Strider Balance Bikes are simple, lightweight bikes designed to teach beginning riders as young as 6 months how to steer and balance on two wheels—without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Balance bikes are designed with only foot propulsion to teach the basics of riding, and are specifically designed to help individuals learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. When the fundamentals of balance and steering are mastered using natural means of propulsion (walking and running), transitioning to a pedal bike or motorcycle is seamless.
Strider Sports International, the world’s leading manufacturer of balance bikes, has revolutionized the bicycling industry over the last 10 years. With a worldwide presence and global sales of over 1.7 million bikes, Strider Bikes are best-in-class among other balance bikes and have a proven track record of getting people of all ages and abilities riding on two wheels.
The U.S. patented Strider frame design creates the ideal rider position for best bike handling: striking the perfect balance between wheelbase, stand-over height, center-of-gravity, footrest position, handlebar position, seat position, front-to-rear weight bias, and steering geometry. All components, such as seats and grips, are appropriately sized and shaped to fit young riders. The resulting bike is safe and easy to learn on, completely intuitive, and naturally comfortable to ride. Strider Bikes are lightweight, incredibly durable, grow with the child, and offer premium performance at every skill level.
Simply put, Strider Sports International has the greatest product lineup when it comes to the learn-to-ride process. Over the last 10 years, they’ve revolutionized the bicycling industry and continue to provide the ideal combination of passion and innovation.
To compliment the adjustable Strider Bikes, Strider provides a rocking base that turns any Strider 12 Balance Bike into a rocking base for infants and toddlers. Introducing children to Strider Balance Bikes as an infant helps develop their balance, gross motor skills, and their spatial awareness, accelerating their development.
Once children learn how to walk, they’re ready to progress to the Strider 12 without the base and begin learning balance. The bikes are highly adjustable, offering up to five years of use from one bike. They work on all terrains (including snow), have passed stringent safety tests, and millions of children around the world have learned to ride and race on Strider Bikes.
Beyond the Strider 12 models, Strider also has a 14” bike, the Strider 14x Sport. Launched in the fall of 2017, the 14x Sport is a larger balance bike with the ability to be converted to a pedal bike with the included Easy-Stride Pedal Kit. Complimenting the Strider 12, the 14x Sport provides a seamless opportunity for little riders to progress from a balance bike to a pedal bike with the same familiarity they’ve developed learning to stride. With 14” tires, this bike is ideal for riders ages 3-7 who are proficient on a Strider 12 model or just beginning their love affair with bicycling.
In addition to the Strider 12 models and the 14x Sport, Strider also has two larger balance bikes, the Strider 16” Sport (designed for riders 6 years and up) and the 20” Sport (designed for riders 13 years and up). These larger balance bikes are ideal children and adults with special needs, seniors looking to maintain their balance and mobility, and individuals of any age who may not know how to ride a bike or simply need to retrain their muscles.
The Strider Education Foundation values products that offer the fit, function, and performance that enables new riders to be successful in learning to ride; we believe Strider Bikes are simply the best balance bike on the market.
"It was wonderful to watch the kids demonstrate the coordination and balance skills that we’ve been working on through the APE program and achieve a new level of independence when riding the bikes…And because Strider Bikes is donating the bicycles to the students, they can further their progress at home with their families."
Dr. Amanda Young, Physical Education Teacher, KinderFrogs School and Starpoint School
"Stability scores in all body planes were significantly improved during the five-week duration,” said Shim, who conducted the research at the Pier Center for Autism in Sioux City, Iowa. “Starting on a STRIDER Bike can assist children with special needs in transitioning to a regular, two-wheeled bicycle without the anxiety of falling or using training wheels."
Dr. Andrew Shim, Chair of Briar Cliff University's Kinesiology and Human Performance Department
"This is all about the process of learning to ride in the right steps and never contradicting what you’re learning. So, they learn the proper balance and steer techniques that are identical to when you move onto pedal bikes. And what happens is with that success, all that stuff was kind of…that was out of reach or filed away, you say, OK, we just broke through what they told us was going to be the barrier, so now we don’t know how far we can take this."
Ryan McFarland, Founder, President, CEO, and Chief Enthusiast, Strider Sports International
"I currently have 8 bikes for my classroom and a wide variety of students use them. Students with physical impairments, BLIND students, kids with Down Syndrome, kids with autism; basically, anyone who can walk on their own (and even several who are a little shaky). We use them for recreation, social skills, community skills, physical therapy, adaptive PE, language development, and behavior interventions. They’re incredible."
Amy Speidel, Special Education Teacher/Special Olympics Coach
"The training program is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to overcome anxieties about riding bikes in a fun setting with peers. It was so exciting to see such joy and enthusiasm from the youth who participated in our first week of training. We look forward to seeing the youth develop confidence in their abilities in the weeks to come."
Kerry Zingg, Easterday Center Director
"We would often stride to Super America on Lake Street and his goal was to get there in less than 25 minutes and if he did so then he could get a cherry icee! It definitely was a motivator."
Kathryn Jensen, parent of a 9th grade student
"I have 2 students that are twins, 8 years old, and in the Autism Program in Minneapolis. In recent years, the 2 have made significant gains in their motor abilities. I had the opportunity to work with the two using a strider and it was extremely beneficial to their balance and coordination. They were so excited there was a bike their size that was not overwhelming because of the pedals."
Troy Kirby, D/APE teacher