Do you have a child that is in the beginning stages of learning how to ride a bike? If so, you need to take a look at a balance bike. What is a balance bike? It’s a regular bike that has the pedals removed. These bikes are intended for children 3 years old or older. Sometimes trying to learn how to balance and peddle at the same time can be too much for a little one. Last year Logan received a Boot Scoot Balance Bike to learn how to ride a bike. He has enjoyed the balance bike…and know that he can balance it’s time to make the move to a “real bike.” Balance Bike Trainer sent Logan a Jeep 14″ Bike…in YELLOW, Logan’s favorite color.
The 14″ Jeep is rugged & ready for Logan to travel on our rocky terrain! Living in the mountains you need good traction, and these tires have amazing tread! This bike is fully loaded with a real suspension fork, a CPSC full wrap chain charge and coaster brake plus front hand brake ensure safety is always a top priority. BONUS for new riders: it includes Training Wheels!
The bike arrived the day after his birthday… but that didn’t stop Logan from wanting to open his present right away! He knew the gift was for him… and when we pulled out yellow pieces he got super excited!
Logan knew what it was as soon as he saw the wheels! And YELLOW…happy dance! “Oh Yellow! My favorite color! I love it! Can I ride it?” Needless to say we couldn’t get the bike together fast enough for this wild 4 year old.
I had Daddy put this one together (since I put the Balance Bike together all by myself). It took my husband about an hour to put the bike together. Partly because Logan kept taking parts and running around the house withe them. He had a little difficulty with the training wheel on the right side. The other challenge was the hand brake. Note for ALL MEN: Read the directions! Yes, my husband was trying to just put it together. In the end, he did read the directions.
As soon as the bike was together, my husband moved the cars out of the driveway and away we went! The bike is slightly large for him (but I wanted to get him the 14″ instead of the 12″ that way we wouldn’t have to buy a new bike next year). He can reach the pedals easily… but he needs to stand on his tippy toes to touch the ground. Not a huge deal. He is short like his mommy.
The main trick in teaching Logan how to ride the bike with pedals was getting him to push the pedal all the way around. He kept wanted to rock the bike back and forth, but that didn’t work since it has rear brakes in addition to the hand brake. Each time he pushed the pedal back the bike froze. So what I did was grab his feet and helped him push through. After a few lengths of the driveway I let him do it on his own. It’s going to take some practice, but he will be riding in no time!