For months and months I knew that one of the gifts I wanted to get Elliott for either his 3rd birthday (next week…argghhh) or Christmas was a balance bike. Elliott has never been able to grasp the whole pedalling thing and he has fast outgrown his smart trike.
The first time I saw a balance bike was in Queenstown, New Zealand. We were at a park by the water’s edge, freezing our butts off in the icy wind, but appreciating a playground with the most amazing view. While I was standing watching Elliott have fun, I saw a little local boy scooting off in front of his mum who was trying to keep up with their two dogs. The little boy loved pushing himself along on the bike without wheels and I just thought ‘what a great idea’. Now a year later, Elliott is definitely ready for one and it will be a huge help for him to get his balance before upgrading to an even bigger bike.
So, when the folks at CrazySales.com.au contacted me to review one, I was over the moon because to be completely honest, I was almost not going to get one because our budget was extremely tight and all the balance bikes I saw were around the $120 – $140 mark. The fact that Crazy Sales had one so perfect for my motorbike, cars and truck loving toddler was a dream come true.
Within 5 days the well packaged box arrived at my door step. I was so glad it didn’t have pictures of the bike plastered all over it otherwise I would have had some explaining to do when Elliott discovered what it was. He didn’t even question the brown box sitting in my office.
I left it to Mr. G to put it together and I was pleasantly surprised that really I could have put it together if I wanted to; it was really simple and just a matter of screwing the back part to the front and screwing in the handle bars. The only negative we found was with one of the screws that were already ‘screwed’ in when we received it. Once we put the bike together, we found that something was a little loose. After Mr. G disassembled it, he found that one of the screws had lost its threading and would need to be replaced. Luckily Mr. G is in the business of screws and it’s not such a big deal to get another. This could be a bit of a disappointment for others but I hope just a one off.
What a super cool looking bike it is, nice and sturdy and awesome paint work…it looks so real! The fact that you can get this balance bike online at Crazy Sales for $69.95 I think is great value compared to the others I have seen. Elliott is going to be over the moon and I think we will have a lot of motorbike sounds to endure in the future.