Balance Bike

cmm7

New member
I want to get a balance bike for A. She just turned 4, is 38" tall, and wears size 3T pants (though 4 doesn't looks ridiculously big, so I'm sure she will be moving up soon). Coordination is an issue and she is low tone so I want to make sure I get a good one that lets her succeed.

I am hoping to spend around $60 (or less), but if there is a SUPER AWESOME one for more that is recommended I could go higher. I have a Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, and small bike shop near me. I also have Prime so could order from there.

Thanks!
 
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Persimmon

Active member
I don't have any experience with this bike, but the Trikke Bikee Balance Bike is on Woot today for $40. It got good reviews on Amazon. DS used a Strider. We loved it--$$ though. He is NT, but the main benefits he seemed to gain from the balance bike were being able to easily put his feet on the ground so he could gradually learn to balance and the low weight. I have heard of people just taking the pedals off a regular bike, but for a child with low tone my uneducated guess would be that she would be better off on something lighter. If your DD get any services like PT, her therapist might have some advice.
 

cmm7

New member
Thanks! I will look it up and see if I can find some reviews.

Sadly, she doesn't get PT or OT. Not my kiddo or I would have pushed for it for sure. I do agree that a lighter bike is better for her.

Thanks again!
 

tanusscott22

New member
I strongly suggest the Strider Balance/Pre Bike. I have a small home day care and I have 4 of these bikes. They have been though 13 kids so far in the 4 years I've owned them and several of my day care parents have bought one after seeing their child ride at my home. They are less than 7 pounds and my children could maneuver, turn, and pick/carry the bike by 18 months to 2 years old. It has the lowest seat height on the market so if you have a short legged little or very young child, you are good to go. It also has a higher seat you can buy for about $15 to allow your taller 4 and 5 year olds to ride. My oldest son spent the summer of age 2, 3, and 4 on his Strider bike and learned to ride a two wheel bike with no training wheels in about 10 minutes just before he turned 5. He could have made the transition the summer before but he wasn't tall enough to reach the ground on the 16" pedal bike. I've also tried taking the pedals off a regular 12" bike and it doesn't compare at all to a Strider. Not even in the same ball park. Watch ebay or Amazon for a good deal. I got all 4 of mine for between $60 and $70. The day care kids are already asking me to get the bikes out of the garage and the snow hasn't even melted her in Northern Wisconsin yet! Best of luck!
 

BookMama

Moderator
I agree with a Strider. We bought DD2 one for Christmas when she was a little over 2YO. It's lightweight and easy to maneuver, and it fit her for a long time. The first summer, she mostly just toddled while sitting on it. The second summer (so, she was 3.5), she was zooming all over the place. The third summer (she was 4.5), it still fit her well but she quit riding it - because she was riding a regular two-wheeler with pedals!

I only wish I had discovered Strider with my first instead of my third :)
 

cmm7

New member
Whoops. Sorry I never updated! I had been hunting Craigslist and I found a Haro for $50. To top it off the seller was coming to my city that weekend for a meeting, so she even delivered it! A has tried it out a few times in my tiny apartment and seems to be able to maneuver it ok. Once all our stupid snow melts we will be able to try it outside.

I am still stalking CL for a Strider and can always sell the Haro if one pops up.
 

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