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How to Choose the Best Balance Bike

Updated on July 26, 2016

Parents find balance bikes as their kids’ best training bikes. However, with a lot of balance bikes in the market, finding the best and most suitable bike for their kids can somehow be difficult.

One size will never be as suitable as how it seems with other kids, which requires you to spend more time checking the different options available for your kid. If you are one of those parents wanting to get the right balance bike for their kids, then you must take note of some tips that could help you in finding the perfect balance bike for the size and age of your kid.

To get started in finding the right balance bike for your child, check out the following tips that you should keep in mind.

Height of the Seat

When checking the seat height of a balance bike it should be around 1” to about 1.5” below the inseam of the child. The minimum seat height ranges from about 10” to as high as 26.5”. This means that a bike made for a one year old will not be suitable for a five-year old.For measuring the inseam of a child, use a hardbound book. Let them pinch the hardbound book in between the legs and raise it slowly until the crotch area. Measure the distance from the book’s top to the floor to get your child’s inseam.

For measuring the inseam of a child, use a hardbound book. Let them pinch the hardbound book in between the legs and raise it slowly until the crotch area. Measure the distance from the book’s top to the floor to get your child’s inseam.

Check the Size and Weight

The size of balance bikes usually have 10” to around 20” tires. However, the most used size for any age is around 12”. Grade-schoolers who are starting to learn riding a bike are recommended to use 16”.

Most experts would recommend kids from any age to start with a 12” bike. However, the size of frames may vary and this is where the differences might start. You might like to pick a bike with an average frame size with adjustable seat height instead of relying on the size of the bike with its tire size alone. With the weight, pick bikes that are lighter to allow easy maneuverability for kids.

Choosing the Right Kind of Tire

When using a new balance bike, it is necessary that you choose tires made from safe materials. There are tires made from solid foam and plastic and there are those made from pneumatic rubber. Some would prefer solid foam tires, but these provide less traction when used in any terrain or when used while the road is wet.

This is the main reason why parents still choose pneumatic tires as it can provide impressive traction that is best for any kind of terrain. To prevent constant flats with these tires, parents should always have tire sealants always ready as finding spares can be difficult at times.

Choose a Bike with Brakes

If you know that the terrain is a bit challenging for your kid to attain full and easy stops, a secondary brake is always a great feature.

This will also help your children learn how to coordinate his senses when trying to brake while their bike is still in motion and adjust when to use the brake when they see it needed.


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