Which is the best bike to give my little kid?
This is a big question for many parents, especially when the little one sees his/her elder siblings riding real bikes and start asking one for him/her. There are many parents who believe that providing a small bike with training wheels will do; and why shouldn’t it be? There are many kids who use them on a regular basis. It will help your little one to learn balancing as well, right? Well, even if it is difficult for you to believe, the concept is absolutely wrong. Let me explain how giving a small regular bike does more harm than good.
Remember when you were a kid and started to understand how to ride a bike?
Well, you might not remember every aspect of it, but even if you remember a bit of how you felt you will probably recall, trying to understand how to coordinate your leg movement, hand movement and eyes movement, all the while trying to maintain the balance on two wheels (considering that you were using a regular bike to learn riding). The same happens to your kid. The regular bikes have pedals and brakes, all the more confusing for a small kid. The next major problem is the height. However short you might make it, it will never be short enough for your kid to put their feet on the ground while riding.
The above problems are compounded by the presence of pedals, bike outweighing the kid, and small wheels having lower gyroscopic stability. On top of it all, training wheels do not “train”. All they do is create obstruction to the learning curve. To weed out these issues balance bikes for toddlers were introduced. The best balance bike will be the one which will facilitate the kid’s transition from running with the bike to actually riding it like a pro. [Read more…]