When we were recently contacted by the lovely people at Yvolution to see if we would like to review the Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike, I didn’t hesitate in saying yes as I knew it would be perfect for Riley.
Having been born prematurely, Riley has always had developmental delays, particularly with his gross motor skills, and in addition to having low muscle tone, he was recently diagnosed with hypermobility and dyspraxia. All of these conditions combined affect his ability to ride a bike and at 5 years old, he simply doesn’t have the muscle or strength to pedal a standard bicycle.
Balance bikes are designed to give children the opportunity to learn balance, coordination and motor skills without the need for pedals or stabilisers, so I was really keen to see how he would get on with the Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike.
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike (assembly required)
- 1 x Instruction Manual
- 4 x Allen Keys
Assembling the bike was pretty straightforward, even for a rookie assembler like myself. The diagrams and instructions in the manual were really easy to follow and the whole assembly process took me no more than 10 minutes.
Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike
Riley took to the Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike straight away and I couldn’t believe how confidently he rode it around. It’s so easy to ride, making it an excellent first bike for little ones. To get moving, they simply walk to ride and then eventually, run and cruise. Stopping or slowing down requires nothing more than placing their legs firmly on the ground. It really is as simple as that.
The quality of the bike is second to none and despite having a lightweight aluminium frame, it is incredibly strong and sturdy. The wheels are much wider than I expected, but I’m actually quite pleased about that because I find they provide a safer ride for Riley on uneven surfaces and as they are made from a durable rubber over-mould material, there’s no risk of punctures.
The bike also features an adjustable seat and handlebars, which is brilliant because it means it will grow with Riley and last much longer than some other bikes. Additionally, as Riley has a younger sibling it means i can adjust the bike when necessary so that Harry can use it as well.
Another thing I noticed was that the Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike has a higher ground clearance, so Riley can propel himself along without the frame getting caught on uneven ground or other obstacles, providing a much safer and smoother ride.
- Lightweight but strong aluminium Frame
- Rubber over-mould wheels, great comfort and grip with no punctures
- Larger wheels, Designed for safer play and easier riding on uneven surfaces
- Higher ground clearance means the frame won’t get caught on uneven ground providing a safer ride
- Older child fork rake means safer steering
- Cartridge wheel bearings giving great long-lasting durability and a smooth ride
- Comfy beam saddle so your child can slide up closer to the handlebar and slide back as they grow taller
- Indestructible build quality means a lightweight but long lasting bike
- Maximum loading weight: 55.1lbs [25kgs]
- Product weight: 7.9lbs [3.6kgs]
- Product dimensions (L x W x H): 84 x 35.5 x 58 cm
- Seat height: 34-46 cm
- Suitable for ages 3+ years
Summer is on the horizon, so if you’ve been thinking about buying your child’s first bike then now is the time to do it and I can’t recommend the Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike enough.
It’s quick to assemble, easy to ride, excellent quality, grows with your child and above all, it’s safe! Yvolution is a trustworthy brand and the Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike is part of a wider range of ride-ons, scooters and bikes available.
Choosing a balance bike over the traditional stabiliser method may seem a little daunting but they are a fun and great way for kids to grasp balancing on two wheels before the transition to a ‘proper’ bike. Because, let’s be honest, the key skill needed for riding a bike is balance, so it goes without saying that children should master this first.
Traditional stabilisers encourage children to pedal before they can balance which in turn delays them from learning. Balance bikes, on the other hand, help children concentrate and become a master of balance first! They keep your kids much safer and instil them with the skills needed to ride like a pro!
The Yvolution Y Velo Balance Bike has a RRP £49.99 and is available to purchase from the Yvolution website.