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Parent review: the Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike
When I was writing our recent article "The best balance bikes as recommended by parents", dad of two Stuart got in touch to let me know how much he rated the Specialized Hotwalk balance bike that both of his daughters had used. Here's what he told me:
Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike - a parents review
"Both of my daughters learnt to ride on this Specialized Hotwalk balance bike.
I paid £100 for it 5 years ago and it has been worth every penny. The Hotwalk is extremely light and perfectly weighted to promote balance straight from the first ride. It has little foot rests, so once the child has gained a little confidence, they will naturally lift their feet and balance / ride.
This was my daughter enjoying her first ride on the Hotwalk, aged two and a half.
I have to say, I think that the Specialized Hotwalk is a much better balance bicycle than some other models. And that's the difference isn't it? We found that the Hotwalk promotes 'balance', whereas some other balance bikes we've seen in action promote pedal-free 'scooting'.
As a result, I found that when my girls were ready they transferred straight to pedalling - no need for stabilisers. Here's a short video of my youngest riding her pedal bike for the first time - no help needed!
The Specialized Hotwalk has certainly prepared my daughters well for moving up to pedals. My eldest is now 8 years old and racing (very successfully) in the junior cyclocross and mountain bike leagues.
In-between my two daughters the Hotwalk was used by two other children, both of whom went onto ride bicycles without stabilisers straight away. We would now like to pass it on to someone else but the problem is that my wife had it autographed by Bradley Wiggins during the Tour of Britain, so it'll have to be hung up on the wall somewhere instead!"
Where to buy the Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike
The Specialized Hotwalk 2017 balance bikes have an RRP of £130, and are available to purchase from Evans Cycles, Tredz Bikes and Hargroves Cycles If you're lucky you may get a 2016 model at a reduced price.
There are usually a few second hand Hotwalks being sold on Ebay that look to be in good condition. This is a sign of a good quality balance bike - given the number of times they can be dropped on the ground and left outside overnight!
A massive thanks to Stuart for sharing his daughter's experiences of the Specialized Hotwalk balance bike. The model his daughters rode is several years old (although not much has changed!) However, you may want to read our post about the 2017 Specialized Hotwalk balance bikes if you're thinking of buying one.
You may find these other articles useful:
- What is a balance bike?
- 9 things to consider when buying a balance bike for your child
- Choosing the best balance bike for your child (a closer look at the makes and models available)
- The best balance bikes as recommended by parents
- Are these the 5 most desireable balance bikes ever?
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This article was first published in November 2016 and updated in March 2017 to incorporate the new 2017 Hotwalk.