Why a Balance Bike?

A Balance Bike to Get Your Toddler Bike Riding      


lightasafeather.jpgKids love bicycles! They are fun to ride through a park, up and down hills, on bumpy trails and even through mud puddles. But learning how to ride a bike is difficult and can even be scary for young riders. Enter the balance bike.

 A balance bike is a great way for young children to learn how to ride a bicycle. Besides providing great fun and exercise, a balance bike teaches your child balance, steering, and co-ordination and builds self-confidence.  Trikes and bikes with training wheels don’t. Traditional bicycles place too much of the focus on learning to pedal -- skimping on developing your child’s motor skills.  And tricycles are heavy, clunky and difficult for kids to control.  
Why a balance bike?
Bike riding becomes a breeze when you teach your child balance and coordination before pedaling. A balance bike or sometimes called a running bike, takes pedaling out of the mix so that kids can concentrate solely on learning balance, which takes more practice.  Pedaling is a secondary skill that kids can easily learn within a few short minutes.
If your child can walk, your child can ride a balance bike.
Strider_Riding_Log.jpgEven children as young as 18 months are able to ride a balance bike. Typically, toddlers will grab the handle bars, straddle the bike and walk. Kids quickly learn to sit down, push with their feet, walking the bike, running, and before long balance on two wheels.
Plastic push toys, scooters, tricycles and training wheels can’t do this.  And unlike other bikes that sit in the garage, gathering dust while your child waits to grow into them, a balance bike will get plenty of use from day one.
Here’s an added benefit for parents:  Your child will become significantly more mobile.  A balance bike opens up a whole world for your child to ride on.  Take your child’s bike to an outdoor gathering, a nearby park, or anywhere else you walk. With a balance bike, there’s no more dawdling little one’s.  Your child will easily be able to keep pace.
Give your child a safer way to learn bike riding.
Tricycles tip over, scrape ankles, and are difficult to pedal. Bicycles with training wheels are tall, heavy, unstable and downright scary for young riders. Both have the potential to cause painful injuries and fear.
Not true with a balance bike. A balance bike is free from any cables, chains, sprockets, pedals or protrusions that can harm your child.
And a balance bike is steady, stable and safe.  At the first feeling of instability, your child will instinctively place both feet securely on the ground.  So there are no "tricycle tip-overs" or "training-wheel wobbles" that stir-up a fear, hesitancy, or dislike of bike riding.
A balance bike’s lightweight design and low centre of gravity make it easy to maneuver and control, giving your child a safe and secure feeling.  
The bottom line:  A balance bike gives your child a safer and smarter bike riding experience.

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Source: Stridersports.com