A child can learn to ride a bike sooner and safer with a Strider™. Designed for children ages 18 months – 5 years, the patented Strider™ Balance Bike holds several advantages over traditional beginner’s bikes. The Strider™ will:
- Teach balance and coordination
- Give the child a head start on an active lifestyle
- Increase child mobility, allowing parents more freedom
Children develop essential motor skills early in life. Pediatricians agree that learning balance and coordination, as part of regular, everyday activities like exercise, can enhance a child’s growth and development.
The Strider™ helps a child develop balance, coordination, spatial awareness and a glittering sense of accomplishment and confidence. Tricycles and bikes with training wheels don’t. Traditional beginner bicycles place too much of the focus on learning to pedal -- skimping on the development of your child’s balance and basic motor skills. Tricycles are heavy, clunky and difficult for kids to control.
Bike riding becomes a breeze when you teach your child balance and coordination before pedaling. The Strider™ No-Pedal Balance Bike takes pedaling out of the mix so kids can concentrate solely on learning balance, which takes more practice. Pedaling is a secondary skill that is easily learned within a few short minutes. Our first test rider -- after riding a Strider™ prototype for only six months -- was riding a two-wheel pedal bike without training wheels at age three.
Many parents tell us the Strider™ has allowed their child to make a safe, speedy and smooth transition into a pedal bike. Your child can share this same experience, too.
I just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful bike! I bought a Strider for my son, then 18 months, and he took to it in no time! Now he is 2 years 10 months and he has been riding a bike with no training wheels for the last 2 months. I tell everyone that the Strider was, by far, my favorite investment I have made for my son.
Even tiny little children, before the age of two, are drawn to the Strider . At first, kids will grab the handlebars, straddle the bike and walk without ever sitting down on the seat. And they’re completely stable: two-wheels and two feet firmly on the ground, two-hands firmly bracing the handlebars. Very quickly, kids learn to sit down, push with their feet and zip right along as they balance on two wheels. Plastic push toys, scooters, tricycles and training wheels can’t do this.
Here's a video describing the disadvantages of stabilisers and why balance bikes are the best way to teach your kids balance an coordination first:
With a Strider , your child will become significantly more mobile, able to explore a whole new world under their own power, and on two-wheels! Take your child's Strider to an outdoor gathering, a nearby park, or anywhere else you walk. No more dawdling. No more in and out of the pram. Not only will your child easily be able to keep pace, s/he might actually end up leading the way! And you’ll enjoy an invigorating walk without a pram!