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I've heard a few things about Strider's balance bikes but wasn't quite sure how they worked considering they have no pedals. The concept of a Strider bike is that children put their feet on the ground and push to go. To stop, they also put their feet on the ground. Toddlers’ legs are strongest when used this way rather than trying to pedal really short cranks. The simplicity of Strider bikes allows children to concentrate on the fundamental skills of balancing, leaning, and steering while propelling the bike in a natural way.
Available in seven colors, I received a yellow Strider 12 Sport balance bike for review. It required minimal assembly and my husband was able to put it together in less than 10 minutes.
Designed for children ages 2 to 5, the Strider 12 Sport comes with a second padded seat and extra-long seat post to fit a taller child. Once Jason assembled the bike, we took it outside for two of my nieces to give it a try. They already own bikes with pedals and I wanted to see how they fared riding one without pedals. They actually did much better with the Strider 12 Sport balance bike! Once they learned how to balance themselves and keep the bike upright, they were full speed ahead.
The Strider 12 Sport is lightweight and isn't bogged down with extra accessories. The handles have grips and a cushioned roller on the front bar. There is a footrest on the bike for children to put their feet while they are coasting. It is a durable bike that can take on most terrain. The Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike would make a great gift for a younger child.