My eldest at almost 11 years old still can’t ride a bike if it doesn’t have stabilisers. We tried to teach her but she gave up and insisted she didn’t want to learn. So we left it and didn’t push her. Back then I hadn’t heard of balance bikes – were they even around 6 years ago?
Bee has learnt how to ride a bike with stabilisers even though she is still a bit wobbly. But when we got the chance to try out the Chicco Pink Arrow balance bike from Kiddies Kingdom we decided it was worth checking out.
I have to admit when I first heard about balance bikes I was a bit sceptical. Bikes….without peddles?? What’s the point in those!? But I have heard friends and fellow bloggers rave about them so it did make me curious.
The benefits of balance bikes seem to be that they are simpler to use as they have no pedals and they are easy to control as they can only go as fast as the little one can make it go with their strength….with pedals it can get easy to get carried away and keep pedalling! They are also meant to help with balance, therefore making it easier to later learn to ride a bike with pedals and no stabilisers.
I personally loved this balance bike as it was so lightweight. The bike arrives in 2 separate parts but is very easy to put together. It literally took me less than 5 minutes.
Once it was all together there was no stopping Bee. She was whizzing around with it indoors and insisted on taking it with us when we went to the grandparents house….and then she was riding it around inside their house.
The real test though is when we took it out to the park.
The bike is for ages 3-5 years and Bee is now 4. I wasn’t sure if it would be too small for her but she seemed to manage on it OK. She was quite happy riding it around the park but I noticed she was often standing too. However I think that is more because she was still getting used to it. The steering is nice and light and the bike itself is also lightweight enough for Bee to pick up herself if she needs to.
Is a balance bike better than one with peddles and stabilisers?
I think I will reserve my judgement on that just yet. As it has been cold we haven’t got out as much as I would have liked with the balance bike. Bee does seem to love it and hasn’t asked for her other bike yet. And I know a lot of my friends have said they love these bikes and they have helped their children move straight on to bikes with pedals and no stabilisers. It will be interesting to see if later on she does easily transition to a ‘big’ bike.
The bike receives a big thumbs up from Bee. However that could just be because the bike is pink! But if you don’t like pink then the bike also comes in yellow and red.
Do your children have a balance bike? What do you think of them?
Read our review of the toddle bike which is also perfect to use before a balance bike.
Disclosure: We were sent a balance bike for the purposes of review. However all thoughts and opinions are our own.