Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes.
They’re pretty awesome!
Mimi is at an age where she’s still too little to ride a bike and still has a bit of trouble trying out the pedals on a bike with training wheels. When we had the opportunity to try out the Strider bike, we were stoked and Mimi of course–was over the moon! If you aren’t familiar with no-pedal balance bikes, they’re pretty cool.
The STRIDER™ Balance Bike teaches children balance and coordination in a secure learning situation. The bike’s low seating allows children to place both feet firmly on the ground, providing them confidence and control. The STRIDER™’ light weight adds to this feeling of control. Because kids feel secure, their natural curiosity kicks in and they quickly learn to steer and to balance. They are not afraid, but enthusiastic and eager to try new skills and to push themselves.
One of the great things about Strider is that the bike is very lightweight. It weighs less than 7 pounds and it comes in a box, semi-assembled. It was super easy assembling the bike and in about 10 minutes, her new bike was ready for some action. You can get this baby for $124.99 which, to me, is pretty affordable since they can get years of use and fun out of it!
Made For Kids.
The bike has a quick-lever on both the seat and handlebars so that you can adjust the bike perfectly to your child. The bike frame is sturdy and good quality. By that, I mean it looks like a strong mountain bike, even though it’s super tiny. Not to mention, the bike comes in a gorgeous pink and Mimi loved that.
Ready to Launch.
The Launchpad footrest is pretty cool and when your child gets comfortable they can rest their feet on it and glide! The EVA polymer tires are ready for the road and never have to inflated and they’re puncture proof. After a few weeks of riding this baby, I can see Mimi going out for some awesome fun! It can be ridden in the yard, on the bike path, in the woods, virtually anywhere you walk.
Spark Their Confidence.
One of my favorite things about this no-pedal balance bike is the fact that it has a very low seat. Which is easy-adjustable and since Mimi is a teeny one, this worked perfectly. Now, when my mother saw this bike she freaked out because it doesn’t have pedals or even a hand brake.
But, Strider researched various “stopping” methods as they relate to young children. In the end, in a panic situation, the natural instinct of children is to put their feet down. Even children capable of using a brake revert to planting their feet if they have to stop quickly.
I guess this would be the only downside to the design of this bike for some people but, Strider offers an optional hand brake option for those who feel need it.
See It In Action!
After seeing these little speedsters in action, I’m even more sold! I love how you can start off at 18 months and up until they are 5 years-old and that they come in 6 different colors. So, there’s one for everyone’s taste! It’s super cool that you can customize the bikes too, from handle bars, colored wheels and even snow skis for winter fun!
Ready for Action!
Michaela took to the Strider bike with no problem, the seat allowed her to sit comfortably and get a feel for it. The handle bars have a good grip so she was able to navigate perfectly. Soon enough, she was on the street and on the move.
Since it’s so close to Christmas, she asked if Santa had dropped it off and she was super excited and convinced he had. We played along and said, yes, she could test it out first.
Luckily, we still have decent weather and we were able to test out the Strider quite a few times. Come Spring, I think Mimi will be a little Evel Knievel. So far, it’s a hit and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Not to mention, she’ll love to be side by side with her sister who rides a bike in no time.
If Your Child Can Walk… Your Child Can Ride!
If you want more information about getting your child their own Strider bike, head on over to Strider’s Facebook page, here. You can also get the latest updates about events and cool pictures of kiddos enjoying their bikes!
Whispered Inspirations readers can get FREE SHIPPING on their new Strider bike purchases up until in Christmas! Just use the PROMO CODE, ‘WhisperedStrider’ at check-out and let Strider take care of the shipping!
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Have you ever tried a No-Pedal Balance Bike?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.