Pre-Balance Bikes: Ride-On Toys

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What is a “Pre-Balance” Bike?

Kids as young as 12-months are NOT able to ride a true balance bike because they haven’t yet mastered walking and running. Ride-on toys that teach a child to sit and push with their feet to move and/or teach a child to steer are great “pre-balance bikes” for young toddlers. They teach the basics without requiring them to balance the bike.

You’ll notice none of the “bikes” on this list have pedals. At this age, kids need to be preparing for a balance bike, which also doesn’t have pedals. Small ride-on toys with pedals may be cute, but they won’t help your child learn to sit and push with their feet – simple, but necessary skills for a balance bike rider.

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Bikes in the comparison charts are sorted by rating level.  In desktop (not mobile) each column can be filtered by clicking on the up and down arrows next to the column title (rating, seat height etc.).

Product BikeEstimated PriceRatingSeat HeightTire TypeBrakes
Top Pick
Hape Scoot Around

Hape Scoot Around

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$66.72
Highly Recommended
8.75"
Plastic, Puncture Proof
None
Top Pick
Radio Flyer Retro Rocket

Radio Flyer Retro Rocket

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$40.20
Highly Recommended
8"
Plastic, Puncture Proof
None
Top Pick
YBIKE Pewi

YBIKE Pewi

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$49.97
Highly Recommended
10.13"
Puncture Proof, Rubber
None
XJD Mini Trike

XJD Mini Trike

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Recommended
8.75"
Plastic, Puncture Proof
None
Chillafish BMXie

Chillafish BMXie

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$73.99
Recommended
12.5 - 15.3"
Puncture Proof, Rubber
None
Dimond Miner

Dimond Miner

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$329.00
Exceptional
13" - 17"
Air
None
Step2 Motorcycle

Step2 Motorcycle

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$30.45
Recommended
Plastic, Puncture Proof
None
Radio Flyer Scoot-About

Radio Flyer Scoot-About

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$35.49
Recommended
Puncture Proof, Rubber
None
Chillafish Bunzi

Chillafish Bunzi

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$44.99
Recommended
8.6"/9.8"
Puncture Proof, Rubber
None
Wishbone Recycled 3-in-1

Wishbone Recycled 3-in-1

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$269.99
Recommended
9" - 20"
Air
None
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