October 10, 2012

Review: The YBike’s Pewi Ride-On Toy and Walking Buddy (aka…Pax’s BIKE)

Mamas, add this to the top of your lists:  The Pewi Ybike Ride On Toy and Walking Buddy is one of the best things to happen to almost-walkers in a long, long time. 

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We bought it for Pax a year ago, a month or so before his first birthday.  He wasn't quite walking…it was more like…squat stepping.

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The Pewi bike was awesome.  Pax could push it around, and when he got going too fast…

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The bike was stable enough that Pax could pull himself up.  Even with all of his…uh…girth.  (R calls it "chub".)  Before long, Pax was trying to climb on/off, and riding it himself….sort of.

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Only one foot could touch the ground at a time.  But he was loving it.  And, as promised, this bike is fantastic both indoors and out.  Both boys, actually, have burned off huge amounts of energy on rainy days careening the Pewi around our sharp-cornered dining room table.  Awesome.

Now.  Here's the crazy-good part…a year later, it is STILL one of Pax's favorite toys.  Yup.  He now calls it his "bike".  

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Which, considering his latest trick….is a good name.  Bikes, you see, require helmets.  His trick? Crusing down our neighbor's driveway…backwards.

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It's his lean that worries me.  Leaning implies speed (Raines taught me that).  But I get it.  He wants to keep up with the big boys.  "Don't worry, Mum" Raines started to inform me.  "Pax turns around."  WHA?? 

But he did.  Right before the bottom of the hill.  Legs up, max speed, he spun around at the last second all WHAT MUM?  CHILL.

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Since I'm someone who walks on the mild side and therefore rarely gets hurt (I am the world's slowest skateboarder), I often can't see it coming.  So instead of immediately insisting on a helmet, I videotaped him to show my mom.  

Of course, right in the middle of taping, Mike walked up behind me, "Babe!  That's what he's doing?  The kid needs a helmet!"  Oh. Uh…right.  Of course.  But before I could turn the thing off, Pax came careening down, the front wheels hit a small crack and CRASH.  omgit'sallmyfault  But Pax was fine.  Really.  He cried for roughly 6 seconds then wanted to get back on his "bike".  Which he did, clad in a helmet.  I would share the video with you, but am slightly worried someone will call child services or something.  Burn the tape!  Burn it! Burn it!

So there is our story of the Pewi bike.  We have thoroughly, exhaustively tested this thing. To it's limits.  Which are, evidently, an almost 30 lb baby careening full speed down a small hill onto a sidewalk full of cracks.  So uh…don't do that. 

But in all seriousness, this is one of those shockingly well-designed, well thought-out toys that will provide your little one with hours of fun.  For a really long time.

You can read more about The Pewi on Ybike's website.  It typically retails for $64, but is currently going for about $50 on Amazon
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xo,

S

 

 

 

 

13 Comments
  • Beth
    October 10, 2012

    It’s almost embarrassing how much I copy you and hang on every post. Sometimes I think it’s pathetic and other times I think, eh, why not? It’s like outsourcing! Huge fan. Off to Amazon for the toddler bike. I won’t recap all the other purchases you’ve enabled!! Keep it up! :)

  • Nicole
    October 10, 2012

    I bought one of these last year. It is awesome! I’d first seen it at a cool specialty toy store, but didn’t want to pay $64. Got lucky and found it at Walmart.com for $39. Not usually a WM fan, but it was a good deal. Such a sturdy bike. She’s now a bit too long in the legs to really enjoy it and I want to maybe get a regular Ybike balance bike.

  • Jenn
    October 10, 2012

    We JUST bought one of these for Hadley’s first birthday. She LOVES it! Good or bad – so does Arden, who’s three!

  • Katie G
    October 10, 2012

    My parents bought this for my son for his first birthday (a week from today – WAH!) – and then they gave it to him a month early. He LOVES it. His legs are long, so he can reach, and just loves how much freedom it gives him. It is truly so sturdy – my Dad and I are total physics nerds and are so in awe of its amazingness. Run, do not walk, to buy this thing. You will not regret it. You will only regret buying all the similar things who are now collecting dust.

  • Megan
    October 11, 2012

    Is the height in any way adjustable? I have an extremely tiny 17 month old (and I mean teeny tiny). She will eventually use a walker (a medical walker), but is too small for them yet. Her OT suggested something like this, but I think it might be just too big.

  • Terri O.
    October 11, 2012

    We got one of these for my almost two year old last year and it still gets played with everyday by all three (the oldest being, ahem, 7!). I made the SAME mistake by taking this bike to the park w/o the two year old in a helmet and when I saw how fast he could get himself going…let’s say there was much breath-holding. Yes, get this! It’s awesome. I will also vouch for the balance bike. My four year old girl is incredible on that thing, she gets going so fast and will not be needing training wheels when she graduates from it.

  • Carmen
    October 11, 2012

    Got one for my baby girl about two months before her first birthday. I swear this is the reason she learned to walk so fast! She is now 13 months old and can sit, push and get off it herself. Amazing little toy! And I actually got it on one of those online deal/sales websites for like pennies. My husband call it her motorcycle ;-)

  • Nikki
    October 13, 2012

    We have *loved* our Pewi! It was such a great but. We will be picking up a balance bike from YBike for Christmas.

  • Nicole
    October 18, 2012

    These are on sale at Zulily today, if anyone wants a good deal.

  • Shana
    October 18, 2012

    Beth – It’s almost embarrassing how much I like this comment. :)

  • Shana
    October 18, 2012

    Megan – The height is not adjustable, but there are a couple of places to hang on when pushing it. In the first pic, Big Baby Pax is pushing it from the top of the, uh, handlebars? But because they are a circle, he would initially push from the bottom, where it was easier to reach. Does that make sense?

  • Shana
    October 18, 2012

    Thanks, Nicole!!

  • Sarah
    October 18, 2012

    Any recommendations for helmets for 1-2 yr. olds? We’re getting one of these for our son for Christmas (he’ll be 1 a few days after) and bike helmets for babies sounds baffling to me.

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