it tougher for toddlers to learn to pedal. I think these front pedal bicycles are only designed due to the lower cost of manufacturing it. Older kids that know how to use a bicycle have no problem though and can confidently use this type too, but for kids that haven't learned how to pedal yet it can be tricky.
Summary: Great for the right kid.