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Balance bikes are known to provide a great starting point for kids who are learning to ride. They teach balance, enabling an easier transition to a pedal bike without the need for training wheels. However, for some children – especially when they’re starting very young – a balance bike can present quite a challenge.
To ease younger kids into riding, Trybike has come up with a unique design that makes learning to ride less intimidating while still accommodating growth and progression. This two-in-one solution easily converts between a tricycle and a two-wheeled bike as the child gains confidence. It also features footrests that are integrated into the frame to further improve the ride for experienced balance-bike pilots.
Trybike offers their creation in both steel and wooden-framed versions and they both utilise real-bike features; there are pneumatic tyres for traction and comfort, steel spoked wheels, replaceable sealed cartridge bearings and durable steel axle shafts.
The steel-framed variant is the most popular; at 5.2kg in the two-wheeled format (6.3kg as a trike), it’s roughly 700g lighter than the wooden version and more affordable too—retailers generally sell it for between $179 and $199. It comes in a wide range of colour options with extra stickers that allow you to customise the style. With the quick-release seatpost clamp, the saddle height can be adjusted between 30 and 45cm, and it’ll handle rider weights up to 35kg.
By comparison, the wooden Trybike typically retails for around $239 and has a maximum rider weight of 25kg. Extra flexibility is the main selling point here; where the steel version has two set-up options, the wooden Trybike has four:
- A low tricycle with a saddle height of just 27cm
- A low two-wheeled balance bike
- Balance bike mode with a higher ride height (50cm saddle height)
- A high tricycle for children with a disability or those who need extra support
The frame is made from durable marine birch plywood and local distributor, Kaleidoscope Australasia also stocks spare parts including conversion axles, saddles and safety pads.
Kaleidoscope Australasia also offers their range of CoConut helmets to complement the Trybike brand. These helmets are colour-matched to their bikes with a range of kid-friendly features. A durable hard plastic ABS shell means they cope with general wear and tear better than your typical micro-shell helmet and the design also incorporates 11 vents.
The pinch-free magnetic buckle allows single-handed operation and the rear dial retention system assists with fine-tuning the fit. Speaking of fit, CoConut offers them in three sizes; XS suits head sizes from just 45cm up to 51cm, the small goes from 48 to 53cm and the medium handles a range from 53 to 57cm. These colourful helmets retail for around $69.95.
To see all of the colour and sizing options, go to Kaleidoscope Australasia site: www.kaleidoscope.com.au