Best balance bike

(28 Posts)

For a small 3yo...needs to be not to heavy!

And under £40 preferably

grin

TIA

lljkk Thu 06-Dec-12 10:50:25

2nd hand on Ebay.
The prices will plummet after Christmas if you can wait that long.
Under £40 new you won't get pneumatic tyres.
You get what you pay for.

kateecass Thu 06-Dec-12 11:05:22

We had this for my DD. Fab bike she had it from about 2 years and could it still fits now (though she now has a big bike). Very light and has lasted brilliantly, we've just given it a paint job to hand to a cousin. Can't remember where we got it from..not amazon.

Decathlon have good cheap balance bikes too and just saw that Tesco direct has cheap BB

kateecass Thu 06-Dec-12 11:06:22

Sorry, forgot to say that bike works out about £60 with postage but you may find it cheaper elsewhere

Thanks, I know nothing about them! Am doing a friends xmas shopping for her and this is what she wants fr her DD and tod me to choose...would help if I knew what I was doing though wink

Katee, my computer is being a pain and I can't open links...can I ask what the brand etc is so I can search it this end

thank you!!

kateecass Thu 06-Dec-12 11:19:33

bike*star 25.4cm (10 Inch) Kids Learner Balance Beginner Run Bike Sport - Lilac & White
We had pink and white..beautiful bike. Balance bikes are fab. DD could learned to ride with pedals at 3 and 3/4 and was doing 6+ mile bike rides by the time she was 4!!

Was it this one Katee?

Is 10-inch ok size wise? she's 3 but easily in age 2 clothes size wise? a 12 inch normal bike was recommended to me for her age

Argh!!

Thank you!!!

kateecass Thu 06-Dec-12 12:35:40

That one is exactly what she had.. that one has got 12 inch wheels. DD had it from about 2.5 until 4 years. She hadn't outgrown it. Seat is very adjustable. Our DD is a shorty. We did loads of research at the time. It's in kitchen if you need me to do any measuring!!

Thank you Katee!! That looks like the one to go for!!

If anyone can find it for under £50inc delivery...I would be beyond grateful!!

kateecass Thu 06-Dec-12 13:40:26

Hope she likes it. I'm sad DD has grown out of it. DD is a bit sad hers is going!

Ok, £60 has been vetoed!

Needs to be £40 at the absolute most...neither if us have time to pick up from eBay so will have to be. A new one!

Maranello Thu 06-Dec-12 16:05:57

Have you checked the mumsnet reviews?

Here

Any thoughts on the [[ http://m.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Bikes-and-Rideons/Balance-Bikes/12-Seven-Balance-Bike/0093796?searchPosition=1 seven balance bike]]

Will check reviews on mn to! Thanks all!!

DD has one of these and it is great.

COCKadoodledooo Thu 06-Dec-12 17:51:57

We bought ds2 an Early Rider wooden balance bike for his 2nd birthday. Really light, lovely looking bike that's very adjustable and will easily fit him until he can ride a proper bike. Think it'll be above budget though unless you get a second hand one.
Just wanted to say though that if you're looking at less than £40 wooden ones are probably best avoided. Nursery bought a couple and they were trashed inside a fortnight.

Small child here has one of these (although not in that particular, hideous, shade of pink!
I know not wooden, but they're well constructed and stand up to a spot of hard labour (aka being dropped and left around the place a lot).

right, absolutrlyu have to order one tomorrow for hr and I'm still none the wiser!

I really do like the look of the Chicco one, but will it be to big for a pretty small 3yo?!

TIA!!!

snapacrile Mon 10-Dec-12 23:41:07

We've got ds1 one of these

It hasn't arrived yet so cant confirm what it's like, DS1 is nearly 3 but small for his age so hope it's the right size

Thanks Snap!

Are foam tyres ok or should I be looking for proper tyres iygwim?!

ARGH!!

TIA!

Ok!

It's between these two now

The Kettler Speedy

or

The Chicco bullet

she's 3 but a titch!

lljkk Tue 11-Dec-12 13:16:54

Chicco, definitely, it's 2.1 kg lighter! That';s massive difference.
The Kettler comes with a hand brake but she might never get hang of that anyway.

kateecass Tue 11-Dec-12 13:49:47

Chico looks fine for a small 3 year old . first couple of reviews say its fine for a 2 year old and too small for a 4 year old

Ok chicco it is!! I didn't even think of the weight being an issue!! Idiot!

Thanks all!!!

Spirael Tue 11-Dec-12 15:16:59

We've bought DD this one for Christmas. She's not had it yet though, so I can't comment how good it is-!

Strider

I don't know who the UK retailers are but google them

Got one for ds2s second birthday and it's been used every single day since and is still pristine.

Its maneuverable, lightweight, gorgeous colours, really adjustable and it is the best money I've ever spent on the kids without a shadow of a doubt.

Should have said, he's almost 4 now and the saddle is nowhere near the highest it can go

Sadly strider is to pricey...it has to be 40 bucks tops!

SummerLightning Wed 12-Dec-12 10:24:22

Dunno if you have bought yet but saw one of the kettlers at my sons nursery just now. Took liberty of picking it up to judge weight- feels really light. Looks good for price to me. I would be tempted to go for that one. (we have an islabikes one which I have had to carry many times so I know their usual weight)
Suspect you've gone for other one by now but just in case and for others who may read (am sure other one will be nice too)

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