Parenting hacks: adapting a balance bike for short legs

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Balance bike mod

Tommy is obsessed with pretty much any vehicle, so we sort of jumped the gun and bought him a balance bike before he was either skilled enough or tall enough to use it.

Skill, of course, will be acquired with practice. Height, not so much. The bike I wanted to get costs $300 and can be modified so that it fits a wide range of heights and has a third wheel that can be taken off when the toddler is ready for a bike. But, you know, $300… I think we paid $30 for the one pictured above (second hand, but still).

The ridiculously expensive balance bike accommodates such a wide range of heights by flipping the crossbar upside down. Could this be done with our much cheaper bike? It could indeed!

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Tommy, about to have a meltdown.

Now we just have to work on the skill part.

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One thought on “Parenting hacks: adapting a balance bike for short legs

  1. Nice! My nephew E. had a balance bike from 3 onwards, but really only cracked it this summer after turning 4. But now he loves it, and errand-running has sped up a lot for my sister and her husband.

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