**This bike completely eliminates the need for tricycles or training wheels and is for a great range of riders (18 months up to 5 years).
**The Strider is light - less than 7 lbs (less than a newborn babe!, and is about 1/3 the weight of a normal bike with training wheels. Tate has absolutely ZERO trouble manipulating or lifting his bike.
**It is the only running bike with integrated Launch pad foot rests - located at just the right spot for your little one to put their feet up while gliding, or even to ride standing up.
**Strider Bikes are as safe as they could possibly be. No chains, cables, pedals...and there are no extra protrusions that can cause owies.
**The bike has a low center of gravity - making the child feel very safe, secure and most importantly, in control.
**Puncture-proof all-terrain tires which are made from moulded foam - no flats or replacements will ever be needed!
How are you enjoying my gushing?! haha. Every one of those facts is 100% true - we've tested and tried our Strider and it is incredible. With the Strider Tate can ride over curbs...through piles of leaves, on the grass, through the garden...anywhere we can walk he can ride. And to say that he LOVES it would be an understatement. :) If you're still not convinced about the worth of a Strider Running Bike check out this little video I made of Tate riding last week (note...this is the boy who can't pedal and 3 weeks ago didn't even know what balance and steering were! He doesn't lift his feet up much yet - but every once in a while he does...another few weeks and I bet he'll be gliding too! :) )
I am being completely honest when I say that if there ever was an outdoor toy that we'd purchase a 2nd of, it would be a Strider Bike. Emily has tried out Tate's Strider a bit too - and since she's only 18 months she's just a very wee beginner, but she begs to ride on it...however, as you can imagine, Tate is reluctant to give up his treasured bike. So I have a feeling that a 2nd Strider may be on it's way by next summer!
The Strider Running Bike truly is a remarkable toy and tool. If you want to give your kids a head start on learning balance and control of a two-wheeler, as well as giving them a vehicle to have TONS of fun with, this would be it.
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