Background and Identification
A Big Wheel is a type of tricycle, designed for little ones to ride around outside. Big Wheels were first created in 1969 by Louis Marx and Company in Pennsylvania. Since its origins, the Big Wheel has captured the hearts of adventurous riders and cautious caregivers alike. The Big Wheel was, consequently, inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2009.
The Big Wheel is praised for being a low-cost alternative to other tricycles, mainly because it is made primarily of plastic. Additionally, the Big Wheel is a safer alternative to other options because of how low the rider sits in relation to the ground. While a tumble off of the Big Wheel is not an ideal end for an outdoor play session, it is certainly better than falling off of a full-blown tricycle.
Big Wheels have a large front wheel with two smaller rear wheels. Big Wheels have pedals, a rider’s seat, and handlebars. Classic Big Wheels are traditionally yellow, red, blue, and black in color, although other versions are available.
Specifications (16” Classic Big Wheel)
- Dimensions: 34.5 x 21.3 x 23.5 inches
- Weight: 7 pounds
- Weight Limit: 70 pounds
- Power Source: Pedal-powered