Our oldest son Joshua had no problem learning how to ride a bike without training wheels. A few days of practicing and he was off and peddling. That wasn’t the case with our second son Tyler though. Despite having amazing balance at 5 and a half he just couldn’t seem to figure out the coordination needed and was lacking in confidence.
Meanwhile, I had heard great reviews of Strider Bikes so we decided to give it a try. I spent about a month looking for a second hand one but knowing that we wanted one that came with both sizes of seats (The Sport version) it proved difficult. We finally decided that while in some aspects $135 seemed like a crazy amount to spend on a young child’s bike we knew that it would get a ton of use out of it with three young children.And I am so glad that we went ahead and bought one!
Within one week Tyler was a pro on the bike and quickly made the transition to a regular bike.
The bike was then passed on to Nathan who quickly took a loving to it and was zipping around like crazy.
This summer the bike was passed on to Kaitlyn who has started learning how to use it.
I love that the bike is small and extremely light weight. So much so that my children can maneuvereuvre it and even carry it when needed. The bike has often come on trips with us to the mountains or camping and it’s easy to hang on the stroller when needed or into our doubles seat.
The bike includes a spot for kids to put their feet up on which encourages them to learn how to balance.
Also, because the bike has such a large age range (18 months to 5 years) we were able to get rid of two of our smaller tricycles which saved us space in our garage as well has helped us to simplify our lives. Not to mention after selling them it helped to reclaim some of the money we spent on the Strider.
The bike has held up extremely well and despite 6 months of constant use it is in great shape.
Even more though, this bike has saved our family stress and arguments with our son Nathan. He has a hard time getting out the door in the morning and is not the biggest fan of walking. With the Strider bike though he is not only excited to head to our local school each day but is able to keep up with me while I walk.
That is a huge winning factor for me!
I am completely converted to Strider bikes now. There will be no more heavy, awkward bikes with training wheels in our house!