The Strider ST-3 Kid's Running Glide PREbike takes toddler bike, fit and performance to a whole new level. If your child can walk then he/she can ride a Strider balance glide bike. The Strider balance glide bike is exclusively designed for children 1-5 years of age and will teach your child balance, coordination and confidence. Strider bikes are lightweight, easy to control and have two key features that other balance bikes don’t have; a low center-of-gravity adjustable seat range and adjustable handlebars heights. These are important features as your child becomes familiar with learning to ride a bike and provides them ample grow room as they become older. Due to its distinctive design, the Strider balance bike is steady, stable and safe. There may be a slight feeling of instability the first time your child gets on a Strider bike, but your child will instinctively place his/her feet securely on the ground. This provides your child with a sense of control. With their feet securely on the ground your child can control how fast or slow he/she wants to go and gives them the instant ability to stop when needed. With a Strider balance bike you will never have to worry about "tricycle tip-overs" or "training-wheel wobbles" that can stir-up fear, hesitancy or dislike of bike riding. Strider Science The original motivation for the creation of the Strider™ running bike was to provide a safe and easy transition to a pedal bicycle. Obviously, ease of control had to be critical for our targeted rider group of 1-5 year olds. The first requirement was a LOW seat height and center of gravity so our tiny riders felt safe; our seat height starts as low as 11 inches, allowing even the shortest of legs to reach the ground. Control is also aided by the low, straight handlebar design which allows the small rider to reach forward rather than up. That same handlebar design helps the child lift the bike over obstacles because he or she can pull up on the bars with better leverage. As the young rider becomes more accomplished, the foot rest provides a place for both feet as the child coasts down hills. (Placing both feet on the optional brake lever also provides an opportunity at the bottom of the hill to create a great skidmark, which our young test riders really love!) And finally, our low seat, low handlebars, and low center of gravity all combine to build confidence in riders. They soon learn to sit and push hard with their feet to attain speed and at the same time lengthen their stride. Hence, the name of our vehicle, the Strider™. At speed, a small child's stride will go from approximately 2 feet when running on foot to 6 feet or more when running on a Strider™. This means they're riding 3 times faster than they can run. Tricycles tip over, scrape ankles, and have terrible pedal leverage ratios. Training-wheeled bicycles are tall, heavy, tippy, complex, and downright scary for really young riders. Both have great potential for injury. Not true with the Strider™. Due to the low center of gravity, low seat height, low handlebars, and light weight, the rider has much better control. The absence of pedals, sprockets, chain, and cables further reduce the likelihood of injury. The Strider™ is the 'right tool for the job'. Durable Design The Strider™ was designed to be educational and to be effective at speeding the transition to pedal bikes and dirt bikes, but, above all, it was designed to be FUN! That means maintenance has to be minimal, and every aspect of the design must complement the fun factor for the young operator. Puncture-proof, foam tires mean no flats, no inflation problems, and no delays from "hitting the road". Adjustable seat and handlebars make the 2 year old as comfortable as the 4 year old. Light weight allows even the smallest rider the opportunity to ride. Ball bearings keep the wheels rolling; and simple, lightweight plastic bushings protect the steering headtube. The Strider™ is the perfect design: simple, virtually maintenance free, and fun, fun, fun! With just a little care, the Strider™ will serve several small riders in their quest for freedom on their own two-wheeler. The optional foot brake improves safety, but above all it allows the rider to leave that tremendously important skidmark on the sidewalk or in the dirt. Our first test rider, after riding a Strider™ prototype for only 6 months, was independently riding a pedal bike without training wheels at 3 years old and a mini-dirtbike without training wheels at 3 years old. Still, for pure, simple fun, he continually reverts to and spends much of his outdoor playtime on his Strider™.
- Super light. Less than 7 pounds (about 1/2 the weight of a tricycle or typical 12" pedal bike with training wheels). Unique frame design has integrated Launch Pad™ footrests for gliding and learning advanced riding skills. Puncture-proof all-terrain EVA polymer tires. Molded wheels with sealed bearings and 8mm steel axles. Durable welded steel frame, fork, and handlebars. 2 year warranty against manufacturing defects. Adjustable handlebar and seat height to fit riders from 30" to 44" tall. Includes a Handlebar Quick-Clamp Release for adjusting the Handlebar with no tools. Seat height adjusts from 11" to 16" from ground. Includes a Seat Quick-Clamp Release for adjusting the Seat with no tools. Includes a STRIDER Handlebar Pad that adds extra protection and cool motocross styling. Tested and Certified to be compliant with the strict new federal regulations of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Rider weight limit of 60 pounds.
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