Radio Flyer is a familiar brand to many kids and parent’s, it’s likely you will have come across or owned something Radio Flyer has made be it their classic wagons or the tricycles, in the unique hue, they have that retro look that doesn’t seem to age.
Radio Flyer has been around for over 100 years now so they are pretty well versed on what it takes to make a great little trike for kiddies who are taking their first steps towards self-propelled mobility, opening up a whole new world and always putting a huge smile on their face.
The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike
As the name says, the Radio Flyer 4-in-1 comes with four main features, each designed for the steps your toddler makes allowing you to be at their side while exploring and finally going on by themselves with the trike option.
It’s designed to convert four times making it a value purchase that will see your child through their younger years until they decide to take the next step to a bicycle. The 4-in-1 is also one of the most popular stroller trikes on the market.
The Stroll ‘N Trike’s 4 Stages and your Child’s age
- 9 Months to 18 months (Stage One): In this age bracket the Radio Flyer is set-up as a fixed front wheel trike, there is a plastic lap surround to encapsulated your toddler so they can sit by themselves without having to hold onto the handlebars. This also locks the front of the tricycle allowing the parent to steer. Also, your child’s feet are held by the eclosed plastic footrest, so with shorter legs not being able to reach the pedals, they are held safely away from the moving wheel.
- 18 Months to 2 years (Stage Two) : By now your toddler’s development is ramping up, mobility and independence are now a factor so the next step is to remove the steering lock allowing them to hold the handlebars and steer the trike, the parents hand hold is still attached for safety but things become more exciting for the young ones being able to steer themselves. Also, for longer walks or hot days, the shade cover is left on to protect from sunburn.
- 2 years to 3 years (Stage 3): By now your toddler should be well on the way to being comfortable holding themselves upright and controlling their weight shifting while riding so now it’s time to remove the footwell completely. It’s time to pedal and sit on their own. With the footrest removed they are very close to being cut loose but you can still leave the stroller attachment on to keep them by your side when needed.
- 3 – 5 years (Stage 4) : This is the final step, the classic red trike. Everything is removed leaving the trike free from attachment’s and ready for action.
Who’s it for?
I think the 4-in-1 trike is a great fit for a parent looking to get out and about with their child from a young age. Let’s face it, not everyone is comfortable with their infant on a bicycle, usually, they are okay from around 1 year old, but maybe you live in a particularly busy area where it’s not practical to ride or just don’t feel comfortable.
Also, it allows you to walk freely with your young child while not having to carry them in a pack and as a change from using a buggy.
Since it grows with your child, you can judge when they are ready for the next stage, some kids will be sooner while others will be later.
And finally, some kids just seem to gravitate to a bicycle so if they have that interest but are not quite there yet and even still too small for a balance bike, the 4-in-1 lets them get on some wheels and roll along with their parents.
- Adult handles to stroll along with your child and foam grips for comfort
- Handy rear tray to store trinkets and things your child picks up
- Welded steel frame with one-piece handlebars
- Weight capacity of 49 pounds
- An age range of 9 months to 5 years
- Removable footrest
- Removable sun visor
- A 3-Point safety harness for safety
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
The Radio Flyer 4-in-1 trike is a well thought out design with a few extra safety features that can be changed up as your child grows.
In the first two stages, your child might not be able to comfortably hold themselves in position (or even want to), and because they are always looking around and not always concentrating on their body movements. They have included a 3 point harness which holds your kiddie firmly in place. Each strap is secured by a single clip so it’s pretty easy for you to clip and unclip your child while not so for them to fiddle with the buckles while riding.
There are no sharp edges on the handlebars, and there are nice, large rubber grips which keeps the ends fully enclosed (and your cars paintwork free from scratches if the trikes being used in the driveway)
They included footrest is a bonus since there are a number of stand and stroll trikes available, not all of them have footrests. Without one your kid’s feet dangle free and may knock the pedals or as some parents have experienced, a shoe falls off leaving them to retrace their footsteps to find it.
The Radio Flyer also offers great stability for the rider while the push handle helps the parent keep them close by.
+ 4 Convertable stages giving a long timeframe of use
+ Well priced
+ Removes the need to buy multiple strollers and trikes
+ Trusted manufacturer with great feedback
– Assembly is needed, so make sure to find somebody who is comfortable putting it together
How Does it Compare?
The closest model in their range is the Radio Flyer Flyer 5-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike. It’s very similar in function to the 4-in-1 but adds an extra step right at the begging for infants. This makes it great for parents to get out for some fresh air while their baby is still very young.
The Radio Flyer 5-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike and it’s Stages
The 5-in-1 utilizes a longer trike body which allows it to accommodate a rear-facing child seat right in the beginning.
- 9 to 12 months (Stage 1): First step it the rear-facing seat, the Stroll ‘N Trike acts more like a buggy now, the trike still pushes along but your infant sits in the seat facing you allowing them to sleep and allowing you to keep an eye on them.
- 9 to 18 Months (Stage 2): From now the 5-in-1 follows very close to what the 4-in-1 does, your child sits upright by themselves held in place by the integrated safety harness while the front of the trike is locked in place, the parent handles the steering duties. There is also the plastic lap surround for added safety.
- 18 to 24 months (Stage 3): Now the lap surround is removed, your child is still held in by the seatbelt but the steering is unlocked allowing them to steer while speed is kept in check by the stroller handle.
- 2 to 3 years (Stage 4): Seatbelts and the sunshade removed allowing your child to reach for the pedals and move themselves along, stroller handle is left attached just-in-case.
- 3 to 5 years (Stage 5): Now everything is removed leaving just the trike, very much the same as the 4-in-1 but with a slightly longer trike body.
- Extra infant stage to accommodate young children
- 3 point safety harness for safety
- A rear tray for your children’s special finds
- Steel frame with one-piece handlebars
- An age range of 6 months to 5 years
- Removable sunshade
- Weight limit of 49 pounds
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
Conclusion and which one is right for you?
Both the 4-in-1 and the 5-in-1 are very close in terms of what they do, the 5-in-1 has the edge when it comes to true versatility with the added rear facing seat.
One downside of the 5-in-1 is the footrests it uses, of course, it still has them but it’s are not the big plastic footwell like the 4-in-1 uses so there will be a period when your child’s legs will be free until they grow long enough to reach the footpegs.
Other Stroll ‘N Trikes don’t always have footrests at all so the 5-in-1 is still a winner there. Either way, they are both great, highly rated and regarded trikes so you can’t go wrong whichever model you choose. If having the extra infant seat is important, go for the 5-in-1 but if you’re already past needing that option, the 4-in-1 would be the best bet.
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