Kid 'Scoot' Bikes

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

“If your toddler can walk, your toddler can ride.” That’s a tag line from Strider Sports International, a Rapid City, S.D., company, and maker of its namesake Strider “scoot bike” for small kids. The point with the product, which is a scooter with no pedals, chain or gears, is to teach balance on two wheels and let kids skip training wheels altogether to go right to riding a bike.

It works. Our young boy, Charlie, rode a Strider for a couple weeks before turning four-years-old this spring. Just after his birthday, he put down the Strider and gripped the handlebars of a small kid bike without training wheels. Despite a wobbly start, Charlie was pedaling and riding in fine balance within a few hours all the way down our block.

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Toddler with Strider bike

Friends of mine tout their kids were riding a bike by age three years thanks to a Skuut Toddler Bike, which is a similar product. Both the Strider (www.stridersports.com) and the Skuut (www.skuut.com) cost about $100. The Skuut is made out of wood and has rubber wheels. The Strider has a steel frame and hard foam wheels that cannot pop.

Charlie took right to the Strider. He started slow, sitting on the seat and walking down the sidewalk with the wheels rolling along. As he got used to the motion, he’d push off and lift his feet to glide.

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Skuut bike

To accommodate foot placement, the Strider has built integrated footrests into the frame. With minimal instruction, Charlie found the footrests, which are on both sides of the frame in front of the rear wheel, and stepped naturally back to rest and ride while the wheels glided free. When the Strider slowed, our son would remove his feet and stand up to stop.

The skills learned on the scooter translated quickly once Charlie stepped up to ride his “big boy” bike. The balance, hand grip, and the general motions were the same. The only difference is now he pedals for momentum instead of “running” with his feet.

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Strider bike

Beyond Strider or Skuut, companies including Schwinn and others make similar pedals-less, “learn-to-ride” products. If you have a coordinated, adventurous young kid and want to skip the training-wheels stage, in my experience these made-for-kids bikes are a must-buy.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com. Connect with Regenold at Facebook.com/TheGearJunkie or on Twitter via @TheGearJunkie.

Posted by David Haines - 06/17/2011 09:32 AM

AWESOME! A friend of mine that works in a bike shop just mentioned that my kids would dig these! Good timing on the article, may have to try a scoot bike for the little ones!

Posted by David Williams - 06/17/2011 01:38 PM

These are great but really there is no need for a special “scoot” bike. Simply remove the pedals from the cranks of a small bike, lower the seat and let the kid scoot around like they would on one of these. A couple days is all it would take for the child to learn how to balance. Then, put the pedals back on and the kid has “grown into” the bike.
Teach a child to ride a bike is one of the great honors in parenting! It is a rite of passage for both child and parent!

Posted by Joel - 06/17/2011 03:41 PM

The Strider has 11 inch minimum seat height and weighs 6 lbs 9 ozs! There is no way my 18 month daughter could have touched the ground or held up even the smallest “crank removed” kids bike. At just over 2 she rides and balances like a pro!

Posted by Missy - 06/17/2011 05:51 PM

or only buy one bike with pedals and teach your kid how to ride. Both of mine learned at three years old. Nothing fancy. No extra equipment.

Posted by Doug - 06/22/2011 11:32 AM

I was surprised how quickly my son, two year old, took to the push bike I got him. Now it is all he wants to do, he gos and gos in circles in the driveway.

Posted by Pat Smith - 06/22/2011 12:18 PM

These bikes were a very popular auction item at the Sewall Child Development Center. Scoot bikes are actually safer than tricycles and teach balance. And the bikes without pedals work for larger population of kids – with and without special needs.

Posted by Kristen Greenaway - 06/22/2011 12:58 PM

Our four-year-old’s been riding a Strider for two years and loves it. I used to walk beside him, then jog, then had to get my own bike out, the faster he got—on-road and off-road. Clocked him once at 15.5 mph. Love these bikes.

Posted by Kris Vadnais - 06/24/2011 03:49 AM

It took my 4 year old less than a week and she took off on her regular bike like it was nothing. I can’t recommend these enough, they work great.

Posted by kids scooters - 10/16/2011 01:43 AM

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Posted by kids scooters - 01/25/2012 04:44 AM

Hi there, my opinion toward kids scooter is positive. Kids scooter are designed by keeping safety tips in mind by the manufacturers. Kids scooters are fun toy for children.

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