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.

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.

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 many 3 wheel options that transform into a 2 wheel balance bike when little ones are ready and many of these are included in our list below.  Another option is to consider getting  a rocking base for the Strider balance bike (also 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 bike on the market for kids is the Strider which is 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 most balance bikes a 1 year old baby will need 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 they get more confident it is really easily changed to a two wheel balance bike so they can start working on their balance and riding the bike. And no tools are required for the changeover!

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

The best thing about it is, it's so easy to change between a 2 or 3 wheel bike. If the 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 really 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 to put thing in and take things out of.

The age recommendation is 1 to 3 years, although kids of 12 months will probably not take too much interest in it. They will start trying it out from around 16 months and they will need to be a proficient walker.

It also comes in different colours.

Strider Balance Bike

The Strider balance bike is suitable for children from age 18 months old. It has a adjustable seat and the lowest position is just 28cm (11 inches) from the floor.

The classic strider bike has an adjustable seat height which will suit toddlers up to 3 years of age. There is another alternative which is the Strider sport which has an extra long seat post to suit kids up to 5 years of age.

The classic strider also has a mini seat which is perfect for toddlers learning to ride.

It's a super lightweight bike at just 3kg so little children will find it easier to control and learn to ride.

​There is a process to learning to ride a balance bikes and some  18 month olds will begin this process. It firstly involves just standing with a balance bike in between their legs. Then they will progress to walking around with the balance bike, very slowly at first. Gradually they will 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 plus year olds may begin this process. So even if they are just standing with a balance bike this is the start and you can get a headstart on learning to ride a balance bike.

The other thing that will effect whether a very young child will be able to ride a balance bike is their physical ability. Some 18 month year olds are still very wobbly on their feet and it will is a difficult ask to get them to ride and control a balance bike. They will need to be a confident walker first.

Strider Rocking Base



So you're not sure whether you one year old is quite ready for a strider. Why not get them a rocking base so they can use it right away.

The rocking base works with a 12 inch Strider which you will need to purchase separately.

It's recommended for kids aged 6 months to 2 years and it has a weight limit of 24kg.

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 an small eco friendly wooden trike which 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 are ready.

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

Other desirable features include the 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 which places children's feet closer to the ground so they feel safe.

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

YGJT 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 YGJT baby balance bike. There's a slight price difference and there's not much to separate them. The YGJT balance bike has been available in amazon.com 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 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.