Some Boy had his second birthday a couple weeks ago, and to celebrate we had a little party and…wait for it…got him his first bike!

Teaching a toddler to ride a bike

You may be wondering, “Who gets a kid their first bike at age two?” Well, we do. You know how passionate we are about exposing kids at a young age to a variety of different interests. We really think that early learning helps build confidence and makes the rest of life easier.

First bike

But this wasn't just any first bike. We went with the aptly named FirstBIKE from Germany. They ride a lot of bikes over there, so I figure they know what they're doing. The FirstBIKE is a balance bike, which were first popularized in Europe, It features a saddle seat comfortable for kids from 22 months through age 5, and offers a less stressful way for children to learn to ride a bike by letting them go at their own pace. It has a lowering kit available for smaller children, and adjusts to grow with them until they're ready to use pedals. My favorite part is the rear-drum braking system that can't squish little fingers or jolt kids forward like many front brakes do. Plus, it's made with a durable composite frame that doesn't scratch, splinter, swell or rust. That's a really good thing out here in the country.

Even if you're afraid your toddler will be hesitant about his or her first bike, I highly recommend you give it a try. Some Boy's kind of a spazz (like pretty much every 2-year-old, I assume), but we did get him to come around after a little familiarization with it.

First bike

First bike

First bike

You can see the full progression from “Get it away from me!” to “This might actually, just maybe, be kind of fun…” in the video below.

It took a few days of outside play to get him familiar with the FirstBIKE and get him to the point that he was at least willing to give it a try. He understands the concept of balancing and is just now starting to take little steps forward on his own.

When does your family usually get your kids their first bike?