2012 STRIDER ST-3 Balance Bike

None of my kids, teenager included know how to ride a bike. I really wanted to get them all bikes this summer, but 6 kids who don’t know how to ride a bike, plus one parent trying to teach them all at the same time did not seem like a very great idea!

I did quite a bit of research and decided we would get the younger kids balance bikes this year. The STRIDER balance bike helps to teach kids balance and coordination- both of which my kids need before I put them on a normal bike. Traditional bicycles place too much of the focus on learning to pedal — skimping on developing the proper motor skills and balance needed to ride a bike with out training wheels.

However if you teach your child balance and coordination before pedaling, you will have a more confident child and the STRIDER allows you to do this by completly taking pedaling out of the mix so that kids can concentrate solely on learning balance, which takes more practice!

The 2012 STRIDER ST-3 Balance Bike is super light, it weighs only 6.4 pounds and it can hold children up to 60lbs so even the tiniest of tots can lug the STRIDER around. The unique frame design has integrated Launch Pad footrests for gliding and learning advanced riding skills. The tires are puncture-proof all-terrain EVA polymer that were molded with sealed bearings and have 8mm steel axles!

It takes some practice to learn how to ride a balance bike. At first my kids wobbled all over and were worried they would fall. We did have a few spills, but nothing serious!

Once they finally found their center of balance it was smooth sailing!

To be honest- before I did my research I didnt even know balance bikes existed. When I showed it to my husband, he just could not get why we would spend that much money on a bike with no petals when we could buy a bike from Walmart with training wheels for way less! Well…

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 STRIDERis the ‘right tool for the job’ when it comes to learning to ride!

Both Nathan and I can not believe the progress all of the kids have made in just a short time using the STRIDER. I think the bigger boys could handle a large bike with training wheels, but Miss Carlee is simply to small. All of my kids fit on this bike. Even our 8 year old. The seat height adjusts from 11″ to 16″ from ground and the extra-long seat post  (sold separately)  adjusts from 14″ to 19″ from the ground!

Buy It: You can purchase the STRIDER Balance Bike for 76.78.


  1. That is a great invention for learning to balance which is a good way to prepare for bikes.

  2. Best Balance Bikes says

    Balance Bikes are a great invention for sure! My daughter is 9 and still cannot ride a bike and wish I had known about these when she was younger! Seems like they are a lot of fun too!

  3. Love these bikes. I want to get one for my grandson. I think it’s incredibly genius whoever invented it.
    Thanks for this chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. I’ve seen these. would love to get one for my kids.

  5. Sharon Fagen says

    great for my kids

  6. nice!

  7. This would be fantastic for my daughter!!!!

  8. Bill Matthews says

    This would be great for my brothers son!

  9. Nancy Shaughnessy says

    My grandson would love this 🙂

  10. I had a friend who had one of these for her son, it was one of the most awesome things I’ve seen! Best invention for kids who want to be independent but still can’t quite ride an actual bike! I completely forgot about them until I saw this!

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