It’s likely that most of you viewing this page are already familiar with balance bikes, how they work, and their purpose. However, before we dive in further we going to quickly review the basic concept of a balance bike for those of you who are new to this
Balance bikes are essentially the most intuitive device for teaching people, but especially young children, how to ride a bike. For a long time, the conventional wisdom around learning to ride a bike advocated for the purchasing of a tricycle, training wheels, or just getting skinned knees and bruises a lot. However, it turns out that there is a much more ergonomic and safer method to teaching the skill of bike riding: balance bikes. The difference between a balance bike and a real bike is the lack of pedals. Motion is achieved through an efficient combination of striding and gliding. The end result of using a balance bike is a both shorter learning period and a far gentler learning curve.
Meet The Brands
Now there are quite a few different brands in the market place for children’s balance bikes, but as with any industry a few inevitably rise to the top. In the US, and by extension the internet, the most dominant brand for balance bikes is Strider. Nowhere else is this more apparent than on amazon. Of the top ten best sellers of balance bikes, Strider takes up 30%. So why does Strider dominate so well? Attention to detail and customer relations may be their secret. Strider puts in a huge amount of research and development into bikes and ships with in huge varieties. Furthermore, Strider pays attention to customer questions and queries. You can almost be certain to get a response from the company or an affiliate of the company when you make enquiries with your purchase.
One of the nicer extra features to come with balance bikes is that of a footrest. This accessory, while not absolutely necessary, does improve the overall riding experience by extending glide periods. KaZam has made a name for itself in this industry by patenting one of the best footrest systems. KaZam bikes also come with a wide range of other features, such as brakes, that can be bought with or after their bikes. Additionally, KaZam places a lot of emphasis on making these bikes accessible to wide range of age groups. Buying one KaZam may be enough to serve several of your children.
Schwinn bikes seemingly tend towards giving better experiences for slightly older children. This may be as a consequence of their bikes often being slightly heavier and sturdier than many of their competitors. They haven’t quite got the footrest concept down as well as KaZam bikes: which is a bit of a sore point for some customers, but they make up for this with their own unique design implement called “foot to floor”. The idea behind this design strategy is to make it even easier for children to get the hang of balancing and to improve safety in the odd case of a fall. Beyond this Schwinn bikes come with all the Standard array of extra accessories and features that you may like.
Balance bikes are made available through a wide variety of brands and also come with a wide variety of features, but there are some key ones to look out for. As mentioned in the KaZam synopsis, footrests are a very useful feature to get with a balance bike. KaZam does it the best, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t purchase one from another brand if you should so choose. Additionally many of these bikes come with the choice of either air or pneumatic tires. This is a bit trickier to make a decision about, but as a rule of thumb, if you expect your child to use their bike on rough terrain go with air tires. There are a lot of other features, but for the most part they only serve one of two purposes: extendibility, as in the case of adjustable seats, and cosmetics, as in the case color and design variation. That being said, once you stick to the information provided above you should be able to pick the right balance bike for your child easily.