Strider Balance Bike

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

Strider Sports was established almost a decade ago, and has now grown to be a market leading company built on the back of the Strider balance bike.


Strider bikes are known to be innovative, sporty and great fun to ride, and with models ranging from bikes for 2 year olds through to adult balance bikes there is a great range to choose from. This guide will look at the range of Strider balance bikes in detail so that you can find the best model for you.

Comparison Table



Saddle Height



Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

Strider Classic

28 - 41cm

Large saddle height range.


Integrated footrest

Strider 12 Sport balance bike

Strider Sport

28 - 48cm

Extras include XL seatpost and handlebar pad

Strider 12 Pro balance bike

Strider 12 Pro

28 - 48cm

Alumunium frame

Cool number plate

Strider Youth 16 Sport balance bike

Strider Youth 16 Sport

49.5 - 64.8cm

Perfect for 6 - 11 year olds

Strider Adult 20 Sport Balance Bike

Strider Adult 20 Sport

69.9 - 84.6cm

Balance bikes for adults and teenagers

Product reviews

Strider 12" Classic Balance Bike

The ‘lead in’ Strider balance bike is the Strider 12” classic balance bike. This is one of our very favourite balance bikes, as it is packed with a huge range of features and offers a saddle that can be adjusted from 28 - 41cm.

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

This means the bike is suitable for children of all age ranges from 18 months right through to 5 years - and can grow with your child as they learn to ride. Please note that an optional additional seatpost is required to make the seat height large enough for 4-5 year olds.

The seat is one of the lowest on the market, which means that the youngest of children will be comfortable with their Strider balance bike almost as soon as they can walk. The saddle height is one of the most important features to consider when you are researching balance bikes, and you can check out some of our other recommendations for balance bikes for 2 year olds here.

This Strider balance bike is one of the lightest and most adjustable balance bikes available at just 3.0kg, (the Puky LRM balance bike is 3.5kg in comparison) with a new design that includes a smaller moulded seat and ultra light wheels.

All Strider bikes feature puncture proof, Eva polymer tyres and the main benefit of these wheels is that your child can ride on rough terrain without having to worry about getting a flat. Ideal for those afternoon rides in the woods!

Other features include improved cartridge wheel bearings, an adjustable handlebar height between 46cm and 55cm, and a frame integrated footrest. This is a particular feature of a Strider balance bike and can help older children to develop advanced riding skills.

The Strider 12” Classic balance bike is available in a range of 4 exciting colours, and priced at £66 it is a fantastic mid-range option for budding riders.

Strider 12" Sport Balance Bike

The Strider 12 Sport balance bike includes all of the features of the classic model, but includes some additional extras to justify the extra £22 spend.

Strider 12 Sport balance bike

The most significant of these is the inclusion of the extra-long seatpost, so this means that you can genuinely extend the saddle height up to 48cm.  A padded seat is also included, as well as a race pad for some cool styling and additional protection.

This means that the Strider 12 Sport balance bike is a much better option for slightly older children, and for those children more confident with their balance as some of the extra features would be wasted on 2-3 year olds.

The Strider 12 Sport Balance bike is available in a choice of 5 different colours and is slightly more expensive than the classic version at £88.

One of the selling points of a Strider balance bike is that once your child has mastered the art of balance, the bike becomes a toy and the grippy, off road tyres means that is ideal for the park, the woods and the BMX track.

Some children have become experts with a whole range of tricks, and there is a whole programme of events, challenges and tournaments dedicated to Strider balance bikes. The Strider Classic and Sport both come equipped with a built in launch pad footrest, which gives the rider a place to put their feet while gliding as well as the ability to pump and perform jumps on the bike!

Events include the Strider British Balance Bike Championships which provide children which the chance to show off their skills on some of Britain’s best BMX tracks. What a great breeding ground for future British sporting champions! If you are just starting out, then you can practise your skills at a Strider Adventure Zone which is a friendly environment where children can try out new tricks and improve their skills.

Strider 12 Pro Balance Bike

The original Strider balance bike was built around the concept of being lightweight, and Strider have taken this to the next level with the Strider 12 Pro balance bike.

Strider 12 Pro balance bike

This bike is made from extremely lightweight aluminium, which means that it weighs in at a very impressive 2.4kg (this compares to the 2.9kg of the Strider Classic and Sport). It also has a very different look in striking silver.

The weight is kept down with the Strider exclusive white Ultralight Wheels which have a five spoke design with 10 supporting gussets, providing maximum support with this very lightweight material.

Other quality features of the Strider 12 Pro balance bike include a unique aluminium handlebar which is specifically designed for smaller hands, and a number plate that looks really cool to give the bike a very racing feel.

This bike is also really easy to assemble with a quick clamp adjustable seat and handlebar height so no tools are required. It is priced at around £110..

Strider Youth 16 Sport Balance Bike

The Classic, Sport and Pro bikes are all aimed at riders aged 2-5, as this is when most children will be learning to ride before they graduate to a ‘proper’ pedal bike.

However, there are also bikes available for children aged 6 and above, as some children learn at a later age and these bikes are also suitable for children with special needs.

Strider Youth 16 Sport balance bike

Strider offer the Strider 16 Sport balance bike, which is suitable for children aged 6 – 11 and is a redesign of the previously featured Super Strider 16” bike.

The most obvious difference between this bike and the previous models is that it is much larger. The seatpost is suitable for children with an inseam of between 52.1 – 67.3cm, and it is also able to support riders weighing up to 85kg. The bike itself weighs 8kg, so this is not a bike that is quite as easy to carry around!

This bike looks great with wide handlebars, a fully padded seat and a front and rear v brakes, so it has plenty of features. It also includes cross terrain tyres and the fully integrated footrest, so it is suitable for older children who want to practise their tricks if they have outgrown their first Strider model.

Although the Strider 16 Sport balance bike is quite expensive at £150, it is a sturdy and top quality bike and one of the leading models around for older children.

Strider Adult 20 Sport Balance Bike

The final bike in the Strider balance bike range is the Strider 20 Sport balance bike. This bike is one of the few balance bikes available for teenagers and adults, with a very similar design to the Strider 16 Sport bike including the wide handlebars and integrated footrest.

Strider Adult 20 Sport

This bike is featured in more detail in our post on Adult balance bikes, and one of the very few models available for this age range.

It has an adjustable handlebar for various rider heights, as well as removable footrests for striding or advanced riding. 

It is designed for riders weighing up to 242lbs / 110kg

As with all balance bikes, riders should be well equipped with a helmet, pads and other safety gear – especially if you are going to be practising those tricks on your Strider!

Best Balance bike helmet

Learning to ride on a balance bike will be the first time that your child is out in the park or on the road on a bike, so this is a great time to get them used to wearing a kids balance bike helmet.

This means that they will be safe on their bikes while they are learning and they will have no problem continuing to wear the helmet when they graduate to larger and ‘proper’ bikes.

How to choose the best balance bike helmet

The good news for everybody is that there is a fantastic range of kids bike helmets available, so your child can have fun and look great while they are learning to ride on the best balance bike! Kids balance bike helmets come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colours and designs and are available from several leading manufacturers.

Make sure it fits!

The most important thing to consider when you are buying a child cycle helmet is that it fits correctly. Make sure that you measure your child’s head before you go ahead and select your favourite colour and design, as this can save you a lot of time and effort in returning a helmet that doesn’t go on their head properly!

The best way to do this is to measure the widest part of the head, which is above the eyebrows. This will give you the size in centimetres and you can start looking for the correct size of helmet. You can’t really go just on the age of the child, as every child is different so the size of their heads will vary!

A general rule is that a small kids bike helmet will be 48-52cm, a medium size helmet will be 53-58cm and a large helmet will be 59cm and above. The helmets are usually adjustable within these size ranges.

Product reviews

The main manufacturers of balance bikes such as Puky and Kiddimoto, also provide a great range of helmets to go along with their bikes. There are also fun options such as the Peppa Pig helmet as well as a huge range of other choices.

We have reviewed a few of the most popular helmets below:

Kiddimoto Bike Helmets

Kiddimoto offers a fantastic range of colourful and stylish helmets, ranging from the Union Jack, (pictured), Pastel Dotty and Blue Goggle designs, to the fun police and firemen helmets and even the Italian Job!

Kiddimoto Union Jack Helmet

These helmets have a rear head adjustment dial as well as a lightweight inner shell with foam pads for comfort and fit. They also have 11 top vents to keep little heads cool, adjustable chin straps and a quick release buckle.

They are made to international safety standards so they are perfect for scootering as well as cycling.

It will be great fun choosing from this range of exciting kids bike helmets and you can expect to pay between £20 and £25 for a quality helmet from Kiddimoto.

Puky Bike Helmets

Puky also specialists in children's bikes, and although their range of kids bike helmets is not quite as extensive they offer very good quality and stylish helmets.

Puky bike helmet

You can choose a fun red and yellow design (pictured), and helmets are also available in classic pink, ocean blue or kiwi green.

These helmets also have a head ring adjustment system, ventilation holes and a strap with raster key lock.

One advantage of the Puky helmets is that have a big size range, so they can be adjusted all the way from 48cm to 59cm. This means it may last longer than other helmets as your child grows.

The price of a Puky child's bike helmet will start at just under £30, which is great value for a great product from one of the leading manufacturers. It is the perfect accessory to any balance bike, especially a Puky balance bike!

Janod Balance Bike Helmets

A third option and a helmet which is ideal for children riding balance bikes is the Janod Checkered Helmet for Balance Bikes.

Janod Helmet for Balance Bike

This helmet is recommended for children from the age of just 12 months, and the size can be adjusted with a toothed wheel.

It also features 11 ventilation holes, removable comfort foam and an adjustable chin strap.

While this helmet may not have the fun designs of the Kiddimoto, Puky or Peppa Pig Helmets, it is very well priced at just £20 and is available in red, pink or blue.

Puky Balance bike

Puky balance bikes come in a range of different sizes, and with over 60 years of experience this German brand can be relied upon to produce a good quality and reliable bike.


Puky balance bikes are well known for their child friendly, step through frames on most of their models and they also feature particularly child friendly ergonomics.

This guide will review the range of Puky balance bikes in detail, so to get started on this leading brand we have produced this easy to view table which shows each model, the suitable range, the size of bike and distinguishing features.

With fresh designs for 2018 and bikes starting from those suitable for two year olds, there should be something for everyone!

Comparison Table



Saddle Height



Puky LRM Learner Bike

29cm - 40cm

Low step thorough platform.

Foam tyres

Puky LR1 Learner Bike

34 - 45cm

Kickstand added

Puky LR1L Learner Bike

34 - 45cm

Pneumatic tyres

Puky LR1L BR Learner Bike

34 - 45cm

Rear brake added

Puky Balance Bike Reviews

Puky LRM Balance Bike

The Puky LRM Learner bikes are the smallest bikes in the range and are suitable for the youngest children who are just starting to learn to ride to build their confidence and co-ordination.

Puky LRM Balance Bike 2018

One of the main features of the Puky LRM Learner Bike is the low platform, as this makes it ideal for the smallest of bike riders, allowing them to rest their feet as they scoot along.

Another excellent feature of this bike is the special learner bike saddle. This is height adjustable with the lowest setting at just 29cm, which is one of the lowest saddle heights on the market and makes the Puky LRM Learner Bike especially suitable for 2 year olds.

The saddle can be adjusted right up to 40cm, so it has a great range and can grow with your child.

We have prepared a separate guide for the best balance bikes for 2 year olds, and the Puky LRM Learner Bike is featured here as the low platform and low saddle height make it an ideal bike for this age group.

If you would like to look at an alternative, then a competing bike in this category is the Weeride First Balance Bike. This bike also offers a low platform and step through frame, but the lowest seat height is 35cm which makes it more suitable for slightly older children.

Other features of the Puky LRM Learner Bike include safety handlebar grips, soft luxury foam tyres, a height adjustable handlebar and ball bearing wheels and steering.

It is also one of the most lightweight learner balance bikes on the market and weighs in at just 3.5kg – so it is easy to transport and carry around either in your car or by hand if and when your child gets tired of riding.

The Puky LRM Learner bike makes an ideal first balance bike and is available in four different colours including ocean blue, lovely pink, red and kiwi. It is available now from around £55 - £60 so this is a similar price to the Strider 12 Classic and a great option for a mid-range bike.

Puky LRM Plus Learner Bike

The Puky LRM Push Learner Bike has the same dimensions as the base level Puky LRM bike, but offers extra features such as a kickstand, mudguards and a bell.

Puky LRM Plus Balance bike

The extra features mean that the Puky LRM Plus is slightly more expensive and you should expect to pay around £80 for this bike.

One addition that we really like is the kickstand which prevents the bike being thrown to the floor at every opportunity!

Puky LR1 Learner Bike

The Puky LR1 Learner Bike is the next model up, and although it has a similar appearance to the Puky LRM Learner bike it is more suitable for slightly older children.

Puky LR1 Balance Bike 2018

We talk a lot about saddle heights on this website, and this is because the height of the saddle is one of the most crucial elements to consider when choosing your bike.

The lowest setting for the saddle on the LR1 Learner bike is 34cm, as compared to 29cm for Puky LRM Learner bike so this means the bike will probably be too big for most children who have just turned 2 and this is the standard model of balance bikes for 3 year olds.

This bike has many of the features of the Puky LRM learner bike including the low platform, safety handlebar grips and height adjustable saddle. You should expect to pay around £70 for the Puky LR1 Balance Bike

Puky LR1L Learner Bike

The Puky LR1L Learner Bike is another model offered by Puky. The bike is the same size as the Puky LR1 Learner bike, but a significant difference is that this bike has pneumatic tyres rather than the foam tyres of the LRM and LR1 bikes – this means that the bike has an appearance more like a ‘real bike’ and the pneumatic tyres generally provide a more comfortable ride.

Puky LR1L Balance Bike 2018

This is a great bike for 3-4 year olds and is available in several colours including ocean blue, lovely pink, red and kiwi.

It is slightly more expensive and prices start at around £75 but this still provides great value for an excellent bike from one of the leading manufacturers around.

Puky LR1L BR Learner Bike

The jury is out on whether balance bikes should come equipped with brakes, and brakes are not usually found on bikes for smaller children aged up to 3 who lack the ability and co-ordination to use them

Puky LR1L BR Balance Bike 2018

Brakes can be useful on bikes for slightly older children, who will have more confidence in their riding and may require a brake if they build up a significant speed.

Puky caters for balance bikes with brakes with the Puky LR1L BR Learner bike. This is a bit of mouthful, but essentially offers all of the features of the LR1L bike but with the addition of a rear brake drum.

This means that the low platform, pneumatic tyres and height adjustable saddle starting at 35cm all come as standard with this bike, so we think it is really worth considering for children confident on their feet and who may have some prior experience of riding.

Puky LR XL Bikes

If your child is taller or is starting to ride balance bikes at a slightly later age, then the largest bike in the Puky range may be suitable for you. This is the Puky LRXL, which is the biggest model in their range designed for children over 95cm that are not yet ready to ride a normal bicycle.

Puky LR XL Balance Bike

The Puky LRXL comes equipped with all of the features of the smaller bikes, but has a higher saddle with a range between 41cm – 51cm.

The step through frame is still featured, along with the safety handlebar grips, the rear drum brake, kick stand and pneumatic tyres. It is generally available in black or green and is a bit more expensive at around £110.

Puky LR Ride BR Learner Bikes

A new addition to the Puky range of learner bikes is the superb Puky LR Ride bike

Puky LR Ride BR Balance Bike

This is a very different bike to most of the other models in the Puky range, as the design is completely different with an aluminium frame and a host of top quality features.

The low platform that is featured on all of the other Puky learner bikes is replaced with an aluminium fork, and the quality of the ride has also been improved with rear wheel suspension and Aheadset steering.

This bike looks superb with bi coloured aluminium rims, a handlebars pad and no detail has been spared with impact resistant powder coating. The carry handle which is attached to the saddle is also a neat addition.

The Puky LR Ride is suitable for children from 90cm with a saddle height ranging from 38cm – 48cm. The aluminium frame also keeps the weight down on this bike to just 3.9kg.

All of these quality features come at a price and the Puky LR Ride retails from £160.

Puky Accessories

Puky helmet

Your child will want to look good when they are out exploring on their Puky balance bike, and there is a range of accessories designed to complement the bikes. The first accessory you will probably need is the safety helmet in case the rider takes a tumble – these look really stylish and will get your child used to wearing a helmet when they graduate to larger bikes.

A helmet will set you back around £34.99, but it is well worth the investment and they are available in a range of colours.

Other exciting accessories for your Puky balance bike include a safety bell, a handlebar basket and a learner bike bag that has a built in carry strap.

Puky Balance bikes are robust, stylish and although they may be slightly more expensive than other models on the market they are built to withstand use by energetic small children and have a high resale value when you don’t need them anymore. We think the Puky range is a great choice when you are looking for your best balance bike!

Wooden Balance Bike

Balance bikes have a huge range of features, and one of the decisions to be made when choosing the best balance bike is the type of frame component.


Your main choice will be to choose between a wooden frame and a metal frame, which will comprise of steel or aluminium. This guide is going to look into wooden balance bikes in some detail, the features and advantages of wooden balance bikes as well as some recommended models.

Advantages of Wooden Balance Bikes

​The first advantage of wooden balance bikes is that they look great and kids love them. Wooden balance bikes can be painted in all colours and in funky, stylish and fun designs. 

Wooden balance bikes are also environmentally friendly with most bikes made from birch plywood. This material is favoured as the birch is very light but also very strong and durable, so this is essential for bikes that might see some heavy use over a couple of years.

A third advantage of wooden balance bikes is that many of them have spoke less wheels so there is less chance of little fingers and toes getting trapped. They are also easy to manoeuvre and great fun!

Disadvantages of Wooden Balance Bikes

Although wooden balance bikes look great, they are not as close in appearance to a real bike. If your child would prefer a sleeker and sportier model then you may want to look for a steel or aluminium bike instead.

Wooden balance bikes will also generally have a much smaller range of heights on the saddle so they are not as adjustable as metal balance bikes. This means that they may not last as long as your child may outgrow the bike if they have a growth spurt. Wooden balance bikes will also generally have a higher starting height for the saddle, so if you are looking for a balance bike for a 2 year old you might be better looking at our recommended models for this age group.

Some might be concerned about a wooden balance bike warping, but this should not be a problem as long as you don't leave the bike out in the rain!

Product reviews

Kiddimoto Wooden Balance bikes

One of the leading manufacturers of wooden balance bikes are Kiddimoto, who offer a range of balance bikes for children from 2 to 6 years.

Kiddimoto Kurve

Their bikes are made of natural birch plywood and are sourced from managed forests so you will be doing your bit for the environment if you choose one of their bikes.

The most well known model from Kiddimoto is probably their Kiddimoto Kurve bike (pictured). This is available in a whole range of fun designs, including Pastel Dotty, Union Jack and Skullz. 

The Kiddimoto Kurve is recommended for children aged between 3 and 5 and is priced at around £75.

Prince Lionheart Wooden Balance Bike

Prince Lionheart is another brand of wooden balance bikes, and they are also made from birch plywood so they are light and strong.

Prince Lionheart balance bike

Prince Lionheart balance bike

The Prince Lionheart balance bike has a stylish and sporty appearance, with comfortable rubber grip handlebars, the makers name across the side and the racing number 73 on the front of the bike.

The bike is less expensive than the Kiddimoto Kurve and is generally available for between £50 and £60.

Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike

If your budget for a wooden balance bike is less than £50, then a great option is the Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike.

Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike

This bike has a great retro style, with a red, blue and white design running throughout including the handlebars.

The birch plywood frame is lightweight, and the padded seat can be adjusted between 34cm and 38cm height.

The soft plastic handlebars feature safety ends, and the wheels have inflatable tyres with a blue infill.

This is a really popular bike that is available for just over £40, with an optional stand available for just £5 extra for easy storage.

Boppi Wooden Balance Bike

An alternative wooden balance bike costing less than £50 is the Boppi Wooden Balance Bike.

Boppi Wooden Balance Bike

Boppi Wooden Balance Bike

This brightly coloured bike is really lightweight and will really stand out in the playground!

It has EVA foam tyres so they can't be punctured, and saddle height starting at 35cm. This means it might be a little too big for 2 year olds, but perfect for children learning to ride between 3 and 5

The Boppi Wooden balance bike is the best value of all of the bikes we have mentioned here, and is available for around £30.

The most important factor to consider when you are choosing the best balance bike is the fit for your child, but there are definitely pros and cons to buying a wooden balance bike.

At the end of the day, it will come down to personal preference, the style and design as well as the frame. There is a great choice of bikes out there to suit everybody!

Boppi balance bike

The Boppi balance bike is a great value bike that is available as either a wooden balance bike or a metal balance bike.

Both bikes are priced at under £30, so this is an excellent option in the budget balance bikes category and a very good alternative to the best-selling Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike.

The bikes are manufactured by Bopster, who are a UK based company that offer a great range of balance bikes, trikes and scooters as well as go karts and skateboards as well.


Boppi Metal Balance bike


Metal Boppi balance bikeBuy now from £28.99


The metal version of the Boppi balance bike includes a strong and light tubular frame with features including an adjustable padded seat and cushion pad handlebars.

The frame bike weighs just 3kg, so this compares well to the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike of 2.7kg and should be comfortable for a 2 or 3 year old child to handle.

Although the Boppi metal balance bike is slightly heavier than the Chicco Red Bullet balance bike, this is because the Chicco bike is very small and the short wheel base means that it can be difficult to handle for small children. The extra weight of the Boppi balance bike means the bike is slightly longer and better balanced.

The all important saddle height starts at 30cm and can be increased to a maximum of 40cm, so this is a good range and comparable to other good bikes in this sector.

The lowest saddle height we have seen is 29cm on the Puky LRM Learner Bike and the Strider Classic, which are both much more expensive bikes.

Another feature of this metal Boppi balance bike is the 11 inch EVA tyres. This means that the tyres are filled with foam so they are puncture proof, and these sorts of tyres are also used on most Strider balance bikes.

EVA foam tyres are excellent for younger children learning to ride on smooth surfaces and they also require less maintenance.

Although the metal Boppi balance bike does not offer many additional features, it is an excellent basic balance bike, a great choice for 2 or 3 year olds and superb value at under £30. It is available in up to 6 different colours including blue, red, pink, yellow, purple and green.


Wooden Boppi balance bike


Wooden Boppi balance bikeBuy now  from £29.99


Boppi balance bikes are also available as wooden balance bikes, with an environmentally friendly birch plywood frame and a choice of several exciting colours and designs.

As with most wooden balance bikes, the saddle is not as adjustable as the metal version of the bike, with just two heights available at 35cm and 39cm. This means that a 2 year old might find the lowest saddle height of 35cm too high.

This bike also features EVA foam tyres and padded handlebars, and as the frame is wooden it is available in a choice of fun designs which have been painted on to the frames including Flame, Purple Flower, Space, Blue Racer (pictured) and Hand Print.

An integrated carry handle is included for when your child gets tired and you need to carry the bike, and carrying the bike shouldn’t be too difficult as this bike weighs just 2.5kg which is one of the very lightest bikes on the market!

The wooden Boppi balance bike is also very competitively priced at under £30, so it is a great alternative to the Jiggy Wooden Balance bike which is available at a similar price.

These Boppi balance bikes are both great bikes and excellent value for money, with the metal bike having the advantage of a more adjustable seat but the wooden balance bike is lighter and available in fun and eye-catching designs.

We hope this review helps you to find the best balance bike for your child and don’t forget the accessories such as a bike helmet and gloves.

Best balance bike for 4 year old

Many of the points we mentioned in the article on the best balance bike for 3 year olds will also apply to 4 and 5 year old children.

Almost all manufacturers will have balance bikes that are suitable for 4 and 5 year olds so it is impossible to feature them all here. However, we have provided details of some of our favourite models below:

PictureBikeSaddle heightWeightFrame MaterialPrice
Strider 12 Sport balance bikeStrider 12 Sport27cm - 48cm2.9kgSteel£88
Jack & Josie balance bikeChillafish Jack & Josie36cm - 43cm4.9kgSteel£45
Early Rider Evo balance bikeEarly Rider Evo38cm - 46cm4.25kgWood£125

Children in this age group will be very confident on their feet, although abilities on the bike may vary. Some children may have been practising for 2 years or more on a smaller balance bike and need an upgrade, whereas other children may have preferred scooters or not been introduced to balance bikes before now.

One factor to consider when looking for the best balance bike for 4 year old is the size of the bike. 4 and 5 year old children are much bigger than 2 year olds, so they will need a bigger and heavier bike to support the extra weight.

As with all children you will also need to consider the saddle height which is probably the most important thing to think about with all balance bikes.

You need to make sure that the lowest setting of the saddle is around 2.5 – 3cm lower than their inside leg. You will probably find that you will need a saddle height from around 36cm for a 4 year old.

This means they will be able to rest their feet flat on the ground easily when sitting on the bike and you can read more on this in our balance bike saddle height guide.

Recommended balance bikes for 4 year olds

Strider Sport balance bike

Strider 12 Sport balance bikeWe have highlighted 3 models of balance bike in the table above, and the first of these is the Strider Sport balance bike.

Strider balance bikes are sporty and fun to ride, and although the Strider Classic is a fantastic bike we think it is worth an extra £22 for the Strider Sport if you are shopping for a 4 or 5 year old.

This is because the Strider Sport is equipped with an extra long seatpost, meaning that you can extend the saddle height to a whopping 48cm.

All of the other features of Strider bikes are included, with grippy, off-road tyres and a padded seat for comfort. Although the Strider Sport is not a budget option at £88 it is a top quality balance bike and our recommended pick for 4-5 year olds.

Chillafish Jack & Josie

Jack & Josie balance bikeThe Chillafish Jack & Josie balance bike is an excellently priced option for a 4 year old with prices starting at around £45.

This is a quality balance bike with a steel V-tube frame so it is strong and durable and a clever feature of this bike is the floating footrest that children can use as they are gliding along.

It is available in two different colours, so you can choose between a white frame with flowers or a black frame with a flame design.

The seat height starts at 36cm with a maximum height of 43cm, so this would be an excellent choice for a balance bike for a 4 year old.

Early Rider Evo

Early Rider Evo balance bikeIf you can stretch your budget beyond £100 for a balance bike for a 4 year old, then an excellent option is the Early Rider Evo.

Early Rider produce beautiful wooden balance bikes, and the Early Rider Evo is no exception with a birch plywood flame, a stylish design and 14 inch pneumatic wheels.

At 4.25kg, this bike is heavy and sturdy enough to support a 4 year old rider, but it is not too cumbersome for the child to manoeuvre and they should be able to handle the bike confidently.

It is 1kg heavier than the Early Rider Lite which features in our guide for best balance bikes for 2 year olds.

The Early Rider Evo has a minimum seat height of 38cm, although as it is a wooden balance bike it is not as adjustable as some of the metal balance bikes which are other options for 4 year olds.

Overall, this is a high quality wooden balance bike that would make a great purchase for a 4 year old, although it is a more expensive option at around £129.

Maintaining your balance bike

Balance bikes can be a considerable investment, with a good quality bike like a Strider Sport or an Adventure Zooom bike costing close to £100.

This means that it is recommended to look after your child’s balance bike, so even if they want to throw the bike in the shed and collapse on the sofa after use you really should give the bike a good clean, especially if you have been out in the mud!

Cleaning your balance bike

If your child owns a metal balance bike, then you can remove the worst of the dirt with a bucket of soapy water and a dishcloth. This will help to prevent salt corrosion and extend the life of the bike.

To keep the bike in top condition, you might want to consider using one of the excellent bike specific cleaners which are now available. If you are a keen cyclist yourself, then you may have some bike cleaning solution which you use on your own bike.

These solutions are biodegrable and easy to use, as they are easily applied by spray and removed with some fresh water.

Many of the most popular balance bikes have wooden frames, such as the range of Kiddimoto balance bikes and the excellent models from Early Rider including the Early Rider Lite.

Some parents express concern that wooden balance bikes will warp, but this won’t be case as long as you don’t leave them out in the rain.

You should also keep wooden balance bikes nice and clean, and this can also be achieved with some soapy water and a household detergent. It is best not to soak the frame too much in the water, simply to remove the excess dirt as much as you can.

Look after the tyres

It is well worth looking after all aspects of your balance bike, including the tyres, brakes, handlebars and all of the nuts and bolts. Make sure that you keep the tyres inflated, as this can help the child balance as harder tyres help you ride faster with less effort.

Although your child’s bike will probably take a bit of a battering through plenty of use, a clean balance bike in good condition will be easier to ride and last for longer.

Balance bikes also have a good resale value, so if you have invested in a good quality bike and looked after it properly then you should find it is in good condition to pass on to another owner.

Balance bikes are great fun, and they are even better when they are clean and in good condition. Hopefully these tips will help you to enjoy your bikes even more!

Chillafish balance bike

Chillafish produce stylishly designed, innovative and fun balance bikes, with Chillafish balance bike models ranging from the Bunzi balance bike for very small children through to the Jack & Josie and BMXIE for a cool and stylish off road ride.

Bunzi Balance bike

Bunzi balance bikeBuy now  £32


The first bike in the Chillafish balance bike range is the Bunzi balance bike, which is an extremely clever design as a unique 2-in-1 balance bike that can be converted from a 3 wheel tricycle into a 2 wheel balance bike without the need for tools.

This means that it is suitable for younger children from around 12 months, and the extra stability provided by the 3 wheels means they will soon be racing around the living room and enjoying life on their bike.

The seat position is low to the ground on the 3 wheel bike, which makes it easy to ride and an ideal way to learn the principles of steering and using your feet to get along.

The Bunzi balance bike can then be converted by removing the seat and changing the bike into balance mode, but if you find your child isn’t quite ready for this yet you can switch between the modes as often as you like.

The seat is adjustable on the Bunzi balance bike (from 22cm in 3 wheel mode to 25cm in 3 wheel mode), and this is essential as children grow very quickly at this age! The bike is also very light to carry and ideal for use in the home as well as outdoors.

A really exciting option which makes cycling a lot of fun for very young children and a great introduction to balance bikes.

BMXie balance bike

BMXie balance bikeBuy now £50 – £55


Most balance bikes are aimed at children between 2 and 5 years, as by this age children are confident on their feet and have the co-ordination to ride a larger bike.

The Chillafish BMXie balance bike is aimed at this age group, and with a cool and stylish BMX design it looks great and also performs very well with a range of quality features.

This bike is great to use on more uneven surfaces like the park or rough trails, as with inflatable tyres it provides excellent grip and looks and feels like a real BMX. This makes the BMXie really popular and a fun bike to ride.

The frame is made from high quality fibre glass material, which sets it apart from the competition and other clever features include a detachable footrest which can be stored under the frame

Kids will also love the number plates as well as the sticker set for customisation.

The seat is adjustable, which is the case with most balance bikes and with a seat height ranging from 32 – 39cm it will be suitable for most 2 to 5 year olds. You may find that 32cm is a little high for most 2 year olds, so consider a Strider or Puky bike as an alternative which start at 29cm. Check out our guide to balance bike seat heights here.

The Chillafish BMXie is perfect for riders who prefer a BMX and off road style with a superb design and high quality specification. It is available in several colours including blue, green, red, pink and yellow.

The BMXie will set you back around £50, so if you are looking for a BMX style balance bike that is slightly less expensive you could consider the Stompee balance bike which is generally available for around £44.

Jack & Josie Balance bikes


Jack & Josie balance bikeBuy now  £50


The Chillafish Jack & Josie balance bike is aimed at slightly older children aged 3 and above, and differs from the BMXie with a more retro style.

Jack & Josie is available in two very different colours, and you can choose between a bike with black frame and a flame design or white frame with flowers.

Both bikes consist of a steel V-tube frame for strength and durability, and a clever feature of the Jack & Josie bikes is the floating footrest for easy balancing while the riders are on the move.

The seat is also adjustable on these bikes, and with the seat height beginning at 36cm it is definitely a bike for 3 years or above. The maximum saddle height is 43cm.

Jack & Josie balance bikes are also equipped with wide handlebars for easier steering control as well as 12 ½ inch inflatable tyres.

Jack & Josie bikes are generally available for around £50

All of these beautifully engineered bikes from Chillafish are extremely high quality, so although they may be more expensive than other bikes on the market you will definitely get what you pay for and the bikes should retain a high resale value.

The Chillafish balance bike range caters for all balance bike riders from toddlers just learning to walk to more experienced riders ready to try some tricks on their BMXie or Jack & Josie. Enjoy the ride!

Staying safe on your balance bike

Now that spring is here, more and more children will be taking the opportunity to get outside in the lighter evenings and warmer weekends to enjoy some riding on their balance bikes. Maybe you got a bike for Christmas, but just haven’t had the chance to ride it properly yet?

While there is no doubt that riding balance bikes is great fun, a fantastic family activity and also has plenty of health benefits – it is also important to stay safe and make sure that you are well protected from falls and other hazards.

Find a safe place to ride

Probably the most important safety aspect when it comes to riding balance bikes is to find a safe place to ride. Although city streets and life in general is very busy, try to find a quiet and protected area to practise riding – especially if the child is still getting to grips with the principles of balance and steering.

It is best to practise on a flat and smooth surface so a playground or somewhere like tennis courts are ideal. This will allow you to help the child improve their riding without having to worry about traffic hazards.

If you have to practise on the street or pavement, then a residential cul-de-sac or quiet street make the best options.

Protective gear

A couple of falls are almost inevitable when learning to ride a balance bike, and even more experienced riders can take a tumble from time to time.

Kiddimoto helmet
Kiddimoto child helmet

There is a lot of protective gear available for children, and the most essential piece of kit is a balance bike helmet. We have already looked at options from manufacturers such as Kiddimoto who provide bright and cheerful designs, although there are plenty of other options available as well which even include a Peppa Pig helmet!

Balance bike riders can also wear kids bike gloves, which help the rider to look cool as well as providing extra grip and protection from falls.

Kids bike gloves are also available from Kiddimoto, as well as from more specialist providers such as Polaris.

Children’s knee and elbow pads are also available to complete the protective gear, and these are strongly recommended as knees are always likely to get cut, bruised and grazed in the event of a fall.


It should also go without saying that balance bike riders should always be supervised, especially younger riders who are possibly more likely to fall. When your child gets more proficient at riding, it can be tempting to let them ride off into the distance but just make sure they don’t go too far!

Safety should always be paramount when enjoying balance bikes, and with the right protective gear you can help your child to concentrate on their riding skills. This means you should enjoy some even longer riders and hopefully encourage a love of cycling into later childhood!

Early Rider Spherovelo

Early Rider Spherovelo Buy now £65


The Early Rider Spherovelo is part of the balance bike collection on offer from Early Rider, who also offer the beautiful Early Rider Lite and Early Rider Classics which are firmly established as top quality balance bikes for children from as young as 18 months.

Early Rider have taken recognised that some parents might want to start teaching their children the concept of balance from an even earlier age, and this is where the Early Rider Spherovelo comes into play.

Although it is not a balance bike in the traditional sense of the word, the Early Rider Spherovelo introduces the concepts of balance and co-ordination to very young children. It can be used by children as young as 7 – 10 months (with parental help), but is mainly aimed at toddlers aged between 1 and 2 as a precursor to a ‘normal’ balance bike.

This means the wonderful world of balance bikes and cycling is available for toddlers who can learn to ride before they can walk!

The Early Rider Spherovelo is very different from any other balance bike around, as it comprises of two spheres encased in a hard wearing polyurethane covered shell complete with a moulded saddle and handlebars.

The front wheel rotates on a normal bike axis, so what makes this product unique is the rear spherical wheel which rotates on all axises providing manoeuvrability.

Early Rider Spherovelo settings

The Spherovelo has two main settings, with the ‘stable’ setting designed for the youngest riders. In this setting, the spheres are supported by stabilisers which mean that the bike can’t topple over and if the rider loses balance it will just move in another direction as dictated by the rear sphere.

This can result in the Spherovelo heading in all sorts of different directions, but it will allow the child to start building some confidence to remove the stabilisers and move into the ‘balance’ mode suitable for children 12 months or older.

The stabilisers are removed at this stage, which means that the rider will have to exert some control on the bike to stop it toppling over, hence improving essential motor skills. It is still much more difficult to fall off than a normal bike and should avoid too many toddler tears!

The Early Rider Spherovelo allows children to start developing motor skills at a very young age, and it is a revolutionary product in the balance bike market that has won several awards.

It is mainly designed to be used inside on a smooth wooden floor or carpet – but could also be used out in the garden on a sunny day. It is also a surprising nimble little bike, so once the child gets the hang of the concept they should be able to zoom around the house or the garden in much more style than a traditional baby walker.

It is a great option if you are looking for a bike for a very young child, and it is available in four different colours including white, blue, red and green for around £65.