Balance bike footrests

Does your balance bike need to have a footrest? You will probably find that most balance bikes out there these days don’t have a footrest, and it is not really an essential feature to consider when you are looking for the best balance bike.

However, footrests on balance bikes can be useful, especially if the rider is coasting along or going down a long hill. It gives them somewhere to tuck their feet out of the way and stops them getting tangled up in the rest of the bike! If your child is using the footrest for a reasonable period of time, then they must be well on their well to learning to balance!

Strider 12 Classic Balance Bike

One important factor to consider about balance bike footrests is that they are positioned correctly on the bike.

If the footrest is poorly designed, it can get in the way and cause the child to hit the back of their leg on it, causing more harm than good.

Some Strider bikes (pictured) feature a footrest, which is towards the back wheel of the bike. This is a great design as it doesn’t get in the way when the rider is walking or running with their bike to push it along.

Other bikes feature a low platform, and you will find this on models such as the Puky LRM Learner Bike and the Bike Star Classic. The low platform or footboard often comes combined with a step through frame – so this feature makes the bikes easy to mount and the footboard gives the rider somewhere to rest their feet as they scoot along.

These bikes are particularly good options for younger riders and we have recommended them in our feature on best balance bikes for 2 year olds.

Going back to footrests, although they can be useful we think there are more important things to consider when you are choosing the best balance bike for you. The make, model, type of tyres, frame composition (wooden, steel or aluminium), saddle height and many other factors are probably all much more important!

Motorbike balance bike

A motorbike balance bike is something completely different from traditional balance bikes, as while a normal balance bike will resemble a pedal bike – a motorbike balance bike will offer an exciting motorbike style along with racing designs so they are perfect for young motorsport enthusiasts!

Several different manufacturers offer balance bikes in a motorbike style, and we have come up with some of our preferred models below:

Yammy Wooden Motorbike Balance Bike

Yammy Wooden Motorbike balance bike
  • Racing Motorbike style
  • Birch plywood frame
  • 3 different saddle heights

£54.99

The Yammy Wooden Motorbike balance bike is made by Kidzmotion, who also offer the Jiggy Wooden Balance bike and the Oowee Pink Balance Bike.

This bike will really catch the eye with a blue and white colour scheme including the frame, tyres and handlebars. It comes with a birch plywood frame, a soft padded seat and a saddle that is adjustable to 3 different heights between 38cm and 42cm. 

Check out our guide to balance bike seat heights here. Just watch out for the handlebars as you are not able to adjust the height of these!

An extra feature that we really love are the stickers which are available as a 2, 3, 4 or 5 so they can be personalised with your child’s age.

This bike will probably be a bit too big for an average 2 year old with a 38cm saddle height, and it is also quite heavy. However, it will suit older children who are getting into racing perfectly and it is great value at £54.99. 

It is also available with a stand for an extra £5 at £59.99.

There are several alternatives to the Yammy Wooden Motorbike which are also offered by Kidzmotion. They offer the same style and features of the Yammy bike, but in different colours. The Hondee bike is available in striking orange, the Kwaka bike in green and the Duke bike in red. They are all also priced at £54.99

Hondee Balance Bike

Hondee Wooden Balance Bike - £54.99

Kwaka Balance Bike

Kwaka Balance Bike - £54.99

Duke Balance Bike

Duke Balance Bike - £54.99

Molto Premium Motorbike Balance Bike

Molto Premium Balance Bike
  • Bright red motorbike design
  • Wider wheels make it easier to balance
  • Great motorbike balance bike for younger children

£41

Another bike to consider is the Molto Premium Motorbike.

Young riders will love this bike which has all terrain wheels and a bright red, motorcycle design.

The Molto Premium Motorbike has a saddle height of 32cm, so it would be suitable for 2 or 3 year olds (although make sure you check their inseam first). The sturdy build and wider wheels also make it much easier to initially balance and propel than a traditional balance bike.

This bike doesn’t require any assembly so it is ready straight out of the box and is available for around £40.

Another option from Molto is the Molto “Cross Superman” Motorcycle. As the name suggests, this motorbike balance bike has a fantastic Superman design so it is ideal for children that love superheroes!

Kids Bike Gloves

A pair of good quality and stylish kids bike gloves is an essential accessory when you are buying some extras for your balance bike!

Kids bike gloves perform several functions, as they will not only help to protect the hands in the event of a fall or scrape against walls, trees or other such hazards, they can also help to provide extra grip on the handlebars as well as keeping the hands warm.

As there is such a huge range of kids bike gloves available, it would be impossible to review them all so we have selected our top 3 choices to help you choose:

Best Bike Gloves for 2 Year Olds

Kiddimoto Kids Bike Gloves

Kiddimto Bike Gloves Flames
  • Great range of funky designs
  • Fingerless style allows greater dexterity
  • Especially designed for younger riders aged 2-5
  • Padded palms for protection

£8 - £10

Kiddimoto offer a fantastic range of really good looking kids bike gloves, available in a number of different styles which complement their range of funky balance bikes.

These include styles such as Pastel Dotty, Neon Yellow and Stars – and we really like the colourful Flames gloves (pictured)

The gloves feature padded palms for extra protection, Velcro straps to keep them secure on tiny hands and a fingerless style which allows the rider greater dexterity.

These are possibly the best kids bike gloves available for younger balance bike riders, as they are suitable for children from the age of 2. There are two different sizes available with the smaller size suitable for the younger age group.

This is in contrast to many of the bike gloves available from other bike manufacturers, which are mainly catering for older children with the smaller sizes fitting children from age 4 or 5.

Kiddimto Bike Gloves are great value and are usually available for less than £10!

Bike Gloves for 4-6 Year Olds

Vbiger Kids Bike Gloves

Vbiger Kids bike gloves
  • Fleece lining for warmth
  • Lightweight gloves give range of movement
  • Anti-slip printing for extra grip
  • Touchscreen facility
  • Great gloves for 4 years plus

£8.99

As mentioned above, the smaller sizes of many bike manufacturers are suitable for children in the higher end of the balance bike range.

These gloves from Vbiger are an excellent choice, as they are made from soft lycra with a smooth fleece lining to keep the hands warm. They also have an anti-slip silicone printing on the palm and fingertips to provide extra grip.

These kids bike gloves are lightweight so they provide great freedom of movement, and they also have a touchscreen function on the thumb and index finger so they can be used with smartphones and tablets!

It is useful to know that these gloves are not very thick, so although they are ideal for the cooler autumn months they will not provide full protection in the depths of winter.

However, they are a really good choice for 4-6 year olds and are available for around £8.99.

Leopards Kids Motocross Bike Gloves

Leopard Motocross Kids Bike Gloves
  • Bright and striking colours
  • An ideal complement to a sporty or BMX balance bike
  • Breathable mesh material 
  • Suitable for children aged 4 plus

£8.95 - £9.95

Several balance bikes have a BMX, sporty or motorbike style, and if you are looking for some bike gloves to match then these gloves from Leopard are ideal!

They are available in a range of bright colours including red, blue, black, yellow and green – and they are made from a breathable mesh construction with reinforced thumb and palm.

The Velcro strap provides a secure fit, and they offer great protection against falls and scrapes.

The small size of the Leopard Motocross bike gloves are suitable for 4-6 year olds, and they are generally available for just under £10.

This is a just a small selection of the kids bike gloves available, as there are also excellent gloves produced by companies such as Polaris and Wulfsport.

Most gloves are available for between £5 and £15, so it is a just a small investment to enjoy all of the benefits that kids bike gloves provide.

Tiny Bike Balance Bike

Tiny Balance Bike

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

The Tiny Bike Balance Bike is currently unavailable but please see our reviews and guides for other suitable bikes.

Best balance bike for 2 year old

Best balance bike for 3 year old

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Strider Classic Balance Bike - £66


Here is our review of the Tiny Balance Bike for when it is available to purchase again:

  • Wide rubber wheels
  • Steel frame
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors

The Tiny Bike Balance Bike is a great little balance bike that looks great and has a robust build.

The bike is aimed at children aged 2-4 years, but it lives up to its name as one of the smaller bikes in the market so would make an ideal present for a child’s 2nd birthday.

It would also be suitable or some children aged under 2 if they are big for their age and you are keen for them to get on their bike. It makes a great starter bike to help children steer and balance before they graduate to a ‘proper’ pedal bike. It weighs in at a lightweight 3.2kg.

Easy to assemble straight out of the box, the Tiny Bike Balance Bike is sturdy and stylish and features a steel frame that is available in a range of colours, including pink, purple, red and white.

Other features include a footrest that is ideal for children as they glide along, an adjustable seat and safety handlebars. Check out our guide to balance bike saddle heights for advice on how to choose a bike that is the correct size for your child. The tyres are solid, which means there is no risk of punctures but the ride may not be as comfortable a bike with air tyres.

The Tiny Bike Balance Bike is available for around £49.95, which makes it fantastic value for money and competes directly with bikes such as Chillafish and Bike Star which are a similar price.

We think this is a great choice for a starter bike as it can be ridden indoors and outdoors, so if you do decide to purchase the Tiny Bike Balance Bike then your child should be off and about in no time at all.