Balance bike what? That’s what I would have said before moving next door to the Sporty McSportersons. Who are lovely, really.
My neighbours have two young boys, one just exiting out of the toddler stage and one still mucking about in it. When we moved into the neighbourhood, the very first spring – I watched their little guys on what looked like some sort of running bike. A very small bike with no pedals.
Those kids LOVED their balance bikes. Had them out on our crescent every day. Bonus points going to the fact that our crescent has a gentle slope which makes for some really great gliding and balancing practice.
Which is what balance bikes are all about. I’m fully sold on the notion that they do indeed help develop a toddler’s independence, sense of balance and prep them for learning how to ride a bike with pedals when the time comes. Skipping the training wheels altogether. (I watched our said neighbours 5 year old do it last fall.) After all – what’s the trickiest part about learning how to ride a bike? Pedalling or balancing? Exactly.
The only thing you should be wondering about now is whether or not to go with wood, steel or aluminum. Spokes, or spoke-free. Brakes or no brakes. Foam, rubber, no-air or air tires. You’re going to start to look for ball-bearing specifications. I know, right? Remember that not all balance bikes are one-size-fits-all! This should be one of your biggest considerations, next to price and safety.
And of course, always always always put a bike helmet on your kid every time they go out to ride!
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