Convertible Balance Bikes With Removable Pedals
We all want our kids to be independent, but also care for their safety. That’s why our range of balance bikes with removable pedals (a great Strider balance bike alternative) is one of the best ways to help your child safely learn to ride a two-wheeled bike.
Some so-called ‘kids bikes’ are large, heavy and bulky. Not only do they take the fun out of learning how to balance and ride a bike, they often cause little ones to crash with apparent downsides.
Why a balance bike that converts to pedal bike is different
Our range of balance bikes is different from most kids bikes. They have a lower centre of gravity, and when the chain and pedals are removed, it enables little ones to balance, roll and learn to ride with the confidence of knowing they can put their feet down when they need to. This leads to greater confidence on a bike (because they feel safe) and fewer scrapes, bumps, bruises and tears.
If you have an active little one that loves being outside, then our range of lightweight balance bikes might be just the thing they need. We have balance bikes with removable pedals for boys and girls and balance-to-first-pedal bikes to suit ages ranging from 18 months through to 10 year old
GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT KIDS BIKES?
Experts say that exercise and play are just as important for young children as sleep, education, and healthy food. Getting your child a bicycle is a wonderful way to promote a healthy lifestyle and build their motor skills. If you’re an avid cyclist and you want to share your passion with your kids, get them a kids bike, and get them riding! Xchange Sports is the best place for people in Australia to find the best kids balance bikes, kids first pedal bikes, kids scooters, and more!
The first, and possibly most important, factor to choosing the right kids bike comes down to size. Getting the size right is vital for helping your child to both build the confidence they need to control the bike and their speed, as well as the strength necessary for managing a full frame bicycle. Lightweight frames are the key for kids bikes, but the size of the frame will usually determine the total weight. A good guide to use is shopping for a child’s bicycle that weighs between 20% and 30% of your child’s weight.
Whilst much of the bike industry keep to the wheel sizes of 12, 16, 20 and 24 inch for kids bikes, some brands, such as Kidvelo, skip the industry's more common 12inch size in favour of a larger 14inch wheel. A larger wheel will typically offer greater stability, a smoother ride and increased speed. Much like 12inch kids bikes, 14in bikes will usually feature similar accessories, colour options, a coaster rear brake and training wheels as standard. If considering a 14inch kids bike, ensure your child is tall enough to manage the larger wheel size.
Kidvelo Balance bikes are best suited for toddlers/children aged 18 months to 8 years of age. If your child is confidently walking and tall enough to manage the bike frame on their own, then you know it is time to get your kiddo on a balance bike. A good percentage of kids ride on their balance bike until they are tall enough to ride on a 16” bike and skip a 12” or 14” bike all together, while others transition to a 12” or 14” bike and then onto a 16” later. It also isn’t uncommon for really timid kids or even just kids who love balance bikes to transition from a smaller 12” balance bike to a larger 14” balance bike before they move up to a 16” pedal bike.
You cannot add pedals to just any balance bike, but there are a few balance bikes that are designed to convert to pedal bikes. The Kidvelo Rookie 14 and Rookie 18 are the two most common examples. These convertible balance bikes have optional pedal kits that can be installed when your child has mastered their balance bike and is ready to tackle pedals. These pedal kits only work with these bikes.
If your child can easily run, balance, and stop their balance bike, they are likely ready to transition to a pedal bike. Balance bikes, however, are much easier and simpler for toddlers and preschoolers to operate, so unless your child is eager to ride a pedal bike, it is generally best to allow them to continue to happily ride their balance bike and transition them to a pedal bike when they express interest.
Whilst much of the bike industry keep to the wheel sizes of 12, 16, 20 and 24 inch, some brands, such as Kidvelo, skip the industry's more common 16inch size in favour for a larger 18inch wheel. The larger wheel size will typically offer greater stability, a smoother ride and increased speed. Much like 16inch bikes, 18inch bikes will usually feature similar accessories, colour options for kids to choose from. When considering an 18inch kids bike, ensure your child is tall enough to manage the larger wheel size.
It might be tempting to shop for a slightly larger kids bike in the hopes that it will last longer, allowing your child to grow into the frame over time. Unfortunately, riding a bike that is too big for you increases the instability at the seat. Your weight is not evenly distributed, and it will feel like you’re top-heavy, having to work harder to balance your weight, especially under slow speeds. Your child is unlikely to get enough speed up to allow the bike to do most of the balance work so buying the right frame size is very important. A bike frame that is too small will also require more strength and skill to use. When a rider’s centre of gravity is too low, the bike is difficult to get moving, requiring much more leg strength and more upper body coordination. The risk of a fall from the wrong size bike is high for riders of all skill levels and strength but can be a particularly traumatic experience for kids who are just learning or just building their confidence