|Give your kids a head start on learning balance and control of a two-wheeler! The Strider™ running bike eliminates the need for a tricycle or training wheels and offers your child a vehicle he or she can have a blast riding for years. The Strider™ develops muscles, coordination, motor skills, and endurance… all under the guise of sheer fun!|
Description of a Strider bike:
Super light. Less that 7 pounds (about 1/3 the weight of a typical 12″ pedal bike with training wheels).
Unique frame design has integrated Launch Pad™ footrests for gliding and learning advanced riding skills.
Puncture-proof all-terrain tires with sealed bearings and 5/16″ steel axles.
Durable welded steel frame and handlebars
1 year warranty against manufacturing defects
Adjustable handlebar and seat height to fit riders from 30″ to 44″ tall
Saddle height adjusts from 11″ to 16″ from ground)
Paint certified to be significantly below the CA Prop. 65 limits for heavy metal content, including lead.
Available in 6 colors (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and pink)
Rider weight limit of 50 pounds.
Emma’s Strider PREbike arrived just in the nick of time for Christmas. “Santa” was prepared for a night of assembly when he opened the box to find this nice surprise! The bike was only in 4 pieces! After checking out the instructions he sat down to assemble Emma’s first bike. In no time at all he had this…
I noticed immediately the small stature of the bike and the low placement of the seat. Emma is a small 4 year old and I had worried that maybe even a PREbike would be too big for her, but this was sized perfectly. With the adjustable seat she even has growing room. We have tried tricycles with her and even though she loves hers, she eventually will fall and get hurt (every time she rides).
The frame is very sturdy, the wheels a nice solid piece. It’s not exactly plastic, but it is a puncture proof material. The handle bars can be adjusted for height (plenty of growing room) and the seat also moves up and down.
I know if you have never heard of a balance bike you are thinking “Why on earth would you put that much money into a PREbike when you can buy a bike with training wheels and brakes?”.
The original motivation for the creation of the Strider™ running bike was to provide a safe and easy transition to a pedal bicycle. Obviously, ease of control had to be critical for our targeted rider group of 1-5 year olds. The first requirement was a LOW seat height and center of gravity so our tiny riders felt safe; our seat height starts as low as 11 inches, allowing even the shortest of legs to reach the ground. Control is also aided by the low, straight handlebar design which allows the small rider to reach forward rather than up. That same handlebar design helps the child lift the bike over obstacles because he or she can pull up on the bars with better leverage. As the young rider becomes more accomplished, the foot rest provides a place for both feet as the child coasts down hills. (Placing both feet on the optional brake lever also provides an opportunity at the bottom of the hill to create a great skidmark, which our young test riders really love!) And finally, our low seat, low handlebars, and low center of gravity all combine to build confidence in riders. They soon learn to sit and push hard with their feet to attain speed and at the same time lengthen their stride. Hence, the name of our vehicle, the Strider™. At speed, a small child’s stride will go from approximately 2 feet when running on foot to 6 feet or more when running on a Strider™. This means they’re riding 3 times faster than they can run.
Tricycles tip over, scrape ankles, and have terrible pedal leverage ratios. Training-wheeled bicycles are tall, heavy, tippy, complex, and downright scary for really young riders. Both have great potential for injury. Not true with the Strider™. Due to the low center of gravity, low seat height, low handlebars, and light weight, the rider has much better control. The absence of pedals, sprockets, chain, and cables further reduce the likelihood of injury. The Strider™ is the ‘right tool for the job’.
Emma was excited to receive this bike for Christmas, but with it being so cold outside she hasn’t put it to the ultimate test outside… yet. She was eager to jump right on and was pretty wobbly and unsure of herself at first (see photos above). BUT, I knew our long living room would come in handy one day. We move the coffee table out of the way so she can ride and in just a few short weeks Emma is practically coasting from one side of the living room to the other!
My husband and I are very impressed with the progress Emma has made on the Strider and we both agree that a larger bike with training wheels, peddles and brakes would not have been a good start for her. They are too big and have too many things to learn at once. Balance and confidence are the first and most important things for them to learn when riding a bike. We are pretty sure that with continued riding (and she rides EVERY day in the living room) she may be ready to take on a “big girl” bike in no time! No rush, though… she loves her STRIDER!
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