We love getting video links from our customers!
We heard from Paul in Woodbridge, Connecticut. He and his wife have 4 girls age 5 and under! The 3-year-old rides about 60% on her Strider and 40% on her pedal bike, although she still prefers the Strider. Paul says, "The 21-month-old cries if she doesn't see her Strider bike in the car when we go places :)"
Here's the comment they sent in...
I am sure you have heard this before, but every parent should get one of these bikes for their kids :). i have 4 kids under 5 years old. they started using the strider bikes as soon as their legs were long enough to touch the ground over the strider seat (around 18 months or so). they had the balance ride a pedal bike by the age of three because of the strider bike. they actually enjoy riding the strider more than the pedal bike up to about 5 (my oldest always grabs her pedal bike now before the strider). My 3 1/2 year old won;t let me go anywhere unless i have her strider bike and pedal bike in the car. she loves them both. awesome product. my 20 month old can coast 50 feet with her feet up on the strider already :). she won;t let anyone ride "her" strider either ;).
The foot rests on a Strider balance bike are in the perfect place to ready toddlers for pedals. They offer a very natural riding position, making it so that kids are comfortable enough when they switch to a full fledged bike.
Here's a cool video of Jack gliding downhill, awesome view of the foot rests in action!
Here's another video of Jack easily striding back up the hill for another ride.
A big thanks this month to Brad K. Evans and the staff of Kickstand Magazine for featuring the Strider PREBike in their kid's section.
"My 20 month old, who I had previously thought was too young to use the balance bike, fell in love with the bike at first sight. It looked just like a big boy bike and for a little boy who was desperate to be big like his brothers and wanted nothing to do with a tricycle, it was heaven. I was shocked that my 20 month old was able to begin using the bike immediately."
"While the first few times were a bit trying, I have to admit, there were no falls. Just as the site says, once he felt uneasy, he planted his feet on the ground to avoid falling. While it has been about a week, we are making slow and steady progress, and he is becoming less afraid and actually picking his feet up while the bike is in motion."
"Summer has been walking around the house with her Strider. I was so impressed that she figured it out so quickly and confidently."
"My daughter along with other toddlers will no longer have to go through the painful experience of “learning” how to ride a bike. Much like talking, they will just learn on their own with the Strider Running Bike. This Bike for toddlers, doesn’t have any peddles, is low to the ground and is made specifically for little ones to learn balance. So before getting your kids a trike with 3 wheels, go straight for a two wheeler."
"My niece is at the perfect age and she absolutely loved her bike when it arrived. We made sure to send it in her favorite color."
"There are many reviews out there about its use and abilities and I'll get there but I really wanted to talk about the quality of this bike. The quality is exceptional and I can tell that its going to last a longer then Gavin will use it. This means that not only will you get your value out of it from one child put it can be used by sibling later as well."
"Avery loved it! We got it delivered to our door, She was eating breakfast when it came. So I was able to put it together before she even saw it. She IMMEDIATELY jumped on the bike and started to ride."
"If you haven't heard of this bike before I'm sure you'll want one by the end of this post. This has got to be one of my favorite things I've had the pleasure to review. Not only because it's such a great product but because J truly loves this bike."
"When he first started, he was literally running while sitting on the bike – hence the name Running Bike. Now, he zooms around it likes it’s nothing! I felt comfortable letting my 3 year old ride on the bike himself instead of jumping for him every time he wobbled back and forth! This bike is definitely 'Approved by The Mommy-Files!'"
"as I stood it up, he grabbed the handle bars and threw his leg over and began walking with the bike. I had seriously under estimated him! We then took it outside and I watched as he had a blast with his new “Big boy bike”!"
"I gave him some basic instructions, like walk, then run, then lift your feet and ride. And in less than half a day this kid left behind his old training wheel bike and was a balance bike pro. All he wants to do is ride the thing."
"The confidence she built while on the Strider makes her want to keep riding it. I am not sure if she will give it up, even when she does get a "big girls" bike like her cousins. For all she is concerned, she is on a "big girls" bike now! And her tricycle? Collecting dust!"