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In this guide, we're excited to introduce you to three standout 12-inch balance bikes that are sure to ignite your child's love for cycling: the Woom 1, Forme Litton 12, and the Frog Tadpole.

At Bike Club, we understand that children grow quickly and their interests evolve just as fast. That's why we offer kids' bikes on a subscription basis, ensuring your little one always has the right bike for their age and size. With our curated selection of premium bikes, safety is paramount, and fun is guaranteed.

What age are 12-inch balance bikes for?

12-inch balance bikes are typically designed for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old. 

However, it's essential to remember that every child grows and develops at their own pace, so age is just one factor to consider when choosing the right bike.

The Woom 1, Forme Litton 12, and Frog Tadpole are all excellent options for children within this age range. To get the best fit, measure your child’s inside leg and compare it with our recommendations: 

Woom 1: 24cm - 40cm

Forme Litton 12: 30cm - 40cm

Frog Tadpole: 31cm - 38cm

These bikes are specifically crafted with young riders in mind, featuring lightweight frames, adjustable seat heights, and ergonomic designs to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable riding experience. We have a blog on the Forme Littons with more details on this great range. 

parent helping a child with a balance bike - Bike Club

Benefits of Using a 12-inch Balance Bike

Using a 12-inch balance bike offers a myriad of benefits for young riders as they get started with cycling. Here are some of the key advantages:

  • Develops Balance and Coordination: Riding a balance bike helps children develop crucial balance and coordination skills from an early age. By learning to maintain stability while propelling themselves forward, they lay a solid foundation for future cycling proficiency.

  • Builds Confidence: The gradual progression from walking with the bike to gliding encourages children to gain confidence in their abilities. With each successful ride, they grow more self-assured, setting the stage for future cycling adventures.

child on balance bike

  • Enhances Spatial Awareness: Manoeuvring a balance bike requires spatial awareness and perception of the surrounding environment. Children learn to navigate obstacles, judge distances, and anticipate movements, sharpening their cognitive skills in the process.

child on balance bike - Bike Club

  • Prepares for Pedal Bikes: Balance bikes serve as a natural transition to pedal bikes, eliminating the need for training wheels. By mastering the fundamentals of balance and steering, children seamlessly progress to pedal bikes with confidence and ease.

Child on a pedal bike - Bike club

The Best 12-inch Bikes Available

Now that you know if a 12-inch balance bike is a good fit for your child, let's explore some excellent options! Here's a closer look at three top contenders:

Woom 1 

  • For children 18 months to 3.5 years old 
  • Inside leg measurement: 24 – 40cm  
  • Weighs 3kg  
  • 12” Wheels 

Spark your child's cycling journey with the Woom 1! This award-winning Austrian balance bike boasts an ultralight frame for effortless manoeuvring, empowering young riders to build confidence and master balance. 

The innovative design prioritises safety with a rear brake and steering limiter, giving parents peace of mind while kids explore. More than just a bike, the Woom 1 is an investment in your child's active future, offering premium quality and a smooth transition to pedalling later on.

Woom 1 in Yellow - Bike Club

Forme Litton 12

  • For children aged 2 - 4 years old 
  • Inner leg measurement: 30 – 40cm
  • Weighs 3.75kg
  • 12” Wheels 

The Forme Litton 12, crafted by the renowned UK brand, is a premium balance bike tailored for young riders. With its 12-inch wheel size, it's an ideal selection for children aged 2 to 4 years old. Featuring an integrated footrest, this bike encourages your child to elevate their legs while gliding, facilitating proper balance learning without hindering their feet.

This bike is a stellar option for toddlers taking their first cycling steps or for advancing the skills of children who started on 10-inch wheels. Designed to prepare your little one for transitioning to a pedal bike, the Forme Litton 12 excels in teaching steering, braking, and speed control.

Forme Litton 12 - Bike Club

Frog Tadpole

  • For children aged 2 - 3 years old 
  • Inner leg measurement: 31– 38cm
  • Weighs 4.17kg 
  • 12” Wheel 

Frog, a big name in the world of children's bicycles, presents the Frog Tadpole, a beloved option among parents seeking to initiate their youngsters into the joy of cycling. 

Engineered with safety and comfort in mind, this bike boasts a locking headset, effectively restricting handlebar movement, and a rear brake system designed with small hands in consideration. Its remarkably lightweight frame ensures effortless manoeuvrability, allowing even the youngest riders to maintain control with ease.

frog tadpole green - bike club

Frequently Asked Questions About 12-Inch Balance Bikes

How do I know if a 12-inch balance bike is the right size for my child?

You can measure your child's inside leg, (the length from the crotch to the floor) and compare it to the bike's recommended inside leg range. Ideally, your child should be able to touch the ground comfortably while sitting on the bike.

Are 12-inch balance bikes suitable for beginners?

Yes, 12-inch balance bikes are excellent for beginners. They help children learn balance and coordination before transitioning to pedal bikes.

Do 12-inch balance bikes come with adjustable seat heights?

Many 12-inch balance bikes have adjustable seat heights, allowing them to accommodate growth and ensure a proper fit as your child grows. All the balance bikes we offer have seat posts that can be raised and lowered to accommodate your child.