WHAT IS A BALANCE BIKE?
A balance bike is a bicycle without pedals or chain and is the best means of learning to ride. Instead of pedalling, the rider propels him or herself by kicking themselves along, taking big 'strides'.
In the moments between strides, when both feet are off the ground, the rider is balancing!
Because of this focus on balance and control, the rider learns the key skills of cycling before making the leap to a bike with pedals and, in much less time.
Balance Biking - a parent's guide
The balance bike has to be one of the great (re) inventions of the 21st century. They have transformed how children go about learning to ride a bike.
But how do you get your child balance biking like a pro?
WHY BALANCE BIKE?
GROWING BALANCE BIKES
Our PINTO and SKØG bikes start life as super-lightweight balance bikes, and our KAPĒL and HÜTTO models can be fitted with our Balance Bike Kit.
After mastering Balance Mode and fitting the PowerPack, the bike is transformed to a pedal bike and the transition to pedalling is seamless.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
If your child is a little older or taller then our KAPĒL or HÜTTO bikes, fitted with the Balance Bike Kit, are great solutions. We'd always recommend learning to balance bike instead of using stabilisers and many children who have struggled making the leap from stabilisers to pedalling stabiliser-free have conquered cycling after using these models in balance bike mode.
By contrast, leaning on a balance bike teaches the child to balance the bike properly, and automatically, as they naturally progress from walking the bike along, to gliding, as they learn the wonderful art of balancing a bike. It's also the safest way to learn, as the key to safe riding is to learn well, learn early, on the right size bike, and learn the instinctive “quick-draw” foot to floor reaction that having learnt on a balance bikes gives your child.
This is because the bike they learn to balance on is the same bike they learn to pedal on, with all the contact points in the same place and the brakes working in the same way. So, rather than having to become accustomed to a whole new bike with different handling, all the rider has to learn is the motion of pedalling.