First, there was the PedoBIKE (a rustic and rugged simple machine), then came the Like-A-Bike (sleek and smooth, it features minimalist design), and now, taking the innovation even further is the Wishbone ‘pre’ Bike. Answering the call for cutting-edge, sustainable options for kids, the guys at Wishbone Design Studio put together a convertible trike/low rider/big runner that is manufactured using 60% post-consumer recycled plastic, sustainably managed woods, eco-friendly bonding agents and non-toxic paints.
At first glance the Wishbone Bike looks like any other ‘runner’ out there, but closer inspection reveals what makes it special. Clever design allows an axle to be inserted into the rear fork, giving the runner the three-wheeled balance most toddlers need. When your little miss graduates from toddling to that heart-stopping, headfirst dash I call ‘the run’, remove the axle, replace it with a single wheel and the Wishbone trike becomes the Wishbone ‘low rider’. As your little one grows into a big one, you can flip the ‘wishbone’ frame, “making the Wishbone Bike one of the largest running bikes on the market.”
The Wishbone Design Studio has also recently collaborated with Neal Wittington over at P&C (Present and Correct) in order to release a limited edition version of the bike. Pictured below and, “scarce as hen’s teeth,” you can email the studio (info[at]wishbonedesign.com) to get details on how to procure one of these beauties.
Jennifer McIver at Wishbone Design Studio offers that the bikes are, “manufactured in China from European Birch wood.” But with a stringent sustainable oversight, the Wishbone designers are truly being modest when they call their creation “the ultimate pre-bike”. It retails for $249 at spunkysprout.