What is a Balance Bike?
Balance bikes were specially developed for young children to learn to keep their balance and steer. A balance bike doesn't have pedals, crankset or a chain. They are very simple bikes, where a child simply sits and pushes the ground with his or her feet, to scoot along.
Balance bikes are sometimes known as runner bikes, walker bikes, and more tellingly trainer bikes.
See the full range choice of Balance Bikes using our links on the right, including balance bike by popular brands, such as Hudora, Branching Out and Puky, or by materials, including wooden and steel balance bikes.
Unlike a normal bike, balance bikes can be used by children from a very young age, so long as the bike seat is low enough for their feet to touch the ground. A balance bike seat should be low compared to a standard bike saddle, so children can walk while sitting on the saddle. This is how they start out. Once their confidence has grown they will start running with it and then lifting both feet of the ground and holding their balance on just the two wheels.
Children can suss the balance bike out surprisingly quickly and there is normally no need for the parents to run behind them, holding the bike up in fear of a fall, as is normally the case when a child is learning to ride a pedal bike.
With a balance bike, children learn to put "balance" first without having to concentrate on the difficulty of pedalling. Once they have worked out the balancing, and enjoyed their balance bike for a good few years, it is usually a very quick and easy transition to a pedal bike without the need for stabilisers or training wheels. However, the balance bikes can be used for children up to the age of 6 and in our experience they love it so much that they want to ride it much longer.
Balance bikes make the perfect gift for any child, boy or girl, aged around 2 years to 6 years old. But always check the sizes of any balance bike before you buy. If you are buying for a young child, the seat needs to be low enough for smaller children to be able to reach the ground with their feet. This gives them confidence and stability, when needed. If you are buying for an older child, the seat needs to be able to go high enough so they feel comfortable enough to be able to push the bike along, rather than have their knees up around their ears!