Wayne, NJ (PressExposure) May 22, 2012 -- Online retailer A Kid Place has announced that it is launching a line of wooden balance bikes from Smart Gear, an eco-friendly manufacturer of premium ride-ons, walkers, pretend-play toys, and furniture that will keep children safe while they build the necessary skills to eventually be able to ride a 2 wheel bicycle with pedals.
Bonnie Lim, founder of A Kid Place, states that "Parents that provide their children with a balance bike will be supplying their child with an excellent tool for acquiring the skills needed for riding a bike. I am very discerning when it comes to which brands I choose for my company to sell and I make my selections based on merit, rather than profit potential. My careful research leaves me certain that kids and their parents will love the Smart Gear Balance Bike for its quality and safety."
While most parents believe that a bike with training wheels is the best method to learn how to ride a bicycle, many say that bikes with training wheels actually hinder children's abilities to learn how to balance themselves on a bike. Training wheels don't actually train kids to do anything, but rather they lure kids into an unrealistic sense of security, instead of teaching kids how to balance and steer. Once the training wheels come off, children will not have the most important skills needed to ride a bike. As they go to ride and wobble all over the place, most likely falling, it ends up becoming a terrifying experience.
With a Smart Gear Balance Bike, children place both feet flat on the ground and start out by walking the bike. Once they feel comfortable, they can run and scoot while riding the bicycle. Eventually, once they are confident enough, they lift their feet off the ground and cruise while they balance on the bike's two wheels. This builds confidence in kids and helps make the transition to a pedal bike a smooth one.
Smart Gear Balance Bikes are constructed of eco-friendly birch wood with comfortable, rubberized handlebar grips, cushioned seats, and spoke-less wheels to prevent injuries to children. The pneumatic tires let the Smart Gear Balance Bike ride easily over multiple terrains, are attractive, and they will last longer than regular tires. To accommodate growing children, the seats have five adjustable height positions. In order to prevent kids from jackknifing, Smart Gear Balance Bikes have limited steering radius. Toddlers as young as two years old and up until the age of five can ride a Smart Gear Balance Bike. Finally, each model is equipped with a built-in carrying handle, which will be a tremendous help for mom and dad, when little ones tucker out and need a break from "riding."
There are currently 9 different models of Smart Gear Balance Bikes. Classic and Sky Rider are terrific for both males and females. The police model is perfect for little policemen and policewomen in training. The chopper, cruiser, and flame bikes will thrill little daredevils. And little girls will love the floral hearts, bubbleicious, and spring fever models. All paints and lacquers are non-toxic, formaldehyde-free, and phthalate-free.
A Kid Place offers Smart Gear Balance Bikes at the lowest possible prices authorized by Smart Gear, as well as provides free shipping on the bikes.