Halfords Bike Balance Buddy £15.99 + 20% off = £12.79 ends Monday
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Halfords Bike Balance Buddy £15.99 + 20% off = £12.79 ends Monday

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Found 11th Apr 2015
The bike balance buddy is great at bridging the gap between stabilisers and cycling independently to boost confidence, give support and provide safety as well as being a back saviour!. This is the cheapest price I could find with the discount and fitted for free - although that might not happen everywhere as I was initially told I should have booked a fitting time) In two minutes today my cautious son was riding around the shop and in 20 he had managed 7 totally independent pedals. I am really impressed and hope this might be useful to other little cyclists now the sun is out and bikes are being dusted off!

BIKE BALANCE BUDDY

Learning to ride a bike without stabilisers is much safer with the Balance Buddy. Once attached to your child's bike you can be pilot for a while to help stabilise them while they get a feel for proper bike riding before they go it alone.

BIKE BALANCE BUDDY EXTRA INFO

Fits the most popular size bike axle (3/8" x 26tpi), as used on all Halfords bikes
Stabilise your child while they learn to ride a bike
Perfect confidence builder
Can be used as a training aid or a safety handle
Adjustable height means no bending or back ache
Quick and easy to fit
Designed to fit most single speed junior bikes
* Intervening prices may have been charged

23 Comments

Thanks, my nipper wants to learn to ride and is doing my head in!

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GoNz017

Thanks, my nipper wants to learn to ride and is doing my head in!



I looked at buying second hand on eBay initially. One listing said used twice, that's all it took to get cycling, the other said two weeks. I can well believe it based on our trial today and it made the practising a pleasure whereas up until now I have dreaded it! I hope it works for you!

Cheers, mine hits "Mardi mode" within seconds so it could take a while..

£14.99 at smyths toys

sherbolton

£14.99 at smyths toys


and?

Brilliant find op - didn't know these existed. Thanks;)

fab, after a week of breaking our backs this is just what we were looking for - reserved. will update my blog with our progress. thanks OP.

sherbolton

£14.99 at smyths toys


good to know thank you. as I don't need it yet

Don't forget an extra 10% off if you have bc membership.

Thought about one of these on Friday when I was teaching the youngest (4) to ride. We have tried before, but she did not have the balance.

After several hours of me leaning forward, holding the seat we now have it.

Start by pushing her, and her steering....

then..

Started by me pushing her with her feet down and her coasting to a stop...

then

Started by me pushing her and her pedalling a little..

then

Started by her pushing herself forward a little then pedalling..


Messed up a little, promised her a new "bike" once she can ride.....need to get bigger than 12" wheels as the brakes cant be pulled easily...needs a real bike and not rely into bumping into walls/tree/posts/grass to stop.

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Thanks for adding the Smyths toys price. I forgot to add it in my post. £14.99 was the next best price I could find so good for Tuesday onwards when the Halfords deal finishes - I don't know if Smyth's will fit it for you? That was my big bonus with Halfords - took the bike with us, they fitted it and off we went.

Thanksvery much for the heat, I am just glad if it helps a few little budding cyclists and their adult helper keep smiling and in one piece during the learning process!

£17.92 the cheapest on Amazon for comparison - mixed reviews because of fitting issues so that might make the Halfords deal even better if, like me, you are not confident at 'DIY'!! Thanks Geodogger for the tips.

thanks op reserved mine at my local store
good spot hot from me

brilliant. we used one of these only took 2 week and she didn't even need a push start.

Hamish402

I looked at buying second hand on eBay initially. One listing said used … I looked at buying second hand on eBay initially. One listing said used twice, that's all it took to get cycling, the other said two weeks. I can well believe it based on our trial today and it made the practising a pleasure whereas up until now I have dreaded it! I hope it works for you!


I am out of breath but returned with a happy child who managed a few seconds here and there balancing!

Get your child to the park. Put them on a gentle downwards slope and let them go. They will fall off numerous times (on the grass) it won't be from a great height and they won't really get hurt. Bumps are a reminder of what not to do. Don't make a fuss of it. Help them up and back on. If they are determined, they will do it. After an hour of falling off and mini tantrums my lad sat on his bike staring at the slope for around 5 minutes and then set off on a 150metre ride without falling.
Then did the same thing a few more times and soon managed to turn and ride back.
Hasn't looked back since and despite what ills he wished on me at the time, he now admits he was really happy when he finally did it as he wanted 'to shut me up.'

In short, save the money the back ache and the annoying habit stabilisers have of getting stuck in pavement cracks etc.
Happy biking.





Edited by: "Holte_ender" 13th Apr 2015

Original Poster

I am out of breath but returned with a happy child who managed a few seconds here and there balancing![/quote]


That's great GoNz017, so glad the post helped! My son went out with his Dad today and had a great time - his Dad was run ragged apparently! So pleased as my son has not wanted to cycle in the past and at 7 1/2 it's about time he cracked it!

Sadly Holte_ender ^^ your theory doesn't work with my ultra sensitive son - he doesn't 'bounce' very well and when he gets hurt or struggles too much with something he is put off for an age. He has been like this from the word go, not from making a fuss. Like most things, it depends on what works for you. This handle has certainly made a difference to us and my son is loving 'cycling' now. It's good to know what options there are as I don't think these are widely known about.
Edited by: "Hamish402" 12th Apr 2015

Spend your money on a balance bike (cheap one in Aldi is great!!!) and let them use that till they can stride out and ride slopes with their feet up - then they will be ready for a bike with pedals! No holding, they will just pedal off. Stabilisers will hinder all balance development and make it harder to learn to ride than a child who have never ridden a bike.

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Frabs

Spend your money on a balance bike (cheap one in Aldi is great!!!) and … Spend your money on a balance bike (cheap one in Aldi is great!!!) and let them use that till they can stride out and ride slopes with their feet up - then they will be ready for a bike with pedals! No holding, they will just pedal off. Stabilisers will hinder all balance development and make it harder to learn to ride than a child who have never ridden a bike.


Totally agree - balance bikes are fantastic. Found out about them way too late for my son. Tried taking the pedals off his normal bike but he was too cautious for it to work.

Not seen these before. Great idea. Reserved to pick up on Wednesday. Thanks very much op

Hamish402

Totally agree - balance bikes are fantastic. Found out about them way too … Totally agree - balance bikes are fantastic. Found out about them way too late for my son. Tried taking the pedals off his normal bike but he was too cautious for it to work.



seconded. Exact same pathway to cycling joy

Hubbie just raced over to our local Halfords to get one and they wouldn't honour the code, said online only...

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Thil

Hubbie just raced over to our local Halfords to get one and they wouldn't … Hubbie just raced over to our local Halfords to get one and they wouldn't honour the code, said online only...


If you reserve online to collect in store you will get the 20% off - if you do it tonight you should still get it at the offer price when you collect tomorrow. The 20% off ends tonight. Sorry I didn't know it was only online otherwise I would have put that in my original post.
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