Toddler Best Buys 10 of the best balance bikes for pre-schoolers Teach your tot how to ride a bike the easy way with one of these no-pedal models 1 of Ad break Choosing a balance bikeBalance bikes are fun, a great way to grasp balancing on two wheels before the transition to a 'proper' bike, and can actually work out more economical than buying a trike and then a small bike with stabilisers. But how do they really work, and what are the different types you can buy? Well, the idea behind a balance bike is that instead of trying to learn to pedal, balance and brake all in one go, your child already has the balance aspect mastered for when they are ready for a pedal bike. Children learn to balance by simply sitting on the bike and pushing themselves along with their feet. Soon they start to whizz along with both feet off the ground, learning how to steer and balance as their confidence grows. There are so many types out there, but the main things to consider are the size of the frame - too big and a small toddler will struggle, too small and it's not going to work for an older child - and the seat adjustability. The last thing you want is to be constantly hunting for that special tool to adjust the seat, so it's worth looking for one that is easy to alter. You may also want to think about the tyres as they could be air-filled, foam, or solid rubber, but check what will work best for the surfaces you plan to take the balance bike out on. Brakes are another feature to consider, as most young riders won't have the strength or dexterity to use them, but they could be handy for older children. And it's worth looking for a steering column turning limiter, which stops your child jack-knifing the bike. We've picked our top balance bikes - read on for our picks, and happy biking! Early Rider Lite 12” balance bike, £99.99Suitable from 18 months to 3 1/2 years old, this classic wooden balance bike is perfect for beginners and features adjustable reach and seat height, easy grip foam handles and dual steering. It's also available in the Classic model, for children aged two to 4 1/2 years old, which has a larger 14" front wheel. Available from Amazon Check out the golden rules to teach your child when riding any kind of bike. Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Kiddimoto Union Jack Kurve Bike, £64.99Suitable for 3-6-year-olds, this colourful wooden balance bike Kiddimoto Kurve Bike features rubber handles and an upright seat with three adjustable heights, plus a steering lock restricting turns to 30 degrees. Available from Amazon Should cycle helmets be mandatory? See what the doctors say. Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Flip balance bike, £39.95Suitable for 2 to 5-year-olds, this easy to ride balance bike is safe, strong and compact. The design unfolds with one click and is ready to ride, with three adjustable seat heights. Available from Amazon Would you let your 5-year-old child cycle to school alone? Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Continue slideshow > Adventure Zooom Bike, £99.99Suitable from 2-years-old to around four, this lightweight aluminium balance bike allows children to learn to ride a bike within easy reach of the floor and without the distraction of pedalling. Plus, the rear brakes teach essential cycling skills! Available from Amazon Cycling in pregnancy - is it safe? Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Chicco Red Bullet balance bike, £29.99Suitable for 3 to 5-year-olds, this great value, ultralight metal balance bike features height adjustable handlebars and saddle to suit your child's needs. Available from Amazon 10 of the best walks and bike rides for children Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Prince Lionheart Balance Bike, £54.99This wooden balance bike looks cool and teaches your child how to balance and steer - first walking, then gliding - they'll be buzzing around all over the place. Suitable for children aged around 2-5, it features air-filled tyres. Available from Amazon Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Personalised Balance Bike, £65Make your little one's first riding experience extra special with this colourful and customisable balance bike. Suitable for 3-5-years-old, this balance bike features pneumatic tyres and adjustable seat with five heights. Comes in pink or blue. Available from My 1st Years Continue slideshow > Wishbone Bike, £160Fun starts at age 1 with three wheels, then converts to a 2-wheel balance bike and then flip the 'wishbone' frame to make it even larger for 5-year-olds. Lightweight and super-stable, this wooden design grows with your child making it ideal for teaching your tot to ride. Available from Amazon Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Strider 12 Sport balance bike, £80Metal framed but still lightweight at 3kg this balance bike includes a Mini-Seat for 18 months to 3 years, plus the Sport model also includes a padded seat and extra long seatpost for 3-6 year olds. Available from Amazon Check out the full review of the Strider bike Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner FirstBIKE Street balance bike, £94.99Lightweight and durable, this weatherproof wonder is suitable from 1-5-years-old and features safety handgrips, 5-spoke wheels, easy height adjustable seat and child-friendly drum brake for more advanced riders. Also available in the Cross version, with off-road tyres. Available from Amazon We've got the complete First Bike review Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Read more... 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