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Bike present for a 2.5yo

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monkeysmama Sat 11-Dec-10 09:39:45

We want to get dd a bike for Christmas but I am not sure what to go for. I like the look and idea of the Like a Bikes but dp wants to go for a more traditional bike with stabilisers. Any thoughts?

BigTillyMincepie Sat 11-Dec-10 09:42:00

Well DS had a teeny bike with stabilisers at 3.5 and we took them off at 3 - depends how quickyl you think he will learn. How coordinated is he?

biglips Sat 11-Dec-10 09:43:53

bigtilly - you mean he had a bike at 3 and you took the stabilisers off at 3.5? grin

monkeysmama Sat 11-Dec-10 09:44:20

At 2.5 do you mean? She is pretty coordinated. I think she will learn quickly. I like the Like a Bikes but don't want to spend a fortune if she'll want / need one with wheels in a few months iyswim. Thank you.

maxybrown Sat 11-Dec-10 10:15:07

don't all bikes need wheels grin

cazzybabs Sat 11-Dec-10 10:22:02

We had a like- a-bike - dd2 learnt to ride quicker than dd1 (who didn't). Then we didn't use stablisers when dd2 needed a "proper" bike. It was totally worth it

fairimum Sat 11-Dec-10 10:23:42

we have got dd a strider bike! she is 2 years 8 months

Tikkabillajive Sat 11-Dec-10 11:12:36

We got ds a Likeabike Jumper in the summer when he was 2 1/2 and it is the best thing we have ever bought. I'm hoping he'll be riding on it for a good while yet, at least until he is 4. It looks like so much fun!

BigTillyMincepie Sat 11-Dec-10 11:20:57

biglips no, he got his sisters old bike at 2.5 and when he had just turned 3 he demanded we take the stabilisers off so he could ride around with all the other kids (at GPs caravan site!) and he promptly rode round on it including at least 1/2 mile round the lake with us.

If you think she is confident with her physical skills, get her a proper bike with stabilisers and you can take them off as soon as.

DaftApeth Sat 11-Dec-10 11:36:05

Most of the dcs I know who had a bike with stabilisers took a lot longer to learn to balance without stabilisers than those who had a balance bike first.

Dd had a Puky balance bike and the range of adjustment on the saddle and handle bars was fab, so it lasted for years. As soon as she started on a bike with pedals, she was away first time.

If you do go down the balance bike route, I woud get one with brakes so that they learn how to use them - they can build up quite a speed!

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