One of the first companies that I had the chance to work with on this blog was Strider Sports. They let me review one of their Strider PREbikes. For a while, Ethan utterly refused to go near it, but eventually he relented, hopped on and has been happily riding it ever since. You can read my earlier posts about the bike here and here. For those of you who are new to Strider PREbikes or my blog- these are small bicycles without pedals. They're designed to be used by kids ages 1-5 and can be used as soon as your child can walk! Since there are no pedals to deal with, your child can more easily learn to balance the bike and push along, and when he or she is bigger, he/she should be able to transition to a full-sized bike and not need training wheels, since he/she has the balance and pushing part figured out already!
Ethan's now a little over three years old, but he's not even on the charts for height and weight. So he's a little tiny guy, but he has no problem handling this bike. He loves to ride it in the courtyard behind our building or out front on the sidewalk. He has had no problems with balancing the bike after the first few days that he rode it, and he's been gaining confidence and going faster all the time. I don't think he's fallen over or dropped the bike since the first week he rode it, way back last winter.
|Crunching leaves with his bike|
We're thinking about lowering the seat again so that our 17-month-old, Vivian can start trying it out for herself. She's been walking for months and is fairly coordinated (for a one year old!), so I think she's ready to give it a shot. And she's desperate to get on the bike and ride, and follows Ethan around and tries to climb on it all the time when he's riding. I think we're going to have another "learning to share" experience in our future.
If your little one is ready to be mobile, but isn't quite ready for a full-sized bike with pedals, definitely take a look at Strider bikes. We've been so pleased with ours- it really is easy to ride and it's a quality, well-constructed, sturdy bike.
Disclosure: I received a bike for Ethan over a year ago and just wanted to write and update on how we feel about this product! All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.