Balance Bikes Are A "Craze"

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

  1. Mummy3monkeys

    Mummy3monkeys Senior Member

    Location:
    South Norfolk
    Personally, I would rather spend the money on a bike that gets kids out and about in the fresh air than a tablet
     
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  2. macbikes

    macbikes Well-Known Member

    I've seen people complain that balance bikes are dangerous and that there is no way children younger than 3 can control them properly. What nonsense!
     
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  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Or even 2 year olds..
     
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  4. andyfraser

    andyfraser Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    We didn't have balance bikes when I was young. My first bike was a small fixie. I've gone full circle!
     
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  5. jdtate101

    jdtate101 Ex-Fatman

    Location:
    Boring Birmingham
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  6. Rob H

    Rob H Eat, Sleep, Climb, Repeat

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  7. atbman

    atbman Veteran

    And you've even taught her to take the lane!
     
  8. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    him...:okay:
     
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  9. My daughter has a balance bike at the age of 3 and it's done her a world of wonders! I'm pro balance bikes!

    Not to mention the attention she gets down the pub on it.
     
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  10. Andy_R

    Andy_R Hard of hearing..I said Herd of Herring..oh FFS..

    Location:
    County Durham
    You did, but probably never knew about it. Take chainset and chain off, lower seat - instant(ish) balance bike. It's what I learnt on almost 50 years ago. My old man told me that I was balancing on it in a couple of days so he put the chainset and chain back on and I've never stopped since.
     
  11. Hicky

    Hicky Über Member

    If that is wrote by a friend.....delete them^_^
     
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  12. Cyclist33

    Cyclist33 Guest

    Location:
    Warrington
    Assumptions.

    We just had little bikes, we learned to pedal and steer concurrently, I don't know why there would be a need to learn any other way... some kids learn balance etc and/or are inherently more athletic than others, and some (dare I confine it to?) dad's are more pushy about their children's talent/reputation than others, so there is no controlled way of proving that balance bikes make for a quicker or earlier learning experience.

    Emperor's New Clothes, in my humble opinion.
     
  13. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    Having tried both methods with more than one child I would definitely favour the balance bike. Admittedly I've never tried a balance bike then stabilisers because they've learnt using the balance bike so didn't need the stabilisers.
     
  14. Andy_R

    Andy_R Hard of hearing..I said Herd of Herring..oh FFS..

    Location:
    County Durham
    Stabilizers also teach bad habits if left on for too long. I've seen kids who don't attempt to move their upper bodies to keep their balance becasue they have got into the habit of letting the stabilizers "catch" the bike as it tilts
     
  15. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti

    There's a kid we see in our local park every now and then. Think he must be 6 or 7 years old. Uses quite a big bike with stabilisers. You could see that he had grown into relying on them and had become lazy using a stabiliser rather then trying to at least balance. I spoke to his dad about it. He said that he refuses to ride the bike without them.
     
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