- Value: 18/20
- Functionality: 19/20
- Quality/Ease of Use: 19/20
- Aesthetics: 20/20
- Star Status: 20/20
- TOTAL: 96/100
When I initially got a pitch to check out the Liki Trike by Doona, I was intrigued. Not just because I was housebound with an occasionally tantrum-y two-year-old who desperately needed new ways to burn off energy while social distancing, but because this tricycle-turns-bicycle had a ringing celebrity approval: Cool dad Bradley Cooper’s daughter has been seen pedaling it around town. (A celeb customer isn’t everything, but it certainly piqued my curiosity.)
Was this fancy tricycle ($299) an A-Lister favorite for a reason? I was about to find out.
The concept: This convertible piece is designed for use from 10 months to three years old. You start off with “parent mode” (10 to 18 months) or “push mode” (10 to 24 months), which allows you to lock the pedals and steer, as you would a stroller, with your child still feeling like they’re the one in control. Next comes “tricycle mode” (for kids ages 24 to 30 months). This means you can remove the footrest and set your chil up to pedal on their own, though you still have the ability to steer. Finally, there’s “bike mode” (for kids ages 30 to 36 months). Here, the backrest, footrest and control bar all comes off—they’re on their own.