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Your balance bike recommendations please

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TinaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Apr-19 12:03:39

We're making plans to test and review balance bikes for toddlers and we'd love to know which ones you'd recommend.

If you've been impressed with a balance bike in the past two years, we'd love to hear about it. Your comments will help us to create a shortlist of bikes to test out and recommend to parents.

Also, if you have any tips on what to look out for when choosing a balance bike please share them on this thread. We'll include these comments in our buyer's guide



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IWantMyHatBack Tue 02-Apr-19 12:29:20


Lightweight, robust, and has a brake (unlike many others).

IWantMyHatBack Tue 02-Apr-19 12:30:00


Smellybluecheese Tue 02-Apr-19 12:30:45

Isla bikes. Very light and has a break. My very small 3 year old loved it and has progressed to riding a pedal bike smoothly.

Countrygirl38 Tue 02-Apr-19 12:39:49

I also totally recommend Isla bikes. They are fabulous.

FrankiesKnuckle Tue 02-Apr-19 12:40:23

Frog bike.

DreamInDreamer Tue 02-Apr-19 12:44:52

My son was about 9 and still couldn't ride his bike- no SEN, just a bit clumsy and not very daring! I got him the larger size Strider balance bike which is suitable for older/ taller children- up to about age 10?.
After months of wobbling ineffectually on a pedal bike, he got the balance bike within a couple of weeks and soon progressed to pedals. Went on quite quickly to pass 2 levels of Bikeability.
We've lent it to several friends in similar circumstances and are going to pass it on to a local school for children with physical and learning disabilities.

BasilWhoosh Tue 02-Apr-19 12:48:12

Isla bikes! They are designed perfectly for little hand and legs.

Haypanky Tue 02-Apr-19 12:52:48

Banana bike. Been really good for my daughter and now passing it on to my son. Good customer service too.

Pinklady1981 Tue 02-Apr-19 13:08:51

I purchased this Halfords balance bike last year. My son starting using it from the age of 2 1/2 years. He absolutely loves it and at an affordable price. It's light weight and he rides it everywhere. Personally I wanted a metal one so it would last. I didn't like the look of the wooden ones as they looked heavy and not very durable.

3boysandabump Tue 02-Apr-19 13:24:09

I also got the Indi balance bike from Halfords. Fantastic value for money and they can personalise it

BlackCatSleeping Tue 02-Apr-19 13:26:23

My kids used Striders. They are expensive but well worth the money.

Pascha Tue 02-Apr-19 13:26:34


It's ridiculously light and the saddle height drops lower than most others meaning small toddlers can stand comfortably over it. Ds2 just wasn't tall enough for lots of the bikes listed above so we were limited in choice but the Cruzee has been brilliant.

My advice would be to measure the child's inseam before you get a bike. The saddle height should be at least a cm higher than the inseam for a toddler to stand any chance of being comfortable riding it.

Slippershoes Tue 02-Apr-19 13:28:07

Apollo Wizzer has been great, also has a break.

YoureMyWifeNowDave Tue 02-Apr-19 13:34:23

My 2.8y DS has this one

He loves it!

TaurielTest Tue 02-Apr-19 13:43:39

My DS2 had a Puky (either an LRM or an LR1) which he loved, and transitioned to a pedal bike in a matter of minutes when the time came.

Brienneoftarthiloveyou Tue 02-Apr-19 13:52:07

Puky balance bikes are fantastic.

mummymummymummummum Tue 02-Apr-19 14:06:48

My husband did A LOT of research and we ended up with a Vitus Nippy. It's crazy light, under 2kg, which we decided was very important for us. Under £40 as well.

UnaOfStormhold Tue 02-Apr-19 14:26:41

Wishbone bikes are good - they start as a tricycle, then convert to a balance bike (with two height configurations). We've had three good years of use and a really smooth transition to a pedal bike.

Doublechocolatetiffin Tue 02-Apr-19 14:48:46

We have a littlebig bike which seems good so far, not had it long though. We bought it because it transitions from balance bike to pedal bike to bigger pedal bike so should last for many years.

TiddleTaddleTat Tue 02-Apr-19 15:01:23

Pmk. I'm looking for recommendations for larger balance bikes for a 5 yr old who needs one around the 105cm+ height range. Eyeing up the ridgeback scoot XL but other recommendations welcome.

tinofbeans Tue 02-Apr-19 15:12:31

Strider bikes :-)

Niceteeth Tue 02-Apr-19 15:16:03

Another vote for the Vitus Nippy. Really light and easy to ride and to carry for my small 3 year old. He really whizzes about on it!

FlaviaAlbia Tue 02-Apr-19 15:17:26

The Cruzee is amazing, so light and has an additional seat post for when the children grow.

DreamInDreamer Tue 02-Apr-19 15:17:41

See my PP about Strider balance bikes for older kids

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