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June 5, 2008

This Week In Like-A-Like-A-Bike News

The Like-a-Bike knockoff scene is suddenly hopping for some reason. To wit:

  • A retailer recently commented on the original DT post about the Skuut--the one that busted them for knocking off the Like-A-Bike in China, and the one which called out the so-called toy industry experts at Dr. Toy for giving the Skuut a Best New Ride-on Toy Award of 2006, as if the original Like-A-Bike hadn't been around for almost three years, that post--saying that orders weren't being delivered, calls and emails weren't bein returned. It's not like a Skuut requires a lot of after care from the dealer, but if you're planning on getting one, just make sure your retailer actually has it in stock.


  • Maybe Skuut's just in China, picking up a new containerload of merch. I got a proposal this week asking if I'd like to go in on a 40' load of walk bikes from the Jolly Arts & Crafts Manufacturing Co. in Ningbo, China. Minimum order's 650, but if we order just 1,300 bikes, the price drops from $19.50 to $19.20 apiece. I'm going to pass, but if you can find 1,298 friends to go in with you, you can beat Skuut at their own two-thirds off game.


  • Or maybe Skuut just got scared off by Toot Scoot, a new walking bike competitor created by a BMX-riding dad in Wichita, Kansas. While a dad-invented, Made-in-USA walking bike would be a great marketing angle, I suspect that the $80 price tag points back to Ningbo. Either way, Naomi has promised to post a review at Superdumb Supervillain, so stay tuned. [tootscoot.com]

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  • comments

    To be fair, Greg, I think that Holz-Hoerz has been making their Pedobike since the early 90s, and so Like-a-Bike is not exactly original itself.

    [thanks, the PedoBike-LikeABike rivalry has been discussed on DT before. I just forgot to link to it. PedoBike has all sorts of accessories like ski attachments which trump LAB, that's for sure. It's like the Bobux/Robeez/Everyone else deal. -ed.]

    posted by: Adam at June 5, 2008 9:48 PM

    OneStepAhead has been carrying a "wooden training bike" for a few months.


    posted by: Mike at June 5, 2008 10:50 PM


    and now another genius AMERICAN dad has invented a balance bike too!

    posted by: Nelson at June 5, 2008 10:55 PM

    Local Detroit parenting mag mentioned these folks:


    Who knew?

    (Looks like the OneStepAhead model I mentioned above is the same as the Smart Gear. Interesting: runbikes.com gives the same mailing address in Sylvan Lake, MI, as elitecarseats.com.)

    [runbikes.com is part of tiptopturtle.com, which is apparently part of niche retail, who also operates ECS and joggingstroller.com. -ed.]

    posted by: Mike at June 6, 2008 8:03 AM

    Don't forget that Kettler has been making a foot-to-floor bike called the "Sprint" for a number of years.


    posted by: Chris at June 9, 2008 6:03 AM
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