Islabikes Rothan

What is a balance bike?

 

A balance bike is a simplified bike which has no pedals. Designed for children as young as 24 months, the aim is to give them an opportunity to begin to learn how to ride without the complication of pedals. They make what is essentially a complex skill for a young child much more fun and relaxing by dividing the learning process into two manageable stages. The aim is to focus on learning how to balance and to let steering come naturally.

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The child can concentrate on learning the art of balance by sitting on the saddle with feet flat on the ground and legs slightly bent so they can propel themselves forward with a striding motion, keeping one or two feet on the ground at all times. Our Head of Marketing, Lee Garrington recently taught his son to ride on an Islabikes Rothan.

“I began taking my son out on his Rothan for the first time when he was about 2 and a half. I dealt with his apprehension by telling him to simply scoot along while sitting on the saddle so he didn’t worry about having to balance from the off. As his confidence grew he got faster and started taking his feet off the ground for longer periods until he hit that magic moment where he was gliding along, both feet off the ground. When he got his first Cnoc (Islabikes’ starter bike with pedals) he was able to pedal along unaided within half an hour because he had mastered balance”, recalled Lee.

If you are a parent yourself you will probably have learned to ride using stabilisers. However, times have changed and using a balance bike is a more effective method than using stabilisers for a number of reasons.

Unlike many balance bikes, our lightweight Rothan comes with a rear V-brake placed neatly out of the way of scooting legs underneath the frame. It’s operated by Islabikes’ own micro brake lever, specially designed for the tiniest of rider’s hands.

If your child is too big to start learning on a Rothan you can simply take the pedals off one of our larger Cnoc models and use it as a balance bike, refitting the pedals once they have mastered the art of balance. Balance bikes are simply the most fun and effective way to learn to ride.

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