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just the right size for my 4 year old average height girl.,
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This review is from: KinderBike Laufrad Mini Balance Run Bike (Toy)
This bike is very well built, and my 4 year old really enjoys it. Beware of the size. Measure your child carefully. For my 4 year old average height daughter, the highest saddle height fits her perfectly. This means she can outgrow it rather quickly too. We did this on purpose because we plan to pass this along to her younger sibling (3 years younger). If you worry about your kid outgrowing this bike, you may want to consider the next size up. Check out KinderBike's website to see the comparisons between the models. They have a good comparison chart.
I like the fact that there's no foot rest on this bike, and nothing is in her legs' way. She naturally knows how to lift her feet up (once she's balanced) and rest her legs near the rear brake area.
We debated whether we should buy a "normal" 12" bike and take off the peddles. We're glad we actually bought this balance bike instead. It's lightweight enough that she can maneuver it rather easily (still not that lightweight for her...but manageable, unlike the bigger bikes).
We also recommend that you let your kid try on a downhill slope or driveway. It helps my daughter slide so she can focus on the balancing. She loves it. We notice after riding the balance bike for a few days, it helped her balance on her scooter too. She prefers this balance bike over her tricycle, because it looks like a "big kid's bike".
When it comes time for us to graduate to a "normal" bike, we plan to immediately take off the training wheels. She seems to balance quite well on this bike already, and she's only had it for less than a month!
Update on 12/16/12: The transition from this balance bike to a real bike (no paddles) is seamless. My daughter learned how to ride on a real bike within 10 minutes of trying it on her own, at the age of 4.5.