Simon Evans with his resource & money saving bike for growing children. Image: Little Big Bikes
It begins as a pedal-less balance bike, allowing children to balance and steer with their feet near the ground. Then, the rear of the frame rotates turning LittleBig into a big balance bike with a higher saddle and longer handlebar reach. A pedal and crank attachment can then be fitted, transforming it into a children’s pedal bike.
Evans, founder of LittleBig Bikes, said: “I came up with the design for the LittleBig while working as a bike shop mechanic in my home town of Greystones in Wicklow, Ireland. I couldn't believe how quickly kids seemed to take to the pedal-less balance bikes compared to traditional children's bikes with stabiliser wheels.
“However, kids quickly grow out of the balance bike so parents would soon be back to upgrade to a bigger bike with pedals. This can be costly so parents are forced to either buy a bike that’s way too big for their child so they can grow into it, or buy some cheap disposable bike that will be used for a short while then end up on a landfill.
Little Big Bike 'grows' to fit children aged 2 - 7. Image: Little Big Bikes
He said the LittleBig is a solution to the problem by constantly adapting to a growing child’s needs without needing to switch bikes.
“We haven't cut any corners, the carefully considered frame and parts are like those on a proper bike - only little,” he said.
“When the child has finally grown out of the LittleBig, its high quality parts mean it will still be in suitable condition to be sold or passed on to another child.”
By Lucy Purdy: [email protected]