Balance Buddy (Adjustable)
|Price:||$19.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details|
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- High quality, non-slip safety grip, Adjustable height control, does not interfere with bicycle operation, Durable chip resistant finish
- Easy to install and remove
- Fully adjustable height control
- Dramatically decreases time required to master balance skills
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
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|Item Dimensions||0.9 x 5.4 x 15.9 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.98 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.65 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Instead of abandoning it in the storage shed, we decided to attach it to our 3 1/2 year old daughter's bike, assuming that it would remain there for quite some time. We expected it to take much longer, but after about 8 sessions, she is riding on her own with only an occasional need for assistance. I feel that the Balance Buddy is infinately better than training wheels in helping children learn to balance, as it allows them to sense when they are leaning and self-correct. I highly recommend this for any child who is ready to kick the training wheel habit!!
My daughter was so dependent on the training wheels on her bike, she & I both were beginning to think she would NEVER ride a bike without them! Then a friend told me about this Balance Buddy she used to teach her kids to ride a bike. I read the reviews and purchased it, figuring we had nothing to lose. The Balance Buddy was quickly delivered to my doorstep, I installed it on the bike (only took 5mins), & off to a vacant lot we went. It took about 10mins for my daughter to trust I wasn't going to drop her (I had/made her put/keep her feet on the pedals while I leaned the bike side-to-side to prove I wouldn't drop her). 10mins after that I was jogging behind the bike, while holding onto the Balance Buddy, & I felt confident enough to let go...my daughter continued riding her bike, ON HER OWN! It took another 5-10mins to teach her to start on her own. So 25-30mins, with the "Balance Buddy", was all it took to teach her to ride her bike! I was Simply AMAZED! I would've added the video I took that day of her zipping down the street on her own, but seriously, who really wants to watch a video of a little girl riding a bike & listen to her father crying like a baby in the background?!
I HIGHLY recommend the "Balance Buddy"!
Before using the Bike Buddy, I spent countless hours tring to teach my daughter to ride and all I got was a frustrated little girl and a LOT of back pain.
The Bike Buddy is an incredible confidence booster for kids and the best $20 bucks that a parent will spend!!
Mack (NY, NY)
I have since loaned it to a neighbor (whose daughter needed it for about 2 months) and now my nephew is using it to learn to ride *his* bike.
I believe this handle is superior to the more expensive fixed training handles because of the hinged attachment point. The hinge makes it awkward to push the bike along, forcing you to do what you are supposed to be doing: providing only a bit of lateral stability and allowing the child to control speed. Fixed handle types make it too easy to push the bike along which hampers learning.
Mounting is simple. If you have them, take the training wheels off and slip the lower holes over the wheel hub bolts. I did need to add an extra washer to properly clear the frame (this will vary by bike model). Note that it is important that you do not add too many washers as you need the horizontal tab at the end of the arm to strike the horizontal strut. This is what prevents the handle bar, which pivots around the rear hub, from dropping all the way down and striking the ground.
The handle height is adjustable to several positions and ours has been used by parents ranging from 5' 4" to 6' without undue strain.
Durability is also good (not surprising given the simplicity of the design) and after use by 3 different kids there is only some cosmetic damage to the finish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Balance Buddy is easy to install and works great. It made a huge difference in my daughter learning to ride and it saved my back. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by PC Mountain
Amazing! We've been trying to get our 6yr old son going for months... Tried removing the pedals and all the various drills but nothing seemed to work. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by SI
Works great for my sons bike. It could be a little taller, but is a huge improvement over having to bend down and hold the seat. I am 6'2".Published 1 day ago by A. Brown
This is an indispensable tool for every parent who would otherwise have to hold the bottom of the seat while running. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Charles Boston
This thing is great. Got my daughter on two wheels in about 5 days. One point is that you may have to cut a notch on the chain guard so this sits propely. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Rob Wisch
I'm 6'7". It saved me from having to go to years of physical therapy.Published 13 days ago by Lean Mean
used it for about five hours and it accomplished it's mission. my back doesn't hurt and my child rides a bike without training wheels at three years old. Read morePublished 20 days ago by jp
Excellent product. Didn't strain my back and the kidoos learnt to ride their bikes in a day!Published 22 days ago by Nirmal Mull