Like many kids, I have fond memories of my first two-wheeled bike, a pink-and-white Barbie extravaganza complete with streamers and a nifty little bell that I rang incessantly. The white training wheels were a little wobbly, but they gave me enough confidence to pedal around the block. Training wheels are often seen as the first step in learning how to ride a bike, but the exploding popularity of balance bikes promises to shake up that tradition.
Also known as running or push bikes, balance bikes are designed for toddlers ages 2 to 5. They have no pedals and low seats, so kids propel themselves forward with their feet and lift up their feet to glide. Unlike tricycles or kids' bikes with training wheels, balance bikes teach kids how to balance on two wheels. Read more