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There is a reason serious bicycles are made of metal and not wood. From an engineering point of view, wood is an extremely crappy bicycle frame material.
These wooden contraptions look cute, but they wobble at speed and, after a bit of wear-and-tear, give you splinters. They're for window displays at toy stores, not for actual riding.
There is a real reason serious bicyclists aren't riding balance bikes... because they aren't two. Maybe you aren't understand who this bikes are for? Your review would be correct if you were planning on riding this bike in the Tour de Frace... buy you are WAY off base for a scoot down a sidewalk.
I've had a very similar bike to this (same body, different tires) for my son since he was two. He's four now and still rides it all the time and loves it. He has a real two wheeler (with training wheels), but for playing in the driveway, he prefers this bike. Its a whole lot easier for him to zip around, he can jump on and off it easier, and its more maneuverable. It is more tiring though for longer bike rides, so we take the real bike for that.
I'm also scratching my head about this "wobble at speeds"...where did you let your kid ride this bike? Down a mountain? Did you tow him behind your car? Top speed on this bike is as fast as your kid can push it... for a toddler, that's about 5mph. I suppose if you pushed him down a hill you MIGHT get a wobble... but with no brakes... why would you do that?
As for splinters? Again... head scratch. After two years, the wood is what is in the BEST condition on the bike. The seat is scuffed up pretty good, as are the plastic handle bar grips... but the wood is fine.
I couldn't disagree with your review more. This is a great little bike for toddlers.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a bucket of wings and a six pack of beer!
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Parents who give these to their kids are parents that want their kids to get beat up in school.
Teach your kid how to ride a bicycle. Actually, screw that. Get your kid a Honda CR50 and teach them how to ride a dirt bike.
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