Questions about LittleBig Bikes
The growing popularity of Balance Bikes means there are a choice of brands available. True Balance Bikes share some fundamental features (e.g. no pedals), but there are some major differences in design and benefits among the top brands.
We wrote a blog post to answer common questions people have about Balance Bikes in general. We suggest you read this if you’re still undecided if a balance bike is the right choice to help your child learn to cycle.
If you have questions about buying one of our LittleBig bikes, we’ve listed some common FAQs below to help you:
For children aged 2-7 years, the LittleBig is a unique 3-in-1 bike that grows with your child.
Starting as a small balance (pedal-less) bike, LittleBig first allows your child to learn how to balance and steer without pedals getting in the way.
Your child has outgrown the small bike? No problem. LittleBig’s unique frame inverts to increase both saddle height and handlebar reach.
As your child masters balance and steering, easy customisation converts the balance bike into a full pedal bike. Your child can go on using this frame size up to age 7, eliminating the need for new and expensive replacements.
Some normal bikes do have a limited range of seat-post and handlebar adjustment. Raising the seat-post has very little affect on the reach to the handlebars, resulting in a cramped cockpit that is awkward and uncomfortable to use.
LittleBig is different, the actual frame grows, meaning it can cover a much wider size and age range. In addition to its unique growing frame, LittleBig has all of the usual saddle and handlebar adjustments, meaning you can fine tune the fit for optimum comfort.
To see how much LittleBig grows, click here.
No, the LittleBig is 3 bikes in 1 that changes size, from the equivalent of a typical balance bike with 12 inch wheels to that of a 16 inch wheeled pedal bike. In addition to these frame adjustments, the saddle, handlebars and stem are similar to what you’d find on an adult’s bike so can be independently adjusted to further fine tune the bike’s fit. More sizing information can be found on our sizing and geometry page.
The LittleBig frame is made from 6061-T6 aluminium which is commonly used in road and mountain bikes due to its light weight and durability. It comes fitted with high quality parts like those you would find on a proper big bike. This results in a total weight of 5.1kg for the growing balance bike (including front and rear brakes) and 6.6kg for the pedal bike.
The lighter the bike weighs, the more easily it can be pushed along, lifted and maneuvered which will allow your child to have a happy experience
LittleBig’s low swooping frame allowed us to use 14 inch wheels. They provide a more stable ride and glide over bumps better than the 12 inch wheels found on ordinary balance bikes.
Kids can normally use the LittleBig from age two, then will progress to pedalling on the big bike around 4 or 5 years old. Obviously this depends on whether the child is tall or small for their age and their confidence and skill level. Some kids have started to pedal at 3 1/2 and others are enjoying riding the balance bike at 5 years old. The best way to gauge whether the LittleBig will fit your child is by reviewing the sizing in the different modes or contact us directly and we will guide you.
Video guides and printable instructions on how to assemble the LittleBig balance bike, and then convert it to a standard pedal bike can be found on this page:
We sell the balance bike and pedals separately so customers can choose to purchase the balance by itself if preferred.
It’s handy to purchase the pedals and have them ready in case your little wants to try pedalling. Sometimes things just click with kids confidence and balancing skills and you might want to strike while the iron is hot and try the pedals ASAP rather than waiting for us to send them to you. You also save the cost of posting the pedals separately.
No, there is not enough ground clearance in the little balance bike mode to add pedals. Typically, by the time children are ready to pedal, it’s likely they will have grown into the big mode. For more information on the LittleBig’s sizing, click here.
If you purchased your bike during or after August 2015, the updated version will fit your bike.
If you purchased the LittleBig bike before July 2015, you’ll need the original version of the pedal attachment. Just go ahead and buy the new, updated version, but make a note in the “order notes” section at the checkout that you need the original version.
What’s the difference? The original pre-2015 version is slightly wider than the updated version, so it won’t fit on the newer models.
Any queries, please get in touch and we’ll select the appropriate attachment for you.