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Tips when choosing your toddler’s first bike

September 15, 2021
Karen Wood

Read our handy tips when choosing your toddler’s first bike!

Choose the right equipment.

Balance Bikes are the method of choice for beginners of any age.  With nothing complicated to confuse, your child will straddle the bike, start by standing and walking it along. Your child will never need stabilisers.

Check your child will fit.

  • Measure your child’s inside leg to determine what seat height they need. The easiest way is to stand children against a wall and put a book between their legs and measure to the floor to determine the seat height you need. Overall height of the child is not relevant providing both seat and handlebars adjust so the bike will grow with them. Use our bike size guide for more information.
  • A 2-year-old needs the seat to go as low as to be able to ride it. A 4-year-old will need a seat height of 45cm. Choose a bike that will cover a huge seat height range so that your child won’t outgrow the bike.
Adjustable seat height of the 12" balance bike

Adjustable seat adjustment in any increment

Make sure it is light.

  • Bikes need to be light enough for young children to handle, especially if starting out as soon as a toddler. Kidvelo bikes are all an aluminium alloy and the range starts at just over 2.93kg, so even the smallest toddler can ride.
Lightest Balance Bike at 2.93 kg with pneumatic tyres

Superlight so easy to handle

Easy maintenance

  • Air-filled tyres offer a comfortable smooth ride and have much more grip than plastic or Eva polymer molded tyres. Check that they can be easily pumped up with easy-reach valves as 12” wheels are small, so you don’t want to be fiddling.
  • Check the company has good customer service where you can talk to people for advice and obtain any spares and parts needed to refresh, if you intend to pass on to another child.

 

 

Comfortable Safe Riding

  • Make sure your bike has a footrest, ideally placed in the same place that pedals would be on a regular bike; to ensure that the child learns balance in the correct position. When they get a bit of speed up it is more comfortable with feet resting on the bike than dangling in the air, especially over bumps!
  • Brakes are optional. Young children can’t reach lever brakes, or know how to use them correctly and they can cause more accidents than they are designed to prevent. The best method is to learn to stop with their feet so they can stop quickly in an emergency. Some bikes offer an optional rear foot brake if you are wearing through shoes.
Integrated footrest or deck

Footrest built into the frame to rest feet.

Encourage them!

  • Be their supporter, not a coach! Praise your child for any amount of time they spend on their bike. In the first few days, it may be just 5 minutes. They may just wander over and spin the wheel. Leave the bike always available so they can pick it up when the mood suits. Let them be independent and encourage them. Better still get on your bike with them!

 

Just ask others for help!

Use our contact us options and we are happy to offer honest advice, as to what may or may not work for your child. Everyone at Kidvelo is a parent of a child that learned to ride using balance bikes.

For more ideas check out the rest of our blog posts

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