Should I use stabilisers or a balance bike? Which is better?

There are advantages to both, but most cycling professionals would recommend the balance option. Balance is so important in learning to ride, and honestly using stabilisers for a few months (or longer) only delays the process. When the stabilisers go, the child still has to learn to balance, and by that time they can be much bigger, which means a higher centre of gravity. Also, a balance bike can be taken on much rougher terrain than stabilisers – whether it’s a grassy park or the woods.If kids start their cycling career on a lightweight balance bike, when it’s time to move on they only have to learn to pedal – this is much more straight-forward than learning to balance.

If your child is a bit too tall for a balance bike, you should buy the right size bike for them (see our size guide) and simply not attach the pedals for a while. They can learn to balance and scoot around on their bike, and when they feel ready, just add the pedals.

Should you decide that you need stabilisers for a while, the best ones we have found for the Frog 43 and 48 are the EZ Trainer Suspension Stabiliser 12-16" Wheel from Adie. Your local Frog independent bike shops can fit these with a change of axle. They comply with EN 14765.

For bigger bikes, Frog 52 upwards there are a few stabliser solutions, your local Frog independent bike shop should be able to find Adult Bike Stabilisers to Fit 20" To 26" Wheels - there are a few on the market.

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