LIKEaBIKE Wooden Bikes

When most parents see a LIKEaBIKE for the first time, they ‘get it’ straight away. It’s such an obvious and simple idea it’s a wonder why nobody had thought of it before. In fact, wooden bikes without pedals are nothing new, the LIKEaBIKE is a 21st Century update on the very first bicycles designed almost 200 years ago.

In 1817, Baron Von Drais invented a ‘walking machine’ that supported his body weight whilst enabling him to get around the Royal Gardens faster. Two same-size in-line wheels with front steering, mounted into a frame which he could straddle. He propelled his contraption by pushing his feet against the ground to create forward motion in the form of a gliding walk. The machine became known as the Draisienne or Hobbyhorse and was made entirely of wood, including the wheel rims.

Although the LIKEaBIKE is not actually so revolutionary as it first seems, our 21st Century update is so child-friendly and adorable, it’s the perfect introduction to riding. With a LIKEaBIKE, children playfully gain a sense of equilibrium and control, whilst naturally learning to balance so they’ll never need a bike with stabilisers. With its simple design, LIKEaBIKE teaches balance and control at a much earlier age than traditional cycles with training aids, rapidly paving the way for progression to a standard pedal cycle.

The LIKEaBIKE Design

You’re probably reading this right now because you’ve been astounded by a toddler in the park whizzing around on their little LIKEaBIKE and you simply MUST have one for your own child. This is the way most other parents discover LIKEaBIKE too, so join the club!

The fabulous design and construction of the LIKEaBIKE is credited to Kokua Holzspielzeug, a small business run by the Mertens family in Roetgen, Germany. The Mertens realised that the best way for a child to learn to cycle is not to use stabilisers, which simply prevent the child developing a proper sense of balance, but to remove the cranks entirely and use their feet for stability. They replaced the traditional steel frame with a lightweight wooden one and created LIKEaBIKE, the perfect trainer wooden bike.

The attention to detail with LIKEaBIKE is superb. The frame, fork, wheels, handlebar and saddle are beautifully crafted from high-quality birch or beech plywood and treated with a tough varnished coating which fully complies with strict child safety regulations. There are no sharp edges and no places for little fingers to get trapped. The steering is ‘damped’ by soft felt pads to prevent over-steering, which is a common cause of accidents with traditional toddler bikes. The wheels run on quality grease-free sealed cartridge bearings and have non-marking tyres for use indoors and out. Most models have inflatable pneumatic tyres, although the original ‘LIKEaBIKE Racer’ model has solid ones, which are more suitable for smooth surfaces.

LIKEaBIKEs are so well built that the manufacturer provides a two year unconditional warranty; astounding for a product aimed at 2-6 year olds! Your child’s LIKEaBIKE wooden bike is made to last and you can be assured that it will still be fit for handing down to younger brothers and sisters when they are ready.

LIKEaBIKE Wooden Bike Range

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LIKEaBIKE Badger

The distinctive black and white trim of the LIKEaBIKE Badger wooden bike is suitable for both boys and girls, and has proven to be extremely popular.

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LIKEaBIKE Forest

With it's chunky pneumatic tyres, beech frame and green trim, LIKEaBIKE Forest is the perfect companion for trips off the beaten track.

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LIKEaBIKE Jumper

With it's aluminium frame construction, the new LIKEaBIKE Jumper from Kokua represents a radical departure from the original LIKEaBIKE Racer.

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LIKEaBIKE Mountain

The LIKEaBIKE Mountain is one of Kokua's most popular wooden bike models and is the perfect companion whether riding in the park or tackling grassy slopes.

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LIKEaBIKE Mini-Mountain

The LIKEaBIKE Mini-Mountain is the perfect answer if you're itching for your child to own a LIKEaBIKE, but are not quite sure if they are tall enough yet.

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LIKEaBIKE Mountain Maxi

Kokua released LIKEaBIKE Mountain Maxi to meet the demand from those learning to ride at an age not covered by the standard models.

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LIKEaBIKE Mountain Midi

The LIKEaBIKE Midi is third in size of the LIKEaBIKE Mountain wooden bike range, being the next bike up from the classic 'Mountain'.

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LIKEaBIKE Mountain Wing

The LIKEaBIKE Mountain - now with wings! This 'winged' wooden bike is the same size as a regular LIKEaBIKE Mountain but has built-in foot rests.

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LIKEaBIKE Puffin 'Limited Edition'

Now discontinued, a former exclusive to the UK market, Kokua produced the limited edition LIKEaBIKE Puffin wooden bike.

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LIKEaBIKE Racer

The very first LIKEaBIKE, its unmistakeable style and minimalist lines surely rank this gorgeous child's wooden bike as a design classic.

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LIKEaBIKE Spoky

Kitted out with 12" pneumatic tyres, the quirky little LIKEaBIKE Spoky is the only wooden bike from Kokua to have 'spoked' wheels.