The balance bike trend
THE BALANCE BIKE TREND
Why do we keep hearing more and more about balance bikes? What’s so special about them? What makes them better than training bikes? In this article, you’ll learn why balance bikes are becoming so popular. We’ll try to answer all the important questions. Let’s go on a ride…
LONG STORY SHORT
The idea of a bike with no pedals is much older than you may think. Its history began in 19th century – in 1817. It was then that a German inventor Karl Drais came up with the adult version of a no-pedal bicycle. Decades later, the German Bicycle Club began advising parents to remove pedals from their childrens’ bike rather than attach training wheels. The reason? To teach the kids how to keep balance in an effective and problem-free way, of course. The experiment turned out to be a success and the kids were able to move on to regular bikes much more quickly. What’s more, they felt so confident on their balance bikes that their parents didn’t need to follow them with sticks, because they were no longer needed.
BALANCE BIKE – HEALTHY FUN
Balance bikes let kids learn while having fun. It turns out that walking on their bikes followed by riding them helps kids develop physically and mentally. Doctors agree that riding a bike, especially a balance bike, is an important element in the intellectual development of a child. Why? Alternating movements performed while riding positively influence correct synchronization of the cerebral hemispheres. Let’s not forget that outdoors activities are also very important, and riding a balance bike helps make those fun for your kids.
A QUICK „MOVE” TO A REGULAR BIKE
Riding balance bikes is a natural way of teaching children to be confident while keeping their balance, change direction, and brake. Children who use balance bikes are quicker to move on to regular bikes with wheels than those who use training bikes. Increasing the confidence of little cyclists is also crucial when it comes to other areas of emotional and motor skill development.
TWO-YEAR-OLDS LOVE BALANCE BIKES
Balance bikes are more likely to appeal to toddlers than regular training bicycles. Thousands of parents agree that even two-year-olds walk on their balance bikes and later move on to riding them. Why is that? Above all, a balance bike is the most intuitive way to learn riding a bike, step by step – literally and figuratively. It’s simple design means that the child can focus on one activity and learn to ride at their own pace – in the literal sense of the word.