12 Sport Balance Bike

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12 Sport Balance Bike

Best Selling Strider Balance Bike
For Ages 18 Months to 5 Years Old
Seat Height Range of 28 - 48 cm (11 - 19 in)
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Ryan McFarland, Founder… "The 12 Sport model offers every feature a child (or parent) could want. It is the perfect balance of performance, options, and value, featuring more than 8 years of design evolution and manufacturing improvements."

This model is similar to the previous ST-4 balance bike, but includes updated graphics and an extra-long seat post.

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Unique 12.7mm steel handlebar is 43% smaller than standard to allow better control with tiny hands. Custom logo mini-grips are soft urethane with protective ends. Machined-aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” height adjustment from 46-56cm (18-22”).

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Strider-exclusive, ultralight one-piece wheels sport a raised-letter, five-spoke design with 10 bearing support gussets for maximum strength at the lightest weight possible.

Top-quality sealed cartridge bearings roll smooth and never need adjustment.

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EVA polymer (industrial foam) tires are super light and durable yet offer a smooth ride. Best of all, they never need air and will never go flat.

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Smaller, narrower, and lighter than a typical saddle, our padded seat allows for proper riding position and posture. Includes 2 seatposts for growing children, allowing seat-height adjustments up to 48 cm (19 in).

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Bar and seat clamps

Machined aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” saddle height adjustment from 28-41cm (11-16”) for the perfect fit for your child.

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Unique, frame-integrated footrests are properly positioned directly below the saddle for natural bike balance. This position also fosters the advanced ability to stand while gliding as well as pumping and jumping the bike.

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Brake mount

Strider-exclusive rear brake mount allows the addition of a foot-operated brake once the kids are proficiently gliding with feet on the footrests. Brake sold separately.

STRIDER Sport is rated 4.936046511627907 out of 5 by 172.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2 kids one srider: on pedals by 4 yrs and by 3 yrs Hello Strider, We love the balance bike! It’s awesome that the concept driving the first bikes, over 200 years ago, have come back for the wee tots. We have two boys, nearly five and nearly three, and both learned their two-wheeled balance on a strider. It was my vision that each kid would learn balance on the strider, and pedaling mechanics on a tricycle then the two would marry at the right time. Theo (born Jan, 2010) got his Strider for Christmas before he turned two and walked on it for nearly 6 weeks until he had his first glide – “weeeee” he said. He tried pedals (on a 12” bicycle) at 3 yrs. 5 months, and while he could do it, he wasn’t comfortable with it just yet. I borrowed the strider concept and removed the crank and pedals from that 12” bike, so that he could have a taller balance bike and so his 2 year younger brother (Owen, born Jan, 2012) could take over the strider (about 18 months). Theo transitioned onto a pedal bike at 4 years without ever experiencing the crutch of training wheels! Owen (adept at the strider, fully six months ahead of Theo), took to the strider practically instantly!! Just two months ago, having ridden a strider for over a year, Owen was exposed to a pedal bike. At 22 months old, I put him on a 12” pedal bike, walked with him saying, “pedal-pedal-pedal little guy, just like the tricycle” and he took off! He used his handle bar balance checks and rode a pedal bike, without training wheels at under 3 years!! He can also ride Theo’s 16” bike, albeit his feet are a good 6-8 inches from touching the ground, but he can RIDE it! I’ve included a video compilation (it’s 8 min but stick with it ;) of Owen’s bike-learning year. Oh, and Owen was born with a critical congenital heart defect requiring open-heart reconstructive surgery at 10 days old. He also has an underlying neurological condition affecting the stability of his eye muscles, so while he now has glasses to correct astigmatism and myopia, he mostly only uses one eye for all his antics. He pretty much goes all-in all the time, smiling! Thank you strider!! While there are other balance bikes on the market, I strongly feel that the design and engineering behind Strider is superior. It has the lowest minimum seat height yet extends high enough for an older toddler; with the narrower handlebar, smaller grips and light-weight frame geometry, it allows very small children to manipulate and maneuver the bike with little effort, more of a reflex than a process. I feel it is the best balance bike on the market. Mark Weissinger Moab, Utah http://youtu.be/NrCr_3nYkeE
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durability through the years AND tough boy beating We bought a pair of the Yamaha Strider Prebikes for our twin boys when they were 1.5 years old. They are now 5. The bikes and the wheels have been through numerous BMX dirt & concrete track rides, through 3 Strider World Championship practice and races, rode in the ocean, on the beach in the sand, in the rain, mud, you name it. They have a little character surface rust on the seat stem that is most likely due to the salt water. These bikes have been beat up!!! One of the seats has a tiny rip on the side from a wreck. At 5 years the Striders are still used even though they are already on the BMX track on pedal bikes. My boys decide between their bikes depending on their mood. A GREAT investment!!! I have many friends who have bought off brand no pedal bikes and their children never took to riding. My opinion is because of quality. If the wheels do not free spin then a glide is never attained and a stride is not made. Ive seen one child go from an off brand and not interested in riding to a Strider and TAKE OFF! Strider PreBikes are the only prebikes that I have seen work. The Strider community is really a true family. My boys are growing too old for the next World Championship and it is a part of our lives that we will dearly miss. People at Strider HQ (who live across the US from us) know our names, our stories, our family. Let me tell you about the Strider World Championship. NO - it is not about competing. Its about getting our children back outside to PLAY! Its about family barbeques, about getting a TON of people from all over the WORLD with one focus; play. Its about getting out for fun family outings, dinners and beach parties. There is a race and there are trophies, but what my children have learned is compassion. My son stopped as a little boy fell in front of him. He helped this poor crying child up, gave him a hug and sat there in a hug position until a parent came. Then, my son finished his race and came to me and said, "Mommy, I WON!" Yes! Yes, you absolutely won!
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best way to start little ones As a rider myself I understand the concept of forward progression and balance. We started our 18 month old boy on a Strider and within a few tries he grasped the idea. Now on our 2nd child she has reached the same age this time for our little girl we again chose the Strider with its low stand over height, easy adjustments and of course it's pink color we are excited to watch Team Walter stride together!
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect intro to a love of bikes Our son started riding his strider around age 2, and after a bit of scooting around slowly, he started to figure out the 'stride'. That's when we were really sold. He is able to cruise on this little thing so fast I need a bike myself to keep up. His balance skills are incredible. Its light weight enough for a toddler to maneuver easily, the tires are solid so we never have to worry about flats. Its one of his favorite activities, especially since we are avid bikers, so he feels like he can join in the family fun. I can also stick it in the basket of my chariot bike trailer for when he gets tired.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Balance Bike! I got the Strider Sport (12") for my 2 year old Nephew "D", and he loved it the moment it was put together! Instantly deciding it was time to get on any play, as well as consider it his Motorcycle! He improves his skills in balance every time he uses it, and will probably be riding a bike by summer time with how well he's doing! I am considering getting the bigger Strider Sport for myself now! Considering it's been 18 years since I could last ride a back, and the last time I attempted to I had terrible balance and got scared! Great quality, awesome bike, quick to put together and just get up and move. I wish I could have had something like this when my oldest four kiddos were smaller!
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great first bike! After watching the Strider race in Pittsburgh PA on 6/6/16, we immediately came home and purchased a Sport model. Our 3 year old daughter loves the look of it (it is pink) and she eagerly hopped on. It is very light and she had no problem moving it. Yesterday we took her to a vacant parking lot for her first real attempt, and she quickly learned how to get around on it. We hope to skip the painful training wheels phase using this Strider Balance Bike.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Parent Approved and Kid Tested First Bike I’ll be honest. This is not his first bike. But it is the first bike he can actually ride. All other bikes that we have either been given or bought have all been too heavy for him to ride. He just wasn’t strong enough. Not so with the Strider bike. We love this Strider Sport Balance Bike – my son jumped on it and is starting to pick up his feet to balance. Soon he’ll be bombing down the street with his feet up. In no time, he’ll graduate to a bike with pedals. That is why the Strider balance bike is so awesome – it will help my Little Man be able to ride a pedal bike before he’s three. Amazing! We actually used this method with my Princess. But she was five! We simply took off the pedals of her existing bike and she learned to ride it by balancing. My son could never be strong enough to do this with his big boy bike in the garage. This is why I am so glad that Strider sent this bike for us to review. The Strider Sport Balance Bike has some amazing features I love: Handlebar – this smaller handlebar is great for my Little Man’s small hands. Wheels – the lightweight wheels make maneuvering this balance bike so easy for my guy. Plus, the tires don’t need air and will never go flat! Seat – our Sport model incuded an XL seat for kids 3+ but my Little Man loves this seat more. I love that the seat is adjustable and will grow with him {plus, you don’t need tools to adjust it!} Footrest – though he has not yet used this feature yet, I am sure when he gets even more comfortable on his balance bike he will be resting his feet and coasting along, Our only problem right now is that he always wants to go outside to ride his bike. Always. So in this Fall rainy weather, when I don’t want to stand in the rain, I am stuck making him happy.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the money for a quality product! ! $ I bought this for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday & she loves it!!!
Date published: 2014-11-17
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