A 20-year-old school dropout has built a balance bike for toddlers to build motor skills.
Tipayi, which means three-legged, is a light-weight cycle that has no pedals, chains or brakes.
Prem Kale, the founder of Vamshycle, built the bike using Russian Birch plywood.
The cycle grows along with the child and can be used in three different stages.
The first is a tricycle for children aged between 18 months and 2.5 years.
The next stage has two wheels but short ground clearance for children aged between 2.5-3.5 years.
Lastly, by reversing a part of the wood at the back, it can be made taller for children aged between 3.5–5 years.
Users can adjust the seat’s height and dismantle the pieces to upgrade the product to next stage.
To help them, the product comes with an instruction manual and an alum key to adjust the bolts.
The seat is custom-made by Prem using foam and cushion material for extra comfort.
There is also a variant with only the last two stages.
The product was first showcased at a Pune fair.
It is now available both online and on Vamshycle website.
The price ranges between Rs 3,500 and Rs 5,000, depending on the variant and colour chosen.