We’re big fans of balance bikes at The Shopping Mama. My son scooted his way around town on a balance bike for several years, and preferred it over his “bike boy bike” with training wheels. People, especially balance bike companies, will tell you that the bikes are a great way to ease into learning to ride a bike. The idea, of course, is that using a balance bike teaches a child the motor skills necessary to ride a bike without worrying about pedaling at the same time. I can happily report that this proved to be true for my son who last week declared “I’m ready to take off my training wheels.” And sure enough he was because he hoped on his bike and rode off, down the street, all by himself. Just like that, he’s riding a bike.
Here’s our round up of balance bike reviews and the pros and cons of each bike.
- To Buy: Transitions to regular bike with pedals.
- Or Not to Buy: More complicated design.
- Shop: Available in four colors for $140.
- To Buy: Excellent craftsmanship, classic style, great seat height adjustment for longevity.
- Or Not to Buy: High price tag.
- Shop: Available in variety of colors for $315.
- To Buy: Fun, playful design. For boys, check out the Chop.
- Or Not to Buy: Heaviest bike of the bunch.
- Shop: Available on Amazon for $90.
We’d love to hear from you in the comments: Did your child use a balance bike? Do you think it helped them learn to ride a bike more easily? Do you have a favorite balance bike?