No pedals, no problem. When have you ever heard that in your life? Well, you would have heard it en mass had you been fortunate enough to grow up in the age of the Strider ST-3 Kid's Running Bike. And while it's too bad that there wasn't a bike like this for us to ride when we were 18 months old, your youngster is growing up in the golden age of the Running Bike. Say goodbye to training wheels, and say hello to fun in the dirt, grass, or wherever the little tike wants to roll.The idea behind the Strider ST-3 is simple -- by eliminating the fussy bits of breakable, cumbersome components, children can pick up the essentials of cycling with ease. And by essentials, we primarily mean the hardest part of learning to ride -- balance. With the ST-3, Junior propels the bike forward with his feet, and because of the adjustable quick-release seat post, your child can keep their feet on the ground whenever they need to get stable. Eventually, after their balancing skills develop, they can kick up their feet onto the patented, integrated Launchpad Footrests. Simply put, there isn't an easier or safer way for your child to learn the basics of riding. That's why Strider recommends the ST-3 for ages ranging from as low as 18 months all the way up to 5 years.And to make sure that you get the respect and awe of being Super Mom or Dad, the ST-3 requires the bare minimum of maintenance. Not only is there a tool-free assembly, but the EVA polymer tires will never go flat. The wheels also use a tirelessly durable one-piece design -- think of your coveted mag wheels as a kid. Basically, all that you ever need to do is adjust the quick-release handlebars and seat post to a comfortable height as your child grows.For safety, the new Mini-Saddle is shaped to accommodate the tiny hips of your toddler. This provides better balance, and makes it a breeze for them to get on and off of the bike in a hurry. Strider also included a pad over the handlebars for a touch of added protection.The Strider ST-3 Kid's Running Bike is available in one size and in the colors Blue, Green, Monster Jam, Orange, Pink, Red, and Yellow. Please note that Strider does not recommend the ST-3 for children under the age of 18 months or for children over the age of 5.
Strengths: Light Weight, No Maintenance, No Flat tires, Kids Love it!!
Fantastic learning tool that my 2yr old son just sees as a new awesome toy. Purchased a older model off Amazon for <$80. The super light weight is great for my little man to be able to toss it around and feel like he is in charge. He was a good pedeler from his trike, after 3 weeks on this he could ride a pedal bike!! (couldn't start or stop, but with a little push he was off and going, good workout keeping up with him). Tough too, I was a little unsure about the foam tires, but after my wife parked on one with our suburban, I just had to warm it up and it came back to it's original shape. I would recommend this to anyone
I have even had him on single track with it and he had a blast coasting down the hills and "running" around int he woods.
Strengths: Light, teaches balance without training wheels, great colors, ergonomically designed for little kids, no flat tires, great customer service, well made.
Weaknesses: Somewhat expensive
After reading all the hype on these, I was pretty sure I wanted to buy one for my soon to be 3 year old's birthday. At his party in a park, a woman walked by with her not even 2 year old son cruising around on one with flawless balance and confidence. The idea is basic; a pedal-less bike much like they had in the 1800s. But the reasoning makes perfect sense. Training wheels teach bad habits and focus on pedalling more than balance. Take the training wheels off, and your child has to learn all over again. With the strider, they sit on the seat and walk along. Eventually they'll pick their feet up and coast along for a few feet, and before you know it, they'll be cruising down hills with ease and a great sense of balance. When it's time for a pedal bike, the balance is already there and they just need to learn to pedal.
The construction is great on these, as well as the smaller grips and seat for smaller kids. The tires are a sturdy foam/soft plastic, and the frame is made to last. Super light and easy to handle for the little ones.