Balance bikes

Discussion in 'Family and Recreational Cycling' started by Markymark, 23 Aug 2012.

  1. Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    Sorry if this has been asked 1,000 times before, but are these balance bikes worth it for a 3 1/2 year old or are we better waiting a few more months and going straight for a 'proper' bike?
     
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Atop a Ti
    Absolutely worth it. They help the child learn balance & confidence far easier then if they have to concentrate on using pedals.
     
  3. Kiwiavenger

    Kiwiavenger im a little tea pot

    im about to buy my two year old one! he loves his bouncy bike we bought him for christmas so time for something with thinner wheels!!!
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    My LBS shop said better going straight for a bike as the balance bike gives a false introduction to bikes.

    I doubt he was looking for the $$ as he would get more form selling 2 bikes than just one.
     
  5. jim55

    jim55 Über Member

    Location:
    glasgow
    just get a good one and take the pedals off ?
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    That sounds sensible...
     
  7. lb81

    lb81 Senior Member

    Both mine have used the same one which i think was about £15 in tesco a few years ago.

    They both loved it, used it constantly and took to a proper bike much easier due to having the balance element already dialled in.

    Probably one of the best £15 i ever spent.

    Wouldnt bother with any of the expensive ones though. Some are the same price as a real bike! :eek:
     
  8. lb81

    lb81 Senior Member

    [QUOTE 2000745, member: 45"]Yes, but you can buy a decent one and sell it on afterwards, and end up paying little more than £15 for a better bit of kit. We've had the cheap Lidl wooden one and an Islabikes. The Islabike was much easier to ride.[/quote]

    Of course, but after several years and two children doing what children do there was no point, at least not for me anyway. They have certainly got my monies worth from it and it still gets used now. My neighbor has a young lad who is almost big enough to use it so I will probably give it to her soon so that it can continue to be appreciated... it was metal framed by the way with solid rubber tyres... I have not seen any like it since.
     
  9. Ktp

    Ktp Regular

    Location:
    SW London
    Another vote here for balance bikes in general. Your 3.5 yo will be whizzing around in no time.
    The Islabike balance bike is a lovely piece of kit - beautifully put together and they hold their value. Can sell on eBay after a few years for a little less than you paid for it. That said friend's little boy got on great guns with one of the wooden ones from Amazon for £20...
     
  10. monkeylc

    monkeylc Über Member

    Location:
    leicester
    Then again it's a one off feeling of letting go of that saddle and watching them ride on their own for the first time.:bravo:
     
  11. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    Decathlon's £30 balance bikes are great.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    Thanks for all the advice.

    Am I better buying a balance bike or just taking the pedals off a full bike?
     
  13. alpgirl

    alpgirl New Member

    We got a Toys R Us balance bike for our son. £20 in the pre Christmas sale. Absolutely brilliant, adjustable saddle, really light, far lighter than the wooden ones you get. My son went straight to a bike without stabilisers after that (2" Specialised). Now looking to get a Cnoc 14 hopefully as he is such a good rider. Don't allow stabilisers anywhere near a bike!
     
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  14. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    So true:thumbsup:
     
  15. alpgirl

    alpgirl New Member

    [QUOTE it was metal framed by the way with solid rubber tyres... I have not seen any like it since.][/QUOTE]
    Our son's Toys R us one sounds just like that. Aluminium frame and really light. Cheapest and best I've seen. Really easy to ride, and carry when the child is not riding!
     
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