What is a balance bike?
A balance bike is a two-wheeled pedal-less bike that teaches kids as young as 18-months to balance on two wheels. After a brief learning period, toddlers and kids learn to ride, jump and coast on their bikes with no assistance from their parents. Balance bikes are a replacement for tricycles
and training wheels as they are designed to be used during the ages that a child would typically ride a tricycle or use training wheels. With the skills learned from a balance bike, riders as young a 3 years old transition straight to regular kids bike without the assistance of training wheels. Balance bikes ride like regular bikes and don’t get stuck on uneven surfaces, easily gliding over rocks, dirt, curbs and even jumps. They are sometimes referred to as glider bikes, strider bikes, run bikes or pedal-less bikes. The Strider balance bike is the most well-known balance bike in the US.
What is the best age for a child to ride a balance bike?
Balance bikes come in many sizes – the smallest bikes fit toddlers in 18-months clothes while the largest is actually designed for adults. Typically, toddlers and kids enjoy balance bikes from
ages 18 months to 5 years old. Unlike tricycles and training wheels, toddlers can hop on a balance bike and start walking and scooting around from day one. Balance bikes never come with push bars for adults to assist the child, as there is no use for them; one of the greatest advantages of balance bikes is that kids ride them all on their own. Whatever the age of your child, remember that balance bikes are not one-size-fits-all. Kids can fit on a balance bike whose minimum seat height is an inch less than their inseam (measured crotch to floor).
How many years do kids ride balance bikes?
Kids generally ride balance bikes for 2 to 3 years, depending on the age they start. The younger they start, the longer they will ride their balance bike. Most toddlers and kids who master a
balance bike move up to a regular bike around their 4th birthday. Purchasing a bike in which the maximum seat height extends at least two inches past a child’s current inseam generally provides sufficient room for growth.