The bike that GROWS with your child: £155 bicycle expands to save parents cash

An engineer from
Wicklow, Ireland,

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came up with the extendable
bike
Configuration of ‘LittleBig
Bike’ changes to fit children
from 2-7 years’ old
Bike has three adjustable
sizes so it grows longer and
taller
The bicycle starts its
evolution as a pedal-less
balance bike and because of
this, children easily learn to
ride without needing
stabilisers
Bike is available to buy
online for £155 ($243)
Learning to ride a bike is an
important childhood milestone, but
it can be expensive to upgrade
models as children grow up.
But now an engineer has created a
bike that’s designed to grow with a
child.
The ‘LittleBig Bike’ is extendable so
it can fit children for a full five
years, during which time they
would usually outgrow three
bicycles.
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Aimed specifically at children from
the age of two to seven, the bicycle
has three different adjustable
sizes, so it grows longer and taller
when needed.
Learning to ride a bike is an
important childhood milestone, but
it can be expensive to upgrade
models as children grow up.
But now an engineer has created a
bike that’s designed to grow with a
child.
The ‘LittleBig Bike’ is extendable so
it can fit children for a full five
years, during which time they
would usually outgrow three
bicycles.

Room to grow: The ‘LittleBig Bike’
is extendable so it can fit children
for five years, during which time
they would usually outgrow three
bicycles. The first balance bike
phase is shown left and the final
pedal bike, right
Aimed specifically at children from
the age of two to seven, the bicycle
has three different adjustable
sizes, so it grows longer and taller
when needed.
Parents can adjust the height of
the handlebars, saddle and frame
to suit their child and its inventor
claims there is no need for
stabilisers.
The bike starts its evolution as a
pedal-less balance bike, its creator
says is ideal for little ones learning
to ride.
LittleBig – See the bike that grows
with your child

INSPIRATION FOR THE BIKE

Mr Evans was working in a bike
shop when he got the inspiration
for the bicycle.
‘I was working as a mechanic and
sales person and it was there that
I came across balance bikes and
saw how quickly kids were
comfortable on them.
‘Often small kids would just jump
onto one and start zooming around
the shop, it just seemed so natural
for them.
‘Unfortunately though, normal
balance bikes are very small and
kids quickly grow out of them.
‘On top of that, when a child is
ready to begin using a pedal bike,
the parents needed to come back
and buy a new bike.
‘Being an engineer, my creative
mind began churning out ideas
and many iterations, prototypes
and pondering sleepless nights
later, the LittleBig was born.’

By moving and reattaching the rear
frame, it can be turned into a
larger balance bike with a taller
seat and handlebars.
As the child becomes bigger,
parents can increase the bike to its
largest size – equivalent to a 16-
inch bike – and attach pedals to it.
Engineer, Simon Evans, 33, set up
the company LittleBig Bikes in his
hometown of Wicklow, Ireland.
‘The LittleBig is great for kids aged
two to seven as it allows them to
learn to balance and steer with the
comfort of having their feet near
the ground,’ he said.
‘While sitting on the low saddle,
the child pushes off the ground
with their feet “Fred Flintstone”
style and as their confidence
increases they can glide along
easily.’
The third stage means the bicycle
can be converted into a proper
pedal bike.
He said: ‘It’s suitable for kids up
to age seven and there’s no need
for stabilisers.
‘Having learned to balance first,
the child will have a quick and
effortless transition to the pedal
bike.
‘These adaptions allow the
LittleBig to be used for five years,
over twice as long as traditional
kids bikes, while giving the parent
good value for money.
‘It’s high quality and built like a
proper bike, unlike many of the
throwaway kids bikes that are
currently on the market.’
The bike is made from aluminium
and weighs 11.3 lbs (5.1kg) in its
simplest form and 14.6 lbs (6.6kg)
fully extended with pedals.
It can be bought online from

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LittleBig Bike’s website for £155
($243).

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Room to grow: The ‘LittleBig Bike’
is extendable so it can fit children
for five years, during which time
they would usually outgrow three
bicycles. The first balance bike
phase is shown left and the final
pedal bike, right

image

Parents can adjust the height of
the handlebars, saddle and frame
to suit their child and its
inventors claim there is no need
for stabilisers. Here, children
between the ages of two and
seven show the different phases
of the bike, with the oldest child
riding a pedal bike instead of
balance bikes (shown in red and
pink)

image

Phase one: The bike starts its
evolution as a pedal-less balance
bike (pictured) that its creator
says is ideal for little ones
learning to ride

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