Strider Balance Bikes – Best Balance Bike, Ever.

August 16, 2012

We started out when Andrew was about 2. I had read a lot of reviews online about balance bikes, and the importance of learning to balance before pedaling – and my husband and I decided to splurge and spend the money on a balance bike rather than purchasing a tricycle.

What’s a Balance Bike?

A balance bike is a bike for toddlers, ages 1-5 with a much smaller frame, made specifically for toddlers – but it has NO pedals.

green balance bikeYour toddler simply uses their feet to scoot themselves along – and quickly and effectively learns the art of balancing – and riding the bike.

Bike riding becomes a breeze when you teach your child balance and coordination before pedaling.  The STRIDER™ takes pedaling out of the mix so that kids can concentrate solely on learning balance, which takes more practice.  Pedaling is a secondary skill that kids can easily learn within a few short minutes.
Our Story:

After purchasing a non-strider balance bike for Andrews 2nd birthday – we quickly realized that not all balance bikes are created equal.

Within 5 minutes of putting the bike together, we knew that the bike we purchased was not going to work.  The bike weighed over 15lbs and my little guy was not even able to pull the bike from laying on the ground.

orange balance bike

So we returned that bike, and did a little more research. What we had discovered – was the BEST Balance Bike for toddlers – made by Strider Sports.

strider balance bike logo

Strider Bikes are only 6.4 pounds! My 1 1/2 yr old can lift it – and my 3 1/2 year old can load the bike into the trunk!

boy with bike in the trunk

I read a lot about the Strider on their website – and watched all the videos – and my husband and I were totally convinced that it was the coolest bike we could possibly get.  So – I ordered one!  It was the best gift we could have given.

toddler with bike

I knew that Andrew loved his Strider so much that we would need a second one for Ethan this summer.

Ethan has had his Strider bike now for about two weeks – and is still ‘walking’ the bike along – but I’m sure before the snow flies, he’ll be pushing himself on it at least a little.balance bike

I honestly recommend this bike to all of my friends, and to anyone that asks about it.  We get asked about the bike EVERY time that we take a walk/stroll through the park – and it usually takes them a few seconds to understand that there are no pedals.

boy learning to ride a bike

Best part of it all? Last week, Andrew transitioned smoothly from his Strider to a pedal bike.  It took ONE day, and was seamless.  *HE* was the one that was asking to ride the big boy bike – and just TOOK off on it!

You can learn more about Strider Bikes by visiting them Online at www.stridersports.com and follow them on Facebook, or watch more videos on their YouTube Channel.

 

Comments

  1. Ethan is so cute! I do not have any children yet, but it took me forever as kid to learn how to ride a bike!

  2. Heather Augenstein says:

    Never heard of these b4. Thanks for this info!

  3. Wow! I didn’t even know that they made anything like that. That is just so cool! It would really make it much easier to lean to just peddle later. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sandy VanHoey says:

    These are so cool. We need one for my grandson

  5. heidi crowley says:

    Thanks for the great review, ive been on the fence about getting on of these. Now I will definitely be getting one.

  6. I really hope I win this. I dont have the best luck lol

  7. it’s like a scooter bike. neat!

  8. Yamaha Sponsored Strider Rider- Korbyn

  9. Natalie S says:

    This is such a neat concept! I would love this for my 2 and 4 year old boys!

  10. These are so neat. Love the concept.

  11. I have heard WONDERFUL things about this!

    Maureen
    maureen.tenney@gmail.com

  12. Marcy Taylor says:

    Very cool! I had no idea they really promoted balance that well.

  13. This is great for my grandson that doesn’t know how to use pedals yet! Love the green, too!

  14. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    What a great way to teach a child about balance!

  15. SHEILA tf says:

    Great review and can only say I agree with you completely. I recently purchased one for my nephew and love it-very well built.

  16. OMG this is such a great idea!

  17. Karyn Lohmeyer says:

    I REALLY need one of these for my grand-daughter!

  18. I have seen these bikes in action and love them. It took me forever to learn to ride a bike without training wheels. This is a great solution!!

  19. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I love this bike to help the little ones out. my grandchildren would have fun with this

  20. Julie Ghrist says:

    These seem like a really great way to learn to ride a bike. I would love to win one for my son!

  21. Oh, the things they come up with! Seriously though, my niece has one and just loves it. Helps a lot with that fear of falling that comes with riding bikes. Can’t wait to get my daughter one! Or just win this one!

  22. I thought it was a kind of crazy thing when Amy first told me about it, but I’ve seen the bits with them and they love them! I would love to get one for my baby when he gets around that age too! My husband especially loves the idea.

  23. Charlotte V. says:

    This bike is too neat! The perfect bike to ride just starting out! By the way the video is too cute! He scared me a couple times because I thought he was going to wipe out but look at him go!! Little Speedy Gonzales!!!

  24. i have seen so many kids learn hwo to ride a bike with the strider.. i would LOVE to own one of these for my 2 yo!

  25. My youngest wants to keep up with his big brother! This would be the best gift for my active little boy.

  26. Trisha W. says:

    I’ve been hearing about these bikes a lot lately. I would love to test one out on my kids and see what they think of the pedal-less trainer bikes.

  27. kelley wood says:

    these look really neat 🙂

  28. wow–what a great bike–my son is turning 3 next month and this would be a great toy for him–love it 🙂

  29. Deb McGee says:

    My nephew turned 3 in March, and this product would be perfect for teaching him how to ride a bike.

  30. christine jessamine says:

    this is such a cute bike, great for little children. great giveaway

  31. What an awesome bike!

  32. carol gentry says:

    This is such a great bike.

  33. This bike would be great for my grandson to learn balance on

  34. Monique Rizzo says:

    My nephew had one of these and loved it!
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  35. My son is 2.5 and two of his older friends have balance bikes and they LOVE them. I just KNOW he will want one of his own soon!

  36. I think this is a really great product an really want to get on for my daughter

  37. susan varney says:

    what a womderful gift this would be for my grandson

  38. This looks like it will make learnking to ride a bike MUCH easier – why didn’t someone think of this sooner! Way cool!

  39. I have been wanting one of these for my daughter. I firmly believe this is the best and safest way for a preschooler to learn to ride a bike.

  40. LOVE the idea with these bikes, perfect. always hated training wheels. thanks!!!

  41. Kimberly Schotz says:

    My granddaughter would love this
    Kims2312@verizon.net

  42. Christina C says:

    I would LOVE this for my son. Have had my eye on this exact bike for a long time!

  43. Cassandra Eastman says:

    This is such a great idea, I remember as a kid my shins getting all skinned up from the pedals when I was learning how to ride my bike! Would love one for my 3 year old!

  44. Joye Rast says:

    My grandson loves his Strider Bike and now with another grandson we need another one.

  45. Debbie Ellis says:

    This would be great for my Grandson, he would love it. Really cute.

  46. totally want this for my son! I have a friend who has one and she raves about how great it is!!!! would love to have one!

  47. Heidi Daily says:

    This would make a great first bike for my daughter!

  48. Amanda N. says:

    Oh my goodness! I SO want to get one for my little guy…but they’re just so expensive! …and his birthday’s in the middle of winter so I feel guilty buying one then when he can’t use it for 5 months. 🙁

  49. Jacqui Odell says:

    My son would love this!

  50. I’d love to win this. My kids are having such a hard time learning with the peddles on.

  51. I’ve never heard of this before. It seems like it would give the kids confidence while learning to ride! Sounds like a wonderful product!

  52. would love this for my son

  53. Laura Miller says:

    My daughter has one of these in pink. She LOVES it!!! She has gotten so good at balancing and even zooms downhill now!

  54. heidi crowley says:

    I have been on the fence about getting one if these, if I don’t win this one I will definitely be saving to get one fir my son

  55. This would be perfect for my 2 1/2 yr old daughter.

  56. heidi crowley says:

    I have been wanting one of these bike for my kids. Thanks fir the reveiw if I don’t win it I will be purchasing it. Thanks

  57. Carrie Finney says:

    I wish I knew about these with my daughter she is 9 and still having trouble balancing with her bike.

  58. Would love this for my niece!

  59. Would love this for my son!

  60. Jaime Nicole says:

    That’s so cool that there are no pedals! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  61. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    this bike is so neat, would love to win one for my grandson

  62. Robyn Galloway says:

    I have really been wanting to get one of these for my 2.5 yr old, I know he would love it!

  63. good idea

  64. saph@frugalwifeblog says:

    I’ve been wanting one for my kids!! I hope I win!

  65. I would love to have this for my almost 2.5yr old daughter!

  66. I’d love one for my son!

  67. V is getting a little big for his tricycle, so this would be great!

  68. Monica Lee says:

    I would love one for my 1 1/2 year old so its easier for him to transition to a pedal bike

  69. this looks so awesome and i would love to see what a balance bike does

  70. would love this for our 4 year old grandson…he would love it!

  71. What a neat bike! My husband and I are enchanted with your little guy riding around and having so much fun. We’re planning a family now and this bike will be perfect for our child. 🙂

  72. This would be a great gift for my son, he is turning one next weekend. He loves to go for bike rides in his trailer this would be the next step up.

  73. My niece would love this. Thankyou, Ken

  74. Addison Kat says:

    I’d love to get this for my daughter. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  75. I’ve never seen one of these before. I think my son would love it!

  76. This is a great review and explains the purpose of a balance bike. I didn’t get the point of them before but now I want one!

  77. Jessica Carnaggio says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I have never heard of this bike before.

  78. Mommyofone Shanna says:

    These balance bikes are so neat – would love to have one =)

  79. Laura Jacobson says:

    Oh these look so neat! Carter has such a hard time trying to pedal, yet wants to play and ride with the older kids. Something like this would be so helpful and what a great way to teach them to balance on two wheel bikes!

  80. Audra Weathers says:

    My daughter would love one of these. I like the idea of her getting her “balance” by using one of these before getting a bike with training wheels.

  81. I can just imagine how much fun my nephy would have on this bike

  82. michelle hall says:

    too cool. would love one for my 3 year old!

  83. my 3 year old would LOVE this!

  84. What a great concept. I would love this for my son.

  85. what a great way to transition into a big bike without a need for training wheels

  86. This is so cool! I’d love to get something like this for my neice. What a great idea,no peddles just balance. Thanks for the cool giveaway! 🙂

  87. Laura Jacobson says:

    This is my tweet link for 9/11. My copy and paste didnt work. 🙁
    https://twitter.com/Ilovemybeagle2/status/245537136294633472

  88. I’d love my daughter to try this

  89. Marla Bland says:

    I learned to ride a bike fairly young and so did my children. This would be great for my grandson!

  90. Jodi Kershuk says:

    This is a great idea to teach kids balance.

  91. My son could sure use this bike! Thanks for the chance.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  92. Paula Tavernie says:

    This sounds awesome my grandson could really use this!!!!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  93. Kirby McCauley says:

    My daughter may only be a year old, but I would love to get prepared for this milestone!

  94. Looks like an awesome bike, would love to have one for my son.

  95. looks like a great way to learn!

  96. Thanks for the giveaway, awesome way to learn balance for the little ones.

  97. This would be great for my son & I love the color.

  98. Jill Myrick says:

    My son has been asking for a bike but I am still not sure. I think that this would be much better for him to learn on.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  99. Alicia Jaromin says:

    What a great idea! Wish id had this for my son but would love to try it with my daughter!

  100. Michael Drew says:

    Who needs pedals when it’s hard enough just to balance on two wheels!

  101. My son got his Strider for his 2nd birthday. He is almost 6 now, and still riding it. He has abused this thing to no end, and after 4 years of daily abuse, I don’t think I am going to be able to pass it down to his sister when she is ready for one this year, but I got my money’s worth ten times over! Best bike EVER!

  102. Richard Hicks says:

    love this bike….perfect for the 1st bike and learning the ropes

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  103. My daughter would be so happy to get this, she wants to learn how to ride her bike by herself and this would be perfect for her to try and learn

  104. My son would love this he wants to ride a bike like his big brother this would be perfect for him

  105. My son would go nuts over this!

  106. The balance bikes look like a great training tool.

  107. I think the balance bikes are great – better for teaching to ride a regular bike

  108. This would be perfect for my little one – and it looks sturdy enough to take all the abuse a little boy can throw at it!

  109. Amy Carlson says:

    This would be great for my daughter. I think it is an excellent way to learn to ride a bike since they naturally try to learn this way anyhow!

  110. My son wouold love this bike – he loves green and he wants a bike to ride with his friends

  111. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Think my grandkids would love this
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  112. i need this for my son

  113. I’ve seen my neighbor with his bike and they are great! I love the way it actually helps with gaining their balance!

  114. Love this bike!

  115. cynthia layton says:

    would love one for my 3 y/o daughter

  116. Candice Hull says:

    I have been wanting to get one of these for my youngest. He has his brother’s old tricycle, but he won’t pedal and so I think the balance bike would be great to teach him without the extra wheel
    thank you

  117. Shirley Hicks says:

    these are so neat..my grandaughter needs one of these

  118. cassandra (rab pom) says:

    I have never heard of these bikes before but my nephew is about to learn how to ride so this would be awesome!!! 🙂

  119. Thank you for the great opportunity!

  120. Kerrie Mayans says:

    This is such a great idea. So much better to learn on than a pedal bike.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

  121. My twins would love this!

  122. This would be perfect for my son! Such a great product!

  123. Brittney House says:

    This would be perfect for my son!

  124. This bike would be great for my kids to learn how to ride

  125. i would get this for my daughter
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

  126. Roberta Horn says:

    I would love to get one of these for my youngest daughter. My two older ones did not have one.

  127. Kathy Pease says:

    these are so cute and a great starter before the pedal bikes

  128. We are shopping for one of these for my son. This would be so awesome to win!

  129. This would be great for my 3 year old!

  130. I would love to get this for my grandson!

  131. Angela Neynaber says:

    This would be great for my daughter. Thanks so much.

  132. great for my neice and newphew ty.

  133. My little one would love this, she keeps telling me she needs a big girl bike

  134. susan smoaks says:

    our son is ready to start learning but not ready for a regular bike yet, this would be perfect for him. i didn’t even know these were available!

  135. This is such a cool idea.

  136. christal c w says:

    I like that they can learn without the peddals hitting themin the legs

  137. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    That’s such a cool color of green! If I won I know my nephew would LOVE this!

  138. We got one of these bikes for my little grandson when he was 1 1/2. He took off on it right away, and has about worn the tires off it! He loves it!

  139. Laura Unger says:

    I would love to win this for my son, he’s having a hard time learning to ride a bike.

  140. Robert Pyszk says:

    This bike is awesome and stylish

  141. shanta spradlin says:

    This would be great for my son. He would love this.

  142. I think my son would love this for our nightly walks!

  143. Brenda Elsner says:

    My son would love this!!

  144. Richard Hicks says:

    cheer Alana Nichols

  145. Caitlin McClure says:

    My son would love this!

  146. Jennifer Williams says:

    My kids would love this!

  147. Teresa Thompson says:

    I would love to have this for my granddaughter.

  148. Sarah Yurga says:

    My nephew would think I was the coolest if I could give this to him!

  149. jessica schueler says:

    This would be a great Bike for my little nephews
    schueler.jessica@yahoo.com

  150. I would love to win this for my daughter, thanks!

  151. Tammy Greer says:

    My nephew is 3 and could really use this bike. Love it!

    LuckyTJG at cs dot com

  152. One of the girls at my daughters daycare has this bike and it got me interested. My daughter is trying to learn to ride a bike, but even with the training wheels, I’ve noticed that balance is an issue. I would love to try this with her!

  153. My kids would like this

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