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Wooden Walking or Balance Bikes

Updated on February 4, 2016

What is a Walking or Balance Bike?

Welcome to my hub page about Wooden Balance Bikes, where you will find my story of how i first heard about balance bikes , information about the history of wooden balance bikes and what brand are available on the web.

Its all started a few weeks ago when I was visiting a friend. we were about to take her 3 year old son out for a walk when I noticed in a corner amongst all his other plastic and metal toys, this beautify made wooden bike. I went over to have a look and noticed it had no pedals. So I asked my friend, What is it?.

She said it was "walking bike" that he got for his birthday to help him learn how to ride by helping him develop coordination and balance.

I was curious so played with the bike for a while with her son. It was the coolest thing I have seen, with a great design and not many components in its construction. I had to find out more about them.

So this hub contains some of the interesting things i have discovered about the Wooden Balance Bikes.

You may also like my related hub Wooden Balance Bikes for Girls

History of Balance Bikes

The walking bike or better known as a "Balance bike" is one of the earliest versions of the bicycle. It was invented by German inventor Karl Drais in 1817 and was known as the "Laufmaschine" or running machine and later also called the "velocipede" or Dandy horse. This pre-bicycle was make entirely of wood characterized by two wheels and no pedals, A rider would push their feet against the ground to make the machine go forward. The dandy horse only became popular for a short period as a fad due to its impracticality as a means of transport outside of well maintained park and garden pathways.

However more recently, wooden balance bikes have undergone a renaissance which is mainly attributed to the success of the elegantly designed German built "Like a Bike" range and the Australian designed "Tike" which restricted the bike's steering movement thereby increasing stability.

This has led to an resurgence in the number of new balance bike designs appearing on the market but predominantly to assist toddlers in learning how to ride bicycles. Various other balance bike designs are constructed from metal alloys and plastics, However by far the wooden makes remain the most authentic and beauty in there simplistic construction.

Benefits & features:

  • Solid & Strong Lightweight wooden construction
  • Pedal free design that encourages mobility & rapid development of balance and fines motor skills.
  • Allows your child to learn how to ride at their own pace.
  • Ensure that your child knows how to brake and stop the bike by using their feet.
  • The popularity of some of the brands are so high that there are a waiting lists or are make to order.

Tike Wooden Balance Bikes: Australia

Of all the brands the German built "Like A Bike" seems to be the most popular which also commands a premium price for it design and quality. Squidoo has a few lens which provides a large amount of information and reviews of the brand and products. However i have been unable to find much regarding Tike balance bikes.

The best site i have found so far is the official Tike Australia site. Purchase can also be made directly from there online store, which also contains a wide range of cute and fun accessories to match.

Note: Unfortunately Tika Bike has since close after the writing of this Hub Page

http://inspired.tike.com.au/

See the link in the Useful Resources section for details.

Cute Girl Riding Her Tike Wooden Balance Bike

Girls style wooden balance bikes

As I was researching this topic i have noticed that most of the balance bike's were designed for boys, what about the girls? So here is a few of the models I have found.

If you have a wooden balance bike or an experience you want to share with balance bike, please leave a comment.

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      anticloud 6 years ago

      Wow. Great lens. I had never heard of these before. I may have to get one for my son when he is old enough.

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      AndyAlBrown 5 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. I am preparing to build a victorian style balance bike myself. After seeing your lens, I realized maybe I am not so crazy afterall. Drew

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      Al 5 years ago from Australia, Hong Kong, USA

      @AndyAlBrown: Thanks Drew for the kind words, they are pretty cool when you first see one. Do send us a picture would love to see your Victorian balance bike when you're done building it. we're all little bit crazy!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I've never heard of walking bikes before so that was a very informative lens, thank you! :)

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      A wonderful interesting lens for sure. I love working with wood so this is on my project list to do soon. Thanks for the great info.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      I enjoyed this interesting lens, especially the contraption's history...and that illustration at the top. But I'm surprised to hear that they make a "pre-bicycle" so kids can learn how to balance. I remember my first experience with a 2-wheeler when I was about six. I got on...my sister gave me a shove forward...and that was about it; I was up and running. The whole "lesson" took about two seconds. On the other hand, my buddy's mother used to marvel at how we didn't fall over. She'd grown up in the Canadian "bush"...and had never learned how to ride a bike!

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      Al 5 years ago from Australia, Hong Kong, USA

      @Swisstoons: Thanks Swisstoons for the comments, I remembered my first time trying to learn how to ride. i kept falling, so could have used a balance bike. It was a metal BMX and remembered it being heavy and painful when it landed on my ankle.

      one reason why i think Wooden Bikes are a great idea.

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      CatJGB 5 years ago

      My 3 yr old loves his, but funnily enough he didn't really master it properly until he had learnt to ride his 2 wheeled bike without training wheels. Go figure!

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