Strider Sports and the Strider Balance Bike was founded by Ryan McFarland, a parent of two boys who came up with his design to overcome deficiencies of normal toddler and kid bikes. The Strider PREbike Balance Running Bike is the pride and joy of Strider Sports and often tops the bestseller lists when it comes to balance bikes and kids bikes.
Price Range: $70 – $100
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
Dimensions: 33 x 15 x 21 inches ; 6.9 pounds
2 year manufacturer warranty
Integrated Launch Pad footrests for gliding and learning advanced riding skills.
Puncture-proof all-terrain tires
Strider PREbike Balance Running Bike Product Description
The Strider PREbike Balance Bike is a topseller on online stores like Amazon for a reason. A lot of thought went into this design and it shows with durability and sturdiness. Besides the common benefits of all balance bikes which helps toddlers learn balance and coordination before pedaling which in turns develops confidence, the Strider PREbike also features a step thru frame which can fit the smaller kids who just want to walk the bike
The Strider’s lightweight design and low center of gravity help make it easy for your child to ride and control the bike. The bike has an adjustable seat which starts 11 inches from the ground so even young toddlers with shorter legs are able to ride. The step over frame (similar to women’s bicycles) help the smaller ones but are sturdy enough for the bigger ones.
Better control is also available with the design of the lower and flatter handlebars. Kids can reach forward and lean forward instead of up to give them better leverage and control. And as the your child becomes more confident with balance, the integrated footrests so the child can rest easily and glide and quickly put the brakes on as well (you will need lots of shoes!)
WHAT’S TO LIKE ABOUT THE Strider PREbike Balance Bike
- The integrated footrests are nice for when the child wants to pick their feet up. Many balance bikes lack this
- Adjustable handlebars and seat for 30 inches and taller.
- Includes extra long seat post and saddle for kids 4 and up
- Puncture proof foam tires .. no flats!
- While the wood frames look very nice, parents who prefer durability will like the steel frame. This thing will last.
- Very light for carrying (under 7 pounds) when the child gets too tired to ride or push
- One of the lowest adjusting balance bikes for toddlers for the smaller kids
- Attractive design, looks very much like a “bigger kid” bike
BUT BE AWARE OF ..
- Hand grips can use some improvement, not quite durable and you are likely going to need extras in time.
- On the higher end of the price range for balance bikes
The Strider PREbike Balance Bike comes highly recommended and has many favorable reviews from happy parents. This is one of the bestselling balance bikes for toddlers and while it is a bit pricier, the tires are puncture proof and the steel frame, while not as attractive as the wood frame, definitely will be sturdier. Great balance bike for you to purchase.
What Buyers Are Saying
“My son loves this bike. We got it for him a few months after he turned 2 and he took to it almost immediately. The only thing I had to teach him was to sit on the seat. I recommend this over the wood bikes as it is more durable, and the foam tires are maintenance free, no flats. We leave it outside except for when it rains (and occasionally when it rains if I forget) and it has held up well. You can get replacement hand grips from StriderSports.com. If your son/daughter is rough on his bike like mine is, you will need replacements at some time. They are cheap though….(READ MORE)”
“First thing to mention: My son absolutely loves this bike. It is by far his favorite toy. When we take him out on it people who have never seen a balance bike are amazed someone so small can go as fast as he does and actually balance himself. I agree with what others have written about the hand grips. They definitely need improvement. After just two days the edge of the handgrips had torn… (READ MORE)”
“We’ve had the Strider Bike for about 1 month now. At first I was very concerned that he wouldn’t want to ride it because he loved his tricycle so much, but now he never touches the tricycle. It only took a week of walking around with the bike before he was doing short glides, now he’s an expert he can glide down hills. On a personal note I love the Strider it’s very very light, unlike the tricycle, if I have to pick up my son and carry him anywhere the strider is so light that he can carry it while I carry him. I highly recommend this bike…. (READ MORE)”
OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Source of Buyer Reviews and Description: Amazon.com
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