FAQ’s2019-10-14T11:07:35+00:00
Do you have Black Friday sales?2019-11-07T13:03:07+00:00

No we don’t do sales either for Black Friday, or any other time of year. We try and price our bikes with the best value possible all year, rather than having a higher normal price and discounting occasionally. We think this is fairer for our customers.

Sales are traditionally a way of getting rid of old stock, but as we don’t have model years, this is not a consideration. We’re also a relatively small business and don’t have the buying power of some of the larger brands.

We do like to take care of our customers and offer a refer a friend scheme. If you tell a friend about LittleBig bikes you get €15 back, your friend gets a €15 coupon too. Read more about the scheme here.

What is the LittleBig bike?2019-10-14T10:58:40+00:00

For children aged 2-7 years, the LittleBig is a unique new 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.

What is a balance bike?2019-10-15T11:18:39+00:00

LittleBig little balance bike side view red

A balance bike – also known as a strider bike, no pedal kids bike, running bike or training bike – is a bike without pedals that allows your child to develop their control, steering and motor skills with the confidence of having their feet near the ground. Your child can begin by simply walking with the bike (Fred Flintstone style!) and in their own time, learn to glide along happily with their feet tucked up behind them.

Once your child can coast along by themselves, the transition to a pedal bike is easy. With the LittleBig’s simple pedal and crank attachment, your child can learn to pedal without having to change bikes meaning more confidence, more safety and more peace of mind for you.

Do balance bikes have pedals?2019-10-14T11:00:56+00:00

Unlike a typical kids bike that most of us learned on, balance bikes don’t have pedals. Kids propel the bike forwards by pushing off the ground with their feet (like Fred Flintstone!). This means that kids can develop their steering and balancing with the comfort of having their feet on the ground. Once they have mastered balancing and coasting along comfortably, kids can progress to a pedal bike. Or in the case of the LittleBig, you can flip the balance bike into the big mode then add pedals so it becomes a proper pedal bike!

Are there different sizes available?2017-05-19T10:18:44+00:00

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.

Don’t all bikes grow?2017-05-19T10:18:44+00:00

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 it’s 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.

LittleBig overlay of big and little balance bikes

What does the LittleBig weigh?2016-08-29T16:29:26+00:00

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

What size are the wheels?2017-05-19T10:18:44+00:00

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.

What age is best for the balance bike and pedal bike?2019-10-14T11:03:31+00:00

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.

Should I buy the pedals with the balance bike?2019-11-01T10:08:57+00:00

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.

Can I add pedals in little balance bike mode?2019-11-01T10:11:42+00:00

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.

Will my child need stabilisers?2019-10-08T15:55:44+00:00

We would not recommend using stabilisers while your child is learning to pedal. Having started on a balance bike, your child should now be comfortable gliding along independently, so the transition to pedalling will be easy. Putting stabilisers onto the LittleBig bike would be a backwards step as your child would become used their support, undoing all the good work.  You can read more information on our post balance bikes vs stabilisers.

Can I add stabilisers to the LittleBig bike?2019-10-08T16:12:06+00:00

The whole premise behind balance bikes is that kids normally don’t need stabilisers (A.K.A training wheels) so the LittleBig is not designed to take them. Read why on our post balance bikes vs stabilisers.

balance bike versus kids pedal bike with stabilisers

While the stabilisers should fit on the wheel axle okay, there are usually a set of struts that link onto the chainstay (the main arm rear of the frame), but the chainstay on the LittleBig is large diameter so some of these brackets may not fit (though it depends on the brand). If you ABSOLUTELY MUST fit stabilisers, you may be able to get them fitted by your local bike shop.


Where can I buy a LittleBig bike?2017-05-19T10:18:44+00:00

The LittleBig is available from our online shop and we can deliver worldwide.

Customers in Spain can purchase bikes exclusively through SmartBikes network of specialist retailers. More info at http://smartbikes.es/

What is the retail price?2017-07-11T09:05:31+00:00

The growing balance bike will retail for €195 with the separate pedal attachment at €55 including free delivery to Ireland and the UK.

Customers from outside these areas, please check our delivery page or contact us for shipping costs and availability.

I live outside the EU, do I pay VAT?2019-10-08T15:51:52+00:00

Customers outside the EU will not be charged VAT but you will need to pay your countries relevant customs duties and taxes.

How Green is the LittleBig?2018-04-16T09:56:12+00:00

Quick answer: very!
One of our main aims as a company is to make the kids’ bikes business more sustainable through three simple steps:

  • considered design
  • reducing material waste
  • ensuring a long product life.

Our bikes’ durability means the excess energy needed to manufacture, transport and purchase replacement children’s bikes is vastly reduced.

Where are the LittleBig bikes made?2019-11-06T12:42:15+00:00

Like most adult and kids bikes, the LittleBig bikes are made in Asia, namely Taiwan and China. We deal with the factories directly and have a long term personal relationship with them.

The bikes are imported into Wicklow, Ireland in separate parts: frames, forks, wheels, handlebars, stems etc. We then inspect, hand assemble and pack the LittleBig, ensuring it arrives with you in perfect condition.

Which pedal attachment fits my LittleBig balance bike?2016-08-29T16:34:22+00:00

If you purchased your LittleBig balance bike before July ’15, the original version will fit your bike.

If you purchased your bike during or after August ’15, the updated version will fit your bike.

What’s the difference? The original 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.