Do you have fond memories of a shiny red Radio Flyer wagon? Maybe you pulled it around the backyard full of stuffed animals and other childhood treasures. Maybe you and your sister pulled it to the top of a hill, climbed in, and went flying….. I’m surprised we didn’t give our parents a heart attack, hehe. But did you know that the Radio Flyer wagon wasn’t always red? In fact for the first few decades of the companies existence they manufactured wagons that were blue, green, yellow, as well as some other colors. Over time it was noticed that the red wagons sold the best. Perhaps this was because red is synonymous with speed and excitement – two things kids love. Or maybe it’s because red connects with people deeply communicating passion, life, and love. Whatever the reason may be that little red wagon has become the iconic representation of American childhood and it all began nearly a century ago in 1917 when Antonio Pasin started Radio Flyer.
Back then Antonio’s dream was to bring joy to every boy and girl. And today Radio Flyer continues that tradition by building a huge variety of safe quality toys for children of all ages. Customers can still purchase that classic red wagon, but in addition there are many modern comfort enhanced wagons, ride-ons, scooters, trikes, and bikes to choose from. Most recently Radio Flyer released the new Build-a-Wagon and Build-a-Trike.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to build Willow her very first Radio Flyer tricycle that would grow with her from 9 months through 5 years of age.
The first step in the Build-A-Trike process is to choose a color: classic Radio Flyer red or pink. I’m sure you guessed we picked pink, hehe. The process continues by choosing either the included or upgraded tire and storage options. I decided to go for the upgrades giving Willow the most comfortable ride even on bumpy surfaces and 5 times the storage space allowing us to toss everything in that we’ll need while out and about. As you pick each option the picture of your trike continues to change so you can see exactly what it will look like which I thought was pretty awesome.
Next comes customization where you have the option to add a UV blocking canopy, headrest + seatbelt with or without a seat pad, wrap around tray, safeguard speakers, parent pouch, and classic bell. If you choose to add accessories that are made of fabric you also get to choose the pattern on that fabric. The final step is personalization where you can add a name plate with up to twenty characters – 10 per line. Willow’s trike got hooked up with all the upgrades as well as personalization. We decided to simply put “Harper” on the name plate so that it could be shared between all three of our girls. I also really like that the name plate is attached with Velcro straps so that it can be easily removed if in a public place where you would prefer strangers to not know your child’s name.
Once you are finished building the perfect trike for your little one you reach a screen where you can review your order to make sure it is correct and then add to the shopping cart. Each Build-A-Trike also comes with complimentary personalized messages including a letter from Chief Wagon Officer, customized certificate of authenticity, and an optional gift message. The entire process of building Willow’s first Radio Flyer tricycle was so simple and easy to understand thanks to the easy to navigate Radio Flyer website.
It didn’t take long and two big Radio Flyer boxes arrived on our front porch. I emptied them out on the floor and realized that they truly meant Build-A-Trike because mama was getting put to work, hehe. Even though the amount of pieces seemed a tad overwhelming it didn’t take too long to put everything together because the instructions were very precise and easy to understand.
Since Willow is just a tad over 12 months old I assembled everything so that the Build-A-Trike would be in the Stroller Trike configuration. In this set up Willow is held securely in by the seatbelts as well as the wrap around tray with cup holder. She can sit back comfortable because of the headrest and the sun is kept off her delicate skin by the UV canopy. Baby girl has it made in the shade.
Once she becomes steadier around 18 months we will remove the wrap around tray and at 2 years old the headrest and seatbelts can be removed as well as flipping the foot rest out of the way so she can learn to pedal herself.
And one bitter sweet day when Willow is around three years old we will be able to remove the parent handle so she can ride all on her own.
But for now I will enjoy Willow being little and pushing her around in the Stroller Trike set up which she absolutely loves.
It’s so cute to see her big grin when riding around on her very own tricycle especially when her big sisters cruise along side her on their Radio Flyer scooters…. pink of course! I love that she can be part of the fun yet in her own safe and secure space plus I have storage for everything we need.
The Radio Flyer Build-A-Trike is worth every penny especially since it grows with your child through four different stages and will last them until they are five years old! It would make an amazing first birthday present that is sure to create many fond memories that you and your little one will remember for years to come. Someday when they are older instead of looking back on fond memories of a classic red Radio Flyer wagon they just might remember their Build-A-Trike.