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Mini Glider

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  • Designed in the US for ages 2-5 years old with maintenance-free EVA tires, rear brake, foot pegs
  • Patented slow speed design, downhill mountain bike geometry and removable foot pegs make the Mini Glider an ideal bike for kids to learn on
  • Unique removable foot pegs make learning easier and gliding more fun
  • Easy to adjust quick-release seat clamp to allow for tool-free seat height adjustment
  • Child sized handbrake for safe stopping power as children build confidence and speed
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Product Description

The Mini Glider is our flagship 12" model. It allows children to gain confidence, improve motor skills, increase coordination, and learn balance at their own pace all while having fun! The Mini Glider does not have training wheels or pedals to get in the way, so children learn the important first step in riding a bike- BALANCE! Glide Bikes also incorporates a unique foot peg system to allow kids to have a place to rest their feet while gliding. These pegs can be locked into place with one simple to use, tool-free pin allowing the foot pegs to be installed or removed in seconds. Our patented Mini Glider utilizes features such as our slow speed design, mountain bike geometry, removable foot pegs, and a child size handbrake, all designed to make a child's experience a safe and fun one.

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  • ASIN: B00R64CUJW
  • Item model number: MG-12R-PARENT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,611 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Glide Bikes Inc. warrants each new Glide Bikes frame, rigid fork, or original component part of the Glide Bike against defects in workmanship and materials, for the lifetime of the original owner. This warranty does not cover: normal wear and tear; improper assembly; improper follow-up maintenance; installation of parts or accessories not originally intended for, or compatible with, the Glide Bike as sold; damage or failure due to accident, misuse, abuse, or neglect; labor charges for part replacement or changeover. This warranty is void in its entirety by any modification of the frame, fork, or components. This warranty is expressly limited to the repair or replacement of a defective item and is the sole remedy of the warranty. This warranty extends from the date of purchase, applies only to the original owner, and is not transferable. Glide Bikes Inc. is not responsible for incidental or consequential damages. In states that do not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, the above exclusion may not apply. Proof of purchase is required. The subject item must be registered with Glide Bikes Inc., either through on-line registration or by the receipt of a warranty registration card by Glide Bikes Inc., before a warranty claim may be processed. Warranty duration and detail may differ by frame type and/or by country. This warranty gives the consumer specific legal rights, and those rights may vary from place to place. This warranty does not affect the statutory rights of the consumer.

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224 of 229 people found the following review helpful By TX mom of 2 on June 1, 2008
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: 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 40 people found the following review helpful By Legal Eagle on October 8, 2008
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LPE17 on September 17, 2010
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: Red
We bought this for our son when he turned three. He loved that it looks like a big boy he is always trying to emulate his 13 year old brother. It is very light....which is great, as when he falls, it does not hurt when it lands on him....also makes carrying it or putting it in the car easy.

In the beginning he did not get the concept...but by the end of the summer, he is Evil Keneivel on this thing! He knows to push fast and put his feet on the pegs and glide...he also rides it down our lawn, no problem. We did not experience an issue with the hand works well, although he is just starting to use it. In the beginning he simply used his feet to stop.

He has used the bike every day this summer, hours on end, and it has proven very durable. The kickstand is a nice feature but proved difficult for him to manipulate, and it is a hazard if they forget to put it up while riding.

My estimate is he will use it one more year and be ready for a pedal bike before he is 5. I definitely know he will not need training wheels wheels when that day comes.

He is now learning how to balance with his feet on the pegs when the bike is stationary....excellent large motor coordination skills...

Best of all he loves it..which means he is outside playing most of the day, which I love. I also want to add to be sure to get a bike helmet..accidents happen and it is a great time to get them used to wearing one....

Updating 18 months later: my son got a 16" bike for Christmas...and after loving the balance bike, he took off, first try on his new "pedal bike". Rode it all weekend, like a pro. Never needed training wheels. His control and sense of balance was 4 years old, riding a 2 wheeler like a champ!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Humphrey on June 26, 2009
Package Type: Standard PackagingColor: Red Verified Purchase
My son is 2 1/2 and likely on the small end of a possible glider rider. With the seat at it's lowest position he can use it comfortably. It's not perfect but the glider is excellent.

Light Weight (I was carrying it home for quite a while before he got comfortable on it)
Price - While it's not super cheap, it is less than competing products made from aluminum.
Easy to build - Excellent instructions but very few steps
Tires are perfect, they have some give over rough pavement but don't flat. I'm told you can add real air tubes if you want.
Grips provide safety on their ends. My son has one bruise anyway but if they weren't well padded, they could really hurt a child. These are well padded.
Did I mention light weight ? The steel ones weigh more than my son.

Cons: These are mostly minor and more relative to my own son.
Rear brake of limited use - My son is small enough that he hasn't yet figured this part out but even adjusted well, it's not as effective as most bike brakes.
Wide rear wheel - With the brake there, the rear axle is a bit wide. My son frequently jambs his foot on it when he's pushing off. He seems to take pains to avoid that now but if it without the brake it would be better were it a simple, narrow as possible rear wheel. I've even thought of putting some type of narrower nut. I'm sure the round topped ones are safer but they make the problem worse by sticking out more.
Foot pegs get in the way - These may be great for larger kids but my son had real trouble with them. At first he tried to pedal with them like on his trike. Then they just impeded his feet. He seems to be used to them now but if they were detachable, I'd do it (of course that would make it heavier).
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