Schwinn 12 Inch Steerable Bike Review: Best Bike For Tykes
My little tykes are 3 years & 8 days old.
It seems to be tradition with us. Once a child hits 3 it’s time for their 1st 12 inch bicycle. It’s definitely a good age to start with them, but most 3 year olds, newly 3 anyways, can have some trouble getting started on their ‘big kid’ bikes. That is the main reason we went with the Schwinn steerable bikes for our twins.
First of all, who wants to wrench their backs bending over to help push their child up and down the street, or helping them get all of the way back home again? I think we’ve all been there, done that. Little legs get tired fast. The parental handle bar eliminates this problem. No matter how short-lived this issue is for you personally, this is a function I think all of us can fully appreciate.
My 7 year old on her 1st bike at 3. I remember the backaches .
(She was a better peddler to. Sorry girls .)
Of course, having the brand name of Schwinn with the quality it always has had behind it, makes an impact as well. I mean a lot of children’s bikes range from $60-$110, so for the extra few bucks spent the name and ease of use certainly makes up for the added expense. This bike is roughly $100 (get it for $89.99 now below!) Regardless, it’s well worth it.
It comes in both girl and boy models. Here are my twins on their birthday with their Petunia print Schwinn bikes.
The steerable handle reminds me of the Radio Flyer tricycle. Another hot item in our household. Too bad more companies don’t mimic this idea.
This handle gives perfect comfort to mom or dad’s hands as they guide their young toddler on their journey. (Or when little feet get tired.)
**My twins are 37-37.5 inches in height. (This is to give you an indication of sizing before purchase.) They can reach the pedals with ease with the seat all the way down, even slightly elevated. They will be able to grow inches and use this bike for awhile. We all know 12” bikes don’t tend to last for a very long time, but at their size now (so you can compare) they have full growth to go (seat wise.) It should last awhile. I’d recommend no shorter than 36 inches MAX!**
Here are the main things I love about this bike:
1) It turns on a dime and steers like a dream. (The parental handle bar.)
The steering is incredible! Much better than predicted. You can go to the corner of two walls and turn it around without needing any extra space at all. It just 180′s or 360′s whatever you wish to do without needing any room. It turns seamlessly, and if needed quickly. There is no lag time, there is no work involved. It turns very effortlessly.
My twins are in the learning how to pedal process. These steerable bikes were necessity!
2) You get what you pay for. (Great bang for your buck.)
The Schwinn quality here is totally worth it. You can tell it’s a bike that can withstand time and toddlers. I’ve bought other bikes in this age group before (obviously) and for the extra $20-$30 having this name and the ‘extras’ makes it totally worth it.
3) Attractive with lots of adorable & functional details.
Of course, all little kids and their parents want to see their child on a bike that is physically appealing. This bike doesn’t lack on the bells and whistles. (Literally.) It has a bell on it that my twins just LOVE to ring. It’s not an annoying or overbearingly loud sound, which is a definite plus.
a) So we have the bell included.
b) It features the streamers on the sides.
c) It holds a water bottle which is great for mom and child alike.
The holder AND the bottle are included in your purchase.
d) It has stickers to add panache to the bike in all the right places.
Both in the girls and the boy’s model.
e) It has a little pouch in front for a small child to hold their goodies in.
My twins love sticking stuff inside of them. It’s great for holding a small toy, or a snack or something.
f) Of course, the steerable handle bar is a big perk.
It comes off easily when child is able to ride on their own. I can take it on and off with ease.
g) High quality training wheels.
Not the junk you find on many/ most toddler bikes.
4) Easy to assemble & easy to adjust seat height.
I was able to put these babies together the night before the twins’ birthday without any help from my husband, and I suck at directions. Usually, we will pay to have a bike assembled, but since this was an online Amazon purchase it did not come that way. I’m glad. It wouldn’t be worth the extra loot. I was surprised at how simple it was.
The seat height is easy to adjust to. You no longer need screwdrivers and little wrenches or Allen Keys to adjust your toddler’s seat. It’s absolutely easy for moms to adjust as they grow with one easy to pull lever. I love this feature!
5) Large tires for tough terrain & very high quality training wheels.
The wheels are nice and thick making it easy to travel on bumpy sidewalks, over cracks in the street, and even over dirt and grass. Wheels are very important when considering a new bike. Even at this early of an age. They are slightly bigger than other 12 inch bikes to. (A good thing.)
The training wheels are quality. They aren’t flimsy like the other bike brands that can turn in or bend easily. Sometimes just not aligning up right at all. These are built to last! VERY sturdy!
So if you want to make a smart investment, and if you want to protect your back at the very same time, the Schwinn steerable bike for boys and girls is the perfect 1st bike choice for your child or twins. We love them! I’ll be sticking with this brand from now on.
Right now, only $89.99 and free shipping on AMAZON..WOW! (Worth the $100 though.)
”A multiple mommy necessity!” – Mama P.
**All opinions in the above review are 100% honest, truthful, and my own. I wrote this review for my readers because I believe in the product. I did not receive any compensation for this post.**