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Balance Buddy (Adjustable)

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List Price: $19.99
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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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Balance Buddy (Adjustable) + Wald 10252 Bicycle Training Wheels (16 to 20-Inch Wheels, .75 and 1-Inch Frame Tubes)
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Product Description

An adjustable, removable handle designed to provide greater safety to both the parent and child throughout the process of teaching balance and riding skills on a bicycle. Product of the USA.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MISWIW
  • Item model number: 31264002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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This is so much better than running behind the bicycle while bending over holding onto the seat.
keikosman
I feel like I should be collecting commission for these since I tell pretty much every parent that walks by they need to get one ASAP.
Matt
Our 5-year-old learned to ride without training wheels, within an hour of installing the Balance Buddy.
whitingjen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on November 6, 2010
We got this to help our reluctant son prepare to ditch the training wheels. We made a deal that he would try riding with the balance buddy for one week, and if he didn't feel more confident, we would reinstall his training wheels. Much to our surprise, after two, 15-minute sessions on consecutive days, he was riding completely independently. We loved seeing our son's confidence level soar to the point that, after 3 sessions, he demanded we remove the balance buddy. Therefore, despite the fact that the balance buddy is a well made, sturdy backsaver, we got very little use out of it.

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!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JAM3 on September 3, 2009
I bought the Bike Buddy 3 yrs ago with hopes of using it to teach my daughter who was 5 at the time. Well I tossed it in the basement and forgot about it until this summer. Within 1 hr my daughter was riding on her own. It took her a little longer than most of the reviewers because she had a spill on concrete and was TERRIFIED of falling. I feel the trick is to try find a large dirt patch about the size of a baseball infield, where they can learn with no cars around and without fear of falling on concrete. The same day my daughter was on her own, I taught her friend within 15 minutes!! Two weeks later, I taught my 3 yr old son to ride on his own within 45 mins!!

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)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gilman Wong on July 7, 2011
I picked this up several years ago for my daughter when she was 4. After just two 15-20 min sessions she could do short 30 yard straight runs by herself. Another week and I didn't really have to use it anymore (although she insisted on leaving it mounted for a month or so because she liked having it there).

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dan on November 16, 2011
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I loved the idea of this and the positive reviews sold me. The problem we ran into is that it did not fit on the bike properly. Our 5 year old son is very tall for his age and has a bigger inexpensive "dirt" bike from Toys R Us. When I wen to attach the Balance buddy. It was clear that the bend in the metal on the Balance Buddy, which is meant to keep it from moving lower while attached, had to be straightened to allow for clearance of the bike's frame. So I bent the metal and got it attached; however, the Balance Buddy does not stay in one position and requires constant tightening. That said, It is still better than hunching over.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Husar on April 29, 2011
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Worked as promised. Unable to get son to transition to a 2 wheeler using training wheels.
Able to go to 2 wheeler by himself after 3 days with balance buddy.
Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Bowles on November 13, 2012
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I've purchased many items on Amazon but I've been too lazy to ever write a review...until now!

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"!
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