Little Nation Balance Bike Review

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Little Nation Balance Bike

Review of the Little Nation Balance bike

In 2012, before launching of 2013’s model, The Little Nation was a prominent, flexible balance bike.

It weighs 6.7lbs, and has a durable frame designed so that it’s easily handled by an 18-month-old, and yet still challenging to a 5-year-old. Thus, the bike is able to grow along with the child’s riding skills and physical requirements.

The Little Nation balance bike is produced by an Australian company, which is famous for their innovative bike models. They firmly believe in the benefits of these bikes and often promote them on many Balance Bike competitions.

Top this day the LN balance bike remains a high-quality bike model, with great features. It still does a great job developing children’s coordination and balance abilities.

The Redesigned Seats

The Little Nation model’s seat is smaller and lighter than other balance bike models, so it offers better accommodation to kids who have smaller hips. It’s also padded with an enhanced comfort technology. Although smaller seats come with the bikes, Little Nation enables its buyers to purchase a larger seat, as well, meant for older kids.

Ergonomically Designed Hand Grips

The handgrips were reshaped to be more anatomically suited for children’s hands. The ridges are smaller and enable a better grip.

Handlebars

The handlebars have also undergone a transformation, to achieve a motor-cross appearance. The increased security for the rider is enabled by introducing some additional padding.

Foam Tires

This model normally comes with twelve-inch foam tires, which are made with  Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) polymer, thus being mostly puncture-proof. Little Nation calls them Ultralight 1-piece tires, since nothing has to be pieced together. Little Nation prefers foam tires to pneumaticas for being so low-maintenance. Some bigger complaints, though, address their inability to be shock-absorbent as pneumatic tires are. Ultimately, they don’t seem to behave so good on non-paved terrains, unlike their pneumatic  equivalents. They aren’t flexible enough. However, customers have the option of buying a separate pair of pneumatic tires and place them on their Little Nation.

Wheels

In order to get a smooth wheel rotation, Little Nation balance bikes opt for sealed cartridge bearings, to prevent grit and moisture from getting into it. That way it requires less maintaining, with faster and smoother wheel rotation guaranteed.

Adjustability

The benefit of the Little Nation is that it can accommodate several different-sized riders.

Seat – As we mentioned before, Little Nation offers the option to replace the default seat with a larger one. On top of that, its height  can also be modified among the range of 11-16in. In case that height is still not satisfactory, there’s a possibility of purchasing even more extendable seats.

Tires – The default tires to Little Nation model are foam/molded tires. However, since not everyone is delighted with their performance, Little Nation offers the option for replacing them with air tires, which have to be bought separately.

Handgrips – The default grips on this model are the new, previously mentioned Mini handgrips. In case they turn out to be too small, separately sold additional grips come in a wide range of sizes and colors.

Add-On Accessories

Brakes and footrests  – Another upside to choosing this model is availability of new and exceptional add-on accessories, which can rarely be found among wooden balance bikes. Brakes and footrests are obtainable to customers who want those features on their bikes, but they don’t normally come with the bikes, and many consumers like it that way. Not having footrests leaves more running space for children, allowing them to practice coordination and balance more easily, without brakes getting in their way.

Ski Attachment – One more great accessory is the ski attachment, which consumers can get separately. It’s attached right under the wheel, allowing children to continue improving their coordination and balance skills even during winter.

Versatility

Unlike most of its rivals on the market, especially the wooden balance bicycles, Little Nation offers the chance to improve skills even beyond steering and balancing. Its steel  frame makes it suitable for some fun bike tricks. Also, it can be used even during winter, provided that the ski attachments are included.

Pros

Better ergonomic qualities guarantee an improved riding experience, comparing to Little Nation’s predecessors. Those exact reasons make it possible for even toddlers to use it (18 months or older).

From the options to alter the bike for winter or summer seasons, the wide range of additional accessories, to the ability to modify the bike to suit the rider’s physical requirements, enough can’t be said about this model’s versatility. There’s no doubt it’s a great bike to have, as it can be passed on to a couple of kids in the family.

Its quality makes it long lasting in all weather conditions. The durable steel frame design and puncture-proof tires, among other useful features, make Little Nation a much better investment, comparing to its wooden bike rivals.

Balance Bike Review

Main Benefits of Balance Bikes

How can children benefit from a balance bike? Is balance bike a reasonable purchase?

Parents are mostly in doubt when it comes to these questions. The price of balance bikes is very important to many parents, since they are not cheap at all, although you can sometimes find it cheaper online. This product is also very new in North America, so it’s normal to feel a little sceptical.

Here is a list of reasons why purchasing a balance bike is a good choice.

 

Balance and Coordination Skills

When it comes to learning how to ride a bike, balance is the first obstacle. This is not a problem with balance bikes since they have no pedals, which can often distract children while learning, as they focus on pedalling instead of balancing. With balance bikes, this is not the case. Children will keep a steady mobility using their legs. Coordination can be another obstacle. The great thing about balance bikes is that they increase a child’s motor skills and encourage them to rely on their coordination skills. So, with the help of a balance bike, the small rider will quickly learn how to push off with their legs and ride a bike.

 

Safer Option

Traditional training bikes with wheels have pedals, crank sets and chains which are often an obstacle to children learning how to ride. These can often cause slight injuries. Pedals, when unused, can scratch your child’s legs. Balance bikes are, however, a safer option, since there are no pedals at all.

 

Balance Bikes Help Children Become Better Bikers

Since children who have already mastered riding on balance bikes also mastered balancing and steering, moving to a pedalled bike is not going to be a big change for them. Some of them are so good at balancing and steering that they are even better riders on pedalled bikes. They are more confident riders who know how to stop the bike using their legs and prevent potential injuries. Finally, they aren’t intimidated by bikes and become better riders.

 

Balance Bikes are Versatile

For surfaces with obstacles, balance bike riders already know they have to use their legs. Some consider that a trike or a bike with training wheels can also overcome obstacles. But it must be noted that balance bikes are lighter and children can easily handle them. Also, they come without pedals, which can often cause injuries.

 

Fast outgrowing balance bikes is arguable. We can’t agree with it, since many companies take care of this problem, offering different accessories to suit the needs of a child as they are growing up. Toddlers as young as 18 months and children up to 6 years old can use and enjoy balance bikes. They can be used for a long time and by all siblings in the family. Plus, they are fun!