I’ve heard lots of positive things about balance bikes in the past few years. I wanted to get one for my granddaughter, Zoey, so I was thrilled at the opportunity to review a Strider balance bike.
Disclosure: I was given a Strider Sport Bike to facilitate my review. All ideas here are honest and my own.
Strider Sport Balance Bike Review
About the Strider Sport Balance Bike
The Strider 12 Sport model is designed for toddlers and preschoolers. It has custom grips, padded saddle, handlebar pad, and quick release clamps (no-tool adjustment). In addition, it comes with a second padded saddle and extra-long seat post to fit a taller, 3- 5 year old child. Available in 7 colors!
Our Experience with the Strider Sport Balance Bike
Strider balance bikes are generally for ages 18 months-5 years. Zoey is 15 months, but I was hopeful the bike would work at her age, too. If not, I figured we could wait to use it.
Zoey had been watching kids ride bikes at the park and wanted to ride a bike, too. When she saw the bike arrive at my house, she said, “Bike … yay!” My daughter-in-law, Chea, put the balance bike together that evening. She said it took only 5 minutes to assemble!
Zoey’s first experience with the Strider balance bike was on a Sunday. Both her dad (my son, Will) and Chea were able to be present. Will helped Zoey balance the bike to get started. After a short time, Zoey was able to take 3 steps on her own without help.
Now Zoey can “ride” the bike without any help (except for occasional help steering the bike). She just walks the bike at her age, but it’s so much fun to see the happiness she has at being able to feel success at riding a bike.
I’m looking forward to watching Zoey learn to lift her feet off the ground and balance the bike as she glides along. What a great way for young children to develop balance and core strength! From everything I’ve heard, Zoey should be able to easily learn to ride a pedal bike without training wheels.
More About Strider
You can follow Strider Bikes on Facebook, YouTube (there are some very cool YouTube videos!), Twitter, and Instagram. If you enter the giveaway, you can get entries for following on social media, too!
Here’s the link to the Strider Bikes Products. Strider offers free shipping in the Continental U.S. on all orders over $50!
Now for the Giveaway: Note: The giveaway has ended. Check the bottom of the post right below the Rafflecopter form for the announcement of the winner!
What You Will Win: A lucky winner from the Continental U.S. will win a $119 green Strider 12 Sport Bike!
Who is Eligible:
This giveaway is open to anyone 18 and older in the Continental U.S. The first entry is mandatory. You must leave a blog post comment telling why you want to win (and be sure to click the green “ENTER” on the Rafflecopter form to let me know you left your blog post comment and to open up the optional entries)!
After you’ve completed your mandatory entry, there are lots of optional entries. You have many chances to win! (Note: For the extra entries, you may count ways of following that you already do. For example, if you previously followed @DebChitwood on Twitter, you may still count that for your follow @DebChitwood on Twitter entry!)
It’s easy to enter giveaways with Rafflecopter! Just follow the directions to enter. If you still have questions about the Rafflecopter form, here’s a 52-second video with quick directions for entering through Rafflecopter.
You must complete the Mandatory Entry to qualify for any additional entries. The giveaway closes 9:00pm PST on Friday, February 27. Best of luck!
(Note: If you have any problems with the Rafflecopter form, you can sign up on the Rafflecopter form at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page. Just be sure to leave your blog comment here! Both Rafflecopter forms are the same, so it doesn’t matter which one you sign up on.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
It’s Friday morning, February 27. I really appreciated all your comments and the 1,350 entries. A winner has been selected using Random.org through Rafflecopter!
The winner of the green Strider balance bike is Shannon B!
I’m so happy for Shannon! (Note: Shannon, you have 48 hours to respond to my email, or a new winner will be chosen.)
The comment for Shannon’s mandatory entry (why she wanted to win) said:
“We’ve been looking into balance bikes for our daughter. Would love to win!”
CONGRATULATIONS, Shannon!!! A HUGE THANK YOU to Strider Bikes for sponsoring this great giveaway – and thank you to everyone who entered!
Remember, Strider offers free shipping in the Continental U.S. on all orders over $50!
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