Whether it is his first wobble on a balance bike, or time for the solo school commute, Mr Fox chooses the best wheels for the job.
- A mini balance version of the super cool Mango, design junkies can custom pick their own colours and have them hand-build it to order.
Mini Mango Balance Bike, from £69.99.
Best for: Ages 2–5
- From the makers of Micro Scooter this minimal, lightweight balance bike comes in six shades of glorious Pantone, with adjustable seat and handlebars, but more importantly, puncture-free wheels. Micro G Bike Plus Balance Bike, £99.95.
Best for: Ages 2–4
- Inspired by Sir Chris Hoy’s first track bike with a grab rail on the saddle for big wobbles, the lightweight frame and shorter cranks make these ideal for beginners. HOY Bonaly 16 inch, £230.
Best for: Ages 5–7
- Fixed gear ‘fixies’ have a stripped down aesthetic that’s a nod to urban cool for culture-loving kids. The high-tensile steel frame means it is not as light as it could be, but what it lacks in spec it makes up for in style. Urban Culture Fixie 20”, £145.95
Best for: Ages 7–9
- A light aluminium frame and a sensible spec afford this bike an excellent reputation. Detachable mudguards as well as quick release wheels and seat post make for a tidy ride and easy transporting. FROG 62 24”, £270.
Best for: Ages 9–11
- It’s no secret that Islabikes are the best thing on two wheels, and the Beinn 26 cuts a fine figure. Perfect for the school commute, it will go the distance and serve younger siblings well on round two (or three, or four). Islabikes Beinn 26”, £349.99.
Best for: Ages 11+