Balance bike has become one of the necessary vehicles for families that have kids. Many people think that it is very easy to choose a good balance bike because its design is very simple which just includes 2 wheels and no pedals. However, in fact, it is not everyone who is able to make a right decision when purchasing the best balance bike for toddlers. This article will give you some useful advises so that you feel more confident to buy one for your beloved kid.
Considering the bike’s height
In the market, there are a lot of different bikes with various sizes. These types are adjustable to fit with kids when they grow up. As a result, the very first thing you should consider is choosing the bike that is suitable for your kid’s weight. It will be frustrating if you already buy a bike, assemble it and then find that it is too big for your kid. To avoid this situation, you need to measure your kid’s weight and height and then pay attention to seat height. It seems that most balance bikes are designed with adjustable seats because kids grow quickly.
Besides, it is necessary for you to search for a lightweight bike, but it must be sturdy. If your kid is 4-5 years old, bikes under 9 lbs are ideal. In addition, there are bikes with their weight ranging from 6 or 7 lbs to even 50lbs
Paying attention to handlebars
A bike is considered as the best one when it is able to adjust. The handlebar can move without difficulties so that the bikers can keep balance easily.
Similar to the weight, the handlebars also should be noticed carefully if it can be raised or not to grow with your child.
Determining what kind of bike you want to buy
In the market, there are three main bikes including metal bike, wood bike and composite bike. Each kind has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. Your responsibility is to consider which is suitable for your kid.
- Medal balance bikes
This kind of bike looks like a real pedal bike. They are designed with a quick release seat and a handlebar, sealed wheel bearings and brakes which are made of steel.
- Wood balance bikes
They are more environmentally friendly because they are made of renewable marine grade birch wood. One of the most remarkable features of a wood balance bike is a beautiful design. They are painted colorful; as a result, they are very attractive to kids.
- Composite balance bikes
This type is the strongest balance bike, so it is likely to be the most expensive. Because of the high price, composite bikes are more durable and the risk of getting rust is low. Therefore, if your environment is very humid, you should choose this kind. Moreover, a composite bike can be passed to another child which saves you a lot
Concerning about brakes
Brakes are also the feature that you need to concern. You need to choose a bike with brakes or not. Recently, it is common that metal and composite bikes are not made with brakes. As a result, if you want to have a balance bike with brakes, wood bike is your choice. This kind of bikes usually are used by toddlers aged 1-2 years old because they still get difficulties in keeping the balance, meanwhile, children who are older will use a balance bike more easily, so metal and composite bikes are more suitable to them
Whether the seat adjustable well or not
It is very important to check the seat to ensure the comfort for your kids. The seat is considered as a good one when it has some points of attachment to the saddle. It allows bikers move up and down, right and left easily without being afraid of breaking
Considering wheels and tires
Firstly, wheels are often made from plastic meanwhile tires are made from air tires with an inner tube or foam tires. Each has its own benefits.
Foam tires are light and no need air, but in cases of rough area, they are easy to wear out, which is very inconvenient because you have to replace another one which is very expensive.
Air tires are not as light as foam tires, but more durable, but they require air. Another advantage of air tires is price of replacement.
It is clear that you should make a great consideration before choosing appropriate tires for your kids.
In conclusion, there are many factors which decide whether a balance bike is good or not.
Above factors are some advises you should remember before making a selection. I hope that these are useful for you. In addition, I want to emphasize that a balance bike is a really effective bike which help your beloved kids to learn to keep balance before riding a real bike.As a result, each kid needs a good balance bike. If you intend to have another child, the balance bike can pass to the next kid. I hope you as well as your kids have funny time together.