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 on amazon (#affiliate link)

Cruzee on ebay (#affiliate link)

Strider Sport on amazon (#affiliate link)

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 1 Year Olds

Balance Bikes For 1 Year Olds


This article answers all the questions you may have about getting a 1 year old a balance bike. So if you're considering getting a balance bike for a young child read on.

Are 1 Year Olds Too Young For a Balance Bike?

There is not a straight yes or no answer to this question. Firstly, during the year of 1 to 2 there is so much physical development that a 12 month old is very different to a 23 month old. If you're looking to buy a 2 wheel balance bike for a 1st birthday than yes, it may be too young. However, there are ride-on toys that convert into balance bikes that may work for a child turning 1. There are also 3 wheel bikes that transform into a 2 wheel balance bike included in our list below.

It is likely that most kids won't be showing much interest in a 2 wheel balance bike / ride on until they are at least around 18 months unless they are particularly active.

18 months is probably the youngest age for a proper balance bike. The smallest balance bikes on the market for kids is the Strider and the Y Velo junior which are marketed for little ones from aged 18 months. Having said this, not every 18 month old will be able to ride a balance bike. To ride a balance bike a 1 year old baby needs to be a confident walker.

Check out YouTube to see very young children riding on balance bikes.

Chillafish Bunzi Bike


This bike has a very clever design. It starts off as a three wheel bike so the smallest children can use it as a ride on toy.

As their confidence grows,  it is easily changed to a two wheel balance bike. No tools are required for the changeover!

It's designed with indoor and outdoor use in mind. The tyres are silent, non marking and anti-skid. Made out of synthetic rubber they can be used inside the home but also on outdoor adventures.

What we like about the Chillafish, is it's so easy to change between 2 and 3 wheels. If your child tries out 2 wheels and isn't confident enough to continue, it is super easy to change back to 3 wheels.

The seat is also easily height adjustable from 22cm in 3 wheel mode to 25cm in two-wheel mode. The bike is easy to carry with a handgrip built into the back of the seat and there is seat storage too. Little ones love the seat storage for put in and take out play.

The age recommendation is 1 to 3 years and it comes in different colours.

Strider Sport Balance Bike

The Strider balance bike is suitable for children from age 18 months old up to 5 years old. It has an adjustable seat and handlebar. The lowest seat position is just 28cm (11 inches) from the floor. This is one of the lowest seat heights on the markets, making it a good choice for 1.5 year olds.

What's fantastic about the Strider sport is not only is this a brilliant choice for the youngest of children, it will also last them for years.

The seat extends up to 42cm but when little ones have outgrown this, the Strider sport comes with an extra seat post that extends up to 49cm and is suitable for older kids up to age 5. The 12 inch wheels are also ideal as kids get older, bigger and more adventurous.

Parents will like the fact that the seat and handlebar are easily adjustable. There's a quick-release clamp, so no tools required!

The Strider sport also has a padded mini seat which is perfect for toddlers learning to ride. The seat and the performance foot rest are designed not to strain the mini hip spacing of young children.

It's a super lightweight bike at just 2.9kg making it easier for little children to control and learn to ride.

​There is a process to learning to ride a balance bike and some 18 month olds are physically developed enough to start the process. It firstly involves just standing with a balance bike in between their legs. Then they progress to walking around with the balance bike, slowly at first. Gradually they increase the pace with which they move with the balance bike until eventually they take their feet off the floor and begin to glide. Then they start whizzing along.

Some 18 month year olds are still wobbly on their feet and it will be an arduous task to get them to ride and control a balance bike. They will need to be a confident walker first. However, if they can stand with a balance bike between their legs, this is the first step and they are already learning!

Y Velo Junior Bike


 

This is perfect for very young riders with a minimum height seat of 10.5 inches making it great for kids as young as 18 months.

The flat seat design makes it easy for little legs to get on and off the bike.

Perhaps the most unique feature are the double rear wheels. It uses 2 double wheels right next to each other. The design is awesome as it teaches kids to balance which they don't get on a trike but still provides plenty of stability.

Once your child has mastered the double wheels, you can remove one of the wheels to make it a more traditional style balance bike.

The bike is great for indoor play before taking it outdoors. The rubber wheels roll smoothly on flat surfaces. They are best for flat and smooth pavements.

It has a built in steer limiter. This keeps young kids who are learning to ride from over rotating their bars and crashing.

The seat height is easily adjustable and there are four different seat heights. The handlebar does require a tool (an included hex wrench) to adjust the height.

This is fantastic for younger kids. However, it has a limited life span.

It's brilliant for learning how to ride, but if you want something that will last up to age 4 or 5, it's best to choose another alternative with a higher adjustable seat and handlebar. The wheels on the y velo are just 10 inches, older more adventurous kids will prefer bigger 12 inch wheels.

 

 

Wooden Balance Bikes

There are lots of options of wooden balance bikes that accomodate very young, small children.

The advantages of wooden balance bikes is that they are more environmentally friendly than plastic counterparts. They are quicker to biodegrade.

Wooden 2 in 1 Balance Bike / Trike



This is another 2 in 1 balance bike which converts from a 3 wheeltrike to a 2 wheel bike. It's features include:

  • Two seat height adjustments (23cm and 27cm from the ground). This may seem small but it's important that a 1 year olds feet can go flat on the ground so they can push along.
  • The wooden design is more environmentally friendly than plastic options such as the chillafish bunzi bike featued above.
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
  • It's lightweight (only 2.3kg) and can be carried with the built in carry handle

Wishbone 3 in 1 Balance Bike

The Wishbone 3 in 1 is really the crème de la crème of wooden balance bikes. It's not cheap, but it will accommodate kids from aged 1 to 5 years olds, so this bike is an investment in their childhood. It's excellent quality, environmentally friendly and lasts a long time.

1 year olds will start out using the wishbone in tricycle mode. If they can't walk yet, you can take the seat away and use it as a baby walker. So they can straddle the bike and push it along with the handlebars. They can also do this with the seat on, so it kind of acts like a walker as well as a trike and a bike. It's safe and sturdy.

With the seat on, they can learn to cruise as a 3 wheeler. Once their confidence has increased, the bike can then be converted to one with 2 wheels and it can be used as a balance bike until they are 5 years old.

The bike has a very clever designs so the seat is adjustable from 28cm to 46cm. It really can grow with a child.

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

Another awesome feature is the wishbone is 100% repairable. All replacement parts are available for purchase. It also comes with a 1 year warranty.

Kinderfeets Tiny Tot Balance Bike and Trike


The Kinderfeets tiny tots balance bike is a small eco-friendly wooden trike that converts to a bike. The saddle is 22.5 cm high, so it's one of the smallest balance bikes out there. When kids are ready, it can easily be adjusted to 28.5 cm. The bike caters for young children from 1 year old who are at least 75cm tall.

The supplied wrenches can easily turn the trike into a 2 wheel bike when little ones want to progress.

Being eco-friendly is a huge part of the bike's design. The bike is made of solid and durable birch wood and its packaging is made of recycled cardboard. They have a tree planting program so they planted a tree for every bike sold.

Other desirable features include 7 inch solid tyres on the rear wheels (no punctures!). The extra-wide base on the trike ensures safety and stability. There is a soft seat and non-toxic hand grips. The bike has a low, step-through frame that places children's feet closer to the ground so they feel safe.

The tiny tot is a good looking bike too. It's available in various colours including red, green, blue and pink.

XIAPIA Baby Balance Bike

If you're looking for something within a reasonable price range and specifically for a 1 year old child (that will accommodate them between the ages of 1 and 2), this could be the choice for you. The sizing and design of the bike is quite precise to the height and abilities of a 1 to 2 year old.

The four wheels make this a sturdy option. There is a 135° limited turning to avoid babies falling down to one side. They may enjoy mounting and dismounting the toy and the size of it, makes it easy for them to do so. The tyres are made of EVA so you don't have to worry about it marking floors and they are a quiet ride too. The bike can be used both indoors and outdoors.

It's weighs just 1.9kg so is light for babies to manage and control and comes in different colours.

Cruzee


The Cruzee balance bike is aimed at kids from 1.5 years to 5 years. At 1.9kg, this bike can boast being the lightest balance bike on the market. This is brilliant for the youngest of riders as light balance bikes are much easier for smaller, lighter kids to be able to manoeuvre, handle and control.

It has a super low saddle height for a 2 wheel balance bike at 28cm (which is equivilant to the lowest seat height on the Strider bike - featured above). But it is a bike which will grow with your child. The seat can be extended up to 48cm so it can last kids until they are 5 years old. The handlebars can also adjust in height. This bike really will grow with your child.

The aircraft grade anodized aluminium frame is extremly strong will not rust. Children also love to ride this because with soft grips, a super comfy seat, low-profile axle bolts & flat-free foam rubber tires it give a comfortable ride.

So this bike is one of the best out there for the youngest of children. Not every 18 month toddler will be able to ride it, but there are some that can achieve riding a balance bike with the cruzee.

Bammax Balance Bike Baby

 

The Bammax baby bike is a very similar design to the XIAPIA baby balance bike. There's a slight price difference and there's not much to separate them. The XIAPIA balance bike has been available on amazon for quite a while and there are lots of reviews on there, so it might be worth checking those out when making a decision as to which is best. But the Bammax comes with a 2 wheel warranty which gives peace of mind at the time of purchase.

The Bammax bike is super lightweight at just 1.8kg, so it's easy for babies to handle the bike well on a variety of indoor and outdoor surfaces.

The wheels are EVA foam which is the material most wheels on balance bikes for young children are made from. The wheels won't mark indoor floors and offer a quiet ride too.

The height of the seat should allow for a slight bend in the knee which will encourage babies to push along like they would do on a two wheel balance bike and it ensures a comfortable ride too.

There's a 21 degrees steering limit to avoid babies falling down from the bike.

Aimed at kids between 10 months to 2 years old.

Which Balance Bike Should I Get For a 1 Year Old?

So, if you've decided you will try a balance bike for your young child, then it's very important  to get the right one.

Saddle Height

The most important thing to consider is the saddle height. The saddle height should be low enough so that your child's feet can go flat on the ground when they are sitting on the seat. If they can't go flat on the ground they will be unable to push along with their feet and ride the

To find out what size the saddle height should be on your balance bike you will need to measure your child's inseam. This is the measurement from the floor to the top of their crotch. The saddle height on the bike should be about 1 inch less than your child's inseam so they can get on and off the bike easily as well as ride it.

Weight of Bike

The other thing to consider when buying a balance bike for a very young child is how much the bike weighs. A heavier balance bike will be difficult for young children to control. Look for a lightweight balance bike. Ideally a balance bike should weigh no more than a 1/3 of a child's body weight.

How Does a 1 Year Old Learn How To Ride a Balance Bike?

The process of learning how to ride a balance bike is the same for children of all ages. However, it is likely to take a 1 year old longer to learn than older toddlers and preschoolers.

1st Stage

They will just stand with the balance bike in between their legs. This will help them get used to the feel of the balance bike. It's one of the reasons it's important that it's light. A 1 year old will need to be able to hold and support the balance bike by standing up.

2nd Stage

A young child can will just walk around with a balance bike in between their legs. This is a good stage to do indoors. As little ones do this more and more, they will become more confident with handling and moving the bike as they move.

3rd Stage

They will start to go more quickly and eventually run with the balance bike in between their legs. They are learning to move with the balance bike at a quicker speed.

4th Stage

They will pick their feet up at the running stage and start gliding. Their confidence about steering and using the balance bike will be appropriate to the speed they go. Eventually, little toddlers can really build up some speed and distance while riding the bike. So get your running shoes on and be prepared!

All 4 stages are part of developing and learning to ride and balance. With very little kids, it's important to be patient. They may not be interested in using the balance bike straightaway but it's there when they want to. It's likely very young chlidren will take some time to get through all the stages but suddenly they'll progress and you'll be wondering how they became so confident on their bike!

Other Options Instead of Balance Bikes

If you think your 1 year old is too young for a balance bike, there are lots of ride on toys that encourage young toddlers to push along with their feet. This is a good skill to have when they are ready to move onto a balance bike so it may be worth investing in a ride on toy which will give them lots of fun until they are ready to graduate onto about bigger bike.

Skuttlebug

A skuttlebug is a three wheel ride on toy that can be ridden indoors and is recommended for kids aged 1 to 3 years old. It could be ridden outdoors as well but probably not ideal for long distances. The 3 wheels mean that kids can learn to scoot along with their feet but with added stability. The front wheel steering is designed for maneuverability. The bike offers a smooth and quiet ride and it folds in three simple steps. So it's easy to store, put in the boot of the car or carry to wherever you want to use it. A fab toy for kids who are confident walkers.

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!

Best Balance Bikes For 2 Year Olds

What Are The Best Balance Bikes for 2 Year Olds




My son had a balance bike for his second birthday and  he used it for the next 2 years nearly every day.  The most important consideration when buying a balance bikes is that the seat is low enough so that the child can rest their feet on the floor.  Obviously the child will need to use their feet to push along on the floor so this is very important.  Find below advice on buying a balance bikewooden balance bikesthe best budget bikeour top choice  and lots more.

Top Balance Bike - Strider Bike




The Strider classic balance bike is for kids age 18 months old so it should be perfect for most 2 year olds.It’s lowest seat height is 11 inches  (approx 28cm) but the seat and handlebars are fully adjustable up to 16.5 inches (approx 42cm). So your child should last with this bike up to 3 years.You can also buy an additional seat post so your child can use it up to 5 years old. Or consider the Strider sport featured below which comes with the seat post included.

✔️ Top Tip - the seat height on a balance bike should measure at least 1 inch (about 2.5cm) less than a child's inseam so they can put their feet flat on the floor to push the bike along. This is most important factor when buying a balance bike. If they seat is too high, the child will not be able to put push the bike along with their feet. The seat height should allow for a slight bend in the knee to make it comfortable to ride. Check how to measure a child's inseam here

Strider Sport


​The Strider sport is almost the same as the classic but it  also comes with an extension seat post and extra padded seat for the bike. This will extend the seat height up to 19 inches (48cm) so your child can use it for even longer (up to 5 years) meaning it's the only balance bike most kids will ever need. This is also a great option for taller kids as well.The Strider is more expensive but with the fully adjustable handlebars and seat it could last your child for years so is well worth the investment.​​The Strider has the lowest seat heigh setting of any of the bikes featured on this page so is a good option for the smallest of children.
It also features EVA foam tyres which are puncture proof, it's super lightweight at just 2.9kg which means it's easy for 2 year olds to control and for their parents to pick up and carry when they've had enough.

Not sure whether to go for the Strider classic or the Strider sport. Check out a comparison of the classic vs sport to help you decide.

✔️ Weight of Bike - Small children do better with lighter bikes as they are easier for them to control and manoeuvre. They need to be able to hold the weight of the bike so they can get on and off it easily. Ideally a balance bike should weigh less than 1/3 of a child's weight.

Puky LRM Learner Bike



The Puky bike is perfect for 2 year old (recommended for kids sized from 85cm) and it comes highly recommend it. It features a low step through and platform so great for little legs getting on and off.

​The seat height ranges from 29cm to 40cm. Remember to get a child's inseam measurement (inside leg) to make sure that the seat can be set at the right height for your child.

It has foam tyres so you don’t have to worry about punctures and they give a smooth ride across pavements and paths.

It features a special learner bike saddle and safety handlebar grips. There are also footrests where little ones can rest their legs while they're gliding.

If you're looking for a cheaper balance bike, another good option is the tiny bike.

✔️ Tyres - many balance bikes for very young children will have EVA Foam tyres. They are lighter than airfilled tyres so don't add to the weight of the bike. They are also puncture proof and don't need to be checked. Air filled tyres can be seen on some balance bikes especially those for older children as they offer more traction and cushioning.

Puky Balance Bike LR 1L for Kids 90cm Tall (Around 2 1/2 Years Old)



For taller children or for children aged 2 1/2 years it may be worth considering the Puky LR 1L bike.

It's designed for kids from 90cm tall. The lowest saddle height is 34 to 45cm. The height adjustable handlebars range from 49cm - 57cm.

The bike is much heavier than the LRM Puky bike featured above and the Strider models weighing in at 5kg. Lighter bikes are easier for young children to manage.

It has pneumatic (air filled tyres). There are pros and cons of air filled tyres. They offer more traction on uneven surfaces and different terrain. They also offer more cushioning which can be helpful when going up and down kerbs. However, they do add weight to the bike so this bike will be better for a heavier, stronger child.

✔️ Brakes - most first balance bikes don't have brakes. Why? Very young children instinctively use their feet to stop like they do to move and don't have the co-ordination for a hand brake. So won't use a brake even if it is fitted.

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike Set

The Chicco bullet balance bike is one of the bestselling balance bikes on amazon. It's aimed at kids aged 2 to 5 years. However, it's not going to be suitable for the smallest of 2 year olds as it's lowest seat height is quite high in comparison to others. This is why it's always best to buy balance bikes on recommendation of size rather than age.

Having said this if your 2 year old is the right size, it could be a really good buy as it's very reasonably priced.

Seat Height - the lowest seat height is 33cm. Therefore, kids really should have an inseam of around 36cm to be able to use this balance bike properly. They will need to be able to put their feet flat on the floor so they can mount and dismount independently as well as propel themselves along with their feet. The height seat height is 38cm, which is not particularly high compared to other models. There is growing room on this bike, but not a huge amount compared to some other models such as the Strider. Taller kids will probably be best going for a bike with a seat which is adjustable up to a higher height. They may outgrow it quite quickly.

Lightweight - it's light for a balance bike at 2.7kg, so this is good because it's easy to carry and easier for little ones to move and control the bike. This is a bike that is easy to master.

Maximum weight - the max weight on the chicco is 25kg. 

✔️ Footrests - footrests aren't necessarily needed on a balance bike as kids instinctively lift their feet up when cruising. However, having footrests doesn't hurt as long as they are positioned as to not get in the way of the rider. The positioning of the footrests is something to take note of. Ideally a good place for the footrests is tucked underneath the seat.

Cruzee


The Cruzee really is a gem and you'd struggle to find a better balance bike for toddlers for many reasons. Here they are:

Lightweight - this Cruzee is amazingly light. At just 1.9kg it makes it super easy for the youngest and smallest of 2 year olds to control and manage it. At such a low weight, it's a breeze to carry when needed whether that be when walking up a hill or slope or lifting into the the house or car.

Super low seat - the seat can be adjusted as low as 28cm. Cruzee recommend this bike to kids as young as 18months as the seat goes low enough to accommodate very small toddlers. The seat is also very comfortable to ride on.

Lots of growing room - at the other end of the scale, the seat can adjust to be 48cm so there is tons of growing room for kids. No tools are required to adjust the seat, so brothers and sisters can have a quick go too.

Wheels - the wheels are made of foam so no worries about getting a flat or having to maintain the tyres. They offer a smooth ride over the pavement.

Handlerbars - in comparison to other balance bikes, the handlebars are narrow which gives added control to younger, smaller toddler riders.

Frame - the frame is constructed of rust free anodized aluminium so it will last for the years your child requires. There are soft grips on the handlebars for added comfort.

Bikestar



The bikestar has 10 inch wheels and a seat height of 30cm so is another perfect sized balance bike for kids age 2.

The seat and handlebars do adjust. The seat adjusts from 30-37 cm and the handlebar height from approx. 43-49 cm.

Therefore it won't last as long as the strider but this is reflected in a much lower price point.

It weighs approximately 4.4 kg
This bike has pneumatic tyres which always give a smoother ride.
Like the other bikes featured, the seat and handlebars are adjustable. The reviews for this bike are excellent and there are reviews of kids as young as 18 months being able to use it.

✔️ Handlebar grips - you will notice most handlebars have protective bumpers on the end. These are really important as they can protect your child's hands against bumps and scraps. It will protect a child's hands if they fall to the floor too. Other bikes advertise handlebar grips which are designed for tiny hands to give them more control over the bike (Strider is one of these).

Banana Bike

The Banana bike has been on the scene for a few years and offers some excellent features at a reasonable price point.

It's lowest seat height is 31cm so ideally an inside leg measurement of at least 33.5 or 34cm will make this bike the right choice. The seat extends all the way up to 40cm so it has considerable growing room.  Check out more info on the banana bike sizing guide.

The EVA tyres will offer a smooth, comfortable ride over pavements and are puncture proof.

The bike is lightweight at just 2.9kg but is also super strong.

A top budget balance bike choice.

✔️ Frame material - balance bike frames can be made out of a variety of materials. Metal bikes are often made out of aluminium alloys or steel. Aluminium alloy 6061 is a good material as it's lightweight but strong. Steel frames are also strong but tend to be heavier and are more prone to rust. Wooden frames are generally the most environmentally friendly but they are less adjustable than metal frames. The amount you spend on a wooden frame can often predict it's durability with cheaper frames not lasting as long.

​Wooden Balance Bike-- Early Rider Lite 12"



Wooden balance bikes are another option for 2 year olds.

They tend to have a retro feel about them and look cool. Read more about the differences between wooden and metal balance bikes.

The Early Rider is designed for kids aged 1.5 to 3 years. The lowest seat height is 29.5cm so a child will need an inside leg measurement of about 33cm to ride on the lowest height setting.

The bike is made of ​marine birch ply which is FSC certified. So the wood comes from a sustainable source and is weatherproof.

The 12 inch pneumatic tyres will ensure a smooth ride and are much better over grass and more uneven terrain the EVA foam tyres. So riders aren't just restricted to the pavement.

The bike is very lightweight at just 3.25kg.

For slightly taller kids, another great wooden bike to check out is the early rider classic below. Also consider more options of wooden balance bikes.

✔️ Seats - for comfort some balance bikes offer padded seats which are obviously nicer to ride. Some bikes such as the Strider have designed their seats sized perfectly for little riders hips.

Early Rider Classic

The Early Rider Classic is very similar early rider lite but it is bigger and has more growing room for kids.

The age recommendation is 2 to 5 years. The lowest seat height is 31.5cm and is recommended for kids with an inside leg measurement of 35cm.

It boasts a long wheelbase and a low centre of gravity. Bikes with longer wheel bases tend to be more stable and easier for little kids to ride.

The pneumatic tyres allow kids to cycle on more rugged terrain and are better over grass than EVA foam tyres. They will also offer a more comfortable ride. The wheels are 14 inch at the front and 12 inch at the bike.

Like the early ride lite, the classic is made of marine grade, FSC certified birch for a more eco friendly option.

It's  a little bit heavier than the lite at 4.25kg.

Boppi No Pedal Bike - Good Budget Option


The Boppi No Pedal bike is the lowest price option featured on this page. It's aimed at kids from age 2 to 5 years old with a seat height range from 30cm to 40cm and a handlebar range from 52 to 62cm.

The seat is padded for a bit of extra comfort.

It has puncture proof EVA foam tyres so you don’t have to worry about maintenance and the bike gives  a smooth ride across pavements and paths.

It is very lightweight at 3.2kg.
The tiny bike could be used indoors or outdoors.
It comes and lots of different colours and is excellent value too.

Kinderfeets Classic

If you're looking for a wooden balance bike, the Kinderfeets classic has it all. It's an award winning, environmentally friendly and has a seat height adjustment range that will last a long time. It is a good option for kids from around 2.5 years, although some younger 2 year olds may be fine on it. Here is a quick round up on it's important features:

Sizing Guide

The seat has height adjustments in between 33cm to 41cm. Measure your child's inside leg measurement to insure it's 2.5cm less than the lowest seat height. Kinderfeet recommend the bike for kids from 85cm tall.

Environmentally Friendly

The bike is made from wood, which is a more environmentally friendly option as it won't be hanging around in landfill for years after it's use. Kinderfeet promises to plant a tree for every bike bought and the wood is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Weight

The bike weighs 4.3kg so it isn't the lightest of bikes. Ideally you want a bike to be no more than 33% of a child's body weight.

Fun Factor

Young kids can enjoy chalking on the frame of this bike.

 

Comparison

BikeTyresHandlebar HeightSeat HeightBrake WeightAge Range
Strider ClassicEVA46-56cm28-40cmNone2.9kg18 months to 3 years
Strider SportEVA46-56cm28-48cmNone2.9KG18 months to 5 years
Puky LRMEVA41-50cm29-40cmNone3.5kg2 plus
Puky LR1LAir/Pneumatic49-57cm34-45cmNone5kg3 plus
BikestarAir/Pnematic46-56cm30-37cmYes4.4kg2 years plus
Banana BikeEVA50-53cm31-40cmNone2.9kg2 to 5 years
Early Rider liteAir/Pneumatic29.5- 38cmNone3.25kg18 months to 3.5 years
Early Ride ClassicAir/Pneumatic31.5-39cmNone4.95kg2 to 5 years
BoppiEVA50-60cm30-40cmNone3.2kg2 to 5 years
CruzeeEVA28-48cmNone1.9kg18 months to 5 years

What to look for when buying a balance bike for a 2 Year Old?

Lots of people buy balance bikes for their 2 year old but say they couldn’t use it because they were too young. However, quite often the reason they aren’t able to use the balance bike is because the balance bike is too big for them.

The child’s feet need to be able to be flat on the ground when they are sitting on the seat of the balance bike. This is because they need to push their feet along the ground so they can scoot along.

​Lots of balance bike are designed for children aged 3 plus and these types of bikes are normally too big  for most 2 year olds. So the first thing to make sure of is the balance bike is the right size for your child.

How to make sure the balance bike is the right size?

To make sure the balance bike is the right size for your child, you will need to measure their inseam. This is the length of their leg from the top of the crotch to the floor. The balance bike you will need should ideally measure about 1 inch less than their inseam so they can get on and off the bike easily as well as push it along. The smallest balance bikes for young children are around 11 inches (approx 28cm)  from the ground to the saddle height. These are the best sized bikes you need to look at when you are buying for a 2 year old (unless your 2 year old is tall or heading towards 3).

A lightweight balance bike

Another thing to consider when buying a balance bike for a 2 year old is the weight of the balance bike. A lighter balance bike will be easier for them to manoeuvre and control. It will also be easier for parents and carers to pick up and carry if they have enough of riding on their balance bike.

If you have a balance bike which is heavy they will find it much more different to ride.

What About a Brake?

Young children under 3 years of age don't use a brake when riding a balance bike. They will control a bike with their feet. They make it go with their feet and stop with their feet, so balance bikes for 2 year old children generally don't have a brake at all.

How To Teach a 2 Year Old To Ride A Balance Bike

When he first got the bike we let him use it inside the house. The first thing he did was to have it in between his legs. He would just stand there with the bike. Then eventually he would just walk around with the bike in between his legs in the house. Eventually after a couple of weeks he used it outside. He still walked with it in between his legs but after a while he started lifting up his feet. Then he would pick up some speed and lift up his feet to glide. Before we knew it he was whizzing along. He used his bike everywhere, on the school run with his big brother, at the park, outside the house and going to and from the local shop. People everywhere would stop and comment about how good he was on this bike. He was so little yet here he was whizzing around everywhere. ​

Best Wooden Balance Bikes

The Best Wooden Balance Bikes


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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 on amazon

Strider Sport on amazon

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.