Balance bikes weren’t really a thing when Ben was learning to ride a bike – or at least not so as I knew about them! He had a fairly typical bike with stabilisers and whilst that was great for him to get going and enjoy riding around it did hold him back when it came to actually learning to ride his bike properly. In an attempt to avoid the same pitfalls with Chloe we bought her a Kiddimoto balance bike but found that whilst it was pretty, it was heavy and cumbersome so she never really got on with it. Amy has tried to use the same bike once or twice to no avail so I was really excited when we were offered the chance to review the Y Velo balance bike.
Amy was at home when the Y Velo balance bike arrived so was immediately very giddy and told anyone who would listen on the school run that she had a new balance bike! I promised her I would try and fit it together the following day so we could take it out for a ride in the park whilst the big two were at school and the weather was nice!
The Y Velo balance bike arrives in a number of pieces and whilst it’s fairly obvious how it all fits together, I just didn’t seem to have the strength or knack to get the front wheel on and quickly gave up promising Amy that Daddy would have a look when he got home! Typically Dave didn’t struggle at all and had Amy’s new bike put together in just a few minutes – cue her attempting to ride it around the living room!
Of course with summer just around the corner (we hope) it’s the ideal time to start getting our bikes and scooters out again to make the most of the sunshine and fresh air! All three kids were excited at the prospect of dusting off their respective bikes and scooters and heading to the park on Sunday afternoon for a whizz about!
As Amy has never really used a balance bike before the Y Velo balance bike is a great starting point for her to be able to learn to steer and balance before she adds in complications like pedals! Ben was keen to show her exactly how to ride it and was whizzing around all over the place (despite being far too big for it!). Amy on the other hand is currently quite happy to sit on her bike and sort of walk it along if that makes sense. She’s already getting quicker at doing this and I’m sure as time goes on she will develop in confidence to go faster and start to lift her feet off the floor a little as she learns to balance. I was impressed with how quickly her steering came on in just the short time she was riding it this weekend – I think her experiences with learning to ride a scooter probably helped her there!
What we love about the Y Velo balance bike:
* It’s really lightweight compared to our previous balance bike making it much easier to manoeuvre
* The seat is height adjustable for longevity – though Amy is pretty tall and already has it on almost the highest setting at three years old.
* The seat and handle bars are both really comfortable
* The wheels are nice and chunky to aid balance
* The bright colour means the bike is easy to spot
* It’s a really sturdy, quality bike – the £49.99 is an investment in a bit of kit that will easily be passed onto younger siblings or friends
I think it’s safe to say Amy is a big fan of her new Y Velo balance bike and I’m excited to see her progress over the summer months!