Dan - 2 years ago
originally posted on http://www.striderbikes.com/
We have the Strider 12 Classic. It's a good concept and I'm pleased with the quality of the bike. It turns well, it is light weight, and it can handle all the abuse a new rider puts on it. My son will be 3-1/2 yrs old next month, but after only 1-1/2 months of consistently riding it he can glide pretty well. Distance traveled varies with his speed. He rides it on the paved neighborhood streets which have moderately inclined sloped hills, and some flat spots. What I don't like about this product is that there are no brakes. The only way to stop it is to put your feet down. He gets a lot of momentum going in a short distance on the little hills in the area, and has a hard time stopping. He puts his feet down, but his legs buckle when his feet his the ground. The other day he ran into a car parked in the street, and he scares us when he approaches stop signs. A hand brake for the rear tire needs to be added. It would also be nice to have a place for him to put his feet when he does start gliding. This would keep the feet and legs from flailing about which affects his balance and control. The little "shelf" in front of the back tire isn't really good for anything. A peddle bike is not the answer because he is not quite there yet with peddling and coordination. It is a great product for flat ground, but a child that has some daredevil in them that rides on hills (even low sloped ones) needs brakes. This safety concern is the only reason why I would not recommend this product to anyone with hills.