Why a STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bike

Why a STRIDER Balance Bike

Kids Love to PLAY, EXPLORE and EXPAND their MOBILITY.

It is a natural Drive that takes them from sitting to crawling to walking and running. Riding a Bike represents the next natural step in the persuit of these experiences. It is why "Riding a Bike" is such a great chlidhood milestone. Through the development of the STRIDER™ Bike children are reaching this milestone earlier and more effectively than ever before. Additionally, early riding development with the use of Strider Bikes has been scientifically proven to incrase overall balance and coordination which help toddlers and children in all aspects of their lives.

Simply put, the earlier a child develops the part of their brain used to ride a STRIDER Bike on only Two Wheels, the easier all physical and athletic endevours will be for them later on due to the well defined motor skills learnt.

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Why a STRIDER Bike 

STRIDER Balance Bike

Why not a TOY

Ride On Toy

Why not a Tricycle

Tricycle

Why no Training Wheels

Training Wheel Bike

 Sized for child
 from 18 Months

  280mm - 410mm Inseam   255mm - 300 mm Inseam   300mm - 380mm Inseam   410mm + Inseam

 Weight

  2.2Kg's - 3.0 Kg's   1.8Kg's - 3Kg's   3.2 Kg's - 6.8Kg's   6.8Kg's - 10Kg's

 Balance
 Exposure 

  YES - GREAT   NO   NO     NO 

 Steering
 Function 

  YES - Same as predal bike    NONE   Opposite of Pedal Bike   Opposite of Pedal Bike

 Mobility on
 All Terrain 

  YES - Exellent   NO   NO     NO 

 Transition to
 Pedal Bike 

  YES All Balance, Steering,
       and Leaning Skills Transfer

  NONE - No Balance, Steering
  
      or Leaning Skills Transfer

  None - No Balance, Steering
      or  Leaning Skills Transfer

  None -No Balance, Steering
 
       or Leaning Skills Transfer


STRIDER™ Balance Bikes are properly sized for beginning riders as young as 18 Months old and allow adjustments as children grow., offering four years of use from the STRIDER. They are lightweight and simple, yet focus on the fundemental skill development of balancing on two wheels. The teach proper steering technique for a seamless transition to a pedal bike, they are easily portable and they offer mobility on all terrain.

Ride-On Toys are usually small in size and lightweight for young riders but lack the ability to develop balance and sterring skills. They dont enhance mobility over walking or running and can't go over varied terrain such as grass, dirt or gravel. They generally do not adjust to fit growing children and do not aid in the transition to a pedal bike.

Tricycles and Scooters have been to "Go-To" choice for decades and seem ideally suited for toddlers, but a focused analysis reveals a number of shortcommings. Tricycles have added weight and complexity compared to STRIDER Balance Bikes. Many times the reach from Seat-to-Pedals is beyond a young childs inseam. This is why you often see children pushing on the ground with their feet instead of pedaling. Beyond poor fit, the real issue lies in the poor function of the Three-Wheeled design. To learn balance, a child must be allowed to experience the feel of balancing and leaning and how the steering affects both. Worst of all, tricycles and scooters seem stable while offering false confidence and easily tip over when turning often surprising, scaring or injuring the unsuspecting young child.

Training Wheel Bikes have all the same characteristics and flaws of a tricycle but to a worse degree due to their larger size. They are much heavier and more complex; they have higher seats (bigger fall), a higher center of gravity (more likely to tip over), and still do notihing to help children transition onto two wheels only.

But what about Pedaling? Is pedaling not the foundation of Riding? No, pedaling is simply a means of propulsion, a way to make the bike move. Bikes may be propelled by a number of means including Walking, Striding, pedaling, gliding, gravity, an engine or an electric motor. The common element is always balancing on two wheels and leaning and steering through turns. For young children, walking and running are the simple and natural way to propel the bike as they focus on the fundemental skills of balancing, leaning and steering.

STRIDER Balance Bikes are clearly the best choice for advancing childrens skill and development. The next question becomes "Which 12" STRIDER Model do I choose?"

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Compare STRIDER™ Bike Models

Which STRIDER 12" Model to Choose

 

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