Balance Bike Buying Guide

Supporting you to get the right balance bike… so you can smile when your kids ride

The childs, age, weight & height.

Different features of a balance bike make it more suitable for a specific age range.

  • The seat needs to be able to be adjusted to a height that matches your child so they can use their legs to propel and stop the bike.
  • The weight of the bike can influence when you child can safely handle and have fun on a balance bike. The balance bike should weigh no more than 30% of your child’s weight.

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How many years will they ride the balance bike?

This will depend on :

  1. When they start to ride a balance bike. Balance bikes are suitable from 18months/2 years onwards. All kids rate of growth is different.  As a general rule allow approximately 3cm height change in the seat height for every year that they will ride the balance bike.
  2. When they transition to a regular bike (with pedals). This transition will be easier if your child rides a balance bike and though every child’s development and confidence is different – a general rule is they will be able to safely transition around their 4th birthday.

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Do you want the bike to last more than one child… how many children?

How a balance bike is made and what it is made out of can influence how long it will last. If you are wanting a durable bike because you would like it to be used for more than one child or it could potentially be left out…   then consider a metal frame and sealed bearings. Also unisex colours reds, silver and greens make for a good solution for any gender.

Additional Features

Balance bikes are different to bikes because the user performs a different task… the child is running on the bike. Therefore their design needs to be different. The geometry (shape), the style of bike seat, bolts that are flush, recessed or rounded allow for a comfortable, efficient walking and running on a balance bike. The hand grips and brake levers need to be size specific… we are dealing with small hands. A balance bike which gives the child and bike a low centre of gravity makes learning to balance/glide easier. 

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Balance Bike Solutions

Balance Bike - Learning for a Pedal Bike
Balance Bike
Type of Riding
Use in multiple outdoor environments footpaths, tar seal, grass, gravel. The air tires offer good cushioning, traction & roll speed
Fit/Size
Min weight 12kg - Max weight 50kg. Inseam measurement range 35cm - 44cm. Good seat and handlebar adjustment.
Features
No rust frame, rounded bolts. Air tires. Low centre of gravity (improving balance), easy transfer to pedal bike.
Who Should Ride
For 2-4 yrs. Suits slightly older, or robust younger children. Best learning to ride a bike option.
Cost

$249.00

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Balance Bike - Fun and Robust
Balance Bike
Type of Riding
Use in multiple outdoor environments footpaths, tar seal, grass, gravel. The air tires offer good cushioning, traction & roll speed
Fit/Size
Min 12kg to Max 50kg. Seat height range 30 to 41cm. Handlebar 55 to 62cm.
Features
Steel frame, alloy wheels, handebrake for 3yrs+, ergonomic seat & grips, rounded bolts.
Who Should Ride
For 2-4yrs. Durable, everyday use bike. Great easy to ride, fun option.
Cost

$219.00

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Balance Bike - Lightweight Young Petite
Balance Bike
Type of Riding
Indoors, footpaths, tar seal. Foam tyres limit suitability to smooth (polished flooring) and graded surfaces.
Fit/Size
Min weight 6.6kg - Max weight 34kg. Inseam measurement 29cm – 46cm. Additional longer seat post if more adjustment required. Handlebar adjustment.
Features
Lightweight, aluminium, no rust frame, flush bolts
Who Should Ride
More suited for 18mnths to 3 years. Suited to younger, petite children - lightweight frame makes it doable.
Cost

Currently Unavailable $199.00

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Balance Bike
Type of Riding
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Features
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MAKE YOUR PURCHASE A SUCCESS…

Keep your child safe on a Balance Bike

A balance bike gives young kids speed, independence, builds their confidence and helps them to develop and it is great for fun but we need to make sure that balance bikes are used in environments where you can ensure their safety.

Learning to ride a Balance Bike

They have a balance bike now they need to learn to ride it. Kids will develop the desire and the skills at different rates. Be patient! Make it fun!

LEARN MORE  Balance Bikes – Tips for Learning to Ride

Caring for your Balance Bike

Balance bikes are reasonable simplistic machines and so there is less that can go wrong with them. The biggest thing to support them lasting a long time is not to leave them in the weather over extended periods or uncovered outside where the kids just dropped them when they finished riding. Teach them to look after it and pop it away.

We recommend regular inspection of screw connections, quick releases, pressure in tyres, lubrication of moving parts and tightening of spokes.

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