There’s nothing like a good balance bike to start a toddler on the path of biking. Indeed, experts say that balance bikes are a great tool for kids to develop balance and coordination. Balance bikes, for those who aren’t aware, are simply bikes without pedals, made for toddlers to ride around in. It has all the relevant components of a real bike—a frame, handlebars, and wheels—without the pedals and drivetrain.
While many argue that a bike with stabilizers or training wheels is better for kids to learn how to bike, many studies have now come out to belie that claim. Indeed, most experts say that balance bikes will improve a child’s balance better than one with training wheels.
But with the market flooded with options, many parents rightly wonder which on offer will best suit their children. So in this space, we’ve dedicated an article to provide the answers. We’ll focus on the best girls’ balance bikes for now and will come up with another article for boys in the future.
So, without further ado, here are the best girls’ balance bikes on the market today, in no particular order!
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We just love the frame. First of all, it is lightweight, and won’t be hard for a kid to push around. Secondly, the frame’s design, with the top tube sloping downward, makes it easy for children to get in and out of the bike, and it makes it easy for them to have their feet on the ground, too, for balance. The frame design has the added effect of lowering the center of gravity, which will help your child maintain balance.
The handlebars are excellently placed, and kids won’t have a hard time holding on to the handlebars while maintaining an upright position. The tires are thick and wide, and won’t puncture easily even on rough terrain, and the brake is positioned in such a way that is easy for a toddler to reach.
All in all, this is a great balance bike, and we particularly loved that it’s available in a variety of colors.
This bike is very affordable—indeed, it’s almost half the price of others on this list. But don’t make the affordability fool you since it has everything a young girl will need.
The frame is aluminum and is very light, and indeed isn’t as chunky as the other options here, making the whole bike more maneuverable. And it has a long wheelbase which will help your child in the balance department. We will say that the frame on this one doesn’t feel as durable as the more pricey balance bikes on this list, but it’s still well worth it for the price.
The tires that this bike comes with are also solid. They won’t damage easily, which is always a welcome feature among balance bikes in this price range.
3. Micro 2 in 1 Balance Bike
We loved the design of this one. It looks really unique, and the frame, at around 5 pounds, is one of the lightest on this list. Remember: a 1 to 2-pound difference might not be all that big for adults, but for kids, it will be quite significant. So weight is something we really considered here when choosing the best girls balance bikes available on the market.
This balance bike has even got a front suspension, which we really liked. Another thing we liked about the Micro 2in1 Balance Bike was that the rear wheel can be swapped out for training wheels, which simply adds to the bike’s overall versatility. We definitely recommend this bike for those who want to start their 2-3-year-old kids with training wheels, transitioning to big wheels after a year or so.
There’s just something about the fact that the frame is made of wood that makes this bike so appealing. And, yes, the frame is made of wood, so you can expect it to be relatively light, too.
We also love the fact that the rear wheel can be swapped out for a pair of wheels, virtually converting the balance bike into a trike. Even the wooden top tube can be inverted, which will effectively give the saddle some additional distance from the ground, making the bike fit a slightly larger kid. The versatility of this bike is simply what’s so great about it.
Maybe one reservation we have is that it is quite pricey. And the wood might not last as long as other metal or aluminum offerings. But, hey, we think it looks really unique and cute!
This bike has such a cool design. It kind of looks space age in our opinion. And the frame is made from cast magnesium, which means it’ll be pound-for-pound much lighter than balance bikes made from aluminum or metal.
We also like the fact that both the handlebars and saddle are adjustable. This means the bike can adjust to your toddler as they grow. The tires the bike comes with are also very thick and made of good quality—you won’t be damaging these easily even after clocking in hours of rough use.