What are Balance Bikes?

Many parents look forward to the day they can share their love of cycling with their children. They patiently wait until about their third birthday to invest in a tricycle or training wheels.

But what if there was a way to get your child riding sooner? This is where balance bicycles come into play. They’re relatively new to the cycling community and it’s a great way to get your kid on a bike, right by your side.

Young man walking by his little son in safety helmet and casualwear riding balance bicycle along wide road in park while enjoying chill at leisure
Rear view of young father running after his little son in safety helmet and casualwear while teaching him how to ride balance bicycle in park

What is a balance bike?

A balance bike, also known as a run bike, is a bicycle for kids to learn how to ride properly. They’re usually small in size and don’t have any foot pedals, chains, gear shifters, or freewheels — and children can start practicing around 1.5 years old.

Because balance bikes don’t have any pedals, children first focus on how to balance and steer — instead of pedal. This makes for an easier transition into independent cycling on a two-wheeler when the child is old enough.

Plus, parents can take their tikes on dirt trails because balance bikes are lightweight and don’t need a perfectly even surface to ride.

Little girl riding a tricycle

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