Riding a bike is one of those things that many people tend to learn during childhood, along with learning to tie shoelaces, how to cook a simple dinner and how to phone an ambulance.
However not everyone learns to ride a bike when they’re young – and there can be many different reasons it just wasn’t possible.
But just because someone missed out early in life, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to learn to cycle.
And sometimes due to injury, or maybe even memory loss, adults find themselves needing to re-learn the skill of bike riding.
That’s where adult balance bikes come in particularly handy.
Easy riding ...
For adults that have problems with co-ordination because of learning difficulties, brain injury or other health reasons, the pedals and gears on a bike can be really quite tricky to master, causing frustration, fear and even injury. The difficulty of mastering pedals and gears can take all of the enjoyment out of cycling.
Adult balance bikes don’t have pedals or gears, meaning that there is no danger of getting tangled and tired.
For a pleasure ride along a country path, balance bikes are perfect for gliding along and enjoying the view, particularly when fitted with footrests.
And, of course, they have breaks too, so going downhill is no problem at all.
Strength building with adult balance bikes ...
Anyone that has suffered an injury that has limited their movement for a period of time, and subsequently their muscle strength, may find that traditional cycle, whilst enjoyable, is too strenuous on certain areas.
Anyone with a back injury, for example, needs to work hard to build their core muscles without too much impact, and an adult balance bike is just the perfect way to do this.
Steering by leaning, sitting up straight whilst moving and balancing whilst free-wheeling will all help to build a strong core without the pressure of pedaling and those burning thighs, hamstrings and glutes.
An added benefit of adult balance bikes versus the traditional bike, particularly for those needing to build up strength, is that the balance bike is incredibly lightweight so taking it in and out of the shed/garage, picking it up from the floor and moving around on it doesn’t take any heavy lifting at all.
Extra mobility ...
The balance bike can also help adults with limited mobility get around a bit more in a fun and confidence building way.
For example, if someone is not able to walk very far because they tire easily, then the balance bike could help them travel further quite easily, particularly downhill and on level paths; just a few push offs on the feet can cover the same distance as 20 steps.
Adult balance bikes are available in a choice of colours on our website.