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LittleBig Bike grows with your child, and gains pedals along the way

LittleBig Bike grows with your...
The LittleBig Bike, in its larger-frame-but-still-no-pedals configuration
The LittleBig Bike, in its larger-frame-but-still-no-pedals configuration
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The LittleBig Bike, in its larger-frame-but-still-no-pedals configuration
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The LittleBig Bike, in its larger-frame-but-still-no-pedals configuration
A 12-inch LittleBig balance bike, and a reconfigured 16-inch pedal bike version
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A 12-inch LittleBig balance bike, and a reconfigured 16-inch pedal bike version
The LittleBig gains 100 mm (3.9 inches) in saddle height and 50 mm (1.9 inches) in saddle-to-handlebar reach
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The LittleBig gains 100 mm (3.9 inches) in saddle height and 50 mm (1.9 inches) in saddle-to-handlebar reach

It's one of those "givens" of raising a child – as they get older, you have to get them bigger and more advanced bicycles. That can get a bit costly, so Irish entrepreneur Simon Evans designed an alternative. His LittleBig Bike can be converted from a small balance bike to a larger one, and then to a pedal bike.

The LittleBig starts out as a balance bike with the equivalent of a 12-inch frame. It has front and rear rim brakes, but no drivetrain.

As the child gets bigger, however, the curved-down back end of the bike's aluminum frame is pulled off, flipped over, and reattached. That back end now curves up, plus the longer end of the double-ended seat tube is now on top. The result is a gain of 100 mm (3.9 inches) in saddle height and 50 mm (1.9 inches) in saddle-to-handlebar reach. Of course, the seat post can also be raised within the seat tube.

A 12-inch LittleBig balance bike, and a reconfigured 16-inch pedal bike version
A 12-inch LittleBig balance bike, and a reconfigured 16-inch pedal bike version

Once the child is ready to start pedaling, a separate pedal/crank unit is inserted into the bottom end of the seat tube, and joined to a single sprocket on the rear hub by a chain. The LittleBig is now a 16-inch pedal bike.

According to Evans, one of his bikes should be able to suit a child's needs for five years, from ages 2 to 7. His team is now taking preorders, and plans to begin shipping LittleBig Bikes direct to customers as of Nov. 29th. The bike itself comes in three colors and is priced at €195 (US$247), while the pedal/crank attachment goes for an extra €45 ($57).

The sizing-up process is demonstrated in the video below.

For another approach to a bicycle that your kid won't grow out of right away, check out Orbea's Grow bike.

Source: LittleBig Bikes

LittleBig - the bike that grows with your child

6 comments
sk8dad
Who the heck is buying a $300 bikes for their toddler? For those price-is-no-object buyers, why wouldn't they simply buy new bikes as the child grows. For the rest of the not-made-of-money consumers, buying a push bike then trading in (craigslist) for a pedal bike route is still vastly cheaper. Have people forgotten about kids getting "bored" with their existing equipment. For a 3-4 year old kid, having a bike for a year then having to ride the same bike for another two years, is not unlike an adult riding the same bike for 40 years.
Rehab
Wow! you are hitting $300 when you get to the pedal model? What kid wants a 3 year old bike?
Noel K Frothingham
rehab, 'kids' are taught their expectations by adults. Change the paradigm.
TheSplund
two bikes would last longer and be cheaper (and one could be handed down to a younger sibling)
SebastianH
Hm, I thought adjustable saddles have been around for ages. Looks cool though.
dingodoctor
For nearly the same price ($355 US) and more status, BMW already makes this combination. Wealthy parents will go with BMW and the rest of us will go with Craigslist. http://www.bmw.com.cn/cn/en/insights/lifestyle/bmw_kids/kidsbike.html