A couple of months ago, I was chatting to one of the mums at the school gate. She was waxing lyrical about balance bikes and how it meant they were now pushchair free. So when an email popped up from Kiddimoto a week or so after our conversation, I was very excited!
I’d been looking for ways to make the school run more interesting for H-Bear, and to slowly wean him off the pushchair, so I hoped a balance bike might be the answer.
Kiddimoto are the UK’s original balance bike company. They produce a wide range of award-winning balance bikes and matching accessories from their headquarters in Somerset.
Why choose a balance bike?
A balance bike is a two-wheeled pedal-less bike that teaches children from about 2 years old to balance on two wheels. With the skills learned from riding a balance bike, children as young as 3 years old have been known to transition straight onto a regular kids bike without the assistance of stabilisers.
H-Bear was offered a balance bike and personalised helmet, so I had a good peruse of their website and came across the amazing Fossil Metal Super Junior Max Balance Bike, which has a coordinating helmet and is designed for ages 2-5 years.
I absolutely adore the fossilised dinosaur design!
The bike was fairly straightforward to put together, although the instructions could have been a bit clearer; I did have to ask my Father-in-Law for help a couple of times whilst assembling.
What I love about this bike is that the seat is height adjustable – and very easy to do so. We took the bike to our local green space one weekend, and both children took it in turns to have a go. It was no effort to adjust the seat at all!
I also love the handle at the back of the bike, which makes it very easy to carry once they’ve had enough or want to feed the ducks.
Unfortunately, even though the helmet H-Bear was sent is age 2-5 years (and adjustable), it’s still far too big for his little head, which is why he’s not wearing it in these photos. Also a quick disclaimer – he hasn’t ridden the bike anywhere but on the grass without a helmet on – ditto for Busby – for safety reasons. This has obviously meant that we haven’t been able to take it on the school run yet.
The lovely folk at Kiddimoto personalised H’s helmet for him, which he was very excited about!
Even though we haven’t been able to take it on the school run, he’s loved riding on it on the grass in the garden, as well as our local green space (pictured). If anything, it’s practice for when the helmet fits; he’ll be speeding along on the school run!
The balance bike has a back wheel drum brake which helps teach the art of controlling speed, giving H-Bear the necessary skills for when he moves onto a pedal bike.
We’ve been so impressed with the balance bike and can’t wait to keep using it! I also can’t wait until H-Bear’s head grows just a little bit more so the helmet will fit!
You can find the whole range of balance bikes and accessories on the Kiddimoto website. The Fossil Metal Super Junior Max Balance Bike costs £94.99 and can be personalised for an extra £8.99. The coordinating Fossil Cycling Helmet retails at £29.99 and can also be personalised for an extra £4.99. They would make the most wonderful Christmas presents!