You could try the Micro G-Bike. Basically it's by the same company as the very popular Micro Scooters. The great thing with it is the bike only has scooter sized wheels - so the frame is already really low to the ground (due to the tiny wheels). The other great thing with the G-Bike (I own www.littlenuttreetoys.co.uk and sell a lot of balance bikes both online and in our shop in Wilmslow) is that due to the small wheels they can't go very fast, meaning mum or dad have the ability to keep up. I had the G-Bike for my son but since then they have introduced it with a brake which I would always recommend. Also, bear in mind that at 2 years they will have lots of stamina (short bursts of energy) but not much in maintaining exercise - so, the G-Bike is also fantastic because it is light-weight. Definitely a consideration as you will probably end up carrying both your toddler and the bike!
Thank you all for your input, lots to think about. i think i need to go and actually try my ds on one just to make sure the height is right. Smokiejo- i live in Tarporley so i may well well pop into your shop and try some. Thank you all
I bought my son a strider bike from this site www.strider-rider.co.uk/ they have a Fb page also. My son loves is bike and he has not had it very long and already he is starting to balance. He is a very petite 2 year old and this bike doesnt need to be on the lowest setting for him. It is also really easy to adjust the seat height and the bikes are really light.
We bought my DS an islabike rothan just before his second birthday and, with the saddle adjusted down to the lowest height, he was riding easily within a week. He still loves it at almost 4. Fantastic bike and the resale price is really good too.
We got a Strider for my 2nd centile 2.5 year old DS and the seat wasn't on its lowest setting at that point. (Okay, so he's not actually using it properly yet, now 2y9m, but that's partly as he's not very confident physically in general.)