Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Strider Bikes Review

With Christmas quickly approaching, there is much to be done. The biggest task I am facing is finding the perfect gifts for my kids.

Both of my kids have a lot of things already, and neither are really able to express anything specific that they want, so I pretty much need to use my best judgment to find things that they will be excited to get on Christmas morning, and that they will actually use regularly.

I am not looking for yet another plush toy or doll that will sit on a shelf collecting dust or another building toy that will lay around under foot, I want something special. A grand gift that is fun to use. It is also important that it be easy to use and, most importantly, SAFE.

I really want something active, to get my kids out of the house, in the fresh air getting exercise and taking a break form technology. That is why I was so excited to find a gift that fits all of the above criteria and more.

Strider Balance Bikes are perfect for learning to ride a bike. I had been leery about teaching my son to ride for a long time. Although he is 6 years old, he has never ridden a bike. He has autism, which added to my fear. He does not always follow directions well, and I was worried peddling would be too much for him.

That is why I got him the Strider Super 16.
This wonderful bike is perfect for him. There are no peddles, so it goes from him propelling it. It is very lightweight, so it will be easy for him to hold up and less painful should he drop it on his foot or something. It has Launchpad footrests, a padded seat, a Motocross style handlebar with pad and a hand brake. It also has 16" rugged "Dirt Jump" tires for great traction and a smooth ride.

The bike was so easy to assemble. The tires were already inflated and everything. The bike is ready to go in minutes, and it is very well made. I cab feel how smoothly it glides. I love the shape and the color. The hand grips are very good, I know my son will do wonderful on such a high quality bike. I can't wait to see his face and watch his confidence soar as he learns to ride.

Of course, the little princess is not one to be left out, so she will want a bike of her own. I thought of getting her a trike or something, but since balance bikes actually teach balance, and these Strider bikes are so safe and easy to use, I figured I'd let her learn on two wheels too.

I got her the ST-4:
This bike is every bit as wonderful as the Super 16, but made for riders 18 months to 5 years old. The main differences are the softer grips and the air free wheels. They are not tires like a traditional bike, so they never go flat. Also, it does not have a hand brake, but I wouldn't expect a hand brake for someone my daughter's age. She would use it anyway.

She is going to feel so special when she has big kid bike just like her brother. She might be even more excited than he is. And I just might be more excited than both of them. I cannot wait to see their faces when they get these fabulous Strider Bikes. I wish I had something like this when I was a kid.

If you have a child on your holiday list, especially one that hasn't learned to ride a bike, then I highly recommend giving the gift of balance, exercise, confidence and fun, with a Strider Balance Bike.

*Although I received these at no cost to facilitate a review, all opinions are 100% my own.*

7 comments :

  1. Our bicycles should not require routine maintenance for many years assuming the bicycle is being used for recreational purposes. Traditional bikes on the market not only require technical knowledge for assembly, but also require routine upkeep on the derailleurs, brakes, and chain. Priority Bicycles assemble in just a few simple steps, and we’ve engineered smart design decisions such as internal hub gears and braking which can go years without needing any service. Our bikes also feature a belt instead of a standard chain; no lubrication is required, and our belt is expected to last between two and ten times longer than a traditional roller chain. Priority Bicycles are also built with rust-free aluminum frames and puncture-resistant tires.

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  2. you really do love your bike. i have been thinking about getting one as well.

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  3. Wow! looking so pretty. I love strider bikes but you know this bikes are suitable for kids only. Though recently they are trying to bring some mountain bikes too. It's really good news. Thanks for sharing with us.

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