Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying Balance Bikes for Kids

Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying Balance Bikes for Kids

Ever since they were first introduced in Europe, balance bikes have become more and more popular across the globe. A lot of countries are jumping on the bandwagon and parents are starting to love these alternatives to tricycles or bikes with training wheels.

Because of this manufacturers are now capitalizing on the growing demand for balance bikes. New brand names are now available on the market, and designers never seem to run out of ideas for new models, styles, and innovations. FirstBike and Scoot and Ride are the brands we currently stock at Rockboard Plus.

With the myriad of options you have, how do you choose the perfect balance bike for your kid? Here are the 5 factors you ought to consider before you buy kids bike for your little one.

Your Kids

Before anything else, keep in mind that there are a couple of things about your child that you have to consider. First, of course, would be your child’s age. Most models are intended for children who are at least 18 months old and can be used until they are about 3 years old. Some bikes have smaller or bigger ranges, so you would want to look into the age range that the bike is recommended for.

Your child’s weight and body measurements (particularly your child's inseam measurement) would also play a major role when choosing a bike. In fact, it is a better basis than age when deciding whether the bike is appropriate for your child because children vary in weight and size despite the similarities in their ages.

Safety Features

The bike’s safety features would be the next most important thing to consider.  There are a lot of these that you may want to see present in the model you are buying, the most basic ones being:

  • Hand brakes
  • Recessed nuts and bolts
  • Anti-slip seats (U-shaped saddles)
  • Steering limiters
  • Reflective stickers
  • Durable, unbreakable frames

 

Style and Design

When choosing among the various styles of balance bikes, there’s more to consider than the aesthetics. Most manufacturers will base their different lines of products on the type of wheel used for the bike. Depending on where your child will be using the bike most often, you have to choose a bike based on what type of terrain the tires are most suitable for. Some wheels are best for paved trails and sidewalks, while others are perfect for dirt and grass riding. 

Material

The composite material for the body frame is also important for a number of reasons, the most important one being that the frame doesn’t easily get damaged. This is not just to avoid any scratches on the design, but also to make sure that it doesn’t splinter or break any part while your kid is riding it, as this may cause injuries. Among the most popular ones used — wood, metal, and fiberglass composite materials — high marine-grade fiberglass remains to be the most beneficial.

Accessories

There are a lot of accessories available for balance bikes, which can make the riding experience more fun for your child. Some of these are:

  • Ski Kits
  • Baskets
  • Lowering Kits
  • Seat Post Clamps