On the third day of Christmas, yours truly gave to thee... an Early Rider ($159 and up) set of wheels! Born abroad in the UK, these swank bicycles have made their way across the pond. Tykerider let me take one of these wooden bad boys for a spin, and it did not disappoint. A cinch to assemble, my daughter was ready to rock and roll in just moments. Armed with her sassy helmet ($45), the cautious lil lass jumped onto the frame and took off down the driveway. Usually intimidated by anything that requires self-propelling, she continues to beg for bike time every day. While it lacks pedals or training wheels, it is the perfect starter bike to get tots used to the idea of spinning along and teaches them balance and motor skills. The thick tires provide excellent traction, and the sustainability of the wooden frame makes it an ecotot pleaser. As if it weren't cool enough on its own, the inscribed flames and the leather seat might make Fonzie pop out of the sky and ask for a scoot. Full disclosure: mom and dad have already tried!
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