Have you checked out this year’s Babble Best: Kids Bike feature up on the main Babble.com page? I was lucky enough (or should I say my son was lucky enough) to do all of the testing, and we learned one important lesson:
Balance bikes are where it’s at.
And we’re offering you a chance to win one of your choice!
So many of the bikes featured in our “Best of” round-up are pedal-less bikes — which might seem silly. Yet after trying them myself, I could really see why these balance bike companies claim that training wheels are counterproductive. Sure kids learn how to pedal on tricycles, but that’s about it. Balance bikes (or “running bikes”), on the other hand, teach young toddlers and kids how to balance on two wheels, so they can correct themselves when the bike starts to slightly tilt. And because they have two feet on the ground, there’s less chances of falling or tipping — which could instill fear and a lack of confidence.
All of the balance bike companies claim to have kids learning to ride two-wheel bikes years sooner than if they’d used training wheels, and I can absolutely see why. In fact, our pick for “Best Overall” kids bike is the Wishbone Design 3-in-1 Balance Bike, which starts as a stable running tricycle for 1-year-old toddlers and transitions into a bigger two-wheel running bike for the next five years. Once kids learn the balance and coordination needed for bike riding, learning to pedal is a breeze.
The new site Tyke Rider actually sells quite a few of our favorite balance bikes featured in our article: Wishbone Design, Early Rider and LikeaBike Jumper. And to show you just how awesome balance bikes are, Tyke Rider is giving one Babble reader the balance bike of your choice!
TO ENTER: Take a look at Tyke Rider and the corresponding Babble bike reviews, then comment below on which balance bike you’d like to win! Easy as that!
For an extra entry: “Like” the Tyke Rider Facebook page and tell them Babble sent you!
We’ll pick a winner next Friday, June 17, and announce it on our Family Style Facebook page and via email. And thank you to Tyke Rider for the giveaway!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ZAKARY W., who won the Early Rider bike for his 3.5 year old son! We hope he enjoys it!
Photos: Tyke Rider