Choppy Wooden Balance Bike for Kids by Aldis Blicsons

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Choppy

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Wooden Balance Bike for Kids

INSPIRATION:
For Choppy’s designer and engineer team, this balance bike was the logical next step after their previous project - the Brum Brum Bike that received several awards for its appealing design and original packaging. Finally, they wondered if it was possible to create a sustainable product and one that could be assembled without tools. The packaging box is made out of FSC certified cardboard and put together without glue.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Choppy has an innovative and handsome design and is made for kids up to 4 years of age. It can be assembled as a construction game or building blocks without using any tools. Seat and handlebars can be easily adjusted to the height of the young rider. The springy bike seat protects the child’s back. The bike doesn’t have the standard metal bearings and not even a single screw, making it ultra-light. The inside of the box can be removed and used as a board game.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The balance bike features an innovative design without a single screw. Any adult can assemble the Choppy bike and adjust its height without using any tools. Moms will enjoy how easy it is to put the bike together, while dads or big brothers will find the assembly simpler than putting together Ikea furniture. Choppy is a great travel buddy, too, because it’s so handy to bring along on any family trip. The bike can be dismantled, packed neatly in the compact box, and stored in the car’s trunk or even the back seat. When you arrive at your destination, you can quickly assemble it and ride into new adventures.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in May 2016 and finished in September 2021 in Riga, Latvia.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Balance bike Choppy is the second product of an enthusiastic and friendly design and engineering team. After the success of our first balance bike - the award-winning Brum Brum Bike - we took up the challenge to make our next bike lighter, more nature-friendly, comfortable, and better suited for kids up to 4 years of age. We worked on the Choppy design for several years. We involved the RTU Design Factory innovation workshop in creating several prototypes until we found the ideal design and functionality. Several experienced Latvian manufacturers participated in finding the best materials, developing technical solutions, and creating the perfect packaging. Choppy is awesome, from the tops of its handle-bars down to the rubber on its wheels. In other words - from design to materials and even up to its packaging! The balance bike is made out of Latvian-produced veneered birch plywood. In Latvia, ancient woodworking traditions intertwine with modern and innovative solutions. The country also produces premium quality birch plywood that is used in most of Choppy’s components. The bike doesn’t have the standard metal bearings and not even a single screw. We were striving to make the kid’s balance bike as nature-friendly and sustainable as possible. That’s why the primary material of Choppy is wood — veneered birch plywood. Choppy is 100% manufactured in Latvia to avoid unsustainable long-distance transportation of materials. In addition to wood, the bike’s construction features different polymer composites and very little metal. The packaging box is made out of FSC certified cardboard and put together without glue. It’s durable and designed for long-term storage and transportation of the Choppy bike. The box can be used together or separately with its inlet with an adventure track printed on it.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Choppy: 750 mm x 350 mm x 460-470 mm Choppy box: 590 mm x 40 mm x 490 mm

TAGS:
Choppy, bike, Choppybike, lightweight, children, wooden, balance, plywood, Latvia, sustainability, toddlers

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
For Choppy’s designer and engineer team, this balance bike was the logical next step after their previous project - the Brum Brum Bike that received several awards for its appealing design and original packaging. After Brum Brum Bike’s success, designers continued experimenting with different technical aspects, e.g., making the bike lighter. They wanted to create an innovative balance bike that could be adjusted to the height of very young children. Finally, they wondered if it was possible to create a sustainable product and one that could be assembled without tools. So, Choppy was born, embodying all these ideas and so much more. We worked on the Choppy design for several years. We involved the RTU Design Factory innovation workshop in creating several prototypes until we found the ideal design and functionality. Several experienced Latvian manufacturers participated in finding the best materials, developing technical solutions, and creating the perfect packaging.

CHALLENGE:
We were striving to make the kid’s balance bike as nature-friendly and sustainable as possible. That’s why the primary material of Choppy is wood — veneered birch plywood. Choppy is 100% manufactured in Latvia (one of the greenest countries in Europe) to avoid unsustainable long-distance transportation of materials. Premium quality Latvian birch plywood makes up two-thirds of Choppy’s components. In addition to wood, the bike’s construction features different polymer composites and very little metal. Choppy’s packaging deserves a special mention - the box doubles as a board game having an inlet with an adventure track printed on it. It’s made out of FSC-certified cardboard and put together without glue. The packaging is durable and designed for long-term storage and transportation of the Choppy bike.

ADDED DATE:
2021-09-27 20:38:40

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Aldis Blicsons, Toms Grinbergs and Gatis Grandans

IMAGE CREDITS:
Aldis Blicsons, 2021.

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
EUPIO No 003703305-0001

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/Choppy.bike
CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
STUM Inc.

PROFILE:
STUM is a design workshop for ideas, development and prototyping of various kind of products. The creation of a full cycle of production technologies and processes. The starting of production, and the performance of sales and marketing activities. We make design for - toys, furniture, luminaires, active lifestyle products, household items, packaging, etc. The STUM team has already gained international recognition, receiving numerous awards for product and packaging design.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Choppy Wooden Balance Bike For Kids by Aldis Blicsons is a Nominee in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Choppy Wooden Balance Bike For Kids by Aldis Blicsons is Winner in Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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