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Transition to a Pedal Bike

1. Don't rush pedaling

Riding a balance bike is fun! Even if your child appears to be riding like a pro and has mastered the fundamentals of a balance bike, moving to a pedal bike too soon can derail progress and discourage your child. The weight of a pedal bike is significantly more (sometimes three to four times the weight of a balance bike), and handling that extra weight can be very difficult and frustrating to a child. Let them practice, play and perfect their balance and bike handling skills while having fun on their balance bike. Be confident that all time spent on a balance bike will only make them more proficient on a pedal bike the day they decide to transition.

2. Never ever use training wheels

Training wheels are not a solution to learning to rider bike since they don’t really train anything. When you child is learning to ride a bike with pedals, the most important skill they need to learn is balance. When you feel your child is ready to pedal, we recommend finding the simplest, lightest pedal bike possible. Try avoiding "bells and whistles" as they all add weight and distraction. We recommend that pedal bikes have a freewheel hub and a hand brake. Do not buy a bike for your child to "grow into". A bike that is too large won't fit properly, will be too heavy, potentially unsafe, and can ultimately discourage your child. With the seat at its lowest setting your child should be able to touch the ground flat footed.

3. Keep it fun

Putting kids on a pedal bike too soon will limit where they can go. It is much harder to ride a pedal bike on grass, dirt, or over obstacles than it is on a balance bike. Keep in mind how important fun and adventure are to a kid. A lightweight balance bike has a "fun factor" simply not available on a heavy pedal bike at a young age. We recommend having both the balance bike and the pedal bike available to the child so they can choose which they prefer on a given day. This overlap can last up to at least a year. At some point of the child's choosing, as they get taller, stronger, more skilled, and confident they will complete their transition to a pedal bike.


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Real bikes designed for kids 3+ years old who have mastered the fundamentals of a balance bike and are now ready for a real bike. Our selection of 14", 16" and 20" bikes will have your child easily transitioning from a balance to a pedal bike in no time.

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