First, we changed the world with the Strider Bike. That wasn’t enough. We wanted to do more because we believe everyone, regardless of their current skill or ability, should have the chance to ride a bike. Why? Because it’s awesome. More importantly, riding a bike changes lives. We believe that deep down to the soft gooey center of our being. That’s why we developed the Strider 16 and Strider 20 Sport Balance Bikes. These no-pedal models break down the overwhelming task of learning how to ride a bike into a safe and natural progression. If your kiddo can walk, they can now join everyone else in the neighborhood as they ride bikes and grin from ear to ear.
We hear it all the time that people with cognitive, developmental, or physical disabilities are told that they probably won’t be able to ride a bike. But that’s just because they haven’t had the right tool to teach them how to ride a bike! The Strider 16 & 20 Sport Balance Bikes are that tool.
Built for ages 6 and up and fitting an inseam of 52-37 cm (20-27 in.), the Strider 16 Sport is the perfect balance bike for those who want to learn how to ride but haven’t had the right opportunity to learn. This bike features no-tool seat adjustment, so the bike always fits, and the fun never stops. Bike riding – a life-changing, magical, and revolutionary skill – belongs to everyone, and the Strider 16 Sport Balance Bike gives that freedom to everyone.
Not compatible with pedal kits.
Strider 16 Sport Balance Bike – Blue – SKU: SS-S2BL, UPC: 848953000650
Strider 16 Sport Balance Bike – Red – SKU: SS-S2RD, UPC: 848953000674
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What is a Strider Bike?
Only the coolest balance bike for toddlers on the market! Strider Bikes are designed to be the best way for toddlers to learn to ride by teaching balance first. A Strider Balance Bike inspires confidence for a child who has only been walking for a short time. If your child can walk, they can ride a Strider!
What model should I buy?
Great question. So many options! We offer several different models for kiddos ages 6 months - 7 years old:
12 Sport 2-in-1 Rocking Bike – Built for babies looking for fun and freedom. This is the perfect way to introduce a bike to your child. (6 months – 5 years)
12 Pro 2-in-1 Rocking Bike – An all-aluminum frame meets a rocking good time. Perfect for future racers and high-performance fans. (6 months – 5 years)
12 Classic – Don’t let its modesty fool you. The Strider Classic is a skill-building, confidence-building, budget-friendly model. (Ages 18 months to 3 years)
12 Sport – Looking for more features than you can shake a stick at? Meet the bike that set the world on fire. It’s our most popular model for a reason. (Ages 18 months to 5 years)
12 Pro – Performance meets perfection with the Pro’s all-aluminum frame. This is our high-end model and race ready right out of the box. (Ages 18 months to 5 years)
14x Sport – Instant riding success? Yeah, we went there. The 14x starts off as a balance bike and, with a little help from the Easy-Ride Pedal Conversion Kit, transforms into their very first pedal bike. This is the best bike for those younglings making the transition to pedals. (Ages 3 to 7 years)
What size should I get?
Strider Bikes are available in 12", 14", 16", and 20" models (the number refers to wheel diameter in inches). The best way to determine which size is right for your kiddo is to go by their inseam. Check out our handy inseam graph below.
There are no pedals? How do they make it go? How do they stop?
Children put their feet on the ground and push, just like Fred Flintstone.
Toddlers' legs are strongest when used this way, rather than trying to pedal really short cranks. They are actually faster and more capable of dealing with uneven terrain and inclines on a Strider Balance Bike than a pedal bike.
Stopping is just as easy as starting; they just put their feet down. For experienced riders, we also offer an optional foot-operated brake. We don't recommend it until about age 3 to 4 years old. For really young riders, success requires simplicity. That’s what we strive to do: Keep It Simple.
How high should the seat be?
Proper seat height should have the child sitting on the saddle, with feet flat on the ground, with a slight bend in the knees. For long-distance striding on smooth surfaces, you can raise this slightly. For obstacles, tricks, and off-road riding, the saddle should be adjusted for slightly more bend in the knees. Strider offers two different length seatposts – 220 mm (8.66 in.) and 305 mm (12.0 in.). Older/taller riders will benefit by using the XL seatpost.
What should I do, my child is big enough to pedal a bike but doesn't want to quit riding the Strider?
Kids are focused on FUN. The transition to ANY pedal bike is a big one because most pedal bikes are two to three times the weight of a Strider. Most pedal bikes will only be able to be ridden on flat, smooth surfaces. This isn't nearly as much fun as going on an adventure with your all-terrain-capable Strider. We recommend that you offer both to your child and let them choose. Remember, ALL the skills learned and time spent on the Strider will roll into pedal bike/dirt bike riding proficiency later. So don't get in a hurry; don't feel like they are getting behind. When the pedal bike becomes more FUN to them, they will make the switch. Until that time, you want to encourage them to ride and have FUN on whichever bike they choose. That’s why we designed the 14x Sport as a balance bike that turns into a pedal bike. Switching back to balance bike mode takes only minutes, and your child has the best of both worlds.