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What's more indicative of childhood summers than learning to ride a bicycle? If you've been out of the kid-toy loop for a few years, you'll be surprised to see that kids bikes extend beyond just training wheels, with a range of new options, from basic balance bikes to tricked-out trikes. To help you narrow down your search, we found the best of the best bikes for tiny toddlers all the way up to big kids. Don't see your kid's new bike on the list?
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Best for Little Riders | YBIKE Original
With a chunkier, lower-to-the-ground design than other balance bikes on the market, the YBIKE has enough stability to make toddlers feel secure but also enough instability to teach them balance and coordination skills needed for pedal bike riding. In fact, the YBIKE’s double back wheels make it the only two-wheel balance bike that can stand on its own without tipping over. And we’re not sure if it’s the bright colors or the toy-like look, but it was the first bike the young testers were drawn to, as well as the least intimidating and most comfortable to ride.
Although the chunky design isn’t quite as wobbly as other running bikes, YBIKE still claims to have kids as young as 3 years old riding regular pedal bikes (without training wheels or stabilizers). The only downside is that it doesn’t have an adjustable seat or handlebars to grow with children as other running bikes do. That being said, our 4-year-old tester still loved cruising around on her little YBIKE. Heck, it’s even fun for adults to take a spin.
Find it at Amazon for $66 – $94.95