“Look Mom, no pedals……..wheeeeee!” What’s that, no pedals? The neatest new bikes for little ones learning to ride are balance bikes. TykeRider believes that balance is the key to learning how to ride a bicycle so they have created a balance bike that does not have pedals or training wheels. Designed for ages 2-5, TykeRider balance bikes allow children to rest their feet firmly on the ground and start by slowly walking the bike. Once the child feels comfortable then they will begin to glide and the fun begins. More importantly, the child is learning important balance skills which are necessary to master riding a pedal bike.
My children are ages 3, 4 and 6 and my younger two love their Early Rider™ balance bike from TykeRider. The Early Rider™ is ideal for my three year old son who constantly asks to practice riding. Even though my four year old daughter already rides a pedal bike without training wheels she still enjoys gliding around on her little brother’s balance bike too.
The first thing that my husband and I noticed about the balance bike is that it is more lightweight and less cumbersome than our children’s traditional bike with training wheels. With very little necessary for set-up (it took my husband only a few minutes to get the bike from box to ready to ride) my children were ready to head outside to practice. We were extremely impressed with the natural beauty of the birch wood (which is also an environmentally friendly choice) used to create the frame and the embroidered faux leather seat. My husband also pointed out to me that the pneumatic tires with aluminum rims were of exceptional quality that would be expected to last for a long time. My children love the chopper style (Jacob calls it his motorcycle) complete with flame and logo details.
Additional features include:
- Adjustable Seat and Reach
- Notched fork ends for easy assembly
- Restricted and Unrestricted steering settings
- Water & weather proof marine-grade ply
Jacob was a bit timid at first when learning to ride his balance bike and would walk slowly along behind his brother and sister who were riding. We observed that he was really concentrating on maintaining his balance and if he started to get overwhelmed he would simply put his feet down for a minute and then try again. After a few hours, we noticed he was moving much faster as he pushed himself along at a quicker pace. Before we knew it he was doing mini-glides and you should have seen the look of confidence and pride on his little face! Several days of practice later he was gliding along like a “pro” and having a blast. Yes, there were a few spills but instead of crying he wanted to get up right away and keep going. I had the confidence of knowing that he was protected by the TykeRider “Little Nutty” Bike Helmet. This adorable “Watermelon” style helmet gave us a giggle but in all seriousness was the most impressive safety helmet that we have ever used (and we have gone through a lot of helmets over the years). In fact, my husband told me to purchase a TykeRider helmet for all three of our children because he likes the fit and features so much. The interior provides full surrounding protection for his entire head and it has an EPS shock absorbing lining. The helmet complies with CPSC & CE EN 1078 Multi Sport Safety Standards. Jacob reported that it was “comfortable and my head does not get all sweaty” which is attributed to the eleven vent design, quick release buckle and proper fit from the easy to use Spin-Dial Fit System. I love that it fits his head exactly and will grow with him from 18-20.5”.
TykeRider is a leader in the balance bike industry because they are committed to designing only top notch bikes and helmets. The award winning balance bike styles are suitable for a range of young children including the Early Rider™, Wishbone (you have to check out this neat 3-n-1 tricycle) and the LIKEaBIKE Jumper that my four year old has his eye on. You can view the entire selection of TykeRider Balance Bikes and helmets by visiting the website.
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product. Thanks to Family Review Network for this opportunity.*