Burley MyKick

Balance Bike Review

Our favorite basic balance bike with unique puncture-proof honeycomb tires. No hand brake, no footrest, no limiter, just a great simple bike.

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Product Specifications

MSRP: $99

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Seat Height: 12.5" - 16"

Weight: 11.3 lb.

Brakes: No Brakes

Footrest: No

Limiter: No

Tire Size: 12"

Grips Bumper: Yes

Bolts: Exposed

Frame Material: Steel

Review

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.mykick_6569

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

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 $99 and comes with a three-year warranty.

Where to Purchase Outside of the US

The MyKick is available at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de.

MSRP: $99

By: Natalie Martins

Last Updated: December 26, 2016

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  • Lily Huck

    Looking for an inexpensive well made balance bike for my petite 2 yr old??? Any ideas

  • Torrie

    Hi there, would you recommend the Burley MyKick for a 2 year old, 31 lb boy? He is 35″ tall & inseam is around 13″. I’m hoping to find a balance bike that will last a while (at least until age 4) and found a used MyKick for $50 which seems like a great deal. But want to make sure it will work for him.

    • lcason

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9905a44efbd6dcadcdda542cc15e893ad15cd161b26dc92e6207ad5a9158b3cc.png Hi Torrie,
      I did A LOT of research before purchasing the Burley MyKicks for my son’s 2nd birthday. He is now 2 1/2 and weighs about 35 lbs, and is a little over 3 ft tall. If I remember correctly, he had about a 12-14 in inseam when we got the bike for him. He got the bike in Oct.2016 and this picture was in Feb 2017. We LOVE this bike for him!! There is NOTHING I regret or have been unhappy with in regards to this bike. I hope this helps!!

      • Torrie

        Thank you so much for your advice! I ended up buying the MyKick. I can’t wait to give it to my son for his birthday next week 🙂

        • Shouldn’t have read through the thread first :). Glad to hear you got a bike, I’m sure he will love it!

      • Yeah! I love success stories, thanks for sharing and especially for lending your advice to fellow readers, I really appreciate it and am very thankful for any help in answering comments 🙂

    • $50 is a great price for the MyKick, but considering it can often go on sale for as low as $75, I would try to lower the price a little. If they are firm, then as long as it is great shape, I would go for it!

  • Christiana

    I have a big boy about to turn 2 who is about 35″ and 34lbs. The local bike shop suggested that we buy a Trek Precaliber 12″ and take off the pedals and training wheels so that it acts as a balance bike until he is ready to pedal. Has anyone done this? What do you think about that vs. getting a balance bike? I’m worried that by the time he is ready to pedal a 12″ bike will be too small.

    • While it is totally possible and many kids successfully learn this way, I rarely recommend it. The main reason is exactly what you pointed out. By the time he has outgrown the 12″ balance bike, he will be ready for a 14″ pedal bike. Most bike shops don’t sell a quality 14″ bike, so they have no other option than to suggest kids stay on a 12″ until they are ready for a 16″. The second problem is that the minimum seat height on a 12″ bike is generally way to high for a 2-year-old. He will need to stand on the seat and have both of his feet firmly on the ground, with his knees slightly bent to comfortably ride it as a balance bike. Lastly, 12″ pedal bikes can weight up to 10 lbs. more than a balance bike, which is a lot more bike to tackle for a 34 lb. kid. If your child was 5 or 6, removing the pedals is often a great way to start, but in my opinion, it isn’t ideal for a 2-year-old.

      • lcason

        I have to agree with Natalie. As I mentioned in my reply, you really need to consider your son’s inseam when deciding which bike is best for him,

    • lcason

      Hi Christina!

      OK, first I had to look up the bike you are referring to. Is it really $210.?? (I’m in sticker shock..) I got my son’s MyKick through Amazon and it was about $100, if I remember correctly. And, we didn’t have to remove (or pay for) parts that he won’t use; the training wheels.
      My thought are, that the balance bike teaches him balance (of course) so he shouldn’t need training wheels…

      The rest is what I replied to another mom on here:

      I did A LOT of research before purchasing the Burley MyKicks for my son’s 2nd birthday. He is now 2 1/2 and weighs about 35 lbs, and is a little over 3 ft tall. If I remember correctly, he had about a 12-14 in inseam when we got the bike for him. He got the bike in Oct.2016 and this picture was in Feb 2017. We LOVE this bike for him!! There is NOTHING I regret or have been unhappy with in regards to this bike. I hope this helps!!

      PS, you should also consider your son’s inseam when picking out a bike.

      • Christiana

        Thanks! That makes sense. Now my only problem is the MyKicks are completely out of stock! Anyone want to sell me one? 😉

        • lcason

          LOL!! Go to GOOGLE and type in MyKicks. Then go to the top and click SHOPPING. That will give you a list of who all has one for sale. I saw a couple on Amazon and 1 on Ebay. But, don’t overpay for one! The one we got on Amazon was about $120.