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Manufacturer: Anthony Brother   Site of Operations: San Marcos, CA
Founder: Tom Anthony   Contact Information:  
Parent Company Anthony Bros.   Website: www.kidtrikes.com
Tricycles Made Since: 1949   Notable Lines/Models: Convert-O Bike, Whirl-O Wheel, LO-Boy Trike
Still in Business: Yes    
In 1949 Tony Anthony began selling his invention, the Convert-O Bike, under Anthony Brother's Refrigeration Co.   Anthony worked as a engineer for Northrop, and used his knowledge of aluminum to fabricate the cast aluminum tricycles.

Twenty years ago, Anthony Bros. developed the LO-Boy Trike for a child suffering from spina bifida.  The unique desing utilized a hub with bearings, which allowed easier pedaling for handicapped children.  Anthony Brother continues to produce high quality aluminum tricycles and bigwheel type ride-ons, including a hand-propelled version.

Anthony Bros. was bought by Angeles Corporation and now continues making the same exact Convert-O bikes as Anthony Brothers had for the past 50 years. They've also added some new models. You can visit our Angeles manufacturers page for more information or browse our inventory of Angeles and Converto tricycles for sale.

Convert-O Bike Factoid

All Convert-O Bike tricycles from 1984 forward are stamped, so that date of manufacturing can be pinpointed rather accurately. These stamps appear on the back of the fork or on the step plate.   Also, in the late 1970's, these tricycles underwent a couple of changes.  First of all, the crank design changed.  Prior to the late 70's, the cranks were more rounded and only 1/4 of an inch in thickness.  After the change, the cranks were flattened and increased to 1/2 inch in thickness.  Prior to this change the step plate was also designed different, having a bump and a reflector that does not appear on newer models.

Anthony Brother did not use the letters Q and Z

January - June 1984........................1/4"  A

July - December 1984.....................1/4"  B

Every six months the letter increases by one until 'Y'

Then letters start over in 1/8" size

January - June 1996........................1/8"  A

July - December 1996.....................1/8"  A

January - June..................................1/8"  R

 

Notable Features: Coming Soon....

       
       
Hand Propelled Trike Whirl-O Wheel LO-Boy Trike

Convert-O-Bike

Convert-O-Bike Headbadge

Anthony Bros. Convert-O trike.

Anthony Bros. Convert-O trike after being converted into a bicycle - newer Angeles version pictured.

 
       
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