Both of my big kids decided this spring that they wanted to learn how to ride a bicycle. My husband and I decided to ditch the whole training wheels thing with our kids and instead purchased a balance bike for them. It’s basically a small bike without pedals. The child propels the bike forward by pushing with their feet. The theory is that kids learn to ride a bicycle faster and more successfully if they learn to balance first and pedal second (training wheels teach pedaling first and balancing second).
My big kids (ages 5 and 7) used the balance bike for two days and then hopped on their two-wheelers and started pedaling. The theory worked! They already had figured out how to balance with the balance bike and just had to add the pedaling. The best part? No skinned knees from trying to turn a bike with training wheels.
If your kids are planning to learn how to ride a bike this summer, you may want to check out this deal. Performance Bicycle, which has locations through the Pacific Northwest, is having a 15% off already discounted prices through tomorrow (5/30). Plus, if your order is over $50, you can get the item shipped FREE to your local store. You can score this sweet balance bike for $59.50 shipped to the store plus get 3% cash back if you go through Ebates first.
Here’s how to do the deal:
:: Go to Ebates and search “Performance Bicycle.” Click the orange “Shop Now” button. You will be taken to PerformanceBicycle.com and earn 3% cash back on your entire purchase.
:: Search “Balance Bike” and purchase it. Choose the “Ship to Store” option to get FREE shipping. You will pay $59.50 out-of-pocket and get 3% back from Ebates plus an additional $5 cash back if you’re new to Ebates.
UPDATE: It looks as though this item is qualifying for an additional $6 overweight charge if you choose the Ship to Store option, so you’ll pay about $66 instead of the $59 I previously posted. This price also does not include tax if you live outside of Oregon.
We paid $99 and $149 respectively for our two balance bikes from Amazon two months ago, so $60 is an absolute bargain — and it’s a good quality bike that will last a bunch of kids! I imagine that the resell value is pretty high on Craiglist as well!
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