If your child has been using balance bikes since they were 2 or 3, then by the time they approach the age of 6 they should have well and truly mastered the arts of balance and steering and be ready to move on to larger bikes.
However, some children do not discover balance bikes or take to cycling until an older age . This could be due to lack of space if you live in a big city, a preference for other activities or that you just don't have enough time to learn to ride with a busy schedule.
Other children love balance bikes so much that they want to continue to become expert riders. Balance bikes are much lighter than normal pedal bikes which have a heavy chain and pedals, so they allow children to perform some tricks and stunts that just aren’t possible on normal bikes!
The range of bikes in this category is much smaller than the number of bikes that are available for children aged 18 month – 5 years.
But although there is much less choice, there are still some quality options when looking for the best balance bike for 6 year olds, and although older children may not take to riding quite as easily as younger children they still have the choice of several very good models.
Strider Youth 16 Sport Balance Bike
- Leading bike manufacturer for older children
- Wide handlebars for easy control.
- Removable footrest for coasting (and tricks!)
Strider lead the way in balance bikes for older children, and the Strider Cup is a specialist event for expert balance bike riders where children can show off their tricks and stunts.
The Strider Youth 16” Sport balance bike is their signature larger model, with a stylish design and a low 3 degree sweep handlebar. This is an important feature as it makes the bike more stable and easier to control.
This bike also features a removable launch pad footrest that allows the rider to tuck their feet in as they coast or perform tricks.
This is an excellent choice for an older child learning to ride for the first time, or for those dealing with special needs.
It is safety tested for riders all the way up to 85kg, and the seat height ranges from 49.5cm through to 64.8cm. This means it is perfect for children in the 6-12 age group for either advanced riding or for those who are not yet ready for a pedal bike for whatever reason. It is available in either blue or red for around £165.
Go Glider 16" Balance Bike
- Great alternative to Strider Youth bike
- Includes footpeg for 'gliding'
- Hand brake and kickstand included.
The bike is equipped with footpegs where children can rest their feet while they are 'gliding', and it also offers a hand brake and a kickstand. The bike has maintenance free EVA tyres, as well as an adjustable saddle.
The market for balance bikes for older children is growing, so there are sure to be some more models available for this age group soon. We will keep you updated as soon as they become available!