I bought my eldest a likeabike when he was about 2 years old. He was riding a cnoc 14 on his 3rd birthday without stabilisers. My youngest was the same. It did its job perfectly and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
kids balance bikes: what a waste of money...
My Son was bought a Strider Prebike for his second birthday. I chose this because my sone has particularly short legs and this was one of the only ones that went so low (11 inches)
There arent many balance bikes that go that low let alone pedal bikes.
By 2 1/2 he was lifting his legs and freewheeling down slopes.
Agree totally with Daniel. Brilliant idea and a good head start
And the best bit about the Ridgeback Scoot is that you can 'upgrade' the rubbishy 'v' brake on the back to an old pair of your XT's and really show off to the other parents...
I'm not sure how I managed this though being 'afraid of a 15mm spanner'
jesus 'H' spice
what do the kids care as long as it makes them laugh ?
All these people on this thread no doubt willing to spend £k's on their own kit and bikes but not willing to invest a fraction of that on their children enjoying themselves
Indeed - had to think long and hard about paying £20 for some off-road tyres for mini-aracer's Cnoc, but didn't really hesitate at £50 to upgrade my old hardtail so I could ride proper off-road stuff with a kiddy seat!
Youngest has one of these:
She's had it since 2 and loves it (Nearly 3). Last weekend she had her first big crash on it - racing/rolling down a grass hill and ended up basically going over the bars in a big tank slapper. Scuffs and shock were mighty. Once she'd recovered she said she wanted to go back to the other hill as it wasn't quite as steep (not much in it).
Bless, I have a future DH rider!
The eldest didn't have a balance bike (she's 4) and whilst she enjoys the biking with stabilisers she does moan a bit when we're out ride playing that she can't off road as well as her sister...
Not sure there's much in it in terms of ability though - they both can balance on it fine, and the eldest has a good concept of pedalling and brakes now which is handy.
One thing I did do with stabilisers soon after she started riding was to raise them a few cm's off the road on both sides, so they stop her falling but do allow a degree of freedom in terms of balance. It's interesting to see how when she starts riding she's leaning but by the end of the play session she's balancing more and more.
Don't like pedal back brakes though (her bike has one), I'd prefer she had a proper brake and used that, but understand her little hands aren't (weren't) strong enough.
I'd prefer she had a proper brake and used that, but understand
her little hands aren't (weren't) strong enoughmost brakes on kids bikes are rubbish
FTFY - mine could easily lock up the brakes on his Cnoc when only 3.
Indeed, the ones on the Islabikes are perfect for little hands as the video I posted earlier shows.
our lad had a balance bike for his 2nd birthday, and then a proper bike at about 3. I took the pedals off it so he could get used to the new one, then just put the pedals on. He never had the stabilizers fitted, seemed like a step backwards to me. he was happily riding properly well before he was 4.
@M6TTF: That's what I did last weekend with my lad (3.5yo) pedals off first to get used to the new bike, 20 minutes later pedals back on, 10 minutes after that:
Super proud (and amazed) Dad.
Found this on you tube, my 2yr old likes watching it.
got my 2yo a alloy balance bike from tescos for £20 shes still a little short on it but swaped over the grips for pink and fitted a mirror and shes a happy bunny scoots around the house and when we get the chance to go out just need another 1/2" on the legs lol
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