Ok, hands up, I don’t have a bike. I can ride a bike but I haven’t had one in years. I have often thought about getting one but each time I go to I know it means that the girls won’t get to ride theirs. They are still just a bit too young to follow me on mine and them on theirs. So for now, cycling is all about them.
We were invited to try out the new Vtech 5 in 1 trike and quite simply I was not going to say no. Not only do I love the Vtech products but I love trikes! And so do Ellie and Trix. Part of the launch of this new trike has been the Tour de Trike campaign. Many of us bloggers have teamed up and produced our own little maps of some great routes to take your trike for a ride.
Tour de Trike
I am lucky with where I live, there were so many possible routes to choose from. Although we live on top of an incredibly steep hill (don’t mention the snow on that road!) there are various places nearby that are flat and perfect for kids to burn off some energy.
The trike itself is flippin’ amazing! Honestly, I am not just saying that. We have an old trike that was all singing, all dancing a couple of years ago but this new one is on another level.
It is suitable from 9 months old and grows with your child until they are 6 years. I can’t comment on the baby set up as I have no need for it but all of the accessories are strong, well built and feel very secure. The stage we are using is 3 and above.
The control centre is a huge hit with both the girls. They use the indicators whilst cycling; I don’t have the heart to tell them they are not real. They turn the key to ‘start the trike’ and switch it off.
I did put the back wheels on ‘drift mode’ but Ellie was a little unsure as it made it feel less stable. Trix, however, is the family lunatic so she thought the added movement was marvellous!
It comes with a lovely sun canopy and a seat that has a removable head rest. When being used with the push handle if your child is not very good at steering (like Trix) then the front wheel can be locked into place so that they don’t accidentally steer you into a road. This has some pros and cons. The push bar doesn’t steer the front so for corners, or turns you have to tilt the trike to turn or put it in drift mode so it steers from the back wheels. This takes some getting used to but it is doable. This isn’t the end of the world though. We do actually have a trike that steers from the push bar which is useful but also means you are constantly battling with a toddler also trying to steer. I am unsure which one I prefer from this perspective.
Our Day Out
The day we first saw the Trike was on a grey Tuesday up in the Velodrome at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The thought of making my up there from Surrey on my own with the two girls was pretty daunting. But it was an opportunity too good to miss, so I took a brave pill and off we went. And really it was fine. I have no horror story to tell you. The girls were good. I planned my route. I left plenty of time because I knew there was a lot of construction work at Waterloo causing havoc. This also caused me to plan for eating dinner out in London and not rushing home. The day went so smoothly.
That was until I was told we could take the trike home with us, but no it could not be boxed back up and posted….. Ummmm…. Right!
I had initially planned on taking Trix in the toddler sling and making Ellie walk. I changed my mind last minute and took our large pushchair (not the buggy) with the buggy board on it. I still suffer with hip pain post pregnancy so I knew pain was going to be a huge factor of I walked. With a quick review of the route I felt it was pushchair friendly enough to chance it. Wow I am glad I did.
For future reference, the Jubilee line is incredibly pushchair friendly.
As I left the velodrome with some fellow bloggers I had somehow managed to hook the trike under the pushchair securing it with the buggy board and the string used to keep this off the floor when not in use. I got the trike so well positioned there was even space for Ellie to still use the board. I know others looked on my genius with envious eyes 😉
Ok, so it was not so much genius and more a very lucky last minute decision to take a pushchair and and even luckier last minute decision to take the big pushchair and not the ‘city suitable’ buggy. The return journey on the underground during rush hour certainly earned some interesting looks.
The Kindness of Strangers
I feel I also need to highlight the kindness we (or I) encountered that day. Upon arrival at our local train station I made it onto the train with no issue. We found a spot to place the pushchair and whilst the two young girls in the seats I could have really done with sitting in did not offer to move I was not worried. I was that young once I would have failed to see the need for me to move. Once in London two people helped me off the train with the pushchair. Two security guards were very friendly and pointed me in the direction of the lift. As previously mentioned the jubilee line is perfectly set up for pushchairs so from here I was all good. Until the route home post dinner. As I made to get on the train, one man who had already walked past me turned back to help. As did the man already in the carriage and a woman helped me catch Ellie before she fell down the gap. I did not mind the gap!
Then back at home we were helped off the train.
I would like to say it was my kindly face that made strangers want to help but truthfully I have major resting bitch face so I doubt it was that. Commuters often get a bad rep and often it may well be deserved. But on that Tuesday people couldn’t have been kinder to me and my girls.
Also a major apology to the man who stood next to us on the way home. Those trumps Trixie did smelt really bad… Fortunately for me they were really loud so there was no mistaking where they came from, I really wasn’t trying to blame my daughter for my own issues! Not this time anyway 😉
Go and get one of these Trikes! They are so worth it.
*I was kindly given a Vtech trike in exchange for an honest review and trike trail. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own.