If you have a toddler, than you know how excited they get at the sight of seeing others ride bikes and how anxious they are to ride one on their own! Riding a bike is a big step and takes a lot of time, practice, and patience. If your toddler is anything like mine, then he’ll want to skip the training wheels altogether and ride a “big kid” bike. Thankfully StriderBikes offers balance bikes available for ages 18 months to 5 years that will allow your toddler to feel like a “big kid”
We received the Strider Sport in the color red in exchange for our honest feedback. All opinions are genuine and our own.
The Strider Sport Bike is a 12″ feature-rich balance bike that is perfect for toddlers ages 1 1/2 to 5. It features a unique handle that is 43% smaller than standard, allowing for better control for your little one. The wheels are “Strider-exclusive” that is, ultralight and provides maximum strength at the lightest weight possible. The tires offer a smooth ride and they will never need air or go flat. How convenient is that!
Strider Bike Review
Our bike came with two seats, one for toddlers first starting out and the other for toddlers that are bigger and more versed. The saddle is specially designed for riders that are just starting out and the seats are smaller than a typical saddle, allowing your little one to sit properly and practice their posture. The seats are also fully height adjustable up to 19″. The frame also includes a footrest so your toddler can position their feet while gliding.
It took me about 20 minutes to set up the bike. Which is not bad at all. The bike came with tools and screws and everything you need to set it up, so I didn’t need any additional tools on my own which is very convenient. I wish the directions were a little more detailed though because I couldn’t figure out if the clamps where meant to be front-facing or rear-facing. It all came together in the end though, so I wasn’t too concerned. Zach could not wait to test this out, so we let him try it in our living room since it was too dark to go outside haha.
I’m not going to lie, Zach was pretty confused at first. He sat on it and put his feet up thinking it will just go by itself haha I supported his back and guided him through and directed him to use his legs to move, and then it clicked. He was riding by himself in no time!
I had to adjust the larger saddle for Zach on the highest height setting because he is pretty tall for his age, and after a few weeks of using it he learned how to glide. I was so proud! He would peddle his legs really fast and then put his feet up. After just 2 weeks! This is very impressing to me. I really love the idea of the Strider Balance Bike because it doesn’t require training wheels or petals. It’s important for toddlers to have confidence in their balance, and I think the Strider Bike does just that.
Zach was so happy and excited when he learned to keep his balance and now he’s learning to maneuver the bike properly (i.e making turns without getting up to turn the bike) so I am really proud of his progress. One thing we have to work on though is using the foot rest properly and I think that will come with time. When he’s trying to brake, he just uses his feet by pressing them to the ground really hard, and it’s starting to ruin his shoes. So definitely something we have to practice.
Overall, I think if your toddler is interested in learning how to ride a bike then you should definitely look into the Strider Bikes. It will help with your child’s balance, posture, and coordination and best of all, their confidence!
The Strider Bike Sport retails for $119
They have other options available as well on their website.
Giveaway – One lucky About A Mom reader will win a Strider Sport Bike! This contest is open to US residents, ages 18+, and ends on July 28, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. Please enter via the form below. Good luck!