With Spring here (finally!) it is once again time to haul out the tricycles, two-wheeler, bikes with training wheels and all the other types of riding toys for kids. I am certain that my yard looks no different than all yours, with a variety of these items.
Bike riding is just a fun way to get your body moving, and children love doing it, no matter what age they are! But bike riding is a journey, almost a rite of passage for children. They normally do a slow progression of ride-on toy to tricycle to bike with training wheels to bike with no training wheels. And this journey typically takes up to six years or so to complete. Phew....that's a long time!
Well recently I came across a company that has designed a bike that will alter the way your child learns to ride a two-wheeler! I contacted Strider Bikes and was thrilled when they sent me a Pink Strider Bike to review!
The Strider™ running bike is a revolutionary new learning vehicle for 1-5 year
old children. Besides providing great fun and exercise, the Strider™ also teaches
steering, balance, and co-ordination and builds self-confi dence. At 7 pounds, the
Strider™ is less than half the weight of a tricycle or small pedal bike with training
wheels. The adjustable seat height starts at 11 inches to accommodate the shortest
of new riders (about 30 inches tall) and extends to 16 inches to allow the Strider™
to grow with the child.
With its welded steel frame and foam-fi lled, puncture-proof tires, a Strider™ is
capable of handling off-road ventures into grass, dirt, gravel, and even mud puddles!
Kids and parents will no longer be limited to paved walkways for their outdoor
The Strider™ is available in 6 vibrant colors: red, blue, lime green, hot pink, yellow,
and orange. All paint complies with California’s Proposition 65 environmental
standards for lead.
The Strider™ teaches your child balance, coordination and develops glittering confidence. Trikes and bikes with training wheels don’t. Traditional bicycles place too much of the focus on learning to pedal — skimping on developing your child’s motor skills. And these bikes are heavy, clunky and difficult for kids to control.
Bike riding becomes a breeze when you teach your child balance and coordination before pedaling. The Strider™ takes pedaling out of the mix so that kids can concentrate solely on learning balance, which takes more practice. Pedaling is a secondary skill that kids can easily learn within a few short minutes.
I love the Strider Bike! More importantly, my children do. Having two children, I know it's going to cost us a bundle when it comes to outdoor gear, particularly bikes. So when I find a product that can be easily adjusted to fit two different sized children, I am all for it! That is one advantage to the Strider Prebike! It has an adjustable seat and handlebars, so it can totally be used for multiple children, saving families a bundle of money. And what family does not want to save money in today's economy.
As soon as I told my three year old she was getting a new bike, I did not stop hearing, "Is my new bike here yet?" She was so excited, and honestly so was I. I was also very intrigued. Seriously, I would have never thought my three year old and almost 21 month old would be anywhere near learning to ride a bike, particularly one without training wheels or pedals. There is neither of these items on the Strider Bike.
When we got the bike (which by the way was delievered in about a week...wow!) my girls immediately had to try it out. Thank goodness for having laminate hardwood in my home, because the day we got the bike, it was terrible weather outside.
My daughters right away tried sitting on the bike, and M (the three year old) immediately moved around, pushing her feet! She did ask why her bike had no pedals, and I just told her that is how the bike was made. My almost 21 month old did not quite get the hang of standing and walking with the bike initially but now after two weeks of trying and watching her sister, she is beginning to show more readiness.
"M" has yet to put her feet up and glide but I know that will come. But she runs with it and that is the first stage in using the Strider! She gets all over the place! She has a very tentative personality and so I have not pushed her. I know she will lift her feet and ride the Strider in her time. But I am so glad that she has fun with it and is getting exercise. In fact when we go for walks, she insists on "riding" the Strider beside her sister (in the stroller). I love it!
I love that the Strider helps children learn balance first versus riding with only two wheels. This makes so much more sense to me (the the maker of the bike). The construction and design of the bike is by far better than I have seen in many children's bikes and ride on toys. Being so light weight, my older child can pick it up with no difficulties. It is not a very big bike, so we are able to throw it in the back of our truck and take it with us when we go to the park or the grandparents. We are even bringing it with us when we go on a road trip later this summer. It will definitely be perfect for stretching legs on a big 14 hour drive!
One other thing I have to brag about....the customer service I received from Strider was excellent. Emails and questions were answered almost right away, and the delivery time for receiving the Strider Bike was incredible (only 5 days!). Thank you to Stacy at Strider Canada for the excellent customer service!
If you have a child between 1 and 5 years of age, I highly recommend the Strider Bike! I give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: To purchase, visit Strider Sports (US) and Strider Sports (Canada). The Strider Running Bike retails for approximently $98 US.
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