Early Rider Classic Balance Bike
Early Rider Classic Balance Bike
One glance at the Early Rider Classic's beautiful birch frame and fork and you'll have to agree this is a very bonnie balance bike.
When you discover the attention to detail that has gone into this design, you realise this Early Rider truly is the Classic Balance Bike.
The Early Rider Frame
To create their Classic wooden frame, Early Rider specify FSC-approved weatherproof Grade A marine birch ply. The plies are laminated in their factory's bespoke presses, using only the best certified WBP (water and boil-proof) glue. The resulting frame is very strong, very lightweight and it looks amazing.
The Early Rider Classic's restricted steering setting limits the headset’s rotation. This innovation is based on the observation that early learners often lose control of their bikes because they oversteer (they haven't learned not to). Riding with the handlebar's rotation set to a safe limit prevents this. Moreover, it helps the rookie rider discover the basic life skill that steering is the key to correcting your balance on any two-wheeler. When controlled steering becomes intuitive, you can then reset the headset/handlebars to full rotation mode.
- The Early Rider Classic rolls on alloy wheels fitted with real pneumatic tyres.
- Early Rider's alloy wheels spin on smooth-rolling sealed cartridge bearings - this high-end feature is rarely seen, even on adult bicycles till you spend at least a grand on your bike.
- The laminated birch fork's notched dropouts ensure wheel security.
- Matching a 14 x 1.95 inch front tyre with a 12 x 3 inch rear contributes to the Early Rider Classic's stability and comfort.
- The smaller rear wheel with its fatter tyre helps keep the centre of gravity low - again to make this balance bike extra stable and confidence inspiring.
- The embroidered, weather-resistant faux leather seat pad secured to the birch seat further demonstrates the extra care taken by Early Rider.
- The standard seatpost offers 8.5cm height adjustment so the Early Rider Classic accommodates the child's growth.
- If the original seatpost is outgrown, you can order a longer one that extends the height adjustment to 18.5cm.
- Switching from restricted to unrestricted steering extends the reach to the handlebars by 2.5cm.
- Suggested age range: 2 - 4.5 years.
- Suggested minimum height: 90cm.
- Minimum inside leg: 33.5cm.
- Seat height range: 30.5 - 39cm.
- Weight: 4.4kg / 9.8 lbs.
It is a tribute to the integrity and quality of this design that the specification of the Early Rider Classic has remained constant since 2006. If it ain't broke....
The Early Rider Classic story from company founder, Andy Loveland
' Early Rider was conceived when I wanted to get my three-year-old son riding bikes, without training wheels. Disillusioned with the products on offer, I set out to create a bike, which I could admire and Freddy would love. In 2006 the Classic was born, and Freddy learned to ride.
Early Rider is a British company based in Henley. Our approach to design, engineering and safety is utterly without compromise and it’s what sets us apart. We strive to produce fantastic pre-school bikes that take a fun, systematic and safe approach to teaching young children to ride. Our ambition is to get every child mobile, without using stabilisers.
We have combined British innovation with west coast style and world leading manufacturing. The result is the fastest growing kids' bike manufacturer in the world and a range of bikes unlike any others. I hope you enjoy them.'
Andy Loveland, Early Rider.
We asked Andy where his beautiful balance bikes were built. This was his reply.
'We are British company, we do manufacture in China - but, we do manufacture ourselves. So we buy wood veneers, we lay up, press etc with our own people. Laminating wood in bespoke formers as opposed to cutting from flat sheets of ply is a very timely process. Our bodies (the Early Rider's frame) alone take 45 minutes a set. We buy all our components directly - the tyres, hubs, spokes, bearings, hardware, seats etc. We do all of our own assembly too.'
All we can say is that such attention to detail on such a comparatively inexpensive bike is without precedent in our experience.
It’s generally recognised that practicing on a balance bike is the easiest way for a child to learn that fundamental life skill - riding a bike.
A balance bike has no pedals, cranks or chain. This means that the youngster learns how to steer and balance without fear of dunking their wee ankles on the pedals.
The absence of pointy chainrings makes the balance bike an intrinsically safer introduction to cycling. The absence of an oily chain makes the balance bike a cleaner initiation too.
Present a 2 or 3 years old with a balance bike and they almost always instinctively know what to do - jump on the saddle and
scoot along the pavement, hobby horse style.
Once the youngster gains confidence, he or she can rest their feet on the wider chainstays and experience one of life’s most enduring pleasures, freewheeling (or, as Americans put it, just coasting along). If they need to slow down or stop, it’s equally instinctual for kids to realise when it’s time to get their feet back on the ground.
When it’s time for the youngster to graduate to the next level - their first bike with pedals - they’re already almost there. They can balance. They can steer. Pedalling is then a natural progression that the young rider quickly adapts to.
We obviously believe that balance bikes are an all-round good thing. Check them out and we’re sure you’ll agree. Enjoying life to the full is simply a matter of getting the right balance.
Our suppliers reserve the right to change specifications and prices without notice. Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative will do all it can to maintain prices and specifications on this web site, however we do reserve the right to change specifications and prices without notice. Similarly, despite the wonders of modern computers, it is realistic to expect the colour of any item bought to differ subtly from the image online.
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