By Work of Life
on 2014-07-05 Schwinn Easy Steer versus Radio Flyer All Terrain Stroll n' Trike
We have two "adult controlled" tricycles. The Schwinn Easy Steer Schwinn Easy Steer Tricycle, Red/White
and the Radio Flyer All Terrain Stroll N' Trike Radio Flyer All-Terrain Stroll 'N Trike Ride On
Both have nice features, but I like the Schwinn a little better. I'll explain.
-The Schwinn has a wider wheel base so it is more difficult to tip over. This is especially useful if an older child might be pushing a younger child in the trike at any point. It also feels more stable going over grass or berms or natural terrain.
-The Schwinn has foot pegs so the child has somewhere secure to rest their feet until they are big enough to reach the pedals. The Radio flyer has no such feature and the legs just dangle.
-The Radio Flyer has the plastic bars that encircle the child and it is easy to be lazy and not use the straps. The Schwinn only has straps and thus, we always use them, so baby ends up more secure in the Schwinn.
-The Schwinn is also bigger and will accommodate a greater age range of children (from about 8 months to 5 years), while the radio flyer is already too small for our 3 year old.
-We have also found that the Schwinn works better for tall people/ long legged adults. We are tall adults 5'10 and 6' and are often bumping feet into the back of the Radio Flyer as we walk. This also happens occasionally with the Schwinn, but not as often.
-The Schwinn has a front basket and a rear basket for holding toys or objects found. The Radio Flyer has a smaller rear basket only (though it does have a nifty little cover that the Schwinn does not).
-The Radio Flyer has a handy shade that will protect baby from direct overhead sun (but we rarely use it as we do not really use it during that time of the day. The shade is not adjustable so its use is limited (it opens and closes, it does not tilt/ rotate).
-The Radio Flyer has no brakes (the pedals just spin backwards). Maybe this isn't a huge deal as kids will learn to put their feet down to stop, but the Schwinn has brakes and the child can learn to use them as they progress towards two-wheeled bike skills.
-The Radio Flyer has rubber tires that give a smoother ride than the plastic wheels on the Schwinn, but the rubber stinks bad. We had to park it in the sun for a couple weeks to get the smell to dissipate before we could put it in the garage.
-Lastly, the Schwinn is about $60 less than the Radio Flyer at the time of this review.
Thanks for reading, I hope this review is helpful!
4 Stars By Agy on 2016-05-13
fairly easy to put together
It's a cute trike, fairly easy to put together. It comes with a little backpack attached to the back of the seat, which is a great option for additional storage of snacks and small items. We've had it for about two years and it held up pretty nice even though we kept it outside for most of the spring/summer/fall (rain or shine).
Now the negative - the steering is not very tight, so it wobbles a little, but it hasn't prevented us from using it for two years.
4 Stars By mamabear on 2015-02-08
Good for the price
Better priced than some of the push trikes out there, we have loved our Schwinn. It's got great capability for storage, the safety buckle gives me comfort knowing my kid isn't going to suddenly jump off, and it steers and rides smoothly. I know some people have had problems with the buckle, but it's easy to open and close once you look at how the buckle latches - it's not a regular buckle, which is annoying, but it's easily unbuckled once you get the hang of where to push and pull (my 4 year old can do it himself).
The footbar can be easily pulled up and down, and my 1 year old likes to rest her feet on it, although it's going to be in an awkward spot now she is getting older.
My only complaints are that I wish the pedals were closer - my 4 year old sits comfortably in it, but he's not who I want it for - he can sit and ride on a regular bike. I wish a younger child, like a 1-2 year old could rest their feet on the pedals, but they are so far out, they won't be useful until an older age, at which point they could just use a regular bike. However, my 1 year old at least feels like she's riding a bike like her brother, so that's made it worth having a basically glorified stroller. :)
5 Stars By Kory on 2015-11-10
Our driveway is a steep incline and I can easily push him up using the steer rod
Initially given the radio flyer classic trike but did not appreciate having to periodically bend down and steer my 2 year old. Bought this trike and we both have a blast. I put the foot rest down and take off running, 2 year old loves it. Then he pedals back home while I correct the steering without having to bend over. I am only 5 feet so the parent steer rod is chest level for me. Our driveway is a steep incline and I can easily push him up using the steer rod.
I (Mom) put it together myself (with help from the 2 year old and his toy hammer) and it wasn't hard at all. We love the 2 bins and little pack on the seat, comes in handy for water bottles and sticks and such.
I will say that our 3 point harness (the seat belt) is incredibly difficult to unsnap. We usually just leave it off but I have him wear it when I run, then we have Dad come and unsnap it. I plan to write to the company and see if I can get a replacement as I seem to be the only one with this complaint, but with a 2 year old and a 3 month old, ain't no one got time for that.
All in all, we enjoy it and are very happy and satisfied with this purchase.
4 Stars By nattyscalston on 2015-06-25
she seems quite secure in the seat and can easily reach the handle bars
My 18 month old daughter loves this tricycle! She asks to ride it often enough that I "hide" it at times. She's a little munchkin so despite her age, her feet don't reach the pedals well enough to actual attempt peddling. However, she seems quite secure in the seat and can easily reach the handle bars. I was very concerned that a tricycle have resting bars for her feet until she could reach the pedals, but so far she won't use them, so they haven't really added any value. The zip pouch on the back is actually quite handy for tucking away those small items that I like to leave in a stroller bag (sunblock, bug zappers, wipes). Personally, I would not use this as a stroller replacement, but honestly I was surprised by the number of reviews for similar trikes that indicated that folks actually do that, so that may be pure preference and isn't so much a statement about my perception of the sturdiness of the trike. The lack of star is for (1) lack of rubber air filled tires - none of the similar trikes seem to have them either, but that still sucks and (2) the squeaking starts quickly and is pretty annoying - oil works to turn the volume down enough for me. I would buy this item again and recommend to a friend.
4 Stars By erok73 on 2014-10-02
it's been a great starter bike for my 2 1/2 year old to ...
overall, it's been a great starter bike for my 2 1/2 year old to learn to pedal. it's a good size and the storage areas come in handy. we live in a city and I like to use it in place of the stroller when I can for local errands and runs to the playground. the only thing I'm not 100% happy with is the steering pole. it sometimes gets out of whack and kind of loose, so it can be a little tough to control from time to time. he has picked up on pedaling very quickly, so I am hoping steering is next and i wont even need to use it soon anyway. overall, a great starter tricycle!
4 Stars By Collin W. on 2015-06-26
Good trike but not easy to steer!
It is inexpensive, and only took about 10 minutes to put together. I has worked pretty well, pushing it around the neighborhood and my son seems to enjoy riding it. That said, it isn't the best built item. The tires are nice, the boy loves riding it, it doesn't squeak, and so far, we like it. But, there are some build items that show up. For example, the little tray behind the seat on ours is a bit skewed, not quite straight. We can't see any obvious reason why (holes seem to be drilled in the same spot, etc) but you can tell by looking at it that it isn't straight. Doesn't really impact performance, but speaks to quality. Also, it's called the Easy Steer, but that's a bit of a misnomer. When you turn the steering handle left, the front handle bars turn right. So it takes a lot of getting use to in order to keep it straight on the path. This could be solved with another gear in the mechanism connecting the rear steer to the front handlebars, but that would make it more expensive.
In the end, we didn't want to spend a lot for a trike our son may not use that long, so I'm happy we stayed at this price point. Just realize, you get what you pay for!
4 Stars By Kaokelleeves on 2016-05-11
A good tricycle, glad we got it.
This tricycle is nice. Definitely some assembly required, so have fun with that. The finished product is sturdy and cute. I definitely appreciate the seat belt for my one year old. His feet don't reach the pedals yet, but they dangle comfortably. There's a foot rest underneath the seat that doesn't come forward far enough for his feet to reach. The bin at the back of the tricycle doesn't fix in place, it rotates on the bar, which means you can't put anything in it which seems like a major design flaw. The handles to push the tricycle don't adjust for different heights. At 5'5" it's comfortable for me to push, but a taller or shorter person might find it uncomfortable. Overall, I'm happy with this purchase, glad for the steering and control I can provide for my baby, and looking forward to him growing into it.
4 Stars By High-Klass on 2015-07-09
This bike is great and easy to put together out of the box. My 20 month old loves it. I was very disappointed at first because the wheels squeaked terribly. I couldn't bear to push my son along on it it sounded so bad, but managed to spray some stuff on the axle and now it works fine. My 20 months feet don't reach the pedals yet so the handle (although a little out of alignment) is useful, I love that you can steer with it. Doesn't quite seem up to Schwinn quality, but it's the same price as comparable bikes so I can't complain
4 Stars By Lindsay Chang on 2016-01-04
Good bike, but there are a few things that could be improved
Thank goodness for the other reviews that provided instructions on how to lower the footrest (you have to pull down on the black, plastic ring on the footrest bar to release it before pivoting it forward), because the instructions in the product booklet are extremely insufficient. My 15 mo (31 in. tall) can't quite reach the footrest yet, but he doesn't mind. I'm happy with the bike itself, although the clasp on the seatbelt is a very poor design. Neither me nor my husband could unclasp one side of it for anything, so it just stays clasped, and we just stick our son's leg in that side first. The steering handle works well, although it would be nice if there was a lock-off mechanism that would keep the child from turning the handlebars by themselves. It gets quite difficult to keep it on the sidewalk with a kid who thinks it's hilarious to wiggle the handlebars back and forth!