What is a Balance Bike?


The first balance bike ever was invented by Karl Drais in Germany in the 1818 and was known by the name dandy horse. Dandy horse was the first type of a bicycle with two wheels that had no pedals. With that invention of the two-wheel principle started the era of the mechanized personal transport. As you may already know, the two-wheel principle was a base for developing the bicycle as well as the motorcycle.

However, a modern balance bike is also known by the name run bicycle. It is a training bike specifically designed for children. The main purpose of the balance bicycle is to help children develop their balance and steering abilities. The balance bike can be made by removing pedals and other parts related with them from the normal type of bicycle. It can also be custom made, which is especially recommended for very small children. The reason for that lyes in the fact that normal bikes usually aren’t available for them.

The balance bicycle should have no breaks. If it does have them, then they need to be made in a way that allows them to be activated by hand only. To make sure that the balance bike will function in a proper way it has to be small enough for the rider to comfortably sit in the saddle while having both feet flat on the ground.

The main way for children to learn balance by riding this type of bike is to walk around on the bicycle while leaning over the seat. Once that is acquired a child will feel comfortable enough to run and cruise the bicycle around with both feet lifted from the ground. That way children are encouraged to master balance in a very short period. In fact, it’s been confirmed that children as young as 18 months can master cruising on the balance bike if you encourage them to practice for a couple of hours only.