Balance bikes are a great training aid that can have a significant impact on the development of your child, teaching them to balance and steer. They are also superior to alternative products that are designed to achieve the same goals, such as tricycles and training wheels. Due to the impact they can have, it’s not surprising that they have been the subject of some significant hype in recent years. But why are balance bikes considered the best option?

4 BIG Ways in Which Balance Bikes Can Benefit Your Little Ones and Your Pocket Book

Children absolutely love riding bikes, but before you can let them loose on one, they first need to learn some basic core skills and that’s where balance bikes come in. Here are four of the main ways in which they are beneficial to kids:

  1. They Are Safe – Safety is one of the primary concerns of any parent and this is one area in which balance bikes excel when compared to the competition. There are no pedals for the child to get caught up in or become distracted by; they can focus all of their attention on developing their ability to balance. The rider picks up momentum by running while sitting on the balance bike and then coasts along while holding their feet off the ground. The rider’s feet are never far from the ground so the risk of tipping over is minimized. The main reason why children fall over on a bike is due to a lack of balance, so investing in a balance bike now can prevent a lot of cuts and bruises when they eventually graduate to a pedal bike.
  2. Long Term Savings – If you are undecided over whether to purchase a balance bike for your child, it’s probably because you’re not sure whether it’s an investment you really need to make. However, this is a common misconception as parents that purchase balance bikes often end up saving in the long term. Those that buy tricycles still have to buy a full learner’s bike later on. Even those that opt to buy a 30 cm bike right away often end up buying a larger model soon after, as many 30cm models can only be used with training wheels.
  3. Faster Progression – There’s no doubt that children that utilize balance bikes generally progress to successfully riding a full bike unaided much quicker. Why? Because learning to balance on their own is the most challenging aspect of learning to ride a bike and it’s something that can’t be learned on a tricycle or with training wheels. We’ve seen children as young as 3 riding a full bike after graduating from a balance bike, whereas the average age is typically around 5 or 6.
  4. Encourages Outdoor Activity – Too often children stay indoors to play the latest video game or watch cartoons that never seem to end. Instead of having to plead with your children to get them to play outdoors, a balance bike will actually motivate them to get outside. Children like the challenge of learning to ride a bike and there’s an added bonus in that it’s good for their health too.

Kickboard Canada Inc. carries the Micro G-Bike+ Light balance bike, one of the lightest and most compact (and therefore transportable!) on the market. If you have any questions or you require any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at

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