Monday, April 29, 2013

Enjoying The Sunshine On Our New Tricycoo!

With the weather FINALLY warming up here in Michigan I was so incredibly excited to get outside with Eliza. This has been a very long winter cooped up inside.

What made our first full days outside even better? Our brand new Joovy Tricycoo!

Have you heard of the Tricycoo by Joovy? If not, here are some of the awesome features!

The Joovy Tricycoo is a tricycle for children as young as 18 months! The Tricycoo is the perfect way to introduce your child to balance and coordination, one step at a time.   Your child will love the adventure of piloting their very first vehicle and parents love that they are in control while their child masters each stage of learning! 

The concept of the Tricycoo is simple - your child does not need to steer, pedal or balance on their own.   They simply enjoy the fun and independence of their first tricycle while you guide them with the parent push handle (removable).   When engaged, the parent push handle overrides the steering on the Tricycoo.  It has 4-positions and is adjustable from 32.5 to 38 inches high. 

While your child is getting used to the idea of balancing and holding on to the handlebars, the front wheel pedals can be unlocked; this allows the pedals to spin freely without force and “go” without the need to pedal. 

The removable ‘baby surround arms’ safely enclose your child on the seat and the fold down footrest gives more stability to the child when riding.  This gives them confidence and support while they perfect their balancing.

The Joovy Tricycoo is first class all the way – unlike most tricycles with blow-molded wheels, the Tricycoo sports injection-molded wheels with urethane treads.  Parents love these wheels because they roll quietly on most floors. 

For additional fun, the Tricycoo is equipped with a bell on the handlebar and a large rear basket for take- along play.  The Tricycoo frame is constructed of steel and it supports a child up to 44 pounds.

When your child masters the first phase on the Tricycoo, you’ll be ready to remove the parent push handle, ‘baby surround arms’ and fold up the footrest.  The front wheel pedals can be locked to allow the child to pedal using their own power.  Now you can smile and watch as your child pilots their Tricycoo all by themselves.

When we received our Tricycoo in the mail I was pleasantly surprised how light weight the box was. I am not a patient person, so the last thing I wanted to do was wait for Mark to get home to help me put it together!

As I dove in, I was happy to see how well it was packaged. Each piece was wrapped in plastic or padding to keep the pieces from scratching. The directions are also very easy to read with written directions and photo examples.

Another great thing, it only took about 30 minutes for me to put it together, alone, while watching TV! It was so simple.

Here are a few of my favorite features of the Tricycoo:

  • I love that the wheels have the urethane threads. Nothing worse than listening to plastic wheels roll along cement, it is like nails on a chalkboard to me. This was a big plus!
  • The fold down foot rest. When Eliza's legs get tired, all she has to do is prop her feet up and enjoy the ride.
  • The lock on the pedals. Again, when Eliza doesn't feel like pedaling you can unlock the pedals and they freely move. Yet if Eliza was to set her legs down, the pedals won't smack her legs while they twirl around.
  • The padded seat is great. Hey, we usually have padded seats on our bikes, why shouldn't the kiddos? We go for long walks/rides, she needs comfort too.
  • The cutest part, the bell. I have always begged Mark to get Eliza a bell for her seat on his bike but was always shot down. This one is perfect! It isn't too loud, just perfect for a little ones bike.
  • The ease of changing out the settings of the bike is wonderful. As we know, kids go through stages rather quickly, and even sometimes regress back. I like that I will easily be able to take the parent handle off, or put it right back on. Right now, Eliza needs my assistance, but I know soon she will be yelling for me to let go!
  • Last, but certainly not least, the little basket on the back. Eliza is at the age that her "friends" have to come everywhere with her. While riding I want to make sure she concentrates on holding on and steering. I love that there won't be a fight about leaving her trinkets at home.

We have tried a few different bikes for Eliza but none of them compare to the Tricycoo. This is perfect for her age and size. Her feet can actually reach the pedals. We are still learning not to steer when Mommy is steering, it is easy for her to over power the parent handle, but she is catching on quick.

This is our new go to riding system for our walks. She has the freedom to move on her own, but I have the ability to be in control. I can't wait for the summer so we can put some miles on her bike! Our goal for the end of the summer is for her to be able to pedal the whole neighborhood, I can't think of a better bike for her to learn on!

If you are interested in purchasing a Joovy Tricycoo for your little one, you can find them here. They have 4 exciting colors to choose from. 

Thank you Joovy for sending us a Tricycoo to try out. We will definitely be recommending it to all of our friends!