CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Smart Gear Wooden Classic Smart Balance Kids Bike
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- KID FRIENDLY - Riding Toy with Features: Rugged Tires and, Stable Wheel Base for Safety
- RIDE - Ride All Day With the Comfort of a Cushioned Leatherette Seat
- UNIQUE - Handle Available to Carry the Kids Toy Around From One Location to the Next with Ease
- GREAT QUALITY - Outdoor Bike with Easy Assembly. Cool Toy!
- CHILD SAFETY - Renewable Birch Wood Construction and Non-Toxic Building Materials; Recommended For Ages Two Years Old and Up
- Wooden balance bike with five-position adjustable seat height to grow with child
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Designed for children from two years old and up, Smart Gear Balance Bikes allow children to learn the balance and motor skills necessary for biking, safely and naturally, without relying on training wheels. The two-wheel, pedal-free bike allows kids to run the bike along and eventually learn to coast with their feet up. This natural and kid-oriented approach to biking helps kids develop the confidence to balance the bike while moving and liberates them from the crutch of training wheels--so that they can bike earlier.
Coming in renewable birch wood, the Classic Smart Balance Bike features comfortable rubber grips, a cushioned leatherette seat, and a limited steering radius to prevent jackknifing. The pneumatic wheels provide a softer, more resilient ride, and are equipped with longer fill valves to make it easier to secure the pump to the tire. The spoke-less wheels are designed for greater safety--to prevent small legs from getting caught when in motion. A five-position adjustable seat with a height range from 12.5 to 17.5 inches allows the bike to grow with your child for years of use. Finally, a unique, integrated carry handle on the frame makes it easy for an adult to carry the bike to and from the car, and also allows a child to push the bike along more easily.Key Features:
- Pneumatic (inflatable) rubber tires with extra long tub valves
- Spoke-less wheel discs
- Rubberized handle bar grips
- Limited steering radius
- Cushioned leatherette seat
- Unique, integrated carry handle
- Intended for ages two years old and up
- Adjustable seat height from 14" - 17" inches.
- Maximum weight of 60 pounds
- Dimensions: 35 by 15.5 by 22 inches (LxWxH)
- Made from replenish-able birch wood
- Formaldehyde free glue
- Non-toxic paints and lacquer
- Carton made from recycled paper with water based ink printing
Smart Balance Bikes are made from birch wood that has been harvested from a replenish-able source. The bikes are built using formaldehyde-free glue as well as non-toxic paints and lacquer. The carton the bike comes in, is made from recycled paper with water based ink printing.About Balance Bikes:
Traditional toddler bikes with training wheels don't necessarily train or teach a child how to ride a bicycle. The training wheels do not allow kids as much opportunity to feel the motion-propelled balance of two-wheel biking. By contrast, two-wheel balance bikes allow the child to run the bike along and learn to balance as they develop speed and confidence. As the child grows confident with their forward motion, they begin to lift their feet off of the ground and balance the bike as they coast forward. If the bike starts to fall, kids can regain their balance quickly and easily by dropping their feet to the ground.
Top Customer Reviews
Immediately after purchasing it, I had to replace both tubes. Whoever assembled the wheels at the factory must have used a tool that ended up slicing both tubes. Then, within a few weeks with barely any use, all the plywood started to delaminate--first the wheels, then the main frame, then the seat column. If you look carefully at the plywood, you can see that the inner layers of wood are extremely low-grade.
Once my son grew enough to actually use the balance bike, the axle bolts kept unwinding themselves out of their mating/binding posts. I had to apply nail polish on the threads to stop the unwinding--an old trick I use when wrenching my own stable of 13 bicycles. By the way, the rear axle bolt and its binding post go through the frame's wood at a right angle, but due to the curves of the main frame components, the wood pieces are not parallel; therefore, the rear axle stays constantly bent, putting pressure on the wheel bearings.
Despite the use of sub-par materials and poorly-executed construction, the Smart Gear balance bike is one of my son's favorite toys. He's now quite adept at cruising on the bike, pushing with his feet then bringing them up and steering to stay upright.
I should also mention that unlike many of its competitors, the Smart Gear has a built-in handle. It's very easy to lift and carry the bike--especially handy when we're entering a store or restaurant.
We ordered this for our first child and she loves it. She is 3.75 years-old and a little tall for her age.
She was very excited to unpackage and assemble it with me, which was a snap, and she rode it on our laminate flooring that night. The design is such that when the bike is on its side, only the tires and the rubber handlebar grip touch the floor, i.e. no wooden parts or bolts ding my floor when it falls over. We haven't had any trouble with the tires not holding air.
We took it outside the next day and she just wanted to ride her trike, but by the end of the day she wanted to ride "the wooden bike" more.
We are fortunate to have a bunch of walking paths in the woods near our home and we prefer to ride there to enjoy the scenery, and so that fall are softer, but this bike does great on pavement, trails and indoors. The tires are knobby, but we'll never take it out in the mud and slicks or semi-slicks would be fine on the trails we'll be on.
The bike is quite light and she has no trouble picking it up or pushing it. However, for the first couple weeks she was slower riding her bike than when we go "walking." That isn't entirely fair of me to say because she almost never walks and usually runs circles around me.Read more ›
I remembered reading about the skuut that you can lower the seat by flipping the frame. I tried it and it really lowers the bike. The problem was though that the seat now sat at an odd and useless angle. So I took out the bolts that hold the seat, put the seat in its desired position and drilled two new holes for the bolts (took about 10min). In addition I removed the little mud guard from under the seat and was able to lower the seat to under 12"!!! Now my son's feet touch the ground easily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son absolutely loved this bike. I got it when he was a baby, and I couldn't wait for him to be big enough to use it. He used it almost daily from about 2. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The pieces to this bike do not fit together and the bike can not be assembled. The screw that attaches the wheel does not fit correctly into the wheel. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great bike for training! Sadly the stand is a separate purchase that should really come with the bike due to its lack of kick stand but overall very happy with my purchase. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
A nice little balance bike for the money but it has to have the world's worst instructions and I'm a retired engineer it took me two hours the one diagram is so small and fuzzy... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Raymond
This is a darling, cheap version of the balance bike. Unfortunately, when left to the elements it was completely wrecked. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Batt
poorly constructed, nuts missing on the front and rear wheels, need to get special ones at the hardware store.... Read morePublished 8 months ago by craigS
My son has this bike with the flames, and loves it! It has really taught him to balance and steer, making it easier for him to learn to balance on a pedal bike.Published 8 months ago by Annie Abbey
I got this for my granddaughter. She won't get off this bike! It's light and easy to throw in the car to take to a park. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joseph Stillwell