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What's more indicative of childhood summers than learning to ride a bicycle? If you've been out of the kid-toy loop for a few years, you'll be surprised to see that kids bikes extend beyond just training wheels, with a range of new options, from basic balance bikes to tricked-out trikes. To help you narrow down your search, we found the best of the best bikes for tiny toddlers all the way up to big kids. Don't see your kid's new bike on the list?
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Best “Big Bike” Preparation | STRIDER PREbike Balance Running Bike
If you have a little one who envies his or her big sibling racing down the sidewalk on a big-kid bike, the Strider PREbike looks and rides like a regular bicycle – just minus the pedals. Although it takes more balance than, say, a YBIKE, even the smallest toddlers can comfortably ride a Strider and learn the necessary balance skills. And when your little one gets especially good at balancing on two wheels, the bike’s foot rests allow him or her to cruise along without feet. The only thing left to learn is pedaling, which is arguably the easiest bike-riding skill to master.
The Strider PREbike’s handlebars and seat adjust for kids 30-44 inches, with an optional attachment for kids over 4 years old. But after a few years practicing on a Strider PREbike, we think your 4-year-old will have no problem transitioning right to pedals.
Find it at Amazon for $97.02 – $110