The home cycling craze is trickling down to the preschool set.
Earlier this year, Ohio rotomolding toymaker Little Tikes began selling the Pelican stationary bikes for kids, complete with a series of YouTube videos that allow kids to bike along. And yes, Pelican sure does remind me of the name Peloton, too.
The Pelican fills a market gap created when fellow toymaker Fisher-Price halted production of its children's indoor cycling product.
Little Tikes aims for the bike to allow kids to copy their parents' fitness routines, Kevin Bloomfield, vice president of product development, told CNN.
"We didn't want the parents to be the only ones having all the fun," Bloomfield said in an email to CNN Business. "Our commitment to inspiring an active and imaginative lifestyle among kids sparked the idea."
But some child development experts maintain the Pelican misses out on all the vital development and socialization.
"Kids want to be part of the real world," Lenore Skenazy, the president of Let Grow, a nonprofit promoting childhood independence, told CNN. "A stationary bike doesn't prepare them for anything but moving their legs in a circular motion."
Little Tikes and Pelican fans, meanwhile, say the child-sized exercise bike can promote bonding with parents on their own indoor bikes and give kids more ways to burn off extra energy during the winter.