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Benefits of a Balance Bike

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You can get alot of benefits from riding a balance bike. But here are the reasons we think Balance bikes rule!



Reason 1 – They Promote Exercise

Did you know that children are supposed to exercise for 60 minutes a day? That’s an easy goal to reach with a Balance Bike. They are a great way to get kids out of the house and into the great outdoors to play. It is so important that kids understand the importance of being healthy and Balance Bikes are a fun way to practice exercise. It will help with endurance, speed, and coordination.


Reason 2 – No Bad Habits

Training wheels and tricycles cause children to acquire bad cycling habits at a young age. This is because these types of bikes don’t teach children how to balance. They only teach children how to pedal and steer. Yes, these are important, but not nearly as important as learning how to balance. Children who become dependent on training wheels have a much harder time making the transition to a bicycle.


Reason 3 – Safety

Balance Bikes are safer than training wheels or a tricycle because they ride like a regular bicycle. They won’t get stuck on rough surfaces or have difficulty turning corners. Additionally, it is easy for children to drop their feet back onto the ground if they ever lose balance. Kids are in control with Balance Bike, but safety precautions should always be taken while riding any type of bike. Always be sure your child is properly equipped with headgear and pads to avoid injuries.


Reason 4 – They are Fun!

Kids will have a blast while riding one. They can stand, sit, walk, run and glide. Balance Bikes are a perfect way for kids to spend their afternoon. Hit the skate park, ride to your local snow cone shack or just play around in the yard, there are so many things to do and places to go on a Balance Bike.


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What is a Balance Bike?

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Balance bikes, Running Bikes, Pedal-less bikes, Strider bikes, First Bikes - whatever you call them, balance bikes are everywhere!



Choosing the best bike for your child is easy!

It’s time to buy your child’s first bike and the question keeps coming to mind… “what bike will be best for my child?”. To answer that question, the first thing you are going to want to consider are your different options. There are ton’s of bikes available on the market right now, but there is only one that will be perfect for your child.

You could choose to go the training wheels route, but let’s be honest… the only thing training wheels do is teach kids how NOT to ride. They are hard to ride, control and they tip over easily. Training wheels also get stuck on gravel, are heavy and don’t teach kids how to balance. So now training wheels are out of the question, what else could you pick? You could choose to start your child with a tricycle, but those present the same challenges and negative effects as training wheels. Luckily, there is a better alternative to both of these. Introducing the Balance Bike!


What is a Balance Bike?

Simply put, Balance Bikes are the best way for kids to learn how to ride a bike. Imagine a regular bike, shrink it and take away the pedals. That’s a Balance Bike for you! It’s just a small bike without pedals that allow children to learn the key components of riding a bike without having to worry about pedaling. There are so many benefits to riding a Balance Bike, the major one being… kid’s learn how to balance! As any bike rider knows, this is a crucial skill for any bike ride to be successful. In addition to learning the skill of balance, kids will also experience a stress free ride. They don’t have to worry about turning corners or falling on loose gravel. This is because a Balance Bike is built to ride just like a regular bicycle. They can be ridden for miles making the fun endless.


When can my child start riding a Balance Bike?

Balance Bikes are made for children ages 2+. It doesn’t take long until your little one will be riding like a champion. Balance Bikes are are a perfect match for kids going through the physical and cognitive development of these ages. To learn more about why this is the best age for a Balance Bike, click here.


Convinced yet?

To purchase a Balance Bike, check out our Balance Bike Shop, and don’t forget to stay updated on social media!



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Balance Bike vs Training Wheels

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Just because we all grew up using training wheels doesn’t mean that our kids don’t deserve better!



What’s wrong with training wheels?

The balance bike vs training wheels debate is booming. Here you can learn all the facts. Training wheels and tricycles teach children how to NOT ride a bike because they aren’t built to ride like a normal bicycle. These bikes “pre-balanced” meaning a child will still have to learn how to balance after transitioning to a regular bike. These bikes ignore the most important part of riding – balance. Training wheels and tricycles are hard to ride a long distance, because they can easily get caught on gravel or rough surfaces, and they lose their balance easily.

A good majority of people reading this right now probably learned to ride using training wheels or a tricycle. Think back on those memories, practicing for hours and when you were ready to try out a pedal bike…WHAM. Right into the concrete. Mom and Dad were always there to help out. A few bumps and bruises, then right back at it. Falling is inevitable if a child doesn’t understand how to balance. Without learning this skill, kids will struggle for longer than if they had used a bike that required them to practice balance. Learning how to pedal will come naturally after using a Balance Bike.


Why are Balance Bikes Better?

A Balance Bike looks and rides exactly like a normal bike AND provides a safer riding experience. After trying to ride a bicycle as a kid and failing horribly,  I think we can all agree that the hardest part of bike training, not pedaling. With a Balance Bike, kids use their feet to propel forward. As they become more confident, they lift their feet and simultaneously practice balance and steering. If they ever lose balance, they can simply just drop their feet back on the ground.



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