We’ve had a busy few weeks putting the YBIKE Pewi to the test! My little boy was very excited when we opened the box and he wanted to help put all the pieces together. Although he kept running off with the important bits (including the instructions), the Pewi was thankfully very easy to assemble and took no more than half an hour. I imagine without a little ‘helper’ it would take even less time to assemble.
Once I’d put it together I checked how sturdy it was and was surprised I could put so much pressure on the handlebars (or the ‘steering wheel’ as my son calls it) without it tipping forwards. He did used to have a little plastic ride-on and managed to tip it over and go head first over the front, so I was cautious of this. However, the way the Pewi is built with the wide legs at the front makes it much stronger than some of the other ride-ons I’ve seen.
My little one waited impatiently until I’d done my safety checks, then he hopped on and promptly started whizzing from one end of the room to the other (and did so for the majority of the afternoon!) He knew exactly what to do and got the hang of it straight away. I think it would have taken longer to get used to if he was a bit younger or hadn’t used a ride-on before, but I don’t think it will be too long before he’s ready for the next YBike and that’s when he’ll really start to learn how to balance and control a ‘real’ bike. I think the Pewi is a great lead up to this, helping little ones with their coordination.
The great thing about the Pewi is that it can be used from approx. 9 months as a baby walker, then as a ride-on when the child is ready (from around 12 months). It can also be used both indoors and outdoors and we love taking it to the park to ride back and forth underneath the playground bridge!
The swivel wheels rotate 360 degrees so the bike is very maneuverable and can turn all the way around in very small spaces. We have laminate flooring in our living room with a rug in the centre and the Pewi moves onto the rug fairly easily due to the large rubber wheels (we found with previous ride-ons they came to an abrupt halt at the edge of the rug). Also, the rubber wheels mean the bike is very quiet and doesn’t scratch the floor, which is always a bonus!
Overall, I’m very impressed with the Pewi and my son is really enjoying it. He particularly loves how the handlebars form a smiley face and has lots of fun playing peek-a-boo through the holes!
We received a complimentary sample for the purpose of this review.