6 reasons why balance bikes are great for kids
Posted on 22 March 2019
If you’re a parent to a toddler, you’ve probably seen or heard about balance bikes. These small and pedal-free bikes are taking over from training wheels as the popular choice for first-time riders.
Teaching your kids to ride a bike from an early age has many benefits, you get to watch them develop a new skill while improving their motor skills, decision making and determination.
Here are just a few reasons why balance bikes are a great way to introduce your child to the joy of bike riding.
1. They’re easy to use
When it comes to riding a bike, there are four essential skills your child will learn - balance, steering, pedalling and breaking. That’s a lot to learn, especially for kids aged between 1.5 and 4 who will typically only learn one motor skill at a time!
Trying not to teach all these skills at once is the best approach for this age group. As Balance bikes don't have pedals, kids have the chance to focus firstly on the two main skills - Balancing and steering. This makes the learning process a whole lot easier for them.
Balance bikes also let kids use their feet to stop, steer and turn around, giving them more control, as well as the confidence to keep riding.
These are a really great way to build a little person’s coordination skills and give them an excellent sense of how they would move on a bike. Balance bikes are not intimidating at all – they rely on a child’s feet to push the bike forward, as well as to literally balance and keep the bike upright.
2. They build strength and coordination
Balance isn’t the only useful thing your child will learn from one of these bikes. The design of a balance bike encourages kids to use their arms and lift their legs when moving forward. This not only helps them to build up their strength, it also helps them to fine tune their motor skills, coordination and agility.
3. They’re a safer way to start riding
The seat of a balance bike is a lot closer to the ground than on a regular bike. If your little one does fall they won’t have far to go. Plus, a balance bike can only go as fast as your child can push, which means you won’t have to worry about any high-speed crashes.
On a balance bike, children are concentrated on balancing, rather than pedaling. As a result, they are more prepared for bumps or unforeseen loses in balance and are much less inclined to fall. After they master balancing, children can even entirely skip training wheels and head directly for a standard bike. In doing so, the number of falls and crashes from learning to cycle are considerably (or perhaps even completely) reduced.
4. They make exercise fun
Riding a bike is not only a lot of fun – it’s a great way to get kids moving. Kids as young as two years old will love zooming about on a balance bike, or better yet, joining in on a family bike ride. The earlier you encourage your kids to start exercising, the more likely they will develop healthy habits for life.
5. They’re convenient for parents
The compact design of balance bikes makes them easy to transport. They’re small enough to pop on the backseat of the car and light enough to pick up and carry home if your child gets tired of riding.
6. They let you skip the training wheels
Balance bikes take the hard work out of teaching your child how to ride. Once your child has learnt how to balance, they’ll soon be able to progress to a regular bike without the need for training wheels. Once they’ve mastered their balance bike, they’ll be itching to ride with the ‘big kids’ in no time.
Balance bikes allow for a more seamless transition to a pedal bike than training wheels. With training wheels, your child will already have the pedalling motion down, but no concept of balance. They will have to learn how to keep the bike upright and deal with what happens when they fall.
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