In Praise of the ‘Big Wheel’

The classic 'Big Wheel'

The classic ‘Big Wheel’

Of all the childhood toys I miss the most one stands out above the rest:  the awesomely indestructible Fisher Price Big Wheel.  There was just something about that plastic trike crunching down the sidewalk, honkin’ front wheel leading the way, handlebar-fringe flying, that screamed “Look out, world, here I come!”  Add a couple friends on Big Wheels and we became a gang, a force to be reckoned with, an aural assault (one Big Wheel makes plenty of noise;  A handful of Big Wheels sounds like a tornado)!  It was transportation at its best – effective, efficient, and fun.

I’m pretty sure all that time spent piloting a Big Wheel colored my vehicular expectations.  While other factors are now taken into consideration – cargo space, insurance, monthly payment – my primary requirement is still that the driving experience be a hoot.  At least, that is, until I rustle up the nerve to invest in an adult-size Big Wheel and relive old times, kinda like the guys in the Devin SuperTramp video below.

Then I’ll start searching for an Easy-Bake Oven.

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