Unlike any other bike, the Wishbone 3-in-1 bike evolves with your child's development over time. It starts whenever your child starts walking, as a push trike, then converts to a small-sized balance bike as the child grows, and by four to five years old, the wishbone frame is flipped, making the Wishbone Bike one of the largest balance bikes on the market.
With its beautiful, environmentally sustainable design & innovative 3-bikes-in-1 flexibility, the Wishbone is the ultimate balance bike!
Highly beneficial for development of motor skills and sense of balance for children between the approximate ages of 1 and 5. (Any Wishbone Bike rider must be capable of walking. Even if the rider is older than 1 year of age, if the rider cannot walk then he or she should not use this product.)
Adjustable seat height - 11 to 18 inches (28 to 46 cm) - the widest range available!
Bike weight - 8lb. 4oz (3.8 kg)
Eco-friendly sustainable design Every Wishbone Bike has solid wheels made from 60% post-consumer recycled plastic, is made from sustainably managed, ultra-durable European birchwood, and is bonded and finished with eco-friendly products. The bike box and all printed material inside is recycled and printed with non-toxic inks.
Light and portable Unlike a pedal bike with training wheels, the Wishbone is very light and portable. It's only 8.25 pounds, and easily lifted and carried with one hand. No pedals means it's relatively flat, and can easily fit in the back seat or trunk of a compact car with plenty of room to spare, or even be held in a rider's lap. It can easily be taken on public transportation as well.
12" pneumatic rubber tires. Not blackened with polluting carbon like standard tires.
Hardware that is built to last, and not loosen with time! Wishbone uses a high-quality metal compound in the manufacture of the capping nuts to avoid burring when they are unscrewed by hand. This strength also helps the screws bite well into the wood and hold strongly. Wishbone has also designed and custom manufactured parts for the bikes to avoid the hardware loosening. For example, you will see that the two capping nuts that hold the rear trike axle on are extra long - this is to avoid loosening and falling off. Wishbone also uses loctite on some of the bolts and nuts - this is a compound that is liquid on application and which hardens once the nut and bolt have been screwed together. It holds the nuts onto the bolts like a type of glue, except that by applying strong force you can still "crack" the loctite seal (that's what it sounds like when you do it) if you really want to unscrew the nut. (I asked the Wishbone people a lot of questions, and they were very detailed in their replies!)
Turning radius is restricted, preventing the front wheel from making sharp turns, a common cause of wipeouts.
Meets current US, EU, Australian and New Zealand safety standards
No sharp edges anywhere on the bike.
The Wishbone is not cheap, but it is intended to be a thing of beauty and excellent functionality that will endure for generations. If you look at the product manual (downloadable as a PDF here), you will see an "ownership certificate" near the end of the manual that offers a place for the first owner, second owner, up to the sixth owner to register their names and other info - this is a product to be handed down through generations.
Where do Wishbones come from?
The Wishbone was engineered and designed in New Zealand.
Does it come with a warranty?
The Wishbone comes with a standard one year warranty.
Is any assembly necessary?
Yes, there is some light assembly necessary to transform the bike to the configuration of your choice. The manual is very well-written and easily understandable.
General Balance Bike Info
If you need to stop or steady yourself, just put your feet down!
The child is fairly low to the ground, so has a much more stable center of gravity than on a high bike with training wheels where it is difficult to place your feet flat on the ground, and easy to tip over. In fact, my sons have tipped over and fallen off standard tricycles *many* more times than they have ever fallen over with a balance bike. Going around a corner fast, a tricycle can be extremely unstable, whereas on a balance bike the child's feet are close to the ground, ready to stabilize and rectify any loss of balance.
How the Bike Should Fit The balance bike rider should be able to sit on the seat and have feet flat on the floor WITH KNEES BENT. Balance bikes are not like a pedaled bike where the rider can typically barely touch the ground when seated. The ability to bend the knees with feet on the ground is crucial for proper balance, propulsion and handling. When the rider's seat is at or below the level of the knees, it's time to raise the seat!
Can be used indoors and out It's the perfect companion for trips off the beaten track, making rough and bumpy paths comfortable for the rider - a kind of all-terrain bike! My son rides over sand, grass, dirt...no problem. Every other vehicle gets stuck. Inside, there are no sharp edges to create havoc in the house, scratch floors or furniture.
On city sidewalks, super-maneuverable and lightweight balance bikes are fantastic. And because kids find riding balance bikes so much fun, walking through the neighborhood, jogging in the park, or going to the beach without a stroller now becomes a real possibility. Kids find it fun to whizz down to the corner store, or take the dog for a walk, or whatever activity they can bring their bike on.
Common-sense safety precautions:
Do not use without parental/adult supervision.
Explain to your child how to brake and stop the bike by using his/her feet.
We recommend that your child wears a helmet and other appropriate safety equipment when using the Skuut.
Please regularly check that all screws are still tightly fastened.
If you notice that this product has been damaged, do not allow your child to use it unless it is properly repaired.
For your child's safety and the safety of others, use extreme caution at all times.
Do not allow your child to ride near streets and intersections.
Do not let your child use the bike on a sloping area or steeply sloping sidewalk. Do not use in areas with obstacles, trees or traffic.