Kiddimoto helmet

A Kiddimoto helmet is the perfect accessory to any of the exciting and innovative balance bikes in the Kiddimoto range. These include the funky Kiddimoto Kurves, the Kiddimoto Super Junior and a range of scooters and super bikes.

View the range of Kiddimoto helmets from £24.99.

A Kiddimoto helmet not only looks good, but it also combines the essential elements of safety and comfort. Features include vents in the helmet to keep the child’s head cool (small children’s heads can get very hot!), extra pads for a comfortable fit and a hard plastic shell for protection. Some of the helmets also offer the option of being personalised with your child’s name – so this will be an extra incentive for them to be worn!

We have pictured just some of the most popular Kiddimoto helmets below, and with such a great range of colours and unique styles there should be a helmet for everybody.

Pastel Dotty Helmet
Pastel Dotty Helmet
Union Jack Helmet
Union Jack Helmet
Blue Goggles Helmet
Blue Goggles Helmet

Some of the most popular models complement the bikes available in the range, so these include a Pastel Dotty helmet, the Union Jack helmet and the Official Evil Knievel Helmet.

We also really like the Blue Goggle helmet, the Neon helmet and the Skullz design which look fantastic and will add an extra dimension to your child’s experience. The unique Carl Fogarty helmet is a recent addition to the range and is based on Foggy’s own style.

A Kiddimoto helmet is not just for balance bikes, as they are multi-functional so can be used for other activities such as skating, scooters and riding other sorts of bikes such as BMX’s. They also conform to all of the required safety standards.

An adjustable strap is included, although you will need to determine the size that you will require as most models are available in sizes Small, Medium and Large – and to do this you will need you should measure around the head just above the eyebrows.

You will need a Small helmet if the measurement is 48 – 53cm, a Medium helmet for 53 – 58cm and a Large helmet for 58 – 62cm.

Kiddimoto helmets are generally available from around £24.99, and this is a small price to pay for a cool and funky helmet that will also keep your child safe! A fantastic option that will look great with any balance bike!

Adult balance bike

Balance bikes have revolutionised the way that children learn to ride over the last few years, and there is now a huge range of models that allow children to learn to balance, steer and understand the concepts of riding a bike.

The vast majority of these bikes are designed for children from as young as 18 months through to the age of 5 or 6, as by this time most children will be ready to move on to a ‘proper’ pedal bike.

However, there are some balance bikes designed for older children between 6 – 12 – and as balance bikes are such a fantastic product there is also a growing market for companies to produce an adult balance bike.

An adult balance bike is developed for teenagers and adults who might be learning to ride for the first time. They are also very useful for those who have special needs challenges, providing the opportunity to enjoy the freedom and excitement of cycling.

Strider 20 Sport Balance bike

One of the best examples of an adult balance bike is manufactured by Strider, who are a major player in balance bikes with several models designed for children aged between 2 and 12.

The Strider Youth 16 Sport balance bike is one of the best balance bikes available for 6 – 12 years olds, and you can now also buy the Strider 20 Sport Balance bike which is aimed at teenagers and adults.

Strider 20 SportThe Strider 20 Sport is a beautifully designed balance bike with wide handlebars, a lightweight frame and all of the features and components that you would expect from a quality manufacturer like Strider.

These include cross terrain tyres, front and rear v-brakes and a fully padded seat for comfort. The saddles is easily adjustable, and the height range is from 67.3 – 81.9cm.

The simple design of the bike allows the rider to balance very easily, and the footrest allows the rider to coast along once they have built up some speed. The footrest can be added or removed according to the riders ability.

The footrest also means that advanced riders can build up some speed and perform some amazing tricks on this bike. There are already several competitions and races for balance bike users including the Strider Cup!

The Strider 20 Sport is a new balance bike for 2015, but if the popularity of children’s balance bikes is anything to go by then we are sure that it won’t be long before there are more and more models available for teenagers and adults. There are plenty of 6-12 year old already tearing it up at the skate board parks on their balance bikes so they will need larger bikes as they get older!

We will be sure to review as many of these bikes as we can as they get released! Happy riding.

Micro balance bike

The Micro Balance bike is manufactured by Micro Scooters Ltd, who are most well known for their fantastic range of scooters. However they also provide an excellent balance bike as part of their range as well.

Micro Balance bike review

 

Micro balance bike

Buy now £109.45

 

The Micro Balance bike is designed in Switzerland and with a clean and simple design it looks great and really stands out from most other balance bikes.

The frame consists of lightweight aluminium, and is available in a number of different colours including blue, green, purple, orange, yellow and pink.

Micro Balance bike saddle height

The bike is advertised as being suitable for children aged 2-5, although with an adjustable saddle height between 36 – 42cm this means that it may be slightly too large for an average 2 year old.

If you are looking for balance bikes for 2 year olds then check out our recommendations here – these bikes include models such as the Puky LRM Learner bike which has a saddle height starting at just 29cm.

However, if your child is the right height for the Micro Balance bike then they will enjoy the range of features which include a lightweight frame, adjustable handlebars (with a thick rubber bumper to protect little hands) and mark free wheels, which makes the bike ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. The bike weighs in at just 3.2kg, which is one of the lightest on the market and makes it easy to carry and transport.

The Micro balance bike is quick and nimble, so once the rider has mastered the art of balance and steering they will be racing away enjoying their freedom. It is beautifully designed, with a smooth and flat fork, no exposed bolts and a comfortable foam seat which gives bike a slick and stylish look.

Solid wheels

One point to note is that although the solid wheels are great for indoor use or on paved surfaces, the solid wheels of the Micro balance bike provide very little cushioning, and the small diameter wheels would make it difficult to ride the bike on non-paved surfaces. If you are looking for a more BMX style balance bike, then try the Stompee Balance bike which is much more suitable for getting off the beaten track.

The Micro balance bike has a quality build, as would be expected from such a market leading company so this bike will retain its value and be able to be handed down through the family or to friends.

The Micro balance bike is priced in the more expensive part of the balance bike market at £109, but the lightweight and quality build nature of the bike justify this cost and it is a quality bike for indoor use or getting around towns and villages.

Micro Chopper Balance bike

There is also now a Micro Chopper Balance bike available from Micro Scooters Ltd, which makes a great alternative to the Micro balance bike. This bike is modelled on the classic Chopper bikes of the 1970’s and 80’s, with wider handlebars giving a cool and desirable look for toddlers and small children.

The frame and other features remain the same on the Micro Chopper balance bike, and it is also very similarly priced.

Balance bike bolts

Balance bikes are equipped with a huge range of features these days, and the most important factors in your decision on buying the best balance bike will be determined by the type of frame you prefer, which sort of tyres and many other factors including the age of the child, style of bike and if the bike has a brake (or not).

One of the features often overlooked is the bolts that hold the bike together, and if they are exposed, recessed or covered.

Exposed bolts are common on many metal balance bikes, and although this means that the bolts are easy enough to access and adjust if required they can prove a slight concern. This is because exposed metal bolts can get scratched over time, and if they are very prominent this means that they can scratch the inside of the child’s leg while riding.

This problem is avoided with recessed bolts, which are often found on wooden balance bikes such as the Prince Lionheart Balance bike. The bolts on this style of bike are hidden away within the wooden frame of the bike so they are out of sight and don’t cause any hindrance to the rider.

Another advantage of balance bikes with recessed bolts is that they are out of the way if the child has a fall. Small children will sometimes fall directly on top of the bike during a fall, so exposed bolts can cause an injury so this is not a problem with bikes with recessed bolts. This also applies to balance bikes with covered bolts.

Bolts are an essential feature of balance bikes as they hold the entire bike together. Although recessed and covered bolts do help to prevent injury in the event of a fall, there are many excellent metal balance bikes with exposed bolts that don’t hinder the performance of the bike.

Safetots Balance bike

The Safetots Ultimate Balance bike is produced by Safetots, who are a leading British company that offers a range of quality services and products for babies and children.

Safetots Balance bike review

Safetots Balance bike Buy now  £29.99

The Safetots Balance bike has an unspectacular, yet solid appearance on first viewing, with a steel frame, horse shoe saddle and spoked wheels which improve the look of the bike and improve the flexibility to help the learning process.

As with most steel balance bikes, the Safetots Ultimate Balance bike is equipped with a fully adjustable saddle and handlebars so you can change the height as your child grows. However, although this bike is advertised as being suitable for children age 2 through to 5 – the lowest seat height on this bike is around 37cm which will make it too big for most 2 year olds as they will most likely require a seat at around 29cm. Check out our guide to balance bikes for 2 years olds if you are looking for this age range.

The Safetots Balance bike offers a good range of features for the price, with rubber handlebars to protect little hands, a ‘horse shoe’ saddle for comfort and mud guards which look great!

The tyres are solid rubber with a high spec tred, so this does reduce the risk of skidding and means the bike can be used indoors.

At a price of just £29.99, the Safetots balance bike is great value and a very good competitor for the Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike which is the market leader in this price range. The bikes are very different though, as the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike is much smaller and more suited for 2 year old riders and the Safetots Balance bike would be a great buy for children aged 3 or 4 who are just taking to the saddle.

The bike is available in blue or pink, and don’t forget the essential accessories such as a protective helmet when getting your children learning to ride!

Best budget balance bike

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike

Balance bikes are an essential item in the playground, at the park and looking good for young children these days, and the good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great quality bike. The cheaper bikes may not have all of the bells, whistles and luxury features of more expensive models – but you can still get hold of some great bikes for prices ranging from £25 – £30 and upwards.

We love a comparison table on this website, so we have provided the table below to highlight three of the best budget balance bikes available on the market today.

PictureFramePrice
Chicco Red Bullet balance bike
Chicco Red Bullet balance bike
Metal£26.99
Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike
Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike
Wooden£34.99
Boppi balance bike
Boppi balance bike
Metal or Wooden£27 - £32

Our first recommendation is the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike, which is incredible value as the bike is generally available for just under £30.

This is a great option starter bike for children aged between 2 and 3, as the lightweight nature of the bike (weighing just 2.7kg) and the low saddle height means that it is easy to handle for smaller children. The Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike is equipped with a metal frame and features an adjustable seat and handlebars.

If you would prefer a wooden balance bike in this price range, then look no further than the Jiggy Wooden Balance bike. This bike has a retro style, and although it is much heavier than the Chicco Red Bullet balance bike it is made from birch plywood so it is great for the environment and the saddle can be adjusted between 34cm, 36cm and 38cm. Another benefit of the Jiggy Wooden Balance bike is the inflatable tyres.

 

A final option is the Boppi balance bike, which is available as either a metal or a wooden bike.

The metal bike features a lightweight tubular frame which weighs in at 3kg, so although this is slightly heavier than the Chicco Red Bullet bike it is very well balanced.

Both the metal and wooden Boppi balance bikes feature EVA foam tyres, so this means they are easy to maintain and excellent for younger riders. Boppi balance bikes are available for under £30 which makes them a very good choice for a budget balance bike.

These models show that you can find a great quality balance bike on a limited budget, although if you can stretch your budget to £50 and above then you open up the choices to a greater range of bikes including Bike Star, Stompee and even a Strider. Don’t forget you will also need to invest in a safety helmet as well if your child is going to be out on the pavement or cycling on tarmac.

We hope this helps you choose the best budget balance bike, and if you are shopping by age group then check out our recommendations for the best balance bikes for 2 year olds, 3 year olds or 4 year olds.

 

 

Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance Bike

Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance BikeBuy now  £44.99

 

Kiddimoto are probably most well known for their exciting and innovative wooden balance bikes, including the ever popular Kiddimoto Kurve bike which comes in a range of funky designs.

A new addition to the Kiddimoto stable is the Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance Bike which is also available in an upgraded ‘Max’ version. These bikes are very different from the Kiddimoto Kurve and other bikes in the Kiddimoto range, as they are metal balance bikes and aimed firmly at the younger age range of children in the balance bike market.

The Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance bike looks great with a modern and stylish design, and is packed with an impressive number of features given that the bike is generally available for under £50.

The seat is adjustable from 34cm – 47cm, which is a large range of heights and means that if you invest in this bike for your toddler they will have plenty of time to learn the principles of balance and steering before moving on to a pedal bike. The seat height of 34cm compares well with other bikes in the market, but you may find this will be too high for an 18 month or 2 year old given that other bike such as the Puky LRM and Strider ST4 start at 29cm.

As well as offering such a large range of seat heights, the seat on the Kiddimoto Super Junior is well padded, the frame is manufactured from lightweight steel and the bike is equipped with comfortable sculpted hand grips with padded ends from protection during falls.

The Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance bike is available in black, red or pink – and at just 2.5kg, this is also one of the lightest balance bikes around!

Kiddimoto Super Junior Max Balance Bike

 

Super Junior Max Balance bikeBuy now  £65

The Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance bike is a great starter bike, but if you are sold on the look and design of the bike then it may well be worth upgrading to the ‘Max’ version of the bike.

This model offers several additional features, the most notable of which are the additional of a drum brake for the front wheel, an extra grippy footplate and pneumatic air tyres (as opposed to the solid tyres on the starter version).

These features give the Max version of the Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance bike a superior performance, as the air tyres will provide a much more comfortable ride, the brake will save on shoe leather and the extra grips on the footplate is a cute little addition that is often overlooked on other bikes.

These extra features increase the weight of the Max version to 4.1kg, so this bike would be suitable for older children aged 3 and above who would be capable of handling a bike of this weight. You would also expect to pay around £20 extra.

The modern design, impressive range of features and competitive pricing makes the Kiddimoto Super Junior Balance bike a fantastic addition to the balance bike market, and the extra features on the Super Junior Max make this one of our favourite balance bikes of 2018!

How long should a balance bike last

It is well know that balance bikes help young children to learn the essentials of balance and steering before they graduate to pedal bikes, but how long should your balance bike last for?

Most children love their balance bikes, but as they are usually in the hands of youngsters between the ages of 2 and 5 then they can expect to experience plenty of wear and tear, being thrown to the ground and ridden into obstacles along the way!

The rate of progress will vary from child to child, but if they get their first bike between the ages of 2 and 3, then a good quality model should last them for up to 2 years to the point where they are confident on the bike and ready to progress to a larger model.

We have already looked at the differences between wooden and metal balance bikes on this site, as wooden balance bikes do have a reputation for warping or losing shape – especially if they are left out in the rain. However, as long as you take good care of the bike and store it indoors or in a safe place such as a garage or a shed then there is no reason why a wooden balance bike shouldn’t last as long as a metal balance bike.

As with anything in life, you tend to get what you pay for so if you decide to buy one of the budget balance bikes at the cheaper end of the market then it is likely that the bike will have reached the end of it’s life by the time your child has finished with it. If this is the case, then please make sure that you dispose of the balance bike in an environmentally friendly way!

More expensive and better quality balance bikes should stand the test of time, so there is a good chance you will be able to hand the bike down to younger brothers, sisters or cousins. The better bikes may even retain some value for resale.

As long as you make sure that you choose the best size bike and a style that you child enjoys – then almost every balance bike will get your child confident on two wheels and they will have great fun at the same time!

Peppa Pig Bike Helmet

Peppa Pig Bike Helmet
Peppa Pig Bike Helmet

Buy now £12 – £18

A safety helmet is an absolutely essential accessory when you are shopping for a balance bike, and although little boys and girls love to get out and about on their bikes we all know that getting them to wear a helmet can be a bit more of a challenge!

This is where the Peppa Pig Bike Helmet comes into its own, as not only will Peppa Pig fans love the helmet and be excited to wear it, the helmet does a fantastic job of keeping children safe with a range of excellent features. You may also find your child will want to wear the helmet around the house if they are massive Peppa Pig fans!

As well as the cute Peppa Pig polka graphics, the helmet features a lightweight EPS inner, a ventilated shell and foam padding for extra comfort and fit. There is also a quick release buckle, adjustable head straps and it can be adjusted to fit any head measuring 48 – 52cm.

The Peppa Pig safety helmet is available for between £12 and  £18, and it can also be used when scootering, skating and skateboarding. It is suitable for children aged 3 years and above, and if your little boy would prefer a Peppa Pig Boy’s George Safety Helmet then this model is also available with the same specifications. Stay safe and look great with a Peppa Pig Bike Helmet!

Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike

Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike
Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike

Buy now £29.99

The Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike is manufactured by Chicco and is the sister bike to the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike, with the same specifications making it an ideal bike for a 2 year old.

The Chicco Pink Arrow balance bike is one of the very lightest bikes on the market at just 2.7kg, which makes it an ideal starter bike especially if you are shopping for one of the little girls in the family.

The bike is constructed from a metal frame painted a striking pink colour, and other features include an adjustable seat, safety handlebars and plastic tyres, which means that it can be used as a toy inside if the weather isn’t great or if your little girl is just starting to learn. A hand brake is not included on the Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike, but this is not necessarily a problem as younger riders often lack the co-ordination to use a brake and use their feet to stop or slow down instead.

As per our review of the Chicco Red Bullet Balance bike, the thin chassis and light weight nature of this bike make it a great choice for 2 – 3 year olds, although the very short wheel base can sometimes make the bike difficult to handle.

The Chicco Pink Arrow Balance bike is generally available for under £30, which makes it exceptional value and a candidate for one of the best budget balance bikes around. However, if you are shopping for your 2 year old and would like more options then don’t miss our guide to the best balance bikes for 2 year olds.