Balance bikes are the best option if you’re looking for your child’s first bike. Not only will they have fun riding it, but they will gain the coordination, balance, leaning and steering skills that will prepare them for their transition to a traditional bicycle. With so many balance bike companies and models out there, it can be hard to decide which one is the best for you child. Well, let’s take a look at some of the things you should consider when balance bike shopping.
You may think your child is too young to ride the balance bike, however, that may not be the case. If your child is under the age of two years old, they can still ride a balance bike. There are some things to consider, though. If your child is smaller, you will want to find a lighter balance bike with lighter tires, preferably EVA tires. If the bike is too heavy, they will be unable to control it, which is a safety concern. The lighter the balance bike, the easier they can manipulate it, which is what you want. If your child is over the age of five, there are balance bike companies which make bikes for children up to 12 years of age. The bike will be physically larger in size and heavier as well.
Your child’s personality
Is your child more daring and adventurous? Or, are they more calm and relaxed? Depending on the needs of your child, you will want to pick out the right balance bike. If your child wants to learn to do tricks and go downhill, then purchasing a wooden balance bike is out of the question. You will need a metal framed balance bike, one that is catered to a more sports design. These bikes will usually have the word sport in the model name. If you child is more leisurely in their riding, then a wooden or metal framed bike would be suitable. The tires are also an important feature, we recommend for more aggressive riding, to have inflatable tires as opposed to the EVA tires.
Since the balance bike has a foot-to-floor design, you may think your child won’t need any safety gear or minimal safety gear. But, your child will take a good couple of falls before understanding how balance and control works. That being said, you will want to buy your child a helmet and possibly knee or elbow pads – depending on where they’re riding. We recommend having their first couple of rides on a soft surface, such as grass. This is cushion their fall and makes their learning experience a relatively painless one.
We hope these tips come in handy for when you’re deciding on the right balance bike. Remember, every child is different so they will all have different needs for their balance bike. However, you know your child so choosing a the right one won’t be too hard. That being said, your child is going to love their bike and the experiences that come along with it.