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    Senior Member delcrossv's Avatar
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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)

    Lightning P-38 / M5 M-Racer/Ryan Vanguard

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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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    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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    The Recumbent Quant cplager's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by himespau View Post
    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.
    Lightning P-38 / M5 M-Racer/Ryan Vanguard

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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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