Balance Bikes

The idea behind a balance bike is that instead of trying to learn to pedal, balance and brake all in one go, your child already has the balance aspect mastered for when they are ready for a pedal bike. Children learn to balance by simply sitting on the bike and pushing themselves along with their feet.

  • Frog Tadpole Mini

    £145 - Reserve for £20 in our savings club

    Green, Pink or Red

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    The Tadpole Mini is a great first bike which helps children achieve the necessary balance to cycle. A playful way to introduce your child to the world of cycling liberating them to practice riding a bike their own way, and most importantly, at their own pace.

    The Tadpole Mini Balance Bike is suitable for toddlers aged 1 and 2 with an average inside leg of 24cm.

    Wheel Size: 10″ inch

    Why buy a Tadpole Mini? – Lightweight but sturdy Frame making the bike easy to manoeuvre for your child and easy for you to carry!
    – Tektro rear brake with small easy to reach brake lever for tiny hands to brake with confidence
    – Safety steering lock to prevent oversteering
    – Top mounted brake arms avoids feet catching
    – Quick release seat post for easy height adjustment as they grow and become more confident
    – Free 5 year warranty on frame and forks
    – Bell included

    Available colours: Green, Pink and Red

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    Approx Age 18 months+
    Wheel Size 10″
    Bike Weight 3.46 kg
    Frame 6061 T6 heat treated aluminium alloy, seat tube 3.5″ (90mm)
    Fork 6061 T6 heat treated aluminium alloy
    Front Hub Quando, aluminium, sealed hub, 5mm allen bolt internal fixing, 16 hole
    Rear Hub Quando, aluminium, 16 hole, sealed hub with 5mm allen bolt internal fixing
    Rim Aluminium, 10″x1.5″, single wall
    Seat Post Aluminium, micro adjust, 27.2mm
    Seat Clamp Aluminium, QR
    Saddle Frog Bikes child-specific saddle (small)
    Headset Neco, 1″1/8 , threadless, safety steering stop, Frog Bikes top cap
    Handlebar Aluminium, straight, 360mm
    Stem Aluminium, 1″1/8, 38mm, 4 bolt clamp
    Grips/Bar tape Frog Bikes specific, lock on, slim grips
    Brake Levers Tektro JL352-RS, aluminium, easy reach brake lever
    Brakes (F&R) Tektro J310, aluminium, mini v-brake
    Tyres 10″x1.75″, BMX Style, (ETRTO/ISO: 54-149)
    Accessories box Bell, paint plasters, frame protector patches, right brake lever (Tektro JL352-RS)

    *subject to change.
    We are constantly working on improving our bike range, which sometimes results in a component being replaced by a newer/better version. As a consequence, it is possible that some of the bikes of this range have more up to date components than reflected in this table.

  • Frog Tadpole

    £160 - Reserve for £20 in our savings club

    Available colours: Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Spotty, Union Jack and USA

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    The perfect first bike for your toddler, these playful little bikes have proven to be a great introduction to riding a bike by helping children refine the core cycling skill of balance. Balance Bikes are a convenient accessory to occupy little ones during trips to the park, shops or beach.

    The Tadpole balance bike best suits 2 and 3 year olds with an average inside leg of 31cm.

    Wheel Size: 12″ inch

    Why buy a Tadpole?
    – Lightweight but sturdy Frame making the bike easy to manoeuvre for your child and easy for you to carry!
    – Tektro rear brake with small easy to reach brake lever for tiny hands to brake with confidence
    – Safety steering lock to prevent oversteering
    – Top mounted brake arms avoids feet catching
    – Quick release seat post for easy height adjustment as they grow and become more confident
    – Free 5 year warranty on frame and forks
    – Bell included

    Available colours: Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Spotty, Union Jack and USA

    The perfect first bike for your toddler, these playful little bikes have proven to be a great introduction to riding a bike by helping children refine the core cycling skill of balance. Balance Bikes are a convenient accessory to occupy little ones during trips to the park, shops or beach.

    The Tadpole balance bike best suits 2 and 3 year olds with an average inside leg of 31cm.

    Wheel Size: 12″ inch

    Why buy a Tadpole?
    – Lightweight but sturdy Frame making the bike easy to manoeuvre for your child and easy for you to carry!
    – Tektro rear brake with small easy to reach brake lever for tiny hands to brake with confidence
    – Safety steering lock to prevent oversteering
    – Top mounted brake arms avoids feet catching
    – Quick release seat post for easy height adjustment as they grow and become more confident
    – Free 5 year warranty on frame and forks
    – Bell included

    Available colours: Green, Orange, Pink, Red, Spotty, Union Jack and USA

    Approx Age 2-3
    Wheel Size 12″
    Bike Weight 4.17 kg
    Frame 6061 T6 heat treated aluminium alloy, seat tube 4″ (100mm)
    Fork 6061 T6 heat treated aluminium alloy
    Front Hub Quando, aluminium, 16 hole, sealed hub with 5mm allen bolt internal fixing
    Rear Hub Quando, aluminium, 16 hole, sealed hub with 5mm allen bolt internal fixing
    Rim Aluminium, 12″x1.5″, single wall
    Seat Post Aluminium, micro adjust, 27.2mm
    Seat Clamp Aluminium, QR
    Saddle Frog Bikes child-specific saddle (small)
    Headset Locking headset, 27mm
    Handlebar Frog Bikes Aluminium Little Handlebars, Width 420mm
    Stem Aluminium, 1″1/8, 38mm, 4 bolt clamp
    Grips/Bar tape Frog Bikes specific, lock on, slim grips
    Brake Levers Tektro JL352-RS, aluminium, easy reach brake lever
    Brakes (F&R) (Rear only) Tektro J310, aluminium, mini v-brake
    Tyres Kenda K909A, 12.5″x1.75″, Hybrid, (ETRTO/ISO: 47-203)
    Accessories box Bell, paint plasters, frame protector patches, right brake lever (Tektro JL352-RS)

    *subject to change.
    We are constantly working on improving our bike range, which sometimes results in a component being replaced by a newer/better version. As a consequence, it is possible that some of the bikes of this range have more up to date components than reflected in this table.

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  • Frog Tadpole Plus

    £180 - Reserve for £20 in our savings club

    Available colours: Green, Pink, Red and Union Jack

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    The Tadpole + is a great first bike to help your child to achieve the necessary balance to cycle. Our balance bike range is well-equipped with adjustable child-size brakes to provide the best fit for your child. We understand active kids can sometimes get a little carried away so we offer the added benefit of a steering lock, which acts as a safety mechanism to prevent any serious falls and damage.

    The Tadpole + is suitable for children aged 3 and 4 with a average inside leg of 38cm.

    Wheel Size: 14″ inch

    Why buy a Tadpole+?
    – Lightweight but sturdy Frame making the bike easy to manoeuvre for your child and easy for you to carry!
    – Tektro rear brake with small easy to reach brake lever for tiny hands to brake with confidence
    – Safety steering lock to prevent oversteering
    – Top mounted brake arms avoids feet catching
    – Quick release seat post (no tools required) for easy height adjustment as they grow and become more confident
    – Free 5 year warranty on frame and forks
    – Bell included

    Available colours: Green, Pink, Red and Union Jack

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  • Cannondale Kids 12" Trail Balance

    £169.99

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    Frame Trail 12 Balance, SmartForm C2 Alloy, smooth welding
    Fork Cannondale Little Lefty 12, rigid, SmartForm C2 Alloy, 1 1-8″ steerer
    Rear Shock N/A
    Rims Cannondale C4, lightweight alloy, 12″, 16H
    Hubs Little Lefty single-sided front, nutted axle rear
    Spokes Steel, 14g Black
    Tires Innova, 12×1.75″, multi-use tread
    Pedals N/A
    Crank N/A
    Crank Option N/A
    Bottom Bracket N/A
    Chain N/A
    Rear Cogs N/A
    Front Derailleur N/A
    Rear Derailleur N/A
    Shifters N/A
    Handlebar Lightweight Alloy, 460mm wide, 22.2mm
    Grips Cannondale Kid’s Comfort
    Stem Alloy Ahead, 37mm
    Headset FSA, Alloy, 1-1/8″ Ahead, integrated
    Brakes N/A
    Brake Levers N/A
    Saddle Cannondale Kid’s Comfort
    Seatpost One-piece,clamp-less, 25.4mm
  • Raleigh Balance Bikes

    £120

    Team Burner - Burner - Sherwood

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    A balance bike is an ideal first step for a child to learn how to ride without pedals. The child scoots along by sitting on the saddle and moving their feet backwards and forwards, keeping either one foot or both feet on the ground at all times. They learn basic cycling skills; balance and coordination whilst having great fun and looking good

    • Aluminium frame; for your child’s first experience of cycling an aluminium frame is ideal it is lightweight, easy to handle and manoeuvre
    • Handlebars for a more upright riding position; allowing your child to become more aware of things around them whilst riding
    • Graphics under a clear coat; by applying the bike graphics underneath a clear lacquer the Burner design will remain undamaged for years to follow
    • A super cool handlebar fitting race plate with alphabet and number sticker sets
    • Colour co-ordinated saddle, grips and tyres; at Raleigh we take great pride in designing our Children’s range, ensuring that each component – however small is matched to the bike design.

     

  • Early Rider Spherovelo Blue 7months to 24months

    £79.99 Red, Blue, Mint and White

    Meet the ‘Spherovelo’, a unique push along ride on for 10-24 month olds. Even earlier with mum or dad's help. The Spherovelo is the world’s first ride on to accelerate the development of young children by helping them make the connection between their senses (vision, pressure, equilibrium) and their motor system. Some might call it balance but it’s really more about the coordination of our muscles in response to what we see and feel. It manages this by being a ride on that’s unstable on the one hand (so that the child is required to effect some control - like with a bike) but safe on the other; a combination never before achieved.

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    2 play settings – stable with stabilisers on and ready-for-balance when removed
    Suitable from as early as 7 months (stable) and from 1 year (unstable)
    Teaches balance from a young age
    4 unisex colours
    Suitable for indoors and outdoors
    Hard wearing polyurethane covered spheres (skate board wheel material)
    Wipe clean high gloss shell.
    EN71 approved
    Made in the UK
    Winner of the Red Dot Product Design Award 2013
    Winner of the Junior Design Award for Best Toy 2013

  • Our Full range of Balance Bikes is available in store.

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