Strider - 12 Sport Balance Bike, Ages 18 Months to 5 Years
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- JOIN THE STRIDER FAMILY - Meet the bike that set the world on fire and revolutionized the way kids learn to ride. Children as young as one are experiencing the thrill of riding without training wheels before they’re out of diapers.
- GROWS WITH YOUR CHILD - The seat and handlebar heights adjust to accommodate ages 18 months to 5 years, or a 12– 20 in. inseam (no tools required).
- FOR YOUNG KIDS - Weighing in at only 3.0 kg (6.7 lbs.), the 12 Sport push bike makes it easy for your boy or girl to ride and stride. Mini-grips mean your child’s little mitts can easily take control. This bike gives you the biggest bang for your buck!
- IT’S MORE THAN JUST A RIDING TOY - Boring specs aside, this is the bike that introduces kids to the freedom, power, and responsibility of riding. Now they have the power to keep up with you when you’re out and about, experiencing amazing freedom.
- YEARS OF FUN - We know kids put things through rigorous…*ahem*…testing. With the 12 Sport's durable steel frame and puncture-proof tires, you don't have to worry about damage or maintenance and have a child’s bike they won’t outgrow in a few months.
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Strider 12 Sport
Join the strider family: Meet the bike that set the world on fire and revolutionized the way kids learn to ride. The 12 Sport is our all-around fun factory. Children as young as one are experiencing the thrill of riding on two wheels before they’re out of diapers.
Grows with your child: The seat and handlebar heights adjust to accommodate ages 18 months to 5 years, or a 12 in. – 20 in. inseam (no tools required). The 12 Sport is perfect for future upgrades like a foot brake or heavy-duty tires.
Designed for young kids: Weighing in at only 3.0 kg (6.7 lbs.), the 12 Sport makes it easy for your child to ride and stride. Mini-grips mean little mitts can easily take control and make this lean, mean, durable bike the biggest bang for your buck, which is probably why it’s our best seller.
- Never flat, no-maintenance tires
- 6.7 pounds (3 kg)
- Handlebar pad
- Built-in footrests
- No-tool Assembly
- Handlebar Height: 46 - 56 cm (18-22 in.)
- Seat Height: 28 - 48 cm (11 - 19 in.)
- Steel Frame
Strider Product Progression
Strider 12 Sport Baby Bundle
The Strider Baby Bundle is the best way to teach balance and improve dexterity, cognitive ability, and spatial awareness (yeah, a kid’s bike company totally knows what those are). When your tater tot has mastered rocking and is ready to roll out, simply detach the bike.
Strider 12 Sport
The 12 Sport is the perfect bike to take your child from baby steps to big strides, all without busting out a toolkit (no-tool adjustable seat and handlebar and tires that never go flat). The 12 Sport is our all-around fun factory.
Strider 14x Sport
We’ve put together all the right ingredients to give your tyke a taste of confidence to successfully shift from riding a balance bike to pedaling like a pro as quickly as possible. The Strider 14x is the only bike that includes the simple, step-by-step guide for parents to help their children master the learn-to-ride progression.
Which Bike Fits?
'What size bike should I get my child?': Easy, the best size bike for your kiddo is the bike that fits them from day one. The best way to do that is measure their inseam.
'Yeah, but what about their age?': Age is more like... an approximate fit. Inseam is an exact fit, trust us.
'Okay, got it. What's an inseam?': Good question. Inseam is the distance between the ground and crotch (just in case you're interested in measuring your inseam for your next Halloween costume).
'Okay, so why is this inseam babble so important?': We're all different heights and shapes, even when we're the same age. This is especially true with kids. Because they grow like crazy, they all have different heights and leg lengths. By measuring inseam, you're making sure that your child's bike has the perfect fit. A bike that perfectly fits mean they'll be experiencing two-wheeled success and confidence faster than you can say Strider.
'Right. So, how exactly do I measure this?': Easy. Have your child stand up really straight with their shoes on (you can have them stand with their back to a wall if that helps.) Place a book between their legs and slide it up the wall to meet the crotch seam of their pants, just like they were sitting on a bike saddle. Measure from the top of the book to the floor and.... Bingo ! You have your inseam.
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|Color||STRIDER Blue||Orange||Awesome Blue||Pink||Green|
|Item Weight||6.70 lbs||12.00 lbs||—||4.30 lbs||—|
Encourage your child to ride with a Strider Bike. When learning to ride, a child must be allowed to experience the feel of leaning and how steering affects the balance of the bike. When a child learns to ride without leaning, such as on a tricycle or bike with training wheels, they aren't really learning to ride at all. With the help of a balance bike, the child can learn how to balance and ride a bike in the most simplest way.
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I like how at barely two he can manage his bike independently. Adds to his level of confidence!
The things that distinguish the Woom 1 are:
- lightweight aluminum frame which makes it easier for small children to move around
- very low step through height making it easier for kids to mount
- rear wheel hand brake
- high quality inflatable wheels
The Strider Pro is a step up from the regular Strider because of its lightweight aluminum frame, but it still has plastic wheels. These don't ride as smoothly or grip as well as inflatable ones. You can purchase inflatable wheels as an option, but then your Strider Pro is almost the same price as a Woom 1, and it still doesn't have the rear wheel hand brake.
I could write a whole discussion about hand brakes, but I'll just say briefly that I think they're an awesome addition to balance bikes:
- Although some people worry that a front wheel hand brake could cause the bike to flip if squeezed too hard, this does not apply to a rear-wheel only brake. These have no chance of flipping
- Kids can still use their feet for braking, so the hand brake is just a bonus - no downside to having it.
- When kids transition to pedal bikes they will have to use either a hand brake or coaster brake (pedal brake). However, coaster brakes are LAME: it's too easy for kids to accidentally activate them while pedaling, causing falls. Also, coaster brakes are not found on larger bikes because they're not as effective as hand brakes. So, the time kids spend learning to use the coaster brake is wasted when they move up to the next level bike.
- Hand braking is the best braking technology, but it does require a little practice. So, having it available on a balance bike gives kids a head start, which is the whole point of balance bikes in the first place.
The thing that *really* bothers me is that for this price they don't give you an owner's manual. Instead you have to given them your e-mail and other personal information and get the nonsense pasted below in return. I don't know about the rest of you, but I really don't want to have an ongoing relationship with the manufacturer of balance bikes. I just want the stupid owner's manual with no hassle and no relationship!!!
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No written instructions for assembling but the pictures are easy to follow. My caution is about a preassembled piece which connects the handlebars. As I picked it up the five pieces fell apart. It took 30 minutes and much straining to get it back together. Not an easy task for a grandmother. :(. It required a lot of muscle. I wish there had been written instructions and the screw holding the parts together had been tightened before shipping with a caution not to unscrew it. Other than my nightmare assembly it seems very sturdy and well made.
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The bike itself is really easy to put together and seems very well made as well as very light. I would really recommend this for anyone looking to get their young ones onto a bike from 18 months or so (depending on height) onward.
This is also an amazing balance bike as it starts so small and can be adjusted quite a lot.
Come in bits in a box, some of it already partly assembled. I was able to build the bike in about 10-15 minutes with the supplied tools inside the box. Paintwork on the bike seems excellent too. We got the red one.
Quality looks very good, parts of very sturdy, strong and of a very good quality. Once the bike is assembled it is very light which is one the main reasons I bought this bike. It makes it easier for a toddler to learn a balance bike if its lighter compared to some other models on the market which are a lot heavier.
I certainly recommend this balance bike if your looking for one for your child, you won't be disappointed.
We did a lot a research to try to avoid paying the slightly higher price for this, but if you can afford it, it's well worth the money.
I picked up my nephew's John Deer balance bike recently, absolutely no comparison; the strider wins hands down!
He totally loves it. Very effect bike for teaching balance. Lightweight yet still really sturdy. I would totally recommend to everyone. Fab product.
****Since writing this review my son has since grown out if this bike and moved on to his 'big boy' peddle bike. After a couple of goes with stabilisers on, it took him about half an hour before he was able to ride it with them removed. I would still absolutely recommend the strider balance bike to start their bike riding journey. A fabulous balance bike. ***
My son started ride this bike just after 2 years old.
The transition from this balance bike to the paddle bike is very smooth.
He can now ride the paddle bike at age of less than 3 years old.