Strider Vs Cruzee

 

Strider Vs Cruzee

The Strider and Cruzee bikes are all aimed at the toddler / pre-schooler age group.

There are two types of Strider bike. The Strider Classic is aimed at kids from 18 months to 3 years and the Strider Sport comes with an extra long seat post which can accommodate kids between ages 18 months and 5 years.

The Cruzee can accommodate children from 18 months to 5 years.

But which one is the best fit for your child and budget. In this article with have compared all three bikes to help make a decision.

Comparison Table (All 3 Bikes at a Glance)

Bike TypeStrider Classic

Cruzee

Strider Sport

Age Recommendation18 months - 3 years18 months - 5 years18 months - 5 years
Seat Height28-42cm28-48cm28-49cm
Weight of Bike2.9kg1.9kg2,9kg (without seat post)
Weight is increased with seat post
SeatMini sized toddler seat
Padded SeatMini sized toddler seat
and padded seat
with extra long seat
post for older children
Frame materialSteelAluminium AlloySteel
TyreFoam
Puncture Proof
Foam
Puncture Proof
Foam
Puncture Proof
FootrestYesYesYes
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Weight of Bike

Toddlers and pre-schoolers will always find it easier to manage and control a lighter bike. Ideally a balance bike should be no more than 1/3 of the weight of the child riding it. Heavier bikes are much more difficult for young children to learn to ride on.

The Cruzee is the lightest bike on the market at just 1.9kg. This is ridiculously lightweight so makes it a complete winner when choosing for the youngest and smallest of children. It's also super easy for parents to carry if they need to. The cruzee achieves this as it's frame is made of aluminium alloy which is a light but very strong material. However, it is also a more expensive material so does make the cruzee a more expensive bike to purchase.

The Strider bikes are still very lightweight bike. The strider classic at just 2.9kg, it is still one of the lightest balance bikes out there. The average 2 year old weighs over 12kg so this will still be easy for little ones to ride on and manage. It's frame is made of steel which is another strong material but slightly heavier.

Seat

The seat of the strider classic isn't padded but it's perfectly mini sized for toddlers. It's the smallest seat on all 3 bikes, so it makes it a nice choice for smaller kids.

The Strider sport has the mini toddler seat  on the classic but as the child grows it can be swapped with a larger seat size which is slightly padded.

The seat on the Cruzee is marginally bigger than the seat on the sport but it is properly padded for comfort (more so than the Strider sport).

Tyres

All 3 bikes have foam tyres which are puncture free. These are perfect for riding on the pavement but don't work well off road. Although the foam tyres provide some traction, a bike with air filled tyres would be better on more rugged terrain but of course they will require more maintenance. .

The Cruzee tyres are slightly wider than the Striders but not much and all three bikes provide a solid, smooth, comfortable ride along paths and pavements.

Adjustability

All three bikes have an adjustable seat height. They all have a lowest seat height of 28cm which should be perfect for the smallest of children, even some as young as 18 months. Ideally you want the seat height to be 2.5cm less than a child's inside leg measurement so they can get on and off the bike ok as well as push it around with their feet.

Both the Cruzee and the Strider Sport are adjustable to accommodate kids up to around age 5 with a maximum seat height of 48cm on the Cruzee and 49cm on the strider.

The Strider Classic can be adjusted up to 42cm which is perfect for kids aged up to around 3 years. It's a more affordable option for younger children but if you want the bike to last, it would be better to choose the Cruzee or the Strider Sport.

Which Balance Bike For You?

All 3 bikes are excellent choices. As you can see they all have different strengths. Here are some suggestions of which bike is best.

Best for on a budget?

If you are buying on a budget, the Strider bikes are cheaper than the Cruzee. The Strider Classic is the most affordable but this is only a good choice for kids aged 1.5 to 2 years as by the time they get to age 3, they won't have much growing room left on it.

For kids aged 3 to 5, the Strider Sport is the best affordable option.

Best for the Youngest Toddlers

The Cruzee is the most lightweight and will be so easy for very small children to control

The Strider Classic and Sport both come with a mini toddler seat which is good for small children although it  isn't padded like the Cruzee seat

Best for Older Kids

Either the Cruzee or the Strider Sport which can accommodate growing children up to age 5.

As all 3 of these balance bikes are excellent it is not an easy choice and will depend which are the most important features for you and the child in question.

Balance Bikes For 4 Year Olds

Best Balance Bikes for 4 Year Olds


 

Looking for a balance bike for a 4 year old girl or boy? Find lots of tips and advice on picking the right one as well as lots of recommendations. There are a few questions you may want to ask before buying a balance bike.

Pedal Bike Or a Balance Bike?

4 years old is a great age for a balance bike! If they've never ridden a balance bike before, they will love the freedom and fun a balance bike offers. After a short learning curve of learning to ride the bike, they will be whizzing around! A balance bike will allow them to master the balance needed for riding a pedal bike. Most kids graduate very quickly onto a pedal bike if they have mastered a balance bike first (generally before their 5th birthday).

If a 4 year old has ridden a balance bike before, they may be ready for a pedal bike but generally a balance bike is great to try first.

What Size Should the Balance Bike Be?

It is important to make sure that the balance bike is the right size for your child. Some balance bikes are aimed at younger children from aged 2 and 3 and these may be on the small side for a 4 year old with little growing room especially if he or she is tall.  However, there are many balance bikes aimed at 4 year olds. The important thing is that their feet can reach the floor when pushing along. An adjustable seat and handlebar height will mean the bike can grow with your child.

✔️ Did you know? - many kids ovelap the use of a pedal bike and a balance bike, riding both for a period of time. This is because even if they have mastered a pedal bike, balance bikes are so much fun and young children can over go much faster on them.

Radio Flyer Glide and Go Balance Bike

The Radio Flyer is a balance bike which is well sized to accommodate most 4 year olds

It has a seat range from 37 to 48 cms so you can adust the seat to the correct height for your child. And it can be quickly and easily adjusted with the seat post release clamp - no tools required!

The bike has  a long wheelbase which promotes stability

The EVA foam filled tyres are puncture free so no worries about getting a flat.

The bike is very lightweight at just over 3kg which will make it easy for most 4 year olds to control.

✔️ Did you know? - the seat height on a balance bike should measure at least 2.5cm (1 inch) less than a child's inseam so they can put their feet flat on the floor to push the bike along. Check how to measure a child's inseam here. The inseam (inside leg measurement) is the most important factor when deciding on which balance bike to buy. The age of the child is largely irrelevant!

4 year olds will vary dramatically in the length of the inside leg. The variations generally are between 38 to 48cm (and can even go outside these figures). If we do take the 38-48cm range, balance bikes will need to have a seat height of around 35.5 to 45.5cm to accommodate most 4 year olds. Taller 4 year olds will be fine with a balance bike with figures in the upper part of this range and smaller 4 year olds in the lower part. So the balance bike you choose will be unique to your 4 year olds inside leg measurement.

WeeRide Bike






The Wee Ride balance bike is another good option. It has an adjustable seat height of 45 to 55cm.  To know whether the seat height is right for your child, measure their inseam. Ideally the seat height you want should measure at least 1 inch less than their inseam so that they can get on and off easily and be able to push the bike along with their feet easily.

The wheels are 14 inches so perfect for a 4 year old.

The bike also features a quick release seat clamp. The tyres are air filled which will offer a smoother ride . There's a rear hand brake for safety too.

Banana Bike GT

There is a lot to like about the Banana Bike GT as a balance bike for a 4 year old. Firstly, it's affordable in comparison to some of the top of the range bikes. Secondly, it has airfilled tyres which give a comfortable ride to taller, heavier pre-schoolers and can be ridden on rougher terrain. Thirdly, the long seat post is a good option for taller riders. The saddle height can be adjusted from 32cm, extending up to 44cm which is a nice height range for many 4 year olds. It will accommodate them immediately and give growing room too.

Other desirable features are a long wheelbase (which gives greater stability). It's got adjustable handlebars and a quick release seat post. It comes in different colours, but the bright yellow is very eyecatching and definitely a favourite.

How do you make sure the balance bike has enough growing for your 4 year old?

We know to that kids will need to be able to have the seat adjusted low enough so they can push along with feet flat on the foor. They are most comfortable with their knees slightly bent. As already mentioned, the right seat height should be about 2.5cm less then their inseam so they can get on and off the bike easily.

However if the seat height doesn't adjust high enought and  it's too small they will have to bend their legs too much which will make the bike uncomfortable to ride and they won't be able to lift their feet up and glide.

Therefore, to make sure there is enough growing room on the bike, it is also essential that the seat height can be adjusted upwards so as they grow they will be able to continue to use the bike. Ideally you want a balance bike which has a maximum seat height at least 5cm more than their current inseam so that there is some growing room with the bike.

Many balance bikes have adjustable handlebars and seats so they will grow with your child. You can also read reviews of the balance bike you wish to buy to give you an idea of the age range of kids that use the bikes.



Bike Star




The Bike star is one of the smaller bikes featured on this page but will still be suitable for the majority of 4 year olds depending on the inseam and height.

It has an adjustable seat height from approximately 35cm to 42cm. The handlebar height adjusts from approximately 55-62 cm. 

The wheels are 12 inch. Find more about the best wheel size further on in this article.  It features air filled tyres on high-quality lightweight alloy rims.

It weighs approximately 4.8kg which is the perfect weight, lightweight for younger, smaller children to manoeuvre.

​I love that it comes 85% assembled (only approximately 15 minutes assembly work required - always a bonus!).
There's a handbrake to save scuffing shoes too.

Wheel Size

Another thing to consider with 4 year olds is the wheel size. On most balance bikes you will see either 12, 14 or 16 inch wheels.A good guide to which size to get is to look at your child’s height. Measure their height with their shoes on. If they are 114cm or over it’s probably best to go with a 16 inch wheel size.

Smaller kids should be okay with a 12 inch wheel size, although at age 4 they may outgrow the 12 inch wheels quickly. The perfect size for most 4 year olds will be 14 inch wheels as they should be okay to ride it straight away but they won't outgrow the bike too quickly.

​The size wheels you get will mainly depend on the child's height. Most 4 year olds will be under 114cm so will be okay with a 12 or 14 inch wheel size but if they are on the taller size you may want to consider getting 16 inch wheels.

Strider Bikes




Strider makes both a 12 inch and 16 inch balance bike both of which could be suitable for a 4 year old dependant on his or her size.The 12 inch bike is designed for kids up to 5 years. The seat height extends from 28cm (11 inches) to 42cm (16.5 inches) but this version of the bike comes with a seat post which extends the seat up to 49cm (19.5 inches).

There is also the option of buying a larger padded seat for your kids as they grow.

If you have younger children this could be a good buy to pass onto tem after your 4 year old has grown out of it as it can be used by children as young as 18 months to 2 years. The bike has EVA foam tyres which are low maintenance (no pumping up or worrying about punctures). It's very lightweight (only 2.9kg) so easy for kids of all ages to control too. I would say this version of the strider bike would be fine for most 4 year olds.

Strider 16 inch Balance Bike

 

The 16 inch model is designed for older and taller kids. The seat height adjusts from 49.5 cm (19.5 inches) to 65 cm (25.5 inches) so will grow with your child. It weighs in at 8kg, so is better for the taller, heavier child.

It has some great additional features that the Strider 12 bike doesn't have including pneumatic tyres which are great for cross terrain and giving a better, smoother ride with more traction. Great for uneven terrain, grass and dirt tracks. It also features brakes and a quick release seat clamp so you can easily adjust the seat.

​A brake on this bike  is a good option for older kids. Younger kids don't tend to use a brake much on their bike as it means a lots of co-ordination for them. They will slow down by using their feet or just generally slow down naturally. However, older kids who can grasp the concept of a hand brake may use it more and it also prevent shoes from cuffing if you can get them to use it.

It will also get them used to using a brake for when they are ready to transition onto pedals.

Early Ride 14 Inch Bike





The first thing that hits you with the Early Ride bike is it's stylish grown up look. But it also features an amazing build and is excellent quality.It has a seat height range of between

38 cm to 47.5cm,  (approx 15 to 19 inches).It has airfilled tyres which do offer a smooth ride with better traction than EVA foam tyres. I do think pneumatic tyres are a better option for older kids if you don't mind the extra maintenance.

 It's a super lightweight option at just 3.75kg in weight. This makes is a fantastic option for smaller and lighter kids who will find it easy to control and move.

​The drop handle bars make it a fun option for kids who want to have a racer feel on their balance bike.
This bike has an quality build so will last, a good option to pass down onto younger siblings.

Wooden Balance Bike

The great thing about wooden balance bikes is that they are more environmentally friendly than their metal and plastic counterparts. This Prince Lionheart bike is made of birch wood which is fast growing and therefore a highly renewable source.

The Prince Lionheart balance bike is a good choice for most 4 year olds. It has an adjustable seat height range of between 37.5cm and the highest is 43cm.

It features proper inflatable rubber tyres which offer a more comfortable ride and traction.

It weighs approximately 4.54kg, so it's not the lightest balance bike but most 4 year olds should be fine to manage and control a bike of this size and weight. Ideally you want a bike which is no more than 33% of their body weight.

Read more about the differences between wooden bikes and metal bikes. 

Ridgeback Scoot XL Balance Bike (14 Inch)


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The Ridgeback Scoot is a well designed and perfectly sized balance bike for 4 year olds.

Growing Room

The Ridgeback Scoot has lots of growing room . The age recommendation is 4 to 8 years and the seat height is adjustable between 40cm to 55cm (so it's has one of the highest maxium seat heights for kids this age).

Wheels 

The wheels are 14 inch and air filled tyres.  As kids get older air filled tyres will ensure a much more comfortable ride as opposed to EVA foam tyres. Of course, air filled tyres do require more maintenance but as kids get heavier they will require the cushioning from pneumatic tyres on a bike. Otherwise they will feel the bumps and cracks from the bike ride a lot more.  The tyres will also give them more traction when riding on wet surfaces as well.

The 14 inch wheels are a great size for most 4 year olds. Balance bikes for kids aged 3 and up will generally have 12 inch wheels so the bigger wheels are a perfect size for kids who are a bit too big for 12 inch wheels but too small for 16 inch ones.

Brakes

The handbrake is very useful for getting older kids used to using a brake rather than their feet when stopping. It trains them to use a brake before transistioning onto a pedal bike, so it's one less thing for them to learn.

Weight

It weighs 5.6kg so is on the heavier size, it's not the best choice for smaller lighter kids. Ideally you want the bike to be no more than 1/3rd of a child's body weight so it'se easier for them to manage and control.

BikeTyresWheel SizeSeat HeightBrake WeightAge Range
Ridgeback ScootAir14 inch40-55cmRear Hand Brake3.6KG4-8
Wee RideAir14 inch45-55cmRear Hand Brake6.5kg3-5
Bike StarAir12 inch35cm-42cmRear Hand Brake4.8kg3 plus
Strider SportEVA12 inch29-49cmNone2.9kg3-5
StriderAir16 inch49.5-65cmFront and rear hand brakes8kg6-10
Early RiderAir14 inch38-47.5cmNone3.6kg3-6
Prince LionheartAir12 inch37.5-43cmNone4.54kg3-5

Weight of A Balance Bike

A lighter bike is generally easier for small children to control and use. A heavier and taller 4 year old will be able to manage a heavier bike better than a smaller, lighter child. So the ideal weight of the bike will depend on the weight of a child.

One rule to follow is look for a balance bike which is around 33% of the weight of your child or less. Sometimes, the more features the bike has (brakes, footrests etc), will add to the weight of the bike although higher end balance bikes may use more expensive and lighter materials. So, look at the weight of individual bikes when you are checking them out.  Just avoid particularly heavy ones for your child.

The average weight of a 4 year old is 2 stone and 9.5 pounds (17kg), so for the average child you would want to look for bikes that weigh around 5.61kg or less. This is a guideline, many balance bikes for older kids are heavier than 5.61kg, so weigh up other features and price when considering which bike to buy. Many fit and strong 4 year olds can manage bikes which are heavier than 33% of the weight. But you will see a huge difference between 12, 14 and 16 inch balance bikes. For example, the 12 inch Strider weighs 3kg while (perfect for younger, lighter kids) whereas the 16 inch Striker is 8kg.

What About Brakes?

You will find the most young children use their feet to stop the balance bike. Very young children don't have the co-ordination to use a handbrake so this will be the ultimate way of stopping the bike.

However, the time children reach age 4, they will mostly  have the hand and eye co-ordination to use a handbrake. A handbrake can be very good for older children as it can help save their shoes when riding the bike. However they will still be using their feet to make the bike go, so it's instinctive for them to use the feet to stop as well.

Some bikes for 4 year olds and older children will have brakes and others may not. It may add a little bit onto the price of the bike. If you have a chance to test the brake on a balance bike, it's a good test to use your little finger on the brake. If you can use the brake with your little finger, it will mean your child should have the strength in their hand to use the brake as well.

Ultimately it's a personal decision whether to get a balance bike with a brake. They aren't needed but they can be useful for added safety for stopping and to save scufffing shoes.

Tyres

Most balance bikes have one of the following tyre types:

Pneumatic (air filled tyres) - these will give good traction and are good for riding on all surfaces. They will offer a smoother, more comfortable ride for kids. Some potential disadvantages are that it can add a bit more weight to the bike which makes them not such a good choice for young, small children. Obviously some maintenance may be required to prevent punctures.

EVA foam tyres - the great thing about these tyres is that they are puncture proof. They tend to be on lighter bikes and are a good option for younger, smaller children who will just be riding their balance bike along the pavement or on a flatter, smoother surface.
The disadvanges are that they aren't the best on other terrain such as grass. If used a lot, the foam can start to wear away.

Hard plastic - you will see some bikes with hard plastic wheels. These are lightweight but will be much less comfortable to ride. They will be best for indoor use.

Another Option To A Balance Bike

If you already have a pedal bike for your 4 year old another option is to lower the seat on the bike to the lowest possible setting and to take off the pedals (there are lots of videos on youtube showing you how to do this). They can then use the bike as a balance bike and when they have mastered balancing you can put the pedals back on. The only downside with this methods is that pedal bikes tend to be a lot heavier than balance bikes and it may be a little difficult for some 4 year olds to balance, manoeuvre and control this type of bike. But it may be worth giving it a go.

Is 4 Too Old For a Balance Bike?

The short answer to this is no. 4 is still a good age for a balance bike, and using a balance bike for even a short amount of time will shorten the time it takes them to learn to ride a pedal bike. What will vary is the amount of time the average 4 year old will use a balance bike for in comparison to a 2 or 3 year old. Whereas a 2 year old could potentially be using a balance bike for years, a 4 year old may only use if for a few months, a few weeks or even just a few days. On the other hand, there is no reason whey they couldn't use the bike for a couple of years if they enjoy it. The amount of time a 4 year old may use the bike for will normally affect the amount you want to spend on a balance bike. So, when thinking which balance bike to buy, consider how long you think they will be using the bike for.  Or it may be possible to pass it onto a sibling or friend or even sell it when they have finished.

Best Balance Bikes for 3 Year Olds





3 years old is almost the perfect age to buy a balance bike of your child. They should have the necessary co-ordination, balance and physical skills needed to ride a balance bike and there is lots of choice out there for this age group.

✔️ Top Tip - the seat height is the most important consideration when buying a balance bike. The seat height should measure at least 2.5cm (1 inch) less than a child's inseam (the length of the inner leg) so they can put their feet flat on the floor to push the bike along. Find out how to measure a child's inseam here.

Recommendations for 3 Year Olds

Strider Balance Bike


This Strider bike has adjustable handlebars and seat which will grow with your child.It’s lowest seat height is 11 inches (28cm) which will be perfect for even the youngest child (from 18 months). It also means that younger siblings will be able to have a go as well.

The maxiumum seat height is 42cm (16.5 inches) but it also comes with an extra long seat post which extends the maximum seat height to 48cm (19.5 inches)

Strider recommend that most kids will start using the seat post around 3 1/2 years.

This bike will really grow with your child and you shouldn’t need to buy another balance bike apart from this one.

The tyres are made of eva foam so you don’t have to worry about pumping them up or punctures. Eva foam will also give a smooth ride along the pavement and tracks. They lack the traction of air filled tyres but they should be absolutely fine for most 3 year olds. They’re low maintenance which is always a bonus.

The bike is super lightweight at just 2.9kg. A lighter bike will be easier for children age 3 to control.

✔️ Top Tip - a heavy bike may be harder for smaller, lighter children to control. If possible look for a balance bike which weighs no more than about 1/3 of your child's weight.

RideStar Balance Bike

If affordability is a desirable feature, the Ridestar balance bike is one to check out. It ticks lots of boxes, but won't break the bank.

The seat height can be adjusted from 32cm to 40cm and the handlebar height is adjustable too. The 11 inch wheels have EVA foam tyres which are puncture proof.

It's finished with a padded seat and soft grips on the handlebars.

The bike has a max weight of 20kg. ​

KaZAM

 

The KaZAM looks different to most other balance bikes, but there is a much to like about it's unique design. The unique feature is the footresting footplate. Kids have somewhere to put their feet while riding (in the middle) and it doesn't get in the way of their stride. The footrest also helps them find their centre of gravity.

The bike also features pneumatic tyres, so take it on rougher footpaths without any problem!

The handlebar is quite wide, which is great for growing kids. Whereas toddlers will find narrower handlebars easier when controlling the bike, as kids get older wider bars give the more comfort when riding.

The seat can be adjusted without any tools from approximately 34cm to 42cm which is a nice height range for most 3 year olds. Remember to get their inside leg measurement and ensure it's at least 2.5 - 3cm more than the lowest seat height. No tools are required for the saddle height adjustment.

The padded seat and soft handlebar grips are ideal for extra comfort.

 

✔️ Growing Room. Most bikes have adjustable seats. To make sure there is growing room in the bike, look for a maximum seat height which is at least 5cm (2 inches) greater than the child's inside leg measurement (inseam).

Chicco Balance Bike



This bike is very popular and I think the main reason is due to it's low price. Over on amazon it does have some excellent reviews too.

However, although it will be a great balance bike for some children it may be an awful choice for others so it’s very important to consider your child’s height when buying this balance bike.

Although the bike looks small the lowest seat height is 33cm inches (13 inches) so your child should have an inseam of around 14 inches (35.6cm) to be able to ride this bike.

13 inches (33cm) should be fine for most kids of this age group. At the other end, the highest seat height is 15 inches (38cm) so it’s not the best choice of balance bike for a very tall child as there isn't be much growing room.

It weighs just over 3kg (7lbs) so is lightweight which will make it easier for lighter, smaller children to control and use.

If you are buying a balance bike for a 3 year old, ideally you would want the bike to last until they are 5 and they are ready to graduate onto a pedal bike. The concern with this bike is that even though it’s cheap to begin with, you may find that you will have to buy a second balance bike for many children as they will grow out of it quite quickly. However, if you have a smaller 3 year old it is probably worth considering for a balance bike on a budget.

Here are some things you will want to consider when buying a balance bike for a 3 year old. ​

​✔️ Brakes. You will notice that most balance bike aimed at smaller children do not have brakes. This is because young children will not use a brake. They will stop with their feet instead. it's not until age 3.5 or 4 years that a child has the necessary hand / eye co-ordination to use a brake. So for younger 3 year olds don't worry about a brake. If they are heading towards age 4 a hand brake is a good investment.

Make sure it has the right seat height.

As stated at the beginning of the article the most important thing when buying a balance bike is to make sure that your child’s feet will be flat on the floor when they are riding their bike. This is essential as they will need to use their feet to push the bike along. If they can’t do this they will be unable to ride the balance bike.  Therefore the seat height is very important when choosing a balance bike.To make sure the seat height on the bike is the right size, measure your child’s inseam. This is the length between the top of their crotch and the floor.

​Ideally a balance bike height from the seat to the ground should be around about one inch less than their inseam so they have the room to be able to get on and off the balance bike as well.

​✔️ Tyres. - most balance bikes aimed at young children have EVA foam tyres. Air filled tyres have lots of advantages (better traction). Pneumatic tyres will work better on uneven surfaces, have more grip on in the wet weather and will absorb more shocks from bumps in the road. This is all desirable because ultimately the offer a more comfortable ride. However, EVA foam tyres are lighter and add less weight to the bike. It's important that bikes for young children are lightweight so easy to control and carry when needed (for example when going uphill). Also EVA foam tyres don't get flat. Which you go with may be a personal preference and what kind of terrain kids are likely to be riding on.

Radio Flyer Balance Bike




The Radio Flyer balance bike is an extremely popular and well known brand of balance bike in the USA, with some excellent reviews. The Radio Flyer company has been established since 1917, so has 100 years of reputation to protect.

The seat adjusts from 37cm to 48cm and has a quick release seatpost clamp so can easily be adjusted when needed without tools.

It is recommended for kids between the ages 2.5 and 5 years.

It has a long wheelbase for optimal stability. The wheels are made of EVA foam and are puncture proof. They also have traction tread to hug the road.

And as a super plus, there is a real ringing bell.

Early Rider




The Early Rider Kids bike is as good as it looks. Sturdy, stylish and excellent quality, this is a fantastic investment for the 3 to 6 year age group.

It's seat height measures from 38 cm to 47.5cm so it would suit a 3 year old who has an inseam of 35.5cm to 45cm. The seat height range spans 10cm so this is a bike which should grow with your child.

​The features 14 inch wheels with pneumatic tyres so will give a smooth ride and give good traction on more uneven surfaces. A great bike size for 3 year olds as there is growing room for them.

It's super lightweight, weighing just 3.75kg.

The drop handle bars give this bike a grown up feel so they can be like older siblings (or Mum and Dad).

The build quality is fantastic. It's handmade and uses lightweight aluminium for the frame. It features a carbon seat post with 3k finish and rivetted, faux leather seat.

​✔️ Wheelbase. - in some balance bike descriptions, you will see a description of the wheelbase of the bike. The wheelbase refers to the distance between the two wheels (where they touch the ground). A longer wheelbase is generally better because a longer wheelbase offers stability and is ultimately easier to balance on.

Banana Balance Bike - Great Budget Option



The banana balance bike is aimed at 2, 3 and 4 year olds and is the cheapest option of balance bike featured in this article

It's seat height ranges from 31cm to 40cm so would suit 3 year olds who have a inseam range from 33.5cm to 42.5cm. Bear in mind that it's good to have a few cm growing room, so a 3 year old with an inseam of 42.5cm would need the seat on the maximum seat height.

At 3.3kg it is very lightweight, so is easy for kids to control and for parents or adults to carry when kids have had enough.

​It features foam tyres which won't puncture.

Summary: if you're looking for a balance bike on a budget this is a good choice.

BikeStar - An Option With Pneumatic Tyres And Handbrake



The Bikestar has pneumatic (air filled tyres). Air filled tyres offer better traction over surfaces, bumps in the pavements, on grass and dirt tracks etc. They are also good for going up and down curves. However, they need to be maintained unlike bike with EVA foam tyres. Air filled tyres are better as kids get older big and heavier and they offer more cushioning.

As well as air filled tyres the bikestar has a saddle height range between 35-42 cm and an adjustable handlebar height from 55-62 cm.

It weighs approximately 4.8 kg which isn't the lightest of bikes, however the weight of the bike matters less as kids get older and better. This is the only balance bike on this page that features a handbrake. Kids from aged about 3.5 years have the co-ordination needed to start using a handbrake. It's quite a good option to have on a balance bike as kids get older so that they can master an handbrake before they graduate onto a pedal bike where they will need to learn to use one.

Cruzee

Cruzee is the crème de la crème of balance bikes for young children. It has some outstanding features and is super durable but the quality is reflected in the price. So what is to love about the Cruzee balance bike?

Firstly it's the lightest balance bike you'll find out there but it doesn't compensate on any of the features. Amazingly it weighs under 1.9kg. So you will have no problem carrying this uphills or when little legs are tired out. Being lightweight also makes it super easy to control. So 3 year olds can build confidence quickly.

Non marking EVA foam tyres which also have traction are brilliant for both indoor and outdoor use.

The seat is adjustable from 28cm to 48cm so this bike will last young ones through years of use. The tool free seat adjustment allow the seat height to be adjusted quickly and easily.

The Cruzee is super comfortable and therefore enjoyable to ride with soft grips, a super comfy seat and low-profile axle bolts

There's a lot to love about this bike. One of the best!
 

Micro Bike

 

The Micro brand is a leading brand in the world of scooters, and it's name is synonymous with quality and durability. Micro has now ventured into the world of balance bikes, with its creation the microbike. But does the micro bike live up to the same standards as the mini micro scooter is well known for in the scooter world?

The mini micro scooter is known for being lightweight and strong. Likewise, the micro bike is light and strong too. It weighs, just 2.45kg. However, although it is very light which makes it easy for 3 year olds to manoeuvre, it isn't the lightest out there, with the cruzee being much lighter.

The seat can be adjusted from 35 to 46.5cm, so there is a lot of growing room. However, there are bikes at similar price points with lower and higher seat heights. Again the Cruzee is one of them.

Some unique features just to the microbike include the front mud guard and the front suspension which ensures a smooth ride on rough surfaces.

The micro bike has been well tested and with their name at stake, Micro will never put out a bike which isn't excellent quality. However, there are bikes such as the Cruzee that give the Micro a good run for their money and may just pip them out the post.

The question is, do you want a bike with front suspension for that extra comfortable ride, or a well tested bikes such as the Cruzee which offers more seat adjustment and is a lighter weight.

 

 

 

Early Rider Classic

 

The Early Rider is a wooden balance bike which is more eco friendly than a lot of it's counterparts and looks awesome too.

There are tons of positives of this bike. The wheels feature pneumatic tyres (14 inch at the front and 12 inch at the back) so you can take this bike off the pavement and over some more uneven terrain. The airfilled tyres give a comfortable ride over the bumps and gravel you find on the pavement too.

The 12 inch wheel at the back keeps the seat and centre of gravity nice and low, which means it is easy to balance on but still has the 14 inch front wheel to drive the easy rider forwards. Larger wheels are desirable because they offer an increased speed. However, they also add weight to a bike, so there are comprises to be made and the early rider has done this to great effect.

The bike weighs 4.25kg which is won't be as light as bikes with foam tyres, but it's a good weight for a bike with larger air filled tyres.

The seat height can be adjusted from 31.5cm to 39cm so there is a decent amount of growing room on the bike which is aimed at 2 to 5 year olds.

The wheel base on the bike, is long which aids stability when riding.

Made of marine grade eco friendly birch the bike can be ridden in all weathers. Although it's best stored indoors.

Comparison

BikeTyresSeat HeightWeight
Strider SportEVA28-48cm2.9KG
RidestarEVA32-40cm3.kg
ChiccoEVA 33-38cm2.7kg
Radio FlyerEVA37-48cm3kg
Early RiderAir / Pneumatic38-47.5cm3.6kg
BananaEVA31-40cm3.3kg
BikestarAir/Pneumatic35-42cm4.8kg
CruzeeEVA28-48cm1.9kg
Early Rider ClassicAir/Pneumatic31.5cm-39cm4.5kg

Tyres

Most balance bikes have a tyre size of 12 inch which should be fine for most 3 year olds. This is the optimum size for most young children who ride a balance bike. They will ideally then be ready to transfer onto a 12 or 14 inch pedal bike.

Some balance bikes for 3 to 5 year olds have 14 inch wheels so this size of wheel is something to consider as well.

Tyres are generally either made of EVA foam or are airfilled. Both have advantages and disadavtages. EVA foam are puncture proof and are great for going along surfaces such as pavements and paths in the park. They never go flat. They weigh less than their airfilled counterparts, so add less weight to the balance bike.

However, air filled tyres offer more traction and a smoother comfortable ride as they absorb the impact from bumps and lumps from the paths. They are also better for going up and down curbs and on uneven terrain and surfaces. But they need some maintenance and do add weight to the balance bike. You also need to remember to check them.

Longevity

Ideally you will want the bike to last as long as possible. It should be able to last until they are ready for the transition to a bike with pedals. Therefore look for a bike which will grow with your child. This means the seat and the handlebars should be adjustable and the seat can be adjusted higher than they currently need.

An adjustable seat is also great if you have older siblings who may also want to have a go on the bike. You can adjust it to their height so they can have a go as well.

If your child has younger siblings you may also want the bike to last so it can pass onto them as well. Look to the materials and to reviews of the bikes to determine the quality and whether it will last. Obviously if you would like to pass the bike onto a younger child or perhaps sell the bike after you have finished using it, it may be worth paying a little bit more for a bike that is guaranteed to last.

How To Teach Your Child To Ride A Balance Bikes – 10 Top Tips

Teach your child how to ride a balance bike - 10 Top Tips

So, you have your balance bike but your child isn't able to ride it. Or maybe they’re not interested in riding it? How can you encourage them to get on and start riding. Here are some tips to get them on their bike.

1. Make sure the bike is adjusted so that they can ride it.

The first thing to make sure of is that they are able to ride the bike. Their feet should be flat on the ground so that they can use them to push the bike along, otherwise they will find it very difficult to ride.

When my son was growing, we thought the seat was too low so we adjusted it to be higher. He was suddenly struggling to get the speed on his bike he previously had. When we lowered the seat again, he was back to gliding along on his bike. The few centimeters we raised the bike, really affected how he could ride it.

The seat height of the bike should be about 1 inch less than your child’s inseam (the measurement between the top of their crotch and the floor with their shoes on). This will give them enough room to get on and off the bike as well as ride it. If the seat can't lower to this measurement it may mean the bike is slightly too big for them at the moment. You may need to wait until they have grown a bit or swap it for a bike with a lower seat height.

2. Become familiar with how kids learn to ride a balance bike

My son learned to ride a balance bike age 2 but it was a process that took a few weeks (maybe a couple of months). It started with him just standing with the bike in between his legs. Then he started to walk with the bike in between his legs. This walk became a little quicker. And eventually he got up enough speed to lift his legs up and start to glide. If your child is just standing with the bike in between his or her legs, he is learning to use it. They are just at the first step!

3. Consider letting them use the bike indoors

Before we used the bike outside, I let my son use the bike indoors. Again he would mainly just stand with it in between his legs and he would walk around a little. But looking back, I realise it was all part of getting a feel for the bike and learning how it worked. It all contributed to the learning process.

Learning to ride the bike indoors may feel like a safer option to your child. They’re in an environment which feels familiar and secure to learn a new skill.

4. Lots of Opportunities

Once they have a feel for the bike indoors or outdoors, give them lots of opportunities to be able to ride the bike. Take it outdoors everyday or every few days, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Take it to the park or wherever you are going.

5. Be Patient

It probably took a few weeks, maybe even a couple of months before my son was confident on his bike. However, when he was 2 years and 4 months and whizzing around his bike, people around didn't see all the times, he was just standing there with it a few weeks before. It may look like other kids just hop on these things and use them and maybe they do, but my child certainly had a good period of learning to use his bike.

6. Show Them How To Use It

Kids learn by watching how others do things. So if they have a sibling or other child who can show them how to use a balance bike, this will help them be able to do the same. You could also consider showing them videos of kids using balance bikes on youtube so they can see how it works.

7. Is The Bike Too Heavy?

Another factor that may affect a child’s ability to ride the bike is the weight of the bike. Toddlers, small or light children may find it difficult to control and ride a heavy balance bike. So it’s worth looking at the weight of the bike you have and see if this is affecting their ability to ride. As kids get older and stronger the weight of the bike becomes less important and they are able to manoeuvre with a heavier bike. So it may just be a case of waiting until they are a little older and stronger and can use the bike more easily.

The lightest bikes you can get weigh about 3kg which should be easy for most toddlers (from around 18 months plus) and 2 year olds to ride as long as the seat height is low enough.

8. Make Sure It's Fun

This probably goes without saying but sometimes its easy to put pressure on a child to ride a bike quickly without even realising it. Learning to ride a balance bike should be fun at all times. If they are getting fed up, take a break and do something else and come back to it when they are ready.

9. Notice The Progress

It may seem frustrating when your child isn't whizzing along on his balance bike yet but notice the progress and see how far they come in a short space of time. Just standing with the bike between their legs means they are learning how to hold the bike and walking with it means they are learning how to handle it.

10. Go Out With Little Friends

Are there other kids near where you live who also have balance bikes? Could you have a little balance bike get together or an outing with the bikes where all the kids get to take their bike along. This can make riding the balance bike fun and give your little one an opportunity to see how other kids use their bikes.

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Early Rider Balance Bike

Early Rider Balance Bike - Classic Vs Lite

If you're looking for a bike which is environmentally friendly the early rider wooden balance bikes are definitely one to consider.

This article evaluates all the features of the early rider classic balance bike and the early rider lite balance bike and will help you decide if one of these bikes is right for you and your child.

The early rider balance bikes are both made of laminated birch ply. The wood is bonded with marine ply "wbp" glue which is water and boil proof for maximum weather resistance. As with all wooden balance bikes it's not a good idea to leave the early riders out in the rain, but a rain shower will be fine.

Both bikes feature air filled tyres. Air filled tyres offer a more comfortable ride than bikes with solid EVA foam tyres (which you will find on many balance bikes).  Air filled tyres offer more traction, so more grip on slippery surfaces, advantageous when it's been raining. They are also much better for riding on terrain other than pavements, so are better on grass, gravel and woodland.

Both bikes also have two steering modes, restricted and unrestricted. The restricted setting supports new riders. Once they have gained confidence and experience they can move to the unrestricted or open setting.

The wheelbase on these bike are quite long which will add to the stability of the bike making it easier to balance and ride.

Early Rider Classic (2.5 Year Plus)



The classic version of the bike is designed for kids aged from 2 to 4.5 years old.

On the Early Rider Classic there is a 14 inch wheel at the front and a 12 inch wheel at the back. The 14 inch front wheel allows a quicker ride than the lite, however the classic's 12 inch wide rear wheel keeps the seat height low, the centre of gravity low and makes balancing so easy even the very youngest can get on and ride.

The bike weighs 4.5 kilos which isn't the lightest but should be fine for the kids the bike is aimed at to control. It's desirable if the weight of a balance bike is no more than about 1/3 of a child's body weight so this is something to consider.

The minimum seat height on the classic is 31.5cm (12.4 inches) and the highest seat height is 39cm (15.35inches). The reach is 28cm-30.5cm

Early Rider Lite



The smaller version of the balance bike which is aimed at kids from around 20 months to 3.5 years  is the early rider lite.

The early rider lite is slightly cheaper, smaller and lighter and designed for younger children but shares many of the features of the classic version.

On the lite version of the bike, the wheels are both 12 inch.

The early rider lite weighs less at just 3.5kg which is very light for younger users.

The minimum seat height is just 29.5cm and 38cm maximum seat height. This is perhaps the only area where the early rider balance bike falls down compared to some of their metal competitors. Like other wooden balance bikes the seat height hasn't got the widest adjustment range. Having said that if you buy the right seat height for your child at a young enough age and height than it should last you for quite a while.

The reach on the lite is 26cm-28.5cm

Comparison Table

Bike TypeEarly Rider Lite

Early Rider Classic

Age Recommendation20 months - 3.5 years2.5 - 4.5 years
Seat Height29.5cm - 38cm31.5cm-39cm
Wheels12 inch12 inch rear
14 inch front
Reach26cm-28.5cm
28cm-30.5cm
Weight of Bike
3.5kg4.5kg

Balance Bike Vs Pedal Bike for a 3 or 4 Year Old

Balance Bike Vs Pedal Bike For a 3 or 4 Year Old




Are you looking to buy a bike for your 3 or 4 year but you're not sure whether to buy a a pedal or a balance bike?

Both have advantages and disadvantages but don't write off a balance bike because you think your child may be too old.

There are lots of 3 and 4 year olds who love riding balance bikes and children this age can gain a lot of skills which will help them transition onto a pedal bike more quickly.

Having said this, it may be worth considering a pedal bike for your child and hopefully the information in this article will help you make up your mind.

Which Bike for a 3 Year Old?

3 years old is actually the optimum age for using balance bikes and most kids will do better with a balance bike over a training bike with stabilisers at this age.

​Most balance bikes are aimed at kids at this age and for their height.

Most 3 year olds have enough balancing skills and co-ordination to use a balance bike. Some children at age 3 will struggle with the pedals on a training bike as they might not be ready to pedal yet.

Balance bikes are smaller and lighter than pedal bikes meaning that kids this age will be able to learn how to control and manoeuvre them very quickly. As pedal bikes are heavier, it's much more difficult to pick up and learn how to use and balance on, even with training wheels.

A pedal bike with training wheels require 4 wheels to be touching the ground to ensure balance and movement. This means that on uneven cracks on the pavement and on rocks and stones, it's easier for training wheels to get stuck.

Balance bikes are very effective at teaching children how to balance on 2 wheels, so that many children never need training wheels. Its' worth having a year of using a balance bike, to enable to a child to make the transistion to a pedal bike easily and quickly.

Check out the best balance bikes for 3 year olds. 

Which Bike for a 4 Year Old?

Making a decision between a balance bike and a pedal bike for a 4 year old is a little more difficult. My own 4 year old had a balance bike from his 2nd birthday. When he was 3 1/2 he was growing out of his balance bike and I felt sure he would be able to move onto a pedal bike. So when it came to replacing his bike, we chose a pedal bike with stabilisers. Unfortunately from the word go he has struggled to pedal on the bike. He will pedal backwards but he can't pedal forwards. We have tried to encourage him to pedal for months now, but he is still having difficulty and he is 4 years and 1 month now. Looking back, I feel we made the wrong decision and we should have gone for another balance bike.

Most kids don't learn to ride a pedal bike until at least age 5, so I think at age 4 (unless they are heading towards their 5th birthday), I would still recommend a balance bike. The time that kids take to use a balance bike will reduce the amount of time they need to learn to balance on a pedal bike drastically.

My eldest son never had a balance bike as a toddler or preschooler and really struggled when he came to learn to ride a bike. We then took the pedals off his bike and he used as a balance bike for a little while. We then put the pedals back on the bike and he literally rode off straight away.

Also, even if they can pedal many children will prefer a balance bike at age 4 because they can go faster on it and have more control. There is quite often an overlap where children will use both a balance bike and a pedal bike until they can master a pedal bike to a sufficient standard that it's just as much fun as their balance bike counterpark.

Check out balance bikes for 4 year olds. 

Which Balance Bikes for 3 and 4 Year Olds?

If you do decide to get a balance bike for your 3 and 4 year old, the main thing to make sure off is that the seat is at the correct height so they can use the bike. To use a balance bike, the seat height must be about an inch less than your child's inseam (the measurement between the top of the crotch to the floor). This is so that their feet can be flat along the floor so they are able to push their feet along the floor and move the bike.

There are some kids who will get a pedal bike straight away and they may be better suited to a pedal bike. If they can already pedal on a tricycle or a ride on, than they may be able to pedal away on a pedal bike too.

If they already have used a balance bike and have mastered balancing and can pedal (perhaps on a trike or ride on), a pedal bike is probably the way to go.

What To Look for When Buying a First Pedal Bike?

There are different considerations when buying a first pedal bike, which will not apply when buying bikes for children who can already cycle.

​When purchasing a first pedal bike, the child's feet should be able to touch the floor. This is because they will need to learn to balance on the bike while also learning to pedal. It's easier for kids to be able to learn how to ride a bike when they can start and stop with their feet on the floor. So the child's inseam should be the measured so he/she can touch the floor when using the minimum seat height. If they can't put their feet flat on the floor the pedal bike will be too big for them.

Best Wooden Balance Bikes

The Best Wooden Balance Bikes



 

Why Buy a Wooden Balance Bike?

Wooden balance bikes have many advantages (and some disadvantages). Here is why you should consider getting a wooden balance bike:

1.) The Environmental impact - wood can easily be recycled and biodegrades much more quickly than plastic or metal.
2.) Lightweight - wooden balance bikes are often very lightweight with many weighing less than their metal counterparts. This means they can be easier for smaller children to control.
3.) Stylish - they look good and stylish. Many manufacturers of wooden balance bikes offer a wide range of designs for girls and boys. There are some great painted designs to choose from.

Check out below a range of balance bikes with options suitable for the youngest of toddlers (from 18 months) and bikes aimed at 2, 3 4 and 5 year olds.

Wooden Balance Bike - Top Choice

The Kinderfeets Chalkboard bike is an award winning balance bike. The bike is handmade from birchwood. It features EVA foam tyres which are puncture free!

The really cool feature of this bike is that kids can draw their own designs on the chalkboard part of the bike. The seat accommodate kids from 85cm tall and the saddle height can be adjusted as the child grows.

The bike is a more environmentally friendly option than others. It is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the company promises to plant more trees for each bike sold.

✔️ Important advice - kids need to be able to put their feet on flat the floor when they sit on the balance bike seat. This is so they can push the bike along. Therefore, to accommodate your child the seat height on a balance bike should measure approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) less than a child's inseam (inside leg measurement) allowing them to get on and off the bike easily. Check how to measure a child's inseam here.

Kidzmotion "Dazzle" Wooden Balance Bike

It is recommended for 2 to 5 years and has 3 saddle height adjustments of 34, 36 and 38cm. The most important thing is the child has the correct inseam for the bike's seat height  (at least 2.5cm above the lowest saddle height adjustment).

Like many balance bikes, the Kidzmotion features no puncture tyres.
The seat is soft and padded giving extra comfort to the rider.
The bike weighs 4.54kg, it's not the lightest balance bike out there but for the size of the seat, most kids who ride the bike should be able to manage the bike no problem. Ideally you want a bike which weight no more than around 1/3 of a child's body weight in order to be able to handle the bike easily.

​It also features soft handlegrips with safety ends. Safety ends are important as they can prevent children's hands from scraping and banging into walls and the floor (if they fall over) and you should find these on most bike.

The bike is easy to assemble and comes with a carry handle.

✔️ Type of Wood - Many balance bikes are made out of birch plywood. If they have a lacquer veneer, this will offer some additional protection from water but not enough to leave it outside in the rain. However, most wooden balance bikes can be used outdoors in wet weather, just make sure it's stored somewhere dry. Some bikes can be made out of marine grade wood, then you don't have to worry if it gets left outside too much. However bikes made from marine grade wood tend to be incredibly expensive.

Best Choice For Mini Tots (18 Months Plus) - Niko 2 in 1

The Niko bike has a super low seat height from a choice of 23 or 27cm. It can also be adjusted to have either 2 or 3 wheels. This makes it an awesome choice for toddlers.

It features an eco friendly painted birch / plywood frame,  soft padded seat and soft padded handlebars with padded ends. Like most balance bikes, it has EVA foam wheels.

It weighs 2.3kg so is light enough for little children to manage.  There is also a carry handle.

✔️ Weight - Wooden balance bikes tend to vary in terms of weight. The lightest tends to be around 2.5kg with heavier bikes coming towards 5kg. The more features a bike has the heavier they tend to be. Features such as inflatable tyres and more seat height settings will add weight to the bike. Some top of the range bikes are designed so that they include all the features you require and the bike is light, so if you have a bigger budget you can have it all. It may be worth deciding if you can comprise on some features or cost if you want to get a lighter bike. Ideally a bike should weigh no more than 1/3 of a child's weight. A lighter bike will be easier for little ones to control and should be a consideration when buying for a toddler. Bigger, taller and heavier children will be fine with heavier balance bikes.

Early Rider Classic


The Early rider classic 12 inch balance bike is handmade, well designed and eco friendly.

It's made out of weatherproof marine birch plywood, which is FSC approved. It will withstand the rain and wet so you don't have to worry about the wood deteriorating due to the weather conditions. But as with all bikes don't leave it outside in the rain when not riding it.

It has pneumatic tyres to give some extra cushioning and it means it will be better going off road and on uneven terrain.

It has a minimum height seat of just 31.5cm so it's a good choice for young and small riders. (Measure their inseam to check it's the right height for your child). The maximum seat height is 39cm so it does have a good seat height range to accommodate a growing child.

It weighs 4.25kg so it's not the lightest balance bike out there but it's still not too bad. Bikes with pneumatic tyres tend to be heavier.

Super Lightweight - Nicko Wooden Balance Bike

 

If you are looking for a wooden balance bike that is very lightweight, the Nicko Children's balance bike is a great option, weighing just 2.5kg. And it's at an excellent price point.

That's light enough to easily carry when kids have had enough of this bike at the park. It has a built in carry handle to allow you to do just that.

And lightweight bikes are easier for young kids to control.

The tyres are puncture resistant 28cm Eva foam tyres (not air filled). Eva foam tyres are great for riding along pavements, paths and smooth surfaces.

They also have the advantage of not having to pump them up.

The bike has two seat heights (35cm and 38cm). Check the seat height against an child's inside leg measurement. The seat should be 2.5cm (1 inch less) than the inseam.

The bike features and eco-friendly birch plywood frame. It comes in many different colourful designs.

Other features worth noting are the non-slip grip handle with safety ends and soft padded seat.

✔️ Take Care of Your Bike - Avoid leaving your balance bike outdoors in the rain, unless it is made of marine grade wood which is the same wood used by yahts and boats.

Wishbone 3 in 1 Wooden Bike

The exceptional features of the Wishbone 3 in 1 is that it caters for children from aged 1 to 5. The bike is pricey, but it's worth it, if it's for a 1 year old to use for the longterm.

At 12 months, babies can use the 3 wheel version to help them to walk and then ride. The trike weight is 5.kg, it's nice and sturdy to keep kids grounded.

As toddlers become more confident and can ride the 3 wheel, the Wishbone converts to a balance bike. It comes with everything you need from baby walker, to toddler trike to balance bike.

The seat is adjustable from 28cm to 46cm. The 12" tyres are rubber air tyres but they are non marking and will provide traction and comfort.

The weight of the balance bike is 3.8kg, not the lightest but quite a bit lighter than other 2 wheel balance bike. It really is light considering it's air filled tyres.

The bike is made from Kiln dried preservative free birch wood and non toxic glues and finishes.

Another outstanding feature of the wishbone is that it's 100% repairable as all replacement parts are available for purchase. It also comes with a 1 year warranty.

 

Kidzmotion Kwaka Wooden Motorbike Balance Bike


If you are looking for an options with a super wow, cool factor,  this could be the one to get.

It features a birch plywood frame in unique motorbike design. It's easy to assemble and includes numbers 2, 3, 4 & 5 stickers to personalise for your childs age.

It has 3 adjustable height settings (38cm, 40cm and 42cm). Again measure your child's inside leg measurement and minus one inch (2.5cm) to make sure the bike will be a good fit for your child.
This bike features the hightest maximum seat height on this page, so it's one worth considering for taller children.

​The bike has 30cm wheels with wooden infill and inflated tyres - offering more traction for surfaces such as grass as well as a comfortable and smooth ride.

Other notable features include soft plastic handgrips with safety ends and a soft padded seat.

Prince Lionheart

The Prince Lionheart Balance bike wins the award for the best named bike, but how does it measure up in terms of features.

It's a mid range price bike which equals many others in terms of quality and it has been around for several years so has stood the test of time. Prince Lionheart is actually the name of a family run company and you can read their backstory here.

The bike’s seat is padded and adjustable, its lowest setting is 37.5cm and the highest is 43cm. The handle grips are made from solid rubber and the tires are air filled so it's brilliant for riding on a varity of different surfaces.

It weighs 4.54kg.
 

✔️ Wheels and Tyres - You will see both EVA foam tyres and pnuematic (air filled tyres) on wooden bikes. EVA foam tyres are fine for pavements and paths and most kids do very well with them. Pneumatic tyres are superior as they provide better traction. However they do tend to cost more and there is the added complication of punctures. Which you choose will be down to what you prefer for your child

Boppi Balance Bike




The Boppi balance bike is one of the bestselling wooden balance bikes over on amazon.
It is another very lightweight option at only 2.4kg.
It has 2 different height settings for the saddle. They are 35 and 39cm.
There are some very funky designs for this one. Perfect for boths boys and girls.
The tyres are puncture proof and made of EVA foam. It's great for both indoor and outdoor use.
The handlebar height is 53cm.

Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Wooden Balance Bike

The Kinderfeets Tiny Tot is designed especially for the youngest of tots (from age 1 to 2 years old). It's perfectly sized for 1 year olds (who are at least 75 centimetres tall) to start off using 3 wheels. When they are ready they can graduate onto 2 wheels as the bike converts from 3 to 2 wheels with the supplied wrenches. No new bike purchase is needed.

The saddle staring height is 22.5 cm high but it can easily be adjusted to 28.5 cm. The bike has a soft saddle and comfortable handles.

The tiny bike has solid, airless wheels so no worries about punctures. It rolls and steers effortlessly.

Being eco friendly is important and the Kinderfeets is made from solid and durable birch wood. For each tree sold, the company will plant another to replace it.

Overall this is a fantastic entry level balance bike, that will be ideal for beginner walkers to confident toddlers.

Strider Classic Vs Strider Sport




Strider Classic Vs Strider Sport

Strider is one of the best know brands of balance bike in the UK and around the world. However, it can be a challenging to figure out what is the best version of Strider to get for your child. This article compares the 12 inch versions of the bike, the Strider Classic and Strider sport.

Well find below a table which sums it all up.

What's Different?

Bike TypeStrider Classic

Strider Sport

Age Recommendation18 months - 3 years18 months - 5 years
Seat Height28-42cm28-49cm
Seat DescriptionMini sized toddler seatMini sized toddler seat
and padded seat
with extra long seat
post for older children
HandlebarsHeight: 46-56cm
Height - 46-56cm
Mini grip handlebars
(allows little hands to
hold them more securely for
better control)

What's the Same?

Weight - both bikes weigh 2.9kg. When the extra seat post is added to the strider sport it increases the weight a little. For little kids, lighter balance bikes are easier to control and manoeuvre but as children grow, get bigger and stronger the low weight is less important. Ideally a balance bike should be no more than 1/3 of a child's weight to ensure it's a good bike for them. They will then easily be able to move the bike up and down kerbs and steps to get indoors etc.

Frame - both bikes have a 12 inch steel frame.

Tyres - the sport and the classic both feature EVA polymer tyres which have the bonus of never getting flat and no ongoing maintenance is required.

Footrest - both the classic and the sport have a footrest. The footrest is positioned so it tucks in beneath the seat. It doesn't get in little one's way when they are using their legs to power on.

Which Bike Should I Buy?

It will mainly depend on your budget and the age and sizing of the child you are buying for.

For a child aged 18 months to 2 years, either bike would be suitable. Go for the classic if you are on a budget. If you have the extra money, it's worth spending a bit more on the sport as it will last your child until around age 5 when most children will be ready to transition onto a bike with pedals.

Both the sport and the classic offer one of the lowest seat heights available on a balance bike which makes it great for the smallest of users.  To find which seat height you need for your child, measure their inseam (inside leg) and take off 2.5cm (1 inch). This will be the measurement of the seat height that they need. A child's feet will need to be flat on the floor to push the bike along. Find out how to measure an inseam here.

If you are buying for a child who is approaching 3, it's probably best to get the sport as you won't get a lot of use out of the classic as most kids will grow out of it by their 4th birthday if not before. The padded seat that comes with the sports means kids will be comfortable on the bike once out of nappies.

Who Are Strider Balance Bikes Best For?

The 12 inch balance bikes are best for:

Young and small toddlers / children - Toddlers from 18 months to 2 years are ideal candidates for this balance bike as it's lightweight so will be easier for them to use. They will also get a lot of use out of both bikes whether you go for the classic or the sport.

Children aged from 2.5 years to 4 years - The strider sport is best for this age group. The extra long seat post and padded seat will enable them to use it for quite a while.

Siblings - the sport is a great option to share between siblings. The seat height is easily adjustable.

When To Avoid the Strider Classic and Go for the Sport

Children who are age 3 and taller than average - make sure you measure a child's inseam to ensure they have a couple of inches of growing room left on he bike. Ideally a child's inseam should measure 2.5cm (1 inch) less than the minimum seat height that they need. But, also look for a maximum seat height which is at least 5cm (2 inches) greater than the child's inside leg measurement (inseam) so that there is some growing room. Also don't buy the classic for children approaching age 3, go for the sport as you will get little use out of the bike before it gets too little.

Wooden Balance Bikes Vs Metal Balance Bikes

Wooden Balance Bikes Vs Metal Balance Bike

If you’re deliberating on whether to buy a child a wooden or a metal balance bike, read on. I will look at the advantages and disadvantages of each one, which should be able to help you decide which is best for you and your child.

Wooden Balance Bikes

✔️ Environmentally Friendly - One of the main reasons parents choose a wooden balance bike is  that they are environmentally friendly compared to a metal bike. The wood can be recycled and will biodegrade when the bike has been finished with. You can also find balance bikes made from sustainable wood sources.

✔️ Weather Considerations - Perhaps the biggest disadvantage with a wooden balance bike is that it will not withstand the rain as well as it's metal counterpart. Many bikes are finished with a lacquer veneer which will protect the bike from the elements to some degree. But if they are left outside in the rain a lot they are likely to warp and rot. Therefore if you have a wooden balance bike in most cases you will have to be careful not to leave the bike outdoors when you have finished riding it.  Most wooden balance bikes will be fine if they are taken out in the rain just for a ride, it's leaving them outside that will cause damage.

If you are worried about this there are balance bikes made out of marine grade wood (essentially the same type of wood that boats are made of). This type of wood eliminates the danger of the bike being damaged by the water or rain so you don't have to worry if the bike gets left outdoors too much. However, bikes made out of marine grade wood do tend to be a bit more expensive.

✔️ Seat Adjustments - Most wooden balance bikes will have 2 or 3 different seat heights. They can often provide the perfect seat height for kids of different heights. However, they generally don't have as large a seat adjustment range as metal bikes. This means they may not last the child quite as long as other bikes. It also makes it more important that you buy a wooden bike with the right seat height for your child.

✔️ Lightweight - Generally wooden bikes tend to be lighter than their metal counterparts (although not always). The lightest balance bike I could currently find is a wooden balance bike. The Bopster balance bike only weighs about 2.5kg.
This makes is super easy for little kids to control and manoeuvre. It also makes it easy for parents to pick up and carry if their little ones get tired and have had enough.

✔️ Cool designs - Many people like the look of the wooden balance bikes too. They have a retro feel to them which brings many people back to their own childhood. There are some fantastic painted designs on wooden balance bikes that are perfect for boys and girls.

Check out some of the best wooden balance bikes for kids from 18 months to 5 years.

Metal Balance Bikes

The main advantage most metal bikes have over most wooden bikes is that they are more durable.

✔️ Type of Metal - Metal balance bikes tend to be made of either steel or aluminium. Each type of metal has advantages and disadvantages.

Aluminium tends to be more lightweight but is also a strong metal. Bikes made out of aluminum tend to be a good choice for younger riders as their lightweight frames means that they can be easily controlled and maneuvered by lighter children. However, as kids get older the weight of the bike matters less as they can control heavier bikes when they get stronger and bigger. Steel bikes tend to have a higher weight capacity than aluminium but normally an aluminium bike will have a high enough weight capacity for most kids that want to use it. Check the weight capacity of the bike if you have concerns.

✔️ Seat Adjustment - Metal bikes will tend to have a seat with a larger range on the adjustment range which can make it a good choice if you want to share the bike between siblings or want the bike to last a long time.

Metal bikes also tend to have more modification options that their wooden counterparts. So you may be able to get a seat post for a metal bike so that older kids can ride the bike too.

✔️​ Look and feel - Many kids like the look of the metal bikes as it makes them feel like a big kid riding their bike.

Wooden bikes and metal bikes tend to be within similar price ranges. The price range will often depend on other factors including the quality and design of the bike as well as the material that it’s made from.

Wooden Balance Bike - Top Choice - Kinderfeets Classic Chalkboard

This Kinderfeet is an award winning wooden balance bike. Kinderfeet recommend the bike for very small children from around 85cm tall. However,  check that their inside leg measurement is at least 35.5cm so that it is at least 2.5cm bigger than the lowest seat height of 33cm. This is to ensure that a child's feet can push along the ground

The seat height can be adjusted up to 40cm. A low cut frame means that young children can easily mount and dismount the bike.

The company has an eco friendly wooden design. The bikes are made of birchwood and are FSC certified (Forestry Stewardship Council).  There is also a tree replanting program. Birchwood is typically a fast growing tree and for each bike purchased a tree is replanted.

The seat pad is removable and washable and also comfortable for kids to ride.  Perhaps one of the downsides of the bike is that tools are needed to adjust the seat height.

The tyres won't puncture as they are made of EVA foam and can be used indoor and outdoors.

The bike weighs 4.3kg.

The really fun part that kids will love is the chalkboard element. Kids can chalk on the frame, and chalk is included with the purchase.

✔️ Top Tip - the seat height on a balance bike should measure about 1 inch (2.5cm) less than a child's inseam so they can put their feet flat on the floor to push the bike along.
Find out how to measure an inseam here

Top Metal Balance Bike - Strider Sport

The Strider balance bike is perhaps the most well known brand of balance bike that has stood the test of time so far so you know this bike has a certain level of quality. It's not the cheapest, but not the most expensive either. The bike has a well thought and executed design, a durable construction and some excellent features.  There is a lot to like about this bike.

One of the best things about this bike is that it can last kids for many years. The adjustable seat and seat post has a range from 27 to 48cm so it can be used by kids from 18 months through to 5 years. The handlebar height can be adjust t00. The seat height post is easily adjustable, so it's quite feasible that it could be shared by siblings as well.

The other exceptional feature of the strider is that it's super lightweight. It weights 2.9kg so it can be carried when not in use. Perhaps when going up a hill, carrying into a house or lifting into the boot of the car.

The tyres are EVA foam so you don't have to worry about punctures.

When you've finished with the bike, if it's in good condition it's a good one to pass onto a sibling, friend or to sell second hand.