The Best Thing Since Training Wheels

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This is a STRIDER ST-3 No Pedal Balance Bike. We didn’t have these when I was a kid.

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And Levi LOVES it! Rylan, one of Levi’s friends that lives across the street from us, just got a regular bicycle (with training wheels) for his second birthday. Levi has been eyeing it big time, but even though Rylan is willing to share, Levi’s not big enough to reach the pedals. Instead of riding with the big boys, he’s stuck on the sidelines :(

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That’s where the SRIDER balance bike comes in. I’m pretty sure I might have been more excited than Levi when the box was delivered to our door. It was super easy to set up and didn’t require any tools other than a knife to get the box open. I made sure to actually follow the directions, and it only took me about 5-10 minutes to set it up so Levi could try it out.

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Instead of using pedals to propel forward and training wheels for balance, the STRIDER bike lets kids use their own two legs to balance and ride. I love that it helps kids work on their coordination to move the bike forward, while helping them learn balance as they pick up their feet to start cruising.

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At only 6.4 lbs., the STRIDER is still manageable for Levi, which I think it especially important when learning to ride a bike. My son is like me – fairly reckless and accident prone, so knowing that the bike isn’t going to land on him and crush him with its weight definitely gives me some peace of mind. The 6.5 lbs. of materials are no joke, though. I weight about 150 lbs., and I didn’t break it when I tried it out (NOTE: The bike VERY CLEARLY states that 60 lbs. is the weight limit, but come on, I bet you knew I was going to try riding it before you even finished reading the first paragraph of this review.)

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I’m very happy that the STRIDER gives you a lot of bang for your buck, so to speak. The seat and the handlebars are both easily adjustable, and it’s designed to fit kids age 1-5. I think 5 years old is kind of stretching it, though, unless you purchase the Extra Long Seatpost Saddle. Kellan, Rylan’s big brother, is almost 5 and even at it’s biggest settings, the standard STRIDER was too small for him to comfortably ride. But Rylan, who just turned two, had no problem hopping on once we adjusted the seat back down. I’m guessing Levi will be able to use it for at least two more summers, unless he hits a major growth spurt.

Speaking of size, that was definitely one thing that frustrated Jason and I when we were looking at bikes for Levi. Even the smallest ones we found we too big for him – he’s only in the 7th percentile for height for his age, so most bikes have pedals that are too far for him to reach. Rylan’s bike (the red on pictured above) has pedals that are still a good two inches away from Levi’s feet when he climbs up on it.

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The STRIDER doesn’t have that issue, since there are no pedals to reach. As long as I keep the seat adjusted properly, Levi can plant his feed on the ground for balance. Now Levi can grab his helmet and his bike and play with the big kids!

You can purchase STRIDER balance bikes online or at a local authorized dealer. Be sure to check them out on Twitter and follow them on Facebook to hear about exciting features and promotions. You can even check out their balance bikes in action on their YouTube channel.

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Disclosure: STRIDER sent me this awesome balance bike for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. And please don’t tell them that I tested it out myself, since there are warning labels that say specifically NOT to do that on the box. And the bike. And the instructions.

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  1. What a neat bike. I can’t wait until Landon is old enough to ride a bike!
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  2. Megan Nichols says:

    I may have missed it but what age is this for?

  3. carol roberts says:

    great bike

  4. very cute.

  5. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    I wish I had known about this bike when my friend’s kids were younger. They would have absolutely loved this! Its a great idea for the younger ones.

  6. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    My kids certainly did not have a bike at age 5 and they would have loved it. The first bike came for them at ages 7 & 8

  7. Wow — neat bike!

  8. DaddyJoseph says:

    Love the Stryder one of the first thing I’ll buy our youngest kid……as a avid MTn biker pretty much a must have

  9. Mia Dentice Carey says:

    WOW! I wonder if this would have helped my son…..I think I was 7 when I got my 1st real bike…..I think I might get my son a bike this year…maybe for Christmas (He’ll be 6)

  10. Awesome

  11. This is awesome! I wonder if my daughter would like this. sHe loves all the other kids’ bikes outside so she probably would. Haha

  12. Susan L. M. says:

    This would be great from my 21 month old daughter. We have the Red Flyer little bike that has what I guess you would call built in training wheels, but even at its smallest setting it is way too big for her, so she just pushes it around.

  13. I have been searching for a balance bike for my now 2 yr old. They don’t seem to sell them in stores… at least not around here.
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  14. Geri Fink says:

    My 5 year old rides a 2 wheeler and actually rode his first 10 mile race about a month ago. Little bro 1 year old loves bikes as much as BIG bro. I think this bike will be a first great step toward riding for real. I bet I go get one of these next year! Thanks for the review!!

  15. Looks cool! I would like to get one for my son

  16. Rachel N says:

    We have a red Strider bike for my 2.5 year old. He LOVES it. We got it for him this spring and he is already getting to the point where he will lift his feet up and glide:)

  17. Seyma Shabbir says:

    This bike is soo cute. We got a bike for our son when he was 4 and it just seemed to big. This would be so nice!

  18. that is cool!! i should get my 3 year old this

  19. April Rupertus says:

    This is so awesome! I think my daughter would have a blast on this bike!

  20. Looks like fun I will have to see if my hubby will go for getting our son another bike to learn to ride his current bike.

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