Learning how to ride a bicycle is an important rite of passage – it’s all a part of growing up. But before getting rid of those training wheels, there’s now another step to help little ones progress from walking to cycling.
Balancing bikes are training bicycles that are especially designed to help children acquire balancing and steering skills. These bikes have no pedals, no crankset and chain, and no training wheels, and are small enough for kids to walk the bicycle while sitting with both feet flat on the ground.
For the ultimate in these “tikes” (toddler bikes), look no further than FirstBIKE.
The balancing bikes on offer at FirstBIKE are serious business! Engineered in Germany and fused with so many features, it’s hard to believe this machine is made for toddlers. To name but a few distinctive features, all bikes have a hand brake and rear drum brake to ensure gentle and controlled braking. The high-tech frame is made of 30% glass fibre reinforced nylon composite that does not scratch, splinter, swell or rust like the more traditional materials of wood and metal. This also means that the frame is a flexible shock-absorber that protects your child’s spine. Additionally, there is a steering limiter that prevents the handlebar from fully rotating. This helps to develop confidence in the rider and ensures a smoother ride. With such priority for safety, you can rest easy knowing that your child is in the hands of FirstBIKE, the safest in its category in terms of supporting a child’s physical development.
The FirstBIKE range covers models for different purposes and riders. For kindergarteners only riding enclosed spaces or indoors, the BASIC model will do perfectly. For riding around the urban jungle of concrete and dirt, the STREET model has the ideal air tires. Top of the range however, are the LIMITED models, which come in limited edition colours and with a pair of world-renowned Schwalbe Big Apple tires for maximum traction on any surface. All bikes can be adjusted as your child grows, and are thus fit to be lifelong companions.
I wish my parents had heard of balancing bikes when I was young. It may well have saved me from a good few cuts, bruises and tears during my more than clumsy learning process.
To choose your own FirstBIKE for your little treasure, see the full range here.