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FirstBIKE Comparisons

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 4:34:22 PM Australia/Sydney

Our Limited edition FirstBIKE got put up against other popular models of balance bike by Bike Exchange and came out as one of the best you can buy! Check out the video or head to https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/blog/balance-bike-group-test for the full written review. 

 

 

" Once the kids had had their fun and the parents had cast a more practical eye over the bikes, there were three clear favourites: the Cruzee OvO Ultralite, FirstBIKE Limited Edition Blue and the Kiddimoto Kurve with the popular Pastel Dotty colourway.

From a practical point of view the Cruzee OvO Ultralite and FirstBIKE Limited Edition Blue come up trumps. The Cruzee is lightweight, simple and provided vast levels of adjustment. The FirstBIKE was robust, offered plenty of adjustment and seemed the bike most likely to stand up to the rigours that toddlers and young kids would put it through. The Kiddimoto Kurve won in the fashion stakes and is also the best budget buy, cheapest on the test by over $40.

All of the bikes performed admirably and if one thing was evident after the group test, it's that colour rules above all else for kids at this age."

Posted By Richard Powell

Mum's Delivery Limited edition review

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 10:30:58 AM Australia/Sydney

We have been road testing the FirstBIKE Limited Edition balance bike and I am impressed. This German engineered bike offers a safe, fun toy for toddlers which covers all possibilities and safety concerns. In addition to this, it is stylish, easy to use and hardwearing.

The frame of the FirstBIKE is ideal for a balance bike. It is lightweight, making easier for your child to use and for you to carry. The glass fibre reinforced Nylon frame means that it will not shatter or splinter if it is dropped, thrown or used as a landing pad. It also offers the benefit of being weather resistant. In addition to all of this, the frame is made from a non-toxic dye making it safe for children who like to chew on anything.

The frame is softened with a curved Gel seat which helps stop your toddler sliding off. It also offers comfort and is designed to be non-porus so toilet training accidents can be cleaned easily with no detriment to the bike. The handle bars also have soft grips which feel nice when holding. The FirstBIKE Limited Edition come with a ‘kid friendly’ handbrake designed for smaller hands with a ‘soft pull’ making it easier to use. While toddlers initially learning to use a balance bike are unlikely to understand how to use the brake, my son at 2.5 years is able to use it without issue. I like the way it brakes and stops the bike slowly rather than to forcefully lock the wheel which can cause your child to fly over the front.

A great feature for mums is that the seat height is easy to adjust while out and about. I found this useful as you only tend to notice if the height needs adjusting when your child is on the bike riding. To adjust the bike you simply need to unscrew a bolt (no tools needed) move the chair position and res-screw the bolt into place wherever it is best for your child – no predetermined holes to work with. Inquisitive children can undo the screw, however they tend to only do this once and then leave it alone when they realise they then cannot ride without the seat.

For children, the FirstBIKE looks great. It comes with reflective stickers and decals which make the bike look cool and ‘super-fast’.

Some of the extra features the FirstBIKE balance bikes offer include a turning limiter (steerer stop) which limits how much steer your child can do with the handlebars. This helps avoid sharp turns and accidents occurring from these. It comes complete with recessed bolts to ensure your child is less likely to be hurt while riding or should they fall onto the bike. In the FirstBIKE Limited Edition you also receive Schwalbe Big Apple tyres which are renowned for maximum traction

Another feature I like with the FirstBIKE balance bikes comes from the ability to tailor the balance bike to suit your family. They offer a number of accessories including bike bells, baskets and more. Importantly they also offer a lowering kit which will help smaller children to get onto the bike earlier. See our video of the FirstBIKE below:

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Posted By Richard Powell

Not All Balance Bikes are the Same

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 4:03:13 PM Australia/Sydney

Not all Balance Bikes are built the same! Yes, some look very similar and to the general population, spotting the differences can be hard. The following article won’t go into the details of the benefits and why you should be buy a balance bike but will look at the little things and differences that don’t feature as a highlight but are the things that make FirstBIKE a better option.

History– FirstBIKE’s were designed in Germany, by Ralf Coerschulte, a designer and cyclist who wanted to create the best balance bike for his children so they can learn to ride intuitively without the stresses that are associated with learning to ride. Original models were made of alloy and over years of fine tuning, the final design went into production over a decade ago. With parts made by companies that supplied to the likes of BMW, no expense was spared to create the best balance bike on the Market. Fast forward to the present and we’re still fine tuning the little things that make FirstBIKE the best in its class!

Frame- The most important part to any bicycle is the frame. It’s not just the design, shape and colour that make FirstBIKE unique. The frame is not just a plastic! It’s a Glass Fibre reinforced Nylon (GFT). Yes, it’s easy to just call it a plastic or resin but in reality it’s so much more, unlike traditional plastics, the GFT does not shatter and won’t break into tiny shards and unlike wooden bikes will not splinter when they break. The GFT frame gives a certain amount of flex so the frame is not a complete rigid structure, so when a child falls onto the frame, there is shock absorbing action to reduce the impact when falling. The GFT frame is 100% weather resistant, unlike steel, it won’t rust and unlike wood, it won’t swell and delaminate. Even though Alloy is rust proof, they still oxidise to create a white powder on any exposed surfaces. It’s a one piece moulded design and even with wear and tear, the FirstBIKEs can be left outside exposed to the elements and you will be guaranteed that the frame will not be affected, making it one of the most durable products on the market and something that can easily passed on and retain its value. Another small thing we take for granted is the colour, we get asked a lot about the colours being quiet dull and basic, that is, the frames are made from a completely non toxic dye and use minimum colour brighteners. Any parent with kids will know that children will chew on anything and we’ve made the frame to be fool proof and safe in every way possible.

Brakes – We’re not the only balance bikes on the market with a brake but did you know our brakes are specifically made for the hands of toddlers, the FirstBIKE brake is not an adult brake fitted on, we use a soft pull kids brake that make it a lot easier for kids to use.

Steerer Stop – There has been good debate over the use and need of a steering stop on kids balance bike. Our reasons for using  a steering stop is to prevent the bike from rolling out under the rider when they turn the handlebars too far around, a bit hard to describe in words but we’ve seen it many times. The other benefit of a steering stop is to prevent the handlebars from spinning all the way around and the rider getting their limbs or body stuck between the bars and frame. Steering stops also help prevent over steering preventing quick sudden turns that can lead to crashes.

Not sharp protruding parts – rounded frames and all protruding nuts and bolts are recessed! Not just rounded or minimised, they’re completely counter sunk into the frame and nothing sticks out. Accidents happen, FirstBIKE are designed to prevent even the simplest of injuries! 

it's these little things that don't end up on the features page but are important things to look for when picking up a balance bike

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Welcome to the Webpage!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 3:58:47 PM Australia/Sydney

New Website! 

Welcome to our new FirstBIKE website!! We've made a few changes and hopefully making it a whole lot easier to navigate! Enjoy and let us know what you think. 

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