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I’ve been hearing a lot over the last couple years about balance bikes and how beneficial they can be for kids to learn the basics of riding a bike, but haven’t had a chance for my kids to use one, so I was really excited to try out this Velocity Bike balance bike. I have the red version, which is a nice bright color. The metal frame is very sturdily made and the EVA polymer tires seem quite strong and it’s nice that I don’t have to worry about inflating traditional rubber tires.
I have to mention that the instructions for assembly were not at all clear, and the small allen wrench that was supposed to be included according to the parts list was not in my package. The instructions said I would have to install the washers and clamps on to the metal tubes, but in reality they were already in place, so that was a bit confusing. The instructions also never said that I should install the metal main body of the bike onto the front wheel *before* putting on the clamp and the handlebars – slightly important! The clamps took me a while to figure out. The first time I tried them, I could not get them to even slightly tighten at all. Then I kept playing around with it, rotating them around and eventually they got to a point where the clamps actually does a great job of keeping both the handlebars and seat at the desired height.
Neither my 4 year old son or 7 year old daughter have yet fully mastered a bike without training wheels, so I think this could be a great tool to help them focus on balance and steering without needing to peddle. We took this to the local schoolyard one weekend to give it an initial try, figuring the blacktop would have a nice large flat area to practice. My 7 year old really got the hang of it quickly and was zooming around the blacktop in no time, although we didn’t really have a downhill for her to fully try out gliding. There is a spot on the back of the bike that can act as a foot rest for gliding, which is nice for more “advanced” users who have really gotten the hang of the balance aspect. My 4 year old was enjoying it too, but was having a harder time with keeping his balance fully, which is to be expected since he hasn’t had a lot of experience with a bike that doesn’t have training wheels in place. I think this is good for him – with his personality he sometimes needs to be forced to work out something new and this gives a good push to work on balance and steering without being helped out by training wheels (or a trike) and not having to worry about pedaling at the same time.
So overall, once it was all put together it is working great! I still feel that I have to take away one star due to the high level of frustration I felt in figuring out how to get it properly assembled. With that said, it is now very sturdy and I think that with continued use it will help both of my kids to increase their balance skills!
I’m very glad that I was able to order this as a free promotional sample in order to evaluate and provide my honest review.