Learning how to ride a bicycle is one of the crowning achievements of any kid’s life. The technology to make that experience possible has come a long way since the days of removing seats or using duct tape to accommodate a helper broom stick like we learned on back in the day. These days, there are much better options like the Specialized Hotwalk Carbon Fiber Balance Bike. Instead of scaling down traditional adult-sized bikes, this option from Specialized was purpose built in kid size out of carbon fiber to be the “Ultimate First Bike” for anyone learning to ride. They took the same tech from their world championship-winning bikes, pored over every single detail and ultimately sized everything down for a ride quality and experience that’s unprecedented in a kid’s bike. It’s definitely not cheap, but if you’re angling for the Father of the Year award this Christmas, this is the bike that will do it.