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I just got one of these for my 3 year old daughter - only regret is that I didn't get her one sooner. It's amazing how fast kids pick up on stuff, she's already trying "tricks" that she's seen me do on my mountain bike. I think she'll be ready for a pedal bike next year, and skip the training wheels altogether.



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Both my kids were riding a bike w/o training wheels at 3 , just put them on a real bike on the grass and make them pedal non stop , they will be riding in 30 minutes , the pedaling part is very important....while they pedal they are balanced
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Both my kids were riding a bike w/o training wheels at 3 , just put them on a real bike on the grass and make them pedal non stop , they will be riding in 30 minutes , the pedaling part is very important....while they pedal they are balanced

what kind of bikes did you get for them?
there doesn't seem to be much middle ground between the POS throwaway box store bikes that weigh 40lbs and something that costs $300
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If you love that kid you would buy her a Cervelo with Zipps.
should I just buy her one my size and hope she grows into it?
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Striders kick ass. I bought them for my two oldest ones, when they were almost 4 and 2.

The 4 year old had a regular bike before that, and while we tried to teach her the old school way, she didn't have the confidence. After couple of months going crazy on the strider, she jumped on a pedal bike and just started riding. I couldn't believe it.

The 2 (now almost 3) year old goes ape shit on his. Pavement, gravel, grass, dirt. Uphill down hill, it doesn't matter. He loves it.

Striders are probably at the top of my "best purchase for the kids" list.
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Bought my 3yo a similar bike from Giant. I think build quality is a little bit better but it is a lot heavier. I would have liked to do a side by side comparison of the two but it wasn't possible.

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Bought my 3yo a similar bike from Giant. I think build quality is a little bit better but it is a lot heavier. I would have liked to do a side by side comparison of the two but it wasn't possible.

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Look at that one too. Haven't really noticed difference in quality. Fact that my two year old could easily pick up the Strider by himself sold me on it. Fact there is no air in the tires is a nice bonus
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Look at that one too. Haven't really noticed difference in quality. Fact that my two year old could easily pick up the Strider by himself sold me on it. Fact there is no air in the tires is a nice bonus
I read a bunch of reviews online where people were talking about how the hubs in the wheels were cardboard (or maybe it was the wheels?) in any case there were a ton of complaints (I realize people complain online) but when I found the Giant the reviews were all 5/5 and it was full of comments about it having big bike real bike quality. I figured both my kids could play with it.

I'd like to get her a cr50 or ktm50 next though.
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I'd like to get her a cr50 or ktm50 next though.
Thought that is a given for all of us on here with kids
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Thought that is a given for all of us on here with kids
They are frowned upon in boystown (it's not what it sounds like, not even close, no really it's err mostly men and they are usually just "posing" in their motorcycle based assless gear)

We are looking at a house on acreage in the burbs. Will be learning dirt and teaching my monsters to ride out there.
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I'm planning to take my kids to iamnotgreg's house in the suburbs to mooch his minibikes.

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We tried getting our 2.5 year old on a training wheel bike but her feet keep slipping of the pedals; it's frustrating for her. And I agree that the build quality is total crap unless you want to spend too much.

I think a strider would be a good next step. We got this as a gift; similar concept but a wide base. She took to it immediately .... uh, I guess we did too many stroller wheelies and now that's all she wants to do.
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I'm planning to take my kids to iamnotgreg's house in the suburbs to mooch his minibikes.
I knew if I built a race track in a corn field you would come.

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I'd like to get her a cr50 or ktm50 next though.
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Question - ouldn't you just buy a kid a bike with pedals, and remove them for the time being? Then once they get the hang of it install the pedals back on...

The concept is great, but then your left with a bike that the child will no longer use.
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Question - ouldn't you just buy a kid a bike with pedals, and remove them for the time being? Then once they get the hang of it install the pedals back on...

The concept is great, but then your left with a bike that the child will no longer use.

I thought about doing that. But most kids bikes of that size are really heavy. or really expensive. The strider is super light, and not terribly expensive. resale on them is pretty good too.
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