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Toddler Bikes - any recommendations for a 2 year old?

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lynniep Sat 17-Oct-09 15:36:19

DS is 2.7 and tall. He can't ride a bike yet as he hasnt quite got the 'round and round' motion, but he's getting there! He currently has a trike (the kind with the parent handle) but the pedals just seem to be in the wrong place for him to push properly.

I just know grandma is going to ask what he wants for xmas soon, so I thought we'd suggest getting him a bike. (I'd just get something off ebay - but she likes to get him shiny new things and who am I to argue!!)

Probably a 10" with stabilisers is best. They have quite a few in Argos/Halfords etc but I thought I'd get some mn advice first grin

He'd probably love a 'character' bike best but to be honest he'd likely to be super excited about any bike.

I just wondered if anyone had any recommedations?

Nothing over £60 - but £40 would be better.

thanks in advance!

CarGirl Sat 17-Oct-09 15:37:17

I'd get him a balance bike and once he's mastered that he can go straight onto a proper bike.

overmydeadbody Sat 17-Oct-09 15:38:16

He needs a bike without pedals, once he has mastered using one of these he can move on to a proper bike without the need for stabalisers at all.

Pleae don;t waste your money on cheap character bikes, they are not good quality.

Have a look at the Ridgebacks.

overmydeadbody Sat 17-Oct-09 15:39:45

Ridgeback Scoot

I am sure you can find a second hand one.

I cannot recommend Ridgebacks enough. They are superb.

MrsJiggle86 Sat 17-Oct-09 15:42:19

Thomas the tank engine do a 10inch bike smile

overmydeadbody Sat 17-Oct-09 15:43:39

Balance bikes teach littlies how to balance and steer a proper two wheeled bike, stabalisers just slow down this lerning process so if you can avoid them completely it is much better.

lynniep Sat 17-Oct-09 15:44:34

I'm getting the message about balance bikes wink

PictureThis Sat 17-Oct-09 15:45:46

We have got DD (2.7) a balance bike for christmas. We got it from here

overmydeadbody Sat 17-Oct-09 15:46:22

When you say he is tall, hoe tall is he exactly?

A 10" bike may be too small for him anyway, you might be better going straight for a 14" one if you don;t like the balance bikes.

PictureThis Sat 17-Oct-09 15:47:00

Obviously you may want to check out the alternative colours smile

lynniep Sat 17-Oct-09 15:48:02

I'm not sure exactly how tall he is - just taller than all of his peers - I need to go wake him up now so I'll measure him!

overmydeadbody Sat 17-Oct-09 15:53:30

I really 10" will be too small. It is actually very hard to learn to ride a bike if it is too small for you, so make sure you get the right size!

I will see if I can find some size guidance on the internet for you...

overmydeadbody Sat 17-Oct-09 15:58:50

I like the wooden balance bikes too

lynniep Sat 17-Oct-09 16:00:15

He's about 99 cm

lynniep Sat 17-Oct-09 16:03:12

thanks for the help omdb!

overmydeadbody Sat 17-Oct-09 16:03:12


So let's say he's a metre tall grin

overmydeadbody Sat 17-Oct-09 16:05:26

So he is the height of an average 4 yr old.

Definately go for a 12" or 14" bike.

lynniep Sat 17-Oct-09 16:10:31

that helps lots - cheers - will go do some googling now smile

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