If you’re looking to get your little one their first set of wheels this Christmas, check this one out. We recently took a Buster balance bike out for a spin and youngest loved it!
Balance bikes are such a simple but effective idea. I, for one, would have loved one as a kid. And, yes, I’m about to share a childhood anecdote…
I still vividly remember my first ride without stabilisers. I pedalled a couple of yards before taking a sharp, painful left into a hedge! It’s okay, you can laugh. I’m mostly over it now.
The key thing this proves though is that, while stabilisers enabled me to learn to pedal, they taught me nothing about balance.
By eliminating both, balance bikes address what I think is the most important factor in learning how to ride a bike.
As soon as our Buster balance bike arrived, youngest was keen to have a go. Luckily, I didn’t need to do much to get it ready.
We’ve had others that required a great deal of assembly, but there were no such problems here.
The wheels were already in situ so it was simply a matter of attaching the handlebar and seat. The necessary Allen keys were in the box so it was nice and straightforward.
Everything fitted together easily. I was also impressed by the quality of the magnesium frame. Weighing in at 4.6kg, it’s light enough to carry but still strong and sturdy.
Speaking of carrying it, there’s a comfortable and, indeed, handy grip on the frame.
After double checking that the wheels hadn’t worked loose in transit and ensuring that the tyres were well inflated – everything was top notch – it was time to hand it over.
Erring on the side of caution, I let her try it indoors first. This was just so she could practise balancing and because there was a soft landing available courtesy of the sofa.
Of course, she instinctively knew what to do and wanted to whizz around – it was already time to venture outside!
We went to a nearby countryside cycle path and let her loose. And, to be honest, that was pretty much that.
She moved both forwards and backwards with confidence. She seemed happy enough steering too. As she’s so young, her efforts were a little like mine when controlling a motorbike on any video game at first, but her movements improved quickly.
This is thanks in no small part to the design of the Buster balance bike. It allowed her to find her balance quickly and then to experiment with movement.
She spent a happy half hour or so riding it and looked very pleased with herself.
So, to summarise, the Buster balance bike gets two thumbs up from us. It’s ideal for young children and parent-friendly too.
As well as being safe and obviously fun to use, it’s easy to carry when little legs get tired and you can get away with assembling it late on Christmas Eve!
The Buster balance bike is suitable for children aged two to four years and has an RRP of £89. However, it’s currently available at a discounted price of £64 for Black Friday.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.