A tricycle, often abbreviated to trike, is a three-wheeled vehicle.
Tricycles are typically used by children between the ages of two and four, after which point they usually switch to a bicycle, often with stabilisers. Parents choosing a tricycle for their child should ensure that the trike is not too tall, the seat not too high, and that the wheelbase is wide enough, because otherwise the tricycle may tip over more easily. Some of our trikes have back rests, providing support, child stability, and a push bar, so that parents can push the child up hills, or hold the child back when descending to control speed.
We have children's trikes made of both steel frames and plastic. A plastic frame is more likely to tip over than a steel frame if a heavier child is riding, and plastic frames will not rust if the trike is left out in the rain, although our steel frames have been made with materials designed to significantly reduce rust due to weather damage.
While most children's trikes have direct drive, a small number of models (such as the Concept Pedal Pals 12" Wheel Boys Supatrike) have chain drive, with chain guards for extra safety. Since most of our trikes are direct drive however, the child can slow the trike down by resisting the forward motion of the pedals. Many of our children's trikes do not have pneumatic tires, and instead have solid rubber or plastic wheels, eliminating the issues associated with flat tyres and punctures.