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Hornit Balance Bike AIRO | Kids Balance Bike | Toddler Bike | Kids Bike | Balance Bike 2 3 4 5 Year Old Girl Boy | Lightweight 2.95 kg | Flamingo Pink

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This brightly coloured bike is decorated with distinctive paint splodges and for further personalisation, a Squish sticker set is included. The Hornit AIRO comes in an 87 × 60 × 14cm box which isn’t heavy to lift, and should fit in a car boot if needed.

pounds, the only balance bikes that are lighter seem to have foam filled tires (like the Bixe 12, weighing in at 4. Hornit does not currently sell a wider bar for older riders, which is the main reason why we don’t recommend it for taller riders. We also really rate the retro style of the Trybike and our older tester enjoyed choosing which designs from the sticker sheet included to add to the bike for a customised look. Our child tester Brooke, 4, could see herself transitioning from balancing to pedalling on the LittleBig and said, "I can't wait to go to the forest to ride my bike and when I am older, I can use the pedals like the big kids do. While our testers weren’t particularly bothered about this (it really was all about the motorbike sounds) we can certainly see its appeal.The puncture-resistant tyres mean you’ll never be caught out; however, they are more suitable to riding on flat ground rather than grass or really uneven surfaces. I know with Raleigh I'm putting my son in safe hands as it's a trusted heritage brand – and the high quality is obvious straight away. When the box arrived at HQ, we were convinced it was empty, and that somehow Hornit had forgotten to put a bike inside! The padded saddle was rated by our five-year-old as the comfiest out of all the bikes we tested, and the thick tyres and rigid suspension gave a really smooth ride over paths, fields and playgrounds.

COLOURS – MAVERICKS BLUE: The chilled matte Pacific blue finish of this mighty balance bike is a perfect choice for any free-spirted rider! The sturdy construction and dishwasher safe artwork mean I can treat this mug rough and ready and it still backs up day after day.

Also, for children of this age group who may be getting closer to moving to a pedal bike, it’s helpful for them to get used to a hand-operated braking system, rather than scraping their shoes against the path to stop. With the AIRO the saddle would go lower and he could confidently get going immediately and more comfortably. There are moulded hoops on the underside of the frame for a brake cable, so the Hornit AIRO does allow for the fitting of a rear rim brake if you'd like to add one yourself in the future. Carrie Wren is a full-time bike mama with a passion for improving the biking experience for kids and families.

It wasn't until 2020 that Hornit dipped its toe into bikes, with two new kids bikes; the HERO pedal bike, and this, the AIRO balance bike.Straightforward to assemble out of the box, it’s clear this balance bike is designed to withstand plenty of adventures. Hornit says that the tyres should already be inflated on arrival, but they may need topping up to the correct air pressure – this was the case with the model we received, which may be a downside for families who don’t own a lot of bike equipment. Hornit says the reason for not including one is that they feel it gives parents a false sense of security. While I haven’t had experience of other bikes to tell you whether it was noticeably lighter, it felt like no weight at all carrying it to and from the park each day.

She said, "Chester is able to hold his bike up on his own and pick it up to tackle kerbs, meaning he can be more independent and have more fun. The large inflatable tyres are tough enough to handle all kinds of terrain, although we felt the bike itself performed much better on smooth paths and playgrounds. Choose between Iguana Green, Flamingo Pink, Magma Red, Orca White, Hammer Yellow, and Tuvalu Turquoise and then marvel at the magic of your little one going from tentative first steps to gnarly rider on their first bike. The Micro Balance Bike 2in1 Chopper is a balance bike that will grow with your child, as the handlebars and the seat are adjustable. Our youngest tester wasn’t quite tall enough to ride this very well, and we’d suggest it’s probably more suited to ages closer to three and up.less than your child's inside leg measurement and will, preferably, adjust higher as your child grows. The neoprene neck cover is a nice little touch to cover up some sharp corners with a bit of protection. Silicone hand grips, a padded seat and in-built footrests all upped the comfort level, but it was the addition of a faux leather bag at the front of the bike that really captured our testers’ imagination.

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