Getting outside and exercising are important to helping to keep kids healthy and active. Thanks to Strider Balance Bikes, who sent us a bright green Strider 12 Sport, my toddler and preschooler are learning how to ride a balance bike and gain confidence on two wheels!
At first glance, Strider Balance Bikes look like a bicycle. Look a little closer and you’ll see that it has no pedals! There are many ways that Strider is different than tricycles or bikes with training wheels.
The first thing that impressed me about our Strider 12 Sport was that the seat height is adjustable and that process is simple using no tools! The handlebar height is easily adjustable, too. We changed the settings to accommodate our 2 year old and our 4 year old in just a few seconds.
The tires are puncture proof. YES!! Finally! They don’t require maintenance. It has a steel frame and is perfect for kids aged 18 months – 5 years old. The balance bike is also less than 7 pounds. That’s the perfect weight for using with little kids, especially when they’re just learning and prone to minor crashes like my little guys.
We’ve used tiny bikes with training wheels before. They’ve ended up sitting in our garage, collecting a lovely cobweb collection. My littles just don’t reach for it. They’re heavy, their tires constantly go flat, and the pedals are confusing to them, especially when they’re just too short or tall to fit on the bike.
I’m not going to lie, pedals on bikes freak me out. They scare me when my little kids use them, because they get confused and often get their shoes or clothing stuck in there or put their feet down and tear their calves and shins up when the pedals scrape on them. Ouch! Not only that, but they are so worried about figuring out how to pedal that riding the bike isn’t even fun. They usually give up and swap to something easier like a scooter.
I’m excited that my toddler and preschooler have this balance bike to share now instead. It’s constantly fun. They’re able to control their speed and direction. In time, I’m sure they’ll practice lifting their feet up to drift along as if they were on a regular bike. This will make the transition to a two-wheeler with pedals quite simple. They’ll have a lot more confidence in what it feels like to be on two wheels, so figuring out the pedals will be their only new concern. They won’t be used to the safety net of extra training wheels or anything, so it’ll be instantly familiar.
You can learn more about the story behind Strider by watching the video below:
I wish that we had something like this when my older kids were this age. I’m considering getting a Strider 16 for my older sons since they honestly never learned to really ride a bike, and I know they would be mortified by training wheels at their ages. This would be an excellent option and would look really cool and unique to ride through the neighborhood with. Those run $199.99 and I could use it for multiple kiddos! 🙂
From our experience with these, I can say that I really feel that they are high quality, excellent learning tools, and give kids a lot of confidence. These Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are lightweight and easy to use for the kids, as well as easy to adjust for the parents. They will grow with your kids and can easily be used over and over again between multiple kids. I love something that can hold up to my kids!
By the way, once my kids really have the hang of it and want to go further than down a couple of houses, I’ll insist on shoes and helmets. They are little wild men, but I do want them to be safe, I promise.
WIN a Strider Bike
Would you like to win a Strider Bike JUST like mine? You’re in luck! Strider accidentally sent me two and are graciously allowing me to keep it. Why should my little boys have all the fun? I’ve decided to host a giveaway with the extra bike, so I will be sending my winner an identical green Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike. It has a retail value of $119.99. Since shipping will be out of my own pocket, I am only offering this to residents of the lower 48 US states, and winners must be aged 18+. Void where prohibited. Giveaway ends 12/28/16 at 12:00 AM.
Check out more about the features on this bike here:
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