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Early Rider Trainer Bike

Early Rider Trainer Bike

The Early Rider bike teaches kids how to balance from day one.

The Early Rider bike teaches kids how to balance from day one.

Here’s a product I have not tried but am considering for Mini: the Early Rider training bike comes without pedals and with an extra fat rear tire so that kids have to learn how to balance right away. Mini is at the stage where he loves pushing himself around on a tricycle, but he doesn’t really understand the pedal concept yet. I think this might be a cool product for him to try, because it will allow him to push himself around without hitting himself with the pedals, and he can learn the whole balance thing while he figures out the pedaling concept.

The bike comes in three different sizes based on both the kid’s age and the weight of the bike itself: 1) the lite series (for ages “pre- 2-4,” 2) Classic for 2-5, and 3) Evolution for 3.5 to 6 years. Available online at Tyke Rider.

Comments (2)

  1. Nov 12, 2009

    That looks cool; somewhere I remember reading a review of it. It seems like I heard that it’s quite heavy for a little kid bike. Anyway, I do think the “glide” method is the way to teach ’em to ride. Our daughter did that on a regular bike: just putting her feet on the ground, pushing off and picking up her feet for brief periods, then going longer and longer. Way way better than the dad-running-behing-the-seat method.

  2. anna
    Nov 12, 2009

    It looks like they have a slightly lighter version that is new. And I like the fact that Mini would not have the pedals hitting him if he started using it now, but I would like to see it in person before I decide about whether it’s a good buy or not.

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