Reviewed by: Amelia
Price (MSRP): $139-$149
Best Use: Multi-Use
Where to Buy: Joovy Site
Testing Location: Yellowstone National Park and Wisconsin trails
Testing Environment: Summer conditions
I love that right now there really are a bunch of balance bikes on the market. However, they drastically range in quality, price and performance. We have had the chance to try out a few of them and have our favorites for sure. J actually learned to ride on a Haro bike and then a Strider and P has the pick of the collection right now (which makes it fun for him.)
Recently we were able to get our hands on a couple of Joovy’s Bicycoo balance bikes – the Bicycoo and the Bicycoo BMX. While they have the same goal (get kids balancing and learning to ride early) they are very different from both the Haro and Strider. We jumped at the opportunity to give them a spin, compare them, and get as many kids as we could riding them. As a note, despite the fact that J proficiently rides a pedal bike, he loves zipping around on these bikes and is far from too big for them (at 4.5 years old).
Here’s what makes them different:
– A little bigger than the Strider or Haro (so more suited for kids ages 2.5-3). While we love getting kids on bikes as early as possible, this age is fairly average for any child to have a true interest in a balance bike. The BMX is slightly higher than the Bicycoo (see exact measurements below).
– The tires are pneumatic (air) and refillable. This means the bikes are a little heavier than some of their EVA plastic-tired friends (AKA Strider), but are also MUCH better as far as suspension and traction, especially on dirt roads. That said, it is also possible to have a flat tire so you need to be prepared!
– They have a hand brake. This is the last thing kids learn when riding a balance bike, but it is a great skill to have and know. J loves riding around the Joovy BMX and practicing using a hand brake. His current bike still has pedal brakes, but he will most likely move into a hand-brake bike next (and I would rather he learn how to use now on a smaller bike!)
Bicycoo ($149.99) vs. BMX ($139.99):
Bicycoo: The bike has 12″ tires and the overall dimensions are 33.50L x 16.25W x 21.50H. The weight is 8.75 lbs.
BMX: The bike has 12″ tires and the overall dimensions are 33.50L x 15.5W x 22.25H. The weight is 7.25 lbs.
As you can by looking at the dimensions, the bikes are really similar (so much so that when you look at them side by side it isn’t easy to see the differences.) The truth is that you can’t go wrong with either one. J likes the “look” of the BMX and the feel of the handle bars better, P likes how he can sit easier on the Bicycoo.
– The BMX is about a pound a half lighter
– The Bicycoo is about an inch lower
– The Bicycoo seat is longer and bigger than the BMX seat
– The handle bars are shaped differently
– The Bicycoo is $10 more expensive.
– The Bicycoo comes in black, white and red; the BMX in pink, greenie and blue
What we love:
– These bikes are awesome and come highly recommended, especially for kids starting a little “later” (like 3 is “late”) or ones that just aren’t ready for a pedal bike (which is totally ok!)
– The pneumatic tires really do make for a smooth ride
– The hand brake is a great way to practice
– They are sturdy, built exceptionally well and will last for a number of kids
– Despite the extra weight of pneumatic tires, they are still really light (even lighter than J’s first Haro which had the EVA plastic tires.)
What we aren’t so crazy about:
– My only concern? A flat tire. But, really – that is bike life! Otherwise I have nothing bad to say about them – they are awesome!
The Noodle Helmet $29.99
It’s tough to find a good helmet for little heads. Really tough. This one is one of the best ones I have seen. It is made for little heads (ages 1-4 and a head size between 18.5 – 20.5 inches. It is adjustable so fits most kids that hang around here (except J, who apparently has a big head…) Absolutely worth the investment. Check out our post on our helmet policy (and why we think it is absolutely essential to get a helmet at the same time you get a bike!)
Get your own:
I also happen to know that the bicycoo is currently over at The Clymb at a steal of a deal for a very limited time. You can find it here. However, if you are not a member, you will need an invitation to join. Here is one for you from me.
We’re giving a BMX bike and Noodle away too!
As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widget (or click through the link if you can’t see it) below to enter to win. The winner will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help! Sorry, this giveaway is open to the U.S. only.
Make sure you check out all the great biking giveaways happening this week here.
The Bottom Line:
Great bikes and helmet that come highly recommended from us! Two thumbs (WAY) up!
Joovy generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. Additionally, a few of these links are affiliates. Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way! You can find my full disclosure here.
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