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The Benefits of a Balance Bike

In case you hadn’t heard, training wheels are out and balance bikes are in (you can read more about this on our previous blog here.)  In short, training wheels do not actually prepare your child for riding a bicycle on two wheels. The most important part about riding a bicycle is learning how to balance, and that is not something that can easily be taught to your child when they are leaning on the training wheels (literally) to keep them from tipping over.  Because we didn’t want to point out this problem without providing a solution, our engineers have been hard at work the past few months on a special project that can help your child get ready for the...

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How to Choose the Right Helmet for Your Kids

Knowing your child's helmet size is essential to getting your Kid the right fit. A helmet that doesn't fit properly won't keep your child's head wholly protected. Furthermore, design, comfort, and safety are equally important while choosing a helmet for your Kid. Only a properly fitting helmet can provide your Kid with the necessary security and protection. And as a parent, you should always go for it.

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Differences Between Freewheel Hub and Freehub Cassette

With the release of our new 16-inch Pro kids bike, we have received a few questions about some of the upgrades we put in place for the Pro version.  We could mention the upgraded Gates belt-drive system or the thicker aluminum frame that adds less than half a pound compared to our original 16-inch sports version, but the most exciting upgrade we made is the switch from a freewheel hub to an integrated freehub cassette.  Keep reading to learn more about this exciting upgrade!  What Exactly Are Cassettes and Freewheels?  On the rear of your bike, there are multiple sprockets that attach to the rear wheel. When you pedal, the chain (or rubber belts on Belsize bikes) rotate and catch...

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A New Kind of Belsize Kids Bike: The 16-Inch PRO

There’s a new bike on the block. We already started changing the bike game when we introduced kids bikes with rubber belt drives instead of greasy metal chains, but this new bike is full of new features that you (and your child) are going to love! Our new 16-inch PRO bike is an upgrade to our already great line of standard Belsize kids bikes. We think that these new upgrades are going to make the bike even easier for your kid to ride, but more importantly, it will be even more fun! We also included a few new features that your kid may not notice, but that you can be even more excited about. Let’s dive right in!  Upgrades to...

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How To Ride A Balance Bike

We’ve already written articles on why you should not use training wheels with your child and the benefits of balance bikes, so we figured it was time for a more “how-to" guide you can use to teach your child how to ride their balance bike.  By using a balance bike instead of training wheels, you are teaching your child one of the most important aspects of riding a bicycle (balancing while moving forward) before moving on to more advanced skills like pedaling and using the handbrake.  In our experience, starting kids on a balance bike leads to fewer falls, a faster learning curve, and an overall better riding experience than starting them out with training wheels.  Keep reading for how to get started! Things...

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