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Basics

The balance bike is (next to the scooter) the first "single-track vehicle" in the life of a child. It trains balance and coordination very well and introduces children to cycling very easily without overload them. The best conditions for an optimal balance bike start are:

1. PUKY® recommends that children from approx. 2.5 years of age start cycling with a balance bike.
 
2. The frame should ideally have a low step so that children can get on and off safely. So they always drive with a safe feeling.
 
3. Because children grow very fast, a wheel should not only have a height-adjustable saddle, but also be adjustable in handlebar height. If only the saddle can be adjusted in height, the vehicle geometry getting worse enormously and with it the also the basic requirements for the learning child.
 
4. A special balance bike saddle is ergonomically shaped, gives the child a secure hold and thus perfectly supports the child's running movements. Unlike a bicycle, the child pushes the wheel forward at the contact points (seat and handlebar).
 
5. Safety handlebar grips and thick handlebar pads protect against injury.
 
6. high quality balance bikes for healthy comfort and easy running.

7. PUKY® balance bikes have a respectable resale value, which can be invested in the next vehicle (e.g. bicycle)

Balance bike with or without brake?

Children who are just starting to drive a balance bike are usually not yet able to use or coordinate a handbrake. On the one hand, they often cannot apply enough force with their small hands to operate the handbrake and activate sufficientlye - on the other hand, they cannot yet coordinate different movement sequences (looking around, balancing, steering and then braking) at the same time.
 
Parents should in no way lull themselves into deceptive safety, as the child can bring his balance bike to a standstill independently and in a controlled manner by means of the brakes (this is very dangerous, especially on sloping terrain, etc.). Observations show, however, that cycling with a balance bike makes still a lot of fun, even for children who have already been riding a balance bike although they may already be able to ride a bicycle. For this reason it makes sense to equip some balance bikes with a brake system that is particularly suitable for children.

Balance bike with steering angle limitation?

The danger of limiting the steering angle of the balance bike is due to the fact that when the balance bike is lying on the ground, the handlebars automatically straighten up steeply and can no longer be folded over if a child falls on them. Falling with the upper body, abdomen or genital area onto this handlebar end can in extreme cases lead to severe injuries (e.g. so-called blunt abdominal trauma). For the safety of your child and all other small test pilots such a limitation should be avoided.

Settings / Balance bike handlebars

The handlebars of a balance bike should be adjusted so that the child can sit as upright as possible and grip the handlebars comfortably. The arms should not be straight, but slightly angled. This is the only way for the child to have an optimal overview and to be able to react early in case of possible dangers. If the handlebars are set too low, the viewing angle will be directed too far to the ground. The child first has to lift his head to orient himself and loses valuable reaction time in dangerous situations.

Settings / Balance bike saddle

The saddle should be adjusted so that the child can safely reach the ground with his feet when seated. The legs should even be slightly bent during the ride so that the child can push itself strongly on the ground.

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