Strider ST-2 PREbike Balance Running Bike
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- Pedal-less balance bike with lightweight and durable steel frame and puncture-proof all-terrain tires
- Teaches balance and coordination while developing confidence for pedal biking
- Launch Pad footrests for gliding and learning advanced riding skills
- Adjustable handlebar and seat height to fit riders from 30 to 44 inches tall
- Designed for children ages 1 to 5; 1-year warranty
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Give your kids a head start on learning balance and control of a two-wheeler! The Strider Kids' Running Bike eliminates the need for a tricycle or training wheels and offers your child a vehicle he or she can have a blast riding for years. The Strider develops muscles, coordination, motor skills, and endurance... all under the guise of sheer fun! Suggested for kids aged 18 - 60 months old.
With the Strider PREbike, there are no "tricycle tip-overs" or "training-wheel wobbles" to create a fear, hesitancy, or dislike of bike riding. The Strider running bike helps toddlers learn balance and coordination before pedaling, which develops glittering confidence. Designed for children, ages 1 to 5, the Strider running bike holds several advantages over ordinary beginner's bikes.
Pure Fun, Right Out of the Box
If your child can walk... your child can ride a Strider. Even tiny little children, before the age of two, are drawn to the Strider. At first, kids will grab the handle bars, straddle the bike and walk without ever sitting down on the seat. And they're completely stable: Two wheels, front and back. Feet firmly on the ground. Hands bracing the handle bars.
Here's an added benefit for parents: Your child will become more mobile. The Strider opens up a whole world for your child to ride on. Take your child's Strider to an outdoor gathering, a nearby park, or anywhere else you walk. With a Strider, there's no more dawdling little one's. Your child will easily be able to keep pace.
The next step: Kids quickly learn to sit down, push with their feet and zip right along as they balance on two wheels.
A Safer Way to Learn Bike Riding
Tricycles tip over, scrape ankles, and are difficult to pedal. Bicycles with training wheels are tall, heavy, unstable and downright scary for young riders. Both have the potential to cause painful injuries and fear. The Strider PREbike is free from any cables, chains, sprockets, pedals or protrusions that can harm your child. And the Strider is steady, stable and safe. At the first feeling of instability, your child will instinctively place both feet securely on the ground. So there are no "tricycle tip-overs" or "training-wheel wobbles" that stir-up a fear, hesitancy, or dislike of bike riding.
- Weight: Less that 7 pounds (about 1/3 the weight of a typical 12-inch pedal bike with training wheels).
- Frame Design: Unique frame design has integrated Launch Pad footrests for gliding and learning advanced riding skills.
- Tires: Puncture-proof all-terrain tires with sealed bearings and 5/16-inch steel axles.
- Construction: Durable welded steel frame and handlebars
- Warranty: 1 year warranty against manufacturing defects
- Sizing: Adjustable handlebar and seat height to fit riders from 30 to 44 inches tall (saddle height adjusts from 11 to 16 inches from ground). The optional Extra-Long Seatpost with Saddle is recommended for children 4 years and older (adjusts from 14 to 19 inches from the ground).
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Quality wise the construction is pretty good but the tires aren't air filled, they are soft like tires but feel like they're filled with foam and aren't made to last very long. Our rides to the park now are typically about two miles long (we did 2 1/2 miles yesterday says my GPS app) and we ride to a playground on a paved path half way then ride back on a dirt bike trail that's more off-road rugged. He enjoys both and he's gotten the bike lovingly muddy. The tires will probably wear out sooner than later at this rate though. They're already showing a lot of wear, and some cracking in the rubber. The rest of the bike seems like it will hold up but I have a feeling I'll be replacing the tires (or wheels) before we're done with this.
All in all I could not be happier though. My son absolutely loves this and he looks forward to our excursions and I can't believe in the short time and at his age how quickly he has gone from pedestrian walking with it to coasting with his feet up. At this age also of course it's important to impart rules and lessons along the way. Always wear a helmet, of course, but also he now says "people coming!" and he pulls over to the side to let them pass which makes me very proud (and I tell him so).
He has gotten an "owie" on it recently, I'm not sure if the seat got him or a bar on the side, he hit a rock and the bike kicked a little but he was back on it five minutes later none worse for wear. He hasn't taken any big spills on it and hasn't really hurt himself on it to any noticeable extent or that he didn't recover from quickly. That said, my son is a pretty tough kid who doesn't cry much from pain (and he's also rather fearless on the hills) it's a challenge sometimes to keep up with him and keep him on the right path; you need to exercise a great deal of vigilance and caution and be sure to keep up (taking photos or videos is difficult if you don't have a third person along because the kid might be fifty yards away by the time you snap the shutter).
All in all I think this is one of my best "fun/toy" purchases for my son to date and I'm so glad I got one. A friend who has a son a year older than my own son told me about it and I think I got it at just the right age. 18 months might be too soon, but shortly after they turn two years old is probably perfect.
I'm one heck of a pleased father with this bike and will be all too happy to replace the wheels/tires if needed. And most importantly my son loves it too.
This seems like a good way to learn the basics of riding a bicycle. My kids worked at it and enjoyed learning with this toy. They got a pretty good sense of balance, considering their age. The bike is in new condition and isn't used anymore. It gave a fast and fruitful lesson in balance.
- Lightweight. I can carry this with a finger. If we get too far away from home and he's too tired to ride all the way back I can carry it without any problem.
- Seat adjustment. This is a great bike for kids from their late 2's up until maybe 4 or 5 because they can adjust the seat to their height.
- Easy to learn. My son was riding it tentatively within the first 10 minutes and by the third day he was really picking it up. By week two, he's speeding around the block picking his legs up and gliding.
- Well made, durable,
- Great exercise.
- My son begs me to go outside so he can ride it.
- Teaches kids to balance quickly and without fear.
- Super easy 5 minute assembly.
- The video says this bike is a lot safer than a tricycle but I'm not convinced. Although most crashes are usually pretty minor, expect your child to fall a lot while they are learning.
- There are no breaks this bike, just your feet. My son decided to try to glide down a semi-steep hill and once he started going too fast he put his feet down and went over the handlebars and the result wasn't pretty. The helmet I got him has paid for itself 10x over. Get a helmet.
- Plastic wheels. I don't know why they chose to put cheap plastic wheels on this bike. Standard rubber wheels that you could pump up would have made a lot more sense to me. There's no give in the wheels so when they hit a pothole it's pretty harsh.
Overall I'm totally sold on this bike and would recommend it to anyone with a toddler. We've had so much fun on it in the past couple of weeks. I wish I would have gotten it a year ago.