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Rethink the Definition of Riding

What defines riding? Does pedalling define riding? Downhill mountain bikers don’t pedal, road bike riders descending a highway don’t pedal, BMX riders in a half pipe don’t pedal, and motorcyclists don’t pedal. They are all riding. So what do they all have in common? The ability to balance on two wheels, and lean through turns regardless of what put them in motion. For children, walking and running are the natural means of propulsion. The simplicity of Strider bikes allows children to concentrate on the fundamental skills of balancing, leaning, and steering while propelling the bike in a natural way.

Research shows that learning balance and coordination with exercise jump-starts a child’s growth and development during the important formative years of early childhood.

  • STRIDER bikes are ultra-light weight and easy to control.
  • STRIDER bikes increase balance, coordination, and confidence.
  • STRIDER bikes allow children to focus on learning balance first.
  • STRIDER bikes are free of chains, pedals, and protrusions that can harm a child.
  • STRIDER bikes provide a safe, smooth, and natural transition to a pedal bike.

A bike where the pedals have been removed teaches the balance required to ride a bike, as there is nothing complicated to confuse. Straddling two wheels, with feet planted on the floor your child starts off steady and can progress at their own pace, without the need for ever needing stabilisers. Striders are the number one globally selling bike for toddlers as they are super light and have the lowest seat height of any balance or no pedal bike, allowing children as young as 1 year old to ride with confidence.

Kids learn balance safely and then when older can move to a heavier bike with pedals. Using a balance bike is now regarded to be the safest way to learn how to ride a bicycle, as stabilisers just teach the child to rock from one side to the other AND the child still needs parent’s assistance up kerbs etc. A bike with stabilisers means the all-important skill, balance, has still to be learnt when the stabilisers are removed. A STRIDER has been proven by a university to improve children's balance and coordination.

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