We are a big fan of balance bikes and here’s why:
Balance bikes teach children how to ride a bike better at a younger age. A balance bike is a two-wheel bicycle designed for children 2 – 5 years of age that does not have pedals. Balance bikes are also known as running bikes, learner bikes, or training bikes. We prefer the term ‘balance bike’ because it highlights the key developmental benefit of the product.
I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with that statement from TykeRider (read more about balance bikes here). We put so much focus on pedaling, that we often forget that the hardest part of riding a bike is learning how to balance!
I’ve never been a fan of training wheels. They are loud and squeaky, and I’ve always felt like they held kids back from that free flying feeling you get when you just coast on a bike. The TykeRider bikes don’t have any pedals, so once your child learns balance, it’s just about coasting along to their hearts content!
We were able to review the Pink Early Rider Lite balance bike for my daughter Lizzie. She is just 2 years old and had not shown too much interest in riding a bike just yet. In fact, when the bike arrived, she was more excited about her new helmet (the Little Nutty Hula Lounge helmet) then her fun new wheels.
My husband put the bike together in less than 10 minutes. He said it was the easiest toy he’s ever put together for our kids and appreciated how the directions were clear and accurate.
Initially, Lizzie was pretty nervous on the bike. Her brother has a balance bike and I think she thought that she was going to be coasting along the moment she got on the bike (she didn’t remember how he too needed to learn balance way back when!). After awhile though, she really started getting into it!
Nowadays, Lizzie loves her balance bike. She isn’t quite at the coasting stage yet, but she’s getting there! She turns her nose up at traditional peddle bikes though. She’d much rather use her TykeRider balance bike!
About the Bike and Helmet
The Early Rider Lite from TykeRider is an incredibly well made balance bike.
Here are some of the features:
- Environmentally friendly, FSC-certified birch
- Water and weather proof marine-grade ply
- Weighs in at 7 lbs, tested for children up to 100 lbs
- Two levels of steering – Restricted and Unrestricted
- Adjustable seat and reach
- Pneumatic tires with aluminum rims
- Notched fork ends for quick assembly
- Branded flame and logo detail, tire hot patches
- Embroidered faux leather seat pad
I love the fact that the bike is sturdy enough that it can take some falls, but also small and light enough that it’s no big deal to throw it in the trunk of the car if we’re headed to the park. The design is great and the bike fits her well, even though she’s still a fairly little girl!
The helmet Lizzie has is the Little Nutty Hula Lounge Helmet. Okay, can I just gush over this helmet? First off it’s adorable! Secondly, there is a ton of strategic padding in the inside and it covers way more of her skull then traditional helmets do. There’s a padded area on the chin strap which helps make it more comfortable for her. I also love that there was a big sticker on the back when we received it that said “I love my brain”. It was a great chance to talk to our kids about the importance of helmets and what they are actually protecting!
We adore this helmet! In fact, I think we’re going to purchase Noah a helmet from TykeRider.com to replace his current one because Lizzie’s new helmet seems SO much better and safer.
Both the balance bike and helmet from TykeRider are made exceptionally well. The price is a bit steep ($160 for the bike and $45 for the helmet), but TykeRider has provided me with a discount code just for Family Friendly Frugality readers!
Use the discount code balance to get 15% off your purchase from tykerider.com! Shipping is free over $50.
Are you interested in winning a balance bike from TykeRider.com? Well you know what? Sure!
Let’s have a giveaway!
The prize: 1 Early Rider Lite Bike from TykeRider!
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