Beijing-based electronics mammoth Xiaomi has just released another product, this time to please parents and put smiles on little faces. Through its crowdfunding platform, the Chinese company has developed an innovative and safety-conscious children’s bicycle, called the Qicycle. It is being manufactured by Xiamen-based Riding Technology, Ltd. The release provides consumers with a follow-up on last year’s Xiaomi foldable electric bicycle, which was also built by the same manufacturing company.
There are a couple of main selling points to the Qicycle. As a kids’ bike, you might expect that safety and developing cycling skills would feature prominently among them, and they do – but this innovation takes things even further. The bicycle itself has two forms. The first form is without pedals, and the second is with them.
A children’s bicycle without pedals might seem like a bizarre product to market at first, but there is a good reason for this unique design. Children who have recently learned to walk are often unstable on their feet. The pedal-less form of the Qicycle gives such children the opportunity to walk independently of adult help, without the fear of falling over. As they progress in their walking development, it familiarizes them with the bicycle in preparation for learning to ride. Once the pedals are attached, the child can begin to learn to ride as a natural progression from walking. Thus the Qicycle enables young kids to have independent mobility from a much younger age than usual.
Safety concerns are a priority for parents when choosing a child’s first bicycle. There are so many aspects to look out for that it can be difficult to find a bicycle that covers all of them. That was, until the advent of the Qicycle. Xiaomi is really setting the bar for safety when it comes to children’s bikes. The Qicycle’s ergonometric design is completely free of sharp and rough edges that could otherwise hurt or injure a child. It has a soft seat and the entire body of the bicycle is covered with a soft foam. Braking is facilitated by an anti-slip handle bar which allows the child greater control over both steering and braking. The bike’s chain is also protected to ensure that it doesn’t come into contact with the child’s body.
Set to be released soon, the Xiaomi Qicycle will be made available for $87 (RMB599) from the Mihome crowdfunding platform.