It’s that time of year when kids are busy writing their gift lists for Santa. There’s a good chance that many of these lists will include a request for a bike. For very small children who can’t yet cycle, it can be difficult to choose a bike that will enable them to learn to ride safely. There was a time when kids got a small bike from Santa, and then stabilisers or training wheels were added to help them learn. Recently, many experts have said that stabilisers aren’t a good way for children to ride a bike, and instead, kids should learn to ride on a balance bike.
What is a balance bike?
Put simply, a balance bike is a bike with no pedals. Because balance and coordination are critical to learning to ride a bike, balance bikes focus on teaching these skills to children without the added complication of having to pedal. Children learn to balance on the bike while propelling themselves with their own feet.
What is the best balance bike to get for your child for Christmas?
There are quite a few balance bike brands available to buy in Ireland. The problem with most of them is that once the child has learned to ride, and is ready for pedals, the balance bike is basically obsolete. Having to buy a pedal bike so soon after investing in a balance bike means extra cost.
So what’s the alternative?
There is a unique, convertible Balance Bike, that was specially designed and assembled in Ireland. It was the brainchild of round-the-world cyclist Simon Evans, and has been winning rave reviews from many experts and bike reviewers around the world.
The bike is called the LittleBig Balance Bike and comes in various sizes.