Updated December 30, 2022
Many of us recall learning to ride a bike during childhood. For the longest time a status quo existed. First a child would ride a tricycle to learn how to pedal. The next step was moving into a bike with training wheels. Once mastered the training wheels would be removed and two wheeled transportation would begin.
Great in theory, less great in practice. The biggest challenge for a child is not learning to pedal and move in a forward direction, it is balancing on two wheels.
Introducing the balance bike. Two wheels, no pedals, and a ton of fun for your child. These have been gaining in popularity for good reason. Children are more naturally able to learn to balance and coast on a balance bike, then can move straight to a bicycle. No training wheels required.
Numerous choices exist but if taking on a gravel trail some things should be kept in mind. The bike needs to be light, comfortable, and have adequate tires to withstand the elements. Cheap foam tires are definitely out and heavy steel will guarantee a disgruntled toddler behind you on the trail.
Some of our current favorites include:
Schwinn Balance Bike
The Schwinn Balance Bike is a budget friendly option that has a 4 star rating on Amazon. This bike comes with pneumatic tires and a durable steel frame. While heavy, most 3+ year olds will have no problem riding short distances on this bike.
COOGHI Balance Bike
Cooghi’s bike is another budget friendly option, yet packs some unique features such as a one peace magnesium alloy frame that will come in handy on longer rides.
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