Balance bikes are the perfect vehicle to get your toddler confident enough and ready to make the transition to pedal bikes.
The best balance bikes are generally lighter than small children’s bikes and kids are usually ready to use them from around 18 months to two years old, and are generally used up to around the age of four, although there’s no age restriction, of course.
They come without pedals and your mini me will push the bike along with their feet on the ground, lifting legs up when they’ve gained some momentum, and getting used to the feeling of riding along the way.
Unlike stabilisers, a balance bike will help your child learn to steer by leaning as opposed to tuning the handlebars left or right.
We’ve rounded up the best balance bikes below to get your child confident on two wheels… They’ll be whizzing around before you know it.
Best balance bikes
Get your kids outdoors with this ultra-light balance bike that you can easily carry if your little one decides they’ve had enough while you’re out.
Stabilisers won’t slow them down, and kids can zip along and have lots of fun on this banana balance bike. As opposed to scooters where kids can get tired as they’re standing up, the balance bike sees them wheeling around for hours.
The tyres are also puncture-proof so you won’t need to worry about inflating them either.
How cute – and cool – is this retro-style balance bike?
A super-chic first bike for anyone, it has a steel frame with a scratch-resistant coating in gorgeous blue or ice cream pink.
The leather-look saddle is sweet and stylish and the bike is perfect for children from around three years old.
Think pink for a super-fun stepping stone to pedal bikes with this popping pink balance bike.
The bike is light as a feather and has an adjustable seat and handlebars to suit a growing child.
One reviewer wrote: “Very strong little bike, my daughter loves this as she can push herself along, very easy to assemble.” Suitable from two years old.
This sturdy balance bike really looks the business, and any child will love the cool design.
It has puncture-proof tyres, comfy ergonomic handlebar grips, and reversible frame that creates two different sized balance bikes so that it can grow with the child by increasing the height and reach.
One customer said: “My grandson jumped straight on with feet on the floor, off he went without falling. I am sure when it comes to riding a pedal bike this will give him a head start.”
This trusted brand has produced a stylish and high-quality balance bike that’s also affordable.
The pneumatic rubbber tyres offer better grip for extra security and the handlebar grips are ergonomically designed for little hands.
One happy Halfords customer said: “Great little bike! Well made and will last for years, also very easy to self assemble. My grandson loves it.”
If you don’t want to spend a small fortune and are looking for a small balance bike for little ones, this is fab.
With cute animal prints on the frame, puncture-proof tyres, and little 10-inch wheels, its the perfect way to get your mini-me started with cycling.
Another great-value option, the Birtech balance bike is an Amazon bestseller.
It’s crafted with anti-rust steel, adjustable handlebars and seat, and is lightweight, making it easy to ride.
An Amazon reviewer said: “This is great for my two-and-a-half year old. He has taken to it quickly. This is the way to get kids ready to ride a bike, not stabilisers! Really lightweight. Looks the business. Buy one.”
What child doesn’t love Peppa Pig? This fun themed balance bike is a delightful way to get your child used to the feeling of riding a bike.
It comes with a sturdy steel frame, puncture-proof tyres, and a removable Peppa plaque on the front.
There’s also adjustable handlebars and seat so it will grow with your toddler.
Is your child more Buzz Lightyear than Peppa Pig? Don’t worry, there’s a balance bike for that.
This great-quality Toy Story themed bike has everything you need to get your child wheeling around, including an adjustable seat and handlebars and a robust steel frame.
One customer said: “I bought this bike for my three-year-old and he loves it. It was easy to put together and is great quality.”
There’s a host of other themed balance bikes at Halfords, including Paws Patrol and Disney’s Frozen.