It may seem obvious but before deciding which is the best balance bike to choose it helps if you get the tape measure out. Your child's inside leg measurement will be the most important piece of information we have, which we will use to match with the height of the saddle on the balance bike, ensuring your child is comfortable on the bike and gets the most use from it.
The aim is to choose a bike where your child is able to rest their feet flat on the ground, with the saddle on it's lowest setting. You need not worry about them outgrowing the bike as PUKY bikes have long extendable seat posts, so that the saddle can be raised as the rider grows. The balance bike will be too big if the seat is at it's lowest setting and you find that your child is barely able to touch the ground or they have to lean to one side to do so. Do not make the common mistake of choosing based only on your child's height or age as if you were buying clothes so that they last longer. The balance bike must be "the right size, at the right time" so that it fulfils it's natural function. If it is too big your child will not feel comfortable as they will neither be able to sit comfortably on it or propel themselves around using their feet.PUKY balance bike seats can be extended by approximately 10cm meaning that (dependent on age) your child will be able to get a couple of years use from it and certainly enough use so that they will be able to get their sense of balance and be ready to move up to a pedal bike.
Measuring your child's inside leg
It's very easy to do but take your time to ensure it's done accurately. Try to make sure that your child is wearing the kind of shoes they would normally ride a bike in and ask them to stand against a wall. Place a book between their legs as high as is comfortable, ask them to move away, and then measure from the top of the book down to the floor. Once you have done this use the table below to find the right size balance bike for your child. The guide tells you the minimum inside leg measurement for every bike as well as the height of the saddle at it's lowest and highest positions. At the minimum seat height you child should be able to have their feet on the ground ensuring safety and comfort.
|Wheel Size||Inside Leg||Saddle Height|
|12"||40cm+||45cm - 55cm|
|16"||42cm+||50cm - 60cm|
|18"||45cm+||55cm - 65cm|
Every child should wear a helmet when riding a bike. Helmets are designed to absorb a lot of the energy during an impact and could make all the difference to a head injury in the event of an accident. As long as the helmet is well fitted and correctly worn it can be effective in protecting your child from small falls as well as more serious accidents involving other vehicles.
To make sure that the helmet will fit snugly and correctly you need to measure the circumference of your child's head. To do this use a measuring tape and put it just above the eyebrows and then go all the way round the head in an even loop.
PUKY Child Helmets come in 3 sizes
XS - 44cm to 49cm (Red only)
S/M – 46cm to 54cm
M/L - 48cm to 59cm
Your child should find the helmet comfortable to wear although the helmet should not move when they shake their head. Make sure that the helmet in no way covers the eyes and affects their sight. They should also be able to hear well whilst wearing the helmet. You should always immediately replace the helmet if it is damaged in any way and continually check it for fit as your child grows.
Finally, always remember to check the instructions for fitting advice or if still not sure if you have fitted the helmet correctly then please ask you local bike shop for advice.
Remember, if in doubt or you have any questions please feel free to email or call us :-)