Looking for a toddler bike? or what about a balance bike? Do you have a little one that needs a bicycle or trying to learn to ride without training wheels?
Bicycles are a long time favorite gift at any age, but when the kids were little we always gave them a toddler bicycle.
I think we’ve given a bike just about every year. With 4 kids that continually grow, we are always buying bikes!
If you are in the market – check out this round-up of best toddler bikes and best balance bikes for kids.
Best Toddler Balance Bikes
Which balance bike is best? We have gone thru the reviews to help determine the balance bikes for toddlers.
I first learned about toddler balance bikes from a parenting group I am apart of. Time and time again, when anyone mentioned learning to ride a bike, the balance bicycle was mentioned.
Balance Bike Age to Ride
Wondering what age to start using a balance bike? We started our boys at 2 years old. This will vary per child. Most bikes are around 12 inches, so typically suitable for 2-5 years old.
Each of our 4 kids has learned to ride their bikes without training wheels at different ages. Our second child used a balance bike and was able to transition to no training wheels very quickly! Here are the best rated balance bikes for toddlers.
Toddlers Balance Bike – Kazam V2E
The balance bike, Kazam is one of the most popular balance bikes and best rated. In part, it’s popularity stems from it’s debut on Shark Tank. What seperates the Kazama balance bike from the others, is the ONLY balance bike with an easy step-in patented FOOTREST design. The Footrest is the natural place where the pedals go.
Classic Run Balance Bike for Kids
The Classic Run balance bike for kids sets up in seconds. There are only 5 pieces. It is as light as a feather, maintenance free and no air filling required!
Kinder Feets Chalkboard Balance Bike Wooden
The Kinderfeets is designed by a Dutch designer living in California. He originally made this bike for his son because what he wanted was not available.
So what makes the Kinderfeets Balance Bike different than the other wooden balance bikes? The Kinderfeets Balance Bike is painted with a chalkboard finish to allow your child to customize their bike. Not only is this a balance bike but it can be your child’s work of art!
All Kinderfeets Bikes are handmade with wood from fast growing birch trees. They are also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This well designed, eco-friendly balance bike is made for toddlers as young as 2 years of age and will grow with your child with a simple adjustment of the seat. It has a footrest strategically positioned where pedals would normally be.
It has an adjustable, washable, cushioned seat and a low step through frame to accommodate the youngest balance bike rider. This wood balance bike also comes with no air no maintenance biodegradable tires. (Age 2 & up) and has great reviews!
Prince Lionheart Wooden Balance Bike
The Prince Lionheart wood balance bike teaches young children to riding, steering and coordination. It is a great transition from ride on toys.
The frame is made up of 100% birch wood with a height adjustable seat and solid rubber handgrips. The tires are made of 12” rubber. This requires adult assembly.
Inspire mobility and freedom with the Strider balance bike. This balance bicycle is designed to focus on a simple goal – learning and improving balance. These skills will help your toddler in learning to ride a bike.
This Strider balance bike offers a simple, safe and easy way to naturally transition toward a pedal bike.
Our family loves to ride together. We finally are at the point where the entire family can go out for a ride together.
If you are looking for a more old school approach to teaching kids to ride their bikes, here are toddler bikes with training wheels.
Give your child’s spidey senses a workout with this 16-inch Spider-Man 4 themed BMX bike. Our youngest has this bike and absolutely love it. It’s the perfect gift for the spidey fan!
This was the best first bike for 3 year old, at least it was for our fourth son. We already had a balance bike, and at Christmas this was a perfect for under the tree.
Built for stability and comfort, the bike boasts such features as a heavy-duty steel frame, rear coaster and hand brakes for sure stopping, pneumatic 12-inch knobby tires for extra traction, a padded seat for maximum comfort, and a fully enclosed chain guard for safety. More significantly, the bike is ideal for bicyclists-in-training thanks to its set of secure training wheels. and your child will love the variety of Spider-Man 4 decals and graphics, which are dispersed throughout the bike.
Schwinn Boys’ 12-Inch Grit Bike
The Schwinn 12“ toddler bike for boys. Grit is an ideal bike for the beginner rider, equipped with a parent push handle that actually steers the bike while the child learns how to steer and pedal.
This push handle easily is removed when the child learns how to ride alone. I love this as the boys have outgrown the push tricycle and the Little Tikes convertible so when we go on walks, this will be great!
Wide street tires make the bike very stable and gives a comfortable ride. The fully enclosed chain guard keeps the child clean and safe. Heavy duty training wheels for stability and a quick release saddle adjustment for growing children.
Front and rear fenders keep the road grit off the rider. Includes a water bottle and cage mounted on the push bar. (12 Inch Bike)
Radio Flyer Radio Flyer Classic Red Cruiser
Your child will love learning to ride on his Classic Red 12 inch Cruiser. The bike features classic style, like the one you loved as a kid! With 12 inch wheels, the bike is the perfect size for beginners.
And who doesn’t love Radio Flyer?
It comes with removable training wheels and a coaster brake, which is easier to use for young riders. The sturdy steel construction, padded adjustable seat, and rubber air tires ensures your child will be able to use his bike for years. It also comes with a real ringing bell for even more fun. (12 inch toddler bicycle)
Hot Wheels Bike
Bright colors that will sure to please your little one! Coaster Brake, Rev’in Rev Grip, Deluxe Paint, Hot Wheels Decals, Handlebar Pad
Tony Hawk Boys Bike
Tony Hawk fans? Perhaps the dad’s! This bicycle is 14″ and a great yellow color.
Disney Toddler Bike
Our boys love Disney Cars. This Disney Cars bike for toddlers is 12 inch. It is red with distressed black in color, rear coaster brakes, padded seat and crossbar, removable Disney Cars race ready tire case, Cars grips and tires featuring racing flames and training wheels.
How did your child learn to ride a bike? Did you use a balance bike? Leave a comment and let us know!
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Mom to 4 kids, Molly Thornberg aka Digital Mom is the blogger-in-chief here at digitalmomblog.com. She likes to keep it real, overshares on her personal Insta-stories, tries her best to show grace and always appreciates a funny meme. Molly appreciates the unique things in life, and is a Ennegagram 7w8.