Rubber tyres, Air Tyres or Plastic Tyres on a Balance Bike?

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Which tyres on a balance bike do you need? Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, better known as “EVA”, is the material used to create the tyres found on all Strider 12-inch balance bikes. This versatile material is also used for many different types of padding and equipment for various different sports such as ski boots, bicycle saddles, hockey pads and is typically used as a shock absorber in sport's shoes.

Why do we use EVA foam rubber and not the more typical pneumatic heavy duty rubber tyres on our balance bikes?

In short, EVA is lightweight and requires no maintenance. There are plenty of other reasons for using EVA tyres as well, they are puncture proof, durable, and provide the best ride on all your toddlers’ different terrains. Just like our balance bikes at Strider, we want to keep it simple and fun. Fixing a puncture on a 12" Tyre whilst child wants their bike is not fun.

In order to keep the balance bikes as lightweight as possible Strider make top quality EVA tyres with a good tread pattern, to give little ones the easiest start. Being half the weight of pneumatic air tyres the EVA tyres make the overall weight easy for toddlers to manage. As we like to note at Strider, weight is an important factor to keep in mind when choosing a bike for little kids to start out on.

pwheel-air-set-500x500Although EVA tyres are lighter, you shouldn’t rule air tyres out completely. Around the age of 4, when your child is more advanced and getting ready to make that transition to a pedal bike, pneumatic/air-filled tires can help adjust to the heavier weight of a pedal bike. Air tyres are great for when your child is ready to start going off the beaten path. It provides good bounce and cushion to help them manoeuvre through the tougher ground. Once they are ready for the transition the weight of a bike won’t be as new to them and they’ll be riding a pedal bike before you know it!

If you wish to purchase Strider Air Wheels they can be found in our Strider Accessories Shop here

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