The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll and Trike was a Christmas present for my daughter last year. It may seem silly to gift a bike in the middle of winter, but with this weird weather we’ve been experiencing, we have been able to take it out for a spin or two so far! Read on for my review of the 4-in-1 Stroll and Trike by Radio Flyer.
The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll and Trike is designed to grow with your child. For that reason, I recommend purchasing one when the child using it is young, so you can get the most use from it! It is designed for a baby to use as early as 9 months old. They will likely max out around 5 years old. With that said, if you are considering purchasing a tricycle for a child older than, say, 2 years old, I’d consider a simple tricycle over this one.
The first of the four modes is the infant trike. The baby, as young as nine months old, is buckled into the seat with a 3 point harness inside of a wrap around tray. There is a parent push handle, which is removable for later modes, and a canopy to protect from UV rays. My daughter is 15 months old, and this is the mode we currently use. She basically sits back and hangs out while I push – she doesn’t need to move the pedals or steer with the handles.
The next mode is removing the wrap around tray, which is typically recommended to do around 18 months. The child is still buckled in the harness, so they are secure in the seat, while still able to rest their feet on the pedals and hands on the handles.
The learn-to-ride trike mode is next. Here, you take off the high back seat, the harness, and the canopy. The only thing that remains is the parent push handle. This mode is for the toddler to learn to pedal a bike, and the parent push handle remains to help aid this process.
Lastly, the tricycle becomes the traditional Radio Flyer trike, where the child pedals independently. The weight capacity at this point is 49 pounds.
Overall, it only took about 30 minutes to assemble the trike. The directions were straightforward and easy to understand. It is also easy to change the various modes of the trike with just one or two clicks. The tires are “quiet ride” so they are not be super loud on the sidewalk. It also contains a small covered storage container on the back of the trike – great for collecting acorns on a walk around the neighborhood, if you ask my son!
While I have only used this trike in the first mode so far, I know that we will get years of use out of this bike. It is a sturdy steel frame and well designed.
Prices fluctuate, but it is currently $78 on Amazon, and comes in red and pink.