This is the multi-award winning FirstBIKE – a new balance bike designed specifically for children between 2 and 5 years.
You might have seen balance bikes at your local park – they’re the ones without pedals, and children simply push themselves along with their feet and gradually learn how to lift their feet off the ground to glide along while balancing.
Because this type of bike cuts out the need to master pedals and allows children to concentrate on learning to balance, they’re a great way to introduce children to cycling, building confidence and helping them to transition smoothly to a pedal cycle when they’re ready.
The FirstBIKE has been designed with for toddlers and preschoolers with safety firmly in mind.
- a rear drum SafetyStop brake that provides gentle, gradual breaking
- a steering limiter to help young riders control the bike and prevent falls
- a specially shaped ‘horse saddle’ seat prevents children slipping off when riding
- a saddle height adjuster that can be risen or lowered without tools in seconds
- no sharp edges or protruding screws and sealed bearings to protect little fingers
- a unique composite frame which is extremely light (only 3.9 kg with a brake) as completely weatherproof, so it doesn’t scratch, splinter, swell or rust
- high-strength yet flexible frame and inflated Schwalbe tyres also provide shock-absorption to protect your child’s spine
- a lifetime warranty on the frame and fork and a 5-year warranty on all other parts.
The bikes are available in 9 colours and cost between £94.99 – £119.99.
We’ve been trying the FirstBIKE out with my nephew H, who just turned two. He’s got the Racing model (£109.99), which has Big Apple tyres for maximum traction, making it suitable for all surfaces, from grass to tarmac.
Out of the box the FirstBIKE was easy to put together with just three screws to fix the handle bars, top plate and saddle. The only snag was that H, who just turned two, wasn’t quite tall enough to use the bike comfortably. His toes reached the floor, but he was a bit unstable, so we ordered a lowering kit for just £4.99, which brings the saddle a touch lower, making it perfect for his current height.
He was wobbly at first, but the smile on his face as he’s going along is ADORABLE.
H’s mum and dad have taken him along the pavements, to the park and even up and down the grass of grandma’s garden. He’s getting steadier every day.
He’s really proud to have a bike of his own, and to be able to move along independently. We’re all excited to see how he gets on as he grows in confidence and ability.
FirstBIKE provided a bike for review and the the prize.