A while back I had mentioned we had been on the lookout for a trike for Amelia,I have regretted not getting her one for her 1st birthday. While we were looking to buy her one,we were kindly sent a balance bike from Imaginarium to try out,so we had stopped our search. While the balance bike is great for kids that can walk,and push themselves along, we found we were only using ours indoors,and wanted something we could push along outside,while Amelia was securely seated.So, the quest to find a trike began again.
I had an idea of what I wanted to get or more to the point what I didn’t want. I found most of the trikes in shops were bright pink or blue,I didn’t like either,she doesn’t need a bike with a Sun Canopy as she is good for wearing hats & is covered with sun block daily. I wanted to find a unisex trike,with a plain & simple design ,my only stipulation was that it had a handle so we could push her about & a harness of some description. In summary I wanted a retro/classic trike.
After a lot of looking around online, I finally found exactly what we were looking for,the Immo Foldable Trike. The iimo is a Japanese award-winning design tricycle.’A timeless design conceived to last for future generations’. One of those great trikes that grows with your kids too: allowing support parts (push handle, safety bar and foot rest) to be removed as the child grows and learns.
We were eventually after a bit of a wait, able to purchase from Imaginarium Ireland. These trikes seem to be very popular, and sell out quickly. Carefully designed and constructed, it has all your child needs for developing motor skills while having fun. The perfect trike for city living,small spaces or for putting into the boot of the car.
Our trike is the ‘Eternity Red’,a red & cream design with a faux tan coloured leather seat & guard rail (removable)to protect your child from tumbles ,plus there is a long handle (removable) on the back to steady or steer the novice cyclist. Once folded up, it is a cinch to carry around too.
You can lock the wheels so your child won’t ride off on his or her own.The added foot rest is a bonus for us,as Amelia’s legs are not long enough to yet reach the pedals. The foot rest can be pushed under the seat when not in use.There is also a small basket to the rear of the trike & a yellow air horn on the front.
After a month of use, I wanted write a quick review. The trike has been a godsend & wish we had got one sooner,I use it every day,for walks to the park,beach & around our area. The trike is easy to steer and Amelia is secure within the safety guard. Some negative points to add: this trike does not have a harness, so it’s not suitable for very young children, the steering handle is quite short, which after a while makes steering uncomfortable, my husband ended up drilling an extra hole lower down to give more length in the handle. The foot rests are quite far back, I feel they would be more comfortable for kids if they were further forward. Another option that I would add to this trike of I could would be to remove the pedals when not in use by smaller children.
The iimo Trike retails at €139.For more information on the iimo Trike see here.
*Disclaimer: I was not given this trike or paid for this review. I just really like its classic design and feel it’s something different than other trikes on the market. All views & opinions are 100% my own