Balance bikes are very short and lightweight. They have air-filled tires, but they do not have a chain or pedals. The basic idea is that the child learns how to balance on two wheels and this makes training wheels unnecessary once the child begins to ride a real bicycle.
I've been intrigued by the idea of balance bikes for quite some time. After researching the pedal-less bikes, I decided that my little boy might like to tool around on one while at the park. Heck, I wouldn't be particularly upset if he wanted to ride it around our living room or den.
I began looking for balance bikes online, seeking high value and low price. I found the Smart Gear balance bike in the Amazon link and I broached the subject with my husband this afternoon. I decided to hold off on ordering until a little closer to Christmas. Boy, am I glad that I waited!
I check out a website called mamabargains.com fairly frequently. As the name would suggest, they offer bargains that moms might be interested in purchasing. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that they were offering Smart Gear balance bikes for $43! I got pretty excited, but didn't get my hopes up since shipping costs often make a bargain not so great. I yelled, "woo-hoo!" when I found that shipping was only $12!
Five minutes and one credit card later, my son will be getting a balance bike delivered in the next couple of weeks!