The truth is finally out there. Kids learn to ride faster and in more safety if they’re allowed to learn to ‘scoot’ crankless and stabiliserless bikes. (Nearly) every German child grows up with a Like-A-Bike and is riding real bikes unaided by the time they’re three.
Steady Eddie is a small company making a birch plywood versions of the popular design with a couple of interesting features that set it apart. One is the integral carry handle for those inevitable bouts of ‘I just want to go on the swings, Dad’, the other are the tyres. They’re solid, but they don’t feel as lifeless or a gripless as those on some other bikes.
We also like the fact that each bikes comes with a pink and a blue removable seat cover, and the grips in particular are both well sized for 3-5 year old hands and also happen to be comfortable too. My tester Alex has been zipping about in the wet and dry with no slidey moments. Worth noting, as with all wooden bikes, if used in the wet, they do like to be thoroughly dried prior to storage.
We prefer the Steady Eddie over the Kiddiemoto on the basis of having better wheels and tyres and proper grips. It probably pips the Like-A-Bike too for similar reasons. The Steady is Alex’s favourite wooden bike with only his alloy framed Islabike Rothan splitting his allegiance.