QuadraByke, children's bike, £99.99, www.q-byke.com

Is it a bike? A trike? Quad bike? No — it's a QuadraByke, and it's all three. Designer Tony Wayman's multi-axle design lets you add or remove wheels without tools, so you can swap between the three set-ups in minutes. A choice of silver, pink, red or blue should satisfy even the most design-conscious three- to six-year-olds. 

We had no complaints about the QuadraByke’s sturdy build quality, while the efficient band brakes, enclosed chain and European certification should demonstrate the QuadraByke’s suitability for children. 

In true Clarkson style, our tester Gus (age four) said: “It’s really good.” There you have it. For a decent price, you get a cool first ride that your kids will take several years to grow out of, and is bound to spark some real Kodak moments.