Get your Strider bike!
Stoked: I am now a Strider dealer.
These little balance bikes are the safest, funnest, most cost effective way for kids to learn riding skills. By eliminating the drivetrain, Striders teach kids to balance first (and pedal later). And: With their sweet little footrests, Striders allow kids to ride feet-up, which leads to pump. And we all know pump leads to lifelong awesomeness.
I won’t be able to build my Strider pages until after the holidays, but email me if you want one now. I’ll get you pricing, and we’ll get you taken care of.
Wow, there’s already a lot of interest. Here’s the process:
– Send me your address, desired color (pink, yellow, green, orange, blue or red) and desired shipping service (ground, two day or next day).
– I’ll send you a Paypal invoice. You can pay with a credit card or Paypal balance.
– I’ll get your bike ordered and on its way! The guys at Strider can move fast and get you dialed for Christmas.
My little guy is 18 months old and getting his first trike for Christmas. What is the minimum size/age range that you would recommend for a Strider?
Strider says kids can start around 1.
– Basically, if they can walk they can straddle the bike and scoot around.
– The Strider’s seat gets down to 11 inches off the ground. I’d say if your kid’s inseam is more than about 13 inches, you’re good to go.
Knowing what I know, I’d start a kid on a Strider rather than a trike. Trikes teach seated pedaling and steering through corners. Striders teach standing balance and leaning through corners. Those skills apply better to life — and riding. My girls are definitely starting on Striders.
That said, your kid will love his trike. All wheels are good wheels!
Striders are great! I started my son off on a strider bike (well actually a tiny regular bike with cranks/bb/pedals/chain removed) when he was 2½. He’d scoot that thing to the top of a bike path near our house, turn around and put his feet up and holler all the way down! Dad was Stoked (note capital S)! He then one day at 3½ said he wanted to pedal like dad so I reattached the cranks/bb/pedals/chain and helped him get rolling two or three times and that was it, he pedalled around happy as can be. At least for him, first learning how to balance on a strider made learning how to ride a bike easy and most importantly fun.
I witnessed the neighbor kid use a strider-type bike while he was 2, and before his 3rd b-day he pedaled a pedal bike.
There are a few brands out there, and I think I recall one of them had a shorter seat-to-ground height than all the others.
I believe the Strider is the lowest at 11 inches. If not, it’s one of the lowest.
Whoo hoo! I just sent out the first bike. A sweet red one for an 18-month-old dude.
Kids learn to rip sooo fast on them, we have a few kids with rip the skate park and pump tracks around whistler on them.
The Specialized Hotwalks ones are soo pimp!!
I taught my kids to ride with this method (I only removed the pedals, not the whole drivetrain). First read about it on Sheldon Brown’s website. Empty church parking lot with the far end slightly raised so they could coast down under control, with a handbrake. After a few tries, they were good to go.