Summer is finally on us again. Already the seawall in Vancouver is full of runners, cyclists and balance bike kids. Hopefully the snow has also melted on the East Coast after a long a hard winter for all. It shouldn't surprise anyone that we sell a lot more Balance Bikes in Summer than we do in Winter (although the new Strider Snow Skis are popular).
Balance Bikes have become enormously popular over the last few years. Some people think this is a new invention that has only really hit the market recently. The truth is the Balance Bike was invented sometime around 1817-1818. Originally it was an adult sized bike called the Dandy Horse which was invented by Baron Karl Drais. The Baron, who was from Germany, invented the machine and eventually patented the idea in 1818.
There is little doubt that Balance Bikes are taking over the world. One stride at a time. What was once a small faithful following in Europe has now spread to North America and Asia Pacific. Wishbone in NZ now export to the world and Strider also seem to be slowly expanding as the usefulness and versatility of these balance teaching tools become more and more well known.