Burley MyKick

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Meet Burley MyKick, the new belle of the ball.  She may look like a standard balance bike, but if the devil is in the details, she is certainly no saint.  From the handlebar grips, to her worry free tires, the Burley MyKick is quite simply the best all-around balance bike on the market.

Assembly

Having assembled over 15 balance bikes, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the MyKick essentially came 100% assembled.  After a quick twist of the handlebars and tightening the headset with the included allen wrench, the MyKick was ready to go.

Burley assembly

Size

Scaled for toddlers aged three and up, the MyKick’s seat post ranges from 12.5″ to 16″.  With a weight of 11.3 lb., the MyKick is certainly heavier than the FirstBIKE at 7.7 lb., but the additional weight should only be of concern for petite or developmentally delayed three-year-olds.

Burley Mykick sizing

Tires

Not pneumatic and not foam, her honeycomb, flat-proof, air-filled tires (see cross-section below) are quite simply the best things to happen to balance bikes since sliced bread.  With the durability and traction of pneumatic with the puncture-proof ease of foam, the rubber tires on the MyKick is the best of both worlds.  Weather riding on level dirt roads or paved sidewalks, the lower-profile rubber tread showed no signs of slipping or loss of traction.

burley mykick tire

Grips, Seat and Bearings

While the MyKick’s tires are certainly the stand out feature of the bike, Burley (the same company that makes bike trailers), went above and beyond to ensure the balance bike was worthy of their name.  From its rip-proof rubber grips (the only on the market with exception to FirstBIKE), to the padded seat (the Strider’s is hard plastic) and quick-release seat adjust, the MyKick is a busy parent’s dream combining zero maintenance with high-durability.

MyKick's Details

Headset and Bolts

The headset is another detail where Burley choose to splurge while other companies tend to skimp.  Using a high-quality metal headset, the height-adjustable handlebars provides for a responsive and smooth ride for kids.  The MyKick however, does not have a turning limiter which appeal to some parents.  As a final note, like most metal balance bikes, the bolts on the MyKick are exposed and quickly began to show wear, creating a potential scratch hazard for kids.

Burly MyKick additional features

MyKick in Action

Bottom Line

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All in all, the Burley MyKick is hands-down the easiest and best all-around balance bike on the market.  Perfect for three-year-olds riding pavement or level dirt trails, MyKick’s impressive trifecta of durability, lack of maintenance and affordability truly makes it one of the best balance bikes for your dollar. The MyKick has a MSRP of $129 and comes with a three-year warranty.

Where to Purchase

The Burley MyKick is available in the US at Amazon.

Outside the US: The MyKick is available at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.

  • aimee

    My daughter is 39.5″ and her inseam seems to be right about 16″. She’s light, though – only 31lbs – and not terribly physical or strong yet. I really like the look of the MyKick … and am kind of thinking it might get her through till she can ride a real bike? She’ll be 4 in Feb. What do you think? Am I too limited in growth with the Burley and should I look at the Ridgeback Scoot? Thanks in advance for any help :-)

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      It really depends on two factors. If you live in an area when it doesn’t snow and she is able to ride year round, then I think she would do fine with the Burley. If she won’t be able to get much riding in over the next 6 months, then I would go with the Ridgeback as she may not be ready to transition by next summer.

  • Zbxo

    Thanks for the great info. just bought the Burley Mykick for my 23 month old today. After seeing him on a tricycle at the park two weeks ago, I know this is the bike for him. The Mykick is on sale on Amazon right now for 96.00 for the red and 90.00 for the green. Good deal. Thanks again!

    • http://www.twowheelingtots.com/ Natalie

      They are great bikes, thanks for sharing as under $100 is a great deal for the MyKick.