What is the LittleBig bike?
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 (pedal-less) balance 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. You can see more sizing information here.
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?
A balance bike – also known as a 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.
Where can I buy a LittleBig bike?
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/
Can I get the brakes switched to USA style?
Yes. Since we assemble the bikes in Ireland we can change the brakes to USA/ Canada/ Mainland EU style with the front brake on the left lever and rear brake on the right lever. To make the change just make a quick note in the “order notes” box at the checkout of our shop.
What is the retail price?
The growing balance bike will retail for €195 with the separate pedal attachment at €55 including free delivery to Ireland and the UK.
What delivery company do you use?
Deliveries are made using our national postal service AnPost who usually work with the national postal service of the destination country. Once your item is dispatched you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail and AnPost tracking code. When the bike arrives in your country the international tracking code (beginning in EF…) will show up and you can use this in the postal website of your country for more accurate info. For example, in the USA use www.usps.com, United Kingdom use www.parcelforce.com, and Canada use www.canadapost.ca. If you have any questions please contact us and we will help track your order.
I live outside the EU, do I pay VAT?
Customers outside the EU will not be charged VAT but you will need to pay your countries relevant customs duties and taxes.
Are there different sizes available?
No, the LittleBig is 3 bikes in 1 that changes size from a similar geometry and feel of a 12 inch wheeled balance bike, to a 16 inch wheeled kids pedal bike. As well as these frame adjustments, handlebar, saddle and stem are like what you’d find on an adult’s bike (but smaller) so can be adjusted to fine tune the bike’s fit to your little one’s body proportions. More sizing information can be found on our sizing and geometry page.
Can I add pedals to the little balance bike?
No, there is not enough ground clearance in the little bike to add pedals. Typically, by the time children are ready to pedal, it’s likely they will have grown into the big bike. For more information on the LittleBig’s sizing, click here.
Will my child need stabilisers?
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 about balance bikes vs stabilisers here.
Can I fit a kickstand to the LittleBig bike
The LittleBig’s unique frame design won’t take a typical kickstand that affixes to the frame in front of the rear wheel. It may be possible to purchase a kick stand that attaches to the rear axle, but best to seek advice from your local bike shop.
Can I get spare parts for my LittleBig bike
Yes we supply certain spare parts on our shop (tyres, tubes etc) but if you require another part please get in touch and we will help you. All our bikes are assembled in Ireland so we will always have parts in stock.
What does the LittleBig weigh?
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 manoeuvred which will allow your child to have a happy experience
What size are the wheels?
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.
Don’t all bikes grow?
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.
How Green is the LittleBig?
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.
Which pedal attachment fits my LittleBig balance bike?
What’s the difference? The original version is slightly wider than the updated version, so it won’t fit on the newer models.
If you have any queries, please get in touch and we’ll select the appropriate attachment for you.