Best Balance Bike For a Two Year Old - Guide and Review

My kids love riding their bikes. We live in a pretty quiet neighborhood, so they just love going around and riding on bike paths and trails that are near our house. For hours they would be out there, tearing around and having a great time. In fact, it reminds me of when I was a kid.

Recently, my wife and I had another child, and we knew that she would want to join her brother and sister on their bike rides as soon as possible. You could even say that we are a biking family since everyone has their own set of wheels.

To help our daughter get started as soon as possible, we got her a balance bike. We had gotten them for our older kids, but they were a little big, and we didn’t want to use them on her so young. Since she just turned two, we knew that we needed something that was designed for smaller children.

Thankfully, there are plenty of options for balance bikes for kids that little, and we were able to get one relatively quickly. If you have a little one who wants to start riding, then we would highly recommend any of the following balance bikes.

Each of these models is designed for small children, so as long as your tyke is two years old or higher, he or she can benefit from these bikes.

Recommended Balance Bikes for 2 Year Olds

1. Chicco Bullet Balance Bike

Chicco Bullet Balance Bike

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When I was looking at balance bikes for my daughter, I was torn between different materials.

I had heard good things about wooden balance bikes, but I also liked the look and feel of a metal one.

The Bullet Bike from Chicco is made of lightweight aluminum, which means that it will prep your child better for a big kid bike that much faster.

That is not to say that wooden bikes are worse, but I think that metal balance bikes more closely match the style of a big bike. Since the point is to get your child used to riding, you may as well make the transition as easy as possible.

What’s nice about this bike is that it is comfortable. The seat has thick padding, and the handlebars are also cushioned. The other thing that I like about it is that it is fully adjustable.

That way, you can use for a child as small as two (like mine) or a toddler who is going on four or five. Both the seat and handlebars adjust, meaning that you can make the bike fit your kid perfectly.

As with most balance bikes, the tires on here are made of hard foam. That means they are easier to manage, but I would not recommend them on slick or rough surfaces. Nonetheless, as long as you stick to smooth pavement, your kid should be okay.

Highlighted Features

  • Durable aluminum frame
  • Lightweight design
  • Soft padded handlebar grips
  • Padded seat
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Ideal for children ages two to five
  • Easy to assemble
  • Hard foam tires
  • Adjustable handlebars

2. Lightweight Girls Pink Childrens Kids Balance Bike

Lightweight Girls Pink Childrens Kids Balance Bike

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As far as balance bikes go, you have three primary materials from which to choose.

As we saw above, you can get a metal bike, which means that it will replicate the feeling of a big kid bike for your child.

The second material that we discussed was wood, and we’ll go into that later. The final material, however, is plastic. When comparing materials, plastic is good for a couple of reasons.

First, it will withstand the elements much better than wood or metal. Second, it is generally tougher and can withstand scrapes and bumps. Overall, there are no significant downsides to plastic, but the only thing is that all components of the bike are all made of the material.

That means the seat, the handlebars, and the wheels. Unfortunately, plastic wheels don’t have the best traction, so you would do best to stay on pavement only. Otherwise, this bike is excellent for your child.

The seat is contoured so as to be more comfortable, and the seat is also fully adjustable to match your kid’s height. The handlebars also come with a soft covering, so your little one doesn’t get blisters or anything while he or she rides.

Highlighted Features

  • Sturdy polypropylene plastic frame
  • Large twelve-inch tires
  • Solid plastic wheels
  • Contoured seat for better comfort
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Easy to assemble
  • Comfortable grip handlebars
  • Ideal for children ages two to four
  • Lightweight design

3. Chicco Arrow Balance Bike

Chicco Arrow Balance Bike

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Our next bike is another model by Chicco. The Arrow Bike is mostly similar to the Bullet, except for the color scheme.

Both bikes are sturdy and reliable, and both bikes mimic having the real thing, meaning that the transition from balance bike to a big kid version should go relatively smoothly.

As I mentioned before, I am somewhat partial to metal bicycles, but they are by no means the “best” option. Ultimately it will depend on your child and what he or she prefers, as well as what works with your budget.

The Arrow is a remarkable bike because it is fully customizable to match your particular child’s needs. The seat is covered in thick padding for added comfort, and you can raise or lower the seat to fit your little one’s height.

The same goes for the handlebars. The bars themselves are covered in soft padding, and you can also adjust the height, so your kid feels safe and comfortable for the entire ride.

When it comes to the wheels, the Arrow is equipped with sturdy foam tires. Foam is the preferred material for balance bike tires as it is easy to maintain and will never need refilling.

The tradeoff, however, is that foam does not have as good traction as rubber, meaning you should have your child stick to paved surfaces as much as possible.

Highlighted Features

  • Durable aluminum frame
  • Bright pink color
  • Soft grip handles
  • Adjustable handle height
  • Padded seat
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Hard foam tires
  • Lightweight design
  • Easy to assemble
  • Ideal for kids ages two to five

4. KIDS WOODEN BALANCE TRAINING BIKE CYCLE

KIDS WOODEN BALANCE TRAINING BIKE CYCLE IN MULTI COLOURS

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Finally, we come full circle with this Wooden Training Bicycle by Vinsani.

If you’re torn between which material to use, just know that wood is another excellent option. Here are some reasons that wood can be the best material for you and your child.

  • Wood is more environmentally friendly
  • The wood is treated to withstand the elements better
  • Wood, in general, is made to last longer than other materials
  • It has a classic, timeless appearance

Again, there is no definite answer to which material is best, as they all have benefits and downsides. Overall, however, this balance bike is another excellent choice, meaning that you and your child will have a great time no matter what.

As usual, the seat on this bike is covered with a thick pad, and it is also adjustable so you can fit your child’s height perfectly.

I would recommend this unit for children ages two and older, although the manufacturer says around five years old is best. Ultimately, if your kid’s feet touch the ground, he or she will be okay.

The other thing about this bike is that it comes in different colors so that you can match your child’s style and personality.

Highlighted Features

  • Durable birch wood construction
  • Multiple colors available
  • Padded seat
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Soft grip handlebars
  • Easy to assemble
  • Eco-friendly materials
  • Lightweight design
  • Hard foam tires
  • Ideal for kids ages two through four

5. Lightweight Boys Blue Childrens Kids Balance Bike

Lightweight Boys Blue Childrens Kids Balance Bike

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Finally, we have another version of the plastic bike from LA Sports. This is technically a “boys” bike, but in today’s modern society, we can let our children pick whichever color he or she wants.

That being said, this particular model is almost identical to the one above, so, in the end, it will come down to which color you or your child likes best.

This bike is made of durable plastic, and all components are made of the same material. The seat is fully adjustable and contoured to make the ride more comfortable for your little one. The handlebars have a soft covering as well so as to reduce the chance of blisters.

Finally, the tires are also made of plastic, which means they will last a long time, but unfortunately they don’t have as great traction as foam or rubber. I would recommend keeping this bike to paved roads only if possible.

Highlighted Features

  • Durable polypropylene plastic frame
  • Hard plastic tires
  • Large twelve-inch wheels
  • Contoured seat for better comfort
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Soft grip handlebars
  • Easy to assemble
  • Lightweight design
  • Ideal for kids ages two through four

Final Verdict

Trying to pick out the best balance bike can be tricky, especially if it will be a surprise for your little one. However, of the ones on this list, I would have to say that I like either Chicco model (depending on which color you prefer) or the wooden balance bike by Vinsani.

With the Chicco bikes, I like that they are more like a standard bicycle, meaning that the transition should be easier. However, I do also like the eco-friendly wooden bike, especially how easy it is to assemble. Overall, however, all of these bikes are sure to help your child learn to ride, and he or she will love it.

Jack C. Bennett
 

Jack Bennett is the founder and editor of Kidsonbikes.co.uk. In personal life he is a proud father of twins. He believes it is more important than ever before to encourage children to experience the joy of bike riding. Kids on bikes make as much sense as the sunshine in our world.

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