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TimetoPlayMag.com Ratings and Reviews
At TimetoPlayMag.com, we want to engage, inform and entertain our readers to give them the benefit of our knowledge, experience and the breadth of products we cover. We look at more than 10,000 new toys and children’s products every year, and our primary purpose is to help you make the best choices for the kids in your life.
Our goal is to give you the real story on what you’ll find when you bring a toy home. And we know that every kid and every family is different. That’s why we always say: “The hot toy is only hot if it’s hot for your child.”
Our editorial team has more than 100 years combined experience working in the toy industry. Our rating system ranks toys on 4 key criteria:
- Fun — Does it engage the child? Does it inspire imaginative play? Does it contribute to creative expression? Is it entertaining?
- Repeat Play OR Collectibility — Some toys are played with, some are collected. If we feel a toy is better suited for collectibility, we’ll rank it based on Collectibility instead of Repeat Play.
- Repeat Play — Will kids come back to it over time? Does the toy allow diverse imaginative play experiences? Does it provide longer-term play value?
- Collectibility — Some toys may have limited traditional play, but kids will treasure them as collectibles.
- Assembly/Instructions — Is the toy easy to assemble? Are the instructions clear?
Over the years we’ve learned a lot about what makes great toys and exciting play experiences. We want to help you create the best experiences for your kids and your family.
Ultimately, you’re the best judge of what you want to bring into your home — and what’s best for your kids. And because you’re an important part of the Time to Play family, we invite you to let us know if you ever find an error or have any ideas how we can better help you. After all, we exist for one reason: to help you have more fun!
What It Is
The Zike is a combination of a bicycle, a scooter, and an elliptical trainer. With a frame, wheels, gears, and brakes like a traditional bicycle, Zikes are powered by the rider who stands up and pushes down on pedals that are like the elliptical trainers people use at health clubs. There are four models in the line, and while they are all designed for kids, the largest one will hold up to 200 pounds, so many adults can ride it as well. The Zike is easy to learn to use and can travel pretty fast. You can use it anywhere you can use a traditional bike or scooter.
Why It’s Fun
This is a new way to move around. The stepping action is easy to use, and you really feel like you're getting a workout. There's a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the feel of it, it's very satisfying to ride.
Who It’s For
There are four different models of Zikes: The Hotshot has nine-inch tires and one gear. It's designed for kids ages 5—8 and will hold up to 100 pounds. The Flyby also has nine-inch tires and one gear. It is designed for kids ages 8—12 and will hold up to 120 pounds. The Slingshot has 10-inch tires and one gear. It also has adjustable handlebars and a quick release to allow it to fold up. It is designed for kids ages 10 and up and will hold up to 150 pounds. The Saber is a seven-speed stepper with a 20-inch front tire and a 16-inch rear tire. It is designed for kids ages 12 and up and will hold up to 200 pounds.
What to Be Aware of
As with any riding equipment, complete instruction prior to riding is advised. Be sure to wear all recommended protective gear.