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Glide Bikes Mini Glider Balance Bike

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  • High quality alloy EVA airless tires
  • Light only 8lbs ,kid size hand brake
  • Only balance bike with patent pending foot pegs
  • Mountain bike geometry aids kids in leaning to steer and balance
  • Lifetime warrenty for years of play
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Product Description

The Mini Glider from Glide Bikes allows children to gain confidence, improve motor skills, increase coordination, and learn balance at their own pace all while having fun! Balance Bikes do not have training wheels and pedals to get in the way, so children learn the important first step in riding a bike- BALANCE! Pushing off with alternating feet as if the child were running from a seated position, the child can learn balance and control. Once the child becomes more stable they begin to glide with their feet off the ground. As your child develops balance and begins gliding, they can place their feet on the foot pegs and get accustomed to the natural foot position present on a traditional bicycle. Another important aspect of learning to ride with a Glide Bikes balance bike is how they help build a child's confidence. The problem with bikes that depend on training wheels is the lack of control and stability and the higher probability of tip-overs. This makes the child more prone to injuries and takes the fun out of riding a bike. With the Mini Glider, riders have a lower center of gravity which increases stability similar to a sports car in comparison to a tall sport utility vehicle. We also design our bikes using downhill mountain bike geometry which also increases stability and allows for the lowest balance speed of 1.5 MPH. Unlike the heavy kid's bikes with training wheels, we use high quality, lightweight materials so that children can lift the bike by themselves and avoid getting trapped underneath the bike if they do fall. These are all very important features built into our bikes to make your child's experience a safe and fun one!

Product Details

Color: Red
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 16 x 7 inches ; 10.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001HX3CDQ
  • Item model number: MG-12R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,668 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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The bike is very well built, very strong and sturdy.
TammyinMaui
Also the parents had seen these and thought they were the best way for a child to learn balance and eventually be able to ride a bike without training wheels.
Linda
These bikes can pick up speed and sometimes the little ones can't Fred Flintstone their feet to stop fast enough.
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194 of 198 people found the following review helpful By TX mom of 2 on June 1, 2008
Color Name: Red
Length: 4:49 Mins
I researched available balance bikes and decided that the Mini Glider is the best for my son. He loves it and couldn't be happier. (He has the blue one, but the color doesn't make a difference.) Here's what sets the Mini Glider apart from the other choices:

- Super lightweight. Shipping weight is 6 pounds. Compare to the 14 pound Kettler Sprint. The lighter, the easier for a young child to manipulate. Watch my son mount, turn around, dismount, and even lift his Mini Glider with ease.

- Foot pegs for ease of riding and transition to a pedal bike. Most brands have no foot rest for training foot position. The Glider Rider Bike has a 10-inch footplate, but my son's shoes are already 9 inches long. His big feet fit on the Mini Glider's foot pegs with no trouble.

- Hand brake. Some others leave this out, saying that the child shouldn't go faster than his feet can stop him. My son figured out how to use the brake on his own. It is helpful to him when stopping at the bottom of a hill. At the end of the video, just before the last notes of the music, you can hear the "Shhh" of the brake as he brings the glider to a safe stop.

- Solid, no-pump tires. With a vehicle this lightweight, you don't need the hassle of airing up tiny tires. These tires are sturdy and give plenty of traction.

- Seat height easily adjusts with the turn of one bolt.

- Minimal assembly required. Simply insert the handle bars, tighten with the included tool, adjust the seat, and go.

- Excellent customer service from the manufacturer. I had a question about adjusting the brake, and when I called the # in the instruction manual I spoke to a real person immediately.

My son is a tall (44-inch) 4 1/2 year old.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By sportykids2 on September 16, 2009
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Pros:
1. So Lightweight it is easily controlled by an average 2 year old.
2. Hand brake is essential to me to teach that skill early.
3. Solid construction is perfect.
Cons:
1. expensive if you're buying this to teach balance in preparation for a pedal bike. Your child may learn so fast they don't use it very long! Probably has great resale value, though, as it is so well made.
2. On level ground, once balance is mastered, it is hard to get any speed to coast for very long without using your feet to push again. This is why my daughter wanted a pedal bike, because it is not designed for much speed on level ground. And obviously, it does not go uphill at all.

Our experience:
We bought this for our daughter's 3rd birthday. She was 41 inches tall barefoot. Within 15 minutes she was starting to balance by putting her feet out, just for a couple seconds. The second time we took her out, we found a very small incline that flattened out, and that's where she very quickly learned to balance and glide, even while turning. After that she enjoyed the bumpy little dirt hills and pretty steep (for biking) concrete trails, where we taught her to "drag" her feet to control speed, as well as use the hand brake to stop. It wasn't long before she was asking for a bike with pedals, so at age 3 and 3 months, we bought her a 16" bmx style bike with no training wheels. That very day, with just a couple pushes from mom, she took off pedaling, and already knew how to use the hand brake. With a little more practice and coaching on how to start off from a stationary position, she has learned to start on her own, without a push (that's the hardest part when you're learning). Now little 2 year old brother has inherited the balance bike, and is beginning to balance.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2010
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We bought two of these, one for our 3.5 year old and one for our 2 year old. Our 3.5 year old has been fine and has enjoyed it. But the handlebars are too high for our 2 year old. The handlebars do not adjust. In the photo, the seat is raised up very high. In reality for a 2 or 3 year old, the seat is much lower and the handlebars end up too high. We would have been better off with a Strider because the handlebars are low and also flat instead of curved.

So far, our 3.5 year old hasn't used the foot rest at all. I think it's easier for him to balance with his knees bent and feet dangling vs. putting his feet on the foot rest. The hand brake is also hard to operate without good grip strength. When I picked this bike over the Strider I thought the footrest and the handbrake would be added value but in reality they have not been used.

If your child is small and has short arms I wouldn't get this bike due to the high handlebars!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Legal Eagle on October 8, 2008
Color Name: Red
I purchased the mini glider for both my son and daughter. Both loved the bike, my son at age 17 months was gliding in a matter of days. My daughter at 4 took a little longer. The bike took a beaten and would not break even after every kid in the neiborhood cruised around with it. I also purchased a go glider for a friends 7 year old, who loved the mini glider and who was already riding a two wheeler but was hooked on the graceful gliding. This was the best gift I could have purchased. I called the manufacturer with a question, I got a live person without being placed on hold! The picture on this website doesn't due the product justice! The colors are metalic and bright, and bike is extremly light weight and easy for the kids to handle. I wish I had this bike as a kid.
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