- STW parents – balance bikes
The Decathlon one is really surprisingly good. Also has a brake with the handle designed for small hands. £40 My 20mo loves it. It comes in pink, white or bluePosted 4 years agorobarnoldMember
We bought a Spesh Hotwalk for my lad when he was under 2 but he didn’t get on with it. It was too big and heavy so we got rid and then got him a Haro 10inch version for his second birthday which he got on with like a house on fire. He’s now getting a 12 inch wheel Hotrock for this Christmas aged nearly 3.
I think we were a bit early with the Spesh in terms of his inclinations for riding it, strength and height. Fortunately we didn’t push it and it didn’t effect him once he got on the smaller one. Worth thinking about.
I think brakes are not necessary, no strength in their hands at that age and their feet are down anyway.Posted 4 years agodrlabooleSubscriber
I bought my first daugther an earlyride wood bike for her first birthday.
She only really started using it when she was three (this summer)!
I bought a second one for my second daugther, she’s 18 month. Her feet touch the ground but not enough for her to use it on her own… too bad for my back.
Back to the bike. It’s made of wood, which looks nice. You can tune the seat height. The tires are real ones. It’s a bit expensive.
There’s no brakes; on one occasion I think it would have been useful, but most of the times, using their feet is ok.
Decathlon make cheap balance bikes with a brake on the back. They don’t look as cool though
Hope that helpsPosted 4 years agostAn-Bad Brains MBCMember
Grandson loved his Early Rider, especially the skate park and local singletrack – he turned 4 a few weeks ago and got his first pedal bike. [Second hand black framed bike that Grandad turned into a Batman bike ]Posted 4 years ago
First attempt he fell off when he stopped – second attempt, after telling him to remember to put his feet down when he stopped, he was off.mrblobbyMember
As no one has mentioned it yet… I got Blobby Jr a Strider bike. Nice bit of kit and if you feel the need you can add a brake and pneumatic wheels later as your kid gets bigger (but by then they’d probably be ready for a pedal bilke.) There’s a lot of height adjustment on the saddle and the handlebars so will last a while, and I think it’s got the lowest standover of any of the bikes. It’s also nice and light. And it’s a pretty decent price too.Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
we got one of these pukys
at 18months probably another 6 months before he got into it tho
loves it now, only problem is hes taken to racing it the length of the house before breakfast
Posted 4 years agocrankboyMember
We got the zooom for 20 quid off eBay it seems well built has a functional brake and crankbrat at 25 months and 3 foot tall loves sitting on it while I wreck my back bending over to hold his hands on the bars and push him round the street. In his gang of street mates is a three year old who loves it and can use it propperly everyone else in the gang loves it too but the next up is 4 or 5 and just stopped using stableisers on her own bike.
The most popular toys are the scooters and a yellow dumped truck trike which has a front wheel pedal so introduces the idea of pedaling.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Specialized Hotwalk. Only because it comes in the same paintjob as grownup Specializeds, so looks cool. And you can get matching helmets 🙂
It’s actually very well made though, frame made the same way as big bikes so is really very solid. Compared to the Pukys we looked at which had stuff like fork dropouts made by squashing the ends of the tubes flat. You can also do bar spins on it, no cables 🙂 Rolls very well which may be a positive or negative, especially if you have hills.
18mo is a bit young though – kid 1 never got the hang of it, kid 2 only just has at 2.Posted 4 years agoScamperMember
There was a thread about this a few weeks ago, and after reading went for a Strider for our 2 yr old birthday. He is pretty small for his age, but enough adjustment for him. Seems a nice bit of kit and light – comes in Cotic green too to match my Bfe 😀
On ebay the latest ones they seem to go for around £45 second hand plus postage.Posted 4 years ago
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