Auto-Biography: Getting Rid Of the Best Built Kid’s Mountain Bike and Trikes Ever

The time has come to get rid of the kids’ bike, trikes and wagon. They didn’t want them, and I needed the space. But it’s hard to let them go as they were the very best-built of their kind, virtually indestructible. That’s not exactly a common quality in kids sidewalk toys and bikes, although I’m sure there are probably some exceptions, at the right price.

This 20″ mountain bike may look pretty average at first glance, but this one, from about 1988 or so and built in Taiwan, is built to the same standards as a high quality mountain bike back then. And after two boys, it’s still in almost perfect condition.

I should say three boys, as I used to ride it around our one acre spread regularly, including with one or the other boys on my shoulders.

Did we ever try it with all three on board? I wouldn’t be surprised.

A long dead brand, I assume.

I got a mountain bike after we moved to Oregon, and my younger son and I did some nice rides way up in the Cascades.

But the bike is fragile compared to this trike I picked up at a yard sale. It must have been made for a commercial preschool or something; it’s built out of the thickest steel imaginable; practically solid through and through. Even the seat is thick steel. Heavy, but utterly indestructible.

The German Brio stand-up trike-scooter is very solidly built too, but feels almost flimsy compared to the tricycle, if that’s possible.

And the classic wooden wagon too, also still in quite good condition given the abuse it got. It was often hitched to the back of the trike to haul younger kids or toys or whatever.

I put them all on Craigslist, for cheap, and the bike quickly found a good home; a mom looking for a rugged bike for her kid. $20 nominal price. The wagon went too. But the trikes are still here. Too plain and old-fashioned? Too rugged? No electric motor?