Friday, December 2, 2011

Gift Guide 2011 : TykesBykes Review and Giveaway

Your child is just starting to learn how to ride a bike so what do you do?  You get them a little bike with training wheels, right?  But is that really the best option?

If you think about it, a bike with training wheels is really no different than a tricycle.  The skills your child gains from riding a bike with training wheels and a tricycle is the ability to power it using pedals and steer.  But that's it.  Think back to the first time you rode a bike without training wheels or think back to when your child was learning you first took the training wheels off.  Did your child fall?  Get hurt?  I know I did!  I have the scars on my elbows to prove it (this was the 80s... before pads and helmets were mainstream).  This happens because training wheels don't train your child one key skill: Balance!  TykesBykes is a great way to teach your child balance and give them a safe step between tricycle and bicycle!

TykesBykes are balance bikes, they do not have pedals, instead your child propels themselves forward using their own feet.  TykesBykes are well made and lightweight so your child can handle them easily while learning that essential skill.

The thing that impressed me the most about TykesBykes is how well made they are!  I got the yellow bike for my nephew and was impressed at how durable the bike is while still being lightweight!  Assembly was pretty easy, though I will admit that my inability to follow basic directions meant that my wonderful fiance assembled the TykesByke for me.  Though I am confident, after watching him do it, that I was making it far too complicated and assembly is actually very easy, especially considering there were no pedals or chains to put together.

The bike itself consists of only five parts- the handle bars, the body of the bike, the seat, and the two wheels.  There aren't a ton of "small parts", either.  And as soon as the TykesByke is assembled it's ready to go and be ridden by your young one so they can learn balance and steering and have a great stepping stone to a two wheel bicycle.

I also really love the over-all appearance of the TykesByke.  It looks like a grown up bike, not a kids bike, which is much more appealing to most kids, IMO.  The TykesByke is heading my nephews way and his Dad is a big biker and triatholon competitor so I know my nephew will want a bike that looks more like Daddy's.  And my brother doesn't have a bike with Bat Man or Dora on it!  TykesBykes come in black, orange, yellow, blue, and pink.  The regular TykesByke is 12" tall and TykesByke is soon introducing a slightly larger (14") TykesByke that will be available to ship around December 20th (just in time for Christmas!).

And stay tuned!  As soon as there is no longer snow on the ground I will post a video of my nephew trying out his TykesByke!  Until then, here's a great video of another little one enjoying her TykesByke!


Who It Would Make a Great Gift For: A younger child (3-4 years old) who is just learning how to ride a 2-wheeled bike or is ready to move up from their tricycle.  At just $89.99 it's a well-made and affordable gift that your child will adore.  Just imagine the look on their face Christmas morning when they look next to the tree and see a TykesByke meant just for them!

BUY IT!

TykesBykes are available on their website for $89.99 ( the 14" TykesByke will be $99.99).   You can also order everything your child needs to safely and happily ride their Tyke Byke, including Helmets, Protective Gear, Bells and Noise Makers, and Water Bottles!

WIN IT!

TykesBykes has generously offered one Eco-Friendly and Frugal reader a Tyke Byke of their very own to gift to their child or a family member just learning how to ride bike!  To enter use the entry form.  If you don't see the entry form click "Read More" below to reveal it.




18 comments:

Sarah J. said...

My oldest son will probably be ready for in this summer, but I may have him share it with my nephew that is learning how.
PS I had to laugh at your "a family member just learning how to ride bike" statement. It reminded me of the episode of Modern Family when they teach Gloria how to ride a bike. :o)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Eco-Friendly and Frugal said...

That's hilarious, Sarah, because that's what *I* was thinking when I wrote it! Haha!

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

GREAT giveaway Jaye!!!!

Crunchy Beach Mama said...

Sorry I commented without reading the whole giveaway. I would definitely be giving this to my little guy who is almost 2. Maybe start it next summer? Or the summer after?

latanya said...

my nephew

kristy stankiewicz said...

I would give a tyke bike to my daughter!

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The Knapps said...

On the favorite color I accidentally hit done before I finished typing "orange".

This would be for my niece

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Heather said...

I would love this for my son! His friend has a balance bike and he loves it!

Kristen said...

I'd give this to the kids at Ronald McDonald House.

Roshana said...

my 3 year old would be so happy!!!
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April G said...

I would give this to my 3 year old son, and I forgot to leave my comment in the form for watching the YouTube video! I watched the "Ride Like A Kid" video and saw just how easy these are to use. :)

orangefukurou said...

I would give the bike to my daughter

Patty White said...

I would give this to my Nephew

SnowflakeDay (Audra) said...

This would be for my daughter.

Amy B said...

I would give it to my neices and nephews to share!

rebecca williams said...

I'd give it to my daughter! Her best friend has one and she likes to ride it!
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Kristin said...

If I won, I'd give it to my two younger kids who both really want to learn how to ride bikes!

Kristinextras at hotmail dot com

Kary_Fb said...

Blue Balance Bike is my favorite color.internationalfreebies [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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