Major Progress on the Strider Run Bike

by This is Carrie on August 13, 2010

He’s had his Strider Run Bike for four months now. He started off slow, then a couple months later, he started making some noticeable progress.

But it was when we took his bike out to the Over the Hump Mountain Bike Race that he really took it.  I think it was all the other awesome bikers around that gave him the inspiration to be awesome.

Seeing him ride like this at 28 months is making us seriously giddy for how he’ll be riding at age 3.

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Katie August 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

We just recently moved back from Germany where all the kids learn on pedal-less bikes. We picked one up at a garage sale there for $5 and it has been amazing in helping our daughter learn to effectively balance on a bike. She likes it far better than her training wheels bike. I didn’t even know they sold pedal-less bikes in the US. Oh, and as I side note, I dig your blog:)

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I think balance bikes are way more popular in Europe. So glad they’ve made their appearance over in the States, because now I can’t imagine a better way to teach a child to ride a bike.

oh, and thanks for the blog love :)

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kelly jo August 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm

That is so awesome! He’s doing great! One suggestion from a mom of an almost 3 year old with a Strider – gloves and knee pads!! (we got a set made by Bell that fit pretty well) My daughter took 2 pretty rough wrecks this weekend after flying down hills – one on gravel, one on asphalt (not my choice, but she just kept going!) Absolutely no crying, blood or even scratches involved, thanks to the gloves, kneepads and awesome helmet! And my husband – he pretended to be more concerned about the bike and immediately focused her attention to whether or not the bike was okay!

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Definitely a good idea. Falling on grassy hills isn’t a big deal, but on gravel, dirt and rock—that’s another story.

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kage August 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

WOW!
I finally saw two of these in person the other day ride by me at the park…

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Stacy August 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Oh Carrie he’s doing so great!! We bought Gage, my oldest, one after your suggestion. He’s slow right now but hopefully when we stop having 105 high temps we can get outside more often. And I loved the fist pump! Too cute!!

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It’s amazing how all of a sudden, they just “get it”. It really helped to have him ride following an older kid on a balance bike so he could see the possibilities. Otherwise, I’m not sure he would have even though to try the ramp.

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Cindy August 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

Jude was mesmerized watching him ride. What a cute boy he is.

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Tiffany August 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

We started our daughter at 2 and by 3, she was able to get on a pedal bike and take off – no training wheels ever! The concept totally worked for us, he’ll get there!

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That’s awesome! We can’t wait to see more progress in the coming year.

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jonita mortensen August 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm

That is my awesome grandson! But I think it’s all in the genes, not his own ability.

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Kimberly N August 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I love the video! My 27 month old just clicked with his run bike recently too, and now I have trouble keeping up with him at a walk. I need a ramp now — that looks like fun (and way better than trying to go down the steps like he’s doing now)

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Kimberly N August 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm

What kind of helmet is that? We have a Bell helmet but it’s way too big so we haven’t been making him wear it. Now that he’s zooming, we need to start enforcing it…

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It’s a Specialized Kid’s helmet. It’s been great and he loves that there is spider on it. :) If he wants to ride his bike, he always brings us his helmet first. It’s nice he’s in the habit.

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Matriarchivist October 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

This is encouraging. I am so anxious for the day my daughter rides that I bought her a strider bike for her first birthday (yes, I know… a little over the top). At 17 months she is starting to show interest and I can’t wait for the day we unleash her at the skate park.
Hooray for cycletots!

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