Benefits of Balance Bikes

Benefits of buying a balance bike

Benefits of balance bikes. So much more than just learning to ride a bike.

As a parent, you will want to purchase toys for your children that are age-appropriate. If you can buy toys that are not only fun but that are also developmentally important, then you are helping a child reach milestones sooner. The main benefits of balance bikes are they help develop the balancing skill that is essential to learning to cycle.

  • Balance: The main aim of a balance bike is to teach balance first. They can be ridden safely from a much younger age than a bike with pedals and most children start around 18 months. With two feet on the ground and a handlebar to hold onto, they can start to learn to balance by simply walking it along.  Likewise, pedal bikes are too big and heavy for toddlers. They need to be simple. Bikes fitted with brakes and pedals, make things too complicated for young children to handle straight away and they get frustrated. The older the child the more features you can introduce. Such as considering a convertible balance bike you add pedals for children aged 3 years plus.
  • Development Skills: Balance bikes offer a lot of developmental benefits. Using one improves motor skills, such as teaching kids how to turn corners. They also start to understand depth perception and three-dimensional awareness, as they learn to deal with minor obstacles. Gross motor skills improve. Playing games on balance bikes speed this process up by making it more fun.

Exercise, confidence, freedom and convenience!

  • Exercise: Young children don’t understand the concept and importance of exercise. They just want to burn energy and have fun. This is why starting to ride bikes when they are toddlers is perfect. Much more fun than a slow walk in the park. Balance bikes are a great way of getting some much-needed time outside that is fun and engaging. We have some suggestions of games and ways to play on balance bikes and you can introduce other skills such as counting, colours and even spotting street signs when they start reading. Kidvelo Bikes have all-terrain pneumatic tyres, making riding anywhere possible. The biggest benefit is your child wants to get outside and ride.
  • Confidence Improves: The child feels safe, as they are low to the ground. Consequently, Kidvelo balance bike’s design lowers the centre of gravity further than any other. The bike design helps make balance easier to learn and the low frame step-over makes it easy to mount. They control their own speed, and direction and are in control of the situation at all times. Pedal bikes with stabilisers fail miserably at helping children feel confident. Then once stabilisers are removed they often have feelings of fear and frustration. Born from losing the one thing that helped them keep their balance to start with, the stabilisers. Back to square one, a child that has no balance. Balance bikes are safer for kids as they can easily put their feet down to stop. Riding, with feet up on pedals, they can’t put two feet flat on the ground when they need to stop. Additionally, they also have to learn to control the brakes at the same time. Overwhelming!

Family enjoying fun outside in the park

  • Freedom to explore: Children learn through play. Whilst we aren’t suggesting that your child goes off to explore alone if you allow them to set the direction that they go and the speed they travel at, they feel much more independent and responsible for their own actions. They beam with pride when they discover a new favourite place to ride or jump off their first hurdle. We would always suggest they walk their bikes across roads, but even then, they will take great pride in everyone watching them with their bike.
  • Convenient for parents: Balance bikes are lighter which means they can be carried far easier, back from nursery or pre-school. Easier to store too, as they are small and even easier to pile on top of the luggage if going away on a family holiday. Choose one that easily adjusts to cover growth and a quality bike will cover your child for several years. With our lifetime warranty on our bikes, it will cater for any siblings, cousins or friends you pass it on to.
  • Skip the stabilisers stage completely! The next move should be to a larger balance bike that you can add pedals to. Adjusting to a bigger heavier bike in balance mode as the next step up, whilst getting used to brakes, stops kids from feeling overwhelmed. Consequently, when pedals are then added, they just have to get used to pedalling to propel the bike, rather than using their feet.  We have designed larger balance bikes that you can add pedals to for this reason that are still super light and work perfectly in either mode. Children who have learned to balance first, find learning to ride a pedal bike much easier and usually master it a lot earlier. The transition to pedalling is easy once they are confident and can balance well.

We have put together a few tricks we have learnt over the years in our blog “Tips to getting started


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  • Kazzi
    6 months ago

    Can't get over the quality of this bike, for the price its phenomenal. All the essential features have been carefully considered and included. I especially like the footrests and reach adjustment the bars and stem enable. Height adjustment is easy and the seat post has measurements too which is really helpful. It's so light a 2-year-old can lift it easily. It was so quick and easy to assemble my 7yo built it with minimal guidance. It's a really good looking bike with good quality robust components. I absolutely love it!

  • Liz Chambers
    5 months ago

    What a fabulous little bike. Bought for my niece as a Christmas present. She is 16 months and absolutely loves it. The bike arrived well packaged, instructions were clear and an absolute bargain for the quality. Thank you so much!

  • Hayley
    4 months ago

    My 3 year old loves his Kidvelo Rookie 12. This is his 1st bike and he's taken to it like a duck to water. He is so confident with it and obviously feels safe. The bike is very fairly priced, it was delivered quickly, its lightweight, easy to put together, and the quality is fantastic. My little one loves the chunky wheels and the bell too. I would definitely recommend this bike to anyone who is looking for their child's first bike.

  • Susan Abbott
    3 months ago

    I have recently purchased the Kidvelo Rookie 12 bike for my 3 year old granddaughter. The first thing to note is the website was very easy to use, delivery was quick and within an advised 1 hour time slot.

    The bike was packaged well and was simple to assemble, completed in under 10 minutes with all the tools required provided in the box. The first thing my granddaughter noticed was how bright the colour was, she loved it. After adjusting the seat height to suit she felt comfortable on the bike and couldn’t wait to get started. We took her to the local park and she where she just understood naturally how to use the bike and required limited guidance. Seeing her on the bike after just a few trips out I believe she will get much enjoyment out of using it and set her up perfectly for moving onto the next step.

  • James Kennedy
    1 month ago

    I don’t normally leave reviews, but I’m so impressed with our recent purchase of a Kidvelo bike that I thought this product was worthy of one. The first thing we noticed was the build quality of the product. It’s well made and really sturdy when put together. The black wheels and tyres look great and my little one loves the bright pink colour! I only wish I’d have known about this bike sooner as I would have bought one for my son, who seems to enjoy going on his little sisters bike more than his own! Thanks to all at Kidvelo for making a little girl really happy!

  • Ellie Gentleman
    1 month ago

    Highly recommended Kidvelo Bikes Uk.
    We have the Rookie12 for our little boy. The bike feels super sturdy but lightweight for me to carry around where ever we are going! Super easy to put together my little man even got involved helping me put it together.
    My little one likes the extra features of the foot rest for going down little hills this also really helps with his balance for when he’s ready for the next size bike up.
    As a parent all the extra features with the handle bars and seat as they grow with him so I’m not having a buy a new one weekly is brilliant! “he don’t stop growing “😀
    Also the communication with Kidvelo Bikes Uk was Fantastic and all my questions answered.

  • Nick Jeggo
    3 weeks ago

    A Revelation!
    I work as a cycle instructor delivering Bikeability, Learn to Ride and led rides in the Town Park. I'm also the British Cycling Go-Ride lead at my cycling club. The club has been using a Rookie 12 to help keep younger siblings happy while brothers and sisters attend our sessions.
    The bike has been amazing, a revelation in fact. First of all, it's incredibly light, something that everyone comments upon. In fact, when the bike arrived we wondered if the box was empty!
    The steering has proper bearings, as do the hubs, so everything runs really freely. The MTB type handlebar stem is adjustable and the handlebars are shaped so that the reach can be tailored to the rider. The tyres are proper 12" pneumatic with Schrader (car type) valves and the relatively smooth tread pattern means there's the perfect combination of low rolling resistance and grip. There's a choice of 4 colours, but we have the bright green. You certainly can't miss it!
    I've come across lots of balance bikes, but this one stands way above anything else I've seen. You may find some of the features on other bikes, but the rookie 12 has them all in a brilliantly designed combination.
    Buy quality, your kids will thank you for it!

  • SheLovesBarney
    2 week ago

    I bought a Kidvelo Rookie 12 for my cousin. It’s incredibly light and the quality is fantastic. Delivery was free and the bike arrived the next day. Well packaged and easy to assemble. I totally recommend this bike for kids just starting out.

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