Oowee Pink Balance Bike

Oowee Pink Balance Bike
  • Wooden balance bike with floral design
  • 3 different saddle heights from 38cm
  • Too big for 2 year old – best for 3 or 4 year old
  • Air tyres give a comfortable ride


The Oowee Pink Balance bike is another funky and fun bike from Kidzmotion, who also manufacture the Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike, which we featured recently on this website.

The Oowee Pink Balance bike is definitely one for the girls in the family, with the wheels and saddle a striking pink, which complements the flower petal design on the frame. This is one of our favourite pink balance bikes!

Manufactured from birch plywood, the wooden frame is environmentally friendly and the bike is easy to manoeuvre which is one of the main advantages of wooden balance bikes.

Other features include safety handlebars which have a soft grip on either end, a soft padded seat and a saddle height which can be adjusted between three heights of 38cm, 40cm and 42cm.

This means that the bike will probably be too big if you are looking for a bike for a 2 year old, as these bikes will start with saddle heights starting at 28cm or 29cm. Check out our guide to balance bike saddle heights and our recommendations for the best balance bike for 2 year olds.

This is a fun bike that your kids are sure to love, and the Oowee Pink Balance bike also features a carry handle and air tyres. This gives the advantage of a more comfortable ride with plenty of ‘give’ as the rider goes over bumps and up and down kerbs. Read our guide to balance bike tyres.

The bike does require some assembly this is really straightforward so your child should soon be off and on their bike.

Although it does not boast some of the features of the more expensive bikes available – the Oowee Pink Balance bike is a great way to learn to ride and is ideal for outings to the park this year!

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.

Comparison Table

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!

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Bike

Saddle Height

Weight

Frame

Price

Banana Balance Bike LT

31cm - 40cm

2.9kg

Metal

Strider Sport Balance Bike 

28cm - 48cm

3kg

Metal

Puky LRM Learner Bike

29cm - 40cm

3.54kg

Steel

Ridestar Balance Bike

32cm - 40cm

3kg

Steel

Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike

33cm - 38cm

2.7kg

Steel

Boppi Balance bike

30cm - 39cm

3kg

Steel

Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike

34cm - 38cm

4kg

Wood

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:

Features of Balance Bikes for 2 year olds

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.

This is why we recommend the Puky LRM Learner Bike, the Banana Balance Bike and the Ridestar balance bike for 2 year olds. These bikes all have adjustable saddles with seat heights starting at just 29cm or 32cm, so these are perfect for this age group.

In general, we find that metal balance bikes have more adjustable saddles than wooden balance bikes, so although wooden balance bikes can be painted in lots of fun and exciting colours a metal bike might fit your child better.

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 Puky LRM Learner Bike.

Another great option is the Banana Bike range, as the signature curved frame on these bikes allow easy access.



Frame Composition

As already mentioned, the majority of the best balance bikes for 2 year olds are made from metal. However, if you would prefer a wooden balance bike there are some great choices such as the Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike.

This has a great retro design and is very reasonably priced, and another great alternative is a Tidlo Balance bike which is manufactured by John Crane. These lovely balance bikes are painted in some beautiful colours and wooden balance bikes also have the advantage of being great for the environment.

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 Sport – 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!

Other features

Balance bikes for 2 year old's 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.

Some balance bikes are equipped with brakes, but we really don't feel this is an important feature for 2 year olds. They have enough to concentrate on with balance and steering, and will be able to slow down and stop with their feet. You might have to be prepared to get through a bit of extra shoe leather while they are learning to ride! Brakes can be useful on balance bikes for older age groups, but this is not nearly as important as choosing a lightweight bike with the correct saddle height.


Best Balance Bike for 2 year olds - Reviews

Strider Sport Balance Bike


  • Lightweight and sporty balance bike
  • Saddle height from just 28cm all the way to 48cm
  • Footrest helps child to learn balance
  • EVA polymer tyres are puncture proof

The Strider Sport balance bike is a fantastic balance bike, not just for 2 year olds but for any child learning to ride.

Strider are renowned for producing quality balance bikes, and the Strider Sport model has plenty of features that make it an excellent  choice.

Firstly, it has a stylish and sporty design, and it is very lightweight at just 2.9kg which makes it one of the lightest balance bikes on the market.

It also has a very low starter saddle height at just 28cm, which makes it suitable for very young children and this can be extended all the way to 48cm with the help of a seatpost extension. However it is likely your child will have mastered balance before they need this if they start riding at age 2.

The Strider Sport also has a footrest which is handy when the child is gliding, and although it is more expensive than some of the other balance bikes available it is a great choice as a first bike for your child.

Banana Balance Bike LT


  • Saddle height from 31cm - 40cm
  • Lightweight at just 2.9kg
  • Signature curved frame

The Banana balance bike LT model is one of our very favourite balance bikes for 2 year olds, and for several reasons.

The first, and most important reason is that the saddle is fully adjustable between 31cm and 40cm. There are no tools required, so it is a simple 2 minute job to raise the saddle when your 2 year old goes on a growth spurt.

This bike is also lightweight and easy to handle, with the signature curved banana frame providing great looks and easy access.

It should also be easy for your child to pick up steering, as the wide handlebars have been designed for riders using a bike for the first time. The handlebars also have the essential rubber grips for protection during a fall.

An excellent balance bike for 2 year olds and great value as well!


Ridestar Balance Bike


  • Classic BMX design
  • Lightweight frame
  • Puncture proof tyres
  • Saddle height 32cm - 40cm

The Ridestar balance bike is another great choice for 2 year olds, offering a classic BMX design and all the essential features required to learn to ride.

The saddle height starts at 32cm, so this is ever so slightly higher than the Banana balance bike. However, this bike should still be a good fit for most children of this age.

The lightweight frame should be easy to handle, and the EVA foam tyres remove any worries about punctures.

Another great value bike for 2 year olds.

Puky LRM Balance Bike


  • Step through frame
  • Saddle height from 29cm
  • Safety handlebars
  • High quality bike

The Puky LRM balance bike is more expensive than most of the other bikes in our selection. However, we have included it as part of our recommendations as it offers a very low saddle height of just 29cm and a step through frame.

These features make the bike ideal for 2 year olds, and the low platform will allow the children to rest their feet as they scoot along. This is very handy when they get up speed having got used to the bike!

Puky is a brand that produces high quality bikes, so this really is a great choice for a starter bike for young children.


Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike


  • Very light at 2.7kg
  • Saddle height from 33cm
  • Shorter wheel base than some other bikes

Another popular balance bike for 2 year olds is the Chicco Red Bullet balance bike.

This is smaller than some of the other bikes we have featured, which makes it very lightweight and the frame weighs just 2.7kg.

Although this is great for young children, some riders have found that the shorter wheel base on this bike can make it a little bit more difficult to handle.

The saddle height is from 33cm, so although this is slightly higher than our other recommendations, it should still be a good fit for most children this age.

A great option and one of the least expensive balance bikes available for 2 year olds as it is generally available for under £30.


Boppi BMX Balance Bike


  • BMX style bike
  • Saddle height from 30cm
  • Puncture proof tyres
  • Lightweight frame

The Boppi BMX metal balance bike is another great option for 2 year olds.

The saddle height starts at just 30cm, so this makes the bike ideal for this age group and it can easily be adjusted as your child grows.

This bike also offers a lightweight frame, puncture proof tyres and safety handlebars.


Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike


  • Stylish retro design
  • Wooden frame
  • Saddle height from 34cm

The Jiggy Wooden balance bike is the only bike on our list with a wooden frame.

This is not because we dislike wooden balance bikes, we think that they are great fun with brightly coloured frames.

However, most wooden balance bikes don’t have the same seat height range as metal bikes, and the Jiggy Wooden balance bike offers three choices between 34cm and 38cm.

This means it should be suitable for some 2 year olds, but do make sure you measure your child’s inseam before purchasing the bike. Check out our balance bike saddle height guide for full details.

This bike has a retro style with a fantastic design, and is our recommended option if you would prefer a wooden balance bike for your child.


Summary

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.

Balance bike Turning Limiters

Balance bike turning limiters are another factor to consider when you are looking for the best balance bike, so are they really necessary?

The main function of a turning limiter is to restrict the angle that the front wheel and handlebars can turn and prevent them from performing a full revolution.

If a turning limiter is fitted to your bike, then the child will probably not be able to turn much beyond 30 degrees in each direction. This provides a safety aspect to the bike, as it prevents the handlebars being turned fully to the right or left by an inexperienced rider, which would probably result in the rider taking a tumble over the handlebars.

Turning limiters are supposed to minimise injuries if a fall does occur and they prevent the brake cables becoming twisted (if your balance bike has brakes – don’t miss our guide to balance bike brakes).

However, the main purpose of your child learning to ride on a balance bike is to get them ready for a proper pedal bike once they have mastered steering and balance. If the bike is fitted with a turning limiter, then they are not going to be used to the full steering range when they grow out of their balance bike.

Some balance bike experts have also claimed that the presence of a turning limiter will prevent the handlebars from lying flat to the ground in the event of a fall – which could make injuries more likely.

So although some bikes do come equipped with a turning limiter, this can restrict the child’s ability to steer and there are probably more important factors to consider when you are deciding upon the best balance bike.

These include the frame component (wooden or metal), tyres, colour and of course the price. Good luck in choosing the best balance bike!

Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike

Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike
  • Stylish Retro Design
  • Wooden Frame
  • Lightweight
  • Soft Plastic Handlebars
  • Saddle height from 34cm
  • Great value

There are several manufacturers that produce quality wooden balance bikes, and another option is the Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike.

The bike is manufactured by Kidzmotion, who are a small and family run business that offer a range of balance bikes and other products. This is also the sister bike to the Oowee Pink Balance Bike.

As you can see from the image, the Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike scores well on appearance, with a retro style that offers a red, white and blue design than runs throughout the bike including the frame, the tyres and the handlebars.

The frame is made from birch plywood, so this means that it is lightweight at 4kg and good for the environment. The soft padded seat provides a comfortable ride and can be adjusted to three heights from 34cm, 36cm and 38cm.

This means that the Jiggy Wooden Balance Bike would suit children from 2 years old and upwards – but make sure you read our balance bike seat guide and measure the child’s inseam first!

Other features include soft plastic handlebars with safety ends, and a carry handle so the bike is easy to transport when the rider has had enough and just wants to walk. We also think the wheels look great with a blue circular infill and inflatable tyres – just like a proper bike. Check out the other sorts of tyres that are used on balance bikes in our balance bike tyres guide.

This is a stylish and sleek wooden balance bike that will look great in the playground, on the street or at the local park.

The design means that it will suit both boys and girls – so it is ideal if you have younger brothers and sisters waiting in line that the bike can be passed on to.

The Jiggy Wooden Balance bike's nearest competitor is the wooden Boppi balance bike. This bike is a similar price and are available in a number of different designs.

Good luck in searching for the best balance bike!