Balance bicycle

Physical and mental abilities and size of children develop rapidly during the first years of life. In these years they explore and get familiar with things of their everydaylife.

The balance bicycle »Fridolin« is made for children aged two to five as a preliminary to learn pedaling/cycling. It offers multiple driving positions and characteristics that can change according to the size and ability of the child. The central points of the bicycle are 3d-printed pivots on both ends of the frame. They enable parents to adjust the saddle to the adequate height and to modify the angle of the head tube. As a result of these adjustments, the distance between saddle and handlebars also changes. The bicycle grows together with the child.
Main emphasis in this collaborative project with Philipp Witte was to develop a balance bicycle that provides an easy handling for children and parents and to rethink ways of construction and materials usually used for bicycles in terms of adjustability and sustainability.
Inspired by clownish characters the naive appearance of the frame and colours of the bicycle corresponds to the learning process. 3D printed pivot points maximize the adjustability of the bicycle.

©Heinrich Ehnert, 2017