what age do you move them onto an isla or similar?
Alex is pretty happy on his balance bike now he is 3. He was pretty keen on it at 2 also, but you they do it in their own time. He has the wooden early rider which are superb.
Scuttle bug may also do trick and toddle bikes are OK.
Isla is pretty top end stuff for kids.
When Miriam was about 3 I bought a pink ridgeback balance bike. it was heavy as fuck and she hated it. She loved her Olie scooter from 3 - 4. I loved her on her scooter, Fountain road descent - yeah no probs Dad. Her scooter and toddle bike were a piece of piss to carry around. A balance bike when they throw a spack? Less so.
Isla was 4 I think.
Miriam went Toddle>Balance (FUCK THAT DAD)>Scooter>Isla (stabilisers, then no stabilisers)
(The stabilisers vs no stabilisers thing. MIENFIELD)
But it's all dependent on them. They may hate bikes.
It's better to give them something light. Because it'll be you carrying it around mainly.
There are at least three dads on here who've bought / used toddle bikes for their kids.
At least one never used a balance bike.
At least two are competent bike riders (that I've seen).
At least one got themselves ready to race this year and completed the Tour de Penge.
Depends, but I think boys pick it up earlier than girls. This is anecdotal rather than evidence based though.
My two loved their Toddlebike and having it made the transition to a balance bike much easier. But I think going straight to a balance bike is perfectly feasible too.
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