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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MyKick in Action
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.