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Scuttlebug Tricycle Review: A Perfect Toddler Trike

I’ve mentioned before how toddlers are better off on a balance bike than on a trike.  But what about little ones that are too tiny for a balance bike but are curious about biking? 

When my son was about 11 months old, we were vacationing in Sun Valley, ID when he saw the Scuttlebug outside a toy shop and fell in love.  At this point he was barely taking steps, and not fully walking yet, but he could scoot scoot scoot on the Scuttlebug.

The Scuttlebug’s portability, the cute design, and the quality construction make this one of my favorite “pre-bikes.”  In fact, I love the Scuttlebug enough that it has earned a spot on our list of the best bikes for toddlers.

That said, if your little one is old enough for a balance bike (usually around 18 months), they’ll be better off with one of those.  If they are still just learning to walk, however, consider the Scuttlebug.  It provides the perfect introduction to a lifetime of cycling.


Review in a Nutshell

Pros:

  • Collapsible legs makes it easily portable
  • Adorable design
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Tiny wheels make it difficult to maneuver over obstacles
  • Limited lifespan (kids will outgrow it quickly)

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The Scuttlebug as a “pre-bike”

If you have a biking family, chances are, your little one is interested in biking too.  They’ve seen mom and dad on their bikes, or big brother and sister.  Because kids at this age are great imitators, it is the ideal time to get them interested in cycling.

The Scuttlebug is appropriate to introduce as soon as your little one begins to show an interest in walking.  They will be thrilled by the mobility it provides! 

Because they “scoot” on the Scuttlebug, they will also begin to get the feel for powering themselves forward, and this is a skill that will transfer to the balance bike once they are ready for it.  The handlebars are also easily maneuverable, so they begin to build steering skills.

Lightweight

Compared to other trikes, the Scuttlebug is extremely lightweight.  Because it is designed for very young toddlers, it’s tiny.  At only 4.2 pounds, it is easy for little ones to scoot around the house with ease. 

Even our very favorite balance bike, the Woom 1, is a couple of pounds heavier. For little ones just learning to walk, the light weight of the Scuttlebug will make it easier to handle.

In addition to being lightweight, the bike also folds up. This makes it really easy to throw in the car or stroller for trips as well as for storage. I don’t know of another toddler bike that has a smaller footprint.

scuttlebug folded up

Wheels

The wheels on the Scuttlebug are a rubber-type material that don’t scratch floors.  We have hardwood floors in our house and I’ve never noticed any damage from the Scuttlebug. The only other toddler bike I’ve tested that performed as well indoors is the Yvolution Y Velo Jr.

The one drawback is the small wheels.  While they work well inside the house or on smooth pavement, as soon as there are cracks in the sidewalk or other obstacles, it becomes difficult to maneuver.

Cute Design

The thing that sold me on the Scuttlebug is just how darn cute it is.  We have both the ladybug and bee designs, and they are even cuter in person than in the pictures.  Grandmas everywhere will swoon.

Limited lifespan

One thing to keep in mind when buying the Scuttlebug is that, like all things at this age, kids will quickly outgrow it.  Our son used his Scuttlebug on a near-daily basis from 11 months old to 18 months old. 

At that point, he transitioned primarily to a balance bike, although he would still ride it (mostly inside the house) until he was 2.5 or 3.  By that time, it was really too small and not fast enough to be exciting anymore.

Neither the handlebars nor the saddle on the Scuttlebug are adjustable so there is no way for the bike to “grow” with your child. If you do want a toddler bike that will grow, consider the Wishbone 3-in-1. It’s super expensive though, so you’ll likely be better off buying the Scuttlebug, using it for a little while, and then transitioning to a balance bike later on.

Affordable, Quality Product

Despite the limited amount of time that your child will ride this bike, I still believe it is a worthwhile buy, especially for the low price tag.  For the price, the build is excellent. 

We’ve left the Scuttlebug out in the rain and the snow.  It’s been ridden by a too-big boy off bicycle ramps in the driveway, and despite all this, it is still in excellent condition.  The casters in the wheels roll smoothly, and the plastic seat has neither cracked nor faded.

Scuttlebug

Bottom-Line

For the child who is too little for a balance bike, the Scuttlebug provides a great introduction to a lifetime of cycling.  Get them addicted young, and you’ll never have to prod a crying 5-year-old to ride their bike.  For the price, the Scuttlebug makes a great first birthday present or “just because” gift from grandma and grandpa. Just be prepared to buy a balance bike in the near future.

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About Us

The Rascals are a family of three. Kristen (mom), Blair (dad), and Parker (kiddo). We started Rascal Rides when Parker was born and we didn’t want to give up our passion for biking. As we learned, we shared. Over the years, we’ve tested hundreds of kids bikes, helmets, bike trailers, and more.

Kristen is a USA Cycling certified coach and loves to share her passion for biking with other families. Blair is a bike geek, mechanic, and mountain bike junkie. Parker is our resident tester and inspiration.

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