If your toddler can walk, a STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bike will get him or her cruising over dirt, grass, and pavement with ease. Designed to be steady, stable, and safe, the STRIDER ST-3 bike is perfect for children from 18 months to 5 years old.
The STRIDER bike takes pedaling out of the mix of biking so that kids can concentrate solely on learning two-wheel balance. Unlike tricycles and bikes with training wheels, the STRIDER allows children to find the glide and balance of biking first--so that they have more confidence when presented with a pedaled bike.
The STRIDER allows children to experience two wheeled biking independently and at their own pace. Tricycles tip over, scrape ankles, and are difficult to pedal. Bicycles with training wheels are tall, heavy, and can be unstable for young riders. The STRIDER is about 1/3 the weight of a typical 12-inch bike with training wheels, and is free from any cables, chains, sprockets, pedals or protrusions that can harm your child.
Kids begin by straddling the bike, leaning on the handle bars and walking it forward. When ready, they can run the bike forward, gaining the speed and momentum required for balance. Finally, kids lift their feet and glide freely. At the first feeling of instability, your child will instinctively place both feet securely on the ground--so there are no "tricycle tip-overs" or "training-wheel wobbles" that stir-up a fear, hesitancy, or dislike of bike riding.
When it comes to toddlers, weight and fit are critical. Quick releases on the handlebars and seat make it a snap to adjust for a growing child. The bike's adjustable seat height starts at 11 inches from the ground providing a low center of gravity so that children as young as one year old can maneuver the bike and have fun learning balance. Control is further enhanced with a low and flat handlebar design so that kids can reach forward rather than up, for better leverage and maneuverability. And, as your child becomes more confident, the STRIDER's integrated foot rests provide a place for both feet to sit while they coast along.
Please note: If your child is 3 1/2 years old or older, STRIDER recommends purchasing the Extra Long Seat post in addition to the standard seat post included with the STRIDER.