Balance Bikes Are A "Craze"

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

  1. They're normal in Germany and have been foe a very long time. Our first son didn't have one and took ages to get off his staibilisers and gain confidence. The other two used the same 'balance bike' and were riding confidently much earlier. In fact the youngest was taught by his brother, thus helping both learn and grow...

    Stabilisers are almost unheard of here, by the way.
  2. JaseO

    JaseO Active Member

    Both my kids have had balance bikes. My daughter got on better with stabilizers on a pedal bike, but my son loves the balance bike. The challenge now is getting him to pedal!
  3. Karlt

    Karlt Well-Known Member

    It's the old "childhood was perfect when I was a child so anything different to then must be bad" mentality. Does your friend take the Daily Mail by any chance?

    Child 1 learnt the stabilisers way and it took a long while. Child 2 started that way but couldn't make the transition to no stabilisers. After months of no progress we bought a balance bike for him and he was riding without stabilisers in two months. Child 3 then inherited the balance bike which she called her "scooty bike" and loved it; was riding a proper bike herself within two or three months.

    Balance bike wins. It makes sense; the stabilisers give no encouragement to balance. A well co-ordinated child might handle the transformation well; a less co-ordinated one won't. I know I was eight or nine before I could set off on my own. By comparison Child 3 was riding at 4 and sorted out setting off by the time she was 5.
  4. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    My lad has had a balance bike for over two years now. Today he learnt to ride a pedal bike aged 4.5. In 20 minutes he was getting the hang of it, and I could let go. By 40 minutes he had it all-but sussed.

    Instructor said that he was one of the fastest learners that he has taught. No stabilizers, a lot of time on the balance bike, and a boy desperate to learn. Earned himself an ice-cream.
  5. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti

    Exactly how Ian Jnr took to pedal biking. Balance bikes just work.
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  6. fisha

    fisha Über Member

    Another fan of balance bikes here. My young lad had one for a while, and became comfortable with building speed, then running on balance alone going round in circles.

    The transisiton to a pedal bike was less than 10 minutes. Basically within half a dozen pushes, he was off pedalling himself under his own balance.

    I would 100% recommend it as the way to learn.

    I also beleive in investing in decent bikes at that age for the weight aspects.
  7. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    52 Festive Road
    Me too. I was prepared for a lengthy transition period to the pedalled bike. Nope. Up and off - first time, Mum was actively upset at the speed of transition as she missed it!
  8. hatler

    hatler Veteran

    Posted before, but our youngest went from a balance bike to this after some time (no idea how long, it was too long ago) playing around on a balance bike. Interval from starting on this bike to this vid was about ten minutes of extreme shouty frustration, then she got it.


    Bottom line. Balance bikes work.
    Last edited: 8 Apr 2018
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  9. keithmac

    keithmac Über Member

    My two learned to balance on two wheels on scooters, transfering that to bikes was relatively painless!.
  10. Thomson

    Thomson Well-Known Member

    Our eldest son is 4.5 and has had a balence bike over two years. We had to keep putting the seat up. It's a wooden one. A month before he turned four he cycled down the path no balancing wheels at all. He hasn't wanted to go on his bike for a few months but last week he was on his big bike. He now zooms around on it infront of the house. Couldn't be happier. His little brother will be using the same little wooden bike. When he can. He's 7 months.
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  11. Afnug

    Afnug Everything you can imagine is real

    I haven't read all this so don't know if it has been mentioned, we just took the pedals of an ordinary bike to teach the grandkids to balance.
  12. Mrklaw

    Mrklaw Active Member

    Stabilisers with first child - took a while.
    Balance bike with second child - she was belting up and down the street at high speed almost instantly.

    The balance bike teaches....balance. So that when pedals come along, the child isn’t worried about taking their feet off the ground to pedal - they know how to balance the bike with feet off the ground because they’ve been doing it already. So the pedals are just a natural extension to propel them along.

    Normal bikes with stabilisers don’t teach balance so when the stabilisers come off, they’re naturally worried about falling so the feet go straight to the ground and they’re wobbling. Basically stabilised bikes are glorified tricycles.

    Definitely a convert
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