Last year, when Felix turned three, my brother, a biking enthusiast, bought him a Radio Flyer Big Flyer Trike. For almost a year now, even on rainy or frigid days, Felix rode it up and down our block “to work,” a tree near the corner, where, he assures me, he “does nothing.” (He’s a chip off the ole’ block, I tell ya.) He maneuvers his trike around corners and through crowds of people with the assurance of a stunt driver, but his favorite move is picking up speed and then slamming on the brakes, coasting to a stop just millimeters from colliding with a person’s legs, a tree, a fence. It’s both scary and amazing to see his control.
Thing is, he’s ridden the thing so hard he wore the treads out on the front big wheel. These are city miles he’s riding. Broken slate, rough macadam. It’s almost a mile to his favorite playground at the park, and our grocery store. The kid’s put in a lot of them.
So we were excited to use the Radio Flyer Build-a-Trike program to get him a new ride. The Build-a-Trike program allows a child (with their parents’ help, of course) to trick out their trike just the way they would like it. There’s canopy options for younger kids, and special seats with harnesses for even the littlest riders. Each trike comes with a handle for parents and foot rest for kids, so even if your child isn’t able to pedal, or isn’t able to pedal for long, you’ll still get plenty of use out of it.
My son, being a free-thinker, unencumbered by gender stereotypes, choose a pink bike with a big basket on the back. He really wanted the bell, which has a clear, loud, classic ring. Other options included a personalized license plate and even a speaker-system if you want to hook your iPod up while your child rides, which Felix didn’t go for. My wife and I added on a pouch to the push handle, which can hold our wallet and a water bottle, though my son’s into being a “big boy,” which means he likes riding the trike with no handle, on his own.
Which is fine with me! We’re phasing out our stroller and relying on the trike to take us on long trips around the neighborhood. Just this morning he ferried a pile of groceries in his basket. He was so proud, and so was I. He’s building a life-long relationship with bicycles, as well as some intense muscles in his thighs. He’s a natural rider, and I feel a lovely sense of wonder watching him cruise around on his new trike.
Radio Flyer is generously offering a voucher for a free, fully-loaded Build-a-Trike to one reader (worth approximately $215, plus corresponding taxes and shipping). To enter, all you have to do is share a biking or triking memory from childhood. Write it in the comments section in six words or less. That’s right six words or less! (This is based on the six-word memoir project, which was inspired by a micro-story by Ernest Hemingway.) You have until Friday, April 12th, at which point I’ll select a winner by random and contact that person by email. See below for details.
1. Only 1 entry per person is allowed.
2. The Giveaway entry period starts on Thursday, April 4th at 12:00:01 AM EST and ends on Friday, April 12th at 11:59:59 PM EST.
3. We will choose a potential winner in a random drawing on or about Saturday, April 13th and send notice to that person via email. If you are a potential winner but fail to claim your prize within 10 days of us sending you notice or are otherwise in non-compliance with the Giveaway rules, then we will choose an alternate winner.
4. We will announce the winner here on or about Thursday, April 18th at 12:00 PM EST.
5. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds will depend on the number of eligible entries. See the complete general rules and eligibility requirements that apply to all Giveaways here.