Strider Balance Bike Review

Strider 12
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  • Strider 12" Sport Balance Bike
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  • Last modified: March 3, 2016

Review Summary:

Kid with his Strider balance bike

My first introduction to Strider balance bike was when my daughter – Jen – was about 1 year old. At first, I was like “A bike without pedals? That’s weird!”. Then as Jen reached 18 months, I kept hearing more and more about “balance bikes” and how helpful balance bikes like Strider, KaZam were in teaching their kids to ride bicycle. I began looking, doing a ton of research and there it was – a Strider balance bike to my girl on her 2nd birthday. Let me tell you, a Strider is sure to stay in the family until your little one is too darn big to ride it around. This isn’t just my opinion because hundreds of happy parents can’t be wrong.

What makes Strider Balance Bike so good?


With seat height starts as low as 11”, the Strider is one of the smallest balance bikes on the market which allows even the shortest of legs to reach the ground. Besides, the low, straight handlebar design also help our tiny bikers to reach forward rather than up. Easier to balance, easier to keep balanced and easier to ride – that’s what your child will get when they ride a balance bike with a lower center-of-gravity like Strider. Lightweight is also a key factor for riders to control the bike. Weighing in at just under 3kg, this featherweight model is the ideal balance bike for every little starters!

Strider Balance Bike is one of the lightest bike for toddlers


The more simple a bike designed, the more durable it will be. Don’t forget that your child needs a balance bike, not just a toy so be sure to avoid bikes with “embellishments” as they simply only add weight. As you can see, Strider has the simple-yet-brilliant design: the tires are maintenance-free as they made from industrial foam so they won’t go flat. (This means you can skip puncture repair kit right now!) The frame made from powder-coated thin-gauge steel, which helps the bike will stand up to years of abuse.


Understanding the concerns of parents, Strider always focuses on safety and makes it as a vital feature of a bike’s design. There was a mom in my club asked me if Strider bike is safe for her 20-month-old boy? She watched some videos of kid zipping around in his balance bike and she would feel so bad if she bought her son those things at this very young age. I told her go for it! The Strider has the shortest inseam’ at 10 inches so it can be ridden by kids from 18 months up. With this Strider bike, little Jen’s feet are flat on the ground, she can control the speed herself without the need for brakes. And thanks to the bike’s weight, I’m not worried about the frame hurting her when it lands on top of her.


The Strider Balance Bike surely meets the needs of kids at many ages. Just take a look at the picture below to see how versatile a Strider bike could be, and no wonder this brand appeared regularly in my articles reviewed about best balance bikes for kids by age.

Strider Balance Bike is extremely versatile

I found that some parents don’t like Strider bike as it doesn’t come with brake handles. This didn’t concern me; in fact, having watched Jen struggle to negotiate stiff brake handles on her pedal bike, it was a relief. Easy to control, durable, safe and FUN – What more could you want from a balance bike? 😉

In conclusion, it’s hard to go wrong when you choose Strider balance bike for kiddos! I highly recommend two fantastic models of this brand: Strider 12 Classic No Pedal Balance Bike and Strider 12 Sport No Pedal Balance Bike. Both are the top-contenders in the balance bike game!

The Strider 12 Classic No-Pedal Balance Bike

The amazing lightweight makes it ideal for children as early as 1.5 years. Strider Classic Balance Bike owns a organic method which puts concentrate on the basics associated with balancing, leaning, plus steering.

Your little ones will know and practice exactly how to stability with this particular model. Check it out!


The Strider 12 Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike

As Mr. Ryan McFarland – Founder of Strider, the Strider Sport has the feature-rich that you could possibly look for in your kids’ bike.

Being one of the finest bikes in town that is the most talked about and recommended by the parents, Strider 12 Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike will be the right choice for your kids.


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