Best new balance bike
Can STW recommend me a balance bike for my nephew’s Christmas? He’s almost 2 and, as the cycling nut in our family, I feel it’s my duty to buy his first bike.
I’ll have to buy it new as I don’t think my sister in law will appreciate second hand stuff (otherwise I’d try to source an Islabike or equivalent on eBay/Gumtree) and it can’t be horribly expensive as I’m on maternity leave and haven’t been paid for a while.
Is the Decathlon balance bike worth getting? Or are there any others I should be considering? It may be passed down to my son in due course so I’d like to buy something relatively decent!Posted 2 months agohatterSubscriber
Put together one of the 2018 Zoom yesterday, they’ve come along a bit recently.
The only thing is that the loose ball hubs and headset benefit enormously from careful tensioning out of the box and some extra grease, they’re always over tightened and really draggy otherwise.
If you’re happy to sort this yourself then there won’t be a whole lot of difference performance wise between this and an Isla.
Or…. 2nd hand Frog/Isla/Early RiderPosted 2 months agoajantomMember
Is the Decathlon balance bike worth getting?
Done daughter no.1 sterling service for 2 years, and will soon be passed onto no.2.
Yes you could go a lot more expensive with a balance bike, but bear in mind they’ll take a fair beating, and for £40 you can’t really do better.Posted 2 months agodavosaurusrexSubscriber
We have a Firstbike which I suppose I should sell. It’s had 5 kids worth of use (3 of ours and it’s been loaned out) and it’s been fautless. Tool free saddle height adjustment and the rear axle lowering kit is really useful for starting out too
No involvement with the link above, just a good price from GooglingPosted 2 months agomark90Member
My lad has a Kokua Likeabike and has been getting on really well with it. Just transitioning to a pedal bike at the mo. It’s not cheap, bought ours second hand, but it’s well make with proper components and is so light (you will end up carrying it). And it has suspension 😀
Good enough for Jackson Goldstone https://vimeo.com/14568625Posted 2 months agostrangey13Subscriber
I’ve just got mine a Strider. Is second hand of fleabay but managed to find one in good condition but was collect only so only paid 20 quid (had to travel and hour each way). Nice and light with plenty of adjustment and feels plenty sturdy enough. A good clean and check over and it looks near enough new.Posted 2 months agoMtbRoutesSubscriber
We have a wooden Early Rider which was a big hit with both kids. Being wooden and light (relatively furniture-friendly) we are happy to have it lying around indoors, so it probably got more use than a chunkier metal one would have. My daughter especially loved doing circuits of the dining room table, and even though they’re both on pedal bikes now it regularly gets played with around the house.Posted 2 months agojoemmoMember
they do look great but for a balance bike it looks like the bars would be a bit high. When the kids really get into going as fast as possible they’ll really lean forward into the bars to get maximum leg push – these look like they’d restrict that full-gas legs pumping action. Not always a bad thing if you’ve seen your son stack and faceplant at full pelt trying to break the sound barrier 🙂Posted 2 months ago
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