June 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Radio Flyer Classic Dual-Deck Tricycle

  • Sturdy
  • Adjustable seat and handlebars
  • Easily assembled
  • Too large for some
  • Handlebars may come loose
  • Prone to tipping
Where to Buy

Bottom Line

The Radio Flyer Classic Dual-Deck Tricycle is a classic trike, made of metal and durable. Although it's designed for children about 2 years old, its dimensions are better suited for slightly older and taller kids, parents say.


May tip over. The Radio Flyer Classic Dual-Deck Tricycle is designed to fit children ages 2½ to 5 years old. Many users say it better accommodates taller or older kids, however. The seat and handlebars are adjustable, which helps with sizing issues.

In reviews, some parents say the bike tends to tip fairly easily. One customer says, "The center of gravity is quite high, and a tight turn, or even a fairly gentle turn at speed, will cause a spill." It's important to keep a close eye on little riders, but falls are usually a part of the learning process.

Also of note: Assembly is required, but most owners say putting it together is simple. However, some parents complain that the pieces did not fit together properly.


Enjoy for generations. The Radio Flyer Classic is constructed mostly of metal, providing a long-lasting and durable trike. On the downside, this tricycle can rust fairly early, especially the chrome parts, which also tend to flake away, owners say.

Some reviewers complain that the Radio Flyer's handlebars come loose after frequent use, which can in turn affect alignment. Some, however, are convinced this is due to poor assembly by disgruntled customers.

In general, users find the bike to be quite sturdy. A few parents can attest to the trike's strength, as they make a habit of putting their weight onto the handlebars while pushing their children. One reviewer on says, "Build quality is excellent! I'm sure that this tricycle will be enjoyed by my son, my daughter, and several other children after them."

Customer Service

Some good experiences, some bad. In reviews, customers seem to give a mix of positive and negative feedback about the Radio Flyer. One customer at says, "When I called directly I was on hold for 30 minutes before a very rude person wasn't helpful at all." A different customer had a very positive experience when attempting to receive a replacement part. The customer writes, "[T]hey not only resolved my problem quickly, they mailed me the part, free of charge, and I received it in two days." It's difficult to determine which of the two is the standard of quality for Radio Flyer's customer service.

Where To Buy
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Our Sources

1. provides a place for customers to review the Radio Flyer Classic. Here they post their opinions, both good and bad, and rate the tricycle with 1 through 5 stars based on quality, durability, performance and many other important factors. The trike earns a score of 4 out of 5 from about 250 reviewers.

Review: Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Decker Tricycle, Contributors to, As of June 2013

2. allows their customers to post reviews on their website. Here they are encouraged to rate the product with 1 through 5 stars, as well as list some pros, cons and a short summary of their experience. The Radio Flyer Classic Dual Deck receives an overall rating of 3.9 stars from 57 reviewers.

Review: Radio Flyer Classic 12-inch Red Dual Deck Tricycle, Contributors to, As of June 2013

3. is home to about 90 reviews for the Radio Flyer Girls' Tricycle. In these reviews, customers leave a few comments on why they did or didn't enjoy the tricycle. There is also some brief background information on each customer such as age, how long they have owned the product and how much it was used. The Radio Flyer receives nearly a 5-star rating on

Review: Radio Flyer Girls' Classic Dual Deck Tricycle, Contributors to, As of June 2013

4. allows customers to review the Radio Flyer Classic Dual Deck on their website; however, only a handful do. The tricycle received an overall rating of 3 stars out of a possible 5 stars from reviewers.

Review: Radio Flyer Classic Red Dual Deck Tricycle, Contributors to, As of June 2013

5. offers consumers a quick glance at the quality of a company's customer service. It does so based on customers posting their individual experiences and ranking them based on issue resolution, reachability, cancellation, friendliness and product knowledge.

Review: Radio Flyer Customer Service, Contributors to, As of June 2013

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