Disclosure: PlaSmart provided the PlasmaBike for review. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.
The big boys have set a goal for themselves this summer to learn to ride two wheelers on their own. We have a big, flat driveway so they have practiced for years with balance bikes and training wheels. However, they haven’t quite been emotionally ready to take the leap to ride without supports.
My oldest has very little interest in bike riding, but since he has started to see his neighborhood friends riding around, he wants to give it a go. The middle and youngest boys, on the other hand, might as well be preparing for the Tour de France. My middle likes to ride with his daddy on local trails, often doing several miles at a time. Our toddler is obsessed with bikes as well, and was so excited to get his own “big boy bike” to practice on this summer.
First Toddler Bike
This guy has loved kicking around the driveway on the PlasmaBike. It goes just the right speed for him and the wide tires give him the support he needs. He really wants to ride a bike with training wheels. However, even the smallest bike is too far off the ground for him at this point. He also doesn’t quite have the hang of pedaling yet and gets frustrated trying to move traditional bikes along.
We have a more traditional balance bike in our fleet, too, but it often falls on him if he is not balanced. Usually when he tries to ride it he ends up in tears or on the ground. He really likes that this bike doesn’t tip on him when he is riding or trying to mount it.
This bike would be perfect for kids starting around 18 months. It is probably comfortable to ride through age 3 1/2 when your little one is ready to switch over to a regular two wheeler.
We are using this as an outside bike, but it would also be a good option for indoors during the cooler months if you have wood or tile floors.
My only disappointment with the PlasmaBike is that we didn’t have it for the older two when they were toddlers. This guy is having a great time shredding up the driveway with his brothers. Hopefully by the end of the summer all three boys will be on “two wheelers” of their own.