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Best balance bike
on 27 April 2015
This is the best balance bike we have found and the price cannot be beaten, it was clearly designed and produced by a bike manufacturer for chicco. It is very lightweight (important for confidence in the beginning and for tricks later) since it is not made of steal (like most of the others) and all the parts are sized down. We have had one for 2 years now and another one for 1 year, they are used everyday, indoor and outdoor, with mud, gravel, rain, sand, the wheels still turn perfectly (the bearings are very good) and you can still see the pattern on the EVA tire (this was the main concern regarding durability). The paint is only chipped in one place on the older bike (probably from the bikes hitting each other on the almost daily car trips). The seat is confortable (not like some plastic ones of others), the handlebar being higher gave our then almost 3 year old the most comfortable riding position of the bikes we tried, and the grips are soft.
The bikes are now used by a almost 5 year old and a tall 3 year old, there is a "safety" recommendation that will you will have to ignore on the seat, we did for almost a year with the oldest and nothing bad happened, and she jumps, goes down curbs and plays in the skate park with it. What we have now is the strider long seatpost, that I recommend for 4 year olds. The handlebar can actually be adjusted to one of the highest positions you will find with 10" and 12" balance bikes (we have checked everywhere because we are looking for a bigger bike with pneumatic tires, and only the 14" ones are taller).
The only problem we have is that they refuse to ride pedal bikes, since these are much heavier, they pedal very well on their tricycles but refuse to pedal on the 10" and 14" pedal bicycles they have (much more difficult to control and keep balanced). But they have a lot of fun on the balance bikes, including in terrains I am sure they wouldn't be able to pedal on, and we have to run to keep up with their speed, so for now I don't think they are missing anything.