Huffy Green Machine Bike Reviews
The Green Machine Big Wheel
The original Green Machine was a toy of the late 1970s and was a souped-up version of the classic "Big Wheel" tricycle. The Green Machine was fast, had swivel-action rear wheels, and could spin and out-maneuver a standard Big Wheel. The bike was originally targeted to kids who were in the 8-10 year old age range, and many 30-40 year old adults remember the bike with nostalgia.
Huffy is still manufacturing the bike, and it is a really cool ride-on toy for older kids. The "stick shift" steering mechanism includes two lever-style handles that control the swivel of the rear wheels. A hand brake is attached to one lever, allowing the child to slow the bike down. A junior version of the bike is also available for kids in the 5-8 year old range.
The Jr. version of the bike does not have a metal frame, hand brake, or a pneumatic front tire. The frame and wheels are plastic, but the bike functions well and is a great "starter" version of the toy for younger kids. These bikes are not intended for preschoolers, and children under the age of 5 years will not be able to reach the pedals on the bikes (even on the "junior" version).
Green Machine Rating
Green Machine Bikes and Weight Limits
Huffy Green Machine
8 years and up
Up to 180 pounds
Huffy Green Machine Jr.
Up to 150 pounds
Huffy Green Machine H2O
Up to 180 pounds
Green Machine Performance and Review
My seven year old son received a Green Machine for Christmas. He is tall for his age, and this bike was preferred over the Green Machine Jr., since he would likely outgrow the Jr. version of the bike in a short period of time.
The bike comes unassembled and is a bit tedious to put together. All of the necessary tools are supplied, including an Allen wrench. The assembly took approximately 1 hour, including the application of the decals.
My son is 49" tall and could barely reach the pedals with the seat pushed all the way forward. The seat is adjustable, and will slide back as he grows. He donned his helmet and took the bike out for a spin (literally).
The steering is done via two hand levers, and my son got the hang of it after a few rides. By pulling the levers in opposite directions, the bike is able to spin in 180° arcs. A helmet is absolutely necessary, as the bike may tip over when a spin is performed at high speeds.
The metal frame and front rubber tire make this bike excellent for riding on asphalt and other rough surfaces. Unlike the Razor 360, this bike will perform on our rough country roads. We had considered other spin bikes, but they feature caster wheels that only work on smooth surfaces.
Original Green Machine Pros and Cons
- The bike fits older children and adults up to 180 pounds.
- The bike spins and offers a smooth ride.
- The bike works on rough asphalt as well as smooth cement.
- The bike is durable with a solid feel.
- The bike may tip over when spinning at high speeds (helmets required)!
- Customers have reported problems with the seat breaking or sliding. Our bike did not have this problem, so the defect may have been corrected.
The Original Green Machine and the Junior Version
The Green Machine Jr. Performance and Review
The original Green Machine is designed for older children, and will be too large for kids in the early elementary school age range. My younger son is 5 years old, 38 pounds, and 42" tall. Huffy manufactures a "Jr." version of the bike for children in the 5-8 year old age range.
I assembled the Jr. Green Machine in approximately 90 minutes. This bike was more challenging to assemble than the original version. Sliding the axle pole through the rear tire assembly was extremely frustrating, and this was the most difficult part of putting the bike together. The instructions were also difficult to follow. Once the bike was together, it felt solid and stable.
This version of the bike is all plastic - the front wheel is also plastic, unlike the rubber tire offered in the "big" version. While this bike is the "Jr." size, it is still a large bike and my five year old child could not quite reach the pedals, even with the seat pushed all the way forward. We used a rolled-up towel in the seat to allow him to ride the bike.
This bike performs well and is perfect for younger kids who still want the thrill of a Green Machine. My five year old loves riding his bike and will do spins and other tricks while riding. A helmet is absolutely required for these bikes, as the bikes may tip when spinning.
Green Machine Jr.
Green Machine Jr. Pros and Cons
- Perfect for kids in the 5-8 year old age range.
- Durable and sturdy once assembled.
- Spins and performs tricks like the "big" version of the bike.
- Works on rough asphalt as well as smooth cement.
- Difficult to assemble, particularly the rear wheel assembly.
- Some customers have noted problems with the rear wheels breaking. We have not had this problem - the difficult and unclear assembly process probably contribute to this problem.
- The bike may be too large for some small 5 year old children.