Boot Scoot Zoomer Bike Review

I have some wonderfully fond memories of bicycle riding when I was a kid.

I adored my red Radio Flyer tricycle that I laid on it’s side when I wasn’t riding it because the big kids laid their two-wheeled bikes on the ground too. Next I graduated to a pink Strawberry Shortcake bicycle and then to a bright blue Schwinn 10-speed with the “curvy, grown-up” handlebars. I insisted on riding it to soccer practice every evening, even though my dad was my soccer coach and could have driven me to practice.

My siblings and I taped an ace or queen of hearts to the spokes to make our bikes sound like engines. We tied baskets and streamers to the handlebars and flags to the back of the seats. We raced our bikes to local parks and around lakes.

Ever since I saw a balance bike for the first time when my son was about twelve months old, I thought they were so rad.

They are toddler-sized, two-wheeled bicycles with no pedals. The idea is that kids learn the balancing part of riding a bike first, skipping the need for training wheels. Many believe that the use of training wheels gives kids a false sense of balance and prolongs the learning process.

When I was a kid, my parents were not keen on giving my siblings and me training wheels. So I went from my beloved red tricycle to my Strawberry Shortcake bicycle with nothing in between. Yes, I crashed a lot. But I also learned how to balance very quickly, and so did all three of my siblings.

A balance bike would have been a perfect transition bike for us to pass down from one kid to the next. My neighbor’s eucalyptus tree would have had far less gouges.

When looking at different bikes out there, the $100 and $200 price tags were really putting me off, especially considering the relatively short amount of time he’d be riding this bike. The ones made of wood didn’t interest me either.

Shortly after my son turned two, I saw Boot Scoot Bikes for sale on MamaBargains. I bought a Zoomer bike immediately, even though my husband gave me a raised-eyebrow and said that training wheels seemed to work just fine for him. I showed him some videos of two- and three-year-olds balancing perfectly on their Boot Scoot Bikes and he was sold.

When the bike arrived, I assembled it immediately. Unfortunately, even with the seat at it’s lowest setting, TJ was still too short for it. It sat in our playroom for a few months as TJ continued to master the pedals on his tricycle.

By the time he was about two-and-a-half, he was getting too big for his tricycle. He was pedaling faster than the pedals could handle and falling a lot. I put him on his balance bike and he immediately loved it.

Now, at three-and-a-half years old, he loves to ride his green big-boy-bike around our driveway and down our street. He’s able to ride down a bit of a hill and balance the whole way. Check out some of the videos we’ve taken.

Gotta love his “riding a bike” song too.

He still crashes from time to time. But not because of balance issues, but because he looses focus and looks around… then ends up crashing toward whatever distracted him. Heck, he’s only three.

Now that he’s getting so good at riding his Boot Scoot Bike, he’s already asking when he’s going to get one with pedals. I am confident that he will make the transition to a bicycle with pedals very easily and quickly.

Where I got it:MamaBargains
How much I paid: $73 (including $14 in shipping)
Average price: $78 - $95 depending on the model (around $55 on deal websites)
Where it is available: Boot Scoot’s website, Amazon, and often on MamaBargains, BabySteals, and Zulily

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