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Wishbone 3-in-1 Original Bike

Wishbone 3-in-1 Original Bike

Spring 2012 Toys
Ages: 1 - 5 yrs.
Price: $229.00

The Wishbone 3-in-1 Original Bike is a wooden balance bike made from plantation-sourced wood. It uses nontoxic glue products, comes in a recycled paper box, and consists of fully recyclable products. This beautifully designed tricycle to bicycle ride-on toy is sure to last through years of indoor and outdoor play.

The Wishbone 3-in-1 Bike begins as a sturdy stable, wide axle tricycle. Next, it becomes a balance (or "running") bike with a low seat. The frame can be flipped for the third stage, which is a balance bike with a higher seat. Assembly is easy, and is aided by clear instructions that include a photo for each step. It is easy to convert the bike back and forth from trike to balance bike to see if your child is ready for the next step, or to accommodate a friend who is ready for the larger size. Conversion takes no more than five minutes, and the process is simple enough that kids can help out. Our testers trust that this bike will last as a child grows and becomes more adept at balancing and riding. As a testament to the durability of the bike, one reviewer noted that the bike's axle did not bend when his eight-year-old son leaned heavily on it.

Children ages one to two can start pushing themselves around on the tricycle easily. That said, our testers found that younger children should become familiar with scooting and balancing on the bike indoors before heading outside. And of course, any child using this should wear proper safety equipment.

The packaging also adds to the durability of the bike. The box includes a drawstring linen bag for keeping the tools and parts for conversion in one place.The sturdy cardboard box that holds the bike is great for storing it when not in use. Or, If you want to recycle the box, Wishbone has printed cool cartoon characters onto the cardboard for you to cut out and build play sets with! That level of creativity and thoughtfulness impressed reviewers.

Overall, the Wishbone 3-in-1 Original Bike has impressed parents, children, and their friends. Though the initial price point is high, the toy is heirloom quality and will easily last through years of play. With care, this bike should last a long time and bring many smiles and skills to your child and to whomever you pass it to next.

Ryan Patterson   ©2012 Parents' Choice

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