The staff at Kids Balance Bikes are available to sort out your questions and figure out which bike your child will love and thrive on! How do we know? At least one balance bike from each brand sold in our online store has been taken out of the box, inspected, assembled, and put to the test with real toddlers and school-aged kids.
Here are our recommendations for how to choose the best size balance bike for your child.
It is important that your child's inseam is long enough for the starting seat height of the bike. Measure your child's inseam with shoes on from floor to crotch. It should be equal to or a half inch longer than the starting seat height for easy handling.
Once you have the inseam measurement, you can use the chart below to see how it lines up with the starting seat height of different balance bikes.
See Balance Bikes Specs and Reviews for more detail and pictures of each bike.
Or begin browsing our selection of balance bikes organized by age.
|Model||Material||Wheel size||Bike weight||Max Child Wt.||Seat Height|
|Strider Brand Bikes
||Metal||12"/16"||6.9 lb./15 lb.||60 lb./120 lb.||11" – 16.5"
up to 19.5" with XL post
up to 25" for Super Strider
|TykesBykes||Metal||12"/16"||10 lb./13lb.||110 lb. (16" version)||13" – 22"|
||Metal||12"/16"||8 lb./12lb.||100 lb./125 lb.||12" – 23.5"|
|Kinderbike||Metal||12"||7 – 9 lb.||75 lb.||11" – 19.5"|
|XL Scoot||Metal||14"||12.5 lb.||None||16" – 20"|
|Scoot||Metal||12"||12 lb.||100 lb.||14" – 20"|
|Kazam||Metal||12"||11.2 lb.||75 lb.||14" – 17.5"|
|FirstBIKE||Composite||12"||8 lb.||75 lb.||12" – 18"|
|Wood||12" – 14"||7 – 12 lb.||60 – 75 lb.||11.5" – 18.5"|
|Wishbone 3-in-1||Wood||12"||8.5 – 12 lb.||100 lb.||11" – 18"|
|Brand||18 mos – 2 yrs
|2.5 – 3 Yrs
|3 – 4 yrs
(3T – 4T)
|4 – 5 yrs
(4T up to 5T)
|Strider Brand Bikes||X||X||X||X||X
|Laufrad Mini or E Series||X||X||X||X|
|FirstBIKE||X (w/ lowering kit)||X||X||X|
|Early Rider Evo||X||X||X|
|4 – 5 yrs
|6 –10 yrs
|14" XL Scoot||X||X||Up to 8 yrs|
Try not to look ahead too far and get a "bigger bike" thinking your will grow into it. These bikes are for the here and now! If the bike is too big, your child may not feel very confident or be able to manage it as well. And you never know they may just be on a pedal bike in the next 6 months.
You want their first impression to be positive about bike riding and for your child to hop right on and get going the day it arrives.
It's always a sure thing if you at least measure your child's inseam, with shoes on from floor to crotch, then move forward with your options.
There is a bike for every child's size! Please contact us with your child's height, inseam, and age for our recommendation!