What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Sun 17/Apr/16 2:59pm

Hi team,

So it's my little niece's 2nd birthday in June and I wanna get her a bike to learn on.
From what I've gathered there are a few options:

a) Generic wooden balance bike (cheap, probably poor quality),
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b) A strider bike like this. (Can still be used as the kid grows)
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c) Convertible bike like a strider but can chuck on a drivetrain as they get good.
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She's quite a tiny toddler so I'm leaning more towards a regular strider.
They've got one on the way so would be nice for it to last for a while and not be too gender specific.
Any other features to look out for?


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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby shmoodiver on Sun 17/Apr/16 3:37pm

b
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Sun 17/Apr/16 3:48pm

I gave my niece option A at two years old, seemed to go down well.

Still looks strong enough that we can inherit it back in a year or two.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Sun 17/Apr/16 3:56pm

shmoodiver wrote:b


I notice this has a seatstay while others don't.
Would it get in the way of their feet to rest on the chainstay for coasting?
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby scatter on Sun 17/Apr/16 4:52pm

a)

but get a good one like a Mocka.
Got one for number one neph when he was two. He rode it til he was four, then handed it on to number two neph.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Spokes on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:17pm

Needs Tripplz for mad hucks to flat.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby dragon_style on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:22pm

I'll preface this by saying I've done work for Wishbone so like their products objectively, but probably with some bias.

I don't think there are any very good convertible running to pedalling bikes out there, some of it is to do with the number of compromises (there are all sorts of legal issues when you go from running bike to pedal bike) and some is just to do with the generally crappy attempts.

A wooden running bike from a reasonable source is pretty much the same as any other, I don't think two year olds are so hung up on head tube angle and tyre thread pattern. The Wishbone is really good for lasting (in our case) from 10 months (with three wheels) through to about 4 years old (and older if you don't get them onto pedal bikes). You are probably past the three wheel starting point for this child but it's a benefit for the next. Our Wishbone has been through our two kids and is now with a niece and still going strong.

The aluminium Specialized running bikes are pretty cool and lead nicely into their pedal bikes. I would guess the aluminium ones on that style are all fairly similar and the Torpedo7 one would be fine. The footrests on the Specialized ones are quite good based on a friend's child having one and seeing him and my kids use it.

As has been said, preferably don't buy anything too cheap - as a rule of thumb divide the price you are paying by five and think about whether a good thing could be made for that amount of money. Better materials (the glue in the plywood and the rubber the tyres are made of in particular) cost a bit more and that is amplified in the final price.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Philthy on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:34pm

Two more options, but a bit more expensive:

FirstBike is a German brand I think. It's a balance bike that's adjustable down to a smaller size than the others, and can have a hand-operated rear brake. It's composite so light and strong, and can be left in rain ( which wooden ones aren't so fond of). Has been good for my diminutive daredevil daughter.

Croozee (might have the spelling wrong) is even lighter (crazy light), which is important for little wee critters, so much easier to pick up and manoeuvre.

Failing that, either a or b would be sweet.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Philthy on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:40pm

Initially I was pretty stoked on the idea of the wishbone but found it was way too big for our daughter, especially in trike mode. She had been given one of those cheap red-and-yellow plastic trikes and she would shred hard on that but couldn't get on well with the wishbone. She did enjoy her cousin's mocka.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:41pm

I've gotten my sister to do an inseam measurement and she's only 28cm.
I noticed the bikes only go down to 32cm so I might have to wait til xmas now.
Or this Mocka Mini Urban.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby AgrAde on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:43pm

Don't put the poor girl on that plebian shit.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:48pm

Nah bro you want one of these

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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby AgrAde on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:52pm

Looks like it was made from left over vacuum cleaner parts.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby Astoria Paranoia on Sun 17/Apr/16 7:56pm

But it's plastic, like your bike.
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Re: What Balance Bike To Gift?

Postby AgrAde on Sun 17/Apr/16 8:06pm

My bike is ex-plastic glued together with plastic. It's different.
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