Buy It For Life: The Converto Bike

Converto Bike

In our “Buy It For Life” posts we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. We also give preference to products that are very durable, are warrantied for life, and are made in the U.S.

Originally designed by Tony Anthony in 1949, the Converto Bike is a solid aluminum tricycle that converts into a bicycle in minutes. When your child is ready for a two wheeler, simply remove rear axle and place one of the wheels into the rear fork. The bike has very sturdy steel and cast-aluminum alloy frame that prevents rust.

The inventor of this bike, Tony Anthony, worked as a engineer for Northrop, and used his knowledge of aluminum to fabricate the cast aluminum tricycles. The Converto Bike is now made by Angeles company in Missouri.

It comes with a five year guarantee against defect parts, and a lifetime guarantee on the fork and frame.

You can buy the Converto Bike on Amazon for about $288.

Comments 9

  1. Mary Jo Batroff

    i bought a Converto for my daughter 20 years ago and it was assembled the first time by the dealer. He had a love for vintage bikes but more so for the peddle vehicles. This bike has the yellow sticker on the fork and I was hoping you could give me information on how to date them. It is in great condition and was hung in the garage until my grandson began riding it very recently. Best trike ever! I call it a stealth bomber because it is completely silent when you roll it……I traded it for a trike I had just restored completely but was having some problems with the chrome work on the handlebars peeling. I saw this bike in his shop and immediately hustled a trade! How do you identify the age? Thanks Mary Jo

  2. Nell Elder

    I don’t think your history is exactly correct. I still have a “Tri-Bike” that my parents bought me in 1947. It’s in pretty good condition for the wear it has seen. It’s on the third generation of service.

  3. Trudiee Troost

    I need a crank and pedal or just the pedal for a concerto bike. Angeles is not selling them anymore. Please let me know if you know where I can find one. Thank you…Trudiee

    1. David

      You can remove the bearings and take one to an industrial bearing store, Chuck. They will be able to measure it and match it up to one in their catalog and/or stock. Not a big deal at all.

      If you’re unable to remove the bearings, a machine shop can do it for you.

  4. Kevin Holder

    Have a Convert-O bike/tricycle, it is in very good condition. There is not date or stamp on it anywhere that I can see, have pictures of it. What is it worth? Thank you.

  5. Bill Norman

    Please send me an updated price for a convert O bike, Also a front wheel and axle for same

    Bill Norman
    3429 east valley parkway
    Escondido, Calif. 92027

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