Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

When we were asked if we’d like to review an Yvolution Balance Bike I jumped at the chance. See I’m ready to get on my bike and enjoy the open road of summer. The only problem is that we’re still waiting for the summer to arrive. It’s been pretty miserable in this part of the world. But that wasn’t going to stop me having fun!

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

The bike has been sat patiently in the box ready for daddy to assemble and the rain in our home town to ease. I’ve been inspecting it closely, desperate to open it.

So what is a balance bike?

My folks were unsure and slightly skeptical that this wasn’t just a fad on the children’s market. The Y Velo Green Balance Bike is a training bicycle that helps preschoolers, like me, learn how to steer and balance. Hopefully it will help build my confidence and get me used to the saddle. I have a little traditional bike with pedals and stabilizers in the shed but my folks thought it would be good to start me off with this balance bike first to see how I got on. My mummy didn’t even know about these kinds of training balance bikes either, so she was intrigued to see how I coped.

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

In the box

It came in a sturdy box with a handle and was easy to transport. It seemed quite heavy so at first my mummy was worried about me being able to lift it and steer it once assembled.

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

Once we press-ganged daddy into assembling it for us and we were amazed how easy and quickly it looked to make. It took him about 10 minutes. Infact my mummy probably could have done it herself! Doh! It came with 2 pairs of allen keys and a clear set of instructions with pictures to demonstrate what went where and in what order. Simple.

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

Hopefully it will help me to master the art of balancing, gliding and getting used to handling a bike.

The ride

It took me a little while to get accustomed to it. I called it the ‘wobbly bike’ and found it hard to sit down on and feel comfortable. You can adjust the seat height and we found that it was too high, I was on tiptoes!! Silly daddy! I should have been seated so that my little legs could reach the ground comfortably. Thankfully the Y Velo Green Balance Bike features an adjustable seat and handle bars that grow with me! My folks adjusted it, then it was too low, by this time I was getting impatient with this ‘wobbly bike’. But it was easy to adjust out on the pavement and my folks did it super quick – if it had been a racing car they would have clocked no time at the pit stop!

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

Finally after all system checks had been done, helmet on, wellies on and warm clothes donned, I was ready to hit the road…with my dad holding on for dear life! I wanted to run and cruise straight away but that wasn’t happening and I was stopping by placing my feet firmly on the ground and starting again by asking for a little push. My folks suggested that I simply walked with it to get the hang and feel of the balance bike. However deep down inside it was reassuring to them that I could stop it on my own. Phew!

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

I liked the padded hand grips, but the seat could have been a bit softer for my little bottom! The wheels were shock absorbing and fair large, good thing too as the pavements round us have lots of potholes! I could steer it with ease which meant the bike wasn’t too heavy for me and the built-in steering limiter allowed me to maintain control around the play park and not crash into any fences. Phew!

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

What’s the spec then?

  • Lightweight but strong aluminum 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
  • Adjustable 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. Trust us this was thrown down on more than one occasion!
  • Maximum loading weight: 55.1lbs [25kgs] – we have a confession to make it actually could hold my daddy’s weight! He was showing me what to do!
  • Product weight: 9.9lbs [4.5kgs]
  • Product dimensions:18 x 26.77 cm
  • Seat height: 13.39 cm

Suitable for ages 3+ years (or in my daddy’s case 40+ years) RRP £49.99Y Velo Green Balance Bike ReviewWe’d never heard of this brand before so headed to Yvolution’s website to see what else they did and were pleasantly surprised at the range of other products and ages they cater for. Their range starts with baby Ride-Ons then there are Balance Bikes, one being suitable from 18 months, the other two 3+, Gliders & Scooters and Karts too for older children! Woweeee that’s some range!

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

The Y Velo Green Balance Bike is an interesting training bike, the proof will be in the pudding though as I have only started using it, so fingers crossed by the end of the summer I would have mastered it. This is a training bike after all and in order to learn I need to keep training. Stay posted to see how I get on over the summer.

Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

My folks thought it was a good investment to help with my balance and develop my motor skills. They thought it was great that I figured out how to use it fairly quickly it’s just a matter of building up my confidence and having no fear or daddy to rely on. The same really with learning to ride a bike, you can’t be expected to get it first time and go wheeling off into the sunset! However I was eager to get out of the play park and try the open road!!

Love Bella X

Disclosure: We received the product in order to write an honest review.
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17 thoughts on “Y Velo Green Balance Bike Review

  1. This looks great , love the colour! My little girl is three next week and we have been thinking of getting her something like this for the summer as she keeps asking for a bike. I like that it is lightweight xx

  2. Great pictures your family look like they are having lots of fun – have you a post about how you get to review these childrens toys, love to branch out into reviewing these but not sure how to start x

  3. This looks like a great idea for starting them off! I didn’t know it was a thing but will definitely bear it in mind.

  4. Balance bikes really do help to get a child cycling quicker. I think the trick to them is getting your children onto them from a young age, we tried with my daughter when she was 3-4 years and I felt it was a little too late as she had a fear of falling. She rides a bike well now but it took her a long time to do it.

  5. My little boy was on a balance bike before we bought him a proper bike and the transition was really quick. At the moment, my little girl is on balance bike too. That balance bike looks so beautiful and seems easy to assemble. You little girl seems to enjoy it too! Great Review! #justanotherlinky

  6. Lovely review by a funny baby 😛 I like the bike and the concept. I never knew such bikes existed. All my kids are trained now but still a cool concept.

  7. This looks epic, I love the colour. Boo’s grandparents bought her a balance bike for her second birthday (they are keen cyclists) and she has been getting to grips which it quite well =)

  8. Although we haven’t used a balance bike ourselves – I can totally see why they are a great start to bike riding. Our eldest had stabilisers and I do think that, in the long run, they held him back.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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