Well, firstly I was a bit hesitant about joining here, as I'm not a mum. But here I am anyway.
I didn't know a great deal about bikes to begin with, as I was the kid who wrote to Santa every year, asking for a bike & ended up with a Nintendo or clothes.
I have owned bikes though and I'm fully aware of the benefits.
Well, a few month ago the little lady was approaching her second birthday, as it's just 6 weeks after Xmas, it was difficult to find her something she didn't already have. I live in a home that resembles Hamley's Toy Shop & found myself wondering what her main present could be.
Being a bit of a 'Googler' I explored a bike & thought perhaps I was being too keen. But then discovered balance bikes, bikes for toddlers. I read thousands of pages on the web & watched countless videos: my mind was set, she could have a little bike.
Firstly I ordered a little pink one from Asda, it looked nice but the quality was poor and I could instantly tell. Then I read reviews, opinions, ratings and learnt more about balance bikes, which whittled the options down to just 2: the Jumper or the Rothan. Both are highly rated and equally recommended. I'd imagine you'd need to own both to determine which is best, which would be expensive, to say the least.
The Jumper is lighter, which seemed a plus as it must be more manageable to a nipper.
The Jumper has a quick release seat, that has definitely been a huge advantage. Particularly as the little mites tend to randomly grow an inch or 2 whilst your back is turned.
The Jumper can have a mudguard, I'm not bothered about mud, but I like her to dress girly in dresses & skirts & I guessed the mudguard would prevent snagging or ripping clothes, it has!
Did I make the right choice with the jumper? Hmm, well my little girl loves it, she can balance, she kisses it, she cuddles it, she's an adrenaline junkie & she won't leave the house without the bike. Appears to be a big thumbs up for the one whose opinion really matters.
She's clocked up dozens of miles already, she loves to whizz down the local subway with her feet up off the ground & passers by are generally astonished to see a baby-faced 2 year old, cruising on just 2 wheels. The more knowledgeable bikers stare in appreciation at her little bike. The polished aluminium, the big tyres, the suspension, the overall quality look of it - it's certainly a show stopper.
The suspension really does work, you see her little bum & back absorbing every bump she encounters. Whether it's necessary or not, I'll never know & I don't really care, she loves her bike and that's what counts.
Her bike had a faulty wheel, I was disappointed I'd have to send it back & wait for it to be fixed or replaced. It cost me £8.50 to send 1 wheel 'Next Day' the good folk at Likeabike replaced the wheel; posted it straight away & refunded postage. A brilliant service that offered little interruption to my little girl as she's gone to her mum's for a few days.
It would appear the resale value on these is very good, which she'll appreciate: being a budding entrepreneur. Initially I thought it can go towards her next bike, but in reality she'll get a pedal bike for her next birthday & sell this at a later date to buy herself something else. I'll be really sad to see it go, it's like part of our little family.
I'd certainly recommend this stunning little bike, it's ultra lightweight, of a very high quality & looks the business.
It is expensive, but it's an investment really. She's learning about the bike, balancing, road safety, keeping active, having fun & developing many other transferable skills & abilities she can use when not on the bike. It costs about £90 for a Peppa Pig or Thomas bike and they're fairly rubbish. You'd be lucky to get a tenner back for one of those, so I guess if she gets £90 back for this, she'll be happy putting all those pounds in her money box until she sees something she "needs."