We just wanted to highlight a couple great reviews today that talk about their children’s success with and the transition to a pedal bike.
“What a great concept. The thing works, is all I can say. We got a Strider prebike last year (when my son was just turning 3). We just got him a regular bike this year and he transitioned easily – I mean like in 10 minutes easily – to riding without training wheels. Our Strider seemed solidly constructed and was easy to put together. I would highly recommend this product!” ~LittleImp
“I bought this for my 4 year old daughter. She was balancing and cruising on it in 2 days. The third day she tried a pedal bike and was good to go. No training wheels!!!! Now this bike is just waiting until my next daughter is ready to ride.” ~Corey
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Here’s a review from Stephanie. We really like this review because it hits about every key point in a child’s learning to ride.
“I just bought this bike for my 3 year old daughter (in pink of course). I found out about this bike from a friend who ordered them for her then 3 year old. At first I scoffed at the idea that a bike with no pedals and no training wheels would teach a little kid how to ride a bike. Well when her daughter was riding a pedal bike without training wheels I began to change my tune. Then, a year later her now 2 year old son was using the balance bike and going all over the place. I bet, had she let him, he would of been riding a regular pedal bike without training wheels. My daughter is now riding it all over our house, and I can’t wait to get her outside with it.
It teaches her several things, one that bikes tip over and this is being learned while they are only inches off the ground vs being higher up. It also teaches them balance on the bike itself, and this is done slowly without them even knowing it.
After seeing this bike in action I now feel why would you ever teach a child to ride a bike with training wheels. It doesn’t teach them the most important lesson in learning to ride a bike and thats BALANCE.” ~Stephanie Weaver
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The KTM Strider was recently given a great review in Transworld Motocross magazine!
“We have only one thing to say about the Strider bikes: why didn’t we think of that? These are amazing starter bikes for the little BMXer/MXer in your life. They promote balance and the concept of bike riding without those sissy training wheels. Add in the KTM branding, and it only reinforces the moto mind.” ~ Transworld Motocross (The Things You Need)
That sounds about right to us! Let us know if you see Striders anywhere else in the press and keep sharing your photos, videos and stories with us and the other Strider fans on facebook.
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Gabe’s Mom recently said us a review and a link to her blog that we found really interesting. Not only are there some great photos, but she shares a story of falling down and getting back up.
“I just wanted to thank you guys for such an amazing bike! My son has had his Strider for over a year now and there still isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t insist it is by his side! He now rides at our local BMX track and loves it!” ~Deanna (Gabe’s Mom)
By the end of the day Gabe was able to conquer his fears…and the hill. Go Find a bmx track near you….it may just spark a passion for riding that your child will carry through their whole life!
Click on either photo above to go to Gabe’s BMX blog entry.
Here is an excellent follow up to the yesterday’s blog entry. We love hearing stories like this…Keep posting!
“I was researching a bike to buy for my 3-year old girl for Christmas. She had her heart set on a pink Disney Princesses bike. What I read about the quality of that bike turned me off as I could see her breaking down and crying when it fell apart in a matter of days. I was looking around for an alternative and saw that the Strider bike was a big seller and decided to look further. I became convinced that the bike would be sturdier and that the innovative concept was worth a shot – we could always buy the Disney bike as a back up.
Christmas day arrived and she opened up the box and was all excited to see her new, pink bike. However, I explained to her that her bike was different in that it didn’t have pedals nor training wheels (where we live, no one has these bikes yet). She was a real trooper about it. She let me put on her helmet and she did her best to walk around with the bike, explaining to onlookers that it had no pedals.
A few days of this and I started to worry that she would give up. So I invented a little game – run over daddy’s foot. I would walk in front of her and she would have to move quickly enough to run over my foot with the front tire. This helped a little. So then I turned to YouTube and showed her videos of other kids riding the bike.
A few days later, a bunch of kids in our apartment complex were playing, many of them with bikes with training wheels. My little girl participated a litte more, walking around with her bike. Suddenly, she said: “look, dad!”, took a few steps and then lifted both feet off the ground and coasted. I was in shock! She repeated this about a dozen times but then got tired of it. So, I was happy with the progress but still unsure if this would work out.
The next day, we went to our parking lot and she simply took off. She did not stop running and coasting for a whole hour. The only time she took a rest was to stop and spontaneously shout that she loves her bike! Since then, she rides the thing almost every day and totally loves it.
Believe in this bike, it’s awesome!” ~Mark B.
Ran across this video today on Youtube and thought it was pretty cool! This Dad is very enthusiastic and Joey (19 months) is very committed…especially for his first time on a Strider. (You have to love their high five/fist bump combo too.)
It’s important to remember that every child has varying levels of comfort on their Strider. Some, like Joey, will feel comfortable with an incline and lifting their feet right away. Most, like my daughter, will spend the first few months walking with their butt off the seat.
No matter what speed they take to the Strider make sure to keep it available and make it fun and low stress. Before you know it they’ll be out-Stridering everyone on the block!
Warning: Great review followed by a video with some nasty trike/training wheel crashes.
“We bought two Striders for our 2.5 year old twins who had been really struggling with trying to peddle a tricycle. Within a couple of days they were zipping down the slight incline on our gravel driveway, and really balancing with no adult training required.
We saw them crash many times trying to negotiate riding a tricycle, but they really learned to balance quite easily on the Strider bike. It is well and thoughtfully engineered, strong, but light in weight for small kids.
5 out of 5 stars! Highly recommended!!!!“ — (Jay in Ohio)
That’s what the graphic on this great video introducing Striders to North Carolinians says. While 63 degrees sounds good (as we sit inside on another chilly night in South Dakota) the story sounds even better! The only thing we can find to disagree with is the bike mechanic saying that Striders are “probably better than training wheels.” As most of you know already…Striders Rule, Training Wheels Drool! (Click on the screen shot below to jump to news story)
Are you looking for something extra to do on the side? No Strider dealer in your area and you want to introduce your neighbors and friends to the fun their kids can have on a Strider? Look into the Strider Home Based Dealer Program and you will be able to do both of these things and more.
Here is a short note and some photos from one of our newest home based dealers in Canada, eh!
“I am a new dealer in Vancouver, BC Canada and just wanted to email you and tell you how much we love the bike, firstly as parents and secondly as a small business (that rarely feels like work!) I just started two months ago and sold my 30th bike today! I wanted to pass on a little video if you have a chance to watch it of my 8 1/2 month old son trying out his future bike! He always has the biggest grin when he sees it or gets to ‘ride’ it!” ~Lindsay M.
Oldest son James rode the entire 2.5 km loop!
Mason is being carried for this walk and James is still able to stop and check things out astride his Strider.
When my friend first suggested a bike with no pedals, I thought it was the stupidest idea in the world. “What’s the point?”, I asked. But when my son got on this bike, it was love at first sight. Even though he walked with the bike for the first few weeks, he eventually learn to sit and kick, then stop with his feet and then coast with his feet high in the air. I plan to keep this bike until he’s about 4 and then transition him to a bike with pedals. But now, he loves it so he get exercise every day. Now I can barely keep up with him at a brisk walking pace. I have to take my own bike or start jogging. I highly recommend! ~Floresti (Nairobi, Kenya)
Keep it up Jesse…Maybe you’ll be able to meet JoJo someday!