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Old 09-23-13, 10:17 AM   #1
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Performance Bike balance bikes

Picked up the no-name toddler balance bike from the local Performance shop. My 2 y.o. really likes it.

Good rake on fork
cup and cone bearings-rolls easy
light enough for her to pick up
spoked wheels
pneumatic tires.
$70 on sale.

I have no connection with them but it's a good little bike for a good price. Worth a look if someone here needs a small balance bike (ours had no decals)

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Old 09-23-13, 10:47 AM   #2
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I love balance bikes.

I just wish they'd stop putting knobby tires on little kids bikes/trail-a-bikes/balance bikes!!!
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Old 09-23-13, 11:00 AM   #3
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My plan for next year is to try to find a very small pedal bike at a garage sale and pull the pedals/bottom bracket. I'm to cheap for a dedicated new balance bike.
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My plan for next year is to try to find a very small pedal bike at a garage sale and pull the pedals/bottom bracket. I'm to cheap for a dedicated new balance bike.
You'll probably find just taking the pedals off is sufficient (this is what is often recommended now). There's no need to buy a separate bike if you don't want to.

When I was on a basketball court with my two kids on balance bikes, I used one of my folding bikes and just folded up the pedals and that worked quite well.
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My plan for next year is to try to find a very small pedal bike at a garage sale and pull the pedals/bottom bracket. I'm to cheap for a dedicated new balance bike.
That's what we did for the now 4 y.o. (alley recycling). The minimum seat hight is too tall for a 2 y.o. however, hence this.

I think the knobby's is so the bike doesn't skid out on wet grass, I can't think of another reason. If I wanted to spend more money, Schwalbe makes 203's.
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The major difference between simply removing the pedals/bottom bracket and buying a "purpose built" balance bike is weight. Our Strider weighs 7 lbs. Our Micro g-bike weighs even less--about 4.5 lbs. My daughter's 12" Novara Stinger pedal bike weighs almost 20 lbs. Taking off the pedals/bottom bracket would obviously reduce the weight, but the weight differential makes a huge difference in maneuverability, especially if you start kids on the bike young. Our Strider was $50 used on Craigslist and after 2 kids I'll probably be able to resell it for at least $30. I don't think that's a huge investment for close to 4 years of heavy use.
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