Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of purchasing a KinderBike brand trainer vs other products on the market?

That's simple: Quality, price and customer service.  KinderBike trainers come standard with a lifetime warranty, compared to the industry standard of 1 year.  KinderBike trainers are made with quality components, similar to what you might find on a bicycle from an independent bicycle retailer.  KinderBike doesn't use plastic wheels and foam tires, plastic headsets, or clamps in lieu of proper collars.  Another advantage is that KinderBike trainers best prepare children for the transition to a regular bicycle.  Bicycles don't have steering limiters, foot pegs, or foot brakes.....neither do KinderBike trainers.  This means your child won't have to "re-learn" to steer or brake when he/she transitions to a regular bicycle.

I've seen some other bikes with grip tape on the rear fork for kids to rest their feet on.  Can my child do this with your bikes? 

The angle of the rear forks on KinderBike trainers (like most balance bikes) seemingly allow for that.  However, this is incredibly dangerous!  You absolutely do NOT want your young child to rest his/her feet on the rear fork of this, or any bike, while the bike is in motion.  Their feet, being so close to the rear wheel, will hit the wheel causing the bike to become unstable and offbalance.  You child may be thrown from the bike while the bike is in motion.  We recommend that you do not allow your child to do this. 

Are there any advantages to metal vs. wooden balance bikes?

Perhaps.  Wooden bikes are much more susceptible to damage from the elements (sun, rain, snow, ice, heat, cold, etc).  As such, metal bikes are much more durable and practical and may be more apt to be handed down from one child to the next.  Wooden bikes were probably created as a novelty.

What colors are available?

Currrently, trainers are available in red, blue and green.

What material are KinderBike trainers made from?

The frames of the Laufrad and Laufrad Mini models are made from 6061 aluminum alloy.  The Renner models are made from a combination of aluminum and lightweight steel. KinderBike trainers are some of the lightest balance bikes on the market.

I’ve heard of similar bikes that use turning limiters, which limit your child’s ability to steer and turn.  Do KinderBikes have this feature?

No.   For safety reasons, KinderBike trainers do not include that feature.  When your child is learning to ride a bike, they should learn all skills, especially steering.  The best time to do this is when their feet are at their sides and they can prevent a spill or fall.

Do KinderBike trainers come with a handbrake?

Of course.  Kids that learn to ride on a KinderBike trainer are able to transition to a regular bike with far less risk to injury because of one very important aspect: Braking.  KinderBike took the lead by being the first (and only) balance bike manufacturer in the U.S. to use a linear-pull, v-brake on all of its trainers.   The v-brake is the standard on high-end mountain and road bikes and is the easiest for young children to use.   Very few balance trainers even come with a brake and, the ones that do, are fitted with caliper or low-end disc braking systems that young children simply cannot use.

The time to learn to use a brake is NOT when a child has moved on to a standard bicycle that moves at significantly greater speeds”, said one expert. “When a child is learning to ride a bike, they should learn all skills, especially braking”.  There is a reason run bikes are called trainers . And while a 16-month old will not have the strength or dexterity to use a handbrake, children between two and three can and often do.  Time and time again we get emails from parents proudly telling us how their 2 ½ year old child got going down a hill and was able to use the v-brake to stop effectively.

My child is just three years old and quite tall for his age.  Which KinderBike model is most appropriate for him?

Great question.  KinderBike trainers come in a wide range of sizes, styles and colors.  Neither age, nor child's height is a determining factor however.  In fact, it is the child's inseam that determines which trainer is best suited for a given child.  The child must be able to touch the ground with his/her feet to be able to push the trainer along.  Since each model has a different minimum/maximum saddle height, the child's inseam should fall within the range of the minimum/maximum saddle height of a given model.  For example, if your child's inseam is 12 inches, then either the Laufrad or Laufrad Mini would be appropriate, whereas the Renner saddle would be too high for your child to touch the ground.  Conversely, if your child's inseam is 15 inches, you would likely want to consider the Renner model since it has the highest saddle height and would allow your child to use it for a longer period.  The Laufrad Mini has a minimum seat height of 11" so it is usable by children with the smallest of inseams, followed by the Laufrad and then Renner models.  For detailed information on seat height range, please see our Model Chart for the various models.  The seats adjust quickly and easily and have full range of adjustment.

These balance trainers have been in Europe for several years.  Why are they just now becoming popular in the United States?

Interesting question.  Perhaps the concept is so simple that it has been overlooked.  Most experts agree that training wheels hinder a child’s ability to learn balance.  Up until now, there has been no other alternative.  For more information on how ride-on toys (balance trainers) play a vital role in child development, please see the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) link.

How long will it take my child to learn balance using the balance bike method?

It truly varies per child.  Some children figure it out in only an hour, while others may take a few days.  Either way children have fun while they’re learning and they continue to enjoy riding their trainers long after they switched to a standard bicycle.

My child is 6 years old and tall for his age.  Would you recommend these bikes?

We normally wouldn't recommend these bikes, since most six year-old children are likely too tall for a 12” bicycle.  Again, a simple inseam measurement will tell you.  However, an upcoming model (still under development and slated for release in late 2010) is designed to accommodate older children.

Do you ship to PO Boxes?  What are the shipping dimensions?

We can ship to a PO box via the US Postal Service.  Neither FedEx nor UPS deliver to PO Boxes.  However, Both FedEx and UPS will deliver to a PMB mailbox (UPS Store, PakMail, Mailboxes Etc, Postnet, etc) since these are commercial mailboxes with a corresponding street address.  If you are unsure, please check with the proprietor of the place you are having it shipped to.

 

If you have a question you'd like answered, please feel free to submit it here and we will respond directly, as well as add it to the FAQ list.