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October 2, 2013

Balance bike racing for tots is catching on

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With balance bikes, the kids don’t have to worry about pedaling and braking, so their entire focus is on balancing and steering. At 18 months old, most kids can walk and run, so they can do that with the bike underneath them and figure out the rest as they go.

By learning to ride balance bikes, kids figure out how to balance on two wheels quickly, and the transition to pedal bikes becomes much easier.

“You think about this: If you’re 4 and you started on one of these at 2, half your life has been spent riding on two wheels,” McFarland said. “It’s as natural to you as walking at that point.”

Plus, by wheeling around on bikes, the littlest kids feel like they can do what the big kids are doing.

Grown-ups get to see their kids try to pop wheelies and run around like crabs on wheels.

“If you have little kids, get them out and try it,” Scheidegger said.

They’ll love it and so will their parents.

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