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Fun Push Childrens No Pedal Balance Bike Review

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Joining all the other balance bikes on the market is this offering from Fun Push, which also favors the more traditional design. My initial impression of this bike is that it very much resembles an ordinary children’s bicycle with the pedals and chain removed.

This is not a bad thing if you plan on seamlessly transitioning your kids to a pedaled bike later on, but we have seen plenty of other unique designs like the one from Kazam where additions such as a footrest have been added for better balance. In the end, it is going to come down to preferences whether you favor this type of traditional design or want something a little more exotic.

Unboxing

When I received the box with the balance bike I almost thought that something was missing because it weighed so little. At only 5.5 lbs this bike is almost half as light as something like the Kazam so if you are prone to worrying that your child might end up pinned beneath his balance bike after a tumble, this is the bike for you.

To me the bike felt almost too light and I thought that this would impact the durability, but I will discuss that later. All I can say is that I really appreciated the lightweight the few times when I had to carry the bike with me after my daughter exhausted herself riding it at the park.

Fun Push Childrens No Pedal Balance Bike 2

Assembling the bike was pretty straightforward and I didn’t need the instructions, which is a good thing since the ones included in the box weren’t really helpful. The bike ships practically assembled anyway, so you just have to add the finishing touches before handing it over to your little one. The wheels are already connected so you just have to attach the seat, handlebars and forks to the frame.

Oh, and there is a little bell connected to the handlebars as well, which is a cute touch. The whole process of assembling the bike probably didn’t take me much more than five minutes to complete. The bike is a bit smaller in real life than what it looks like on photos, which is great for fitting it in the trunk of the car, but not so great if your child has hit a growth spurt.

Features

I mentioned earlier that the bike is very light and this, as well as the rather low price, had me concerned about the durability of the bike. No parent wants their child to ride on something that is going to fall apart while they are riding it, but during the time I had the bike for testing I saw no reason to doubt that it would last for quite some time. Toddlers can be rough, but to wreck this bike you would have to drive over it with a car or drop it from a great height. Ordinary bumps and scrapes might take their toll on the paintjob, but for the rest the bike is quite solid.

About the only thing on the bike that I would really call flimsy would be the bell, but this looks like something that was really added as an afterthought and I’m sure no parent is going to mourn if it stops working after a while.

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Part of the reason why this bike is so light is the tires which are made from foam instead of rubber or plastic. On the plus side this decreases the weight, ensures you never have to deal with flat tires and means that your little one can ride it indoors without obliterating your floors. However, with foam tires durability is always an issue and they generally provide less traction than rubber tires.

The less time you have to waste patching punctured tires the better, but foam tires definitely have a shorter lifespan. You’ll appreciate them most on rainy days when your child is begging you to ride her bike indoors, but watch out for those wooden floors as there won’t be a lot of traction.

The handlebars and seat of the bike are adjustable and there is even a foam pad across the handlebars to protect your child if they come to a sudden stop. The overall design of the bike is not quite as sleek as some of its more expensive competitors, but to the eyes of a youngster it will still look like the coolest bike ever when they get it as a present.

The fact that it comes in an assortment of colors is also a bonus as you can give them their favorite one. The foam pad across the handlebars matches the stickers on the bike so the pink and purple models are decorated in flowers while the others feature racing numbers. It is little touches like these that probably won’t mean much to parents, but kids enjoy immensely. My only concern with the frame is that some of the bolts are not recessed and while they are rounded can still hurt your child during a fall or get caught on something.

Pros & Cons

This is not a big name brand bike so obviously a lot of parents will have concerns if it is worth the effort. Balance bikes are generally quite simple

Pros

  • This balance is amongst the lightest that I have ever tested and compact enough that you can fit it in even a smaller car trunk
  • The price is great for parents on a budget who want to give their child a balance bike
  • Assembly is a breeze even if the included instructions are not the best
  • Adjustable handlebars and seat
  • Comes in a wide range of colors to choose from

Cons

  • The foam tires are less durable and cannot absorb impact as well as air tires
  • The bolts that fasten the tires to the frame are exposed
  • The bell that is included with the bike rarely lasts very long

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, this is a very affordable bike that gets the job done and won’t leave you regretting your purchase. I would have liked to see it use air tires or at least rubber honeycomb ones, this would have pushed up the price and weight of the bike. As far as cheaper, lighter balance bikes are concerned you can buy this one with peace of mind.

Schwinn Balance Bike 12 Inch Review

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Although the Schwinn of today bears little resemblance to the company founded in 1895, the name is still synonymous with bicycles. The Schwinn Bicycle Company declared bankruptcy in 1992 after which the brand switched hands numerous times, so don’t bank on the name when it comes to deciding if this is the bike for your child.

I suspect that nostalgia will play a big role as parents who grew up with Schwinn bikes will want their children to have one too, but let’s look at this model in greater depth to see if a purchase is warranted.

Unboxing

I guess that I have become a little spoiled when it comes to all the lightweight bikes that I have tested previously, as the Schwinn box felt a bit heavy to me. Closer inspection revealed that the bike is just under 11 lbs which is almost twice the weight of some of the lighter models by other manufacturers. This is probably due to the size of the bike and overall I would say that it is more suited to preschoolers and older and definitely not toddlers.

I have heard complaints about chipped paint and scratched frames out of the box, but thankfully the bike I received was in pristine condition. The assembly was straightforward and didn’t give me any problems as I just had to attach the front tire and handlebars before sliding in the seat. The only issue I picked up was that the wheel bearings were a bit tight and required some adjustment, but I was able to quickly remedy this before handing over the bike to my daughter.

Overall the assembly of the bike took me about 30 minutes, which is a bit longer than some of the other bikes, but still not too bad all things considered.

Schwinn Balance Bike 12-Inch

Features

I really like the design of the Schwinn Balance Bike and no matter what color you choose it really catches the eye. My daughter loved the seat which is not only durable but very comfortable especially when compared to some of the cheap plastic seats you often see on lower end balance bikes. Right off the bat, it is also clear to see that the tires on this bike are made from quality rubber and offer great grip.

Personally, I love the pneumatic tires as they offer the smoothest and most comfortable riding experience for youngsters, but be sure to lecture them about where to safely ride the bike so that you don’t have to worry about punctures. The tread on this tire, combined with the steel spokes, make the bike look just like an adult bike and children will gain a lot of confidence by riding something that looks just like the bikes that the bigger kids have.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the Schwinn is quite a big bike and although you can adjust the seat as well as the handlebars, it is still going to be a bit unwieldy for younger children to operate. While I like the overall design of the bike I do have a few concerns about the frame. The bike has a protruding footrest, which is nice for teaching kids to balance, but I noticed that, especially with smaller children, it has a tendency to hit them on the calves when they are running with the bike.

This part of the bike is also the easiest to damage when dropped as the paint hits the ground directly. I have also heard that some kids hurt their feet or legs on this part of the bike if they fall and while it didn’t happen to my daughter, it is definitely something to be cautious about considering the weight of the bike. I should also mention that this is a bike that you should keep out of the elements unless you want to see it rust. A final point worth mentioning is that the handlebar cover is very thin and flimsy so it definitely won’t protect the child if he bumps his head against the bars.

Apart from how easy it is to chip the paint this bike is very sturdy and if you look after it carefully will last a long time. It is available in four different colors and the bright paint really make the bike stand out from the crowd. The price is a bit higher than some of the other balance bikes, but I’m sure that this is due to the quality tires and seat which are both features that are often sacrificed in order to bring the price down. Personally I think that these features are worth the extra investment as it will make things more comfortable for your child.

Pros & Cons

While there is a lot that I can criticize about, the Schwinn balance bike it is still a solid offering with plenty to like. Older children will love the look of the bike

Schwinn Balance Bike Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • High quality inflatable tires that provide a smooth and bump-free ride
  • Available in assortment of bright, eye-catching colors
  • Adjustable seat and handlebars
  • Durable and comfortable seat

Schwinn Balance Bike Cons

  • Somewhat on the large and heavy side making it unsuitable for toddlers
  • This bike is very susceptible to the paint scraping off through use
  • Prone to rust if left out in the elements
  • Protruding footrest a safety concern and easily damaged when bike is dropped
  • Very thin and flimsy handlebar cover offers no protection against bumps

Conclusion

While I would recommend a smaller and lighter bike for toddlers, the Schwinn is a nice option for older kids to learn the ropes. The overall design of the bike is very nice, although there are a few safety concerns. As long as your child rides responsibly there shouldn’t be any problems and the fact that the bike has inflatable tires is definitely a bonus.

While the Schwinn is not the best or cheapest option available on the market it is a lot better than some of the cheaper, flimsier models that I have seen and with proper care will last a long time.

Kazam Balance Bike Review

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Balance bikes still have some catching up to do when it comes to variety compared to their pedaled competitors, but their popularity is soaring and this means that the choices are increasing. We have already started to see some very exotic designs, but I quite like the more traditional shape of the Kazam balance bike.

This nifty offering from Kazam has been well received by the public and it doesn’t take long to see why it is so popular. Let’s take a closer look at the Kazam balance bike to see why it might just be number one thing to add to your child’s birthday or Christmas list.

Unboxing

Even before opening the box with the Kazam balance bike in it I could feel that weight was definitely not going to be an issue.  I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in years but had no problem picking up the box with hand. A quick peek at the product details revealed that the Kazam weighs about 11.2 pounds, which, to be honest, is not the lightest that I have seen, especially compared to other bikes like the STRIDER ST-3 No-Pedal Balance Bike, but it is still more than manageable. Anyone that has had to carry around an exhausted toddler on one arm and a balance bike on the other will really appreciate the light weight.

As someone who usually eyes the words “Limited assembly required” with dread and suspicion I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to put the Kazam together. This is another plus point if you have a child impatiently waiting to hop on their new bike while you are left wondering if you are reading the instructions upside down. Putting the bike together was as easy as attaching the seat, handlebars and tire to the frame and securing everything.

You will need to remove some safety caps from the frame before assembling, but this is something that the safety conscious folks will appreciate. All in all everything I needed to assemble the bike was included in the box which saved me the trouble of having to rummage around in the tool box. There are of course assembly instructions included in the box, but I barely had to give these a second glance in order to put the bike together.

Features

The Kazam is a slightly bigger bike compared to something like the Strider, which also explains why it is a bit heavier. This translates into a very sturdy bike, though, and even if your child likes to play rough the Kazam can handle it. The construction of this bike is very solid, which is great as thanks to the adjustable seat and handlebars this bike can grow along with your child. The seat looked comfy enough and while I couldn’t test this myself, my daughter certainly didn’t show any signs of discomfort while racing around.

She did slide off the seat a few times, which was due to a combination of speed and the way that the seat was sloped downwards. The bike uses air inflated tires which provides a smooth ride, but obviously you will want to ensure that there are no sharp objects around when your child is riding. Spotting hazardous objects is second nature to parents with small children so this is really not an issue.

Kazam Balance Bike Kids

I was really impressed by the metal frame of the Kazam balance bike as it has a nice sleek design with no angles or edges where your child’s clothes can get caught up on while riding. The bike also boasts a patented foot rest design so kids can use the bike almost like a scooter while they are still learning the ropes.

The hand grips are made from soft plastic so they won’t chafe delicate little hands and the chrome handlebars complete the snazzy look of the bike. Not that it matters, but this is the type of design that no child can resist and parents can lug around in public without feeling embarrassed. I should also mention that there is no steer limiter on the bike.

Kazam Balance Bike Pros & Cons

Because this bike is meant for your children and not yourself, doing proper research is obviously essential as you don’t want any harm to befall your little ones. An unpleasant experience with a bike can shatter their confidence so getting it right the first time is essential. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the Kazam Balance Bike to give you an overview of whether this bike will be appropriate for your child.

Kazam Balance Bike Pros

  • Sturdy yet lightweight frame that make the bike an asset that will last
  • The easy step-in patented foot rest that is incorporated into the frame further helps with balance and makes the bike more comfortable to ride
  • The Kazam has rubber tires instead of the less durable foam type
  • Assembly is very simple and all the required tools are included in the box
  • The seat and handlebars can be adjusted so the bike does not become obsolete as your child grows
  • Available in an assortment of colors so your child can pick their favorite
  • Kazam offers great customer service for their products

Kazam Balance Bike Cons

  • Some kids tend to use the foot rest to ride the bike like they would a scooter
  • The weight of the bike is somewhat heavier than others that are available
  • The speed of the bike is a bit slow although this might be a pro for some parents

Conclusion

When it comes to balance bikes you definitely want something that is not only durable enough to withstand the abuse your child is no doubt going to put it through, but also comfortable enough that it won’t be gathering dust in the garage after a week’s time. The Kazam Balance Bike offers a great starting point for kids and due to its design makes the transition to a traditional bike an easy one.

YBIKE Balance Bike Review

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As there are already balance bikes made from metal as well as wooden ones, it should come as no surprise that there are plastic ones available too. One such plastic offering is from YBIKE and considering the construction material, it has very little in common design-wise with a typical pedaled bike. While many balance bikes mimic the design of pedaled bikes in order to help smooth the eventual transition, the YBIKE looks more like a toy motorcycle than anything else.

There are obviously plenty of advantages to using durable plastic for the construction of the balance bike, but if you are looking for a more traditional design, the YBIKE balance bike is probably not the right choice. Let’s take a look at what sets this bike apart and help you decide whether you should add it to your shopping list.

YBIKE Balance Bike Unboxing

The box in which the YBIKE arrived wasn’t very big and I was glad to find the bike in a mostly assembled condition when I opened it. There are a few bits and pieces to fasten and tighten, but the instructions are clear and there is very little chance of messing things up. The main frame already has the rear wheel attached so you basically just have to connect the front wheel to the fork and then attached that to the frame.

The whole process literally takes a few minutes and an Allen key as well as wrench is included in the box to save you from having to bust out your own toolbox. The bike is very light with the whole package weighing in at something like 8 pounds. My test model was orange, but the YBIKE is also available in blue, pink and green. This is nice as kids can pick their favorite color and if you buy more than one each child can have their own color to avoid confusion.

Features

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about a plastic balance bike, but the YBIKE impressed me with the durability of the plastic. It is made from quality material and not the cheap, hollow stuff that usually breaks after one or two uses. The plastic construction brings the weight down a lot compared to other bikes, but I do have a few concerns.

First the height of the seat is not adjustable as it is molded directly to the frame. For a slightly higher price you can buy a wooden or metal bike with adjustable seat that can keep up with the growth of your child whereas the YBIKE will become too small after a while. The YBIKE balance bike is already very low to the ground so don’t expect your child to be riding around on it for too long before the need for a larger bike arises. Because the seat is made from plastic, it is also not as comfortable as a padded seat, something which my daughter made very clear to me after playing with it for a few hours.

YBIKE Balance Bike Kid

The YBIKE is relatively safe thanks to the plastic construction and it even has two rear wheels for extra stability. The rear wheels are covered to prevent clothes or anything snagging in them while riding, but I did notice my daughter bang her heels into the cover a few times because it protrudes a bit. She soon learned to compensate for this, but it’s worth keeping in mind. Since the purpose of balance bikes is to teach kids how to maintain their balance I’m a bit concerned about the dual rear wheels.

They are very stable and allow the bike to stand upright when not in use, but I’m not so sure how much they help teach a child about balance. Safety conscious parents will love the fact that the bike is much harder to fall from than a typical two wheeler, but children might struggle a bit more when making the leap to a pedaled bike.

The YBIKE also features a steering limiter which feels like overkill to me, considering how stable the bike is already. My daughter struggled to make turns with the bike when riding it inside because the turning arch was so wide thanks to the steering limiter. While on the topic of driving it inside, because the bike is made from plastic it makes a loud noise when driven over wooden floors and the hard plastic wheels can also do a number on your laminate flooring.

While I like the fact that the plastic wheels don’t have any spokes where tiny fingers can get jammed into, the tires do limit the speed of the bike quite a bit and make it harder to roll which can frustrate some children. On the plus side, since the bike is made almost entirely from plastic it can weather the elements pretty well and as long as you don’t leave it outside in the baking sun it should last you quite a while.

Pros & Cons

There is a lot that I like about the YBIKE, but there is just as much which makes me a bit hesitant to outright recommend it, so let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons for comparison.

YBIKE Pros

  • The bike is lightweight weighing in at only 7.7 lbs and made from quality, durable plastic
  • Easy to assemble
  • Very stable thanks to the two rear wheels
  • Performs well on uneven surfaces thanks to larger wheels
  • Steering limiter for extra safety and stability
  • Compact enough to take anywhere
  • Very easy to clean

YBIKE Cons

  • The plastic seat is uncomfortable and impossible to adjust for growing children
  • Not as good as other balance bikes when it comes to teaching balance
  • Rear wheel covers protrude enough to hit a child in the heels while riding
  • Steering limiter restricts the turning ability of the bike
  • Plastic tires slows the bike down and can cause damage when used indoors

Conclusion

The YBIKE might be a good option for parents that want to transition their child to a pedaled bike quickly or who have children with younger siblings that can benefit from the bike once it is outgrown. The inability to adjust the seat and handlebars really count against the balance bike as children grow up so quickly and you will soon be left with a bike that is too small. Other than that it is a pretty good bike that will provide children with hours of fun.

Strider ST-4 No-Pedal Balance Bike Review

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If, like me, you also got tired of carrying a nagging toddler because he refuses to sit in a stroller but gets tired too quickly when you are out and about, a no-pedal balance bike like this one from Strider might be the solution for you.  Designed for toddlers from 18 months up until 5 years old, the Strider ST-4 promises to last you quite a while, preparing your little one for a real bike without the nuisance of pedals and training wheels.

It allows the child to focus on the most important aspect of biking: balance and steering, without confusing him with pedals, which tend to just be in the way in any case. Toddlers who use balance bikes can cruise over pavement, grass, and dirt without a problem and, when they outgrow it, step right over to a “big bike” without the need for training wheels.

Unboxing

When unboxing the Strider ST-4, I was amazed at how lightweight it was. Not only does this give the toddler ultimate control over the bike but, in the unlikely case of having to carry both the tot and the bike, the extra weight wouldn’t be that much of a burden. I say “unlikely,” because toddlers are usually inseparable from their bikes, and my girl is no exception: as soon as she opens her eyes in the morning, she starts nagging me to let her go outside and ride her bike.

To come back to the unboxing: the bike is shipped in parts and needs to be assembled, but it really doesn’t require a degree in engineering and I had it figured out pretty quickly. Adjusting the handles and seat to suit the child’s size is also a breeze and doesn’t require any tools. The Strider ST-4 I tested was a bright red one and really comes with a beautiful, glossy finish. How long it will last before starting to peel and flake is another question. It looks like pretty decent quality paint, though and after my daughter took it for a ride in the park with all the manhandling that comes with it, the bike still looked untouched.

Features

As mentioned before, the Strider ST-4 is a lightweight bike that weighs in at only 6.7 pounds, so my daughter found it very easy to control. But, don’t get me wrong, this is not a flimsy bike. It definitely feels sturdy enough to last at least a couple of years, even if the owner is a heavy-handed toddler. The seat is super low, inspiring confidence in any new rider and the quick clamps allowed me to adjust it along with the handlebars to fit my daughter’s tiny hips and hands perfectly

.Apparently the bike can accommodate children of up to 60 pounds, allowing the bike to grow with your child. The wheels are also ultra light and made from an EVA polymer which is very durable and doesn’t require any filling to keep it inflated. The only downside to this is that these tires don’t give much traction when you use the bike outdoors and air is much more effective at cushioning bumps from driving over rocks and rough terrain.

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My daughter also complained a bit that the plastic saddle is really hard and somewhat uncomfortable, but most parents will appreciate the fact that it is completely waterproof and won’t rip apart as seats covered in imitation leather tend to do when exposed to the elements. The Strider ST-4 also features patented Launchpad footrests, which are integrated in the frame and allow the tot to place both his legs on the frame. As soon as the bike is moving, it can accommodate even some more advanced moves, such as standing upright. This balance bike comes with a one year warranty against manufacturing defects.

The Strider ST-4 makes use of the brand’s famous no-pedal concept, but I like that they have combined a variety of new features and parts to bring this bike to a whole new level.

Skills Development

What I love most about balance bikes is that they help your toddler to focus on his balance, motor and coordination skills while inspiring confidence, and the Strider ST-4 is no exception.  This bike doesn’t force your toddler to start moving fast right away. After unboxing my daughter’s first balance bike, we had her try it out inside the house, on the carpet first (obviously we wouldn’t allow it after her first outdoor drive).

The extra traction made her more confident, as did the fact that she could keep both her feet planted on the ground whenever she wanted.  She totally learned to ride a balance bike at her own pace, which is a great way to make a child feel comfortable and confident.  Tricycles just don’t help develop the same coordination and balance skills and watching her testing out the Strider ST-4 just made me realize once again that we won’t even need training wheels as soon as she moves over to a bike with pedals.

Children usually start using a balance bike like this by walking while clutching the handlebars.  As soon as the bike starts to roll along, they quickly learn how to go faster by running and how to lift up their feet for a moment to let the bike glide freely while the wheels do the rest. All toddlers instinctively learn how to control the bike by immediately placing their feet on the ground as soon as they start losing their balance or if it feels like the bike is going a bit too fast. As my daughter is already a bit of an advanced rider, she is already able to go down the skate ramps in the park with the Strider ST-4 while using the balance skills that she has developed with her own bike.

Safety

When looking at safety aspects, I really like how the Strider ST-4 doesn’t have any moving chains or sharp sprockets that may cause injuries in a learning tot. Pedals would have absolutely ruined the whole cycling experience for such a young child, but I have already covered that aspect. And of course weighing in at about a third of the weight of a typical 12 inch bike, your child will be able to control this bike at all times and will never end up pinned to the ground underneath the bike.

At closer inspection, I did however feel that the bolts that secure the rear tyre are a bit protrusive and I would have rather wanted them to be recessed, but watching my daughter handle the bike, I haven’t come across any other safety issues. Obviously, when it comes to cycling safety, parents should also take responsibility and ensure that their tot wears a child-sized helmet and protection pads at all times, as falls are going to happen – no matter how safe the bike.

Pros and Cons

Strider ST-4 Pros

  • Lightweight construction makes it easy to control
  • Easy, no-tool adjustment allows the bike to grow with the child
  • Small learning curve, child learns at own pace
  • Develops balance and coordination
  • Durable design, you won’t struggle with punctured tires or ripped seats

Strider ST-4 Cons

  • Plastic seat is a bit hard and uncomfortable
  • No-flat tires don’t cushion blows as well as air tires would, making for a more uncomfortable ride
  • Rear tire bolts a bit protrusive and may pose a slight safety hazard
  • On the pricey side when compared to other similar balance bikes on the market
  • One of the smallest balance bikes available, so you may want to go for a bigger bike if your child is older than 2.5

Conclusion

The Strider ST-4 is a great starter bike for a young toddler. Because it is so lightweight, even younger children have no trouble handling and controlling it.  For an older child, a slightly larger bike would be more appropriate, especially if he is going to spend a lot of time on it outdoors, as the Strider ST-4 may get a bit uncomfortable after a while.

The 10 Best Balance Bikes 2019

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Balance bikes are a really neat innovation when it comes to teaching your kids how to ride a bike. Sure, many people prefer to use training wheels on a normal bike, but the balance bike is quickly becoming more popular. Simply put, they do a great job at teaching your kids how to balance on a bike and it gets them accustomed to some of the main features present on a bike. However, finding the right one with all of the necessary features for an affordable price can be challenging. This is why we’re here today, to help you find the best balance bikes. We want to help you make the best choice for your child, so let’s get right to it.

Our Selection of the 10 Best Balance Bikes:

We have got a great selection of the top 10 best balance bikes for you to take a look at right here, so let’s not waste any more time and get right to it.

1. Strider – 12 Sport Balance Bike

Strider Balance Bike

This is definitely one of the best, if not the very best balance bike around. It comes with all of the qualities that you would expect a balance bike for a child to have. First off, we all know that children are not very gentle with the things they touch, which is why the Strider Sport Balance Bike is made with a very durable steel frame.

Even if your kid drops the bike or somehow crashes it, it won’t just fall apart. That being said, even though the frame is made of steel, it is actually a hollow lightweight model. This is useful for children because it’s not like you want them lugging around dozens of pounds of steel. Being both lightweight and durable is a combination you should always look for with a balance bike for kids. Speaking of durability, the cartridge bearings on the Strider Sport Balance Bike are about as rugged as can be.

Another thing that is very lightweight on the Strider Sport Balance Bike is the wheels. They don’t add too much weight to the overall design, yet they are about as rugged as can be. The wheels are puncture proof wheels, which means that they won’t pop, nor do they need to be pumped up. It’s the perfect solution for a child’s first bike. The Strider Sport Balance Bike is specially designed for kids between 18 months and 5 years old. This particular balance bike can grow with your child, which is why it comes with fully adjustable handlebars and an adjustable seat. As your child gets bigger, simply raise the handlebars and the seat to accommodate him or her.

To protect your child from getting injured while learning how to ride, the Strider Sport Balance Bike also comes with some special safety measures too. It features padded handlebars, which is completely necessary for these things. Even if your child falls forward, at least it won’t hit its teeth or head on rock hard handlebars thanks to the ample amount of padding present.

Moreover, the patented frame design is specially made so that your child will not injure itself on the frame in case of a fall. Kids don’t know how to ride bikes yet, which is why this is so important. On that same note, while it does not have much to do with safety, the seat is also padded, thus adding a certain level of comfort to the equation. Also in terms of comfort, the Strider Sport Balance Bike comes with foot rests, making life just a little bit easier for your toddler.

For all of you parents out there, you will be happy to hear that the Strider Sport Balance Bike does not require any tools to assemble. You should be able to put this balance bike together in a matter of mere minutes. Furthermore, making any adjustments on this bike, such as for the seat or handlebars, does not require any tools either, thus making your life a whole lot easier too. When it comes to balance bikes, we would definitely say that this is a top contender for the number one spot.

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2. Woom 1 Balance Bike

Woom 1 Balance Bike

This is another really neat option to go with in terms of balance bikes. Now, the Woom 1 Balance Bike is not quite as versatile as our top option in a number of ways, but it does also have some features which the Strider seems to have forgotten about. The Woom 1 Balance Bike is ideal for children between 18 months and 3.5 years of age, which is a pretty wide timeframe. It is still a prime option to go with, especially when your child grows. The Woom 1 Balance Bike does come with an adjustable seat which can fit children up to 39 inches in height, which they are typically at when they are around 3 – 3.5 years old. However, unlike the number one Strider model, the handlebars on the Woom 1 Balance Bike are not adjustable for height.

On the other hand, a big bonus that you get with this particular balance bike is that it has rear brakes. Yes, your kids are still using their feet to propel themselves with this balance bike, but having a pair of brakes to stop when things get rough is never a bad idea. Moreover, it will get your children used to have to use breaks to stop, which is great for when they start riding a real bicycle. It’s great for helping to reduce the risk of an accident due to not knowing how or when to use brakes.

To help your child learn how to ride even better, the Woom 1 Balance Bike comes with footrests. This means that your kid can put his or her feet up, thus getting them used to glide along with no feet on the ground. In other words, these footrests can go a long way in teaching your child to balance, something they will have to do on a real bike. The long wheel base on this model is another feature that will help your child balance easily.

Furthermore, the frame on the Woom 1 Balance Bike is specially designed to be safe for both young girls and boys to use. It’s specially made so that in the event of a fall, the chance of your child smashing off of the frame is minimized. Also, the frame is made of lightweight aluminum. The aluminum build makes the Woom 1 Balance Bike fairly lightweight and durable at the same time. That being said, it is actually slightly heavier that our top contender, the Strider. We do like how the Woom 1 Balance Bike has padded and comfortable grips specially made for toddlers, but it could also have padded handlebars the whole way across, which it does not.

Something that we do like about the Woom 1 Balance Bike is that it has high-quality air filled tires. Yes, some people prefer tires that don’t require pumping and therefore cannot be punctured, but those do not replicate the real life feeling of biking. These air filled tires may require some pumping every now and then, but they help to absorb bumps and impact much better than the alternative. Simply put, they are a little more comfortable to use.

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3. Cruzee UltraLite Balance Bike

Cruzee UltraLite Balance Bike

Our number three spot for the best balance bikes is taken by the Cruzee UltraLite Balance Bike. As you might be able to tell from the name of it, it’s big number one selling feature is that it is extremely lightweight. The whole thing comes in at only 4.4 pounds, making it one of the lightest, if not the lightest balance bike on the market today. This is pretty useful for a couple of reasons. First off, it is easier for your kids to balance and use their legs to stay upright when there is less weight involved. Second, if your child does fall, at least there is not some huge and heavy frame coming down on them.

The reason why the CruzeeUltraLite Balance Bike is so lightweight is that it is constructed using special anodized aluminum. This type of aluminum is very light, but also very durable. It may incur a couple of scratches, but even some big and nasty spills won’t break it. Moreover, the aluminum build of the CruzeeUltraLite Balance Bike is actually rust proof, which is really useful in case your child leaves the bike outdoors during a rainstorm. Lightweight durability is definitely a top selling factor here. You can easily carry the CruzeeUltraLite Balance Bike once your child gets tired, something that parents definitely appreciate.

You might also like how when you buy the Cruzee UltraLite Balance Bike for your 18 month old child, you won’t have to buy another until they are older than 5. This is because this particular model is specially designed to fit kids anywhere from 18 months to 5 years of age. It does this by providing your child with the ability to raise the handlebars and seat as he or she grows. The seat can be raised by up to 8 inches and the handlebars can be raised by up to 5 inches, thus keeping up with your quickly growing bundle of joy. It does not even require any tools to make these adjustments, which is an obvious bonus for any parent out there.

The Cruzee UltraLite Balance Bike is also a safe and comfy option to go with. It features low profile bolts so there are none of those shots to the ankles. Both the handlebar grips and the seat are well padded for comfort. All of the frame edges are rounded to make sure that there is nothing pointy that can injure your child, something that is important no doubt.

Furthermore, with the Cruzee UltraLite Balance Bike, you get footrests too. Once again, this is ideal for helping your child get the hang of biking without their feet being on the ground. We do like the puncture proof tires on this model. They are pretty hard and don’t do a fantastic job at absorbing jolts and bumps, but they won’t ever go flat and they don’t require any pumping either.

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4. Scoot XL 14″ Balance Bike

Scoot XL 14 Inch Balance Bike

Now, this model is a little different from the 3 previous ones we have looked at. While the overall design and features are similar to the first 3 balance bikes, the big difference is in the size of the Scoot XL Balance Bike. While the other models looked at so far have been for children no older than 5 years old, this one is intended for kids between the ages of 4 and 8. In other words, the Scoot XL Balance Bike is a little bit bigger than the Cruzee, Strider, and the Woom 1.

It is a really good option to go with for children who might be a little late out of the gate in terms of learning to ride a bike. It’s always a good idea to go with a balance bike before trying a real bicycle, no matter how old the child is. That being said, the Scoot XL Balance Bike does allow you to adjust the height of the seat anywhere from 16 to 22 inches, thus allowing the bike to grow with your child as he or she gets bigger and older. You don’t even need any tools to raise or lower the seat, which is convenient for both kids and parents alike. The seat itself is also well-padded to add a certain level of comfort for your child’s behind.

Your children will love the fact that the Scoot XL Balance Bike comes in 5 different colors, so they can choose their favorite, plus it comes with some neat decals too. Your child will feel like a racing rock star on his or her new Scoot XL Balance Bike. What you might like is that the decals are actually underneath the top layer of paint, thus making this model very easy to clean and wipe down without ruining those oh so cool decals.

As kids get older, they tend to get more reckless and destructive, which is why the Scoot XL Balance Bike features a really sturdy aluminum frame. The frame is strong enough to withstand the punishment your child will put it through, but also lightweight enough to not get in the way. In case your child does fall, at least the bike itself is not very heavy. The Scoot XL Balance Bike is a little heavier than some of the other models we have looked at, coming in at close to 13 pounds. However this is unavoidable seeing as it needs to be larger to suit bigger kids.

To help your child learn to use brakes and avoid accidents once they get on a real bike, the Scoot XL Balance Bike comes with a rear braking system. The brakes are routed through the frame itself, so the cable will not get in the way of a fun day on the bike. The Scoot XL Balance Bikecomes with nifty inflatable tires. They help provide your child with good grip, plus they are ideal for absorbing bumps too. Even better is that they are puncture resistant, so sharp little objects won’t flatten them.

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5. Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike

chicco-balance-bike

This particular balance bike is a good mix between the first 3 options we looked at and the number 4 option. The Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike is intended for children between the ages of 3 and 7 or 8, depending on how fast your child grows. In other words, it is a little bigger than first 3 options, but also a little smaller than the number 4 option. This balance bikes stands at about 23 inches from the ground, making it a slightly larger option than most others. At the same time, the frame on the Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike can withstand children of up to 55 pounds in weight, thus making it ideal for some fairly large kids.

It’s more than big enough to help train your child to ride a bike by the time they should be on a full blown bicycle. The frame itself is fairly lightweight, which is surprising seeing as it can actually hold up a fair amount of weight itself. Being lightweight makes it easy for your kids to use, safe in case they fall, and easy for you the parent to carry around when your child is done biking for the day. However, even though the Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike is very lightweight, it is still more than durable enough to stand up to anything that your child might place in its way. Falling down will certainly not break this bike, which is a big deal when it comes to destructive little boys that can’t ride bikes too well.

Something that you might appreciate about the Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike is that it grows along with your child. Both the seat and the handlebars on this model can be adjusted for height, which means that you don’t have to buy a new balance bike as soon as your child grows a couple of inches. Kids grow really fast, so this is definitely a very useful feature. What is also useful is the integrated foot rest where the pedals would usually be. This footrest is ideal for teaching your child to balance and ride a bike without having their feet placed on the ground.

The tires on the Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike are also ideal for small kids, especially for indoor riding. They are solid, hard, and puncture proof. So, while they don’t provide the best grip or shock absorption, they don’t require any pumping and they will definitely never pop. In terms of comfort, the Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike comes with a really well-padded seat and soft handlebar grips so your child can ride all day long without getting uncomfortable.

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6. Teddy Shake Balance Bike

Teddy Shake Balance Bike

One of the features that you might really like about this particular balance bike is that putting it together is about as easy as can be. It only comes with 5 separate parts and all you need to assemble the Teddy Shake Balance Bike is an Allen wrench, which actually comes included in the packaging. It should take you no longer than 5 minutes at the very most to put this balance bike together. Saving time is always a big deal for parents, which is why this model is a prime option to consider.

Something else that you as a parent might really like about the Teddy Shake Balance Bike is that it comes with a full 3 year manufacturer’s warranty. Kids are rough and yes they break stuff all of the time, but at least you get an awesome 3 year warranty with the Teddy Shake Balance Bike, so if something does break, at least it will not cost you any extra money.

Something that both you and the kids will like about the Teddy Shake Balance Bike is that it is as light as a feather, or at least as close as it gets to being a featherweight. Being lightweight is fair important for any balance bike, because the lighter it is, the easier your child can hold it and balance, plus it won’t hurt as much if your child falls with the bike on top of him or her. Of course, being lightweight also means that it is easy for you to carry around once your child gets tired of riding it for the day.

Even though the Teddy Shake Balance Bike is very lightweight, it is also just as durable. The hollow metal frame ensures that bumps and crashes won’t break the whole bike. Moreover, this balance bike is coated with a special anti-rust layer that will keep it from degrading even in cold and wet climates. We always like to see a balance bike that is both lightweight and durable at the same time. To help you save money, the Teddy Shake Balance Bike is also fully adjustable in terms of both the handlebars and the seat. This bike is suitable for kids as young as 2 years old and can still fit them when they are as old as 6 years. Both the seat and handlebars can be raised by several inches to grow along with your child, thus helping you save money and giving your child as much enjoyment out of one bike as possible.

Your child can easily put his or her feet on the footrests on the Teddy Shake Balance Bike. Once again, this is great for learning how to balance without actually having feet on the ground. Moreover, the tires on this balance bike are totally airless. They don’t have the best traction or shock absorption, but they do just fine for indoor riding. Also, this means that you never have to worry about flat tires or having to pump them up.

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7. FirstBIKE Cross Balance Bike

FirstBIKE Cross Balance Bike

The FirstBike Cross Balance Bike is a very unique balance bike option to consider, but being unique does not make it a bad thing. It just has a couple of features that we have not really seen on other models up until now. First off, the frame itself is made out of very strong materials. The special way in which it is built means that it is extremely lightweight, flexible, and durable too. It has the ability to flex, which is great for absorbing shocks and impact, yet it will never flex so far as to break. The fact that this frame is lightweight, durable, and flexible all in one is a big bonus indeed.

Another feature you might be happy with when it comes to the FirstBike Cross Balance Bike is that it has limited steering. This may sound like a bad thing, but for kids it is really a beneficial aspect. In other words, your kids can only move the handlebars so far in any given direction. They can’t move it too far to the left or the right, thus preventing sharp turns and crashes from occurring. It is a very simple yet effective safety addition to this bike. Speaking of safety, the FirstBike Cross Balance Bike also comes with a rear drum brake. Getting kids used to having a brake on the bike is essential to success when it comes time to ride a real bike. The brakes on this particular model will help them do just that, plus it will allow them to stop in case some kind of hill is involved.

When it comes to comfort, the FirstBike Cross Balance Bike has lots of that too. The handlebar grips are well padded with rubber so that your child’s fingers are always comfy, plus they help to provide a good non-slip gripping surface too.

Also in terms of comfort, the special horse saddle shaped seat brings even more of it to the table. The seat may not have all that much padding, but the shape of it ensures that your kids will never slip out of the seat and fall down. This helps make the FirstBike Cross Balance Bike both a little more comfortable and safer too. Speaking of the seat, so this balance bike can grow with your child, the seat can be moved up by a few inches, making it a good long term balance bike option.

The wheels on the FirstBike Cross Balance Bike are inflatable pneumatic tires. We do like these because they allow for great traction on the ground as well as shock absorption too. That being said, they do need to be pumped up every now and then. For all of you parents out there, don’t worry about assembly, because that is done in a heartbeat. There are only a few parts to put together, and that can be done in a matter of minutes.

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8. Schwinn Balance Bike

Schwinn Balance Bike 12-Inch

There is no denying that Schwinn makes some truly awesome bicycles and fitness gear. This manufacturer with its origins in Germany has been pumping out reliable and high-quality products ever since their creation. They have not failed to deliver a quality product in the Schwinn Balance Bike. One of the factors that add to the quality of this bike is the hollow metal frame. The frame on this balance bike is just like on a real life adult bicycle. It’s really durable, it’s made of metal, and it is hollow and lightweight too.

This is really everything you would expect on a full sized adult bike but just shrunk down for the Schwinn Balance Bike. Lightweight and durability are 2 things you should always look out for when getting your kid a balance bike, which is exactly what you get with this model from Schwinn. It’s lightweight, so your kids won’t have a problem lifting it up, and if it falls on them, well at least it won’t hurt too much. Also, being durable has its obvious benefits when rowdy kids are involved.

In terms of comfort, the Schwinn Balance Bike definitely brings a lot of that to the table. It comes with an extra-large and really well-padded seat to make sure your child’s behind doesn’t get painful. At the same time, to ensure that you don’t need to buy a new bike the second your kid grows an inch or two, the seat can be adjusted for position. The seat should be adjustable enough so that the Schwinn Balance Bike is ideal for kids up to 5 years old, depending on their size. Back to the comfort thing, the handlebars are equipped with soft rubber grips, which is a standard thing, yet beneficial no doubt.

To help make things a little safer for your child, there is a certain amount of padding located on the center of the handlebars. In case of a fall or trip, the padding will prevent your child’s head from smashing off the handlebars. We do like how the Schwinn Balance Bike comes with inflatable tires. These tires may not totally puncture proof and they do need to be inflated, but they do also come with certain benefits. The ability to absorb a certain amount of impact and providing good tire to floor traction are the 2 main benefits here. Also, to get your child used to balance without feet, the Schwinn Balance Bike does come with footrests so your kid can get the hang of balancing. They simply lift their feet up onto the footrests to accomplish this.

As for the parents, you should not worry because the Schwinn Balance Bike is about as easy to assemble as it gets. It only comes with a few separate parts that need to be put together, which is easily done in just a few minutes.

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9. Strider – Youth 16 Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike

Strider - Youth 16 Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike

This is definitely one of the more unique balance bikes out there at this time. The Strider Youth Balance Bike is intended for children 6 years and up, as opposed to other balance bikes which are meant for decidedly younger children. In fact, this one is so large that anybody up to the age of 16 can fit on it. Any person up to 187 pounds can comfortably use the Strider Youth Balance Bike, which is a little different we must admit. If you have a child that is late out of the gate and needs to learn to ride a bike at an older age, the Strider Youth Balance Bike might be a good beginner option to go with. Most balance bikes will not be big enough for a 10-year-old child, let alone a 16-year-old, but this one certainly is.

The seat can be adjusted just like on a normal bike. As your child grows, simply move the seat up so that the bike can grow with them. It does not even require the use of tools to move the seat up, which is yet another added bonus. The seat itself is fairly large in order to make it comfortable, which is also true thanks to the ample amount of padding which it has. More or less, it’s like a normal bike seat on an adult bike, with just a little more padding for comfort.

In terms of getting your child used to an adult bike, the Strider Youth Balance Bike does come with some useful features. First off, it comes with both front and rear brakes, just like on an adult bicycle. Most balance bikes either don’t have brakes or only rear brakes, but in order to get children accustomed to adult bikes, the Strider Youth Balance Bike has both the front and back. Not only is this beneficial for getting kids used to adult bikes, but it’s simply safe too. Kids need to be able to stop, pedals or not.

Speaking of the pedals, of course, the Strider Youth Balance Bike does not have any, but it does have footrests in the shape of pedals. This will get your child accustomed to having pedals on the bike, and at the same time allows them to practice their balance by getting their feet off of the ground. Also, just like on an adult bike, the Strider Youth Balance Bike comes with inflatable pneumatic tires. They are fantastic for providing good grip on the ground, plus they can absorb some shock and impact too. The downside is that you need to pump them up on occasion, but that’s no big deal.

Since the Strider Youth Balance Bike does closely resemble an adult bike, it will require some assembly, more than most other models. Now, that being said, it’s still not all that hard or time-consuming to put this model together, but just a little more than other models we have looked at.

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10. Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike

Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike

This final option on our list may be the last one, but it still comes with lots of benefits and neat features. First off, we love the look of this bike and we think that your little boy or girl might too. Simply put, it’s a really stylish and sleek bike that catches the eye without question. Something that helps to make this bike ideal for children learning to balance is the fact that it is equipped with fat boy tires. In other words, the tires are a full 2.5 inches thick, making balancing much easier than with smaller tires. On that same note, the tires are inflatable, which means that you will have to pump them up every now and again. That being said, inflatable tires are useful for absorbing impact, for providing good traction, and for getting children accustomed to real bicycles.

Another beneficial aspect of the Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike is that it has a very durable and lightweight aluminum frame. It’s light enough to make it easy for your kids to use, but also durable enough to withstand a serious amount of punishment, both things which kids who are learning how to ride a bike definitely need. Kids take time to learn how to ride a bike, so the bike in question needs to be able to grow with the child. This is why the Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike has a seat that can be adjusted for height, making this model ideal for kids up to 4 or 5 years old, depending on their size.

The Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike does also come with a rear brake. This is useful for safety reasons of course, but also for getting your child used to having brakes period. It’s an important thing to get the hang of. Finally, the Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike does not require very much assembly, which is a big time saver for you parents. It will only take 10 minutes or so to fully assemble the Joovy Bicycoo Balance Bike.

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Why a Balance Bike is Good for Your Child

Those of you who are already convinced that a balance bike is the way to go, can just skip through this section, but if you are still on two legs between getting your kid a balance bike, a tricycle or a pedal bike with training wheels, read on.

Safety

A balance bike is so much safer than your other options. Tricycles are slow and fall over easily on uneven surfaces. With no pedals, kids can focus on their balance and act quicker when they feel the bike topple. Once they move over to a bigger, pedaled bike, they already know how to balance, reducing the countless falls that are usually associated with learning to ride a bike.

Also Read Our “Child Bicycle Safety – The Do’s and Dont’s” Guide.

More Economical

While the initial costs may seem more, one balance bike can replace the need for a tricycle and a 12″ bike with training wheels. 12″ Bikes are not really useable without their training wheels, so many parents end up buying a 16″ bike in any case. Balance bikes also have a better resale value.

Gets Kids Outdoors

With so many digital distractions, kids of today seem to prefer to stay in the house and have no reason to want to play outside. With a bike that they feel confident on, the kids will nag you to take them for a ride. With a balance bike, toddlers can easily cruise on sidewalks at moderate speeds and get some exercise instead of being strapped into a stroller. Children don’t get tired as quickly as when they have to walk, and balance bikes are lightweight enough to carry easily when not in use.

Easier Switch to Pedals

Children who grow up on balance bikes usually are quicker to switch to pedal bikes. Many will already do the switch at three years, versus 5 or 6 years of age using training wheels. Because they know how to balance, these kids are also confident and won’t be looking for the security of extra wheels to stabilize them.

Buyer’s Guide – Choosing The Right Balance Bike for Your Child

Even the best balance bikes sometimes get bad reviews for one simple reason: the parents choose a bike that is wrong for their child. There are many child-oriented factors that you need to consider when getting a balance bike. That being said, there are also many other factors which you need to consider before getting a balance bike, things which affect both you and the child. Let’s talk about all of the main considerations you need to make before deciding on a balance bike.

Age

Your child’s age is an important consideration when choosing a bike. Don’t just go for the bigger model with the notion that he will “grow into it.” A bike that is a good fit for your bike will boost his confidence right from the start. A bike that is too small will make it hard to use, just like one that is much too big. Your child’s age needs to match the size of the bike.

For younger children (3 and younger) it is imperative that you choose a lighter bike that the child can handle. For this reason, wooden bikes are usually better suited for older children, while lightweight metal bikes are great for toddlers from 18 months upwards. Brakes would be wasted on a younger child and it can get in their way. The older your child is, the more features you can allow the bike to have. They might not understand the concept of brakes when they are 2 years old, but a 4 year old can certainly get the hang of it.

Size

Balance Bike Sizes

If you are planning on buying a balance bike online, be sure to measure your child’s inseam length (from the ground to crotch). When on the bike, your child needs to be able to stand with his feet flat on the ground, walking forward. If your child cannot reach the ground with his or her feet, you have got yourself quite a serious problem. The whole point of the balance bike is so that your kids can have their feet on the ground.

Balance bikes start at a height of 11 inches from the ground, but others start as high as 14 to 15 inches. If the highest seat setting is shorter or equal to your child’s inseam measurement, you need to look for a higher bike. That being said, if the bike is too small, your child will not really be able to get their feet up onto the footrests comfortably. This can be a problem when it comes time to lift up the feet in order to learn how to balance properly.

As you can tell from our reviews, we look at balance bikes for all ages. Now, some kid start earlier an some start really late. The point is that if you have a 10 year old child using a balance bike, you need to make sure that you don’t get one that is only suited for children up to 5 or 6 years old. Not only will the balance bike be way too small and not work right, but your child won’t be comfortable on it either.

Also Read Our “What Size Bike Does Your Child Need?” Guide.

Personality

Obviously you need to choose a balance bike that will suit your child’s personality, and then I am not only talking about color and style. If your child is a bit timid and hasn’t had any bike experience, it is better to go for a light bike with the least extra features (such as platforms, kickstands and handbrakes). Always keep the main goal in mind: your child needs to have fun while learning balance and coordination. In other words, you do want to leave some choice to your child. After all, you don’t want to get your little boy or girl a balance bike that they don’t like the look of and don’t like using. It needs to look attractive and feel safe to them.

Safety Features

Your child obviously does not know how to ride a bike yet, which is why you are getting a balance bike. This is why you should definitely look out for some safety features. Yoou don’t want your child crashing and injuring themselves. There are a couple of features that can prevent crashes and some which make them less serious when they do occur.

First off, a balance bike with limited handlebar motion is a good thing to consider. Limiting how far to the left and to the right the handlebars can move is wise. It stops the child from yanking them too far in either direction and thus it can be a big factor in stopping crashes from happening. Second, you want to look for a bicycle that has brakes. Now, like we mentioned before, a 2 year old might not get the concept of the brakes, so you can leave them out. However, a 5 year old will definitely understand the concept. So, if you want to get your child used to having brakes for real life big boy bikes, having a balance bike with brakes is a big bonus.

There is also the fact that your child will be able to stop the balance bike when on a hill or incline, a big safety factor no doubt. Finally, you will want to look out for handlebar padding. Handlebars can be dangerous and they do lead to head and mouth injuries. To stop your child from getting seriously hurt when his or her head inevitably comes into contact with the handlebars, a nice thick layer of padding is definitely something you want to have.

The Wheels/Tires

The next important thing to look out for before making your purchase is what kind of tires the balance bike in question has. This is something we will touch on again a little later, but there are some key things you should keep in mind here. The main difference we want to look at right now is between hard and soft tires. By this we mean tires that are made of solid plastic and are not inflatable, or tires made of rubber which are inflatable. Inflatable tires are better for providing traction with the ground and for absorbing bumps, but they can pop and they do need to be inflated regularly. On the other hand, hard plastic tires will never pop and don’t need to be inflated, but they don’t absorb bumps well, nor do they provide your child with very good traction.

Footrests

The footrests are another crucial thing to look out for. Not all balance bikes come with these footrests, but they certainly should. The footrests are essential for teaching your child how to balance without their feet being on the ground. If there is a slight slope or your child has some speed going, they can pull their feet up and place them on the footrests, thus getting them used to balancing. We would definitely recommend going for a model with these included.

Ease Of Assembly

Simply put, you don’t want to spend forever assembling the balance bike. These things are meant to be easy and simple, which goes for the assembly process too. Most balance bikes you order online will come in multiple pieces, but usually no more than 5 or 6. You definitely want to look out for a model that has as little separate parts as possible, thus removing the need for a long assembly period. Moreover, there are balance bikes that can be put together without the use of tools, which is of course another big bonus.

The Warranty

Kids can be quite destructive, especially when learning to ride a bike. Falls happen and things can break. Even if your child is not rough with the balance bike, having a good warranty is definitely something to look out for. Some of the cheaper models only have a 90 day or 6 month warranty, while some balance bikes can have as much as a 3 year warranty. If you have a child that plays rough, a good warranty is a must have.

The Frame

This is also something that we will touch on again later on. However, simply put, you want a bike with a durable yet lightweight frame. Hollow aluminum or steel make for great choices, as both are fairly lightweight, making them easy for your child to use. They don’t have to lift too much and if they fall, at least they don’t have a heavy bike falling on them. Being lightweight is definitely a huge selling point with these balance bikes.

Best Balance Bikes Construction-Wise

Let’s quickly take a look at what a good balance bike consists of.

Frame

Balance bikes vary widely when it comes to frame size, with the smaller frames. Smaller frames are nice and lightweight for younger kids, while larger frames with an extra-long seat post are more adjustable.

Frame Geometry:

The main difference between the best balance bikes and your cheaper models is the geometry of the frame. Many toy manufacturers of cheaper balance bikes will not spend much time on research and this is a factor that many parents tend to overlook. The geometry of the frame will determine the child’s balance and how easy it is to control the bike. High-end balance bikes usually encourage a better center of gravity due to the seat being placed a bit farther back. This leaves more room for the kids to lean forward will running with the bike.

When it comes to materials, you will likely have a choice between metal, wood and composite frames.

Metal bikes are either from steel or aluminum alloys. Steel frames are heavier and can hold a heavier rider, but are often vulnerable to corrosion. Aluminum bikes are lightweight but can usually only holds a maximum weight of about 75 pounds.

Wooden bikes are more eco-friendly, but often not as adjustable as metal and are not as long lasting.

Composite bikes have a lightweight frame, but it has a higher weight capacity and are rust resistant.

Tires

Types of Balance Bike Tyres

Balance bikes come in one of 5 different types of tires, each with its own pros and cons, weight and cost considerations.

  • EVA tires are filled with a hard rubber foam, making it look and feel a lot like a regular tire. This makes these types of tires puncture proof, and allows them to maintain their shape for several years. EVA tires are also about half the weight of that of air tires, making them a great option for smaller toddlers.
  • Standard Air tires make for a more comfortable ride as they absorb bumps better than foam. They also have better traction, but are heavier. You also have the hassle of having to have a tire pump ready for when they deflate and punctures can be a real headache. Balance bike tubes can usually only be replaced by the bike manufacturing company, so it may be hard to try and get a replacement in your area. Add tire sealant to greatly reduce these concerns.
  • Fatboy tires are larger, with a wider profile than standard air tires, increasing the air capacity. Thanks to the extra air, these tires offer better cushioning and are great shock absorbers. These tires are usually only found on your high-end bikes such as the LikeaBike and Early Rider models.
  • Rubber Honeycomb tires are fairly new on the market, but are the most versatile. These tires offer the same great traction you get in air tires, without the risk of deflating. These tires are however only found on a small selection of balance bikes.
  • Solid Rubber tires are also a new design. These tires have great traction, but offer almost not cushioning, making them less comfortable than air tires. These are great for shorter rides.

Also Read Our “The Different Types of Balance Bike Tyres” Guide.

Handle Bars and Steering

The steering range and height of the handle bars vary between the different balance bikes.  Opt for a bike with lower, adjustable handle bars for smaller riders. The grips are also a very important safety feature: a grip with a rubber knob at the end will protect the child’s hands from chafing on walls and also protect the hands from hitting the ground when he falls.

Some balance bikes also feature turning limiters, which prevent sharp turns and keep the bike from jackknifing during a fall, limiting injuries.

Other Considerations

Check the bolts and other parts before buying a balance bike. Components will usually either be metal or plastic, of which metal is simply more durable and reliable. Protruding bolts can cause scratches and injuries, so rather opt for a bike with recessed or covered bolts.

Conclusion

You have a wide range of options when it comes to choosing the best balance bike for your child. In the end your main considerations would be durability, comfort and how well the bike suits your child. There are also a couple of other factors to keep in mind such as easy of assembly, the warranty, and safety features too. At the end of the day, as long as you keep all of these things in mind, you really can’t go wrong when selecting the right balance bike for your child.

The 5 Best Balance Bike Bags 2019

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Balance bikes are a great way for your kid to gain confidence and eventually switch to a pedalled bike. As you might be well aware, balance bikes don’t come in the one-size-fits-all type of deal, and it’s important to size them correctly to suit your child.

The 5 Best Selling Kids Balance Bike Bags:

You can view the 5 best selling kids balance bike bags, available for sale in the United States, below. They deliver to most international destinations.

Bestseller No. 1
woom Balance Bike Bag, Red/White
2 Reviews
woom Balance Bike Bag, Red/White
  • Looking for an easier way to carry your balance bike 
  • Our balance bike bag is the perfect carrying Accessory for our Woom1...
  • An easy to use adjustment string can quickly reduce the size of the...
  • The bag can also include other smaller accessories such as helmet,...
  • It will Not only protect the bike but also you vehicle
Bestseller No. 2
Cruzee Ultralite Balance Bike (4.4 lbs) for Ages 1.5 to 5 Years | Orange - Best Sport Push Bicycle for 2, 3, 4 Year Old Boys & Girls– Toddlers & Kids Skip Tricycles on The Lightest First Bike
25 Reviews
Cruzee Ultralite Balance Bike (4.4 lbs) for Ages 1.5 to 5 Years | Orange - Best Sport Push Bicycle for 2, 3, 4 Year Old Boys & Girls– Toddlers & Kids Skip Tricycles on The Lightest First Bike
  • TRY A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO LEARNING - Skip tricycles and training...
  • MAKE A LONG TERM INVESTMENT IN YOUR CHILD'S HAPPINESS - Constructed of...
  • THE LIGHTEST BALANCE BIKE IN THE WORLD - In cycling, lightweight...
  • THERE'S SO MUCH TO LOVE ABOUT CRUZEE - The Cruzee is incredibly...
- 29%Bestseller No. 3
BalanceFrom BFGYFM6IV Goyoga Full Zip Exercise Yoga Mat Bag with Multi-Functional Storage Pockets
379 Reviews
BalanceFrom BFGYFM6IV Goyoga Full Zip Exercise Yoga Mat Bag with Multi-Functional Storage Pockets
  • Dimensions - 25" long and 7.5" diameter. Front Cargo pocket: 10.5"...
  • Perfectly fits Balance From Go Yoga and Go Fit Series Exercise Pilates...
  • Made of 100% cotton to ensure it's soft, durable and light weight....
  • Large expandable front Cargo pocket gives you enough space for your...
  • All genuine Balance From products are covered by a 100% Balance From...
- 39%Bestseller No. 4
MammyGol Training Balance Bike Kids Sport Bicycle No Pedal Toddler Walking Buddy Excellent Present for Ages 2-5 Years (Pink)
32 Reviews
MammyGol Training Balance Bike Kids Sport Bicycle No Pedal Toddler Walking Buddy Excellent Present for Ages 2-5 Years (Pink)
  • FAST LEARN TO RIDE:MammyGol Award-winning German design Balance Bike...
  • NO SHARPEND WITH WHOLE BIKE - Made of new high-toughness fiber plastic...
  • COMFORTABLE SEATS & OUTRDOOR ALL TERRAIN:The bike is comfortable with...
  • EASY INSTALLATION: High performance design; simple 5 minute assembly....
  • MAKE A LONG TERM INVESTMENT IN YOUR CHILD'S HAPPINESS - , MammyGol...
Bestseller No. 5
iBaseToy Kids Balance Bike for Boys and Girls - No Pedal Sport Training Walking Bicycle with Carbon Steel Frame, Adjustable Handlebar and Seat - Kids Glider Bike for Children Ages 2 to 6 Years Old
14 Reviews
iBaseToy Kids Balance Bike for Boys and Girls - No Pedal Sport Training Walking Bicycle with Carbon Steel Frame, Adjustable Handlebar and Seat - Kids Glider Bike for Children Ages 2 to 6 Years Old
  • THE PERFECT STARTER BIKE: No pedal balance bike is the first bike in...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND PROTECTIVE: Weighs only 6.8lbs, so it's easy for a kid...
  • ADJUSTABLE HANDLEBAR AND SEAT: The toddler bike features Extremely...
  • TOUGH AND DURABLE: An anti-rust carbon steel frame and foam-filled,...
  • NO-RISK PURCHASE! UNCONDITIONAL ONE-YEAR MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE. If...

This, in turn, will impinge upon the size of your balance bike bag. Sure enough, you could get the biggest size, and be done with it. However, if it’s not a snug fit (and this goes for almost every product), the bike will dangle inside, wear out the lining, perhaps even make a tear in the fabric, especially if the manufacturer skimped on the quality.

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You might be asking – Why do I need a balance bike bag? Truth be told, you don’t. However, considering the alternative (carrying the bike by the frame), it’s really not an outlandish expense. Speaking of which, here’s the first thing to consider when shopping for one – the price. Usually, they won’t go over two digits. Some will be cheap as dirt but aim at around 50ish dollars for the best balance between value and price.

Size

Of course, the first thing you’d want to look out for in terms of features is the size – make sure the bag is a snug fit (or as close to a snug fit as possible), so as to avoid the already mentioned wear and tear. On this note, you should really get a quality product. Don’t go Ebenezer Scrooge here and get something cheap; it won’t be like that in the long run.

Material

Go for a breathable and durable material, such as cotton, with at least one mesh pouch on the side of the main compartment. (Incorporating breathable pouches is important, as having decent airflow helps dry off sweaty helmets, so that they’re ready for the next ride.) Of course, you’d be hard-pressed to find pure cotton bags, as almost all of them will have at least some percentage of Spandex. This is good, though, as it provides just enough elasticity to fit that extra pair of socks or whatnot.

You may be in luck to have a big yard or a park nearby where your kid can ride their bike safely. However, if it happens to be a considerable walk to the nearest such place, it’s only practical to have a carrying bag for their bike, and a comfortable one, at that. So, make sure to find a bag with a padded back panel to keep the hard parts on the bike from poking outwards. On a similar note, go for something with padded carry handles, for your convenience. Versatility is desirable, to say the least, so it might be a good idea to get one with a shoulder strap to complement the carry handles.

Versatility

Since we’re on the topic of versatility, it’s a good idea to get something with lots of pockets. Most bags will have the main compartment, often zippered, with a mesh pouch on the side for helmets. Some will incorporate another pouch for water bottles, gloves, towels, pad sets, bandages, antiseptics, bug spray, whatever you feel is necessary. Most parents will carry an additional bag with such equipment, and having plenty of pockets on your balance bike bag could go a long way to eliminating the need for this.

Speaking of compartments, let’s just get back briefly to the main one, where you’re supposed to put the bike itself. One thing you want to make sure is that the opening is big enough to let you pack the bike and get it out without a hassle. The extra-long zipper is a nice thing to have in this regard. Additionally, it would be nice if the main compartment is lockable, for sake of security. This is not an essential feature, but it sure is a welcome one, and it can come into play particularly if you’re flying out with the kids.

Finally, at least as far as the main compartment is concerned, you should find a bag with water resistant inner liner. Why? Well, kids are not the cleanest of creatures, and they have this uncanny ability to find mud even in Nevada during summer months. With this in mind, you have to count on having to carry a dirty bike from time to time, and having a water resistant inner liner helps with the cleaning.

So, let’s recap – make sure you get good-quality material, lots of pockets, and always check if the size is a snug fit. As far as the budget goes, although it’s may seem as the most important criterion, it’s not. The important thing is not to get either the cheapest or the most expensive thing, but the biggest bang for the buck.

The 5 Best Kids Bike Gloves 2019

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Whether your child is riding a normal bicycle or a balance bike, safety is very important. Having the proper equipment can help minimize or even prevent injuries in the event that accidents happen. However, when it comes to kids bike gloves many people think that they serve no practical purpose. After all, children do not ride as fast as grown-ups, so why do they need to wear gloves. Here are just a couple of reasons why kids need bike gloves and selecting the ones that are best suited for your child.

The 5 Best Selling Kids Bike Gloves:

You can view the 5 best selling kids bike gloves, available for sale in the United States, below. They deliver to most international destinations.

Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
ZippyRooz Toddler & Little Kids Bike Gloves for Balance and Pedal Bicycles (Formerly WeeRiderz) for Ages 1-8 Years Old. 6 Designs for Boys & Girls (ZR Stars, Little Kids Medium (3-4))
285 Reviews
ZippyRooz Toddler & Little Kids Bike Gloves for Balance and Pedal Bicycles (Formerly WeeRiderz) for Ages 1-8 Years Old. 6 Designs for Boys & Girls (ZR Stars, Little Kids Medium (3-4))
  • 💥 WARNING: Wearing these gloves may give your little ones...
  • 💥 Sized for the smallest of Sports Action Heros, from 1 years...
  • 💥 Designed to keep your kids comfortable & protected while...
  • 💥 Soft thumb material for wiping runny noses. Loops at fingers...
  • 💥 Ideal for multiple sports such as Riding Bicycles,...
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
FINGER TEN Junior Kids Bike Gloves Boy Girl Youth, Outdoor Sport Road Mountain Bike, Gel Padded Bicycle Half Finger Pair (Blue, Medium)
103 Reviews
FINGER TEN Junior Kids Bike Gloves Boy Girl Youth, Outdoor Sport Road Mountain Bike, Gel Padded Bicycle Half Finger Pair (Blue, Medium)
  • PROTECT CYCLING FUN FOR YOUR KIDS: A Best Choice for Kids, Boy, Girl,...
  • MOST COMFORTABLE DESIGN FOR THEM TO WEAR: The Silicon Tab Makes it...
  • GLOVES NOT IN PAIR FOR KIDS FROM 2-10 YEARS old: Please Check the Size...
  • SAVE PACKAGED AND SAVE YOUR MONEY: You Will Receive the Product...
  • NO RISK AND BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: ALL Finger Ten Products are Eligible...
- 40%Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3
Innovative Soft Kids Knee and Elbow Pads with Bike Gloves | Toddler Protective Gear Set w/Bag | Roller-Skating, Skateboard, Bike for Children Boys Girls ((2nd Gen) Pure Red, Small (2-4 Years))
233 Reviews
Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4
Freehawk Kids Cycling Gloves, Non-Slip Ultrathin Children Half Finger Bicycle Cycling Breathable Gloves Roller-Skating Gloves for Fishing, Cycling, Roller Skating and Climbing in Summer (Red)
148 Reviews
Freehawk Kids Cycling Gloves, Non-Slip Ultrathin Children Half Finger Bicycle Cycling Breathable Gloves Roller-Skating Gloves for Fishing, Cycling, Roller Skating and Climbing in Summer (Red)
  • High Quality - The palm of gloves are used Premium non-slip and...
  • Professional Protection - With unique design, they are fashionable and...
  • Adjustable strap with hook and loop closure, help protect wrists...
  • Ergonomic Design - With Non-slip idiosome design in the palm to...
  • Perfect Application - Ideal for multisports like riding, tactical...
Bestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5
GEARONIC TM Cycling Bike Bicycle Motorcycle Glove Shockproof Foam Padded Outdoor Workout Sports Half Finger Short Gloves - Blue M
1215 Reviews
GEARONIC TM Cycling Bike Bicycle Motorcycle Glove Shockproof Foam Padded Outdoor Workout Sports Half Finger Short Gloves - Blue M
  • MATERIAL: 100% brand new and highest quality heavy duty material.
  • DURABLE: Super durable abrasion palm material with padded Foam pad....
  • COMFORTABLE: Breathable mesh back and elasticized microfiber for the...
  • VERSATILE: Suitable for casual biking or professional cycling, MTB,...
  • Product of GEARONIC TM, Trademark Registered. US Trademark...

Protection

The number one reason to invest in bike gloves for your kids is protection. Balance bikes are much safer and easier to operate than other bikes, but accidents can still happen with any type of bike. When children fall with a bike they tend to use their hands to stabilize themselves, which can lead to scraped or skinned palms. The protection provided by bike gloves can help to prevent these types of injuries.

Grip

Bike gloves are not only for protection but can also help children to improve their grip while riding. On hot and humid days, in particular, their hands can become sweaty, which can cause them to slip if they are not wearing gloves. Sweaty palms can also cause extra friction, so the added layer of protection provided by the gloves can safeguard against blisters or calluses if your child spends a lot of time riding.

On the flipside, when it is cold and your child wants to ride their bike, gloves can help to keep their hands warm. Without gloves, their hands can go numb in the cold weather, which also weakens their grip and can be dangerous.

Fun

In addition to being functional, kids bike gloves can also be a lot of fun and make riding more exciting for children. If you wear gloves when you go riding it is natural that your child would also want a pair for their own bike.

Features To Look For

Reflective Safety Strips

Reflective safety strips on gloves can help to make children more visible when riding their bikes. Aero Tech Designs are one of the brands that include this feature with their gloves. Their gloves are also available in a variety of colors.

Palm Padding

Palm padding, such as those found on the Louis Garneau Jr. Ride Glove, offers an additional layer of protection in the event that a child loses their balance and falls off their bike.

Pull Loops

Pull loops are very hand for younger children as it makes it easier for them to take their gloves off by themselves. The ZippyRooz are a great example of gloves that feature pull loops, come in various cute designs and fit smaller children.

Full Finger Gloves

Full finger gloves are handy for warmer weather as they will keep your child’s hands nice and warm. Nice options include the WoomBike Gloves and Giro DND Jr II.

Picking The Best Fit

When shopping for kids bike gloves it is very important to choose ones that are a good fit for your child. Pay attention to the age rating of the gloves as this will tell you if your child is too young or too old to wear them. It is also vital that the gloves are snug and not too loose or too restrictive. Remember, blood is pumped around the body faster when riding a bicycle, which can cause the hands to swell. Gloves that are too tight can cause discomfort for the child while loose gloves can result in chafing or blistering as your child’s hand slip around inside.

Some gloves indicate their sizes based on the size of the hand and not the age of the child. For example, if a glove is listed as a “Small – 5” it means you should measure the widest part of the child’s hand, not including the thumb, in inches. Remember to measure the dominant hand of the child.

The 5 Best Kids Bike Helmets 2019

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If you are just in the process of getting your child his/her first balance bike, a bicycle helmet is an absolute must-have.  Proper fitting kids bike helmets reduce the risk of head trauma from falls by as much as 85% and the risk of severe brain injuries by close to 90%. Children who don’t wear bicycle helmets (or wear ill-fitting ones) are twice as likely to sustain head injuries. Also keep in mind that the best way to convince your child to wear his helmet, is to wear one yourself. Almost all kids who don’t wear their helmets have parents who don’t either.

The 5 Best Selling Kids Bike Helmets:

You can view the 5 best selling kids bike helmets, available for sale in the United States, below. They deliver to most international destinations.

- 19%Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1Bestseller No. 1
Bell 7073351 Rally Child Helmet, Blue Fins
387 Reviews
Bell 7073351 Rally Child Helmet, Blue Fins
  • Fits head sizes: 52-56 cm
  • True fit self-adjusts for a proper fit every time
  • Sixteen vents keep you extra cool
  • Tapeless Technology
  • Pinch guard ensures pinch-free buckling
Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2Bestseller No. 2
Bell Spider-Man Web Shatter 3D Child Multisport Helmet
776 Reviews
Bell Spider-Man Web Shatter 3D Child Multisport Helmet
  • Fits head sizes: 50-54 cm
  • 8 vents to keep little heads cool
  • Side-squeeze buckle for easy adjustment
  • CPSC 1203 Bike and ASTM F1492 Skate compliant
  • **Always take a head measurement. Head sizes and shapes vary, even...
Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3Bestseller No. 3
Schwinn Thrasher Lightweight Microshell Bicycle Helmet Featuring 360 Degree Comfort System with Dial-Fit Adjustment, Youth, Red
3741 Reviews
Schwinn Thrasher Lightweight Microshell Bicycle Helmet Featuring 360 Degree Comfort System with Dial-Fit Adjustment, Youth, Red
  • This Schwinn Thrasher lightweight helmet is designed for youth....
  • Schwinn 360° Comfort pairs a dial-adjustable fit system with...
  • Lightweight, three-piece microshell enhances durability without...
  • 20 top air vents provide crucial ventilation on hot summer rides.
  • Adjustable side straps allow you to fine tune fit and comfort and...
Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4Bestseller No. 4
XJD Kids Bike Helmet Toddler Helmet Adjustable Kids Helmet CPSC Certified Ages 3-8 Years Old Boys Girls Multi-Sport Safety Cycling Skating Scooter Helmet (Orange)
34 Reviews
XJD Kids Bike Helmet Toddler Helmet Adjustable Kids Helmet CPSC Certified Ages 3-8 Years Old Boys Girls Multi-Sport Safety Cycling Skating Scooter Helmet (Orange)
  • CPSC CE certification
  • Helmet head circumference: 48cm-54cm,/18.89''-21.26'', Please...
  • ABS shell resists impact and high density EPS inner shell and soft...
  • Adjustable: Provided by the crank adjustment dial, and...
  • The toddler helmet has 100% Risk-Free Satisfaction guarantee to let...
- 20%Bestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5Bestseller No. 5
Raskullz Bolt LED Bike Helmet
666 Reviews
Raskullz Bolt LED Bike Helmet
  • 3D fin hawk and radical lightning bolt printed graphics.
  • 5 LED lights light up the mohawk and operate in 2 modes: steady and...
  • Auto-shut off feature to conserve battery. (Batteries included)
  • Recommended for kids 5-8 years old. (50-54cm)
  • CPSC & ASTM Certified

There may be many arguments against wearing a helmet, but statistics don’t lie, if you want what is best for your kid, you will ensure that he is protected at all times. However, it is imperative that you know what to look for when picking a helmet, as an ill-fitting one will just lull you into a false sense of security, while it doesn’t actually offer much protection.

Fit and Sizing of Kids Bike Helmets

For a kid’s bicycle helmet to work correctly, it should fit properly. If it is not comfortable enough, your child won’t want to wear it in the first place, and even if he does wear it, the helmet won’t absorb and distribute shock properly. Many kids’ helmets have a universal fit ring that is adjustable to fit the kid’s head, and others come with sizing pads to secure it better. But don’t go and buy a larger helmet thinking that the child grows into it. If you buy a helmet online, you need to take a measurement of your child’s head to ensure that you at least have a rough indication of what size you will need.

Take the measurement just above the ears, at the largest part of the head. The smallest setting on the helmet should not be larger than your child’s head, as a helmet that is too big simply won’t give the needed protection. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller to measure the helmet for you, or look the hat size up online. If you buy a kiddies bicycle helmet at a brick-and-mortar store, take your child with to ensure a proper fit:

  • The helmet should fit flush against the head from all sides.
  • It should not move over an inch in any direction when pushed or pulled
  • When buckled, it should be impossible to pull the helmet off.
  • The helmet should cover the forehead, leaving about one or two fingers above the eyebrows.
  • When the chin strap is tightened, the left buckle should be under the chin, with no more than two fingers fitting under the strap.

Safety Standards

The more expensive kids bike helmets are not necessarily safer than cheaper helmets, they usually just have better ventilation or other features. All helmets have to comply with basic safety standards, but be on the lookout for those with the Snell B90 standards from the United States, as these standards are stricter.  Also keep in mind that bicycle helmets are not suitable for skateboard and skating use.  Kids bicycle helmets are meant to only protect the head from one crash, using a lighter foam which compresses during impact.

After a major accident, you will need a new helmet, whereas skateboarding helmets are designed to handle multiple crashes. Although skateboarding helmets can handle multiple hits without compressing, don’t go buying one of those for cycling now thinking that you will save money. This type of foam can only handle shorter falls, making it unsuitable for bicycles. If you do want a helmet that can be used for different sports, don’t believe the advertisements, but go for a helmet that carries Snell N-94 multi-purpose seal.

Kids Bike Helmet Features

Childrens’ bicycle helmets come with several features that act together protect the head. It is important for a parent to know which features are the most important and which you can go without.

  • Shell – Made of a strong, lightweight plastic that acts as the first barrier in case of a knock against the head. The plastic should be able to slide on the ground without catching on anything.  Many modern-day helmets come with large vents to relief a sweaty head, but they also mean that a smaller part of the head is protected. Try to opt for a helmet that doesn’t go too overboard with the vents.
  • Foam – The inner part of the helmet is lined with a very shock absorbent foam. Kid’s bike helmets have a thicker padding than that of adults, as their heads are softer and more vulnerable.
  • Straps – The straps and fastener on your child’s helmet should be strong and stable. Don’t buy a model that unbuckles too easily, as it might also unbuckle during a fall, defeating the purpose of the helmet.  Wider straps are more comfortable.

Additional Tips When Buying a Kids Bike Helmet

  1. Have your child pick out his/her own helmet. There are many helmets on the market that are made to be appealing to boys and girls, with designs including superheroes, cartoon characters, camouflage, dolls, princesses and even sparkles. If a child really loves his helmet, he would be proud to wear it and you eliminate the battle of getting it on every time before a bike ride.
  2. Check for snags. Any fancy features such as an aerodynamic or square shape or even vents can catch onto things when the child takes a fall, something that you want to avoid at all cost. A basic, smooth, rounded model will work best.
  3. Check for stickers that carry the safety standards, including the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and Snell marks. This will ensure this helmet design has been properly tested to ensure safe use.
  4. Check the weight.  Toddlers don’t have very strong neck muscles, so they can’t wear a heavy helmet. Rather than a bigger, heavier helmet that may fit, buy a special toddler-design for young children.
  5. Don’t buy the “aero” shape if you are going to transport a child on a child seat on your bike. This design forces the child’s head downward, which is a bad, unnatural position and puts strain on the neck.

Conclusion

Buying the right helmet for your kid is just as important as buying the right bike.  In the end, it is the child’s safety that is at stake.  When shopping for kids bike helmets, the higher priced ones with the extra features are not always better. You need to look at the helmet’s seals of safety, size, comfort and a design that your kid will be proud to wear.

The 10 Best Wooden Balance Bikes 2019

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If you are just starting to teach your toddler or small child how to ride a bike, a balance bike could be a very beneficial investment. For those who may not know what a balance bike is, a balance bike is usually much smaller than an average bike and usually has only two wheels and no pedals. However, these rules are not set in stone and varies between the bikes and their manufacturers.  Balance bikes can be used to teach a child as young as 18 months how to balance properly on the two wheels.

Balance bikes are meant to be a replacement for tricycles and training wheels. Therefore, the bikes are specifically tailor designed to the ages of the children that the bikes are meant for. This would explain the smaller size of these types of bikes. Despite the differences, balance bikes do ride like normal bikes and they don’t get stuck on uneven surfaces. They can also easily glide over rocks and dirt.

Once the balance bike is mastered, a child as young as 3 can transfer the skills they have learned to that of a normal bike. With any luck, little parental assistance is needed. But why go for a wooden balance bike instead of the traditional ones made of metal?

Wooden bikes are actually much more environmentally safe and the higher end wooden frames can last for many years when properly taken cate of. However, cheaper wooden bikes tend to fall apart much faster. Though the wooden balance bikes aren’t as adjustable as their metal counterparts, the environment friendly aspect is a definite plus. Some companies have included more customizable aspects to their bikes, as you will see on this list]. If you decide to go the wooden balance bike route, you should definitely invest in a good one. When well taken care of, your wooden bike will last.

The 10 Best Wooden Balance Bikes:

Take a look at our top ten picks below to see what we think are some of the best wooden balance bikes that are currently available on the market.

1.  ZÜM CX Wooden Balance Bike

Zum Cx wooden balance bike

The ZÜM CX Wooden Balance Bike is a great value for those that want a top quality wooden balance bike without breaking the bank. The ZÜM CX is made from 100% clear top grade Birchwood and are built to last for years. Balance bikes designed by ZUM have no pedals and no training wheels. They are perfect for helping the child develop coordination and balance. The skills learned on the ZÜM CX Wooden Balance Bike will have no problem transferring to a traditional bike, once the time is right. This bike is primarily geared towards children ages 2-6.

The 100% clear top grade Birchwood is ideal for an environment friendly frame and the patented steering wheel is specifically designed to ensure that there are no jack knife types of accidents. This is great news for parents that worry about safety. The handlebars are made with rubber handgrips in order to protect your child from getting any scrapes on their little hands. Sealed cartridge bearings are used for silent and smooth running wheels. The wheels themselves are made from rubber air inflated tires which also contributes to a smoother ride. But what really sets the ZÜM CX apart from other wooden balance bikes is the adjustable seat.

As mentioned in the introduction, most balance bikes made out of wood aren’t as adjustable as the ones made of metal. Most companies that specialize in wooden balance bikes have remedied this issue, as most, if not all of the bikes on this list are adjustable. The ZÜM CX’s seat adjusts from 12 inches in a low position to 17 inches in a high position. The seat is also padded with vinyl for maximum comfort for your little one. In addition to the seat being adjustable, the frame is also reversible in order to accommodate smaller riders. For more customizable information, here is a YouTube video on the subject.  

This particular balance bike comes in a flashy red and white design and has a non-toxic lacquer finish. Tools are included to ensure easy assembly. Be warned that the weight limit on this bike should be no more than 50 pounds. For more information on this bike and other ZUM bikes you can visit ZUM’s official site here.

Available at Amazon.com.

2. Hape Scoot Around Kid’s Wooden Ride On Balance Bike

Hape scoot around kids wooden ride on balance bike

What sets the Hape Scoot Around Kid’s Wooden Ride On Balance Bike apart from other wooden balance bikes is that it actually comes with four wheels. Most balance bikes only come with two wheels in order to teach the new rider how to properly balance themselves. However, this particular model was designed with much younger riders in mind. To be more specific, those toddlers who are just beginning to test their mobility and develop active motor skills would benefit from this bike.

The Hape Scoot Around Kid’s Wooden Ride On Balance Bike promotes learning balance and your child using their feet to move. The benefit to this is that your toddler is building muscle strength while having fun. Not to mention, your child will get a boost of confidence by being mobile without assistance.

By now you may be thinking about the safety of your floors at home. Hape has thought of that in advance. The wheels on the Hape Scoot Around Kid’s Wooden Ride On Balance Bike are rubberized which ensures no scuffed up floors. Your child is covered for hassle free riding! Of course, since this is a bike for younger riders, I would advise again using it outside. This balance bike wasn’t meant for rough terrain and was built for indoor use.

This bike is recommended for children from ages 1-3. The bike is made from child safe materials and has a non-toxic finish in a popping fun shade of green. However, Hape warns parents that there are small parts that could become choking hazards. Please do not leave your child unattended. For a quick overview of this bike click here.

Available at Amazon.com 

3. Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike (Red)

Diggin Active Skuut wooden bike

The Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike in red is a winner! The bike won the Oppenheim Gold Seal, Creative Top Toy of the Year, and numerous other awards. That is quite impressive for a little toy bike and certainly makes this one a contender. What may even be more impressive than the awards is the fact that Diggin (actual company name) plants a tree for every bike of this model sold! It is something to be admired when a big company cares about the environment.

The way the Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike works is that kids should kick themselves off of the ground (as if running) in order to move the bike. This method of “skuuting” is perfect for learning balance, getting the hang of steering, and learning coordination and independence. Similar to other balance bikes, the Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike has no training wheels or pedals. Your child should have no problem transferring the skills learned on the Diggin to a traditional bike when the time is right.

The Diggin Company also boasts that the bike is easy to assemble and adjust. The seat can be adjusted at the lowest at 13 inches and the highest is 16.5 inches. Like the previously mentioned ZUM model, the Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike is made with 100% Birchwood and is finished with a non-toxic lacquer. Its tires are made with pneumatic rubber and the seat is made from vinyl.

The Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike is suggested for children ages 2-5 and its maximum weight limit is 75 pounds. You can also purchase this bike for your child in blue or green. Finally, in addition to the awards already mentioned this bike has also won Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Active Products, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, The Toy Man Award of Excellence, and education.com A+ Award. For a fun look at this bike click here.

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4. Kinderfeets Chalkboard Wooden Balance Bike, Classic Kids Training No Pedal Balance Bike

Kinderfeets chalkboard wooden balance bike

The Kinderfeets Chalkboard Wooden Balance Bike, Classic Kids Training No Pedal Balance Bike is one of the more pricey bikes on our list. This is due to the bike’s high quality manufacturing and more customizable options. The bike is hand made from Birchwood and has EVA airless tires, and an adjustable, cushioned seat. The seat is also washable. Unlike some of the other balance bikes on this list, the Kindereets Chalkboard Wooden Balance Bike comes with foot pegs. This is to prepare your child for pedals in the future and to ensure smooth cruising.

Being made from Birchwood, this bike is very environmentally friendly and it is also ergonomically designed to encourage good posture, while still maintaining maximum comfort. That fact may seal the deal with parents, but what the kids will really love is just how customizable this bike really is. The Kindereets Chalkboard Wooden Balance Bike’s finish is made with a chalkboard finish. This means that the kids can draw designs on their bike! Your order even comes with a box of chalk! Your child can create a new design with every ride!

The Kinderfeets Chalkboard Wooden Balance Bike is recommended for children ages 2 years and older. The bike was designed by a Dutch designer in California. He originally made this bike for his son because his son’s “dream bike” was not available in any store. Though his son is all grown up now, he credits his father’s balance bike with helping him to learn the skills needed in order to ride a regular bike.

The Kinderfeets Chalboard Wooden Balance Bike is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and is an award-winning balance bike. For every bike sold, the company promises to plant a tree as well. The Kinderfeets Chalkboard Wooden Balance Bike is available in black, blue, pink, red, black and white, green, and orange. Check out the bike in action here.

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5. Prince Lionheart Balance Bike

Prince Lionheart balance bike

A fancy name for a princely bike! Or princess if your little girl fancies this bike. Here we have another award winning balance bike that is made from 100% Birchwood. The Prince Lionheart Balance Bike was designed in order to teach your child how to balance. The company believes that balance is a very important skill, especially when it comes to transitioning to a traditional bike. In addition to balance, the bike also boasts to teach your child about steering and coordination. This will come in handy when your child starts physical education in school.

The Prince Lionheart Balance Bike is recommended for children ages 2-5 years and its maximum weight limit is 65 pounds. The bike’s seat is padded and highly adjustable, its lowest setting is 14.8 inches and the highest is 17 inches. The handle grips are made from solid rubber and the tires are air filled. Some adult assembly is required when putting the bike together.

The Prince Lionheart Balance Bike guarantees that your child will gain a sense of independence and self-confidence as they transition from the Prince Lionheart to a traditional bike. Here is a customer review video of the bike.

Available at Amazon.com.

6. Kinderfeets TinyTot Wooden Balance Bike and Tricycle

Kinderfeets tiny tot wooden balance bike

Here is our second entry from Kinderfeets. The company has such a cute name too. This model dubbed the “Tiny Tot” boasts being safe enough for one year olds to ride. This is more than likely possible due to the Tiny Tot having three wheels instead of two. This enables the younger child to easily start learning how to move their feet. Once they have mastered three wheels, the bike can easily be converted to two wheels. No need for you to purchase a new balance bike.

The Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Wooden Balance Bike comes equipped with airless tires, an adjustable, seat (that is cushioned and washable), and non-toxic hand grips. The Tiny Tot also has foot pegs to help children prepare for having pedals in the future. The Tiny Tot is currently the smallest 2-in-1 balance bike on the market. The Dutch design has a low, step-through frame which places children’s feet closer to the ground, so they feel safer.

Like the previous Kinderfeets entry, the Tiny Tot is also an award winning balance bike. The bike is also patented and crafted with lacquered bamboo wood. For every bike sold a tree is planted in collaboration with Trees for the Future. The Kinderfeets TinyTot Wooden Balance Bike and Tricycle, Convertible No Pedal Balance Trike for Kids and Push Bike is available in a normal color for the bamboo, blue, green, pink, red, and white. See the Tiny Tot in action here.

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7. Wishbone 3 in 1 Original Bike – Balance Bike 

Wishbone 3 in 1 original bike

Right off the bat, the Wishbone 3 in 1 Original Balance Bike is different from the other bikes on this list just by the materials that it is made from. While it is made from Birchwood like the other balance bikes, the Birchwood is sustainably-harvested and the bike also contains eucalyptus wood. Other environmentally friendly materials used to make this balance bike are non-toxic glues and finishes and recycled packaging. This is a company that really cares for the environment by not cutting any corners.

Another very unique element of the Wishbone balance bike is that it can actually grow with your little one. The bike can convert to a baby walker, to a push tricycle, a small version of the balance bike, and finally to the larger version of the balance bike. However, a bike this versatile is one of the most expensive bikes on our list. However, think of this bike as an investment. You won’t have to purchase any more mobile toys until your child is ready for a traditional bike.

The Wishbone’s tires are made of rubber and are air filled. Your order of the Wishbone Balance Bike also comes with an organic canvas drawstring tool bag. This will come in handy when you decide to take the Wishbone on outdoor trips and you might have to pack a bag.

In addition to everything I have already mentioned, the Wishbone 3 in 1 Original Balance Bike exceeds the European, United States, and Australian toy safety standards. That’s good news for mom and dad, but did you also know that this bike is a multi-award winner? The Wishbone has claimed the titles of best-in-category – winner of 2009 TIME Magazine Design 100, Dr. Toy Best Green Toy 2011, Dutch Best Baby Toy Award 2009, JPMA Innovation Award 2009, and Babble.com Best Kids Bike 2011. That is a lot of awards for a single toy.

With all this in mind, Wishbone implores parents to monitor younger tykes on this bike. They are small parts involved that could become choking hazards. Check out some YouTube videos of the Wishbone 3 in 1 Original Balance Bike here.

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8. Kinderfeets Retro Wooden Balance Bike, Natural 

Kinderfeets Retro Wooden Balance Bike

Kinderfeets is certainly a popular brand on this list, however this is our final entry from thus company. The Kinderfeets Retro Wooden Balance Bike is described as “retro” and “natural” probably because it is the oldest looking model on the list. But, don’t those tire spokes look rad?

Despite its natural description, the bike is one of the higher priced products on the list. But don’t let the name fool you. You can get the bike in other colors besides “wood.” Color choices include “Princess” (this has a cool white and red design with a girl, flowers, and hearts), a red, white, and blue United States flag design, “Cupcake” (a brown, pink, and white polka dot design), a red and white rocket design, and a superhero design. With all these cool and unique choices, the “natural” bike is one of the flashiest of the balance bikes. With both boys and girls in mind, the bikes with the designs are also surprisingly cheaper than the regular wooden one.

The Retro is equipped with EVA airless tires, an adjustable cushioned seat that can be washed, foot pedals that help with cruising and preparing your tyke for a regular bike. Another element of the Retro Balance Bike that will make parents happy is that the seat and handlebars were designed in order to encourage good posture. Of course, the manufacturers still keep comfort as an important quality.

As the norm with Kinderfeet bikes, the Retro Balance Bike is patented, award winning, and with every bike Kinderfeets sells they promise to collaborate with Tress for the Future to plant a tree.

Available at Amazon.com.

9. Wild Baby Girls and Boys Training Bike For Toddlers and Kids Wild baby girls and boys training bike

This star and checkered number (that also comes in blue and pink) is actually one of the cheaper models on our list. As a reoccurring theme on this list, this balance bike is made with 100% Birchwood and is finished with non-toxic materials. Equipped with 12 inch durable, airless EVA tires, this model is surprisingly light, weighing in at only 8 pounds. The bike also features comfortable rubber grips on the handle.

The Wooden Balance Running Bike promises to naturally teach your child about balance, steering, and coordination. Similar to most balance bikes, this model also promises to be useful to the transition to a regular bike, as well as build self-confidence. There are no pedals which prompts your child to walk or run with the bike by pushing with their feet. Once they gain control, they will be able to lift up their feet and glide. This also helps build muscle strength as well.

This is yet another model that grows with your child by having an adjustable seat. The height grows from 13 inches to 16 inches. The seat is also made with vinyl for maximum comfort. The company promises that this balance bike will be in your family for years to come.

Parents that are worried about safety can also rest easy. The limited steering ratio prevents your tyke from oversteering or turning too sharply. Just remember that the bike has a 60 pound weight limit.

While parents will love the bike’s safety features, kids will love the super cool star and stripes design. The bike also comes 95% already assembled! Some adult assembly is required though. The recommended ages are 2-5.

Available at Amazon.com.

10. BIKESTAR® Original Safety Wooden Balance BikeBikestar Original Safety Wooden lightweight

The final bike on our list is one of the more modestly priced, The Bikestar model claims to be both lightweight and high quality. The frame is made out of a very sturdy Beech wood. One feature that the company boasts about is the extra-large handle on the frame for easy steering. The paint used on the bike is impact resistant, solvent free, and water-based. The upside is that the bike should resist getting a lot of damage.

Another safety feature of this bike is the certified non-toxic safety ‘eco-rubber’ steering wheel handgrips. The handgrips are equipped with a device that protects your child’s hands. Parents should love that. The extra wide-base promises for driving comfort and a good suspension.

The company that manufactures the Bikestar line also prides itself on having designs that really impress the tykes. However, it doesn’t seem like this bike in particular has a lot of design options.  Bikestar also has products for bigger riders such as scooters and skateboards.

The company is based in Germany and is one of the largest manufacturers of children’s bikes in Europe. Bikestar’s customer service promises to always put the customer’s needs first.

Available at Amazon.com.

Buying Guide

This may seem trivial to those who don’t have children, but parents know that buying any toy for their child is not a matter to sneeze at. Parents want to be sure that the toy is safe and will not cause any accidents. They also want to be sure that the toy will be the best fit for the child and that no money is wasted. To really get your money’s worth, the balance bike should be able to last a good while as well.

With all of this in mind, we did go over 10 balance bikes in this article. Than is a lot of information.  If you are still feeling overwhelmed after viewing all of these products, here are some tips and tricks that can help you pick out a good balance bike.

Why not a Tricycle or Training Wheels?

Something we haven’t discussed is why you should get a balance bike instead of a tricycle with training wheels. A lot of people have probably used training wheels and tricycles when they were small. You probably even did. So, what’s the big deal about them? Why are balance bikes considered to be superior?

By now this should be of no surprise to parents, balance bikes are actually much safer than traditional tricycles. How so? The tree wheels make the bike much harder and awkward for little ones to maneuver. They also much easier to tip over on uneven or angled surfaces. Balance bikes are designed in order for the child to focus on balancing. Therefore, they are more prepared for a loss of balance and are less likely to fall.  That will make for less scrapped knees and injuries.

But what about training wheels? Some people actually believe that training wheels significantly delay a child’s ability and overall desire to learn how to ride a bike. Keep in mind, that balance bikes are designed to teach a child how to ride a bike while balanced. Training wheels are designed to teach a kid how to ride while unbalanced. Bikes with training wheels generally tilt to one side, which creates a false sense of balance.

In order to ride without the training wheels, a child must “unlearn” how to ride unbalanced and learn how to ride while balanced, w3ich is something a balance bike would already teach them how to do. Basically, a balance bike teaches your kid what to expect with a traditional bike. Training wheels “hold your child’s hand” so to speak and doesn’t really teach them anything.

Size

Size is probably the most important factor to consider when purchasing a balance bike. Tire size and seat height should both be considered when determining the right bike for your child.

Tire Size: Most balance bikes typically have 12 inch tires, while 14″and 16 inch tires are popular for taller kids. 10 inch tires are available for starter balance bikes, however kids outgrow these quite quickly.

Seat Height: The seat height is the most accurate way to tell if the balance bike will fit your child. A child’s feet must be able to hit and push off of the ground while they are sitting on the bike. A proper seat height should also allow for a slight bend at the knee. This will allow room for growth.

Weight

The first important thing to know about weight is you don’t want the bike to weigh more than 30% of your child’s weight. Keep in mind that the more fancy features on a bike, the heavier it may be.

Geometry

Since balance bikes are all about learning to balance and they favor the act of running and gliding, the child will naturally want to lean forward. Therefore, he or she will need the room to do so. Balance bikes that are poorly designed, will limit a child’s ability to lean by creating minimal space between the seat and handlebars.

The position of the seat on the frame is also important. A good balance bike has a small gap between the rear tire and the seat when it is set to its lowest position. A poorly made bike has a large gap which makes the bike harder to control.

Tires

The tires will determine the overall smoothness of the ride and whether or not it can hold its own on various surfaces. The five basic types of balance bike tires are air, foam, rubber, plastic, and big apple.

Air: Provides the most cushion and traction. Air tires are widely considered to be the overall best choice. Keep in mind that air tires generally add about 3 to 4 pounds of weight to a bike.

Foam: Foam tires are cheaper, lighter, and will never go flat on you. However, their traction is more limited when compared to air tires. Foam tires also tend to wear much faster. Be prepared to get new tires more often.

Rubber: Like foam tires, rubber tires are also puncture proof. However, rubber tires will provide much more traction than foam tires. You may have a harder time finding rubber tires, since they are less common than foam and air. Considered to be better than foam tires, rubber tires still don’t match air tires when it comes to traction.

Plastic: Plastic tires are the lightest of them all and the lowest of quality. They provide no traction and are only suitable for indoor use.

Big Apple: These tires are also known as “Fat Boy” tires. They are described as wide profile air tires that create more traction. These are probably the most expensive out of the bunch.

Brakes

When it comes to riding a balance bike, the main way to stop will always be your child’s feet. However, hand brakes can be used to prevent injury and prepare your child for a regular bike. It is stated that around the age of three, a child should have enough hand/eye coordination to use a hand brake. Once they get used to the hand brake, the child will use it in coordination with their feet to safely stop. The skill will not have to be relearned on a regular bike.

Turning Issues

Some balance bike companies put turning limiters on the bike in order to block the handlebar and front wheel from completing a full revolution. This will prevent sharp turns and keeps the brake cable from getting twisted. Some claim that this makes the bike safer, while others say that it prevents kids from learning proper steering techniques.

There are pros and cons to turning limiters, however the overall effect of it on a balance bike is very minor. It is ultimately up to you, the parent, and what you think will be best for your child.

Footrests

As stated before, most balance bikes do not come with footrests. However, some companies include them in order for the new rider to feel safer. Footrests are not really needed on a balance bike at all. But if you insist on having one, make sure that they are designed properly and don’t hit the back of the child’s calf while riding.

Footrests may be a better option for younger balance bike riders. In fact, most companies that put footrests on their balance bike usually gear that particular bike towards younger riders.

Bearings

The bearings of a bike determine how fast and how smoothly a tire spins around the axle. Sealed bearings have a rubber seal around them that stops water other unwanted materials from getting into the bearings. A bike with sealed bearings will get less friction when spinning. Less friction makes for a smoother ride and allows the child to have to use less force when controlling the bike. However, sealed bearings will result in a higher priced bike. But if a bike has sealed bearings, it will more than likely be a higher quality balance bike.

Grips

Many of the bikes on our list have included special handgrips to prevent scrapped hands. A rubber grip will protect your child from when the handlebar runs into a wall, trees, or anything else encountered on the ride. Be sure that your child’s handgrips also has protective bumpers.

Bolts

In time, if the bolts on your bike become exposed they can become scratched and can also scratch your child’s legs when riding. This will be very uncomfortable and can even be painful for your child.  Covered, rounded, and recessed prevent this from happening. It is a fact that exposed bolts are the most common issues on most balance bikes.

Conclusion

Now that we covered everything from the top balance bikes on the market to the important elements of a good balance bike, we hope that you feel more confident about purchasing one for your child. Wood is the most environmentally friendly of the balance bike frames and is sure to make mom and dad happy about that. Your child can learn to be environmentally conscious at an early age.   Not to mention, balance bikes in general are typically considered to be much safer than tricycles and training wheels.

Aside from frame materials, it is important to remember that the height of the bike is a very important element when choosing the right balance bike for your child. The height of the bike will determine whether the bike will fit your child or not. Other important things to take into consideration (besides price) are the make of the tires, the geometry of the bike, and whether or not to go with footrests. No matter what features you choose, many of the bikes on this list are award winning and will be a great investment for your child. With the skills your child will learn from their balance bike, they will be riding a traditional bike in no time.

Parents, when purchasing a balance bike, please keep in mind the needed safety features, the size of the bike, and the overall weight limit of the rider. For more information on balance bikes in general, click here.