Hi Toby has a balance bike since he was 2 but he probably didnt start using it until he was around 2.5. He loves it and goes everywhere on it. He is now at the highest level and he will be 4 in August. I highly recommended them I think they are great. We have a police one so Toby calls it his police bike. xx
Tom's had it since 3 months after his 2nd birthday, now he's 2.6 years old and he's just getting the hang of it properly and loves it!!! I think it will be a very well used piece of kit for the next couple of years!
I have friends kids who use/have used them and some were riding a proper bike by the time they were 4 with no stabilisers!!!
We have two, the Strider and the Kettler. I really do not like the foam tires on the Strider. If I were to buy again I would go for a KinderBike, although I would LOVE the Jumper like lepaskilf. There are a lot of websites that compare the brands. I would google "balance bike reviews" and do some research.
My parents got one for Roo as it was a bargain on Ebay. Roo loves the concept, she's having trouble with it though as she is something of a titchy toddler and if she sits on the saddle (with it on the lowest setting) she can't quite reach the floor So she tends to sit on the footplate and do it that way
I'll almost certainly be getting her one for here at some point, I'm just on the hunt for one which is low enough for her to use properly
When we went to test out some of the bikes we tried the wooden likeabike version out and it was awful!!!!! The padding around the handlebars (to stop it damaging the frame when turning the handlebars) meant that the bike had no turning movement whatsoever! My OH said to the sales guy jokingly that it's a straight line bike lol!!!
There are definitely cheap versions out there which I am not at all interested in. Someone pointed me to a wooden one I could get for about $35. No thanks. If I'm going to bother, I'm going to get a good one. Which is why it's going to cost about $100 per bike.
I think the brands must differ from the UK to the US. After doing a bit of research, these two seem to be the best.
the foot rest is in a very similar position to pedals to help them become accustomed to it.
It has a hand brake just like a big bike would, they can learn to use it. Plus, knowing my son, he'll be dare-deviling it as soon as possible and the hand brake might be useful for him.
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