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Strider ST-4

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The Strider ST-4 was created to get your toddler safely rolling on two wheels through its confidence-inspiring design. The little "no-pedal balance bike" is perfect for youngsters ranging in age from 18 months to five years old.

With a wheel in front and one in the back, along with a low seat and something to grab ahold of, the ST-4 provides a stable starting point for small children. The really small kids start by just walking along while straddling the bike, and as they develop coordination and confidence, the ST-4's design allows them to begin rolling without their feet on the ground. This is the transition that training wheels don't provide — placing too much emphasis on learning to pedal, rather than developing balance and motor skills first.

As your little rider develops and grows, so too does the Strider. At just 6.7 pounds, the ST-4 features an adjustable saddle and handlebar, as well as durable EVA polymer tires that never need air. The Strider's frame has been coated on either side of the rear wheel, providing a grippy and intuitive "launchpad" footrest for the rider who is comfortable rolling without feet. The little grips and handlebar were designed for a child's small hands, and the weatherproof "mini-saddle" provides proper sizing and posture for kids.

The Strider ST-4 is available in one size and in the colors Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Red, and Yellow.

Tech Specs

Recommended Use:
learning to ride

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Genius idea

    I bought this for my kid when he was about 2 1/2 years old. He loved walking with it, but it took a little longer than I expected until he would sit on the seat and start to "Stride". Once it clicked he couldn't get enough. Now he's 3 1/2 and rides it over a mile per day. The tires are bald and the front wheel is tacoed because he left it behind my car in the driveway and I accidentally backed over it.
    I can't believe it took this long for someone to come up with such a simple idea. I didn't start riding a 2 wheeled bike until I was 6.

    2 year old still learning

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My two year old is still learning to ride. I think he wants it all to work right away for him, so it's been frustrating that he'll get excited, put his helmet on, and two minutes later say 'All Done' because he's not moving like he sees daddy on a big bike. He's still getting the hang of it, and I know if he used it more it will be great (I've seen many success stories from the other kids in the neighborhood), but I feel like the block is more my parenting by showing him with a real bike than any balance bike issue. Anyway, he's two, he'll figure it out.

    Learn to ride

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought this for my Niece, for her 3rd birthday. She loves it! This bike has really has helped her find her balance on a bike and i'm sure it will show when she graduates to a big girl bike. If you don't want to ever have to mess around with training wheels, buy a strider and skip the training wheel disaster!

    Learn to ride


      I bought this bike for my 2 year old and I must say that it has been great. Some of the strider bikes I have bought in the past have lacked durability. The increase in durability and adjust-ability makes this a far superior bike.

      Getting the hang of it

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Since we got this for our little boy, we can't go in or out of the garage without him pointing and saying "bite" over and over. He's 20 months old and doesn't quite have the balance part down yet, but he's getting there and loves it.

      Haven't had too many crashes yet, but it seems durable and is easy to adjust/assemble. Can't wait till he can really tear around on this thing.

      Getting the hang of it

      my daughter started riding this at 2.5

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      everyday to daycare.

      by 3.5 she was riding a two wheel pedal bike on her own. a balance bike teaches bike riding, not a tricycle. we loved it so much and passed it on to our neighbor. it handled quite a few crashes with ease (purposefully done by our girl who likes danger). a terrific bike.

      we're a fan.

      This thing is amazing

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My son is not yet a year and half old but he already loves his Strider. In fact, we have to hide it at times or that is the only thing he wants to do. Since this was a Christmas present, he is only able to ride indoors now but he will be at full speed once the snow melts. It is amazing to see how quickly young children gain the biking skills and confidence that it took us all years to get with training wheels. I recommend the Strider to anybody ready to get their little ones on two wheels.

      Avg. ride time: 3h 10m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      My bike! My bike!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My daughter is almost 2 yrs old and has been using her Strider for about 5 months now. At first she would just hop on and I would have to help steer and keep it balanced. But it wasn't long until she got it on her own. She now throws her leg over and can take off up the driveway on her own. Her favorite thing now, is put her feet up and let dad push her and go fast! It won't be much longer until she will be cruising with her feet up on her own. Also its puts a smile on dad's face when we are hanging out in the garage and she starts yelling"'my bike, my bike!" and wants to go for a ride!

      Now as for the bike, it is a solid built bike with an great adjustable seat that should work for a while, and that won't be outgrown like most everything else for kids these days. The foot rest are a great addition to let kids keep there feet up. Just make sure they don't have on fancy shoes because they will scrape the toes!

      Its a great fun toy that has been consistently used since she first started playing with it. I do believe it will be a great stepping stone to riding a pedal bike and skipping the tricycle or training wheels.

      My bike! My bike!

      Upgrade the big wheel

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I don't regret starting the kid out on a big wheel, but the Strider is a different beast altogether. My boy is 2 years old and he's going to start bike racing on his Strider next month.


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Great for teaching kids how to balance and make the transition to a full-size bike. These are super versatile and can be ridden all over. Skatepark, dirt, street - you name it.

      The Best!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      The idea of this bike is genius! My niece and nephew had their Strider bikes since before they could walk. They figured out how to ride and 2 months ago, at 3 years old they learned to ride a 2 wheel bike with pedals in about 10 minutes. Their Strider bikes held up just fine and did the job they were meant to do.

      You may want to invest in some shoes with a good toe as these 2 kids would drag their toes to stop. And don't forget the helmet!

      What helmet do you suggest for a two year old?

      Essential Kid Gear

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Call me a believer. After 2 1/2 years on a Strider, my 5-year old figured out how to balance and pedal on a big bike in less that 1/2 hour. Her old pink one went to a cousin, and the boy got a new green one. The Strider is fun at the park, at the 'Cross races, and on the trail. It's light, simple, and durable. I've looked at other balance bikes that are more fully-featured, with pneumatic tires, handbrakes, and better headsets, but those things add weight and expense. Many also lack the footrests that are very handy once the kid learns to balance and coast. The ST-4 makes some good improvements over earlier versions. Cartridge bearings in the wheels are smoother, the handlebars and grips are smaller-diameter and gain a pad, the hard saddle is better-sized & more durable, and quick releases and the stem and seatpost make tool-free size adjustments easy. Kids who spend time outside will get lots of use out of a Strider.

      Essential Kid Gear