7 Benefits to Riding a Balance Bike
What is a balance bike?
It is a training bike that focuses on balance and steering to build the rider’s ability and confidence for a smooth transition to bike riding.
7 Benefits to Balance Bikes
You only have to buy one bike, instead of a tricycle and then a 12” bike.
Your child can ride solo at 2 years old. I’m talking, I can go for a run while my 2 year old rides his bike a mile. That and, he can ride his own bike with a back pack to the pool with his two older siblings, while I push the baby and 12 bags of crap that we need. Hello energy exertion method!
Increased body awareness and core strength ability: To ride a balance bike, your child will start by walking it, then running with the bike. She will eventually be able to run or push with her feet and lift them, using her body to keep the bike balanced. This builds a strong core and body awareness. Watching my kids learn, fall, and fail until they were able to balance, turn, and not fall was hard at first, but it didn’t take long! I feel as though it helped them perform better in their other sports as well!
Balance bike riders are confident. Like I mentioned above, my training wheel-to-2 wheel riding child is still weary of falling and she is almost 7. My 4 year old jumps curbs and rides with no hands already. The confidence he exudes is immeasurable.
(That tiny speck out front? yep, that's my 2 year old.)
There is less chance of injury. Without pedals, toddlers can safely use their feet to control the speed and to stop the bike. Some balance bikes come with hand breaks, but we haven’t needed them.
Balance Bikers ride 2-wheel pedal bikes younger and easier than training wheel bikers.
Your child gains independence. Instead of acting out and testing all the boundaries with you, having the ability to jump on his own bike and ride just like the big kids is a HUGE step of independence.