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Removable Safety Tray

Snack time and safety can go hand-in-hand with this 2-compartment 360° tray and cup-holder.

Personalized Plate

Make your trike extra special with a personalized plate. Add a fun phrase or your little one’s name or so they know it’s theirs!

Chrome Bell

Brrring! Let others know you’re coming down the sidewalk with our timeless chrome bell. Looks and sounds just like the classic bell you had as a kid.

Adjustable Uv Canopy

This full coverage canopy adjusts to any angle and blocks UV rays to provide comfortable shade for your little one.

Seatpad + 3-Point Harness

Comfort and safety combine with our stylish seatpads and 3-point safety harness. Easily attach/detach for safe and snug comfort.

Removable Foot Rest

The non-slip footrest helps your little ones stay comfortable before they can reach the pedals!

Rear Storage

Fit treasures big and small with our convenient rear storage options. Choose between our bucket or basket options.

Smooth Ride Tires

A smooth and quiet ride no matter what you choose! Our wheels provide long-lasting durability.

Parent Storage Pouch

Specially designed to fit essentials like a water bottle, keys, sunglasses, a wallet and snacks.

Adjustable Push Handle

The adjustable push handle turns your child’s trike into a stroller style trike with precision control steering.


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What’s the best tricycle for my child? Actually, a balance bike.

For my first child’s 2nd birthday, I dutifully did my research to find the BEST tricycle. I had never heard of a balance bike, so researching the benefits of a balance bike vs tricycle wasn’t even on my radar.

When the time came for the big reveal at her party, it turned out to be a #momfail moment. She couldn’t even reach the pedals!  After she sat on the tricycle and realized it was hard to even scoot around on it, she wanted nothing to do with it!

Dad trying to help his daughter ride tricycle that is clearly too large for her.

At first, we just waited in hopes that she would grow into it, but then we heard about balance bikes and decided to give it a go!  Much to our surprise, she hopped on and within a couple of days, she was happily cruising around the neighborhood. Her 18-month-old brother also insisted on getting in on the action!

Learn from our mistakes!  Buy a balance bike, NOT a tricycle!

Over the next couple of years, our kids happily cruised around on their balance bikes, whether on dirt trails or in the neighborhood, we took them everywhere! As an added bonus, around their fourth birthdays, both of our kids hopped on a 16″ bike without training wheels and simply rode away.

Our experience with balance bikes was so amazing, that it was actually the motivation to start Two Wheeling Tots!  We witnessed firsthand that kids should be on two wheels from day one, not three wheels on a tricycle or four wheels with training wheels.

Balance Bike vs. Tricycle

The Trouble with Tricycles – A More In Depth Discussion

Tricycles are cute. We admit that. But they are generally heavy and not very easy to ride. If you’re looking for a toy that will get a little use, a tricycle could be the way to go. But if you want your child to have the best riding experience, a balance bike wins hands down.

Here are the five main reasons that balance bikes are better than tricycles. Keep reading for a more detailed discussion than found in the infographic above.

  1. Balance bikes fit toddlers much better than tricycles.
  2. Balance bikes safely and easily move over uneven surfaces, tricycles do not.
  3. Balance bikes are light and easy to ride – kids can ride balance bikes much farther than a tricycle.
  4. Balance bikes offer years of fun and independent riding.
  5. Balance bike graduates never need training wheels. The transition to a pedal bike is easy!
19-month-old girl riding pink Yedoo Too Too balance bike

(1) Balance bikes fit toddlers much better than tricycles.

While tricycles are marketed to toddlers, they’re usually a poor fit! Most toddlers can’t even reach the pedals on a tricycle, which is why Radio Flyer sells a platform for kids to rest their feet and to protect their legs from the pedals of tricycles!

On the Schwinn tricycle below (right), there’s actually a small bar to rest your feet for kids who can’t reach the pedals. Another common issue is that the top bar of the tricycle is too tall, making it difficult for a toddler to swing their short legs over it to get on and off.

Tricycle footrests from Radio Flyer and Schwinn tricycle with push bar for parent.

(2) Balance bikes safely and easily move over uneven surfaces, tricycles do not.

Tricycles tip over more often than you would expect.  With three wheels, they can easily become off-balance when one of the rear wheels is higher than the other when riding on uneven surfaces. While you may rarely notice that the end of your driveway or the sidewalk in front of your house isn’t completely even, it will become very obvious to a tricycle rider.

Sharp turns are also problematic.  There’s a reason why many three-wheeled vehicles aren’t allowed on city streets in the US – they’re too prone to tipping over! Balance bikes, on the other hand, can pretty much tackle any terrain your child chooses!

young boy exploring various terrain on a balance bike - dirt mound, pump track, and jumping off a curb.

(3) Balance bikes are light and easy to ride – kids can ride balance bikes much farther than a tricycle.

Kids who want to move their tricycle around have a difficult time because they’re heavy and just cumbersome. Tricycles can weigh as much as the child riding them and are even heavy on your arms while you have to carry them back home. This extra weight also plays into kids getting tired quickly.

Balance bikes typically weigh between 6 and 12 lbs., less than half the weight of a tricycle. They are easy for both the parent to carry and the child to ride.

Kids have to exert a lot of effort to go very far on a tricycle. The math is complicated, but trust us – the number of times a child has to complete a pedal stroke to move forward a few feet is impractical for long rides. That’s why many tricycles come with a push bar – they’re simply too inefficient for kids to ride them without help from parents.

Small boy happily running on a balance bike, and a boy struggling to ride a tricycle with his mom's help.

Tricycles are also slow – other kids can easily run past a child riding a tricycle because their running legs are more efficient than the small crank arms on a tricycle.  Balance bikes are much easier to ride because they allow kids to utilize their very efficient legs to create motion versus forcing them to use inefficient pedals.

Because balance bikes are so light and easy to ride, a toddler can ride for up to a mile, while older, more experienced balance bike riders can go for several miles! Can you imagine a child riding a tricycle farther than around the block?

Girl and boy toddlers easily carrying their light balance bikes.

(4) Balance bikes offer years of fun and independent riding.

Tricycles and balance bikes are both available in a wide range of prices, but both tend to be between $60 and $150.  While the investment for either bike is the same, most balance bikes can be adjusted to fit kids ages 18 months to 4 years old, while a tricycle usually only properly fits a child for about a year and a half.  The bikes cost the same, but a balance bike’s life span is twice as long.

Two brothers - ages 1.5 and 4.5 - both riding a Strider balance bike.

Additionally, once mastered, a balance bike provides years of independent fun and adventure on any terrain you choose, while a kid on a tricycle is stuck to slowly cruising up and down the sidewalk. Balance bikes teach kids to independently ride from day 1. Tricycles teach kids to be dependent on their parents to go longer distances, or just to give up because it’s too difficult to get very far.

toddler riding Radio Flyer balance bike down the ramp at a skatepark

(5) Balance bike graduates never need training wheels. The transition to a pedal bike is easy!

Tricycles are a short-term solution to a long-term issue. To ride a bike, you must balance it.  Tricycles were built on the premise that young kids don’t have the ability to balance a bike, but balance bikes prove otherwise.

Kids as young as one have successfully learned to balance a balance bike!  Tricycles simply teach kids how to pedal, which is actually a really easy skill to learn.  Balance bike graduates never need to use training wheels because they’ve already mastered the hardest part of learning to ride a bike – balancing!

Same child on the balance bike and a pedal bike

On the other hand, tricycle graduates, not knowing how to balance, still need to learn how to balance a bike before they can ride. As a result, most kids who used a tricycle end up on a bike with training wheels.

So what are the best balance bikes to buy?

Unlike tricycles, which tend to be ill-fitting, balance bikes are not one-size-fits-all. Because there are so many different sizes to choose from, it’s important to know your child’s pant size – or better yet their inseam (distance between their crotch to floor) – before you purchase a balance bike.  Out of the 100’s of balance bikes on the market, here are some of our favorites:

But what if the grandparents (or Mom and Dad) are set on buying a tricycle?

I admit, there’s a certain cuteness factor as well as a right of passage in buying a toddler a tricycle.  They’re so cute, relatively affordable, and like I once believed, every toddler needs the chance to ride a tricycle!

For those who are hard to convince, we’ve found that having them buy a balance bike from an established kid brand can make the balance bike pill easier to swallow. Radio Flyer and Schwinn – both well-known, trusted brands in the child toy/bike world – make tricycles and balance bikes.

Helping kids ride on classic red wagons and tricycles for decades, Radio Flyer also offers several different balance bikes.  Well-designed with a budget-friendly price, Radio Flyer’s Glide N Go is a great option for kids in size 2T pants and up.  Unlike their tricycle, the balance bike does not come with a handle as kids as young as two can independently ride their balance bike.

Toddler riding Radio Flyer balance bike at skatepark, leaning in and running.

The Schwinn Roadster is a classic tricycle that is loved by many kids and has amazing ratings on Amazon, so what could possibly be wrong with it?  For a tricycle, there isn’t anything wrong with it! It’s a great tricycle, but it’s still a tricycle.  Kids won’t be able to travel very far on the Roadster and are usually limited to riding only on paved surfaces.  Kids can easily ride miles on a balance bike on various surfaces, from uphill dirt paths to paved skate parks.

Balance Bike vs. Training Wheels Infographic

Infographic showing 5 reasons why a balance bike is better than tricycles or training wheels

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Wide-set front wheels enhance safety and stability while narrow-set back wheels allow for a clear kick path for fast riding and easy scooting. The dinging bell only adds to the fun!

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Radio Flyer

American toy company

This article is about the company. For the film, see Radio Flyer (film).

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IndustryToy industry
PredecessorRadio Steel & Manufacturing
FoundedChicago 1917 (1917)
FounderAntonio Pasin

Chicago, Illinois


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Area served


Radio Flyer is an American toy company best known for their popular red toy wagon. Radio Flyer also produces scooters, tricycles, bicycles,[1] horses, and ride-ons. The company was founded in 1917 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Young girl with Radio Flyer wagon circa 1955

Antonio Pasin started building wooden toy wagons in Chicago in 1917, selling them to area shops. He was working as a craftsman at the time, mostly selling phonograph cabinets, and built small wooden wagons to carry around his tools. After he received numerous requests from customers of phonograph cabinets to buy the wagons as well, he refocused his business on the wagons.[2] His business grew until the Liberty Coaster Company, named in honour of the Statue of Liberty, was formed in 1923. The demands for these original wooden wagons, dubbed the "Liberty Coaster," quickly outpaced production. Incorporating the mass manufacturing techniques of the auto industry, Pasin began making metal wagons out of stamped steel in 1927.[3] At around that time, the red wagons sold for slightly less than $3, or about $40 in 2016 dollars.[2]

In 1930, the company was renamed Radio Steel & Manufacturing. The renamed company produced steel-bodied wagons and used assembly line manufacturing techniques. The new Radio Flyer wagons were named as a tribute to two famous men of the day: Marconi and Lindbergh.[4] Italian inventor and engineer Guglielmo Marconi developed, demonstrated, and marketed the first successful long-distance wireless telegraph and in 1901 broadcast the first transatlantic radio signal.[5]Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1927. Combining those two marvels, Pasin christened his new metal wagons "Radio Flyer".[3][6]

In 1933, Chicago was the host of the World's Fair, Century of Progress, and Radio Steel was asked to be a part of the celebration. Antonio Pasin took on major debt to fund the construction of a 45 foot tall wood and plaster Coaster Boy statue depicting a boy riding a Liberty Coaster wagon. Below the Coaster Boy exhibit Pasin sold miniatures for 25 cents.[7] During World War II, steel was essential war material; from 1942–1945, the company shifted production to portable five gallon Blitz cans for the US Army.[8]

In 1987, Radio Steel changed its name to Radio Flyer after its popular flagship little red wagon.[8] Robert Pasin, Antonio's grandson, has been CEO since 1997.[7][9] Today, the company produces a wide range of children's products, including scooters, tricycles, ride-ons, horses, battery ops, and wagons.

In 2015, Fortune named Radio Flyer number one in the top 25 best small businesses for which to work.[10]

The wagon[edit]

Radio Flyer wagon, tricycle and hobby horse circa 1960.

The Liberty Coaster Company began producing the wooden bodied "No. 4 Liberty Coaster" in 1923.[11] In 1927, Pasin replaced the wooden body with stamped steel, taking advantage of assembly line manufacturing techniques and earning him the nickname "Little Ford".[12] 1500 wagons a day rolled off assembly lines even during the Great Depression.[13] Since 2002, the company has produced plastic as well as metal-bodied wagons.[14]

A number of designs and styles have been produced by Radio Flyer, often inspired by the automobiles or popular culture of the day. The "Zephyr", produced in the 1930s, paid homage to the Chrysler Airflow.[13] The 1950s saw a yellow wagon inspired by the movie Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier and a blue wagon produced in partnership with Disney's Mickey Mouse Club.[15] Wagons from the 1970s borrowed the stylings of the muscle cars of the day, including the Fireball 2001 inspired by Evel Knievel.[16][17] The 1990s saw the introduction of the "Quad Shock Wagon" echoing sport utility vehicles.[16] The "Ultimate Family Wagon", introduced in 2007, includes a sunshade and an adjustable seat; the design won a Chicago Innovation Award in 2007.[14]

The Radio Flyer Wagon was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York in 1999,[16] and its creator, Antonio Pasin, was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2003.[18]

Radio Flyer Tricycle[edit]

The Radio Flyer Tricycle features the same bright red color and graphics as the little red wagon.

Other products[edit]

  • The Inchworm is a wheeled ride-on toy propelled by the bouncing motion of the rider. It is styled as a Geometer caterpillar, or inchworm. It was initially produced by Hasbro in the 1970s.[citation needed]
  • The Radio Flyer Ziggle, introduced in 2013, is a ride-on toy for kids 3 to 8 with four caster wheels and no pedals.[19] Kids propel forward by wiggling and twisting their bodies in a back and forth motion and moving the handle bars at the same time.[20][21]
  • In 2016, Radio Flyer introduced a new partnership product, the Tesla Model S for Kids. The first and only battery powered ride-on for kids with Lithium Ion Technology. The Flightspeed™ Lithium Ion Batteries are engineered to provide the best performance available with a lower impact on the environment. It can easily switch between a top speed of 6 mph and a parent limited speed of 3 mph with the flip of a switch located in the trunk. The car is customizable and can be personalized.

In popular culture[edit]

The readily recognizable little red wagon manufactured by Radio Flyer is used in several artistic works, including film and television. A character in the 1992 drama film Radio Flyer flies to safety in a converted Radio Flyer wagon. Radio Flyer wagons appear in a store display in the 1983 film A Christmas Story. The June 24, 2013 episode of Let's Make a Deal parodied this wagon as a Zonk being offered under the name "Zonk Flyer".


The 45 foot (13.7 m) tall Coaster Boy wood and plaster statue of a young boy and wagon was constructed by Radio Flyer for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, Century of Progress.[7]

Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington features a large red wagon that doubles as a playground slide. It is 12 feet (3.7 m) high and 27 feet (8.2 m) long. The interactive sculpture was sculpted by Ken Spiering and installed in 1989.[22][23]

The "World's Largest Wagon" is a sculpture commissioned by Radio Flyer in honor of their 80th anniversary. It is nine times the size of a little red wagon, and weighs 15,000 pounds (6,800 kg).[24]


  1. ^"Radio Flyer Classic Red 10-Inch Bicycle with Chain Drive". Tumblon LLC. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  2. ^ abWei-Haas, Maya. "How an Italian Immigrant Rolled Out the Radio Flyer Wagon Across America". Smithsonian. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  3. ^ abWalsh, Tim (2005). Timeless toys : classic toys and the playmakers who created them (1 ed.). Kansas City, Mo.: Andrews McMeel Pub. ISBN .
  4. ^"Jeopardy!". 27 May 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  5. ^Staff. "Guglielmo Marconi". A+E Networks. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  6. ^"The Antonio Pasin Story".
  7. ^ abcOlsen, Elizabeth (July 24, 2010). "The Wagons Keep Rolling (interview with Robert Pasin)". New York Times.
  8. ^ abHallett, Anthony; Diane Hallett (1997). Entrepreneur magazine encyclopedia of entrepreneurs. John Wiley and Sons. p. 376–377. ISBN .
  9. ^"Entrereneur Of The Year 2009". Ernst & Young.
  10. ^"50 Best Small and Medium Workplaces". Fortune. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  11. ^Radio Flyer in the Beginning corporate history
  12. ^Scott, Sharon M. (2010). Toys and American culture: an encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. ISBN .
  13. ^ abYoung, William H.; Nancy K. Young (2002). The 1930s. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN .
  14. ^ abJackson, Cheryl V. (October 22, 2007). "Innovating on a classic: the little red wagon". Chicago Sun-Times.
  15. ^Radio Flyer in the Fifties corporate history
  16. ^ abcRadio Flyer Wagon inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
  17. ^Radio Flyer in the Seventies corporate history
  18. ^Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductees, 1985–2004
  19. ^"FamilyFun's 2013 Boredom Buster Awards".
  20. ^
  21. ^"Ziggle makes kids wiggle for a giggle". 26 May 2013.
  22. ^Spokane Riverfront Park
  23. ^Baskas, Harriet (2011). Washington Curiosities, 3rd: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff. Globe Pequot. ISBN .
  24. ^World's Largest Wagon

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