Balance bikes have started to show up in more and more places lately. Parents are starting to support the development of balance in their children before the learning process of pedaling begins. If you are still uncertain about why you should pick a balance bike instead of a bike with training wheels check out our article covering the Top 10 Reasons Balance Bikes are Better!
Now that balance bikes are starting to become more popular, some parents have begun to start stripping the pedals and training wheels from a regular kid’s bicycle, creating a version of a balance bike. Although this might initially sound like a promising option for some, there are some serious shortcomings when it comes to using a bike designed for use with training wheels instead of using one that was created with the purpose of teaching balance to your child.
The typical children’s bicycle that is created to be used with training wheels is a little heavier than your average balance bike. Glide Bikes’ bicycles have lightweight frames that allow your children to have more control over the bike and enable them to feel more comfortable when turning and gliding. Glide Bikes’ balance bikes are designed for use by children as young as 18 months old and many of these children would have difficulty managing the heavier children’s bicycle.
By offering your children a Glide Bike instead of an altered children’s bike, you can be assured that it was designed to fit the needs and size of your child for the purpose of creating a fun and easy bike learning experience. Kids are having so much fun gliding they don’t even realize they are learning balance. If you are unsure of what size Glide Bike your child might need please reference our sizing chart.
When your child first gets on a balance bike your child should easily be able to power the bike with their feet on the ground. If you buy your child a properly fitting children’s bike it is unlikely that your child will be able to reach the floor with ease resulting in them, “walking the bike,” instead of gliding. Balance bikes are created to be low to the ground, creating the ideal platform for children to begin gliding with their bike, instead of just walking it.
Glide Bikes and our patented slow speed geometry allow for bikes to balance at slow speeds. This allows for even cautious learners to begin gaining confidence quickly by being able to balance on a bike that makes it easy for them to experiment with proper balance and bike manipulation.
Children’s bikes, unfortunately, do not come standard with this type of design. This can cause easy frustration with children who are trying to grasp balance on a bike for the first time. This frustration sometimes even leads to a postponement of your child’s desire and ambition to learn how to ride at all. The last thing you want is your child refusing to even try because of a bad experience.