Back in Germany, when I saw my daughter’s schoolmates ride up to the Kindergarten, park their little “big kid” bikes, lock them on the racks, and stroll into school with their itty-bitty backpacks, I couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t long before I traded her training-wheel bike in for a balance bike. She didn’t require significant adjustment and she was much more mobile on the balance bike. By age five, she was riding a two-wheel bike. That’s us on the right on her fifth birthday during her first two-wheel bike ride.
Just to give you an idea, I trained for years on my training wheels before graduating to a two-wheel bike at age seven. Though my daughter was ready at age five, she was training exclusively on her balance bike an entire year longer than David’s daughter, who trained using both bikes. And remember, David didn’t spend more than $30 for the balance and training-wheel bikes combined (I paid approximately $80 USD for a new balance bike — no need for new; the kids will use the bikes for a short time and move on to the two-wheeler). Savvy tip all the way around.