“ Fun,easy to steer and in exciting new colours,this is an ideal first metal trike. Features include a steel frame that is adjustable to 4 positions to grow with your child, an ergonomically-designed parent handle that is adjustable and removeable, handlebars that can be locked in a forward position, a double brake system, and seat belt. „
My little girl was given the ELC Super Trike as a first birthday present from her grandparents. She loves to be outdoors and was getting fed up of being pushed around in her pram so this fitted the bill as an alternative mode of transport.
The Trike is made of sturdy metal and plastic pieces, it does take a bit of time to build so would suggest that this be done before your child spots it on their birthday so as they don't get upset having to wait for it to be ready.
I would rate it as being quite safe and secure for a small child, it has a good safety belt which goes over both shoulders and has bars around the side so they don't slip out. There are pedals and also foot rests, so when the child is small and can't yet turn the pedals, the "clutch" can be used and the pedals don't turn. Once the child gets bigger and more steady, then the pedals can be brought back into play and the side bars can be removed.
The model that we have also has a rain / sun canopy, a drinks holder and a little mobile phone toy in its own holder. There is also a useful bucket at the bag for taking bits and pieces along. One gripe I have is that the mobile phone holder is right in front of the child's face and, as our little girl is a bit small, she tends to move her face quite close to this bit which can give her a little bump.
There is also a parent handle which is really useful as it saves you from getting a sore back pushing them around! Steering the trike with the handle is OK, not great, but you manage to get from A to B.
So, all in all, this has been a really well used toy that will last a few years as it can progress into a normal trike for an older toddler. It is a little more expensive that some trikes but does have extra features so I would recommend it to other Mums and Dads.
It was my daughters second birthday. Grandma and Grandad came in with this big box and she tore off the wrapping paper with great exitement. Then she looked inside, saw a load of pieces and it was given to daddy to make up. Oh goody, another toy to assemble! At least it didn't need batteries or make a loud noise. And the colours matched the ELC swing, sand pit and paddling pool we already had. In all honesty, it didn't take too long before the trike was ready to go. So out into the garden we went and strapped her in. I began by slowly pushing her up and down the garden. When the demands for more speed became annoying I started to push her around a large bush in the garden. On about the twentieth lap I fell over with dizzyness and exhaustion. I'm sure grandparents by these things just to make their children suffer! So what is it? Obviously a tricicle. It is designed for children from 18 months upwards. The upper limit depends on the size of your child. It is adjustable which helps to increase it's potential lifespan. But is it any good and if so, why? Like most Early Learning Centre toys, it is very well constructed (apart from the bit where I was involved). Made of strong metal and durable plastic, this trike will easily last longer than you need it. The wheels are big and tough which makes them easy to push over uneven ground and it is quite stable so accidents are kept to a minimum. To my mind, the best selling points are the extras. Think of it as a GTI model in trikes. Firstly there is the adjustable pushing bar for the parents. This is a huge blessing which will save your back from untold suffering. Next is the safety feature of a good lap belt to keep your little hell's angel secure. It also has a lockable steering column. This is meant to prevent the child from turning too sharply and creating a pile of parent, offspring and trike on the lawn. Unfortunately this doesn't stop a determined thug li
ke mine from forcing the handlebars to one side so beware! What else does it offer? There is a brake lever on the right hand side. Personally I find this a pain but my daughter loves it. There I am charging full speed up the garden when she yanks the lever, the wheels stop and I get a nicely designed push handle lodged into my groin. It also has big mup flaps. Ideal for the modern two year old with a need for an all-terrain tricycle. Finally it has a large bucket-like section behind the seat which is ideal for carrying all essentials such as freshly dug earthworms, interesting stones and mummy's prize flowers that we happened to accidently run over. Oops! So, to sum up. It's a good product but it ain't cheap. Your best bet is to try and get a second hand one or else have lots of children so you get your money's worth.