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Balance bikes for kids are proven to teach kids to ride a pedal bike faster and with fewer accidents.  That is why we are firm believers in this product.  Here at Modern Tots, we love clever and modern products that are fun and make kids learn easier and better, which is what balance bikes do.

How do Balance Bikes Work

The key to the balance bike's unique teaching ability is that it teaches children to balance and countersteer without the complication of having to learn to pedal.  The opposite and standard method for training a child to ride a bike is to use training wheels, but there are serios flaws with this method and that has to do with the only real training that is done with training wheels is to learn to sit on the seat and pedal.  The flaw here is that most kids already know how to pedal from tricycles and big wheels.  The skills that they really need are balance and being able to countersteer.  Balance is an obvious skill that is needed for riding a bike, but it is often overlooked how important it is to be able to countersteer.  Countersteering is reacting to your balance or the terain shifting under your bike and what the rider needs to do to correct in bike and steer it back to its path.  This is the real skill that a balance bike for kids is teaching.  Balance does come later, but first they must learn to steer, and that comes from their feet being near the ground most of the time allowing them to only have to balance from one leg to another as they "run" with the bike.  As they become more and more skilled on the balance bike, they start to learn to glide and keep their feet off the ground more and more.  This is where the real fun starts.

Other Balance Bike Benefits

Gross motor skills is an important development stage for young children.  The balance bike help tremendously in this area because while they are on the bike, their balance is contstantly being challenged.  We talk about how balance bikes can be used as occupational therapy for those who have low muscle tone in children in a recent blog post.