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.
There are only a handful of adult balance bikes available at the moment, and the best models are reviewed below.
ZAQ Balance Bike
The ZAQ balance bike is suited for teenagers and adults that are looking to develop the skills associated with riding a bike for the first time.
This bike acts as a balance bike for adults, with a range of features including a lightweight steel frame, 20 inch wheels and pneumatic air tyres.
It also features an adjustable saddle and handlebar, with saddle heights available between 65cm - 75cm. This means the bike is suitable for people between heights of 155cm and 185cm.
The pneumatic air tyres are refillable and provide a very comfortable ride - the bike is also lightweight and easy to handle
You can check the current price and reviews on Amazon using the link above.
Adult Balance Bike YXX
The YXX balance bike is also suitable for adults and teenagers with an adjustable saddle between 63cm and 83cm.
This is an ideal bike for those learning to ride for the first time, and comprises of a strong carbon steel frame and wide handlebars which include a soft hand grip.
The 20 inch wheels include rubber air tyres and steel spokes for greater shock absorption. These type of tyres provide a strong grip and are excellent for all different types of road surfaces.
This adult balance bike is slightly cheaper than the ZAG bike and makes a great alternative.
Strider 20 Sport Balance Bike
- Part of the excellent range of Strider bikes
- Wide handlebars and a fully padded seat
- Footrest allows riders to perform tricks
The 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!
There are still relatively few adult balance bikes available, 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.