The biggest challenge for a child when trying to ride a bicycle is maintaining their balance, so a balance bike is a great way to help speed up their coordination skills, grow their confidence, get them active, and prepare them for riding a traditional bike.
At HipKids, we have an awesome range of wooden balance bikes, kids trikes and super practical 2-in-1 balance bikes & trikes.
Our wooden balance bikes not only look great, but they also come with a bonus wooden bike stand and detachable canvas carry bag. Our bikes are the coolest and most practical kids' bicycle on the Australian market today.
We also stock 12" kids bikes with training wheels. These 12" bikes come with a handy wicker basket so your little one can transport their favourite toys.
To find the most appropriate bike & kids trikes for your child, we suggest measuring their inner leg from crotch to heel and comparing this with our minimum seat heights. Their inner leg should be within 2-3cms of the minimum seat height for them to be able to reach the ground at the lowest seat setting.
Learning how to ride a bike is an integral part of growing up.
That said, children aren't born ready to take on your average two-wheeler. It'll take a little bit of practice before your child can take on their first "big-kid bike". So, how do you prepare them?
That's where a kids balance bike comes in.
A balance bike gives your child the chance to experience all the fun of riding a bike, without having to master the art of peddling.
On top of that, these easy-to-ride bikes can also help develop your child's motor skills and sense of balance.
If you're interested in finding a balance bike for your child but aren't sure where to start, we've got you covered.
Here's your complete guide on how to find the perfect balance bike for your budding bikers.
What are the two most important parts of learning to ride a kids push bike?
Balance and peddling.
Tricycles and training wheels allow kids stability, even while they're not moving, which gives them the chance to practice working the peddles. While this method can work, it ignores the far more risky side of biking: gravity.
A balance bike has a seat, like conventional bikes, but it doesn't have any peddles. To move, kids need to push themselves forward with their own feet — a bit like riding a scooter.
Rather than peddling, this method focuses mainly on teaching children about speed and its effect on your ability to balance.
On a two-wheeled balance bike, if you stop moving, your bike will tip over. At the same time, if you pick up enough speed, you can glide without having to touch your feet to the ground at all.
On top of learning how to balance themselves, a balance bike will also teach your child how to steer.
Now that you know how a balance bike can benefit your child, it's time to go over how to choose the right bike to suit their needs.
All children are different. So, the right balance bike for one child may not be suitable for another. Which is why it is vital that before you buy just any bicycle, you take the time to consider your child's needs.
Here are a few factors you should think about when trying to choose the right balance bike for your children.
The first thing you need to think about when choosing a steel or wooden balance bike or trike for your child is whether they'll be able to use it.
If you have a toddler who has not quite mastered the art of walking or running, a regular two-wheeled balance bike might be too much for them to handle.
Alternatively, a four-year-old who's more than capable of running around on their own won't have much interest in riding a tricycle.
If you aren't sure which style would work, or if you're concerned about your child outgrowing their bike, we have a few more versatile options.
If your child's balance bike is too heavy for them to push around, odds are they won't be able to have much fun with it.
As a general rule, you don't want to buy a balance bike for your toddler to be more than 30% of your child's weight. For example, if your child weighs about 15 kg, a 7 kg bike would be too heavy. But, a 4 kg bike would work quite well.
Keep in mind that your child is going to continue to grow. So, while weight can make a difference in your initial purchase, even if your child's bike is a little heavy, they'll likely grow into it in no time.
When it comes to picking out a balance bike, there's one measurement you'll have to consider above all others: seat height.
If your child's seat is too high, they won't be able to touch the ground properly to push and stop themselves.
At the same time, if their seat is too low, they may have trouble keeping their feet off the ground, and lose the ability to glide and balance.
So choosing the right size of balance bike or pedal bikes is very important.
So, how do you decide which height is right for your child?
Measuring your child's overall height is vital for tracking their growth. But, that's not the measurement you need. Before picking out your child's balance bike, you'll need to measure their inseam.
You'll need to keep in mind that your child is going to keep growing. So, on top of finding a bike that will fit your kid now, you'll also want to make sure you pick one they'll still be able to ride next year.
Many of our balance bikes come with fully adjustable seats. So, your child will be able to keep riding comfortably for a couple of years.
Bike itself aside, there are a few other things you may want to think about before you make your final decision.
First, you'll want to think about what kind of material you would like for your child's bike.
Aside from affecting the weight of the bike, the material is also a matter of preference. Children can be very particular about favourite colours, textures, and materials. Try to choose a bike that suits our child's preferences.
On top of that, you'll also want to consider what kind of extras you would like to add to your child's balance bike. A bell, while being fun for a child to ring, it can serve as a necessary safety feature.
And, a basket can give your child the ability to cart around their favourite playthings while keeping their hands free for steering.
Learning to ride a bike is an essential part of childhood.
That said, it takes a little bit of practice before kids are ready to hit the pavement on a regular two-wheeler.
Balance bikes are the perfect way to help your child improve their motor skills and learn balance.
By using this guide and checking out our selection of balance bikes, you'll be able to find the perfect on to suit your child's needs in no time. And don't forget to get them a helmet to go with it!
Are you ready to get shopping?
We believe we have the best range of balance bikes in Australia so if your researching balance bikes or bicycle for kids, feel free to contact us for more information or visit the rest of our site to place an order today.
Our range includes children bikes & trikes for kids aged 18 months & up.
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