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What is a balance bike? What actually do they do? Who buys them? These are all valid questions. Balance bikes are becoming a lot more popular today simply because they are better than standard bikes with training wheel/stabilisers. The concept of a balance bike behind is unique. We will give a little background info on the advantages of buying your child a balance bike.
What makes a balance bike different from a normal bicycle?
The simple fact of the matter is that a balance bike is a normal bicycle that has no pedals. Yes, that’s right… no pedals. No extra clutter. All it has are two large wheels and footrests (at least the good ones do, you’ll find people selling ones without footrests and that is a big no-no). This has the effect of teaching a child to balance much better and much faster than using bikes with stabilisers or training wheels.
What are the advantages of a balance bike?
The advantages you ask? Well it is simply the fact that a child learns to control and balance on a bike before they ever have to think about pedals. This makes their first normal bike ride a pleasure, as they already have an instinctive understanding of how to balance and control a bike. It also helps long term by working on their co-ordination. Yet another advantage is that it helps boost self confidence. A child who has problems using a normal stablisers bike will have very little difficulty with a balance bike and this can help raise their self esteem… and you can;t really put a price on that.
What type of balance bike should I look for?
There are many types of balance bike on the market at this point in time. Wooden ones, steel ones, those with footrests and those without (bad idea). Most people generally recommend a steel balance bike as they last longer and can be reused to help siblings have fun on a bike earlier than they could with a stabilisers bike. Balance bikes without footrests are both uncomfortable for the children and pose a hazard when they are riding. They need to tuck in their legs and without footrests, there is a chance that their feet will catch the ground and make them slip and fall. While you can buy a steel or wooden bike balance bike, never go for a balance bike without footrests.
The fact is that balance bikes are the way of the future and are quickly becoming ever more common on playgrounds around the world. Let your child join the fun and buy them a balance bike.
Melanie Thomas (CEO Melrose Kids Ltd) is a mother of two boys and lives in London, England. The Strider balance bike is a revolutionary children bike, kid bike or no stabilisers bike for 1-5 year old children. It provides great fun and exercise, teaches steering, balance, and co-ordination and builds self-confidence.