Friday October 30th 2020

YBIKE is perfect gift for kids, at any price

THE YBIKE PEWI

One of Zoey’s favorite activities is to ride her bike. She has one of those plastic bikes that rattle around the house making the most dreadful noise. It drives me mad, but she loves it and it gives me a few minutes break so I put up with it.

The point being that when I was given the new PEWI to review my first thought was “oh no more noise”. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I received the PEWI in a small white box, which confused me a bit as I couldn’t understand how a bike could fit in there. Then the realization hit, I would have to assemble it.

I take pride in the fact that I can change a tyre, a plug and a light bulb without any manly assistance, but I have to admit I hate assembling things. Zoey had seen the box however and insisted I assemble it immediately. I opened the box, found the instructions and set to the daunting task of bike assembly. I was very pleasantly surprised. The diagrams left you with no doubt about which part went where and the instructions were very clear. Much to my surprise I had the bike assembled in just over five minutes and there were no tears involved, from Zoey or myself. My husband was even pleased as they include a set of Allen keys (so you don’t have to go running around looking for bits and pieces as they supply you with everything you need) which he has taken charge of.

The YBIKE PEWI, designed by Chrome Cherry Design Studio in South Africa, is created with quality aluminum tubing, injection moulded parts and serves as an innovative walker/ride-on for toddlers. Children as young as nine months can start using PEWI as a ‘walking buddy’. The best part about the PEWI, beside the look of the bike, is that it is quiet. Zoey zipped around the house turning circles on the bike (it is able to turn 360 degrees with ease); reversing and swinging the back wheels around I couldn’t hear a thing.

The PEWI also incorporates early stage balance and motor skill development. The omni directional wheels help to develop body and space awareness, balance and co-ordination. Available in pink and blue, the PEWI retails at R399.00 from Toys R Us, Reggies, Checkers, and Baby Boom.

Needless to say the noisy plastic bike is a thing of the past and the PEWI has taken over, thank goodness. We now have to pack it where ever we go which isn’t a problem as it isn’t bulky. I can honestly not think of a thing that I don’t like about this bike. I would recommend this bike to everyone. It is sturdy, safe, enduring and the kids will have loads of fun on it.

If I was able to make one request, it would be that it came with an option of a neutral colour. The reason I ask this is that I have a 6 month old little boy who is going to end up fighting with his sister over a pink bike. What will his father say?

Star rating : 5 out of 5 (when I asked Zoey to rate it out of five she said eight. You have to laugh).

REVIEWED BY JACKY HAY

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