“Toddlebike was very light and easy to carry and the size and weight were preferable to other kiddie scooters”
Our first impressions: Toddlebike was very light and easy to carry and the size and weight were preferable to other kiddie scooters…she has managed pavements, parks, indoor areas and gardens.
Imogen is an active child who has two older brothers (aged 6 and 8). The children share back gardens with our neighbours who are 13 and 11 years old. To this end, Imogen does spend a significant level of time with older children and will be inspired by their behaviour, toys and hobbies. Her brothers especially are into their bikes, skateboards and scooters. Therefore, it came as no surprise that Imogen was keen to get going on her own mobile plaything.
The Toddlebike arrived quickly with all relevant packaging and address label intact. The boys ripped open the packaging very quickly and as such, the need for an attractive element to the packaging was somewhat unnecessary. Imogen was more focused on the outcome of the noise and commotion.
The colour choice was questionable (two shades of pink) as it made the Toddlebike appears somewhat cheap. The multi-coloured version shown on the website gives an implicit quality assurance being reminiscent of the Fisher Price toys that we had experienced in our childhood. From a practical point of view though, the size and weight were preferable to other kiddie scooters we have used (often made of wood).
Imogen’s first impressions: Curiosity was the first thing that stood out. She was immediately happy to straddle the bike and carry it around between her legs.
In terms of RRP of a Toddlebike it does seem good value for £19.95 for the amount of usage the bike has got. However, as there was not an instant ability to ride it then it may not come across as “well spent” straight away and therefore would limit word of mouth marketing.
Imogen did learn in the back garden and indoors but it seemed to come alive as she watched her brothers on skateboards or scooters in the park. The want to go beyond 10 yards drove her to learn what to do with her feet and sort out her propulsion.This aspect is not something we taught but came more with an increase in her hip width and gait. Until her feet were wide enough to miss the back wheels when she was sat on the saddle, her propulsion was limited. She was clearly frustrated that when copying the flick of the heels seen by her brothers and older friends on scooters and skateboards, her heels were getting continually clipped.
Usage has increased as she can freewheel and use decent levels of leg strength to move forward. Once the heel clipping issue faded the enjoyment, difference to walking and speed all increased. Since then she has managed pavements, parks, indoor areas and gardens.
The big issue in terms of design and usage is getting the balance (excuse the pun) between stability of the device when being straddled versus the conflict of feet movement and wheel positioning. We have ended up attaching a canvas strap to ours so that the device can be pulled along. This helps with approximate steering and upping momentum for Imogen’s excitement levels.
Imogen 17 months