Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kids Balance Bikes Review

When my boys received their Strider bike from Kids Balance Bikes they were on cloud 9! I couldn't get it out of the box fast enough and they were so eager to help put it together. It was easy to assemble and then we were ready to try it out. The Strider bike teaches children from ages 18 months to 5 years how to balance on a bike preparing them for the day when they want to ride a bike without training wheels. There are no pedals which allows the child to run and balance with the Strider bike.

Here are some great features for the bike from the site:
  • One of the LOWEST seat heights in the industry...just 11" from the ground and with a traditional seat saddle that's comfortable like a real bike!
  • One of the LIGHTEST running bikes on the market at just 6.9 pounds... less than 1/2 the weight of a tricycle.
  • The ONLY running bike with frame-integrated footrests ergonomically located below the saddle... allowing kids to learn advanced skills such as riding while standing
  • Kid and parent-friendly EVA molded foam tires are light weight, puncture-proof and super durable
  • One of the most ADJUSTABLE running bikes on the market with 3" of handlebar height adjustment and 5" of seat height adjustment (plus additional 2" adjustment available with optional tall seat post)
  • Accommodates children ages 18 months to 5 years old! Height range of 30" to 44" and up to 50 pounds. Seat extender can increase height capacity for a child up to 46" tall.

"Balance bikes can manage a multitude of terrains and easily glide over grass, dirt, wooden bridges, even bark. While enjoying the balance bike your child is getting ready to ride a real pedal bike.

Once a child learns to balance, glide, and steer, they can usually hop on a pedal bike (with no training wheels of course!) and be riding within one to two days."

What I love about the bike is that it builds confidence. Ki was very skeptical on his first ride and was very nervous but as we encouraged him to keep going he was able to go further and further. I'm taking him out again today to get him more used to it. I can tell how much he feels like a big boy since his Strider bike looks and feels just like a big boy bike!

Kids Balance Bikes has other balance bikes as well in a variety of styles and colors. You will be able to find something for any of your little ones! These bikes make great gifts. If you are in the market for a bike for your toddler you have to check out first! You won't regret it.

To see the amazing bike in action check out the video below.


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