The Best Toddler Bikes

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The Best Toddler Bikes
Now your toddler can have a bike, too. (Precious Toddler image by Mary Beth Granger from Fotolia.com)

Toddler bikes, also known as run bikes or learner bikes, are small, two-wheeled bikes with no pedals or gears. Toddlers sit in the seat and project themselves along by kicking their legs along the ground. The manufacturers of these bikes claim that they teach toddlers to balance themselves and eliminate the need for stabilisers entirely.

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Early Rider

Early Rider is a British toddler bike manufacturer. The Early Rider bikes are all certified birch wood. They come in three sizes, ranging from tiny, 7-pound bikes for children under 2 years of age to slightly larger, 12-pound bikes for children more than 3 1/2 years old. These bikes have two settings for the steering, restricted and loose. The restricted steering allows children to get the hang of balancing while the loose steering is similar to the steering on a normal bicycle and teaches children how to make turns. The Early Riders have faux leather embroidered seats with adjustable parts that you can fit to your child's needs. The Early Riders' most remarkable feature may be aesthetic. These bikes have flame details and are constructed to look like classic motorcycles. You can purchase Early Riders online at the Early Rider website.

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PUKY

PUKY is a German manufacturer of learner bikes. The PUKY frames are aluminium. These run bikes are designed to be easy for toddlers to use. They have no crossbars, so toddlers do not have to lift their legs over the back tire to mount. They can just step right on. The bikes come in three sizes for learners of different ages. The PUKY bikes are also distinguished from competitors by their hand brakes. The hand brakes are an optional feature that teaches children how to brake with their hands and rely less on their feet. The PUKY bikes come in several colours and have padded rubber seats and rubber hand grips. The bikes are adjustable so that kids don't outgrow them right away.

PUKY

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Strider

Strider is an American company that sells the Strider No Pedal PREbike. These bikes are designed from children between 1 and 5 years old. Strider run bikes are aluminium. They come with adjustable seats and handlebars so that they can grow with your child. Striders are durable, easy to wash and easy to assemble and repair. They have no cables, chains, sprockets, pedals or protusions of any kind that your toddler could hurt herself on. Striders differ from other models in that they have a low centre of gravity. Thus, they are less likely to fall over. They also have integrated footrests, so that once your child feels comfortable balancing, she can pull up her feet and practice coasting.

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