Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Best Bikes for Improving Balance and Coordination

2015-2016 Best Balancing Bikes for Little Kids

Secret-telling time… I never learned how to ride a bike. Gasp! I was always afraid of falling. My childhood home had a gravel driveway, which would tear my knees to shreds when I tried riding a bike (and failed)—but instead of getting up, dusting off, and retrying…I quit.

Sad, I know.

However, it is for this reason that I totally encourage kiddos to snag a balance bike to improve their balance, coordination, and confidence before advancing to a bigger, more traditional bicycle.

The following three bikes are some of the best bikes for kids who want to learn how to balance, while gaining a stronger sense of self, before attempting to ride a classic bike.


Strider 12 Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike

Balance bikes are the new cool.

This one mimics the look and feel of a sports bike, meaning tougher tire treads, an adjustable seat, and foam grip handlebars with a cool number-one center sticker.

The smooth-rolling wheels are a little wider than usual, giving kids the chance to move fast without toppling over.

Of course, the brakes are their feet, and there are no pedals—perfect for practicing great balance and coordination.


Radio Flyer Glide and Go Balance Bike

Radio Flyer has been in the bike and wagons game for quite some time, but their new balance bike is one of the most top-notch gadgets that they have come up with thus far.

There are, of course, no pedals, and kiddos move forward by kicking off with their feet. They can adjust the seat and the handlebars to their liking, then get comfortable for a smooth-rolling ride at their own pace.

The all-terrain wheels have a rough-and-tumble tread on extra-wide, traction-friendly tires for a smoother glide-and-go experience.


Schwinn 12 Inch Balance Bike

Awesome in pink, green, red, or blue—this balance bike might be pedal-free, but all of the other elements of a traditional bicycle are present and accounted for.

The tires are classic and air-filled with smooth treads for easier, smoother rolling traction on flat terrain. Think sidewalks and garage pavement. The frame is comprised of strong steel for long-lasting durability—perhaps a bike that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

Over time, this balance bike will help kiddos improve upon their balance and coordination. When they are ready, youngsters can advance to a classic bicycle—maybe a Schwinn with the same features but with pedals.


Edited 18 November, 2015 - Adding this video below - more of a look at bikes for kiddos for 2015 and into 2016:

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