Balance Bikes Are A "Craze"

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by Puddles, 23 Feb 2015.

  1. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    I would say from what I see out and about the bigger pressure on parents to spend money is on phones and tablets. None of mine had a phone before they went to secondary school, and then it was also so that they could let us know if their school bus was stuck in traffic (the latest they ever arrived back was 2 hours after school finished on a very stormy day).
     
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  2. Sara_H

    Sara_H Guru

    Your faceache friend seems to not grasp the concept that children grow. Whether you choose a balance bike or not, you're going to be buying them a new bike when they outgrow it!
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Puddles

    Puddles Do I need to get the spray plaster out?

    The funniest is someone else asking "Does it look like a scooter?" :wacko:

    Err no... it looks like a bike but with no pedals:laugh:
     
  4. Saluki

    Saluki I've run away with my friends to..

    Location:
    ...New Tealandia
    I don't know if we had balance bikes in the mid - late 60s when I was very little. My Dad got a regular bike and took the pedals, cranks and chain assembly off and I whizzed about the back garden on it. I have seen photos of me on the bike. After a while he put the pedals etc back on and away I went. I don't have any memories of stabilisers at all.
    I did have a brilliant trike with a big 'boot' area at the back for carrying whatever it is that 5 and 6 year olds need to carry about.

    Balance bikes are a great idea. Kids fall off, get back on, fall off, get back on. It's how I learned, it's how Hubster learned.
     
  5. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Faceache is strange:okay:.
     
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  6. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Tell your friend that our second boy was balancing on his balance bike at two and a half, and when he was still too small for the smallest of pedalled bikes. When he was big enough for a pedal bike he got on, wobbled a bit, and then was away.

    The balance bike is now onto its 5th learner in the family and still works as well as when it was new.
     
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  7. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Yeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaa!



     
  8. Arrowfoot

    Arrowfoot Über Member

    Lets kids enjoy their childhood. Put a balance bike and a trike and watch the kid choose the ride and have more fun with. Riding a trike or a toddler bike with training wheels will not cause irreparably harm to a kid who eventually removes the training wheels. There is also no prize for the youngest ever kid who can pedal a 2 wheeler.

    Adults looking for fun I am sure can spot that particular parent who has done tons of reseach, written to notable academics and done a mini dissertation on balance bike. Next step is to engage them and ask for advice and it will be a long conversation. That should kill an hour of waiting time at the playground.

    It will be same parent, that you will meet when bronze bracelet and magnetic beds come back in fashion again.
     
  9. ayceejay

    ayceejay Guru

    Location:
    Rural Quebec
    There is something to the annoyance of over protection that some parents impose on there children but using the balance bike as an example doesn't work. I sent my grand kids one each in a box, lesson no 1 was putting it together - 30 minutes - adjust saddle height - 2 minutes - zooming round the garden unassisted - 20 minutes later. Transition to proper bike 6 months later - instant. Sell balance bike locally 3 days.
    Incidentally the trick with pushing a youngster on a trike is to use a broom.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Puddles

    Puddles Do I need to get the spray plaster out?

    I found pulling with a dog lead worked well too:shy: oh and also when she objected to that and got better with steering pushing the back wooden rack thingy with a foot when there was a hump in the pavement
     
  11. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    We found that the trike or stabilisers were better for longer trips, when balancing can get tiring.

    It's not about learning the earliest. It's about learning the easiest. And there is no better way than with a balance bike.
     
    Last edited: 24 Feb 2015
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  12. puffinbilly

    puffinbilly Über Member

    @ianrauk just watched your video - you're a lot smaller than I imagined you to be and very young looking....think it's the mass of blonde curls.....^_^
     
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  13. Mugshot

    Mugshot Guru

    Perhaps even more surprising is the mileage he manages on the thing, 10K target for the year I believe.
     
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  14. Sara_H

    Sara_H Guru

    I remember a trike with a boot too! Loved it. We had a Westie/JR cross who's lead was tied to the seat post and she had to trot along with me whether she liked it or not
     
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  15. Saluki

    Saluki I've run away with my friends to..

    Location:
    ...New Tealandia
    I expected @ianrauk to be taller as well. He's really cute though :cycle:
     
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