If your mini-me has more-or-less mastered walking, then it’s definitely time to get things rolling on the two-wheeled front. The Strider Kids’ PREBike Balance Bike teaches your little one balance and control without the learning curve associated with a pedal bike or the tip-over risks of a tricycle. The PREBike is designed for kids between 30 and 44 inches tall, and longer posts are available to fit bigger kids.
LaunchPad footrests help develop balance and gliding skills
EVA polymer tires won’t puncture, flat, or otherwise interfere with an afternoon of riding
Seatpost and handlebars are extendable to give your kid the perfect fit
Light weight makes it easier for smaller kids to pick up the bike and maneuver
Puncture-proof EVA polymer
starting them young
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I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
I purchased this for my grandson's first birthday so he could start learning to balance. My daughter is excited to try it our first with her 4 year old to help him learn to balance before removing the training wheels on his sidewalk bike.
Our 2.5 year old is just getting going on the bike. We had a Kazaam but I sold it because it was too heavy. The Strider is lighter and much easier to handle for our little guy. I highly recommend this bike.
Love the Strider. Such a smart and simple concept. Our four year old has been riding it before getting on a real two-wheeler and our two year old enjoys riding it as well. Love that it can accommodate kids across a wide age range. Very simple to assemble and well built. Definitely the way to go when teaching kids to ride a bike.
I bought this for my 2 year old son this summer. He spent about 3 weeks on it and had the balance down so we moved him to a pedal bike without training wheels. He jumped right on and pedaled away! We have all learned the hard way. This is way better then training wheels which teach the child to depend on them instead of balance.
The First "Test Drive" of his new wheels. It looks like he is doing what most little ones do when they first get on. First comes Walking, then comes scooting, and then comes Gliding. Hes liking it so far, I'll post another when he hits his first jump.
Purchased this bike for my son on his third birthday. He loved it and had no trouble keeping up with mom and dad on family bike rides. It was light weight and easy for him to handle. Bought him a normal bike on his fourth birthday and gave it to him without the training wheels, he was riding it with no problem in under five minutes.
Skip the training wheels. These guys have it right, first comes balance then comes pedaling. After watching our son, all the neighbors are purchasing balance bikes for their toddlers as well.
Our son loves his Strider! He started on it at a little over 2 yrs old and is now 3.5 yrs old.
We chose this bike because it is metal. After reading about other brands (and initially liking the look/style of another brand), we decided against it as it was wood. Another reason we chose this bike is because of the versatile frame size; other brands smallest size was too big for son. After 1.5 yrs of use, I am confident that this bike will be fine for our second son as well.
Honestly, our son loves this bike. We take it to the park, to go camping, etc. I have even taken my son on a little over a mile mountain bike ride on an easy trail. As a solid Strider rider, he loves to ride places that have a slight incline, so he has a place to glide.
Yes, the handle bars turn 180 degrees (maybe even 360 degrees), and yes, he took some spills, but he always got back on the bike and learned his lesson (perhaps with a few tears... but hey, that is how we learn).
It has been easy to adjust both the seats and handle bar as he has grown.
My one piece of feedback for Strider is to push the chain stay wider, as my son's shoes rub against his tires when he glides which slows/stops him. Maybe that is a good thing... ?
I wasn't sure how much my 3 year old would like this bike because she loves pedaling her trike so much, but here is a video of her first day in the dirt after only a couple times kicking up and down our driveway in.
Having ordered many things from Real Cyclist, I was disappointed by the quality of this product.
The molded plastic wheels didn't turn well and the tires have no traction at all. On sidewalk and pavement, they were slippery. This was a major safety concern to me. A speedy turn would be disasterous.
The headset was very, very stiff. It barely turned. This made it nearly impossible for my child to control the bike. Note: My child had ridden another brand and did not have this same problem.
Plastic. Plastic. Plastic. Only the frame and handlebars are made of metal. All other parts are plastic, including the grips, wheels, and tires.
Turn radius. Unlike with similar products, this bike has no control over turn radius. Translation: this bike could jack-knife at high speeds. Safety concern.
Frame. The frame itself is very nice. The size and dimensions are appropriate for ages 1-3 (my one-year-old can sit in the saddle, reach the bars, and touch feet to ground.
Grip tape on rear "chainstay" is in a great spot for a foot rest.
In all, I returned this bike because of quality issues discussed above. $99 was too much money for something that appeared unsafe, wasn't in good working condition, and didn't look like it would last beyond a few months.