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The 5 Best Kick Scooters for Kids 2019

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Kick scooters are one of the most fun and versatile modes of transport for kids. I am yet to come across a kid who doesn’t enjoy riding their scooter. Apart from being a lot of fun, scooters are a great way for your kid to get some exercise and learn balancing and coordination.

Scooters come in a variety of forms and options. From two wheelers and three wheelers to recreational scooters, folding scooters, and stunt scooters, there’s a scooter for every kid, regardless of their age and preferences. With so much choice, selecting the best scooter for your kid can be quite exhaustive.

Our Selection of The 5 Best Kick Scooters for Kids:

To make the choice easier for you, and keeping the above factors in mind, we have compiled a list of the 5 best kick scooters for kids on the market today. Let’s dive in.

1. Razor A Kick Scooter

Razor A Kick ScooterThe RazorA kick scooter is a two wheeler that features an innovative design, high quality construction and offers an amazingly smooth ride. With the T-tube and deck made of strong, aircraft-grade aluminum, the Razor A has been built to last. It comes with a patented folding mechanism, making it convenient to transport and store. Setting it up is easy. All you need to do is unfold the T-tube, pull up the handle bars to your preferred height, lock it down and go on a cruise around the neighborhood. If you need to fold it up for transportation or storage, you simply need to reverse the procedure.

The Razor A comes with 98mm inline-style urethane wheels. While the two inline-style wheels make it less stable than a three wheeler, it is more fun to ride once you get used to it. It also features a patented rear fender brake which comes in handy when you need to make quick stops. The Razor A is recommended for kids who are five years and above. With a weight capacity rating of 143 lbs. and height adjustable handlebars, this is a kick scooter that your child is going to ride for a long time.

2. Micro Mini Kick Scooter

Micro Mini Kick Scooter

The Micro mini kick scooter is a well-designed three wheeler that is meant for young kids under the age of 5. With its three wheels and the low-to-the-ground deck, the micro mini is one of the safest and easiest kick scooters for toddlers.

It features a unique and cleverly designed lean-to-steer mechanism which works in similar fashion to the rack and pinion system used in car steering. This allows a kid to steer the scooter by shifting their body weight instead of turning the handlebars. This feature makes the mini micro perfect for toddlers to learn balance and coordination. The two front wheels on the mini micro are fairly large, making this scooter very stable. The wheels are made of polyutherane, which is highly durable and contributes to a very smooth ride. The wheels are also non-marking, so you don’t have to worry about your kids riding indoors.

The micro mini also features a very intuitive sprung rear wheel brake fender that most kids will easily learn how to use. The standing board is made of plastic reinforced with glass fiber. It can take a maximum weight of 44lbs, which is adequate for a kid under the age of 5. The handlebars are fixed at a height of 24 inches above the deck, which is the perfect height for kids between 3-5 years. The handlebar is removable for easy storage and transportation.

3. Razor A2 Kick Scooter

Razor A2 Kick Scooter

The Razor A2 is the more fun big brother to the Razor A kick scooter. Just like the Razor A, the A2 is a durable two wheeler made of aircraft grade aluminum. While they might look alike, the A2 has a couple tricks up its sleeve. It comes with a springless front wheel shock absorber system that smoothens out the ride even on bumpy sidewalks. It also comes with an updated deck design and a new wheelie bar, allowing the rider to stun their peers at the skate park with amazing stunts and tricks.

Here are some of the tricks you can perform on the Razor A2:

Just like the Razor A, the A2 comes with the same patented folding mechanism, making it easy to store the A2 or carry it at your side just like a skateboard. It comes with the 98mm inline-style urethane wheels and the patented rear fender brake. Unlike the Razor A, the A2 comes with an enhanced finger guard. It also features height adjustable handlebars and has a maximum weight capacity of 143 pounds. The Razor A2 kick scooter is suitable for kids above the age of 5.

4. Vokul VK 1281F Kick Scooter

Vokul VK 1281F Kick Scooter

Built by Vokul Sports Equipment Co. Ltd, the VK 1281F scooter, sometimes referred to as the mini kick, is a well-designed three wheel scooter that is suitable for children between the ages of 2-5. Just like the micro mini, the VK 1281 comes with the safe and innovative lean-to-steer mechanism which is important for kids to learn balance and coordination. Unlike the micro mini, the handlebars can be adjusted to perfectly fit your kid’s height. The handlebars are also fitted with a soft hand-grip that is safe for the delicate hands of a toddler.

The VK 1281F has a wide front wheel-base for improved stability. It also has a low-to-the-ground and super wide deck that fits both feet, making it safer and more comfortable to ride. The wheels on the VK 1281F are made of anti-abrasive and shock-absorbing polyutherane to ensure a smooth ride. This scooter also has flashing front wheels, making it more attractive and giving your kid extra visibility, especially when they are out riding at dusk.

The handlebars on the VK 1281F, which are made of aluminum, can be detached for easy storage and transportation. The mini kick comes with a rear wheel spray protection quick-reach brake to ensure more safety for your kid. It has a maximum weight capacity of 77 lbs.

5. Razor Jr Lil Kick Scooter

Razor Jr Lil Kick Scooter

As its catchphrase goes, the Razor Jr. Lil’ kick scooter brings big fun to the little ones. Designed specifically for toddlers, this scooter will allows your kid to have a Razor of their own and feel like part of the gang. Unlike the other Razors, the Razor Jr. Lil kick scooter comes with a unique three wheel system. Instead of the normal two front one rear wheel design, it has a one front two rear wheel design for improved stability. It also features large tough wheels which contribute to a balanced ride while still maintaining the fun of a typical Razor scooter.

Since the Razor Jr. Lil kick scooter is meant for small kids below the age of 5, it also comes with a super wide and slip-resistant deck for maximum safety. The deck is low-to-the-ground to allow easy scooting. With its steel frame and polypropylene deck, the Razor Jr. Lil kick scooter is built to last.

Choosing The Right Kick Scooter for Your Kid:

Choosing the right kick scooter for your kid involves finding the right balance between safety, fun and durability. There are a number of factors you should consider before making your choice. First, you need to consider the stability of the scooter. Stability is determined by a number of factors. Generally, three wheelers are more stable compared to two wheelers. For three wheelers, a wider standing platform and a wider distance between the two front wheels translates to more stability.

Another important factor is the wheels size of the scooter. Larger wheels are more versatile and can handle different terrains. A scooter with smaller wheels might send your little one flying forward if they encounter pebbles on the road or cracks in the sidewalk. You don’t want your kid taking a shot at being superman, do you?

A good scooter should also have an effective braking system. While most scooters come with a rear step-brake, some have no braking system at all. This can be quite dangerous, especially during downhill rides. Generally, wider and studier rear step-brakes are more effective. If possible, avoid the thin aluminum brakes. They are not very effective, especially when the wheels get wet.

Finally, you need to consider the scooter’s height and weight capacity. Ideally, you want something your child can ride for a long while as they grow. Therefore, go for scooters with height-adjustable handlebars and a weight capacity that’s at least 20 pounds more than your kid’s weight.

Conclusion

There are lots of awesome choices when it comes to buying a kick scooter for your kid. The choice will mainly depend on your child’s age and preferences. For younger kids, three wheelers are the best option since they have higher levels of safety and comfort. Older kids will have more fun on two wheelers. While this list is not exhaustive, it represents some of the best and most popular kick scooters for both first time riders as well as more experienced kids. I hope that by compiling this list of the 5 best kick scooters for kids, I have helped you make the right choice for your kid.

Safe riding out there buddies!

Glide Bikes Mini Glider Balance Bike Review

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The most important concerns when it comes to balance bikes are safety and comfort, but obviously the overall look of the bike is also an issue. It is no use buying a bike if your child doesn’t like how it looks. With the Glide Bikes Mini Glider Balance Bike you won’t have to worry about this, as it is one of the sleekest looking balance bikes on the market. Thankfully the safety and comfort of the bike are also pretty good so let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Unboxing

The Mini Glider is another balance bike that surprised me when it arrived with how light the package was. With a weight of only 8 lbs there are no concerns that your child won’t be able to handle this bike. I have seen smaller children struggle while trying to turn their balance bikes around or when pushing them uphill, so the lighter weight definitely helps a lot. I was afraid that the bike would require a lot of assembly as it has a different design than most balance bikes, but once again I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box.

Literally all I had to do was insert and tighten the handlebars using the tool included in the box and then adjust the seat. I only had to turn one bolt to adjust the height of the seat, which is very convenient. If you do run into any trouble, the customer service number is listed in the instruction manual and I can attest that the people manning the lines are very friendly and helpful. I also contacted the manufacturer through their website with a quick inquiry and got a prompt reply.

Features

The Glide Bikes Mini Glider Balance Bike actually sports quite a couple of features that you won’t find on many other brands. The first thing that I like about it is the design of the frame. The middle bar is curved a lot lower than similar balance bikes, which not only makes it easier to mount the bike, but also reduces the risk of groin injuries if your child does lose his balance and falls forward. The low center of gravity improves the stability of the bike and the design is based on downhill mountain bike geometry which shows the attention to detail. The Mini Glider also features foot pegs, which is still a rarity on balance bikes. My daughter is used to the balance bikes without the foot pegs so it took her a while to get used to them, but once she did, she really liked this feature. In my opinion the foot pegs make the riding more comfortable and will certainly help when it comes transitioning the child to a pedaled bike. The foot pegs are large enough that your child will be able to comfortably rest their feet while riding.

Glide Bikes Mini Glider Balance Bike

The second feature found on the Mini Glider is the brakes, which is once again not something that I have seen on many balance bikes. Initially I was a bit wary of the brakes as I was concerned that my daughter would crash when using them and coming to an abrupt stop. My fears were unfounded though, as the brakes actually just slow down the speed of the bike instead of suddenly stopping it. It is another feature that my daughter was not used to, but once she figured it out she used it to control her speed when going down steeper hills. It boosted her confidence and I think these skills will come in handy on larger, pedaled bikes. I know a lot of parents are concerned about brakes on balance bikes as they feel that children shouldn’t ride the bikes at high speeds

The wheels on the Mini Glider are not inflatable and while I usually prefer the pneumatic tires, this bike is so light that it doesn’t really make a difference. The tires are sturdy and from what I have observed there is no problem with traction either. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about punctures or inflating the tires all the time.

Pros & Cons

I have seen cheaper balance bikes than the Min Glider, but not with as many features. Of course, the features are only useful if your child is actually going to benefit from them. Some children are confused by the foot pegs and brakes while others love these features, so once again it is going to come down to what your child prefers. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of this bike to see where it fits in compared to the competition.

Mini Glider Pros

  • Light weight, but sturdy frame with a low center of gravity for better balance
  • Easy to assemble and manufacturer provides excellent customer care
  • Foot pegs provide better comfort
  • Brakes to help slow the bike down and prepare child for bigger bikes with brakes
  • Adjustable seat

Mini Glider Cons

  • Foot pegs can get in the way if child is not used to them
  • Brakes are of limited use to younger kids who don’t go very fast
  • Tires not as shock absorbent as inflatable tires

Conclusion

The Glide Bikes Mini Glider Balance Bike offers plenty of features, but it is up to you to decide whether they will be useful for your child. I like the fact that the bike teaches children how to use brakes and how to place their feet on the pegs while coasting which are essential skills for when they finally make the leap to pedaled bikes. On the other hand, these things could also potentially confuse or intimidate younger riders who want a straightforward balance bike. The price is quite reasonable and the bike is durable enough that you can pass it along to younger siblings when your child outgrows it. Overall the Mini Glider is a solid bike that will put a smile on the face of any child who receives it as a present.

Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike Review

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The Skuut is one of the first wooden balance bikes that was released for the American market and is fairly popular if you look at its Amazon ratings. Made from birchwood harvested from a replenishable source, the Skuut is a very eco-friendly bike. Add to the fact that the company works with Trees for the Future to ensure that a new tree is planted for every Skuut bike purchased, this design is a great choice from an environmental point of view. But does the bike live up to standards when it comes to quality and ridability? Well, to form an unbiased opinion we obviously had to test it out.

Unboxing

When the box arrived, I immediately felt a weight difference compared to some of the smaller Strider and Earlyrider products. At 10lbs, the Skuut is definitely not one of the lightest models out there, which could be a concern with younger toddlers, who might have more trouble controlling a heavier bike. But to be fair, you can’t exactly call the Skuut a heavy bike either, it falls more in the mid-spectrum as you do get bikes that are 11lbs and up. It is marked for children of 2 to 5 years, after all, and not for toddlers younger than 2.

Diggin Active Skuut Wooden Balance Bike 2

When I took it out of its box, it struck me what an attractive bike the Skuut actually is, making use of the natural beauty of the wood and its grain. If you like the look of wooden toys, you will love this design. I also like the fact that it is gender-neutral, making it suitable for boys and girls.

The bike arrives partially assembled, which means that you only need to attach the seat and handlebars, an easy enough task. However, adjusting the seat height proved to be a bit of a pain. Although the bike ships with tools, adjusting the seat took me around 8 minutes, which is longer than what I am used to on other bikes.  The issue lies with the fact that the two bolts that hold the seat have to be removed first before you can raise or lower the height and then reattach it to the frame. It took a couple of tries to rethread the bolts through the nuts.

At the lowest seat setting, my 26 month old daughter just managed to fit on the bike, making it a bit on the high side for a young two year old.  Apparently you can flip the frame by moving the saddle and the fork to the other side to make it a bit lower. I also measured the bike against my 5 year old nephew and he was definitely too big for the bike.  Although the description says the bike is suited for a child of 2-5 years old, I would rather estimate it to be more suitable for a 2.5 to 4.5 year old. I guess it all depends on the child. According to the manufacturers, the seat can be adjusted from around 13.5 inches to 16.5 inches high, so be sure to measure your child’s inseam if his age is close to either side of the spectrum.

My other concern when unboxing the bike is the pin that is used to connect the frame and the fork.  This pin is only supported by 1/2 inch plywood, which in my opinion is a bit risky. Knowing how rough children could be, I am not very confident that this pin will last in the long run.

First Impressions

I guess I am just a bit used to the smoothness of metal bikes, but when my daughter got onto the Skuut for the first time, the wheels seemed a bit wobbly.  They work fine, but there was a definitive difference compared to the Strider we tested previously. But the fat boy pneumatic tires made up for the wobbliness – these tires provide way better cushioning than your EVA foam tires. The wider size of the wheel also makes the bike a bit more stable and the fact that there are no spokes for little feet or shoelaces to get caught in is a big plus in my books. The saddle is also from wood, which is covered by some thin padding as well as fabric and although my daughter didn’t complain, I can imagine that this can become a bit uncomfortable on long rides. The bike has a steer limiter, which prevents the bike from swerving or jacknifing and basically limiting these types of accidents.  My daughter is by now a more experienced rider, so she doesn’t really need the limiter, but it really helps to keep the bike in better control, especially for a beginner. If your child has to step over to a larger bike soon, I would however recommend getting a bike without a steering limiter to allow for a smoother transition.

Durability

The greatest issue I have with the Skuut is its durability, but it is a concern I have with wooden bikes in general.  Wood is just so much more vulnerable to the elements than metal. Even the manufacturers warn that the Skuut will require ongoing maintenance as the bolts tend to loosen with time. The company recommends that you check the bolts before every ride. A Skuut bike can also not be stored outside or left in the rain as the wood, though protected by a lacquer finish, may rot or warp. Examining the bike after my daughter’s first couple of rides on it, I could see that the frame was already scratched, damaging the lacquer and increasing the bike’s chances of getting water damage.

I have also read some very negative reviews where users who bought the bike complained that the bike was falling apart within the first year and that it is not that easy to find parts for it or to get it repaired.  One family even sent the bike back within 30 days because they found that the bike was becoming unsafe. Looking at the construction I do think it should at least last longer and on the flipside of the coin there are people who have reported that the bike has been in the family for years.  I guess it all comes down to how you maintain and look after this bike, but given the material, the Skuut would be more suitable for families with only one child. I don’t think the Skuut will make a good hand-me-down. When compared to other wooden balance bikes and balance bikes in general, I would say that the Skuut fares a bit better in durability than the Smart Gear, but doesn’t come close to the marine-grade wood of the more expensive Early Riders.

Pros & Cons

Diggin Active Skuut Pros

  • Sustainable, eco-friendly design
  • Company actively replenishes wood used
  • Fat pneumatic tires allow for a smoother ride
  • Mid-sized bike, adjustable to grow with the child
  • Gender-neutral look
  • Steering limiter prevents accidents
  • Generally safe design, no spokes

Diggin Active Skuut Cons

  • Pin possible weak spot in the design
  • Bolts loosen all the time and need to be checked daily
  • Seat not that easy to adjust
  • Not as durable as a metal bike
  • Lacquered frame is easily scratched

Conclusion

From a green perspective, I would certainly recommend the Skuut and thanks to its sturdiness your little one should have a lot of fun with it. However, if you are looking for something durable that will last for years to come, I would rather opt for a metal bike such as the Strider ST-4.

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike Review

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Wooden and plastic balance bikes have their advantages, but if you are the proud parent of a child that wants a “real” bike then something like the Chicco Red Bullet is probably a good option. The bike looks almost just like a just like a pedaled bike, only without the chain and pedals, which will please kids who want to ride a bike just like the one that their older siblings might be using. The Red Bullet is also surprisingly affordable compared to other balance bikes, but there is more to it than just a cheap price, so let’s take a closer look.

Unboxing

Popping open the box revealed a bike that was shipped in four pieces and assembly was for the most part pretty straightforward. I say for the most part, because the wrench that is included in the box is a real pain to use. I struggled adjusting the seat and in the end had to go fetch a real socket wrench from my own toolbox to finish the job. It is certainly doable with the included wrench, but it is not a lot of fun struggling. Once the assembly was over and done with I showed the bike to my daughter and she looked very impressed with the slick ride. Weighing in at just less than 10 lbs the bike is not the lightest that I have ever tested, but it is lighter than some of the bigger models and my daughter had no trouble moving it around on her own.

Chicco Red Bullet 2

Features

While the design of the Red Bullet is actually pretty straightforward and without too many bells and whistles, the color scheme makes it very eye-catching. It is quite a compact little bike, so even with the adjustable seat it is something that children will outgrow faster than some of the other balance bikes on the market. It is a great little starter bike for kids eager to jump in the saddle, but be prepared to upgrade to something bigger sooner than later. The frame of the bike is very solid and although it might pick up a few scratches if not handled carefully it would take a lot to actually break anything.

I’m not a big fan of foam tires as it offers much less resistance than inflatable ones as well as a much bumpier ride. Parents that regularly have to break out the puncture repair kit will probably appreciate them more, so if your kid is prone to driving into spots they shouldn’t these tires are an advantage. The bike has a padded seat, which according to my daughter is very comfy and the handlebars also come with rubber grips. I noticed that the handlebars seem to be a bit wider than a few of the other models that I have tested and this translates into easier steering.

Because of the straightforward design of the bike there isn’t a whole lot that I can criticize or praise really. There aren’t a whole lot of extras, but for the price I didn’t really expect any. The only thing that I would have liked to see changed about the Red Bullet is some better tires with more grip and a way to adjust the seat a bit more so that the bike is usable by older or taller children. It is certainly a durable little bike and I have seen it being used by older and heavier children without breaking, but the taller the child the more uncomfortable the ride becomes. The tires could have been a bit more durable, but there is no risk of flats and it is better than the hard plastic ones that provide even less cushioning. If your child is going to spend a lot of time riding the bike indoors your floors won’t endure the abuse that rubber or plastic tires can inflict which is a definite plus.

Overall Chicco didn’t try to do anything too fancy or exotic with this bike and it works in their favor. It is a cheaper option without looking cheap and your child will want to ride this bike everywhere that you go.

Chicco Red Bullet 3

Pros & Cons

Due to the price, size and durability of the Chicco Red Bullet Training Bike I would put it squarely in the entry level class of balance bikes. It is a great little bike for beginners to find their confidence and learn the ropes before moving on to something bigger or even a pedaled bike if they are good enough. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons to see what you are up against when considering buying one of these bikes.

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike Pros

  • Priced very affordably
  • Sturdy design and easy to assemble
  • Eye-catching paint job
  • Looks like a “real” bicycle
  • Comfortable seat and handlebars which can be adjusted
  • Wider handlebars provides better steering control
  • Foam tires means no worries about thorns or other sharp objects causing punctures

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Training Bike Cons

  • The wrench included in the package is not that great for assembling the bike
  • Foam tires means a bumpier ride and less traction
  • Small bike size means kids will soon outgrow it
  • The paint job is not very scratch resistant

Conclusion

If you are on a tight budget and your child wants a balance bike that looks like the pedaled bike of an older sibling then the Chicco Red Bullet is the answer to your prayers. It is a straightforward, no thrills bike, but this doesn’t mean that kids won’t love it. Chicco did a great job with the paint color as it is instantly attractive to both boys and girls plus it makes the bike look a lot faster than what it really is. There are a few small concerns about the size of the bike and the choice of foam tires, but overall it is a decent offering for the price.

Bubbleicious Balance Bike Review

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The Bubbelicious Balance Bike seemingly has it all: a robust, yet girly design that is ecofriendly.  If you want to do your bit for the environment while your daughter is having fun and getting some great exercise, this is the bike to get. Like other balance bikes, the Bubbelicious from Smart Gear Toys gives your child the opportunity to develop the necessary skills for riding a bike while boosting her confidence. Just like Bubbles, one of the Powerpuff Girls the bike seems to be inspired by, it is a sweet, ditzy design that packs quite a punch. But before you head right to the store, it is wise to do some research first, comparing the bike to your other options before making a decision.

Unboxing and Assembly

When unboxing this bike, the first thing that caught my eye is how much effort the manufacturers went through to ensure that it is eco friendly to the last detail. The carton packaging is made from recycled paper and a water-based ink is used for the printing. This construction however didn’t seem make the packaging any less sturdy and the bike arrived in perfect condition.  As the bike ships in pieces, we had to put it together using the tools provided in the package, but the whole assembly literally only took me about 5 minutes. Luckily the seat was already at the right height for my daughter, as it comes pre-assembled to the base. I do foresee problems for people who have to adjust it though, as the screws were fastened very tightly, which is a great thing if you want to ensure a reliable ride, but not so great if you have to loosen it in order to raise the seat. The last thing you want to do is to strip the thread of the screws, making life difficult if you have to fasten it again.

Bubbleicious Balance Bike First Impressions

My daughter was thrilled when she saw the bike for the first time.  She loved the pink color and immediately thought the crossbar would make a nice canvas for some of her favorite stickers. It took a lot of convincing to stop her from customizing it and she was not impressed at all at the idea that we were merely testing the bike. To me, the design looked very robust and I think it would be a great confidence booster for kids to know they don’t have to sit on a flimsy thing with two wheels.

Bubbleicious Balance Bike 2

I also like the fact that it is so lightweight and it has a built-in carry handle, making it easy for grown-ups to carry. The bike is painted in a glossy pink, bubblegum color, but as the paint is also eco-friendly, I am not too sure that it will withstand being left outside in the sun and rain too often. The same goes for the bike. Knowing toddlers and how rough they can be, a wooden bike is definitely more vulnerable to wear and tear, chipping and scratching than a metal bike.

Height

Getting onto the bike it was immediately apparent that this is a fairly tall bike. It just barely fit my two year old daughter at the lowest seat setting. Unlike other balance bikes that I have seen that are suitable from 18 months upwards, this bike is definitely for the slightly older child, but it will grow with the child up until 5 years of age.

Safety

Safety-wise I am pleased to report that I didn’t see any sharp, protruding edges and I love the spokeless design of the wheels that ensures that no feet, shoelaces or clothing can get trapped in it. The tires have a tough tread that give the bike a good grip on the road, making it unlikely for your kid to slide out with the bike. The steering wheel has a limited steering radius, which is a great thing as it prevents the bike from jacknifing and any resulting crashes. But no matter how safe the bike, there will always be falls and crashes, which is why I always ensure that may daughter wears a helmet and kneepads when biking.

The Ride

Although my daughter is a fairly experienced rider as she owns a balance bike of her own, it usually takes her some time to adjust to a new bike. However, the learning curve of the Bubbelicious Balance bike seems to be quite small as she was going full speed very quickly and had no trouble manoeuvring the bike. She did complain about the fact that this bike doesn’t have a footrest where you can place your feet, so she had to dangle it in the air if she wanted to coast. Examining the bike after a couple of rides, I could see that some of the Allen screws have started to loosen, so it would require you to tighten them every week or so.

Comfort

Bubbleicious Balance Bike

My daughter was very impressed with how comfortable the bike is. This can be attributed to the fact that it has air tires instead of foam, as well as a cushioned leatherette seat and rubberized handle grips. But comfort comes at a price: air tires are more likely to get punctured and the leatherette seat will eventually crack over time. If this was my daughter’s bike, I would definitely ensure that it is stored indoors all the time, away from moisture and direct sunlight to ensure a longer product life.

Pro’s & Cons

Bubbleicious Balance Bike Pros

  • Robust construction inspires confidence to help develop balance and coordination
  • Pretty, girly bike, very customizable
  • Can accommodate toddlers of between 2 to 5 years of age (maximum weight 60 lbs)
  • Eco-friendly wood harvested from replenishable source, non-toxic paint
  • Body with incorporated carry handle
  • Comfortable air tires and seat
  • Safe design, good steering and grip on the road
  • Fairly small learning curve

Bubbleicious Balance Bike Cons

  • More vulnerable to wear and tear
  • Not suitable for younger, shorter toddlers
  • Very gender specific
  • Screws need to be tightened all the time

Conclusion

The Bubbelicious Balance Bike is a beautiful bicycle for a young girl.  It is both robust and comfortable, but also a bike that will require some maintenance. There are way more pros to this bike than cons, but you will need to live with the fact that it will probably only be a one-kid bike, and not a very suitable hand-me-down, especially not if your second child is a boy.

Smart Gear Classic Balance Bike Review

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After checking out a range of steel framed balance bikes, this wooden offering from Smart Gear took me a while to get used to. Once you get over the fact that most of the bike is made out of wood there is actually a lot to like here and your child will certainly draw some envious glances from the neighbor’s kids when playing with it outside. While many balance bikes like just like ordinary bikes, nobody is going to mistake the Classic Balance Bike with a pedal bike.

Unboxing

If, like me, you were expecting a wooden balance bike to be a light product you are in for a surprise when you pick up the box. This bike has a bit of weight to it and is more than twice the weight of some of the lighter bikes like the ones from Fun Push. Opening the box I was delighted to find that the bike is shipped in only three pieces and assembly is as easy as can be. Just follow the assembly instructions and double check to make sure that all the bolts on the bike are fastened securely before handing it over to your little one. Regularly checking the bolts is also a good idea, as there is a small chance that some of them might work themselves loose. I have heard talk that some folks ended up with defective parts out of the box, but Smart Gear stands behind their products and have impeccable customer service, so don’t hesitate to contact them if you run into any issues.

Features

The bike is constructed almost entirely from renewable birch wood, which will be a definite plus for all the eco conscious parents out there. The rest of the components are made from non-toxic materials,  so even if your child decides to treat the bike as a chew toy there won’t be any bad consequences apart from perhaps puzzled stares from passers-by. The manufacturer recommends the bike for kids aged two years and up, but thanks to the adjustable seat which can lock into five different positions the bike will keep up with the growth of your child without becoming obsolete.

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The thing that impressed me the most about the Smart Gear balance bike is that it was clearly manufactured with safety in mind. There is a distinct lack of protruding parts on the bike so it won’t get snagged on clothes or objects while your child is riding and even if she does take a tumble the bike won’t contribute to any injuries. One safety feature that I am undecided about is the limited steering radius. On the one hand it does prevent the bike from jackknifing, but on the other I prefer it if the steering on a balance bike matches that of a regular bike better as this eases the transition. If safety is your top priority then you will appreciate the limited steering although I have see children become frustrated with it. Another safety feature is the wheel discs which are completely spoke-less so you don’t have to worry about little fingers getting caught in them by accident. Once again I prefer teaching my child the proper way to handle a bike so I don’t have to redo everything when she transitions to a pedaled bike, but if your child is prone to poking things they shouldn’t you will appreciate this feature more.

The bike is pretty safe for indoor use as well as even if it does get knocked over only the wheels and rubber handlebar grip will hit the floor and not any of the harder wooden parts. This might not sound like much, but if you have laminate flooring and a child that loves riding her bike indoors you will appreciate this.  While there are a lot of advantages to a wooden balance bike it also comes with the problem of the wood swelling and becoming moldy if left in the elements. If you want to preserve the lifespan of this balance bike you’ll definitely want to clean it and store it safely when not in use.Smart Gear Classic Balance Bike

An important aspect of all balance bikes is the tires and this one ships with inflatable rubber tires. I really liked the extra long tub valves as it makes it much easier to inflate them even with a cheap hand pump. You don’t have to worry about the wheel discs either as there is a cut-out section where the valve is located for easy access. The leatherette seat is cushioned for extra comfort and like I mentioned earlier can be adjusted as your child grows. The wooden frame is obviously not quite as sturdy as some of the metal bikes, but unless your child has superhuman strength she is not going to break it from everyday use. Smart Gear has thoughtfully provided an integrated carrying handle in the bike frame which takes some of the effort out of lugging the bike around.

Pros & Cons

The fact that the bike is made mostly from wood and not metal is probably going to influence your purchasing decision the most. Some people love it while others don’t, so it is mostly a matter of personal taste. If your child is used to seeing other kids zip around on their metal framed bikes, he might also balk at having to ride a wooden one. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons to see if this bike will match your needs.

Classic Balance Bike Pros

  • Most of the bike is made from replenish-able wood and held together with formaldehyde free glue and other non-toxic components
  • Handlebars feature rubberized grips for extra comfort and control
  • Pneumatic tires that provide better grip and last longer than foam
  • Carry handle integrated in the frame of the bike
  • Spoke-less wheel discs to safeguard against mishaps
  • Adjustable seat extends the longevity of the bike
  • Assembly is quick and easy
  • Excellent customer care from Smart Gear

Classic Balance Bike Cons

  • The wooden frame is unfortunately not as durable as a metal one
  • Rain and humidity will completely destroy the bike if care is not taken
  • The limited turning radius can be restrictive (although to some this will be a pro)
  • The bolts can work themselves loose so some maintenance is required
  • Pneumatic tires are prone to deflation and punctures if not handled with care

Conclusion

 

It took me a while to get used to the wooden construction, but once I did I liked this bike. If your child is creative you can even help them personalize their bike with some paint and stickers which is not as tricky as it would be with a traditional wooden bike. The price is about the same as some metal framed bikes, and so in the end it is really going to come down to personal choice and how much time you have for preventative maintenance.

Prince Lionheart Balance Bike Review

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The Prince Lionheart Balance Bike is yet another wooden offering on the market and is a rugged, simplistic design made from 100% eco-friendly birchwood. A large number 73 appears on the frame, representing the year in which the family-owned company Prince Lionheart, was founded. Apparently their very first product was a rocking horse and they have come a long way since. Boasting awards from Tillywig Toy, Brain Child and the Creative Child Magazine I was quite curious to see how the Prince Lionheart would compare to similar products from competitors Skuut, Smart Gear and Early Rider.

Unboxing

The bike arrived neatly packed in its box and had to be assembled. Even without the directions that come with it, the assembly is pretty straightforward and I had the bike up and running within 10 minutes.

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The first thing I noticed about the Prince Lionheart bike is the fact that it does not have the same lacquer finishing as the SmartGear and Skuut Bikes, making it much more vulnerable to wear and tear. If this was my kid’s bike, the first thing I would do is to give it a finishing coat to offer some extra protection from the elements.  What I do like about this bike is that the single, solid bar that connects the frame to the handle seems much stronger than the Skuut’s weaker pin. I am also happy to report that there are no protruding bolts that can hurt a child.

When it came to adjusting the seat, we ran into a bit of a problem.  My daughter is a fairly tall 2 year old and the bike is meant for children between 2 and 5, but the seat was way too high for her. The seat’s lowest setting starts at 14 inches, so be sure to measure your child’s inseam (length from feet to crotch) before purchasing this bike, as it might even be too high for smaller three year olds. I have seen that some people had to drill extra holes into the frame to get the seat at a lower setting. My four year old son had no problems getting on the bike, though, so he had the honor of testing this one. Another thing to note is that the handlebars are not adjustable at all, which is a fairly common issue on wooden balance bikes and limits the bikes ability to grow with the child.

First Impressions

Weighing 11.4 lbs, the Prince Lionheart balance bike is heavier that your Early Riders and even the Skuut, but it was still light enough for my four year old to handle with ease. My son had a lot of fun going down the ramps with this bike and it was sturdy enough to allow him to ride it with confidence right from the bat. The bike doesn’t have any footrests or brakes, which is perfect for a toddler who is just beginning to practise balancing as these features just tend to distract and confuse.

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My son was however complaining that he couldn’t really coast with the bike as he had to dangle his feet in the air to do so. The wide profile, pneumatic air tires absorbs impact from bumps well, so my son was impressed with how comfortable the bike is. He also liked the fact that it had spoked wheels, just like the “big” bikes, but I do have my reservations about that feature as they make it easy for shoelaces, pieces of clothing or feet to get caught in it and may cause accidents.

Apparently the bike can take a weight of up to 65lbs, but I wouldn’t let a heavier child ride it too often. After just a couple of test rides, the bolts were already loosened and I had to go fetch the Allen wrench. As with other wooden bikes, this one will need to be checked and maintained on a weekly basis.

Pros & Cons

Prince Lionheart Balance Bike Pros

  • Teaches coordination, steering and balance
  • Sturdy design inspires confidence
  • Great step for transitioning to pedalled bikes
  • Simplistic no-fuss design
  • Fairly lightweight
  • Eco-friendly, wood harvested from renewable source
  • Pneumatic air tires ensure a smooth ride
  • Easy to assemble

Prince Lionheart Balance Bike Cons

  • Too big for smaller toddlers
  • No footrest
  • Handlebars not adjustable
  • Needs a lot of maintenance
  • Vulnerable to rotting and warping from moisture
  • Bolts loosen quickly

Conclusion

For its price, the Prince Lionheart is not a bad choice, especially if you want something that is eco-friendly. It has everything you want in a basic balance bike and focuses on ease-of-use, making it a great tool to teach a kid balance, coordination and steering. It is also a fairly comfortable ride, but don’t expect this bike to last for years to come. Being from wood, it will require a lot of maintenance and should never be left outside in the rain. For the rest, there isn’t really anything that sets it apart from its other wooden competitors. If I had to choose a wooden bike, I would rather opt for the more durable Early Rider that can take a younger child.

Metro Mini Cruiser Balance Bike Review

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The Metro Mini Cruiser Balance Bike from Metro Fulfillment House is one of the balance bikes on the market that resembles a “big kid” bike with its metal frame and spoked wheels. The Metro Mini Cruiser is not a very well-known brand, but it comes with an attractive price tag and it professes to be suitable for children from the age of two all the way up to six years of age. It looks like a very sturdy bike, but looks can be deceiving, which is why we just had to test it out.

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Unboxing

When the Metro Mini Cruiser arrived, from picking up the box it was immediately clear that this was not going to be a heavy-weight bike.  Weighing in at 9.25 lbs, this bike is made from a lightweight hi tensile steel, making it easy for toddlers and preschoolers to control. Not to mention making things easier for parents who may end up carrying a kid on the hip and a bike under the arm on the odd occasion.

The bike arrived partially assembled, so putting it together was easy enough, I had a quick look at the pictures (not too fond of reading instructions) and had it ready to roll in no time.  The one we tested was a bright royal blue, but apparently they also come in orange, green, red and purple. My son insisted that he had to test the bike out first because it was clearly meant for “big kids.” Although the bike is advertised for kids from 2 years and up, I had to agree with my son on this one. The lowest seat height setting starts at 14 inches, and with an inseam of 12.7 there was no way my 2 year old daughter was going to fit on this bike.  I also know plenty of three year olds who are just about an inch taller than her, so I would rather recommend the Metro Mini Cruiser to kids from 3.5 and up. On the “up”-side, the seat does go all the way up to 18 inches, allowing it to grow with the kid for longer than many other balance bikes that tend to stop around 16 inches.

Another thing that makes me hesitant to give this bike to a younger kid is the hand brake. Although this may come in handy for a kid who doesn’t have any tread left on his shoes from riding his bike, a handbrake is unnecessary for kids between two and three. In many cases this extra feature just downright confuses them.

Time To Test Drive

My son had a lot of fun testing the Metro Mini Cruiser balance bike. Once he got onto the bike he was off, riding it up and down the paths in the park with great confidence.  I did notice a couple of puzzled looks from people who expected to see pedals on the bike. The hand brake was a first for my son, but he had it figured out pretty quickly and from there on had great fun getting it up to speed, just to do an “emergency brake” as he called it. He did complain about the lack of footrests, as this would really have allowed him to cruise.

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According to my son, this is a really comfortable bike. The wheels have pneumatic air tires with a wide profile, so when my son went off road for the heck of it they still cushioned the bumps well and the deeper tread kept him from skidding out.  My son may like the look of the spoked wheels, but I am a bit concerned for younger children, whose feet may get caught in the spokes.

After our “test drive” the Metro Mini balance bike still looked unscathed.  The only weakness I could identify when it comes to durability is the padded, leatherette seat, which adds to the comfort of the ride but may start tearing after a couple of years. But for the rest I think this is a pretty durable bike.

Pros & Cons

Metro Mini Cruiser Bike Pros

  • Suitable for kids up to 6 years of age
  • Pneumatic air tires make the ride more comfortable
  • Very durable construction
  • Hand brake prepares kids for using brakes on a pedalled bike
  • Lightweight design makes the bike easy for a small child to handle

Metro Mini Cruiser Bike Cons

  • Seat a bit high for younger kids
  • Hand brake confuses younger kids
  • Air tires are sensitive to flats
  • No footrests
  • Leatherette seat may crack and tear over time

Conclusion

For the price, the Metro Mini Cruiser Balance Bike is quite a decent deal, but not for a young toddler under three years of age. If you have an older kid who needs to practice balance and steering before moving over to a pedalled bike, the Metro Mini Cruiser will do just fine.

Child Bicycle Safety – The Do’s and Dont’s

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Owning a bike is an important milestone for children and thanks to the convenience of balance bikes they are now able to ride from a younger age than ever before. Children as young as two years old can now ride on their own without having to worry about pedals, brakes or training wheels while boosting their confidence in the process. Thanks to the design of balance bikes, kids will have their feet securely on the ground most of the time, but this does not mean that safety precautions should not be taken. As your child increases in confidence and skill it is inevitable that they will begin to push their abilities. Take a look at our do’s and don’ts when it comes to child bicycle safety in order to keep your little ones safe from harm.

Ensure That The Bicycle Is The Right Size

Child Bike Sizes

Proper safety begins even before the child rides by making sure that you buy them a balance bike that is the right size. Carefully check the specifications for the balance bike you or your child are interested in and take note of the maximum weight capacity and seat height.

After selecting a bike it is important to adjust the seat to be the correct height for your child. An easy way to determine the correct height is to measure your child’s inseam and then adjust the seat height to be the same or half an inch shorter. This will allow your child to handle the bike easier. It is tempting to buy a larger bike in the hopes that the child will “grow into” it, but this only increases the risk. Instead, look for a balance bike with a saddle that can be adjusted as the child grows.

Teach Your Child The Importance Of Wearing An Helmet

Balance Bike Helmet

Wearing a helmet is the most obvious, yet most important safety precaution your child can take. It doesn’t matter how adept your child is at riding their bike or how careful they are, accidents can and will happen. By making the child wear a helmet you can decrease their chances of a head injury significantly. It is a common misconception that because kids cannot ride their balance bikes as fast as a pedal bike that there is no need for a helmet.

However, not only is it safer for them to wear a helmet, but it also teaches them the importance of doing so which will come in handy when they transition to bigger, faster bikes. It is also vital that the helmet is worn properly and that the forehead is not left exposed as this means the child is not fully protected against injuries. Ensure that the helmet is level on the child’s head and that the straps are securely properly. Also remember that you are an important role model for your child, so I if you ride a bicycle make sure that you wear a helmet in order to set a proper example for them.

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Teaching Your Child How to Ride a Bike

Depending on how old your child is, it is important to keep them under constant supervision while they are riding their balance bike. Younger children are not as adept as older ones at spotting obstacles and avoiding them, so it is a good idea to keep an eye on them as they ride. Studies have shown that kids younger than nine years old have poorer peripheral vision and they also tend to have limited focus which means they can’t always concentrate on everything around them.

By encouraging and coaching your child while they ride you can help them to be better riders. While your child is still busy learning how to ride it is important that they do so in a safe and secure area under proper supervision. Most bicycle accidents involving smaller children are due to falls, or collisions with stationary objects. By ensuring that your child learns all the basics in a safe and obstacle free environment. It is also important to teach your children the rules of the road, even at a young age in order to ensure that they are more responsible.

Wear The Right Clothes

Since a major part of riding balance bikes involves using your feet it is important for kids to wear proper shoes. Try to avoid letting your child ride their balance bike while they are barefoot or wearing flip flops and instead opt for something a bit more stable and safe such as tennis shoes.

This will allow to start and stop much easier and without any danger of them injuring their toes. Clothing can also play an important role in safety while children are cycling. Bright clothing can ensure that the child is more visible if they ride in public areas while opting for something like jeans instead of shorts can prevent scuffs if they do fall.

Inspect The Balance Bike Regularly

Balance Bike Inspection

Balance bikes have fewer parts such as chains or sprockets that can get damaged or cause problems for the child, but it is still important to exercise proper maintenance. Depending on how rough your child handles their bike some parts can still experience wear and tear or become loose. It is especially important to keep the bolts tighten securely on wooden balance bikes as these have a tendency to loosen from regular use. Also make sure that the seat is always properly secured as well as the handlebars.

Kinderfeets Chalkboard Balance Bike Review

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The Kinderfeets Chalkboard balance bike is a product that has already won numerous awards, so I was quite curious to check it out for myself. It packs a couple of features not often seen on balance bikes, which makes it a safer as well as more customizable option for kids. Of course, there is plenty more to this bike, so let’s see what why it might be the ideal gift for your child.

Unboxing

Wooden balance bikes are generally a bit lighter than their metal counterparts and the Kinderfeets is no exception. It weighs only about 8 lbs. and the weight it also pretty evenly distributed which makes it easy to carry. It is designed for kids between the ages of 2 and 5 which means that there is plenty of growing room and it has a weight limit of 65 pounds.

Assembling this bike was a piece of cake and literally only involved attaching the wheels, handlebar and front fork. Full instructions as well as tools are included in the box and overall the whole process shouldn’t take much more than ten minutes to complete. In the unlikely event that you really can’t figure it out there is also a video available from the manufacturers’ website that shows you exactly what to do. Overall I’m impressed with the construction of the Kinderfeets bike, but like all wooden balance bikes you are going to have to fasten some bolts from time to time. It is also a good idea to keep the wood out of the elements as even with the lacquer veneer coating the birch wood can get damaged from prolonged exposure.

Features

Feature wise the Kinderfeets Chalkboard derives its name from its chalkboard finish which allows kids to customize their own bikes. It is a really neat touch and my daughter spent almost as much time drawing new designs on the bike as she did riding it. As an added bonus there is some chalk included with the bike, so you don’t have to rush out and buy some. The bike is hand made in China and the overall construction seems pretty good. Earlier models had some issues with the construction of the seat, but this issue seems to have since been resolved by the company. The bike has an adjustable seat which can be set to anywhere between 13 and 16 inches, but don’t expect to be doing it on the fly as it requires a little bit of effort and tools to accomplish. A really nice touch is the comfortable seat cushion which can also be removed and washed.

The Kinderfeets Chalkboard balance bike is built low to the ground and thanks to the low step through frame is easy for kids to mount. The bike has a footrest where the pedals on a normal bike would typically be which makes it easier for kids to learn where to place their feet. The handlebars have a turning limiter which prevents kids from making sharp turns and jackknifing and are also foam covered to protect your walls on those rainy days when kids can ride the bike indoors. You don’t have to worry about your floors either if this happens as the tires are made from an EVA polymer which is suitable for all surfaces. If you prefer pneumatic tires you can purchase ones that are compatible with this bike separately. For added safety even the wheels are wooden and feature a spokeless design to ensure that kids can’t hurt themselves.

Pros & Cons

Compared to other wooden balance bikes on the market the Kinderfeets Chalkboard has plenty to offer. Take a look out my list of pros and cons for this bike for an idea about what you can expect when making your purchase.

Kinderfeets Chalkboard Balance Bike Pros

  • Only weights 8 lbs and the weight is evenly distributed which makes it easy to carry.
  • Easy to assemble and includes full instructions as well as tools.
  • The Seat can be adjusted and has a comfortable, washable seat cushion.
  • The footrests are positioned where the pedals would be on a normal bike making it easy for kids to transition.
  • This eco-friendly balance bike is made from birch wood.
  • The handlebars are covered in foam for a comfortable grip and to keep walls safe during indoor use.
  • The chalkboard design of the bike makes it easy for kids to customize to their liking.
  • The bike uses wooden wheels without spokes making it a safe option.
  • The EVA polymer tires are suitable for use on all surfaces and cannot go flat.
  • Optional pneumatic tires are also available separately for this bike.
  • The bike is low to the ground making it easy for children to mount.

Kinderfeets Chalkboard Balance Bike Cons

  • Can be damaged by the elements so should not be left outside.
  • Adjusting the seat requires a lot of effort and tools to accomplish.
  • Early models of the bike had some issues with the durability of the seat.

Conclusion

The Kinderfeets Chalkboard balance bike is definitely a great purchase if you have a creative child. The ability to customize the bike with their own designs will ensure that it remains a treasured possession. The overall construction of the bike is also very good and the position of the wooden foot pegs ensures that kids can easily transition over to real pedaled bikes after learning to ride.