Our son loves to ride his bike. He’s been riding a bike for over a year now, with training wheels. He does a great job pedaling, and usually rides so fast that I have to jog to keep up with him. But he definitely relies on the training wheels for balance.
We had heard of balance bikes, and one of our son’s friends loves hers. But the ones I had found on Craigslist were usually at least $50, and the brand new ones are mostly in the $60 – $90 range.
Once again, Goodwill to the rescue. A few weeks ago, I went looking for a small bike there, and found a little Huffy that was small enough for our son to stand flat footed with the seat under him. It was six dollars.
Once we got home, we took off the pedals, and we had a balance bike. He absolutely loves it. Almost every day he asks if we can go out and ride it, and he loves to cruise down the driveway without letting his feet touch the ground at all. When we go on long rides, he opts for his bigger bike with training wheels, as he’s able to go much faster on flat ground with that bike. But it’s amazing how much his balance has improved in the last couple weeks with this new bike. The first day we tried it, he didn’t want to pick up both feet at the same time, but by the second day, he asked me if he could go down the driveway “fifty times” because he was having so much fun.
Our Goodwill almost always has kid-sized bikes, and I often see very small ones like this. Taking the pedals off takes just a few minutes, and the bikes are usually very inexpensive. If you’ve been wanting a balance bike for your kiddo but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this might be the solution you need. If it’s got snazzy white and purple wheels, even better.
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