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How to choose the best balance car for your child!
- Apr 02, 2018 -

1. Scale

Scale is the most important factor when selecting a balance car. Although most of the balance cars on the market are "one size fits all" and claim that the appropriate age is 18 months to 6 years old, it does not matter if they are really suitable for all children in this age range. When choosing the correct balance car for your child, you should first consider the tire dimensions and seat height.

Tire Scales: Most balance cars are 12-inch tires, while 14-inch and 16-inch tires are more suitable for older, older preschoolers. There is also a 10-inch tire balance car, but it is not recommended. Because the growth rate is very fast, the 10-inch will soon not be able to satisfy them.

Seat height: The tire dimension is the goal of balancing the entire scale of the car, and the seat height is the most accurate target for the child when choosing a balance car. The correct way is that the child can sit on the bicycle comfortably, and the two feet on the ground can easily slide. When the child stands up, there is at least 2cm to 3cm above the seat.

2. Component

The lighter the better. In general, a balance car should not exceed 30% of your child's weight. If the balance car is too heavy, children will encounter difficulties when they begin to learn. They will drop their ability to control the car and gradually lose their hobby. The weight of the body is directly related to the frame's data (there is an analysis of different data behind).

3. Tires

Balance the car's tires to determine whether the car can smoothly adhere to the stability of taxiing on various roads.

There are five basic types of balance car tires: Air (inflatable tires), EVA Foam (foamed tires), Rubber (rubber tires), Plastic (plastic tires), and Big Apple (big apple tires).

For most of the riders, any tread is satisfactory. However, according to different needs and application habits, choose the right one for you.

AIR pneumatic tires are filled with compressed air in an elastic bladder to smooth the vibration and impact of movement. Providing maximum cushioning and friction is the best all-round tire, and it is ambition on any terrain. Air tires will add 1.35kg-1.8kg to the total weight of the balance car (depending on the tires and wheels of the raw material), but the rated component to get the overall comfort and ride smoothness is worth it. Disadvantages: Demand is inflated on time.

EVA foam tires are cheaper, lighter, and puncture-proof (explosion proof). As much as air tires, it provides limited friction and weak shock absorption. Foam tires are solid, so the elasticity is not good. Foam tires can provide satisfactory friction on flat ground, but such as lower steps, beating, or the appearance of cluttered surfaces and similar lubrication on the surface of a gym floor can deteriorate. Foamed tires are more common in low-end balance cars and are less expensive.

Foam Tyres VS Air Tires: Differences in Shock Absorption and Friction

A rubber tire is a puncture-proof tire that is slightly better than foamed tires in terms of friction and shock absorption. Unusually, the carcass is made of rubber foam, so the weather resistance is poor, the aging speed is fast, and it is easy to loosen the tire. Especially when the high-speed operation is carried out successively, the fetal heart foam part is agile and soft, and then it is broken and cannot be used. Not recommended.

Hard plastic tires are the lightest, but the quality is also the best. There is no friction and shock absorption effect, only suitable for indoor use.

Big Apple Big Apple Tire, also known as Fat Boy Tire, refers to the BIG APPLE series of SCHWALBE pneumatic tires in Germany. The internal raw materials are selected and maintained by DuPont Kevlar Fibers, which has a puncture-proof function for children. Riding more peace of mind. It is a kind of wide-body pneumatic tire with rated friction and shock-absorbing effect. It is more suitable for children who love to beat or play a variety of games. This high quality tire is more expensive.

Conclusion:

Pneumatic tires are the best choice! Children who love long-term or high-end play can pick Big Apple Big Apple tires. If the requirement for the venue is not high, EVA foamed tires can be used for everyday road playing, but it is necessary to pay attention to the special situation that foamed tires will have poor friction.

4. Structure data

There are three main raw materials for the structure of the balance car: metal alloys, wood, and composite materials. The metal is the most common.

The use of steel or aluminum alloy for metal materials has a direct impact on the total weight of the balance car. Aluminum alloy 6061 light, strong, rust-proof, is generally used in high-end balance cars, such as KOKUA, STRIDER and PUKY high-end series. Steel racks are common on cheaper balance cars, but they can make the car heavier and simply rust. If balance car manufacturers do not specifically state that they are made of aluminum, they are generally made of steel.

The wooden balance car can be more environmentally friendly, but it is not as good as metal, and it is not always well-conditioned. Wooden Structure High-quality wooden carts are relatively robust and have been used. Low-quality wooden carts are very useless.

The use of composite data is relatively small (only found in FIRSTBIKE), light weight, and there is no need to worry about rust and paint shedding, but the risk of being deformed is high for 4-5 year-olds.

Conclusion:

Structural structure has the greatest impact on prices! Steel frame structure is the most common, cost-effective but large in weight; aluminum alloy structure is the lightest and stainless does not corrode, but the price is high; wooden structure is generally suitable for small children, not suitable for high-end gameplay; composite information on 4-5 years old There is a danger that children will be easily deformed.

5. Structural planning

When the children ride a balance car, they are still skating before running. Children are naturally inclined to running forward, so do it in the space that needs to be satisfied. Poorly planned balanced cars, lack of space between the seat rods and the handlebars, constrain the child's energy. The well-planned balance car has room for satisfaction between the seat rods and the handlebars, providing space for children to meet and allowing their legs to work comfortably.

The position of the other seats in the structure is also very noteworthy. Plan for an outstanding balance car with a small gap between the seat and the rear wheel. If the distance between the rear tire and the seat is large, it is the small rider's center of gravity is high, and then the balance car is more difficult to balance and control. Manufacturers generally do not provide reasonable measurements for structural planning. But don't worry, consult us to understand specific differences.

Conclusion:

Well-planned balanced cars have room for satisfaction between the seat bar and the handle, and have a small gap between the rear seat and the rear seat when the seat is positioned at the lowest position.

6. Brakes

When you first started riding a balance car, the primary method of parking must always be the child's feet, but the handbrake can help prevent injuries, prevent the children's shoes from being worn out, and practice preparing for the next child to ride a bicycle. About three and a half years old, the children begin to have a harmonious hand-eye harmony, and then control the handbrake. Once you get to this skill, children often use the brakes and their feet to make the car stop faster and more safely.

Regarding the new school and the children under the age of three and a half, we do not advocate the use of a handbrake, because the child has not yet had enough energy and hand-eye harmony. If you begin to learn to ride, the introduction of handbrake application may make it more difficult to operate and understand when the child is riding. However, if the parents' plan is to consider the balance car to be used for several years, then buying a handbrake is OK, but it is advocated that it is still safest to remove the handbrake in the early stage.

Hand brakes vary greatly in their planning. The higher-end balance car, with short-range brakes, makes it easier for preschoolers' small hands to reach the brakes. If you try it on-the-spot, you can use your own little finger to try the handbrake and imitate the strength of your child's hand. If your little finger is simple to use, it will be very simple for children, but it will be more difficult if not.

Finally, to improve safety, all brakes should be on the rear wheels and manipulated with the right hand.

Obviously the short interval handbrake on the right is more suitable for children.

Conclusion:

The handbrake is not used in early learning and is less than 3 and a half years old. When the child's strength and hand-eye harmony, it can reach the short-distance handbrake that can use the hand instantaneously, can install the rear wheel, and control with the right hand.

7. Turn to the restraint ring

The steering restraint ring is primarily intended to restrict the rolling point of view of the handlebars, preventing beginners from accidentally excessively rolling the handlebars during a sharp turn, which may lead to overturning. However, turning the restraint ring also restrains the child's freedom and it is not conducive to the children who have already started playing.

Now, as long as Kokua has set the steering constraint ring.

Conclusion:

Turning the restraint ring is not necessary. If you feel the need, you can use it when the baby is not mastering the balance car.

8. Foot pedal

Most balance cars do not have foot pedals because they are not required. When the balance car slides, the children will naturally lift their feet and glide. In fact, few children will ask where to put their feet, but many parents will ask this question! Sometimes due to the remaining pedals, children will be allowed to spend more time worrying about where to put their feet, rather than worry about balance and turn.

Poorly planned pedals will hit their lower legs when they ride the balance car, affecting their riding. The planning of the pedals should be small and shrinking. Let the children put on the heels, not let him Put the entire foot.

Conclusion:

Most balance cars do not have foot pedals because they are not required. Planning poor pedals can hinder children's movements and even obstruct the child's legs.

9. Handle

Although it may seem small, the handle is likely to be one of the important safety features in a balanced car. The rubber handles have knobs that maintain the child's hands when the handle hits a wall, trees, etc., and maintain their hands from hitting the ground when they fall.

Conclusion:

Choose non-slip rubber handles on both ends.

10. Body screws

As application time increases, exposed screws may scratch the child's inner leg when the child steps or falls. So there are maintenance caps, round and concave screws to minimize the possibility of scratches. The exposed bolts are the most common on most balance bikes.