Scott Contessa Walker 2015 Kids Balance Bike £65 was £109 @ Evans Cycles
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Scott Contessa Walker 2015 Kids Balance Bike £65 was £109 @ Evans Cycles

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Isn't it easier to fit a child's bike with stabilizers for £6-£12, rather than buy a bike which is going to be useless once they learn to balance as it hasn't got pedals? And, it is potentially lethal as there are no brakes!

Useless Junk. A normal bike with stabiliser will do the job.

the whole point of a balance bike is it teaches kids to handle a bike without stabilisers, I'm surprised there's such animosity for them. That said I'm not sure how hot the price is vs alternatives, but it is still a nice saving off rrp

CharlieBravo

the whole point of a balance bike is it teaches kids to handle a bike … the whole point of a balance bike is it teaches kids to handle a bike without stabilisers, I'm surprised there's such animosity for them. That said I'm not sure how hot the price is vs alternatives, but it is still a nice saving off rrp


But when they can balance, it's useless for further progress. And it's easier to balance if the bike is moving which can it can only continue to do if you have pedals.
And I do think the point of no brakes makes it potentially lethal. Would you buy any bike for a child with no brakes?
With stabilizers, they can be raised as the child gains confidence.
Ok, it's cheaper than it was, so should be voted hot.
Actually, sorry i'm not going to vote it hot as I think it's dangerous.
Edited by: "jasee" 31st Aug 2016

jasee

But when they can balance, it's useless for further progress. And it's … But when they can balance, it's useless for further progress. And it's easier to balance if the bike is moving which can it can only continue to do if you have pedals. And I do think the point of no brakes makes it potentially lethal. Would you buy any bike for a child with no brakes?With stabilizers, they can be raised as the child gains confidence.Ok, it's cheaper than it was, so should be voted hot.Actually, sorry i'm not going to vote it hot as I think it's dangerous.



​without peddles, speed isn't an issue on sensible inclines, but you are of course entitled to your views. There's a lot of expert support for balance bikes, and they are available with brakes too. Smaller children struggle with modulation, so their brakes are off or on...this can lead to offs and lockups, so using their feet isn't as terrible an idea as it may seem.

It's nice to see deals on here that get folk outdoors with their kids

Balance bikes are brilliant. They teach the concept of riding and usually the kids absolutely love them. To call that useless is a bit stupid. Also, the lack of brakes shouldn't matter if it's used in an appropriate environment, i.e. flat.

itsgun4u

Useless Junk. A normal bike with stabiliser will do the job.



​Silly comment!
Stabilisers are an awful way of teaching kids to ride bikes. Sure, they seem to work but balance bikes are a much better option.

Most kids, when learning to ride a bike, don't have a problem with pedalling. Give them any form of stabilisers bike and they'll be able to pedal no problem. When you take the stabilisers away they have a big problem with balance. Balance is the main part of learning to ride a bike.
With a balance bike they have already learnt how to balance on their bikes resulting in the transition to a normal bike much easier. It also gives them more confidence as they can move without wobbling everywhere and falling a lot.

It is also helps them to judge where their limits of balance are.

M0RPH

Balance bikes are brilliant. They teach the concept of riding and usually … Balance bikes are brilliant. They teach the concept of riding and usually the kids absolutely love them. To call that useless is a bit stupid. Also, the lack of brakes shouldn't matter if it's used in an appropriate environment, i.e. flat.



​Mm, some of these comments make me think that they're gonna send their kids down Monte Zoncolan!!!!

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jasee

Isn't it easier to fit a child's bike with stabilizers for £6-£12, rather … Isn't it easier to fit a child's bike with stabilizers for £6-£12, rather than buy a bike which is going to be useless once they learn to balance as it hasn't got pedals? And, it is potentially lethal as there are no brakes!



All my kids had balance bikes, they loved them and still have races around the house now and again - oldest kid is nearly 9.

chrisjmcqueen

All my kids had balance bikes, they loved them and still have races … All my kids had balance bikes, they loved them and still have races around the house now and again - oldest kid is nearly 9.


Don't they have bikes now?

There is a place for balance bikes and I do think they are great as a first attempt on a bike. However after a few shots and whizzing round for an hour or so they can have the balance right and then its time to move onto a real bike with pedals. I wouldnt buy a balance bike as it could be useless within such a short time. My son liked to use this at the weekly playgroup we went along to when he was younger.
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