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!

Best Balance Bike for 2 year old

You can buy balance bikes for children from any age from 18 months all the way through to the age of 10 or 12, so when you are looking for the best balance bike there is a huge range of models, sizes, colours and designs to choose from.

However, the most popular age for children to start riding balance bikes is between the ages of 2 and 3, so we thought it would be useful to provide a guide to the best balance bike for 2 year olds.

The table below outlines some of the most popular balance bikes for 2 year olds, and we have highlighted the model, the weight, the frame composition and of course – the price!

PictureBikeSaddle heightWeightFrame MaterialPrice
Puky LRM 2017Puky LRM Learner bike 201729cm - 40cm3.54kgSteel£55-£60
Strider 12 Classic Balance BikeStrider Classic28cm - 41cm3kgSteel£66
Chicco Red Bullet Balance BikeChicco Red Bullet33cm - 38cm2.7kgSteel£25-£30
Early Rider LiteEarly Rider Lite29.5cm - 38cm3.25kgWood£70-£75
Metal Boppi balance bikeBoppi balance bike35cm - 39cm3kgSteel£30-£35
Jiggy Wooden Balance BikeJiggy Wooden34cm - 38cm4kgWood£35

If your child is between the age of 2 and 3 then this is the perfect time to start learning to ride with a balance bike. A normal pedal bike will be too heavy and cumbersome to use at this age – and balance bikes are a lot more fun than traditional tricycles or bikes with stabilisers.

One of the main advantages of balance bikes is that they are very light, which makes them easy to manoeuvre for younger children. This also makes them very safe, and easy to clean and transport.

If your child is just about to turn 2, then a balance bike is the perfect present for their 2nd birthday! A child that gets to grips with balance and steering between the ages of 2 and 3 is likely to be able to progress to a normal pedal bike by the age of 4.

As this is such a great age for learning to ride using a balance bike, then there is a huge choice of bikes available for this age range. We have highlighted some of the most popular in the table above, but some of the main features to look out for are:

Seat height – All balance bikes will come with an adjustable seat so that they can grow with your child. However, it is important to make sure that you measure the inside leg of your child and buy a bike that has the correct seat height for them. We have some more details in our Balance Bike Seat Guide.

If you are buying a bike for a 2 year old, then you are going to want to purchase a bike with one of the lower saddles, and seat heights tend to start at around 29cm. You need to make sure that the lowest seat height is around 2.5 -3cm lower than the inside leg so that the child can get on and off the bike comfortably.

A good example is the Puky LRM Learner Bike, which has an adjustable seat height from 29cm – 40cm, which makes it an ideal if you are looking for a bike for a 2 year old to last for a couple of years. The Strider 12 Classic Balance bike is also a great option with a saddle height which also starts at 29cm. Some of the balance bikes for younger children also have a special learner bike saddle.

Step through frames – Some of the most popular balance bikes for 2 year olds have a step through frame with a low platform. This allows the child to build their confidence by resting their feet on the platform as they scoot along.

It also makes it easier for them to get on and off the bike, and an excellent example of this is the Weeride First Balance Bike. This has a higher saddle height than the Puky LRM Learner bike, but it offers a stylish metal frame and a range of colours and it also offers the step through frame.

Frame composition – The majority of balance bikes are made from steel or aluminium, but there are also some excellent wooden balance bikes. These bikes have the advantage of being good for the environment and kids love them as they look great.

A market leader in balance bikes for 2 year olds for wooden bikes is the Early Rider Lite. This is a beautifully designed bike that is perfect for 2 year olds, with a saddle height starting at 29cm and it is also lightweight as it weighs in at just 3.2kg. It also looks fantastic with a fiery design on the main frame.

A more reasonably priced alternative to the Early Rider Lite is a Tidlo Balance bike, which are manufactured by John Crane. These are lovely balance bikes painted in some beautiful colours and will cost more around the £40 mark rather than £100!

Tyres – Check out our Balance Bike Tyres Guide for more details on balance bike tyres, but you will find that the choice comes down to traditional pneumatic (air) tyres or EVA foam tyres. Pneumatic tyres have the advantage of providing more ‘give’ so a more comfortable ride, but foam tyres have the benefit of being puncture proof and they are also perfect for younger children learning to ride on smooth surfaces.

Strider offer foam tyres on the Strider 12 Classic which we have featured in the table above – although they do offer the option of air tyres on some of their models. The Strider 12 classic also has the advantage of weighing just 3kg which means it is probably the lightest bike on the market!

Balance bikes for 2 year olds should also have safety handlebars grips, which are rubber grips with a knobby end to protect little hands and fingers if they run into something – they will also come into play in the event of a fall.

There is so much choice for children age between 2 and 3 that there are plenty of excellent bikes even if they are not mentioned in the table above. Your child is likely to be extremely excited at the prospect of riding a ‘real’ bike, and their first balance bike is likely to provide hours of fun and set them well on the way to riding a proper pedal bike.