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This memory was added on: July 15, 2011

Back in the early 80s I used to think I was the king of my dead end street racing back and forth on my BLACK PANTHER BIG WHEEL. It had an e-brake which allowed me to do 180 to sometimes 360 turns (if I was going fast enough). I'm excited to buy my kids their first big wheel, but only wish I could find them one with an E-brake like my old black panther. I rode mine so much that over half of the front big wheel was melted off showing big holes. Use to love riding it in the sand, peddling backwards fast enough to shoot sand at my brother, or friends. Perhaps that's one reason why my childhood friends never stayed in touch even though facebook or social media has made it easier for us all to stay connected.

Dino C

This memory was added on: January 8, 2010



This memory was added on: May 3, 2009

The year was 1973, we moved to a new neighborhood...you see, I was the fastest in our old "big wheel gang." That is when I met my match in the neighborhood with the home-schooled neighbor's around our block. They never let me ride their Green Machine...I was glad when they moved!

Thom C

This memory was added on: December 14, 2008

I can remember my first one in 1969, I use to love racing with all of the neighbor kids, all of the kids in my block of row houses had one, and they drove my mother crazy with the roaring and thunder of them coming around the house all together, we would all come around and hook slide into the gravel one at a time and kick up the dust, oh what fun memories, does anyone remember the wheelie? It was made by mattel also, toys are not like those of my time... I miss those times as a child.

Rodger S

This memory was added on: December 6, 2008

When I was 5 years old I had a Rambo big wheel. This was in 1987, my mom got it for me at K Mart for christmas. Anyway I remember one time riding my big wheel I almost died. Yes that's right, I almost died. I was sitting on my big wheel just chillin like a villin behind this car, all of a sudden the car starts up and starts to back up. So as this car is in reverse, it is pushing me back, I was sliding and tumbling. When it was over I was laying on my side, and I had peed on myself. Don't laugh, you would have pissed yourself too. Now that I think about it, this Rambo big wheel saved my life. I survived because this thing was plastic, instead of the car running me over, it just pushed me over. That car would have ran me over and possibly killed me if I was say on a tricycle. Thank you Rambo big wheel, for saving my life.

Chris P.
San Diego, CA

This memory was added on: September 19, 2008

I remember the good old days growing up in Brooklyn, on Ocean Parkway (1984). I was about five years old. I was the youngest of four children. All of them were either roller skating or riding two wheelers. One day to my surprise I got the best gift a child could ask for, "MY SMURF MOBILE". It was a baby blue Big Wheel with a giant smurf head between the handle bars. I was a speed demon. Suddenly I was reeking havoc on Ocean Pkwy. Your best bet was to get in my way. You could hear me coming a mile away though due to the spring in the back wheel though. Now twenty four yrs later, I have a 2 yr old nephew. Just so happens that two days before his second birthday I found a "BIG WHEEL" while shopping in Kmart. Needless to say I bought it. I just hope he enjoys his the way I enjoyed mine.

- Diona

This memory was added on: September 19, 2008

In our family, we had five children... and we ALL enjoyed the Big Wheel! I cannot count how many we went through, as we would regularly zoom down the hill and spin out.... quickly wearing out the side and front tire surfaces... what a blast! One day, our more adventuresome neighbor would plan his descents such that he would JUST make it in front of a passing car at the intersection. Me thinks that is part of why they were taken off of the market. What a blast!

McMurray, PA

This memory was added on: August 23, 2008

Nancy and Matthew,

I too had one of those! I’m 35 now and grew up in southern CA. I loved my ride on toys (and my pogo stick) I had a the regular Big Wheel, of course for making ice cream, a Green Machine, a Spin-Out 360 and the orange wheel thing! I wish I could find ones them still for my kids. (the big wheel and green machine still seem to be around) but… ahhh great memories.


This memory was added on: August 2, 2008

Hey Matthew Petre,

I had that same toy and LOVED it! You are the first person I’ve heard that knows this toy too. I always thought it was called “Big Wheels” but I can’t seem to find anything about it online.


This memory was added on: April 22, 2008

I grew up in rural NE Missouri in the mid to late 1970s and had a Big Wheel that was much fun, but my first wheeled machine was a little bit different plastic contraption. It was a round orange flying saucer looking thing that had two big wheels that you sat in between. There was a handle on each wheel and you used these to propel yourself. This thing was a blast being that it could go almost as fast as the big wheel, but you could turn in circles by turning the wheels in opposite directions. I would love to hear from someone else that had one of these... not sure what they were called.

Matthew Petre

This memory was added on: December 18, 2007

It was the early 70's and my two older brothers and two older sisters rode bikes. My brothers were the coolest, jumpimg curbs and ramps and anything they could. I wanted to be like them. Dont remember where my big wheel came from but I was MOBILE so it didnt matter. My helpful older brothers taught me to pull up on the handle bar to jump a curb. One day I was a block away, following my cool brothers and my sister off a curb and i pulled back too hard...over I went. The back of my head hit the curb. Next thing I remember, my sister was pushing me home. I was slumped over my big wheel with a huge knot on my head. My mom wouldnt let me sleep that night and I remember being extra tired. I still loved my big wheel and rode it until I could no longer fit. Wish I had one today...


This memory was added on: November 18, 2007

Like yesterday that unmistakable sound of my friends sliding around the sidewalk headed to my apartment in Dublin CA. And with a flash I yelled to my mom "I'm going outside" with one firm Kong-Fu grip on my big wheel handlebar and the other closing the door behind me. It's no surprise I went through 2 Dukes of Hazzard and At least 2 knight rider big wheels. We lived on the second floor apartment with a strait staircase of at least 30 steps and I slid me and my big wheel down those steps like I was Colt Seavers himself! I still hear the clatter made from the sidewalk gaps; and the fun I had ducking behind my night rider plastic windshield from the water of the sprinklers lining the walkways. I remember putting together my night rider the first time. All I cared about was putting that shiny red reflective strip on the front so everybody knew I was riding Kit. I got my first black eye on a big wheel. We were using our star wars light sabers as jousting sticks and I got knocked around quite a few times.

These poor kids these days. They grow up in a bubble. Half of them don't want, can't or aren't forced to play outside. I tried hard and long to find a suitable replica of a real big wheel last year. I gave up. I had to take the motors off of an old big foot just so I could go racing down Lombard street. And the worst part NO HANDBRAKE!

Just a crazy kid from the 80's

This memory was added on: October 6, 2007

Oh my gosh! I LOVED my big wheel. I would ride it on the sidewalk in front of our house and get it going as fast as my legs could pedal it and then I would slam on the brakes so I could slide sideways on it--which was my favorite thing to do. My mom and dad told me to quit doing that as it was wearing a hole into the plastic tire. BUMMER! What a great memory!


This memory was added on: June 4, 2007

I had my Big Wheel for over 2 years Having started out on a red tricycle, my career started back in 1976 when my older cousin taught me how to ride her Big Wheel and operate the brake. It took me some time but once I learned how the handbrake worked, I was hooked! Not long after that I was surprised to wake up one morning and discover a brand new Big Wheel in the middle of the living room with the parkay wood floors. I got on it, started riding it around and then once I gained enough momentum I would yank on that handle and make it spin out (like my cousin taught me) and now that I look back on that moment from 30 years ago, I remember my dad having this big smile on his face from seeing me have so much fun!

As the next couple of years went by, the Big Wheel made several transformations from being "showroom new" to the completion of that initial "break-in" period where I lost the streamers, then eventually the saddlebox lid on the back of seat. And as I grew up I went from all 3 positions of the seat holes to no seat at all. By then my tires were fully worn and broken in from the concrete and now I had a bigwheel that looked like everyone elses. Before that I felt a little out of place being that mine was new while everyone else had plenty of "milage" on theirs.

I never wore the front wheel down to being flat because I would use the handbrake for all my stopping. In fact that was still the only original part of the Big Wheel that did not get broken off or discarded. All of the other kids wanted to ride my big wheel because my front wheel was not "flat" and you could still spin out using the hand brake. Unfortunately my career with the Big Wheel abruptly ended when I let a bigger kid ride and the front forks broke away from the handlebars. Thats when I knew it was time to grow up and learn how to ride a bicycle.


This memory was added on: May 31, 2007

When big wheels came out I was too big to ride one but I thought they were way cool. I finally did get to ride one, in a way, with a custom version we designed. Big wheels were always winding up in the garbage when the front wheels wore out, as many other contributers have recalled. But the fat rear wheels were always fine. After Christmas there were plenty of old big wheels in the trash. My friends and I collected these. We unbolted and removed the front fork and handlebars. The remaining rear wheels and frame served as the rear wheels and cockpit of a rail dragster! We reversed the direction of travel of the big wheel frame, so that the curved part leading to where the fork was served as a back rest for the rail. We bolted a long plank, probably a 2x8, to the seat position of the big wheel. We bolted a baby buggy axel and wheels to the other end. We stapled shag carpet to the plank. We made four or five of these and drag raced them down a big hill in our neighborhood. I don't know how fast they were but they gave a great sensation of speed. They really did look like rails. We steered them with our feet and they did not handel well. We crashed alot and they were probably really dangerous, but a hell of a lot of fun.


This memory was added on: May 30, 2007

My brother and I both had Big wheels with the brake on the side. we lived on a big hill and we road down that hill probably a million times.We tried to ride double ..bad move...my leg rubbed the wheel all the down that hill it was pretty bad, but that didnt stop me from riding my Big Wheel...sure miss those days!!!!


This memory was added on: May 26, 2007

I have three sons whose ages are now 29-27-25 we were reminicing about Big Wheels just this past Mothers Day they all had some wild story to tell about their adventures on their beloved Big Wheel. Being two years apart each had gotten a big wheel handed down from their older brother obviously they were well "broken in" by that time. When one broke we would cannabalize it and make another sort of a Franken-wheel. The last incarnation saw us taking the front wheel off a broken neighbors tricycle to replace the the severely damaged one from the Davies Boys Jump of Death, a four foot plunge off the front porch! Yes every garage in America had one. They claimed that the reason that they sold so well was that they were voted safer by consumers reports than regular tricycles. Obviously they never met my sons! i was too old for them but that didn't stop me from the occasional cramped leg ride or two and wishing that they made an adult sized one. I have done some research on them as of late. Did you know that they sold over 80 million of them? PR and marketing pros still refer to the Big Wheel campaign as one of the top ten in marketing history and the big wheel as having world wide name recognition right up there with Coke and Pepsi!

1956 yeah baby

This memory was added on: May 18, 2007

Where I grew up we had a steep curvy driveway. I can remember going down the driveway and using my weight to make the big wheel go into a 360 spin. Then they came out with the one that had the hand brake and it was like they read my our minds. The hand brake didn't hold up to well though. It was easier to just shift the weight and turn the wheel. Oh, the good ole' days.


This memory was added on: May 17, 2007

I just took my Grandson to Walmart, I wanted him to have a big wheel and my son bought him a bike with training wheels...the boy isn't even 3 yet! We found a Tyco version that he fell in love with and he spends all his time on it, learning how to pedal is easier on the BIG WHEEL I think, however steering is a whole different concept! I remember how much fun my two kids had riding and I want that for my grandson

cool gam-ma

This memory was added on: April 25, 2007

Dude!!!I remember riding my Big Wheel until I'd pealed out and skidded to a stop so many times I have a flat spot that had worn threw on the front tire. Still I rode! Every time the wheel made a revolution it would, "thunk" and off I would go down the street! "Thunk, thunk, thunk." It was the best.:)


This memory was added on: April 19, 2007

i love the big wheels! i played on mine non-stop!


This memory was added on: April 18, 2007

Probably the best toy I ever had. My sister, cousin and I would ride these in my parents basement for hours. I learned to ride them on two wheels. My two sons have the Razor metal ones and have fun in our basement.


This memory was added on: April 17, 2007

I always wanted the Big Wheel in the above picture. My parents never allowed me to get one because they thought Big Wheels were only for little boys and NOT for Little Girls. I had every bike a girl could wish for but I did not care. All I wanted was the above Big Wheel! I would have exchanged all my bikes just for a Big Wheel! I loved the noise, the thrill, the entire PRODUCT!! I will make sure that my kids will get as many Big Wheels as possible and I will for sure buy my own Adult-Sized Big Wheel--I never had the chance to jhave my own until now. Thank you to the creators of the COOLEST TOy EVER and I am looking forward to get my OWN!!!!

June 1 1979

This memory was added on: April 14, 2007

There were about 8 of us on the block I grew up on that had Big Wheels. We threw power slides before the brake even came out. We would position the seat forward and stand between the back wheels and power the Big Wheel into a slide with our legs, no brake necessary. Anyone who slid this way; we are the Originals!

Anthony Trahan

This memory was added on: April 8, 2007

I had several Big Wheels, the most memorable being a horrid dark purple with a yellow seat and the awesome rear hand brake! I remember beating the mess out of my cousin Johnny when he demolished it. Not only did I 'make ice cream' with mine, but I also would sharpen sticks by grinding them to a point on those plastic tires.


This memory was added on: April 6, 2007

My brother and I shared a Big Wheel, KITT from Knight Rider! I have been looking for a pic of it online, it had an orange hand brake and was the dopest ride around! A friend of mine had a Big Wheel gang in his hometown, a whole group of them that would peddle around the neighborhoods...


This memory was added on: April 4, 2007

My sister and I had Big Wheels growing up in the mid-70s Loved them! We lived in PA farm country (little town called "Derry" - of all things!). Our house (original homested to the farm) was near the highway and had a awesome hill beside it. We'd come tearing a** down that hill and pull the hand brake just before hitting the edge of the highway. My dad always said there was an invisible line and we knew not to cross it but we came real close many times! My son has the metal razor low riding trike (close to the big wheel but just not the same...). The "Easter Bunny" just bought my 7 yr. old son and 4 yr. old daughter "Original Big Wheels" for Easter. Can't wait to squeeze my butt onto the seat and take one for a spin (lucky for me that i am only 5'1"!)!!!


This memory was added on: March 24, 2007

This is soooo cool!! I had a Big Wheel when I was 4 with the brake lever on the right side. You could do power slides all day long. then I got "The Cheetah". That thing was SUPER fast with cables and spring loaded hubs. The next was "Green Machine" Dang.... Those were the days. I still have scars on my head from those.

Christopher Binns

This memory was added on: March 18, 2007

We LOVED our Big Wheels! One with the brake lever and one without. Man we used to hall butt through the neighborhood! We would do power slides and eventually had to ride around with it limping due to the flat spot on the back tires!


This memory was added on: March 16, 2007

I remember mine!! :) it was green and had a brake on the side...the GOOD green machine, not the one with the gear shifts in front. I'm looking for mine. I don't like the green machine today...it's ugly and looks like crap.


This memory was added on: March 15, 2007

Just saw a neighborhood kid on a modified big wheel doing some outrageous power slides...To be young again!!!

This memory was added on: February 26, 2007

Was there another version of the Big Wheel that had a hand brake lever? You could lock up one of the back wheels and throw it into a sideway drift. Yeah man.

1966 NZ

This memory was added on: February 24, 2007

I had a Bigwheel with real big wheels in the back! Everyone in the neighborhood always wanted to ride it! I never seen one with the wheels so big in the back!I was on that thing zooming around corners and up and down the street every day nonstop! Loved my Big wheel!


This memory was added on: February 12, 2007

My son who is now 27 still talks about his General Lee big Wheel bike. He loved that Bike. One day when he was 5 years old, we had moved into our new home, and he had left his precious General Lee outside. Well, I told him he could get out of bed and go and get his General from the yard and bring it inside. A few moments went by and then I heard a loud scream. I ran outside thinking something bad had happened to my son. Well I guess it did in a way, because someone had stolen his General. Every since that day he has talked about his General. Every Christmas since. Well, He has two boys of his own now, and I though it would be great if I could find a General Lee to send to him for Christmas, so that he could have his General Lee back and share The General with his two boys. I still havent found a General Lee.

Dawn Gilliams

This memory was added on: February 11, 2007

Back in those days the back end of cars overlapped the sidewalk if they were backed in. My first accident riding my Big Wheel looking back at my friends and running into someones trunk! Those were the good ole days.......


This memory was added on: February 9, 2007

I had a cabbage patch kid big wheel. I can't even remember how old I was when I got it but I LOVED it!!!! One time, a boy that lived on my street stole it so I ran after him and he had the nerve to tell me it was his. There he was, sitting on a pink and blue big wheel trying to convince me it was his. Poor kid. I punched him and took it back!! Ha ha! No ones touches my big wheel!!My brother had one too. I think he had kitt from Knight Rider.


This memory was added on: February 5, 2007

I do remember this clearly...my brother would make a go cart out of the back tires off of 2 big weels and a 2 7- up crates....

Benjamin Aguirre

This memory was added on: February 2, 2007

no real memories here, now im only sixteen but i remember one child in my neighborhood in hawaii growing up had one and id always try to swindle him off of it so i kould ride it, i want one so bad im aktually gonna make one in my welding class ;)


This memory was added on: January 30, 2007

big wheels were awesome! my brother and i would drive them around the ping pong table in our basement in ottawa and we would drive them from the top of the driveway and then spin them near the bottom of the driveway! we always had the thunk thunk thunk problem and do you remember when your front tread would be all gone and you would try to go up the driveway but the tire would just spin and you'd have to walk it back up? there was one kid in the neighbourhood who thought he was bad because he had the green machine good times!! :D

steve brooks

This memory was added on: January 28, 2007

Me and my brother both had big wheels. My friend next door had the hot cycle. We were always competing to prove which was best the Big Wheel or Hotcycle. Hahahah. We had a problem of rounding off the wheel by sliding the wheel in a lock position on the concrete. Great times.


This memory was added on: January 24, 2007

I remember these coming out after I was too big for them. My little sister had one along with everyone else her age. When we were about 14-15 we would go to garage sales and buy these and remove the padals. We would install metal dowels for leg pegs and ride them down the steep hills in the Santa Cruz mountains. They would easily pitch into side slides and the rear tires were only good for a half dozen rides. I'd love to do that again. We reached some pretty incredible speeds.

Mike M

This memory was added on: January 7, 2007

My younger brother got one of these for Xmas one year, so I used to ride his. We lived in a neighborhood with a big hill in a small suburb of Boston. It was the choice hill for sledding when covered in snow and for go carts.

These Big Wheels were pretty cool! You could get going pretty fast, terminal velocity within 10 seconds, and when you realized you were running out of road or an on coming car was coming, it was time to fling this trike into a series of 360+ degree spins!

It's a wonder that any of us survived childhood in the 1960's & 70's. But we were more active than kids today, watching video games and TV all day. I wish they would come out with an adult version of this Big Wheels!


This memory was added on: January 3, 2007

I think I got mine for my 6th birthday, which would have been 1984. It was decked out in GI Joe guise, dark green with a gunsight and twin machine gun barrels above the handlebars....very sweet. One kid across the street had the General Lee, and another had KITT from Knightrider.

The house across the street was a funeral home with a circular driveway that went behind the house, so we had a nice racetrack to ride on, and of course we could also ride out into the street.

I can still reember the sound of little rocks bouncing inside the back tire with little holes in it. :)


This memory was added on: December 30, 2006

I remeber my Dukes of Hazzard Big Wheel....it was orange with a confederate flag on the back. They wouldnt even be dreamed of today.

I peddeled at fast as I could then pulled the brake scidding on the pavment.

I would give anything for one last ride!!


This memory was added on: December 30, 2006

I got my big wheel, fondly referred to as the (smurf moblie), for christmas when I was 4 years old. It was blue and white and had a big smurf head on the handle bars. It was the coolest. I rode it until I was too big and I had to remove the seat. I remember the frame scraping on the ground because I was was too big for it but I couldent give it up. I wore the wheels off of that thing. I made some great memories riding around the yard. my parents kept the box to store their christmas decorations in for years. It finally got ratty and they threw it away. I wish I still had my smurf mobile. it rocked!


This memory was added on: December 28, 2006

Kid bro had one of these too! I would have loved one, but Big Wheels were for BOYS.

Cactus Wren

This memory was added on: December 26, 2006

I envied the kids who could ride big wheels and do those 360 turns at the flick of the wrist.

I was too old when they came out but I did squeeze into one of the bigger ones and had a blast.

Every time I go to a store I look for one to buy for my kids but only find the crumby copies that are made of metal and small kid legs can't reach the pedals.

I want to get one for my 3 year old twins before they get too big to enjoy it.

big wheel dreamer

This memory was added on: December 26, 2006

Back in '89 I had a "Rambo" big wheel. This thing had two machine gun turrets in front of the handle bars. It also had an ammo box in the back, and it was colored black and camoflauge. That was one fun big wheel...


This memory was added on: December 25, 2006

wow... the days of the big wheel... I lived in a cove, and the kids where majority boys in a newly developing neighborhood at the time. Hence, we were all near the same age! Just thinking of the "voyages" and speed drills we went on..(from the Davis's driveway to the Johnsons and back) hahahaha... and let me not even begin on the hand brake...! darn kids have no idea, inside playing PS2 all day in the house!!


This memory was added on: December 21, 2006

Like all of you, I remember riding the big wheels on the street (when it was still safe to do that), wearing out the hand brake, getting the hole in the tire, getting your feet pinched on the pedals and doing the great spin outs!

I've been searching and searching online to find one for my nephew. But the reviews on the new ones are not very good AND...none of them come with the hand brake! Tell me people, what good is a Big Wheel without the handbrake? If someone has an "in" with a toy company, tell them if they want to make a killing next Christmas, manufacture the Big Wheel WITH the hand brake! All of us 40 something "kids" will buy them up!

Jenn B

This memory was added on: December 19, 2006

I wore out 3 or 4 big wheels. I loved riding leaning my head back while my long blonde hair almost drug the groung behind me. That is until the day when my hair got caught in the back wheel. All the neighbors were saying "we are going to have to cut her hair", but good ole mama made them take the whole back end off to save my hair. Needless to say the very next day I was riding again only this time my hair was in a ponytail ! Oh to be 7 years old again !

Wendy Nix-Baker

This memory was added on: December 19, 2006

I LOVED my Big Wheels! I was born in 1974 and never remember NOT having a big wheel. Over the course of my childhood I had three or four. My parents got me a new one a few Christmases in a row to replace the one that had worn out tires! The side brake and spinning 360s in my friends driveway were fun times. Saddly, in the summer of 1979 we had a substantial house fire that gutted our garage and my then big wheel was reduced to a puddle of goo. Thankfully, ignoring my fathers commands of always putting my stuff away my Green Machine survived by being outside. Ita was a very sad day when I finally outgrew that sucker. Sometimes I think I would trade in all my cool adult toys, my big screen, my car, my Xbox 360, just for a chance to go back to the spring of '79 and troll around the block in my Big Wheel with all my childhood friends!

Jason Altland

This memory was added on: December 18, 2006

What happened to the mini Big Wheel for those of us who were toddlers when the Big Wheel was the most popular toy? It looked exactly like the Big Wheel without the seat. I loved my Mini Wheels and Big Wheels and wore them all out. Some got broken by my older cousins, but luckily it just meant getting a newer one before Christmas! I want my kids to experience the fun of the Big Wheel, but they are too little for the 16" Original. If anyone sees a my first big wheel or mini big wheel, please post it. Thank you!


This memory was added on: December 17, 2006

I had two Big Wheels. My first one broke as a result of and I quote..."Mommy one of the Browne boys sat on it and it just broke in half..." the fork split from the chassis. The second one was a victim of the holes in the tires. Do you remember the little spring that made noise clicking on the back wheel. I think it drove every parent in the neighborhood crazy.


This memory was added on: December 14, 2006

I remember getting a big wheel for Christmas in about 1971. It seemed that everyone on our street would get up before dawn to see what they got for Christmas. We would be out in the bitter cold with our new toys. My mom says I rode up and down the sidewalk on my big wheel in just my pjs and almost froze to death. It finally fell apart and my Dad tried to fix the wheel with blue auto body filler compound but it didn't work. I was so sad.



This memory was added on: December 14, 2006

Wow. I didn't know this site exsisted, I found it through Google. And I am in complete bliss for the time. :D

I had a Big Wheel...an ugly purple (haha) and white Big Wheel! And as the other comment, I also had a big ol' hole come into my wheel too! Haha. It was like...how do you ride it withOUT getting a few good holes in your "built-to-last-tough" (hehe) plastic wheels?! ...And you know rocks always got in them! Hehe.

Thank you to whom ever for this site! I'm muchly in love with it! Hehe.


This memory was added on: December 12, 2006

I agree, The Chopperoo blew the big wheel away, as I recall it was chain driven and hauled ass. It was also made by marx, would love to see one fun times...

Brian W

This memory was added on: December 7, 2006

I loved my Big Wheel! I rode that thing until I had a huge hole in the front wheel.


This memory was added on: December 4, 2006

I had 3 big wheels growing up, loving all of them. I believe I had a Marx (or the like) first, then some other similiar replacement- both having the easily removable seat back, and finally a "CHiPs" licensed one complete with front hand brake. (this had a screwed on seat with narrower frame design). I bought that one myself and I think I remember it costing around $25.00 at Ames.

I also remember friends having a Green Machine, Spinout 360 and other licensed ones like Spiderman, etc. Later ones (after my time) came along like Dukes and Knight Rider. Good stuff.


This memory was added on: December 3, 2006

Does anybody remember the Chopperoo? It was the best, blew away the big wheel. If someone knows where they sell them please let me know. Would love to get one for the kids.

Brian Earle

This memory was added on: December 3, 2006

in 1977 i played in a park in front of my house. my cousin put my big wheel on top of the slid with me on it. when i went down i slid off and into the fence. i will never forget it. i was four.


This memory was added on: December 2, 2006

I remember the (I also called it a) Moon rover. But through search I don't think that was its real name. I had a white one, and a pink one. I have been desperately trying to find this toy. If you or anyone has any info please let me know.


This memory was added on: December 1, 2006

Nothing more fun than a Big Wheel and some loose gravel!

wade masoner

This memory was added on: November 28, 2006

One memory of the big wheel i have is i was riding one...and i went under a tree with a low branch...grab the branch...the big wheel went out from underneath me and ran over my little brother...it knock him flat of his butt...seem he was like 4 at the time...i thought it was hilarious...my mom didnt think so...;)

Heather Jo

This memory was added on: November 27, 2006

I never got a Big Wheel. It was the only thing I ever wanted for Christmas. Every year I would beg for one, and every year I was disappointed. All the other kids in the neighborhood had Big Wheels. They would hold Big Wheel races, I couldn't join in, wanna know why:? Cuz I did'nt have a Big Wheel. I'm 41 years old now, and as you can see I am still having issues with this.


This memory was added on: November 23, 2006

In the early 70s I rode these things until exhaustion. I must have went through 3 of them! I always hated having the pedals pinch my feet:) I always remember how the wheels wore out. Middle first and then eventually the sides would collapse. Funny stuff.


This memory was added on: November 21, 2006

I loved my big wheel. Santa brought me a big wheel and a red football helmet for Christmas. I rode for hours up and down my street in my pink frilly gown and "helmet." Boy, I was one cool chick!


This memory was added on: November 20, 2006

Many memories riding through out the neighborhood. All my friends had one so we were the big wheel gang, except for the spoiled kid Jimmy who had both the big wheel and green machine(lucky bastard) Remember how loud they were rolling across the pavement. I wanna go back!!!!!!!


This memory was added on: November 16, 2006

i had dukes of hazzard big wheel. bo and luke duke had nothin on me!


This memory was added on: November 13, 2006

I had a Strawberry Shortcake Big Wheel when I was about 5, in 1985, and my God, did I love that thing. I think it even smelled like Strawberry Shortcake's products did, which is to say, a little sweet and strawberry-y. I loved it so much, I'd tie my baby dolls to the back of it so we could all go for a ride. Then something happened to the old Big Wheel -- it may have been left out for a season or two -- and the magic was just gone. Sigh.


This memory was added on: November 10, 2006

Not about a big wheel per say, but when I was about 8, in 1978, I had a white six wheeled type of big wheel. I always called it the moon rover. It was made out of hard white plastic, and it had six big black wheels.

Does anyone remember this pedal car, and what it was called?


This memory was added on: October 30, 2006

I loved my big wheel. I remember taking the backrest off when I became to big, to give me another 6 months of riding. I wore the wheels through on mine. All my friends had 1, and it was our main mode of transportation. We also turned it upside spun the wheels and made "popcorn" with grass blades, etc. I wiped out so many times going down "dare devil" hill...we ended up picking our feet up, because we couldn't pedal fast enough down the hill. slamming on the rear wheel brake and spinning out of control..loved it


This memory was added on: October 16, 2006

The Big Wheel was the greatest toy ever! I got mine in 78' or 79'. I had the CHIPs Patrol Big Wheel. It had a siren and a toy cb radio. It also had the spin out thingee on the back. I rode that thing till it literally fell into pieces. My parents would detach and hide the siren b/c it was so loud and I would ride for hours with it blaring. I remember the front wheel split into two pieces and my dad took the front wheel from my cousins (who never liked hers) and put it on mine. She had the pink barbie one! Imagine how funny I looked riding around with a CHIPS bigwheel with a pink front tire.

I can't wait till my daughter gets big enough to have one!!!


This memory was added on: October 12, 2006

wore the wheels out!!!!! Oh I loved my big wheel.....awesome. wish they made one for adults. I'd buy one...no matter the cost! I loved being a kid....dang I feel old


This memory was added on: October 10, 2006

Like someone mentioned before, there was an awesome KITT version (Knight Rider), which I had. Man, I rode that Big Wheel to death. I know it would make collectors cry (heck, it even brings a tear to my eye), but it was worth much more to me as a kid. I got many miles out of it. =)

Rich D

This memory was added on: September 7, 2006

When I was 14 we tied the big wheel onto the back of my Honda SL-70 dirt bike. Then we rode the dirtbike hard! The Big Wheel would get airborn on bumps in the yard. It was so much fun. Eventually, we destroyed the Big Wheel because it crashed and rolled so many times.


This memory was added on: September 6, 2006

My babysitter tied my big wheel to her bike with a dog leash and pulled me around my gravel driveway -- until I spilled over and scrapped up the side of my face -- that required a trip to the hospital (no stitches required; it was just one huge brush burn).

mr john

This memory was added on: September 2, 2006

I went down a hill. my leg went under the back tire and i scraped up my knee.


This memory was added on: August 23, 2006

My brother and I got these for Christmas one year- must have been the very early 1980's as I was born in 1977 and he in 1979. I think they were our favorite presents of all time with the exception of our radio flyer wagon which we roped to the Big Wheels and dragged around. We made "ice cream" as well- total mystery where we got that because we lived on 110 acres in upstate NY with no other kids for many miles of "country blocks". The closest kid was about a 5 minute car ride away and she had a regular boring old metal trike! I wounded myself many times on my pink daisy ride with streamers on the handlebars including ripping my thumbnail off more than once while spinning out and tipping over! A dirt and stone 1/3 mile private driveway with 3 nice hills will do that to you! My brother had the black and orange/yellow striped BMX type version and I wished I had his as I was not that girly as a kid! I just bought my 2 year old the new version in the "hot wheels" blue, black, and green although I feel as if she is not going to enjoy it as much without the hand brake option when she is a little older. I had no idea that the original model is back on the market- do they have the brake? My daughter still can't reach the pedals anyway and uses it like a ride-on so I also wondered if there was a smaller version- I really want to show her how to pedal! I would also love to have adult size Big Wheels for me and my husband- how fun to go riding as a family!!! Unfortunately, they all seem to be sold out or discontinued- any suggestions would be welcomed! Cheers to all the other 80's, gen X, XY, or the few Ys that remember and love these fabulous toys. I think our old toys rocked!!!


This memory was added on: August 17, 2006

I remenber when I was in kindergarden we were allowed to select a toy in the playground. I would always choose the Green Machine. I think it was in the same class as the Big Wheel. Does anyone remenber the Green Machine?

Morris Supple

This memory was added on: August 16, 2006

I had several big wheels as a kid because I rode them so much the wheels would wear through or fall off. My best and most memorable was my SpiderMan big wheel. It was geared like a Green Machine, with rear wheel steering operated by levers. It was red and white and did burn outs! I will never forget the scraping sound of the wheels on the concrete drive and the many hours of fun I had right there in my driveway. I want to get an adult sized Green Machine but in the meantime, my big red car that does burn outs will have to do!


This memory was added on: August 14, 2006



This memory was added on: August 11, 2006

I remember riding up and down Pleasant St. in Norwalk,Ohio, where I grew up, with a big group of neighborhood kids. We were like a Big Wheel gang. I'll never forget the neighborhood "crazy lady" coming out of her house and yelling at us for riding our big wheels over her ants on her sidewalk in front of her house! We all just stared at her, like "is she for real???" I loved my Big Wheel and I remember the day it died. I felt so sad because I knew it was the end of my Big Wheel. A few days later my grandpa got me my first big bike. But I'll always remember my Big Wheel! My husband just brought up that he got his first kid wound/battle scar from getting his foot caught underneath the back wheels on his. he loved his too and today we are going to an auction to bid on an authentic BW for our nephew to enjoy!


This memory was added on: August 9, 2006

I never had a big wheel but my cousin had the KITT one. If anybody can find a knight rider big wheel in good condition I will buy it for the right price though. Just email me if anyone finds one or is willing to sell theres.


This memory was added on: August 6, 2006

My big wheel had a cool compartment in the back I used to put all kinds of stuff in there.....I also remember it having a little lever on the side so you could be jamming down then sidewalk then pull the lever and if spin around....it was a blast!!!!!


This memory was added on: July 26, 2006

I never had a Big Wheel my friends did. I had a yellow and red toy that I sat in the middle between the two big red wheels and cranked them by a handle held in each hand at my side. It was yellow and circular shaped. Does anyone remmember that?


This memory was added on: July 16, 2006

I fondly remember the days of old when I would ride my big wheel all around my grandmother's neighborhood. We used to have the big wheels with the saddle bags on the back and would keep our lunch in them so we could eat while riding. It is sad to see that today's kids are always inside playing on the computer or watching tv as when we were kids we were always outside riding the big wheel, the green machine, or the huffy bandit bycicle. I am glad that I was able to grow up in the 70's as a child as this time was still innocent. Today is much more hectic and chaotic! Miss the days of old!

George W. Taylor III

This memory was added on: July 15, 2006

I LOVED my Big Wheel and it has been the topic of many conversations in our house over the years. Seems my brother and I would ride them down a hill behind our house and everytime I went down the hill I ran into a big tree at the bottom. I would just get back up and go down again...I was nothing if not persistent!!ha


This memory was added on: July 14, 2006

I was too old for Big Wheel -- would have loved one, though!


This memory was added on: July 5, 2006

I LOVED my big wheel! I had the Dukes of Hazzard one with the handbreak. I rode this thing EVERYWHERE, especially in the church parking lot behind my grandmother's house! I remember it as if it were yesterday the "tick tick tick" of the back wheels, the sliding when you pulled the break at top speed, and of course, turning it upside down, and making ice cream. Ahhh the memories! My parents still have it, and we just brought it down out of the attic last Sunday. My son is 2, and has another 3" before he can use it, but I will be passing it on to him. I only hope that he has as much fun with it as I did!


This memory was added on: July 5, 2006

I grew up in Leavenworth, Kansas in the 1970's and 80's and I had 2 big wheels and a grenn machine. A neighbor of mine,named Grady Hubbard, had an asphalt driveway for the entire length of his house. This went out into an alley. We would ride from the driveway to the alley and then all the way around his house on a brick sidewalk. We all pretended to be smokey and the bandit. These days I really am smokey(police officer going on 18 years now). I really do miss those days!

Louie Hooper

This memory was added on: July 2, 2006

I loved my Big Wheel so much that when I had my own kids, I got them one too!


This memory was added on: June 26, 2006

I had a Big Wheel Cobra exactly like my best friend Joey from across the street. We lived on a culdesac and we'd race around it and my brother's had pit crew suits and were the pit crew. I also made icecream by turning it upside down. I put rocks in any holes that were in the wheels too so that it made lot's of noise. I had a little wagon that had a ball on the end of the rope handle and I jammed that into one of the holes for the seat and never got it out so I had to ride my Big Wheel around with that stupid wagon even when the wagon wheels started breaking off. I wish I still had that bike.


This memory was added on: June 23, 2006

I loved the Big Wheel! I got a spin-out 360 around 1979 for my birthday which kicked ass but it seemed fairly heavy and wasn't as fast as the lighter ones. It was definitely made for downhill action rather than to get from one place to another. I had two younger brothers so there was never a shortage of Big Wheels in the yard. My youngest bro had the dukes of hazzard big wheel with the little speaker with the horn! So cool!


This memory was added on: June 23, 2006

Oh I also forgot to mention. We had a dog back then named Mickey who used to constantly chase us on our big wheels barking and biting the big front wheel! It was so embarrasing to be riding with my friends with my dog right there trying to bite the damn big wheel as we pedaled! In retrospect it was pretty funny though. I think he was just trying to protect us. :)


This memory was added on: June 20, 2006

I remember living in a house which had a flight of stairs to the front door along with a front hall. When I asked my mommy where my Big Wheel was, she said she would be in the front hall in a minute when she would look for me. I scurried to the front hall to help find it before she got there, and found it before she came to the front hall... So there it was! I was a ready 4 year old for my Big Wheel Ride! I yelled back that I found it. I then proceeded to open the door and roll my way down the stairs, flipping over about 3 times until I hit the pavement with full force. My great big adventure!

Nikos Kastrinsios

This memory was added on: June 20, 2006

Great Ride!

I borrowed my friend's Big Wheel as a kid and like a jerk, went down an INSANE hill and to my dubious suprise found that yes, the wheels were actually hollow and disintegrated.

Four stitches later, I learned my lesson.

mad man

This memory was added on: June 19, 2006

Big wheels were great, i wanted the green machine but the big wheel was just as great. I was just looking at the ones that they have out now and they dont compare at all to the older ones, they look so cheap compared to what we had when we were younger


This memory was added on: May 19, 2006

I too turned the Big Wheel upside down and made ice cream. I wrote an essay on the subject, but still haven't come up with a satisfactory reason as to why! You can read it at http://www.conversari.com/conversations_5-06.htm

Michael Dolan

This memory was added on: April 23, 2006

It seems like I always had a Big Wheel as a sidewalk transportation option in my childhood. It all started when my mom entered me in a Marx(the original maker)Big Wheel race when I was 4. I think I placed 2nd or 3rd place. I still have the button they gave me somewhere. My mom said I was too worried about whether she was watching or not and so I fell behind in the race. Anyway, I remember having a plain original Big Wheel, a police Big Wheel, and the totally cool Dukes of Hazzard Big Wheel with a handbrake. I'll never forget waking up Easter morning that year with that on my front porch, already assembled. I have since passed the Big Wheel torch to my son who will be 4 in May. Ah, the memories!


This memory was added on: April 20, 2006

Holy cow, and all along I thought I was the only kid who turned his hot wheel upside down, turn the pedal crank with my hand and said I was making ice cream. I think that came from the old hand crank ice cream freezers I'd see my parents use. The only difference was I would push little rocks into the holes worn in the wheel so they would knock around. Yep, making ice cream.


This memory was added on: April 19, 2006

I unfortunately never had one of my own but I did borrow my friends who I think all had one. The cool thing about it the Big Wheel even when you were too big for it, you could just pull the seat off altogether and ride it with your butt half hanging off the end.

Mike B
Nineteen Sixty-Five

This memory was added on: April 19, 2006

You were a sad case if your parents got you the HOT CYCLE instead of a real Bigwheel with the movable\removable seat.

Mike B

This memory was added on: April 18, 2006

I remember I was so jealous of most of the kids in my apartment building (family apartment building in the early 70's in Glendale California - 300+ units!), as they had a Bigwheel and I didn't. Though I would borrow my friends all the time. What was so cool back then even when you were too old for it, you could just leave off the seatback off altogether and have half your rear hanging off the back end going as fast as your legs would move you tearing up the road. The Hot Cycle was the weak and lame cousin, nobody wanted one of those as you couldn't take off the seat and ride. What a bad design!

Mike Ballenger

This memory was added on: April 14, 2006

Big wheel races are still the fun way to go at the Illinois NBL BMX races. The kids start at the top of the starting gate hill and the one who goes the farthest without pedaling wins. Cool trophies for the kids. The kids are around 2-4yrs old. So cute!! Races only cost $1.oo and they even get to participate in the state qualifier series!!! Go to Illinoisnbl.com for more info. Peoria Il Detweillerbmx.com has local races every Saturday!

Tiffany Jones

This memory was added on: April 13, 2006

Wow... I almost forgot about having a Big Wheel. My sister and I both had one and we had lots of fun on them. We would get at the top a the hill beside our house and ride down the hill and hit the telephone pole that was at the bottom. Guess it just knocked us senseless for a little while because we never ahd any major injuries from it. I think I might have to find my nephews one of these.


This memory was added on: April 11, 2006

I use to ride it up and down the sidewalk in Topeka Kansas in front of my Grandma's house just across the street from the state capital building and right underneath the Buttercrust bread sign. The sign had the bread slices spinning which made it look as though slices of bread were continually falling out of bag. The factory was not far away either so it always smelled like fresh bread. Grandma's gone, the house is gone, the sign is gone and the factory moved and so have I (Texas), but the memory..... oh the memory. Grandma and my Big Wheel with the hand brake!

I also had the contraption you sat in and had two big wheels with handles that you used to power it. You could go forward, backward, turn on a dime or just sit and spin your self dizzy. Does anyone remember this thing and what it was called?


This memory was added on: April 2, 2006

We never let our love of big wheels die. Even in our mid twenties we're still riding. Unfortunately it's pretty tough to find big wheels with hand brakes anymore, but if you get going fast enough and hit a patch of ice, you can get the same effect. I wish they still made the cool smurf big wheels. :( Check us out at www.bigwheelbikergang.com

-Johnny Dynamite

Johnny Dynamite

This memory was added on: March 29, 2006

I loved my Big Wheel!!! I remember riding it as fast as I could and then pulling on the brake and skidding around. Man that was great. It never took long to wear that hole in the front tire and I would keep riding even with that '...bump.....bump......bump'!!!! Those were the days. No worries. I'd give anything to be 6 again!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa Strain

This memory was added on: March 24, 2006

i rode my Bigwheel everyday. when i got a hole in one of the tires i still rode it...then when I got two holes my dad through it out in the garbage. i woke up in the middle of the night at 5 1/2yrs old and sneaked out to the curb and hid it Bigwheel aka my ride in the backyard. thinking i was so smart...my dad found out and kicked my ass and threw it back out on the curb the next night and made sure i didn't wake up that night to get from the curb.

so now at 32yrs old...i am getting a tattoo of my ride so that i will always remember how it felt to have my own wheels to come and go when i wanted.


This memory was added on: March 21, 2006

My sisters and I will never forget the hours and hours of fun we had at the cottage riding our Big Wheel back and forth on the veranda, to the great pleasure of our aunts and uncles... I'm so glad they're still making them! I know what will be under the Christmas tree for a lucky niece or nephew in a few years' time!


This memory was added on: March 19, 2006

I don't remember exactly, but the Big Wheels came out when I was about 11yrs or 12yrs old. I was too big for one. I bought Big Wheels for my three kids and lived vicariously through my childrens fun. I followed my kids at the beech at the park on my bicycle and have never forgotten that I was just too big for a Big Wheel when they came out. At 46yrs old I bought one for my grand-daughter. I ran behind her remembering the loss of excitement of riding a Big Wheel, watching her ride fast like the wind was great! Do you think I'm too old for an adult size Big Wheel? I see myself and my grand-children riding fast like the wind on the sidewalks at the university where we live in Turlock, CA. Yes I see it! If your ever in Turlock and you see some older guy riding like the wind on his Big Wheel faster than his Grand-kids... That will be me! Ride on!


This memory was added on: March 16, 2006

I loved my Big Wheel! My favorite toy ever!! I wore out the tires too! I remember the blue seat & the rectangle compartment in the back (which I don't see in pics) where I used to store M&M candies, why go in the house & waste precious time outside playing!! I spend hours on all the Big Wheels I got. Riding w/ big holes in the tires, but keep going! Now I have a 8 month old & want to buy him the 'original' like I had. But, I want one for myself too!!!!


This memory was added on: March 13, 2006

I distinctly remember riding my big wheel for hours. The wheels were worn flat in some areas but the thing kept on going. It was all plastic but somehow got the job done.


This memory was added on: March 13, 2006

I had got a Knight Rider Big Wheel for a birthday ( I wanna say 6th but I'm not sure ) and it was by far the coolest thing I'd ever seen. All big wheels had the spin out control over the back wheel, but for some reason you just felt cooler doing it in a K.I.T.T big wheel. My house was at the top of a long hill that was always sandy and dusty, so if I got up enough speed and pulled the spin-out, I would execute 720s with no problem at all. I actually had more fun with that big wheel then I ever did with a bike or a real car lol. One day I brought it over so my cousins could play with it. I was in my teens at this point and never planned on getting rid of it...but I forgot it at their house and didn't think much of it. I came back the next week and decided to take it with me when I was heading out, and my aunt wouldn't let me!!! She swore up and down that my cousins would cry for hours if I took it... I basically got scammed out of my big wheel by family!! I couldn't fit on it anymore...but that didn't matter!! I'm still tweaked about it to this day!!! If anyone can find me a knight rider big wheel in good condition, I will buy it!!! contact me here...



This memory was added on: March 12, 2006

My Big Wheel was the BEST!! I wore out 3 of them. We would start at the top of my parents drive-way and go as fast as we could. (We were lucky they have a very steep drive) I remember the wheel going so fast we had to take our feet off because our legs couldnt keep up. When we got to the bottom we pulled the hand brake, turned the wheel and did so many 360's we couldnt count them all!!! I would love to have a Big Wheel with a hand brake for my daughter. I was THE BEST TOY EVER!!!

Stefanie Williams

This memory was added on: March 5, 2006

I loved my Big Wheel SO much! In 1974 mine was stolen out of my yard and I thought my life was over! I remember crying until my mother drove me around the neighborhood looking for it! I'm not sure if we found it or if they bought me another one, but I wasn't without it for long. For kids in the 70's that was our mode of transportation. No flat tires to worry about and they were indestructable. I MISS MY BIG WHEEL!!!!!


This memory was added on: March 4, 2006

I had to SHARE my big wheel. Imagine that! Well, it started about 40 years of not liking my brother one bit. He would NEVER give me a fair amount of time on it. I can remember one day when I was about 7 and he was 8 that the only thing he'd let me do was push the thing up the hill. Well, eventually he got to tall for it LOL! I was the QUEEN f the big wheel! I would cream all the kids on our block. We had a wicked hill that t'd into our street (New Rochelle NY) and I rode that sucker till it died. I crashed, I burned, I smoked, I rocked. I still had to share it with my little brother, but we didn't have a problem sharing. He wasn't a dare devil, and he liked to watch me peel and smoke those tires. Except once he got beaned in the head with flying gravel. He cried but didn't tell mom :D


This memory was added on: February 16, 2006

Awww the Big wheel! We had a city wide Big weel race every year at the water front festival. I would spend weeks trying to "modify" my ride to give me that extra edge. every year i would show up with a hobbled together big wheel that was the product of state of the art 6 year old egineering. there would be sand paper glued to the front wheel, duct tape rapped around the back wheels.... oh man! If only my "Secret Levers" would have worked. I usualy came in some where around 45 out of 75, but i had damn fun trying. PS. the Green Machine had a totaly unfair advantage. they should have been in there own class.


This memory was added on: January 22, 2006

Back in the Christmas of 1980 (I was 9) I recieved one of the most AWESOME big wheels of all- it was from Mattel, and it was called, the "Spin-out 360". It had the regular big wheel in the front, and in the back, on both sides it had 2 wheels on it that spun in 3 hundred and 60 degrees. You rode down hill on it at high speed (as fast as big wheels can go) and when you pulled the brake lever up, the back wheels made the whole big wheel spin in three hundred and sixty degrees. It was simply the best! I wish I would've kept it for my 11-yr. old daughter.

Jeanine Hoffas

This memory was added on: January 11, 2006

The Chopperoo was the stuff!! My friends all had got Big Wheels and I rolled up with my Chopperoo and waxed everybody. Nothing like being "King of the Sidewalk Races"


From the sound of some of these posts you would think the Big Wheel was one of the most dangerous toys ever made. Running into the backs of cars or careening down a steep driveway at top speed would probably not be recommended by any Los Angeles personal injury attorney today, but riding a Big Wheel was definitely a favorite memory for many people.