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Old 10-22-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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wood vs. metal vs. plastic balance bike

Want to get dd a balance bike for her 2nd bday and Christmas present combined. I'm looking for used because I don't think I can afford new. Can anyone tell me which would be better in your opinion? Wood? Plastic? Metal? Thanks!

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Old 10-22-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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Re: wood vs. metal vs. plastic balance bike

I can't tell you which is better but we've had a Strider Bike for 2.5 years now and it's held up great. The seat does have some big spots that have been rubbed off from them falling or dropping it more likely but other than that I have been very pleased.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:45 AM   #3
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Re: wood vs. metal vs. plastic balance bike

I think metal would be best. We live in a wet climate, so I think wood is a no-go here.
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Re: wood vs. metal vs. plastic balance bike

I'd get metal. They have good resale too.
If the budget is tight, another option that is super easy is to take a regular little bike and take the pedals and cranks off. Lots of our second had bike shops do it to old little bikes rather than fixing them. You can pick them up for $20. Pedals come off with a wrench. Cranks are a bit harder but really not much.
For dd1 I just took the pedals off the bike and let her ride it like that.
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We have THIS one for our 3 1/2 year old son and he loves it (and so do I!). My son is on the short side (12th percentile for his age) and he can use it for a good while still. It is also good for younger kids because it is really pretty small. We didn't have a big budget and this one was not too bad in comparison to others as far as price.
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We have a wooden price lionheart balance bike that never got much love and recently got ds2 the mini strider and he loves it! He whips all over the place on it!
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We have a metal Haro. We purchased it used for $50 from a local shop. It's a great little balance bike.

Be wary of taking the pedals off a cheapo metal bike. They are super heavy and hard for little ones to manage. You need something nice and light. Trek or Specialized yes, but Walmart 12"ers no way.
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We have a strider. My 3 yr old is tiny and it fits him well. It has held up well too.
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Re: wood vs. metal vs. plastic balance bike

We went for metal.

I was set on a wooden one, but then I repeatedly read bad reviews about the wooden ones and decided against them.

We have this one: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20
it's more expensive, but she loves it and I love the little foot area.
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My nephew has a Strider and has loved it. He is very rough on his things and it has held up well. Something to consider is your childs leg length because several of the bikes are too tall for kids her age. I really want the Kazaam mentioned by a pp because I love the way it looks and it comes highly recommended but I am afraid that even at the holidays her legs may not be long enough.
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