What do Grade Schoolers need in a balance bike?
Older and capable of gaining more speed, we prefer bikes with air tires and a hand brake for older riders. Air tires provide more traction and cushioning than puncture-proof tires that are usually filled with foam.
Balance bikes are primarily designed to have a child stop it with their feet, but as kids ride faster, stopping can be a challenge and is especially tough on a child’s shoes. Hand-brakes allow kids to stop faster and with less wear and tear on their shoes.
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