Friday, June 14, 2013

Learning to Ride a Bike With a Balance Bike - Review of the Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike

How did you learn how to ride a bike?

I remember my father running with me down our sidewalk, holding my bike balanced until I finally was able to balance on my own. I can still remember the thrill when my father let go and I was pedaling away all by myself on my Green Schwinn bicycle. I was about 5 years old when the training wheels came off for good.

My son had a bicycle with training wheels, and I did the same thing my father did with me: I ran beside him, trying to teach him balance, until I knew I could let go. He was about 5 years old, too.

This time around, I bought my daughter a balance bicycle a.k.a. "run bike". Allegedly a balance bicycle helps a child better learn how to balance and steer a bike - the most important skills to know when it comes to riding a bike. (Pedaling is a no-brainer if you have these two skills down pat). A balance bike has no pedals and no training wheels. My daughter was never really interested in riding her tricycle but she loves her balance bike. She puts on her bike helmet and scoots down the sidewalk. She has indeed developed great balancing skills, and I believe that in a few months, when she gains a bit more practice, bike coordination, (and perhaps and inch in size!), she'll be ready for the a small, standard children's bike. 

A balance bike needs to be small enough so the child can walk the bike while sitting comfortably in the seat. I bought my daughter the Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike, a smaller, lighter balance bike, and it's worked out wonderfully. Some of the wooden and European balance bike models are incredibly expensive, while the Chicco Red Bullet cost me less than $50 on Her 12-year-old brother was able to put it together in less than a half hour. The handlebars and seat are adjustable. It's also very lightweight, so I can easily pick it up and pop it in the trunk to bring to the park or wherever. 

We've had a couple of skinned knees, but I chalk that up to being part of the learning to ride a bike and childhood summer experience. 

There goes my daughter, age three, down the street, faster than a speeding bullet on her red bullet balance bike!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the balance bike. All opinions are my own!
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