Early Rider Lite Balance Bike
Early Rider Lite Balance Bike
A smaller version of Early Rider's Classic wooden balance bikefor rookie riders as young as 18 months old.
With its FSC-approved birch frame and fork the Early Rider Lite is the most natural introduction to the pleasures of biking for youngsters from 18 months to 3.5 years old. Like every balance bike, the absence of cranks makes it easier for the youngster to learn how to steer and balance without fear of dunking their wee ankles on the pedals.
Early Rider take the balance bike concept a step further. A restricted steering setting limits the headset’s rotation based on the observation that early learners can lose control of a bike if they oversteer. Riding with the handlebar's rotation set to a safe limit prevents this. Moreover, it helps the rookie rider discover a basic life skill - steering is the key to correcting your balance on any two-wheeler. When controlled steering becomes intuitive, you can reset the headset/handlebars to full rotation mode.
The Early Rider Lite Frame
To create their Lite 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.
- Frame materials - weatherproof FSC certified birch and BS1088 marine ply.
- Attention to detail - check the frame's flame pattern.
- Restricted steering setting helps youngsters learn that steering is the key to correcting their balance.
- Adjustable seat height and adjustable reach ensures the Early Rider grows with your child.
- 12″ x 1.95″ pneumatic tyres on aluminium rims.
- 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.
- The embroidered, weather-resistant faux leather seat pad secured to the birch seat further demonstrates the extra care taken by Early Rider.
- Suggested age range: 18 months to 3.5 years.
- Very lightweight and easy to manage: 3.46kg/7.6lb.
- Kids Bike Sizing Guide.
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.
|Frame||FSC certified birch and BS1088 marine ply|
|Tyres||12” x 1.95” pneumatic tyres|
|Seat Post||Embroidered faux leather seat pad|
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