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One of the trickiest things about having smaller, active kids is finding bikes that actually fit them. I have had 3 kids now who are ready to actually be on a balance bike before they fit on one very well.
We’ve had many balance bikes pass through our home, and have narrowed down our favorites. This one is right up there and is the first one I recommend to family and friends.
The WOOM 1 stands out for the following reasons:
- pneumatic tires
- low standover height
- hand brake to start practicing
- limiter to prevent front wheel from over turning
- very light
- geometry keeps kids more upright, which is ideal for those just learning to ride
While the WOOM 1 has a longer wheel-base than other balance bikes we have used, the standover height and overall weight (only 7.9 lbs) makes it easy for small kids to ride. And the quick-release adjustable seat means they keep on riding until they are truly ready for pedals (and the WOOM 2).
For reference, L was on and riding the WOOM1 before she was 2….and well before she reached 20 pounds (she’s a peanut!) Of the 6+ balance bikes we put her on, she excelled by far on the WOOM1. It’s truly a bike MADE for kids to start on….and then ride for a few years.
When we first got it, the weather was pretty wintry, so we kept it available in the house (since it’s small and was nice and clean) and let her ride (helmet required every single time) anytime she wanted. The goal was even like 3 minutes a day. In these photos below, L is 18 months (and like in the 1 percentile) and totally able to stand over it.
Here’s a couple videos to show the progression in just a few weeks.
I think I need to also address the cost of the WOOM1, because, as parents we are hesitant to spend money on gear that we know our kids are going to outgrow (believe me, I’m right along there with you!) Yes, it’s just about $200. Yes, it’s worth every penny, honest. Here’s why:
– You get what you’re paying for. In this case, you’re setting your child up for success with a bike that is lightweight….but also very stable. For a child on wheels for the first time and trying to get used to that feeling of moving…fast, this goes a long way.
– The components are top notch which means a smooth ride…and again no child fighting their bike
– It’s super durable. After 18 months of (hard) use, our WOOM1 looks just about new. This also means it holds its value, can easily be passed down to other siblings or can be sold.
The Bottom Line:
The WOOM1 is an excellent balance bike. It’s built to get kids on wheels from a very early age and is our number one recommendation for balance bikes!
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