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Bixie: Wooden balance bike for kids

Wooden Balance Bike | Sustainable Product | Eco-friendly | Minimalist Design

Bixie: Wooden balance bike for kids

Wooden Balance Bike | Sustainable Product | Eco-friendly | Minimalist Design

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About

Bixie balance bike is an all-natural design and sustainable solution to learn cycling. The balance bike looks like a real bicycle because kids want to look like their parents. Besides its great design, with the use of natural materials for its construction, the product improves environmental issues. The product is made for children from 1.5 to 4 years of age.

Dear Bixie supporters!

Thank you again for the support and for believing in our product.

We spent some time in the park having our product tested by our most important clients, children, who immediately fell in love with their new balance Bike.

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Beechwood

The beechwood is light and has excellent properties as construction wood for a bicycle. It is flexible, hard, but easy to process.

Bixie is made of European beechwood, and most of it comes from Slovenia. 60% of Slovenia is covered with forest, with beech as the most common tree. Wood is a renewable natural material, and that makes our balance bike eco-friendly, light and sustainable.

Natural Design

Bixie has a unique wooden frame made of natural solid beech wood. During the manufacturing process, we used as little wood as possible and just a small amount of glue. Bixie has a minimalistic design, unloaded from any unnecessary parts. Just like with everything else on the bike, we thought of natural wood finish made of natural wax & oils, which is entirely safe for children to lick. This natural cover is so safe it can be even used for wooden cups or woodcut boards.

Adjustable saddle height

Bixie has adjustable saddle height and has a unique seat clamp solution not seen anywhere else.

Open Seat Clamp

Like Fixie but Bixie

As the fixie is the oldest and purest version of a bicycle, requiring less effort to ride it than any other bike, can you imagine a wooden and kids-version of the fixie?! Bixie is made to look like a grown-up’s bike, yet it exhibits playfulness in its rounded design.

It is a smaller, simpler, and eco-version of the fixie bike that children will ride when they grow over Bixie.

Just 20km (12miles) away from our company is location of the oldest wooden wheel found on Earth

Short story

Andrej Kregar got the idea of creating a wooden balance bike when his daughter celebrated her 1st birthday. As she was going to use a balance bike soon, Andrej realized he could make one rather than buy it. He listened to his daughter’s wish to have a balance bike that looks like a real bike because children want to have copies of the things their parents have.

Trained as an architect and an industrial designer, he decided to design and develop a sustainable, natural and plastic-free bicycle for his child to grow with it. The designing process of Bixie was bumpy but fulfilling, to make something enjoyed by children, liked by parents and harmless to the environment and society. 83% of Bixie is locally sourced and locally made.

Lastly, Andrej and his team insisted on using wood since it is an extremely durable material and a valuable part of our heritage. The oldest wooden wheel in the world, the Ljubljana Marshes Wheel, was found only a few kilometers away from their studio. It is over 5000 years old and this whole time was buried in mud. Maybe the same thing will happen with our product, and hopefully, even after 5000 years, it will still be used by children.


 Product development


Healthy & eco-friendly product

Bixie is made by natural solid wood with the least amount of glue and wood. Glue does not have any harmful ingredients like the Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is often present in plywood products, like in the plywood balance bikes. Unlike plywood balance bikes, our product is completely Formaldehyde free.

Children's Balance

Children who improve their balance at a young age have better coordination when they grow up. It is the foundation for a healthy life filled with movement. Learning to keep balance is a significant part of children’s development, not just in sports, but also in other activities. Kids who use a balance bike are confident enough to move quickly and explore the environment by themselves.


With Bixie balance bike children learn to ride pedal bikes faster

Our balance bike is the right choice for your children. Unlike tricycles and training wheels, it is light and easy to ride, kids can move quickly and safely over uneven surfaces, providing them with much fun and independent riding before the time comes for pedal bikes. After having experience with the Bixie balance bike, kids will learn to ride pedal bikes in no time.


Keyring
Original Bixie balance bike

Unique Bixie with your child's name



Help us bring this project to life! Make Bixie available to every child and help them be healthy and become environmentally aware adults by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign!

Sure, Bixie will make a significant difference and improvement in the childhood of your toddlers, and we have the workforce to make it happen, but if anything comes along the way, be the first to know. Thank you for your support!

Bixie Team

Throughout the development phase, Bixie's innovative baby carriage "carried" 6 people with the desire for a genuine childish smile and preservation of the environment for the next generations, which is our main concern and task. Our creative team of designers, marketing strategists, carpenters and economists is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Each of the stakeholders of the process is qualified theoretically and practically for its work, and each one of them and the founder contributes essential ideas to make Bixie the most attractive, durable and useful balance bicycle on the market. Our goal is to create something beautiful, long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and, most importantly, safe.



I, (Andrej Kregar, founder) am thankful to all the people that helped me make Bixie a reality. Last year we worked on a prototype assembly, and now thanks to Peter and Murksli Custom Boards we made that prototype a reality. After that, the project began to grow like crazy, and the team that helped me was getting bigger and bigger. So, it is time to thank all of you for the support and even the smallest contribution to the project! I really appreciated it! Thank you Žiga Komperšek, Peter Vidmar, Blaže Ivanoski, Ambrož Močnik, Marko Bokan, Aleksandra Raspashkovska, Neza Presicek, Bor Jarh, Lovro Presicek, Žiga Četrtič, Ljiljana Janković, and to my Katja Istenič for making all the right decisions and getting us closer to realization.


Risks and challenges

We are fully committed to this project. It might take us longer than we initially expect, but we are sure to bring this project to life. We already have 500 balance bike wheels in our storage, so production will start even if our campaign fails. You can count on us to build & deliver what we promised and to be transparent of our progress.

Development Process
We have produced and tested the prototypes; however, when we start with the serial production, we might find unexpected issues or other drawbacks. We promise to be open and transparent in our communications regarding timing and design changes. About any design change that might happen, you will be informed.

Mass Production
Manufacturing a product like Bixie is complex. We found local manufacturers who will make the parts and tools, so we think that the process should run smoothly. Fortunately, we make the pieces locally, so we do not expect more significant delays when manufacturing process starts. We already have considerable experience in product development and manufacturing process, so we don't expect any significant setbacks here. Nevertheless, we can't plan everything. If the funding of our campaign is successful, we are strongly determined to ensure that everything goes according to our plan.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

Correctly designed and built wood structures are very durable. Our wooden balance bike Bixie is made from beech wood, which means that the products made of Beech can take a lot of pressure over time. The hard surfaces of beech wood products will resist gouging and chipping better than some other woods. Maximizing the life of our product Bixie will be assured by wax & oils cover for wood frame which protects the wood from weather and moisture impacts.

Reusability and recyclability

Product and its packaging are all-natural and they can be easily recycled or reused. Bixie is made of wood which is one of the most sustainable materials because it holds CO2. Usual artificial materials cause an increase of CO2 emissions, but wood can even decrease CO2 emissions. Wood can be reused in many ways.
We use a small amount of steel which can be recycled and just 2 grams of plastic. Plastic is used for only one inevitable part on the whole bike and that is valve caps and even those caps can be reused on other bikes or recycled.

Sustainable materials

Bixie is made from wood that is one of the most sustainable natural materials that reduces CO2 footprint. Wood is locally harvested and processed. The process is clean and does not make or use any hazardous materials or products. We covered grips and saddle with natural leather. We believe leather as a by-product of the meat industry is a sustainable product. Definitely locally made leather is more sustainable than using artificial leather or plastic.

Environmentally friendly factories

Our production process mostly consists of cutting wood where no harmful parts are made. Even glues that we use are not harmful to workers nor the environment. We are committed to use local factories and raw materials as much as possible to minimize transportation. We already have a committed partner in Kamnik, Slovenia to make this project a reality. Just 20 km away from our design studio.

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