Interbike 2011: The Beetle handmade scoot bike

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The consensus among the cycling parents that I’ve met is that pedal-free ‘scoot bikes’ are probably the best way to get toddlers started on two wheels.  Tucked away in a corner at Interbike we found what is probably the most unique scoot bike we’ve come across: The Beetle.

Hand made in Breckenridge, CO of beetle-killed lodgepole pine, The Beetle’s aesthetic is a contrast to Renovo’s wood frames- and is just about perfect for kids.  With the exception of the tires, The Beetle is 100% sourced in the USA, in an effort to keep the sustainability and ethical manufacturing theme.

At $275, The Beetle isn’t inexpensive, but principles rarely are and the construction seems solid enough to last through several little ones.



Denny - 09/15/11 - 11:06am

The dual-crown fork should give it great steering precision, and that oversized downtube should make it extremely torsionally stiff.

Dan - 09/15/11 - 11:49am

$275 and no bell?!?

h2ofuel - 09/15/11 - 12:49pm

It won’t be long until some crazy guy from the Surly stand puts this thing on their wooden rollers…

uglyyeti - 09/15/11 - 3:05pm

Looks very Flintstones

Jason - 09/20/11 - 6:50pm

“Scoot bike?” I’ve always called these “balance bikes.” Still, it’s an interesting take on the concept no matter what you call it.

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