Thursday, November 13, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: STRIDER 12" Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike

STRIDER 12" Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike

STRIDER™ balance bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride on two wheels. STRIDER balance bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.

The STRIDER’s simple, no-pedal design builds confidence and eliminates fear by allowing kids to have their feet on the ground and progress at their own pace. This unique design teaches young children balance on two wheels right from the start, avoiding developmental delays typical with tricycles and training-wheel bikes.

Advantages of Riding a STRIDER

Research shows that learning balance and coordination with exercise jump-starts a child’s growth and development during the important formative years of early childhood.

  • STRIDER bikes are ultra light weight and easy to control.
  • STRIDER bikes increase balance, coordination, and confidence.
  • STRIDER bikes allow children to focus on learning balance first.
  • STRIDER bikes are free of chains, pedals, and protrusions that can harm a child.
  • STRIDER bikes provides a safe, smooth, and natural transition to a pedal bike.

Features on the STRIDER 12" Sport Balance Bike
Ryan McFarland, Founder… "The 12 Sport model offers every feature a child (or parent) could want. It is the perfect balance of performance, options, and value, featuring more than 8 years of design evolution and manufacturing improvements."

Unique 12.7mm steel handlebar is 43% smaller than standard to allow better control with tiny hands. Custom logo mini-grips are soft urethane with protective ends. Machined-aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” height adjustment from 46-56cm (18-22”).
Strider-exclusive, ultralight one-piece wheels sport a raised-letter, five-spoke design with 10 bearing support gussets for maximum strength at the lightest weight possible.
Top-quality sealed cartridge bearings roll smooth and never need adjustment.
EVA polymer (industrial foam) tires are super light and durable yet offer a smooth ride. Best of all, they never need air and will never go flat.
The durable, all-weather mini-saddle is designed specifically for beginning riders and their tiny hips. Smaller, narrower, and lighter than a typical saddle, this seat allows for proper riding position and posture. ** The Sport model also includes a padded XL saddle and long seatpost to fit kids over 3 years and allows seat height adjustments up to 48cm (19”).
Bar and seat clamps
Machined aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” saddle height adjustment from 28-41cm (11-16”) for the perfect fit for your child.
Unique, frame-integrated footrests are properly positioned directly below the saddle for natural bike balance.
This position also fosters the advanced ability to stand while

Brake mount
Strider-exclusive rear brake mount allows the addition of a foot-operated brake once the kids are proficiently gliding with feet on the footrests.
Brake sold separately.
The STRIDER 12" Sport Balance Bike is Available in 7 dynamic colors!
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I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was to have the chance to review the Strider 12" Sport Balance Bike!  Our son has special needs including motor apraxia, which means he has great difficulty imitating learned purposeful movements.  His balance is a struggle, too. Even at age 5 1/2, I still need to physically support his body in some respects as if he were an infant. 
We have a tricycle for him and while he can balance sitting on it and do seated walking, he is so far unable to coordinate the movements to pedal it.  At school they say he can do up to 5 revolutions on his own, but there, his feet are strapped to the pedals and at home they are not.  We've known about the Strider Camps, and have kept it in our minds as an option.  Read here to learn how kids with Special Needs CAN learn to ride!
Size-wise, this 12" Sport bike is perfect since our son is about the size of an average 3 yr old.  He has Down Syndrome; it's normal for him to have  shorter legs, so he will fit this size bike for a long time to come! 
Features I like:
  • Smaller handle bars!  His fingers are shorter than average, too, and he can actually grip the Strider handle bars.
  • Narrow seat - with his low muscle tone, he has a very small rear end and narrow hips.  The narrow seat helps him to focus on balancing.
  • Padded handle bar.  Kids are accident prone, and having motor apraxia makes it even moreso.  My son also used to have Infantile Spasms (benign myoclonic seizures) which would throw his head/upper body forward violently, which caused him to slam his little head into anything in his way.  While he hasn't had a seizure in over 4 years, that parental fear never goes away.
  • Easy size adjustments!  The quick-release clamps are super easy to work with, making size adjustments a snap!
  • Wheels - the Strider balance bike's wheels will NEVER go flat.  One less worry!
It took him a few tries over the course of two days to learn to hold the bike upright by himself for Standing Walking.  

learning Standing Walking
and now . . . Standing Running!
Once he had that mastered, he had fun intentionally crashing into EVERYTHING in the house with the biggest smile on his face!  Boys.  Gotta love 'em!!

I LOVE my new balance bike!  Thanks STRIDER!!

So far he's having too much fun with Standing Walking to move onto Seated Walking, but I'm glad it's getting to be winter so he can master the balance bike inside the house (where I can keep a close eye on him!).  Then it will be so much fun for him to ride it outside next spring!  My husband loves bike riding and I know he hopes to be able to have our son ride along with him someday. 

Something else I want to mention - Strider offers 3 age-range sizes of bikes:
18 mo - 5 years (12")
6 - 12 years (16")
13+ years (20")
So if you or someone you know wants to learn to ride a bike - Strider has the bike for you, no matter your age or size!