Balance bike by John Crane

We are incredibly lucky to have been asked to trial and review a Balance bike for the company John Crane. John Crane have been in the wooden toy business for over two decades now and they’re a very fussy lot commanding high quality, value for money, innovation and safety on top of design flair as their stringent high standards. The First Bike comes in three colours, red, blue and pink. They’ve sent us a First Bike in pink and I made a short video for you to have a look at.

My first comment has to be on the excellent design. It is simple, eye catching, sturdy and at a glance you can see it is of very high quality. It was easy to assemble as you can see in the video and each piece has been crafted with brilliant workmanship.

Being a balance bike the child pushes the bike and quickly picks up how to balance hopefully avoiding the stabilisers on future bikes. The tyres are inflatable and there is a handy hole in the crossbar for carrying it around. I’ve seen it priced between £50 – £60 but a quick peek on Amazon showed it can be bought new for £32.99. The same as a poorer quality plastic bike.

It was definitely a hit for me and I would thoroughly recommend it. From the video you can see the girls are just a tiny bit short and in a few months they should be whizzing around the patio and arguing over whose turn it is! :)


  1. March 21, 2011 / 5:51 PM

    I adore that bike! Great video review…thanks for the kind comments about my biccie reviews! I did a John Crane video review for their Pull Along Alligator with my little boy. It seems to be the way forward! I’m following your blog now Mari :) xxx

    • Mari
      March 22, 2011 / 3:19 PM

      It’s a great bike, takes a while to get used to but then you’re off! (Well the girls are that is!) I follow you too xx

  2. Carol
    March 27, 2011 / 11:48 AM

    I’m hooked to your website Videos too !!!! Don’t know how you find the time – guess you never sleep. It’s a super way to keep in touch with you and yours xxx

  3. YBike Balance Bike
    July 21, 2011 / 10:05 AM

    Watching this video was a really pleasant experience, thanks.

    • Mari
      July 21, 2011 / 11:03 AM

      Thank you for the lovely compliment

  4. Alison Turnnidge
    October 4, 2011 / 8:08 AM

    Thank You for making such a wonderful video. The bike looks very sturdy and well built and has such a lovely design.
    Lookd like you girls enjoyed themselves also.
    Would you recommend this as a first bike for a 1 year old or do you think it is better suited to say 2+
    Many Thanks again for a great video

    • Mari
      October 4, 2011 / 8:20 AM

      Thank you for your compliments. In regards to your question I’d definitely say 2+ a one year old wouldn’t be tall enough to sit and touch the ground and as you can see in the video our girls were 2 1/2 and still quite wobbly, now they are 3 and more confident the bike is really coming into its own and is perfect for them. Hope that helps

  5. heather rees
    October 5, 2011 / 8:29 PM

    love this bike, what a fab present this would make for my little one, she’d love it just as much as me! xx

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