For the world's poshest 3-year-old: Bentley now makes balance bikes

By DPA | 16 May 2021


LONDON: The most exclusive way of teaching your children to ride a two-wheeler is to buy them a Bentley pedal-less balance bike.

Being the fanciest kid on the block does not come cheap of course, and Bentley is charging £450 (RM2,616) for this premium ride.

That could be seen as decadent, except that it's a snip compared to the marque's cars which start at US$202,000 (RM834,000) for the Continental GT.

Neat features include handlebars in a diamond-quilted design along with a lightweight magnesium frame (650g). Total weight is 4.55kg, making it heavier than some lighter (and cheaper) balance bikes.

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Then again, most buyers will be paying for the Bentley name emblazoned on the frame and eco-leather seat to make sure all the other parents don't miss it.

Bentley said the bike is suitable for children from 3 years and upwards. They can use it learn how to balance on two wheels while building confidence on a bicycle. A special safety locking brake provides greater stopping power.

The catalogue lists four colours for the bike to match the paint palette of full-size Bentleys - Sequin Blue, Onyx, Glacier White or Dragon Red.

Now most pedal-less starter bikes for kids cost a tiny fraction of the Bentley version, but designer Chris Coke said this one is different: "The balance bike was designed with the same level of detail that goes into every vehicle."

Avid owners can already buy a Bentley trike, teddy bears, blankets, ride-on cars, wooden garages and puzzles.

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