Many thanks to roshea for the gift of a bike for my littlest girl. She has had a balance bike for 18 months and has totally nailed the whole balance idea.
Took her 30 seconds to get pedaling. Getting started without help took 30 minutes, now we are working on braking and stopping. Within moments of pedalling sucessfully she states "I don't need my wooden bike anymore!". Only 2 stacks so far.
No! it is not for sale/donation. My husband is oddly attached to it
Proved to me how much easier it all was to transfer from the balance bike to pedals and skip the whole hassle with training wheels.
In terms of starting age, my girl got hers at 2.5 and was too small to standover it. At 3 she was tall enough but really didn't get the idea. Found her tricycle much more fun. By 3.5 she totally got it and took off. Now at almost 5 she is too big for the balance bike and has abandoned it...