This is what we thought when we first heard about balance bikes.
How do balance bikes work?!
If there are no pedals, how does it even move?
Surely a little toddler can’t lug themselves around on a heavy bike? How do they stop? How do they get up hills?
How can a toddler balance on a bike without pedals?!
Lift up one of our balance bikes and you’d realise how it’s so easy for little legs to get up speed.
Our frames are super lightweight, and our tyres are made of extra light materials too, so a whole balance bike weighs little over a heavy bag for a toddler.
And the height of the Strider bikes means that when your little one is sitting on it, their feet touch the ground, making it easy to push off and free-wheel.
Equally this means that they can use their feet to stop too and to get the bike up hills.
And when their little legs grow a little, you can easily adjust the seat without any complicated DIY and tools.
Overall learning to ride a bike on a balance bike first is a much less cumbersome experience for all involved. So that’s the mechanical bit, but we also get asked about the physical aspect of using a balance bike.
Do balance bikes work to build on a child’s development?
Yes, they really do!
- Balance bikes are a real confidence booster for toddlers. Learning to do something that’s easy, and fun, and that gives them some independence will encourage them to try plenty more new adventurous things.
- Scooting along on a balance bike helps toddlers and children build core strength – balancing uses stomach muscles, pushing off uses all the leg muscles. And learning to steer and avoid crashing into trees and squirrels improves co-ordination and spatial awareness too!
- Being able to ride a bike can help with social skills. It means that your toddler can join in with fun activities with other children, outdoors, away from the tv. It gives them something in common to talk about too – “my bike has a red saddle” “I rode my bike to granny’s house” and so on. Our Championship races are a great social activity and promote healthy competition too.
- Riding a bike helps us to learn to be more considerate of our surroundings, watching out for other people, uneven surfaces, and helping us get around more quickly and easily. You’ll be surprised when your toddler whose legs turn to jelly five paces into the supermarket still wants to keep riding home from town 2 miles later! Save your back from carrying and pushing them around and get them to ride alongside you instead.
There have been over a million Strider Bikes sold since designer Ryan first created the concept for his own son.
If you ask any parent who’s little one has been the proud owner of a balance bike, we guarantee that they would absolutely, definitely, enthusiastically recommend that you buy one too.