Sunday, 23 January 2011

Balance bike

Pictures taken on 23 January 2011 | Isaac @ 3 years 5 months 
Isaac and his balance bike! We'd heard from a friend of ours who bought a balance bike similar to this one, for his son. The bike set him back a good $350 though. That's a hefty sum to pay indeed. We went down to the store several times, but each time we came away without buying it as we just couldn't justify paying so much for a children's bike.

So when we found this other supplier which was selling this for $199, we thought it was a steal! We immediately bought it! Isaac took to it very quickly, as it's pretty intuitive to ride this bike. You simply use your feet to push against the ground, propelling yourself forward. And if you should feel like you're going to fall, your legs automatically reach for the ground. This is the easiest and most natural way to learn how to ride a bike - for, essentially, you learn to balance. Once you've got the balancing down pat, learning to pedal is not an issue at all.

The height is adjustable so it'd be suitable for as young as 2+ to 5 or 6 years old (depending on how tall the kid is). It look really fun and we've had people ask us if there are bikes like that big enough for adults. I don't blame them, sometimes I wish I could ride Isaac's balance bike too!

If anyone's interested, we're a retailer for this as well, details here.

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