It’s no secret that Emilia loves being outdoors, nine times out of ten she’ll be found outside getting her fingers dirty or scooting around our street with her friends. She loves being on the move but has never taken to her bike particularly. She finds the pedalling too hard as they’re quite stiff and manages a few metres before she gets off, bored and grumpy.
I’ve often wondered whether a trike would be a great transition to a bike for her, but always thought the upper age limit was three so we haven’t bought one. Little did I know that the … actually goes up to five years old which is fantastic and so when Little Tikes got in touch for us to be a part of their fun ‘Tour de Trike’ season we jumped at the chance to be part of such a fun event!
Now we may live in Durham, but over the last few months Richmond in North Yorkshire has captured our hearts. After living in many places in the UK over the years, we’ve found a place that feels like ‘ours’, it’s pretty, steeped in history, a beautiful tourist destination and has a fab family orientated feel to it with regular family events happening.
Not to mention it was actually the host town for the Tour de Yorkshire in May of this year and so was the obvious choice for us to road test our Trike! Richmond still proudly sports much of the memorabilia from the Tour, and so it was great to snapshot our ‘Tour’ alongside some of the areas the yellow bikes are displayed.
We were sent the 4-in-1 Perfect Fit Trike in Teal to trial and it’s really fab! Suitable from 9 months to 5 years, it’s perfect for Emilia to ride around on and can be used with Benjamin when he’s old enough! In the first stages, you push and steer the infant around with the handle attached, then as the child grows they can learn to pedal before removing the handle so they can steer and pedal together. For the purposes of the Tour, we kept the handle on as the area is pretty hilly and we knew Emilia would be tired at times. At home she rides around and steers without the need for the handle.
As the child grows the seat is adjustable and for safety it has a five point harness. There are detachable features such as the foot rest for when the child is too small to pedal and the safety bar which goes around the child to keep them safely in the trike. The handle bar is great as it also has a rack for snacks and drinks etc and the storage bucket behind is great for Emilia’s little spare clothes bag which we take everywhere and anything else she decides to bring home from her travels (pebbles, daisies and the like!). The sun canopy is brilliant for keeping your littles in the shade with the added bonus of having UV protection.
We’ve used ours both with the pedalling feature enabled and also the pedalling locked when she gets tired so we can steer her and she doesn’t have to pedal.
Our route around Richmond began on one of the shopping side streets which has many boutique charity shops, a flower shop, deli and interiors shops. Basically my ideal street! The art gallery at one end was proudly displaying artwork by the official Tour de Yorkshire artist, so it was a great start to ‘pap’ Emilia outside the front!
We continued across the famous Market Place, where there are regular markets and events, there was even a fairground there over the May Bank Holiday. It’s a beautiful cobbled triangle surrounded by tea rooms, old pubs and hotels, antique shops and green grocers.
Emilia stopped off for a strawberry ice cream and we headed on our merry way up towards the castle.
There is a beautiful walking route called ‘The Batts’ which runs along the River Swale and Emilia loves to try and skim stones in the river whilst paddling. We didn’t head that way though as there’s a massive hill to get back up and it looked like rain was on it’s way!
There’s a walk around the castle wall which has the most beautiful view over the River Swale and beyond, and we finished off wandering along cobbled streets lined with beautiful cottages before heading back to the Market Place for coffee and cake at the new hotel and restaurant called The Fleece. I think this will be our new haunt from now on.
All in all we really enjoyed our day out with the trike, Emilia was comfortable, had loads of fun and was pushed around like a little Princess when she got too tired to pedal. We’ll definitely be taking it out on many other excursions like this as well as speeding up and down our street on it. Watch out though friends and neighbours, she’s still manoeuvring the steering and pedalling together and she will have your ankles if you don’t move out of the way!
*This post is written in collaboration with Little Tikes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.