LittleBig was created by Irish engineer and round-the-world cyclist Simon Evans. After completing his circumnavigation in 2010, he worked as a shop mechanic, where he was introduced to balance bikes as a first bike for small children. He noticed that children were quickly growing out of these balance bikes, and that parents were soon returning to get larger ones. Evans combined his engineering skills and knowledge of bikes to create a design that is simple but elegant; essentially three bikes in one. Starting as a pedal-less balance bike, it then becomes a larger balance bike that has a higher saddle and longer reach. Finally, with the addition of a crank and some pedals, it becomes a pedal bike, easing children through the transition on one bike.
The LittleBig should keep your kiddo rolling from age 2 to 7, which sure beats buying a new one almost as often as shoes while they’re growing like weeds. It has an aluminum frame that comes in several colors, running €195 as a balance bike, with the pedal and crank attachment running an extra €45.