A balance bike is a bike without pedals and is a good starting point for a child who is beginning their cycling adventure. It is a relatively new concept but balance bikes are quickly becoming the most popular way to teach children how to learn to ride a bike.
How does it work?
A balance bike relies on the child propelling themselves along using only their feet. A balance bike can help build a child's confidence whilst also improving motor skills, stability and coordination, it introduces your children to an active, healthy lifestyle which we all know is a very important factor in a child's development.
The training bike, as they are sometimes known, allows your child to learn how to balance and steer without being overwhelmed by the complexities a pedal bike can bring. With balancing and steering being two of the hardest skills to master, the balance bike fills a gap in the cycling market.
Your child will typically start by walking the bike but it won't be long before they scoot along.
What ages are Balance Bikes aimed at?
Balance Bikes are aimed at children from around the age of 2 years old, up to around 4-5 years of age, but some kids still enjoy riding them when they are older than this, especially if the balance bike has an adjustable seat and stem, making it a more comfortable ride for the older ones.
What about stabilisers?
The idea behind a balance bike is that by learning to ride one, you remove the need to use stabilisers once you child moves onto a pedal bike as they have already mastered the art of balancing. By using stabilisers a child doesn't learn this skill and also is prevented from counter steering which is essentially how you steer a pedal bike.
When your child does transition from a balance bike to a pedal bike, the only skills they need to learn are to pedal and brake.