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#1 Just Another Cat

Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:12 PM

I'd like to get DD a balance bike for Christmas.I think I might go with the Strider my only concerns are the wheels and brakes.

Did you find that the absanse of a brake was a problem?

What are the wheels made from? Is it rubber with good grip or a hard plastic?

Edited by GrumpyTurtle, 03 December 2012 - 12:14 PM.

#2 TootToot

Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:52 PM

QUOTE (GrumpyTurtle @ 03/12/2012, 01:12 PM)
I'd like to get DD a balance bike for Christmas.I think I might go with the Strider my only concerns are the wheels and brakes.

Did you find that the absanse of a brake was a problem?

What are the wheels made from? Is it rubber with good grip or a hard plastic?

In place of the brake, your child will use their shoes.  Regarding the wheels, nt sure of the material but our DS has biked a lot and the wheels look like they'll last another child no problem.  If anything, it's the seat material that is a little worse for wear because DS bangs the bike down with no thought for the poor seat.  We love our strider, expensive but has been well used.

#3 chickendrumstick

Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

The tyres are made of some sort of super tough plastic that they improved in their last model upgrade.
We love our Strider - we got it from Little Sprout for about $170 with free shipping which seems to be a pretty reasonable price for one.

#4 melaine

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:04 PM

Love our balance bikes. We have 2 - a strider and an avanti one.

I prefer, and my 5 year old prefers, the Avanti one. It has a better seat and has pneumatic wheels which it means it is a bit of a softer ride on uneven ground. However, we got our just turned 3 year old the strider because he wasn't quite tall enough for the avanti one (which my older son got when he turned 4).

The strider is 2 months old and its tyres are looking more worn than I expected - the Avanti is a year old and has been ridden daily and it's tyres are in really good condition. My son's shoes on the other hand... (the tip there is to buy cheap runners with hard rubber soles!).

They are about the same price - if your DD is 3 and average height I'd look at the Avanti one as well. http://www.cranksbikes.com.au/index.php?op...&Itemid=233

Edited by melaine, 09 December 2012 - 05:12 PM.

#5 caitiri

Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:23 PM

We looked at ones with and without brakes but the guy from the shop we bought from pointed out that few kids that age will have the dexterity or coordination to use a handbrake, they instinctively use their feet.  I'm not sure which brand we have actually but like a PP the wear is showing on the seat because it keeps getting dropped on the ground.

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