- Balance Bikes
If your little one is desperate to learn how to ride a bike, a balance bike is your best bet. These bi-wheeled beauties don’t have pedals, letting your child focus on staying upright. We have all kinds of balance bicycles in this edit, so say goodbye to stabilisers and hello to balance bikes - they’re the wheel deal!
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When you first learned to ride a bike, you probably did it with stabilisers attached. Like an invisible hand keeping us upright, these little extra wheels helped us on our quest for independence biking bliss. However, if your toddler has never taken to the saddle before, a pair of stabilisers can be more of a hinderance than a help. Why? If all a child knows are bikes with stabilisers attached, they can become overly reliant on them. So what’s best for introducing your special star to bicycles? OnBuy’s edit of Balance Bikes!
Ordinary balance bikes
So what is a balance bike? Essentially, it’s a pedal bike without the pedals. Rather than having to worry about spinning their legs around in a circle, your little one pushes their balance bike along with their feet. If they push hard and fast enough the balance bike will glide forward under its own momentum - it’s the same principle that skateboards work on. Without having to worry about pedals, your child can focus entirely on keeping upright and steering themselves around obstacles. Once they’ve mastered a balance bike, they’ll soon be putting pedal to the metal on a normal children’s bicycle!
Balance bikes have two big advantages: the first is that with both legs free from pedals, your little one can easily right themselves if they’re about to tip over; the second is that they can only go so fast under their own power, so they can’t get into any nasty accidents.
There are lots of different balance bike designs to choose from in this edit. If your little one loves colour, many of the balance bikes you’ll find in this edit are covered in vibrant polka dots and splashes of coloured paint. Or you can choose realistic looking motorbike themed balance bikes. From dirt bikes that are itching to be spattered with mud to sleek and shiny Moto GP racers, this kind of balance bike will be loved by any budding biker!
Balance trikes and quad bikes
Some of the balance bikes in our balance bikes edit aren’t really bicycles at all, but trikes and quad bikes. These balance vehicles offer even more stability than their two-wheeled counterparts, making them terrific for very young children.
Other vehicles in this edit can transform between two wheels and three. These special trikes have a pair of rear axles that you can switch between and flexible rear bodies that can be squeezed together. With this kind of balance bike your child can get used to rolling around on three wheels before transitioning to two. They’re perfect for children who feel nervous. Once they’ve got their confidence up, your special star will be cycling with the best of them!
Balance Bikes FAQs
When should I give my child a balance bike?
Your child can start riding a balance bike at 18 months to two years old. They are great for kids up to 5 years old.
What's the purpose of a balance bike?
Balance bikes don’t come with pedals, which means that your kid will need to focus on balance. It’s often easier for children to learn how to ride like this with a balance bike.
Do balance bikes really work?
Yes, balance bikes really work, and they're sure to make the entire learning process easier for your little ones. You can even convert a normal bike to a balance bike by simply taking the pedals off.
Are balance bikes worth the money?
Many people think that because a child won't use the balance bike for that long, they're a total waste of time. However, this isn't true as they play an important role in helping your kid learn how to ride a bike properly - saving lots of scraped knees!
Is a balance bike suitable for my two year old?
Your little one can start riding balance bikes at about 18-months to two years old, but this is not a hard rule. Even adults can get balance bikes!