Why a Balance Bike

You might be asking yourself why should you buy a balance bike, instead of buying a regular bike with a pair of training wheels…The truth is that Balance Bikes give your child the opportunity to learn how to balance and ride a bike much faster than when using training wheels.

Balance Bikes do not have pedals because their main point of it is that a child will begin by learning balance without having to worry about pedaling. The bike is moved by the child that pushes the bike along with their feet.

Balance bikes have been famous in Europe for many years now. In previous years that joy has started to migrate to the United States and Canada.With these bikes, you do not need training wheels which can be harmful particularly if the kid goes too fast and tips to one side.

When buying a balance bike you need to choose one that is comfortable for your child. A bike that your child can sit down on while being able to touch the ground with his/her feet. You also need to buy a bike that provides quick seat adjustment because if your child is not able to touch the ground when riding a balance bike,he or she will not be able to stop the bike in a proper manner.

Tips To Safe Riding A Balance Bike For Your Kids

It has been observed that children who start off on a balance bike often do not need training wheels later on and can get on a pedal bike and start cycling  asily.
Learning to pedal, brake, steer, etc., always come naturally once the balance is attained.

Balance Bikes Develop Control in Kids

Balance bikes teach children a lot more than just how to balance. They also help
to develop coordination, steering control, and brake control (even if the bike has
no brakes, they will still hone their reflexes using their legs as brakes). It also
increases their confidence. It helps them feel that they are grown up when they
watch their older siblings or older friends cycling on pedal bikes. Balance bikes
are also easier to carry around everywhere, unlike tricycles. They can easily be
carried by hand for a short stroll to the park across the street or they could also
be transported by car to a picnic. It gives children the much-needed exercise and
helps them strengthen their leg muscles and reflexes.
Balance bikes are by design safer and more child-friendly than other bikes. They
do not have any protruding nuts and bolts or spokes that can poke the child if
they fall. Your kids are much less likely to tip over and fall while using a balance
bike. Most balance bikes also come with limited steering angles, which make it
easier for children to go in a specified direction and not oversteer and fall to the
side.

Useful Tips

After all, parents want their children to be as safe and as comfortable as
possible. So here are some tips that will help you make the journey to cycling
with a balance bike as smooth and enjoyable as you can for your child.

● Start your child on a daily fixed routine on the balance bike. This will help
them get accustomed to the bike as well as help them to practice every
day.
● Give your child lots of opportunities to bike and try to vary the places so
they don’t get bored. You could take them to the park, visit your neighbors,
the grocery store, around the corner, etc., so as to give them a variety of
locations to practice at.
● Your child will first start by striding, which is using their feet to power them
along. This is the first step. They will soon learn that they can lift their feet
off the ground and the bike will still move along. This is the stage of gliding.
Once they are able to glide along for a longer period of time, and for a
couple of months, they may be ready for a pedal bike.
● Make sure your child wears a helmet as well as padding for knees and
elbows to help prevent grazed knees and elbows or any head injuries
during an accident. Helmets should not move around the head. The
measurement for helmets should be taken above the eyebrow and keeping
one-inch space above the ear.
● Protect your child’s feet from any bruises or grazes by avoiding open-toe
shoes, flip-flops, or sandals. The safest shoes would be sports shoes or
closed-toe shoes.
● Adjust the height of the saddle so that your child’s feet are flat on the floor
and a little bent at the knees. The optimal saddle height is 1 inch less than
the inseam of your child.
● Adjust the handlebar to the saddle height so that they correspond with
each other. A saddle height that is low should have a handlebar that is low
and vice versa.
● It is much better to support the child by holding on to their shirt when they
start off, rather than holding onto the bike. This way, they get a much
better and more accurate feel of what is safe and what is not.
● Start off by using the balance bikes on pavements or roads that are less
gravelly and have some grass on either side to help cushion a fall, if
anything happens. Dirt paths are also perfect for the first ride, as are
driveways, forest or wooded trails, sidewalks, etc. Make sure they have
adult supervision at all times.
● Get a balance bike that has good pneumatic tires so as to help give your
child a ride that's smoother and more comfortable. It is also more durable
and less likely to puncture quickly.

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