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    The Authoritative Buyer's Guide to the Safest and Best Balance Bikes that are Certified by the Balance Bike Safety Alliance

    The Authoritative Buyer's Guide to the Safest and Best Balance Bikes that are Certified by the Balance Bike Safety Alliance
    In a world of fake news, it's a good idea to question everything presented to us on the internet. This is especially true of websites that share their "reviews" of the 10 best fill-in-the-blanks. Don't believe everything you read!

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    Read the Rascal Rides Yedoo TooToo Balance Bike Review

    Read the Rascal Rides Yedoo TooToo Balance Bike Review

    Yedoo Too Too Balance Bike Review

    yedoo too too balance bike review

    Do you have an itty-bitty that you’re just itching to get started on a balance bike? You’re in luck! The Yedoo Too Too is a high-quality, BEAUTIFUL balance bike that fits even the tiniest riders.

    With features like Kenda pneumatic (air) tires, Tektro brakes, and a lightweight, durable steel frame, the Yedoo Too Too is a REAL bike for the children of bike enthusiasts. (Or for parents who just like making sure they get the best stuff for their kids). With a low standover height and a weight of just 8 pounds, we particularly like this balance bike for young toddlers (starting between 18 and 24 months old).

    Review in a Nutshell

    – High-quality frame and components
    – Handbrake and rear v-brakes (Tektro brand)
    – Pneumatic tires (Kenda brand)
    – Low standover height (12″)

    – No quick-release seatpost
    – The seat is a bit bulky

    Price & Where to Buy:

    Yedoo Too Too Detailed Review

    Fits SMALL Toddlers

    If you’re like we were when our son was little, you’re basically chomping at the bit to get your kiddo on a balance bike. Who can wait until TWO?! That’s why we appreciate the Yeddoo Too Too. It is one the smaller balance bikes we’ve tested. The minimum seat height is 12″ which means that you’re child needs to have a minimum inseam of at LEAST that long. Most little ones will fit on the bike around 18 months old.

    We actually wanted to see how well it would fit on an itsy-bitsy, so we borrowed our friends’ TINY kiddo. Although she wasn’t yet able to scoot around by herself, she fit on the bike and LOVED having mom and dad push her around. I have no doubt she’ll be cruising in no time.

    yedoo too too 18 month old

    The one thing we weren’t crazy about was the seat. It is pretty thick and bulky, and while it looks really cute and stylish, our little tester struggled with it. Bulky diapers and bulky seats don’t necessarily go well together. It also increases the required inseam since it is pretty thick. Our 3-year-old tester, it should be noted, had no issue with the seat so this is just a note for the 2 and under crowd.

    Yedoo Too Too saddle

    But Don’t Worry — It Can Grow With Your Child Too

    While this isn’t the bike we would recommend for the parent of a preschooler (it’s a small bike), don’t stress that it’s going to get outgrown too quickly either. The quill-style headset is adjustable so you can raise both the handlebars and seatpost as your child grows. The seatpost has a maximum seat height of 18″ which means your kiddo can use it until they are about 4. Really, they can use it past that also–it will just be a bit silly. Even my 6-year-old had fun rolling around on the bike, and since the bike has a 110 lb weight limit, you really don’t have to worry about older siblings abusing the bike too.

    The other thing we really like about the bike as your child grows is the brake. Many balance bikes, like the ubiquitous Strider, don’t have a brake. While this is fine for very young toddlers, by the time kids are around 2.5 years old, they are usually able to start using a handbrake. Not only does this save the soles of your kiddos shoes, but it also allows them to begin practicing operating a handbrake so it’s not something new when they transition to a pedal bike.

    Yedoo Too Too Tektro Brake

    The Tektro-brand brake lever on the Yeddoo Too Too is size-appropriate for toddlers, and our 3-year-old tester had no problem pulling and activating the rear brake. The other thing we appreciate about the Yedoo Too Too is the fact that handbrake operates a rear v-brake (rim brake) rather than a drum brake that you’ll find on many cheaper balance bikes, like the Enkeeo.

    Did I Mention That It’s Pretty?!?

    Ok, I had to make myself sound like a serious reviewer, so I put off mentioning this sooner. The thing I like best about the bike is the way it looks! It’s SO PRETTY. In fact, all the color schemes in the collection are pretty, and the brake cable housing matches too. The design of the bike also looks really sleek, so it makes a good gift for design-conscious parents.

    Unfortunately, I do have to mention that the paint started getting scuffed up a little sooner than I would have hoped or expected. For the first week or so that we had the bike it only got ridden inside the house. (Yes, bike riding inside the house is allowed in our family, don’t judge). That’s why I was surprised after a week of testing, to discover that the paint on the fork was already scuffed up. Of course, this could be the result of overly-rambunctious boys but was worth noting nonetheless.

    yedoo too too scuffed paint

    Pneumatic (Air) Tires Have Reflective Dots

    All of our favorite balance bikes have pneumatic (air) tires. You wouldn’t buy a grown-up bike with foam tires, so why would you buy a balance bike with them? Pneumatic tires provide much better traction–especially when riding on grass and gravel. And if you don’t think your toddler is going to ride off-pavement, you haven’t been a parent long enough yet. Toddlers and preschoolers ride EVERYWHERE. Like don’t turn around because they’ll ride their bike down the slide.

    Of course, the one downside to pneumatic tires is that they can and will go flat at some point. Still, the added safety and performance of air tires outweighs any maintenance inconvenience. And when the tires do get low or flat, check this out: the bike tubes have angled valves! Balance bike wheels are so tiny, it’s normally awkward to get the pump on the valve, but on the Yedoo Too, the angled valves make it a cinch!

    Finally, I’d be remiss not to mention the reflective dots on the sidewalls of the tires. This is something unique I haven’t seen on many bikes and will help keep your child visible when riding outside in twilight hours.

    Yedoo Too Too Tires

    Other Things Worth Mentioning

    • The grips have decently large ends on them, so you don’t have to worry about little hands slipping off.
    • The bike does NOT have a quick-release seat post collar. Given that everything else on the bike was so thoughtful, we found this a bit disappointing. You can always buy one as an accessory from Wee Bike Shop (and they have some cute, colorful ones), but really, this should be standard. Considering toddlers grow faster than any other age group, you’re going to be constantly raising the seatpost. Without a quick-release, you have to go search for an Allen key each time you want to adjust it.
    • The bike has a built-in steering limiter. This keeps kids from over-rotating the handlebars which is important for kids just learning to ride. That said, we prefer balance bikes, like the Woom 1, that has a removable steering limiter. Once kids have good coordination, you can remove the limiter to give kids full range of motion when steering.
    Yedoo Too Too Grips and Seat Post

    Yedoo Too Vs Other Toddler Balance Bikes

    Although the Yedoo Too Too is well suited for young toddlers, there are a few balance bikes out there that have even lower minimum seat heights.  The Frog Tadpole, for instance, has an incredibly low minimum seatpost height of 9.5.” If your toddler does yet have the required 12″ inseam for the Yedoo Too Too, you might want to consider the Frog Tadpole or Woom 1 instead.

    With that exception, the Yedoo Too Too is a top pick in the toddler balance bike category. It is more affordable than some of the other top end balance bikes (Islabikes Rothan, Woom 1, etc), but offers similar brand-name components and a lightweight build.  And compared to cheaper balance bikes like the Strider Sport, well, there is no comparison…..

    Here’s a comparison chart for the Yedoo Too Too and what we would consider it’s closest competitors.

    Bottom-Line: A High-Quality Balance Bike for Young Toddlers

    The Yedoo Too Too is a high-quality balance bike for young toddlers. Thanks to the low minimum seat height and lightweight, even the youngest riders will be able to manage the bike. Bike lovers will appreciate the brand-name components, and design lovers will gravitate to the attractive color palette and clean lines. And kids? Kids will love the Yedoo Too Too because it’s FUN.

    Press Release: Balance Bike Safety Alliance (BBSA) Unites Bicycle Industry Brands to Raise Awareness of Balance Bike Safety

    Press Release: Balance Bike Safety Alliance (BBSA) Unites Bicycle Industry Brands to Raise Awareness of Balance Bike Safety

    Due to a very vague Harmonized Tariff Code assigned for import, balance bikes are designated as toys, allowing the toy industry to legally omit many safety features from their products. Raising awareness of these deficiencies and protecting consumers from injury are the main objectives of the Balance Bike Safety Alliance.

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    TikesBikes is now a division of WeeBikeShop!

    TikesBikes is now a division of WeeBikeShop!

    We're pleased to announce that TikesBikes customers are now in the care of the largest balance bike importer and distributor in the country- WeeBikeShop Inc.

    WeeBikeShop's CEO and co-owner, Ivan M Altinbasak, has been an elite cycling competitor for the past 30 years and has been engaged in the sale of balance bikes since 2007.

    "Tikes Bikes has always been a top performing authorized dealer of our house brands [like the Ridgeback Scoot and the Yedoo TooToo]. When the opportunity to own and manage came into view, the decision to close the deal came very naturally thanks to a great relationship with it's owners for the past five years."

    The two brands WeeBikeShop and TikesBikes now combine to be the largest and most reputable team of balance bike distributors in the industry.

    Balance Bikes: Details that matter (Look for these)

    Balance Bikes: Details that matter (Look for these)

    As with any discovery of a new way to enhance your child's motor skills and enjoyment, it's easy to be carried away with excitement and make a snap decision to buy the product that looks cool, the one that costs the least, or the one that "everyone is buying". There are more details than meet the eye, so it's good to be equipped with some knowledge that will help avoid the dreaded "buyer's remorse". 

    Decals versus stickers: Ever notice that the logos and markings on high quality bikes have decals that are covered with a clear topcoat? When you run your hand over the decal, it's like it's not even there. Cleaning the bike is easier and it just plain looks good and those looks last a lot longer. Stickers?.. They're applied over the final coat of finish, leaving them vulnerable to getting dog eared, collecting grime at the edges and eventually peeling off. Decals are preferred, and found on better balance bikes. When the finish of a child's bike matches the quality of a good adult bike, you know it's something special. An excellent example of good decals, below.

    Headsets versus bushings/clamps: What is a "headset"? It's a system of ball bearings and races that are designed to fit together and rotate smoothly and endure the trauma that's transmitted through the front wheel and into the frame and fork. They are locked in place with a pair of large nuts that are tightened in opposing directions. Almost every bike on the planet has a headset connecting the frame and fork. The only ones that do not, have some plastic bushings used to connect the frame, fork and handlebars with either a bolt or a quick release clamp.  Headsets are the way to go, but only the more expensive balance bikes will have them. Here's a good example of a real bike's headset below (the black parts). The bearings are concealed, but you can be sure that this bike will endure the harshest of terrain without failure.

    Rubber air tires versus foam (EVA) tires: This is an easy one! Rubber is the material of choice when only 1 square centimeter of material is keeping a bike from sliding out in a corner. Foam is a maintenance free option, but  certain elements are compromised: 1. the harshness of the ride (more trauma transmitted from the wheels to your rider's spine), 2. the inability to control the tire's pressure for various surfaces (an air tire can be pumped hard for pavement or pressure removed for softness when off-road) and 3. Rubber grips all surfaces much more successfully than foam (sliding out in a corner uses a lot of band-aids, lets avoid this by choosing air tires)

    Good geometry versus bad geometry: This is a little bit more difficult to detect, but we will help you visualize the issue. Whenever considering a balance bike (especially online) look for the profile view of the bike, from the side. Pay close attention to the horizontal distance from the seat to the handlebars. Some bikes use a T-shaped handlebar, configuring them such that the rider's cockpit is very small. The result is that the rider's elbows are bent to nearly 90 degrees, which is a very bad way to steer a bike. Bikes with proper geometry will have a bigger distance from the seat to the handlebars, so that the rider's arms are comfortably extended fully, and steering is managed by the shoulders and shifting body weight, rather than relying on the biceps to do the steering. For a good example, observe the arms of any adult riding a racing style bicycle or a motorcycle. Arms will always be extended 90-100%, not bent at a 90 degree angle. Below find examples of good geometry and bad geometry. Can you tell which is which?








    Fork rake versus no fork rake: This one is a little more difficult to describe, but it refers to the front fork of the bike. On most real bicycles, the fork will either have a slight taper forwards at the fork tips, or the fork will be angled to achieve the same wheel position. In other words, fork rake is when the front wheel is offset forward from a line drawn through the center of the frame's head tube (see illustration below) This makes the bike handle with more stability both while riding in a straight line, and while cornering. This issue is explained in great detail courtesy of Dave Moulton's Blog, which is worth checking out. If you observe a balance bike's fork is perfectly straight, without any "rake", it's going to be a bit squirrelly and more difficult to control, especially for the youngest riders aged 2 and 3, for whom stability is important!

    Brakes or no brakes: Some careful research will reveal something about the many brands of balance bikes out there: they are produced with only toy industry safety standards. No air tires? No headset? No fork rake? It's a toy. What we've observed over 12 years of selling [nothing but] balance bikes is that only the real balance bikes (with actual bike industry safety testing) have these features, and that they almost always includes brakes as a means of slowing down and stopping. What is often omitted from marketing (despite the usual "fear sells" protocol) is that dragging the feet to stop only works well at slow speeds and only on textured pavement. It's not very effective on slick surfaces, at high speed, and especially off-road, where feet tend to just slide along in the dirt with little or no stopping power. When kids get good at riding their balance bikes, they will go faster than you expect, and they will want to explore dirt trails where there is more freedom to roam. A hand brake is recommended, and gives the rider a new dimension of control.

    Keep these things in mind during your search and you will much more easily drill down to the best balance bikes, without wasting time considering those that seem to be merely imitating real bikes with lots of shortcuts and cost-cutting to keep the price low. You get what you pay for: a better first cycling experience, an enhanced level of safety, and of course great durability that is easily serviced with industry standard bike components.