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Learn More About Balance Bikes

 

What are Balance Bikes

Balance bikes are bicycles that are strategically engineered to aid a child in learning balance, strengthen fine motor skills and learn coordination.  These objectives are achieved by a design that features improved geometry, no pedals/drivetrain and a total bike that is far lighter than normal childrens bikes.

Using a balance bike to learn how to ride a bike has numerous advantages over the traditional use of training wheels.

A balance bike is also known as a glide bike, toddler bike, scoot bike, running bike or a training bike. Our bikes have wheel sizes from 12" - 16"; the most notable characteristic of these bikes are the lack pedals and training wheels.  The lack of those items are why they are so beneficial to children. First, the idea of not having training wheels prevents a child from relying upon training wheels to stay upright and doesn't teach balance.  Many children fear training wheels because the bike feels tippy when alternating on the right or left training wheel.  When teaching a child to ride a bike we are not as interested in teaching the pedaling aspect as we are balance and coordination.  Balance is taught by allowing the children to scoot at their pace and be able to place their feet to the ground immediately when they feel uncomfortable or about to tip over.  In addition to teaching balance; balance bikes help teach coordination, promote confidence and in children with disabilities it removes barriers.

Having been in the business of selling balance bikes and kids bikes since 2009, gives us an edge on our competitors - hands on experience with every bike we sell along with knowledge of the many other brands of bikes we have sold in the past.  We have a selection of bikes that meets our strict quality requirements along with prices to fit most budgets.  Shop our great selection of balance bikes from Cleary, Ridgeback, Saracen, Yedoo, Kinderbike and WOOM. Shop our ever-expanding selection of kids pedal bikes.  We feature kids bikes ranging in size from 12 inch thru 20 inch.  Our featured pedal bikes are from Cleary, Ridgeback, WOOM and ByK.

Why don't training wheels work?

Have you ever watched a child on a bike with training wheels for the first time?  You will notice that in most cases the bike is pretty tall and the child can barely if not at all reach the ground.  This creates what I call the "bike rocking" issue.  Training wheels were designed to be installed so the training wheels help when needed but the main bike wheel used primarily; so the training wheels are slightly higher and do not always touch the ground unless the bike is leaned to one side or the other.  This leanign creates a rockign sensation and the feling that the bike wil ltip over which usually spooks the child a little and causes an uneasy and not-in-control feeling.  The way a child scoots using their feet on a balance bike gives the child security of their feet runnign parrallel with the rear wheel and only a few inches off the ground allownig them to put on the brakes or regain balance immediately.

Do I need brakes on my balance bike?

While having a hand brake on a balance bike is not a mandatory accessory; it has many advantages.  We observe that the youngest of riders tend to not be ready initially to use a handbrake, they tend to be ready to use this hand brake after they have gained confience on their balancing.  The child's initial focus when getting on a balance for the first time is to BALANCE.