Strider Balance Bike Review


Let me begin with a little background information.  When I first heard about balance bikes I laughed.  I was thinking ‘How stupid, who the heck would want a bike without pedals?’.  A year or so later I noticed a very young boy riding around our neighborhood on a bike without training wheels.  My jaw dropped.  I asked his dad, “How old is he?!?  Tow years old??  How did he learn to ride a bike at 2 years old??  That’s amazing”.  His answer:


My tune sure did change!  Needless to say, my daughter received a STRIDER for her 2nd birthday.  This wasn’t because I necessarily wanted her to ride a bike by age 2, but more because after reading many reviews I learned about how fun and beneficial it could be for her!

So here I am 2 years later reviewing a product we absolutely LOVE and believe in.

This review is for the STRIDER ST-4

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This is how the STRIDER Bike will arrive on your doorstep.


Once you open the box you will see 3 separate pieces.  This took me all of 10 minutes to put together.  Very simple and you don’t need any tools!



STRIDER has made some wonderful improvements since we first purchased ours 2 years ago.  My favorite improvement is  the adjustable handle bars and adjustable seat without the use of any tools!  This is extremely handy when you have more than one child!  It’s always nice to see a company that continues to make improvements that better their product.


My 24 Month old ready to cruise!

STRIDER balance bikes help children learn the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering, without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.


As seen here in the picture the seat and handle bars are on the lowest adjustment.  My youngest is 30 pounds and 35 inches tall.

The STRIDER builds confidence and eliminates fear by allowing kids to have their feet on the ground and progress at their own pace.  This unique design teaches young children balance on two wheels right from the start, avoiding developmental delays typical with tricycles and training-wheel bikes.



Another one of my favorite features…The STRIDER weighs 6.7 pounds!!!  My 3 year old can pick it up with one hand.


And put it over her head with two hands.  :-P


A few short video clips of the STRIDER in action.

My 24 month old on the STRIDER.  She is just starting out.  You can see here how she falls on the bike and doesn’t get discouraged at all.  ”I’m fine”

My 5 year old on the STRIDER.  This gives you an idea on how you can use it across ages.  My oldest has been riding a bike without training wheels for over 2 years now and she still enjoys riding on the STRIDER.  She is 45 Pounds and 45 inches tall.

Here is my middle girl riding a bike with pedals.  This was 6 months after riding a STRIDER Bike.  She was 2.5 years old here.  She received a STRIDER for her 2nd birthday.  She wouldn’t go near it for 2 months.  At 26 months she started walking with it between her legs… not sitting down yet.  A month later she was sitting and walking.  Two months later she was running.  Four months later she was striding.  One day I asked her if she wanted to try a bike with pedals and she said yes.  She hopped on the bike and never looked back!  She continues to enjoy riding both her STRIDER and her bike with pedals.

We did not test this accessory out yet because of our lack of snow.  However, this is AWESOME!!!




They sell a ski attachment so you can use your STRIDER all year long.  So cool!!

Now…. to convince them to make these for adults!

STRIDER bikes retail for 109.00 and can be purchased directly through their website:



STRIDER bikes will also be participating in our 100,000 fan giveaway.  Stay tuned!

STRIDER receives our:

PAHM Seal II Approval-1

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4 Responses to Strider Balance Bike Review

  1. Abby B says:

    Yep, my six year old received one from my cycling fanatical dad when he was 18 months old. He used it for about a year and then, as soon as he figured out how to pedal, took off on a regular bike. I agree that one of the best aspects is the weight. I can’t tell you how many times my son rode and rode down the trail until he was exhausted. The Strider made the return journey carrying my son *and* the bike not so miserable. When we upgraded to a regular bike, I about died carrying it.

    My 22 month old daughter will be receiving hers for Christmas. (She could have just used her brother’s old one, but like I said, my dad is fanatical.)

    And since you’re in the Triangle area, be sure to check out Solite Park in Durham near Southpoint. It has a pump park (small hill obstacles for bikes) and a mini-trail for off-road riding. My son *loves* going there.

    My post about Solite Park from back when I blogged:

  2. Rose says:

    My twin grandsons love their striders. They will be 3 years young in March and have been striding for at least 9 months!

  3. Kelly Crouch says:

    Thank you! I am a youth sports coach that works with the YMCA and I have been pushing the use of these bikes for over a year now. Youth programs everywhere are working hard to get the word out about the misconception that training wheels can even help you learn to ride a bike at all. Building muscle memory with the use of bikes like these is the safest and most efficient way to go. Again, thanks.

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