Strider Bikes: Five Reasons to Get One for Your Child This Summer
If you’re anything like me (and other parents with little kids home this summer), you’re looking for engaging and active ways to keep your kids busy at home.
A Strider balance bike is one of the best investments you can make for your child - it teaches coordination, independence, and confidence.
We’ll cover the basics of balance bikes and five reasons more parents choose balance bikes over training wheels these days.
Let’s jump in!
What Are Strider Balance Bikes?
You’ve probably seen it - an impossibly tiny kid cruising around on a low-to-the-ground bike sans pedals.
Welcome to the world of balance bikes.
Believe it or not, balance bikes have been around since the early 1800s, but Strider Bikes’ founder Ryan McFarland is responsible for popularizing them in the U.S.
As an avid bicyclist and motorcyclist himself, he was frustrated by his young son’s struggles with clunky, hard-to-navigate tricycles. He jury-rigged a balance bike in his garage and was blown away by how well it helped his son gain the skills necessary to transition seamlessly to a ‘big kid bike’.
Balance bikes allow children as young as two to move around autonomously and begin to develop bicycling proficiency.
Many kids who start off on a balance bike at a young age are able to ride a ‘regular’ bicycle as early as 4, without the tears and skinned knees typically associated with the process of learning to ride.
Strider offers five different bicycle sizes. You can select the right size for your child based on their inseam length:
Within each size category you can choose from Classic, Sport, and Pro models, depending on your budget and preferences.
A Note About 2-in-1 Rocking Bikes:
As soon as your child can crawl, they’re ready to begin using a Strider 2-in-1 Rocking Bike to build, according to Strider’s website, “Balance, dexterity, cognitive ability, and spatial awareness.”
When this model is attached to its base, it functions like an extra-cool rocking horse.
When your child is ready, you can detach the base and use this tiny balance bike for on-the-go fun.
5 Reasons to Get A Strider Balance Bike for Your Child This Summer
Replace training wheels and tricycles in a fun and skill-building way.
Training wheels and tricycles might seem like a cheaper bike option for little kids, but they will handicap your child’s ability to move and keep them from developing the motor skills biking independently requires.
When it comes to Strider bikes vs. training wheels, it’s important to understand that training wheels are doing all of the balancing and correcting work for your child.
This means your child doesn’t have the opportunity to develop a sense of how to stay upright on an unsupported bike.
Your child is low to the ground on a balance bike, so they can use their feet to maintain stability.
Consequently, they’re safe AND responsible for their own balance, the ideal environment in which to learn how to control a bike.
As far as Strider bikes vs. tricycles, the main area of comparison is navigability.
Tricycles are hard to turn easily and often frustrating to little kids who want to move quickly.
They’re heavy and take up a lot of space, which makes them hard for both parents and kids to move and transport.
Balance bikes, on the other hand, are ultra lightweight, roll over curbs and obstacles with ease, and allow children to control their riding experience.
It’s important to ensure that your child always wears a Strider bike helmet when using their balance bike.
Removable pedals so your child’s bike grows with them.
‘Balance bikes sound great!’ you may be thinking. ‘But what do I do when my kid is ready for a real bike?’
Fortunately, Strider bikes with removable pedals are available, creating a seamless transition between phases for your child.
The process of installing and removing the pedals is very easy - no special skills or visits to the bike shop required.
The Strider 14” Sport Bike is an excellent option if you want to start your child off with a balance bike and add pedals once they’re ready.
Strider recommends that your child master the following skills before graduating to pedals:
- Can support all their weight on the bike seat.
- Can gain momentum by running with their bike.
- Can find and use the footrests while riding.
- Can safely stop using only their feet.
Appropriate for toddlers and big kids alike.
Your growing child is changing constantly. Keeping up with the continuous fluctuations in clothing and shoe sizes, toy preferences, and so on is exhausting.
Bicycles can feel like just another addition to the endless carousel of purchases and decisions.
Strider bikes simplify this process significantly. They’re designed to grow with your kids, so the seat and handlebars adjust easily to accommodate changes in height and leg length.
Even the tiniest Strider bikes for toddlers should last your child for up to two years, until they’re ready to graduate to the next size.
The mid-sized Strider Bike 12” Sport is the brand’s most popular size, appropriate for kids between 18 months and 5 years!
Save money in the long run.
Made to last and rigorously tested, Strider Bikes are not cheap. But thanks to their adjustability and special tires that don’t require replacement, repair, or maintenance, you’ll save money in the long run.
They’re an unparalleled teaching tool that can be used for years to give multiple kids the skills they need to bicycle with ease.
Teach your kids confidence.
On a balance bike, your child is free to move as quickly as they like.
They’re in greater control of their experience as compared to training wheels or a tricycle, and they’ll likely start biking quicker than their peers, and with more proficiency.
Giving your children the gift of expertise and independence is one of the best ways to ensure that they grow up confident in their ability to succeed and gain new skills.
Where Can I Buy Strider Bikes?
We offer Strider bikes for sale here at World of eBikes.
Check out our inventory and feel free to reach out with any questions.
We would love to help you in your quest to give your kids an exciting and fun summer!