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Mike Tantrum 

Balance bike vs training wheels. Which is actually better? People I speak to seem very divided! I've also yet to come across any real study on this.

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Dad in constant need of help 
We need to hire Ben Catchpole as a tutor! Sounds like you're winning the parenting game there. Interesting link too. Thanks for that! 👍
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Emma 
Hi Mike, I want to know the answer to this one also. Being an 80s child I'm kind of attached to the idea of training wheels but everywhere I go the kids seem to have balance bikes... training wheels seem more economical to me but. Maybe I'm missing something. Really liked the look of the Tokyo bike on the Tantum site. Ex
Mike Tantrum 
Hi Emma. I've seen videos showing how it gets kids over the fear factor and helps them focus on balance and torque (which are the most important aspects of riding a bike), but all the videos and arguments that I find for that come from companies producing balance bikes, nothing independent. I agree on the Tokyo bike! Makes me feel very nostalgic and you're right that it's more economical.
Ben Catchpole 
Neither. We tried our first straight off on two wheels from his scooter (which he loved) we basically spent a whole weekend bent double holding the saddle but, by the end. He had it. We thought it might be a fluke but we've since repeated the experiment with our eldest girl and she cracked it too. The third is still on her scooter (she's 2) but I can't wait to get the trusty Islabike out again and try for three. I should say that we took this 'deep-end' approach after others said it worked well and it wasn't without tears. A friend took the stabiliser route and his child now won't ride without them - period.
Dad in constant need of help 
We need to hire Ben Catchpole as a tutor! Sounds like you're winning the parenting game there. Interesting link too. Thanks for that! 👍
Let's Ask Livvy 
My eldest son had a balance bike and went from this to two wheels in a matter of minutes. My middle son - who always favoured riding a scooter over a balance bike ( - purely because he could keep up with his brother better!! ) took a little longer to get his bike balance as scooter balance is a little different- but like Ben Catchpole- a hard weekend of practice and he cracked it. Our daughter was somewhere in between and chose balance bike, stabiliser bike or scooter and again learnt over a weekend! Feeling supported and understanding that they may not get it immediately is important for their confidence. We also practised on big playing field so if they did fall off it was onto grass and easier to dust them off and try again than would be if they fell onto a path! Good luck- such an exciting milestone!!
Jacqui from Goodordering 
The balance bike worked well for us, when he got his new bike with pedals, it only took him a couple of pushes and he was off. Definitely recommend the balance bike, as well as investing in a light bicycle when its time. We got ours second hand from ebay.

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