Yvolution Y Velo Junior Toddler Balance Bike | 9" Training Bicycle With Dual Rear Wheels | For Kids Age 18 Months - 3 Years
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Hornit, creators of the Airo balance bike we have on test, says “Brakes are a divisive issue” and claims brakes are alien to younger (18-month to three-year-old) riders. This certainly makes sense, and my daughter never once asked how to stop her bike. Using her feet to slow was very intuitive. The Hotwalk Carbon saddle nose tilts down while most other balance bikes’ tilt up. It also has a neat handle built into the underside of the saddle for when the adult is left carrying the bike. As the child’s confidence and balance progress, they will naturally start pushing faster and exploring further. This is great for their confidence and fitness. Without the limitation of stabilisers, the child can also develop their cornering skill, learning to lean and shift their weight as the bike moves beneath them.
It also has 10″ wheels as opposed to 12″ wheels that most balance bikes have. While this lends to the small size and ideal design for very young toddlers, it becomes a hindrance once kids are 2 or 3. Smaller wheels roll slower and have a harder time making it up and over obstacles. Solid foam or plastic tyres offer many benefits, including being puncture-proof, lightweight, cheaper than pneumatic tyres, and the fact they require low or zero maintenance, Specifically, due to the lower cost, foam tyres are often found on lower-priced bikes. While keeping the price down, foam tyres also have the added benefit of keeping the weight of these lower-priced bikes down. In fact, the lightest bike on test, the Vitus Nippy, features foam tyres and is also the lowest-priced of all the bikes on test. The Hornit Airo features pneumatic tyres with an inner tube. This balance bike is ideal for indoor play. We allowed it to be used for several weeks inside our house and didn’t notice any marking on our hardwood floors. MORE THAN JUST A BIKE - Help your kids learn the essential first skills needed to riding a bike. Toddlers love the independence and sense of achievement they get from riding a balance bike. It also build their motor skills, coordination and increase their confidence.Here’s how the Yvolution Y Velo compares to other balance bikes intended for toddlers starting at 18 months old. Bike
Once your child has mastered the double wheels, you can remove one of the wheels to make it a more traditional style balance bike. Perfect For Indoor and Gym Play Hopefully, if you have got this far, you will have noticed the importance we put on a bike’s life span. Key to this life span is the bike’s durability and serviceability. While undoubtedly costing more, bikes that resemble adults bikes and manufactured with recognisable bike parts are almost always longer-lasting and more serviceable than bikes treading the line between balance bike and toy.
With the assistance of a three-year-old, we put a bunch of bikes to the test.
ICONIC DUAL REAR WHEEL - The Y Velo Junior allows kids to practice with a stable double-width wheel before switching to a single wheel as they build confidence. We’ve completely refreshed our multi-award winning Y Velo Junior balance bikes with new features and vibrant colors, red and blue. The last thing of note on the wheels is the first thing you will notice if you need to remove a wheel: the axle bolts. While easy to overlook when considering a bike, large or exposed axle bolts can create a safety hazard for both your child and your flooring. Sharp edges on exposed bolts can cause injury in the event of a fall or even just if your child catches a leg on them. Some manufacturers equip balance bikes with plastic covers for exposed bolts, or they have rounded bolts, or, best of all, recessed bolts that sit flush with the frame and fork for a safe, smooth finish. Serviceability Speaking from work experience (teaching children to ride bikes and to develop a love of bikes from an early age in my role with Sustrans) and speaking from personal experience (as a mother of a free-wheeling three-year old), I wholeheartedly recommend balance bikes for young children as the best way for them to learn core skills and to experience the exciting feeling of freedom on two wheels. Each to their own, but I would encourage families to avoid using stabilisers altogether.” Beth Harding, Sustrans Balance bike buyer’s guide While trikes, tricycles, and stabilisers provided most of us with a successful development path, the very nature of these supported, three and four-wheel designs means the child does not require the same balance to ride. Furthermore, the child can become reliant on the assistance these supported designs offer, potentially delaying their development.By opting for a balance bike, the child can focus on enjoying all the fun a bike can offer while also developing these essential skills. Balance bikes are a positive alternative to training wheels that help kids learn how to ride before making the switch. Balance bikes eliminate the need for training wheels in the first place, allowing for a smooth transition to pedal bikes. Kids can begin using balance bikes at a remarkably young age, allowing time for them to get used to balancing, develop motor skills and train their muscles to ride properly. Without pedals, kids push their feet against the ground to propel themselves forward.
Balance bikes may appear largely similar – two-wheeled, pedal-less mini-bikes – but the materials used in the manufacturing from one bike to the next can differ entirely, determining how the bike rides and how much it costs. Riding a bike. They say you never forget, but how do we learn in the first place? Most of us learned to ride with training wheels, aka stabilisers. However, balance is a key skill in riding a bike and stabilisers do little to foster little one’s balance development. The traditional learning-to-ride journey on bikes with training wheels first develops the child’s pedalling skill, before introducing the balance skill later. Balance bikes flip that approach on its head, by first developing balance and later introducing pedalling. In my experience, children find the progression on a balance bike more intuitive than trying to adapt to a regular pedal bike with training wheels. A child’s confidence also grows as they progress on a balance bike, building another key component for when the time comes to pedal off unassisted.
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Balance bikes provide a fun way for children from as young as 18 months right up to six years of age develop these balance, coordination, and motor skills. In this article we’ll cover everything you need to know about balance bikes. What is a balance bike?