Balance bikes - is there much difference?

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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby emzit » 15 Jan 2016, 11:40

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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby lizandimo » 15 Jan 2016, 16:28

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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby mamapup » 15 Jan 2016, 19:53

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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby emzit » 15 Jan 2016, 20:22

He actually would have had it earlier if we hadn't waited for Christmas. He's been having little goes on muncher's for a couple of months. We're expecting it to last till he's 5 so if little croc likes it it would be value for money. You could always sell one and get another for little croc? It might encourage the puppy as well if she gets going.
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby yorkshirepudding » 15 Jan 2016, 20:58

Ooh, now torn between Cruzee and Isla bike! I was thinking Isla bike because of the air tyres, thought the foam tyres might be a bit solid for riding off road? But sounds like your kids will prove me wrong, emzit!
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby Lily » 15 Jan 2016, 21:44

The LikeaBike has air tires too, yp, and is good for jumping, which is specifically not recommended on Islabikes.
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby yorkshirepudding » 15 Jan 2016, 22:06

Thanks lily! Is Izbiz quite tall? Moo is pretty short and I think E will be even shorter, and looking at that comparison chart I thought the likeabike might be too big, otherwise it looked great.
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby EnigmaFish » 16 Jan 2016, 00:09

We have the chiccco one, same as kc. I'd recommend it. It was cheap and it's light.
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby emzit » 16 Jan 2016, 04:25

The foam is really really sturdy, muncher rode his off road for ages. We have upgraded his to air tires for the extra grip though so there is always that option!

Also, if you're worried about brakes and like the idea of a handbrake, we've never felt the cruzee needed one and muncher hasn't has any trouble adjusting to the handbrakes on his pedal bike.

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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby yorkshirepudding » 10 Feb 2016, 22:48

Meant to say, we got a likeabike in the end off eBay, so far so good, he needs lots of practise but is determined! Thanks so much for all the tips!
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby Lily » 11 Feb 2016, 08:20

Sorry I didn't see your question before, yp! But if I had, I'd have said that he's extremely tall, but that's a disadvantage for him. We had to add in the seat-post extension within a few months of him turning 3, and he was at the highest seat level ages ago, so a more petite littlie should be fine.
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby mamapup » 11 Feb 2016, 08:49

Good timing to reignite this post. Little Croc turns two (???) in a few weeks and we are considering a balance bike for her.
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby yorkshirepudding » 11 Feb 2016, 08:51

2??!! Looking at the comparison chart above (and linked reviews), I'd have gone for an islabike for Moo at 2.
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby emzit » 11 Feb 2016, 12:58

Squish has been pootling about on his Cruzee since Christmas, she'll be fine, she'll love it. Go light.

And yes, what are these children doing turning 2? I AM NOT READY.
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Re: Balance bikes - is there much difference?

Postby Kitcameron » 11 Feb 2016, 17:38

Ive started thinking about a bike for CM too but tbh I think she'll get SMs hand me down balance bike. I feel a bit mean but I suppose she won't know. Getting a 16" bike from a friend for SM to learn to ride a pedal bike on before buying her her own shiny new bike for her birthday in Sept. I'm thinking if CM is also ready for a pedal bike for her fourth birthday SM hopefully won't have outgrown hers so CM will be able to have her own new shiny bike then, maybe. Or maybe by the time she's four she'll be able to tell me she doesn't want a hand me down anyway so I may just buy her a new one anyway lol.

Tried SM on a 16" with no pedals (thanks for that tip on here) or stabilisers a the shop today and she looked like she'd get Her balance in it pretty quickly. The hand me down one is going to be a reward for sleeping better though so she has to earn it. She has started, well not exactly sleeping better but not shouting me for silly things which in turn means she's less distracted so goes back to sleep quicker.
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