Thursday, February 25, 2010
Bike season is almost here and Rowan has already got
her first bike! It is a training bike called a Balance Bike
from Boot Scoot Bikes! How darn adorable is that? Don't
know what a balance bike is? Well think of it as a training,
trainer bike and if your child can walk and reach the ground
on this tiny little contraption she or he can ride a bike. The
better thing is once they master this bike you can move them
on to a bike-bike and not worry about those crazy training
wheels. The balance bike teaches your child what they need
to know to hold their bike steady and by the time they up-grade
they are ready to run with the big dogs.
feet on the ground but she is already in love with the crazy thing
and I tried to put it away to try this summer for she is maybe
2 inches shy of touching and she threw a fit. It cracks me
up that kids, as soon as they can grab something on their own,
know what is there's and just don't want anyone else to have
their things. It has to be right next to her door so she can
see it and about once a week I need to stand her by it and let
her sit on the seat. I am assuming this is her version of a tune up.
I am so glad I did not rush out and get her a horn and streamers
like I planned to for I have a feeling I would be standing with
her next to it even more. Rowan is just about ready to start
cruising on the furniture and we all know walking is right behind
that. With a Boot Scoot Bike right behind walking is riding a bike!
Hers is Pink and perfect. I chuckle every time I see it for just the
fact it is so little makes me giggle. My neighbor had a bike when
he was like 3 and though his was more like a tricycle with two wheels
it was still only a few feet off the ground and I can not help but
to laugh for visions of the circus float through my mind when I
see them. When I was young you had a tricycle to you were big
enough to ride a two wheeler and then had training wheels. Every
kids hates the training wheels and we all rush and practice to
try and get our Dads to remove them as fast as we can. A Mom
is the voice of reason who threatens Dad under penalty of death
that if those training wheels come off too soon and JR gets hurt
Dad will pay so the wheels end up staying on to everyone on the
block teases you because theirs are already off! Mean Mom's and
I am going to be one of them! Rowan, on the other hand won't
have to go through the trauma of teasing like I did for she has
a Boot Scoot and by the time she is ready for a Big Girl bike
she will be able to skip the training wheels all together.
Boot Scoot bike is half Scooter, half Bike. What
it breaks down to is it is a pedaless bike that kids push off
with their feet and it allows them to practice balance in short
bursts. Unlike pedals that can get them going too fast when
they push off it is more easy for them to control and much
more easy for them to start and stop. Instead of falling down
every two minutes they can coast or roll and just put down
their feet when they are done and not have to worry about
those feet getting caught in a peddle. With a Balance bike
your child starts off with little scoots or even walks the bike
and the lack of pedals allows for them to firmly place their
feet on the ground and gives them a sense of support. As
they gain confidence they can scoot a little further and coast
a little longer and not only does it teach them how to balance
more effectively it allows them to build their self esteem and
confidence before they ever hit a pedal. We all know half
of the trick to mastering a bike is to lose your fear of falling
and just got with it, the other half is learning how to balance
and a Boot Scoot Balance Bike lets your child do both at
only go as fast as their own little legs and energy allow
them too makes it a perfect bike for young children to
learn on. As soon as they master walking and as soon as
they can touch the ground they can start learning on their
bikes. I plan on trying Rowan at the end of Summer start
of Fall since she will be a year in July and I have a feeling
she will be walking before then. She is also in the 95th
percentile in Height so I am just about positive she will be
able to touch. Last of all Rowan is a determined little girl and
once she walks it is going to be all over and I know I am
going to have to keep her focused on new challenges and
a balance bike is just the thing. Who knows, by her
second birthday little Miss Dare Devil may be ready for a
pedal bike and training wheels? We don't need no stink-en
training wheels! Another great thing about Boot Scoots
Balance Bike is it saves on Mommy and Daddy's aching
back. When you don't have to run along side of your
little one all bent over so they won't fall it makes teaching
your child how to ride a bike a spectator sport and a lot
more fun for Mom and Dad can cheer them on instead of dig
through the closet looking for a heating pad for their aching backs!
Boot Scoot Bikes has 2 different styles, the Zoomer and the
Cruiser and 3 colors to choose from. They also have some
adorable accessory's for your little ones such as a basket and
Streamers and even an I love my bike bell!The Bikes have such
•Quick-release padded saddle, adjustable seat height: 14"-17"
•12" solid (hardened rubber) tires—never change a popped tire
•White plastic rims
•Quick and easy to assemble
•Certified lead-free paint
for the Zoomer and:
•Three color choices
•Lightweight steel frame that’s built kid-tough
weight: 10 lbs
33" L x 17-20" H x 17" W (at handlebars)
•Quick-release padded saddle, adjustable seat height: 17"-20"
•12" rugged inflatable tires
•Plastic fenders with chrome appearance
•Quick and easy to assemble
for the Cruiser. Perfect to get your child on a roll to learning
how to ride. With Summer on the way it is time to get your
kids out and riding today!
Boot Scoot wants to add some flair to your little ones wheels
and would like to give one of my readers a Bike Accessory of their
choice. To enter just head over to the site and take a look around
then come back here and post what you have learned in a comment.
The contest will start tonight and run to Midnight on April 17th.
USA and 18 and older can enter daily and the winner
will be contacted by email and have 72 hours to
contact me with their mailing information. As always
you can earn a bonus entry by entering the contest of
the day and other ways to enter are posted below.
Boot Scoot Bikes
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