The Big Wheels for Kids: A Little History, Big Wheels Models and a Funny Race
Boys and Girls, Get Your Big Wheels Here!
The Big Wheels riding toy for kids was extremely popular in the 1970s, but by the late '90s few were being made anymore.
Now, the Kids Only Company has brought this iconic toy back to the market for new generations to enjoy.
On this page, you'll find Big Wheels options for boys and girls in both classic and "princess" colors, as well as two Limited Edition Big Wheels.
I wish they made one my size.
Big Wheels: Then and Now
Me and My Big Wheel
I remember waking up that Christmas Day when I was five years old, racing downstairs and finding a shiny new Big Wheels waiting for me in the middle of the living room by the tree, with a large red bow on the handle bars. By the end of that day, I'd ridden it around the block at least a dozen times. Cold? I didn't care. I was thrilled with my new set of wheels. Do you have a similar memory?
Big Wheels for kids were originally created in 1969, the year I was born, when Ray Lohr took apart a tricycle and reassembled it upside down. This hot new riding toy was then introduced to the public by Louis Marx & Company.
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The Classic 16-Inch
One of the safest rides there is because of its low center of gravity
The last Big Wheels manufacturer to close up shop in 2001 was based in the U.S.
And now the classic retro model is once again available, 100% made in the U.S.A. with manufacturing taking place in Iowa and Michigan.
Like the original, all current models have three wheels and a wide base allowing for great balance with little to no chance of tipping over.
Other features include:
- a handlebar that a child can easily grip and keep a firm hold on as he or she increase speed
- highly resistant pedals
- durability that resists damaged from over-use
The Original Big Wheel
Same colors, same design, but now with new and improved safety features that are required in today's market.
Big Wheels are also available with 11-inch and 9-inch wheels for smaller riders.
The Classic 11-Inch Big Wheel for Kids
I remember riding so "energetically," I'd sometimes hit my arms or face with my knees. Or maybe I was just weird. But, yeah, I miss my Big Wheel.
The Big Wheel comes with a 47-Pack of weather-resistant decals.
The New and Improved Big Wheels - Includes stickers and hand brake.
Kids can fly around, spin and race without tipping over.
One reviewer writes, "I got this Big Wheel for my son's 3rd birthday. It looks just like the one my husband had when he was a kid. Everyone is very happy with this toy."
Big Wheel's LIMITED EDITION Hot Cycle Fashion Girlz 16" Trike
Perty, ain't she?
This Big Wheels with the classic design features a 3 position tall-back bucket seat. This model does not come with a brake or decals.
It has a 16" front wheel and steel reinforced fork.
The 11-Inch Princess Trike
The 9-Inch Princess Big Wheel
This Big Wheel comes with a 20-pack of weather-resistant decals. Some easy assembly is required.
They didn't have these colors when I was a kid.
The LIMITED EDITION 16-Inch "Purple Streak"
With angled handle bars for racing
This model does not have a hand brake.
While supplies last....
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© 2012 Deb Kingsbury