INTRODUCTION TO OUR STORY by Kia:
So, I bet you are wondering how Crikey Bikey® began? Well, back in February 2014, Sky entered a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) competition and very surprisingly, she beat everyone else in the school and won!
Mum asked her if she wanted her invention to become a real product. After thinking about it for about five seconds, she said “yes”!
The Crikey Bikey® bike harness is now on sale in national shops and has helped hundreds of children learn to ride their bikes!
We have learnt about many different aspects of business and it has given us some really exciting experiences - we’d definitely recommend starting your own business!
Sky tells our story below:
THE CRIKEY BIKEY STORY by Sky:
When I heard my holiday homework was a school competition to invent something, I thought “cool, I am definitely going to go for it"
At first I didn’t know what to invent but while I was in the park I noticed a man helping a little boy to learn to ride his bike. He was bending over the bike and trying to run while holding the saddle and a handlebar. It looked really uncomfortable for him and I could see that the boy wasn’t learning to balance because the man was holding the bike too much. I remembered how my Mum taught me by doing the same thing, except she got fed up of trying to run bent over and pushed me down a slope hoping for the best! Of course I fell off and cried! I didn’t want to do it any more after that. That’s what gave me my idea...
I started thinking of ways I could help the man and also make learning to ride less stressful for the boy. First I thought of using my dungarees and made a handle across the straps. This idea was rubbish because when I tested it, it gave me a wedgie! Then I sewed a handle on the back of my coat. This didn’t really work either because when someone held the handle the zip dug into my neck and I felt like I was being strangled! Eventually I decided to make a harness with a handle which fastens round the waist. First I drew it and then my Mum ordered some webbing fabric and some fasteners from the internet for me. I made it with Mum’s sewing machine with her help – it took me two days to make but at last the first stage of the Crikey Bikey harness was created...
Watch this video to find out more (the harness in this video is a prototype – the one you can buy is even better!).