Riding a balance bike is easy to learn
If your child can walk, it can use a balance bike. Your child can get started quickly and you will see it succeed in a new and fun way.
Presenting your child with a bike for toddlers is a perfect way to teach the first steps of riding a bicycle with pedals. A push bike allows your child to slowly find the balance point without having a higher risk of falling. The first step is having the bike between the legs walking with it. Next step is sitting down and kicking with the legs to move forward. Within no time the child will be lifting the feet from the ground rolling longer and longer.
We recommend a helmet as a minimum of protective gear, despite the low risk of falling. The elbows are exposed for impacts, therefore elbow pads can be recommended in the start.
In this category, you can find a good selection of great and cheap balance bikes for children. All of our kids balance bikes are both for boys and girls.
Difference between Toddler bike vs Training wheels
A balance bike is also known as a toddler bike or a push bike.
On a toddler bike, the child is steering by leaning from side to side as they will on a pedal bike. This way of steering helps develop a child’s motoric skills and balance.
We would also advise choosing a balance bike for small kids instead of a bike with pedals as the training wheels have a tendency of hitting the toddler’s feet when they need to set off. Having the feet on the ground, is a less intimidating experience for the toddler, than having the feet lifted up resting on the pedals. The feet are free and ready to save a fall.
Lower weight os the toddler bikes is also an advantage as the kids can easily lift the bike over obstacles. No need for mom to come and help to get the bike up on the sidewalk. Did the bike get stuck? Just stand back and enjoy the success of your child freeing themselves and their bike, no frustrated child, but the look of success and achievement.
From push bike to regular pedal bike
Since a balance bike is basically a regular bike without pedals, the upgrade to a regular bike seems like a smaller step than from training wheels.
When your child grows too big for the toddler bike and needs to change into a regular bike with pedals. A tip could be to remove the pedals, fix the pedal arms to the frame with strips. This way the child can get used to the larger bike before having to think about the pedals. When the balance on the big bike is there, implementing pedals is easy.