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#1 of 8 Old 10-23-2007, 10:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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DD has not had any sort of bike yet, she only has a Kettler tricycle. I want to get her a balance bike to start, I want an aluminum frame one, so either the KinderBike or Kettler Sprint, etc. I was thinking this christmas of getting a balance bike for both DD (4.75 at xmas) and DS (2.5), but looking at the bikes more and more I'm thinking those balance bikes might be way too small for DD, they only go up to a 17" seat height. That seems fine for DS, plenty of room to grow, but DD is already on the tall side for 4.5, so I'm feeling she would be stooped over this. Has anyone gotten one for their older child? Or have you gotten a regular bike and taken the pedals off?

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How tall is your DD? I'll measure DS (who loves his balance bike) and we can compare. I've heard it's difficult to remove pedals because you also have to remove the chain, etc. I think you would have to get a bike shop to do it (unless you're very handy).

Some of the bikes are much taller than others, too, I think. I remember a lot of people commenting that the Target one was very tall. Okay, DS is 41.5 inches. His LikeABike has one more notch to go up. Not sure how its height compares to the Kettler or Kinderbike, but their websites should give that info.

DS LOVES his bike, so I hope you can find something that works! (And I highly recommend a Xootr scooter for you so you can keep up!)

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I think I'll be okay - DD is 42" tall, but I measured her inseam, its 17", so that's just standing straight, with no seat underneath, so I think she should do fine on the Kinderbike that goes to 17" I'm sure she will not ride it as long as DS, but I couldn't get one for her and none for him, it would be a total nightmare.

I'm all worrying for nothing! I'll have to take a look at Targets version, I didn't realize they sold one, but I think I'm going to wait until November apparently Kinderbike is coming out with the new 2008 model will have a pink/silver and blue/silver.

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This one says good from 2-1/2 to 5 years:

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=20271
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My advice is to get a Kent Super Scooter or similar now and a real bike after she learns balance like a nice girls' Hotrock. The two wheel scooters train the same skill and you don't have to worry about the inseam stuff. Also the Kent Super Scooter is under 20 pounds even though it's steel.
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If she already knows how to pedal (tricycle) why not just get a regular bike? At 4.5 I would think she would pick it up pretty quickly and save yourself some money! Some of my kids used the training wheels and the one who was really coordinated didn't...just figured it out. The boys are all off on 2 wheels now and love the freedom.

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If she already knows how to pedal (tricycle) why not just get a regular bike? At 4.5 I would think she would pick it up pretty quickly and save yourself some money! Some of my kids used the training wheels and the one who was really coordinated didn't...just figured it out. The boys are all off on 2 wheels now and love the freedom.
That's what I was thinking too. DD just turned 5 and had the training wheels taken off her bike about a month ago. She really found her balance after a couple of weeks, and she is so proud and excited about her new skill. One of our neighbors is dd's age and started riding a 2-wheeler last year. I'm guessing you wouldn't get that much use out of a balance bike.
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I have heard lots of people recommend two-wheel scooters instead of balance bikes, but my experience is that scooters are a LOT harder to coordinate getting going on that balance bikes are. My 6.5 year old (who can ride a pedal bike without training wheels, after spending five months on a balance bike from age 5.5 until she Got It) can only just now really use a razor scooter.

My younger DD has a Kinderbike- it's perfect for little kids, but it is definitely better for smaller than bigger kids. I got it because DD was 2, and average sized. My 6.5 year old is the size of a typical 5.5 year old, and is distinctly too tall for the Kinderbike. Other balance bikes are definitely taller- I would suggest a taller bike for your older DD, and a Kinderbike for your 2.5 year old.

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