We were sent Strider's brand new 14x Sport Balance Bike to enjoy and review!
My little guy, Sawyer, is now 5-years old.
He has been riding a trike and a 10" bike with training wheels for the past couple years.
My husband died in 2015. Sawyer doesn't have his Dad to get out there each night after work to teach him how to ride without training wheels. The classic view of a Dad running behind his little boy holding the back of his bike seat will never happen for this kid. So, Mom steps in to teach him how to ride. "Mom! You're one tough guy! Thanks, Mom (insert high five)!" We often hit up local bike trails, skate parks, playgrounds with nice sidewalks, Minnesota State parks, campgrounds, and my kids are always zipping around our neigborhood on any wheels that they can find. Being outdoors every day is very important to our family and learning how to ride a bike is one of the ultimate joys of an outdoor childhood.
We have considered a balance bike before so we were so excited to get this fantastic bike at our doorstep thanks to the wonderful people that work at Strider.
This new style of Strider is designed for kids ages 3-7 and it was so simple to put together. I am not a person who enjoys assembling things but this literally took less than 5 minutes to put together right out of the box. It also comes with an Easy-Ride Pedal Kit so that when your kid gets the hang of balancing they can have you add the pedals and off they go!
From Striders website: "Instant Success. That’s what we wanted kids to experience on the Strider 14x Sport. We’ve put together all the right ingredients to give your tyke a taste of confidence to successfully shift from riding a balance bike to pedaling like a pro as quickly as possible. Why? Because the success your child experiences when they ride a Strider is going to stay with them throughout their life."
We have had this bike for over a week and it's a total hit! I can already see that this bike will give him more freedom to roll around the neighborhood and so much more confidence on the trail.
Sawyer has been riding around on this in our driveway, in our living room, and on the streets in our neighborhood. He was a little hesitant at first but after his big sister showed him how it's works he was out there on his own. It's great when I'm out walking the dogs and instead of walking along with me he can just jump on this bike and practice his balancing while we are having some quality family time outside. A few times I have been happy and surprised to see his little feet lift off the ground which means that he's starting to get the hang of balancing! This is so cool because he's been so afraid to take the training wheels off of his other bike. We definitely wish we would have added a Strider to our crew of wheels years ago. I love how it has easy to adjust handlebars and seat so it can grow with him. Parents? Your kids would go wild for this bike and it would be a wonderful addition to the outdoor gear your family owns.
This kid is definately born to ride. He has loved being pulled, pushed, scooted, or rolled around on anything with wheels since he starting walking. It will take time for him to get the hang of this balancing thing enough to add the Easy-Ride pedals but good things take patience. Or maybe he will surprise me! My job as his Mom is to load up this bike and get him out on local trails and to parks so that he can get the hang of it and enjoy the fresh air that every kid needs each and every day.
Today we decided to get out into the crisp Fall air and sunshine and hit up a little local trail. We loaded up the new Strider and my daughters's scooter and we drove over to the Goodhue-Pioneer State Trail in HayCreek. My little born-to-ride boy had a great time rolling along after our 11-year old German Shorthair dog Ruby and his 7-year old sister, Hazel. What a beautiful day to get kids outside in Red Wing, Minnesota! This bike/walking trail is such a wonderful hidden gem in our community. We use this trail year-round for biking, walking, running our two German Shorthair dogs, getting to the swimming access of Hay Creek, and hiking through the winter snow in search of sunshine and adventure.
From Striders website: "The 14x Is the Best Way to Teach Riding. The low center of gravity gives your child complete control. It’s low enough that it teaches children how to stride and pedal effectively, while allowing them to put their feet on the ground whenever he/she wants. The narrow pedals make striding to gain momentum and pedaling with confidence a breeze."...........We definitely agree!
Winter is coming soon here in southern Minnesota so I wanted to get this review out there before our local trails are covered in snow and ice and before parents are thinking of gifts for their outdoor kids for the holiday season. As you can see from this giant smile........We give this bike two thumbs up and tell you that any outdoor kid would jump for joy to receive this new Strider 14x Sport for the holidays, their birthday, or just because. I will continue to post about this bike and Sawyer's progress as the months go by and he's able to get it out when weather permits. Look for future glimpses of this awesome bike on my Instagram, Facebook, and The Today Show Parenting Team blog.
Thank you Strider for helping this outdoor kid to start to gain more confidence and freedom on two wheels.
P.S. And kids? Don't forget your helmet, get outside every single day, and if you see us on the trail? Say Hello!
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