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    Which Balance Bike Guide

Guide to Buying the correct size kids balance bike for 2 year old and older.

 The difference between simply being able to ride and kids that LOVE and WANT to ride!

Available in so many different styles, sizes, weights and price points; something that may give you a hard time selecting the most suitable.

Balance Bike Size Guide


When it comes to size, “one-size-fits-all” is quite a misconception.

Tip! – The same bike won’t provide a proper fit for an 18-month-old and perform as well for a 5-year-old.

Differing wheel sizes need consideration, 10″ or 12″. A 10″ wheel may allow for a lower seat height, but check the maximum seat height so it will still fit correctly when they are older. A quality 12″ no-pedal bike will still achieve low seat positions but the bigger wheel will avoid speed wobbles. Older children need bigger bikes, so consider a 14” or an 18” bike.

Seat height-adjustability is crucial, so that the bike will last a few years. The seat needs to be set so there is a slight bend in the knee, allowing the bike to be walked or run with. Our bike for toddlers, the Rookie 12″ seat height minimum is 30cm rising through to 44cm. Some brands will state this will maximum height will accommodate up to 5 years, but our experience in the UK taught us this is really up to 4-years-old.



Bike Scale weighing 2.93kg


Experts recommend bikes shouldn’t be more than 30% of the weight of your child.

Heavy bikes over 4kg will prove difficult to maneuver by a toddler. Young children get frustrated easily. We often hear “my child doesn’t like their balance bike” and when we delve deeper, it is often because they have a really heavy steel bike with incorrect geometry.

However, the same bike can be a piece of cake for a child that is 5-years-old. Choose the lightest you can afford, without eliminating all the features that make it comfortable. Many cheap balance bikes don’t even state the weight of the bike. Question this as too heavy a bike for a toddler will scare them and put them off riding.

The Rookie 12″ is 2.93 kg and can be handled comfortably by the smallest of riders. The Rookie 14” for 3-year-olds is just 4kg without pedals or 6kg in pedal mode.  Kidvelo Bikes are made from top-quality 6061 aluminium alloy, to keep the weight down.

Pnuematic 12" Tyres


Tyres play a key role in the performance and comfort level of a bike.

The type of tyres will determine the smoothness of the ride and the traction achieved on various surfaces. Basically, there are four types of tyres used. These include foam, air, plastic, and rubber tyres.

Pneumatic tyres give the most cushioning and traction and are considered the best all-around solution. Foam tyres are cheaper, lighter and generally puncture-proof. However, they lack in terms of traction, something we have witnessed firsthand in off-road riding. Rubber tyres are quite solid, puncture-proof and better in traction than foam tyres. Plastic or EVA polymer is the lightest but lowest in quality and typically only last a year. 12 inch pneumatics will last far longer than a plastic 10″ wheel.

All Kidvelo Bikes come with Alloy rims and pneumatic tyres, perfect for any terrain riding. Our performance wheels are very strong but also very light.

Kid Specific Geometry


Good bike geometry will work with the child to help them learn to balance and manoeuvre, whilst a bike with poor geometry will work against them.

Learning to balance is done by starting to walk, then run and then gliding. It’s natural for kids to lean forward when running. But to be able to do so, they need plenty of room.

That said, you need to consider geometry that creates more space between the handlebars and seat post. This makes it easier to extend the legs for a more comfortable and natural run style while striding. It also means that as the child grows bigger, the handlebar reach is still correct.

Watch the step-over height. A low step-over frame is much easier for children to get onto. Some bikes have a very high frame exactly where the child needs to get on and off, and makes it harder. We specify the geometry for all our bikes.

How to measure a kids bike inseam

6. How to measure a child?

Tip! – Measure their inside leg with shoes on.

Measure your child’s INSEAM.  Leg length is very important when gauging the correct size of a balance bike.

The fit: Remember a balance bike is different to a pedal bike as children’s feet need to touch the ground. When sitting on the bike, kids this age should be able to put both feet flat on the ground. This helps children learn balance quickly and prevent tip-over accidents.


Toddler balance Bike


Kidvelo Balance Bikes  have a full adjustment on the seat height, using quick release clamps and even a scale marked on the post so you can easily adjust it. Handlebars can be set for near or far reach. Our grips are scaled for little hands to give the rider full control.

Don’t make your purchase based on age alone. There can be a huge difference in leg length/inseam between children of the same age.

Rookie 14 you can add pedals to

7. Choose the bike to match your child’s skill level of their child development.

Don’t stress this bit. Our years of experience has taught us what approximate age children pick up the varying skills required to ride. Kidvelo bikes are sized correctly and also take into consideration what skills each age group can handle confidently.

Your child should start on a straightforward 12″ balance bike if aged under three years old. 12” balance bikes are too small to add pedals too, whilst giving a good riding experience. This is explained more in our blog Best Balance Bike for a 2 year old

3-year olds and upwards may be better started to a 14″ 2-in-1 (also known as a convertible, balance to pedal bike), as they are old enough to understand the concept of lever brakes and will progress quicker to needing a pedal bike. Getting a balance bike that also converts to an ergonomic pedal bike makes perfect sense for this age bracket.  Older children will need the 18″ version as it is bigger again.

Girl on the Rookie 18 balance bike

8. Transitioning onto pedals

The rider needs to be comfortable with the weight and handling of their balance bike before transitioning to pedals. At Kidvelo we make this process simple, by giving you a bigger, slightly heavier bike that you can use without pedals fitted to start. Get used to the increased weight and size and start learning how to use the brakes. Once your child has mastered balance then our unique 2-in-1 bike converts to a pedal bike with the easy fit pedal kit. Why buy two bikes when you can have the next generation of kid’s bikes in the Rookie 14 and Rookie 18 balance to pedal bikes. (Arriving Spring 2022). These bikes are designed to give your child the best chance to learn balance without the complications of pedals. If they aren’t quite ready, the pedal kit can be removed again easily.

All possible, without stabilisers as early as 3 years old!


Our buying guide is not a replacement for expert advice. If you need help please..


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