The Strider design means our balance bike has footrests. We feel they are important so we are going to cover our reasons as to why and deal with the controversy of whether having footrests on a balance bike are important. Strider Bikes are pro-footrests and we think footrests are a MUST.
The main purpose of a Strider balance bike is to teach very young children from 1 year old and upwards how to steer and balance on two wheels while building up enough skill and confidence for them to easily transition to a pedal bike. Providing children can place their feet on the ground, they feel safe and steady. Especially without anything complicated getting in the way, which is why Striders balance bike footrests were built into the frame in a very thoughtful and performance-oriented way. To ensure no nasty bruises and scrapes to ankles , the footrests are smoothly intergraded into the rear of the frame so that they won’t interfere with the ‘striding’ motion of little legs as they move along. The footrests are also perfectly aligned below the rider’s hips and put your toddler into the perfect body position without the child even realising or without any intervention from parents. When Strider Riders get a little more advanced the position of the footrests make it able for them to easily raise themselves off the seat to absorb bumps in the road, just like you do on your bike. Try riding off a kerb with your legs dangling...ouch!
10 years of research have gone into our bikes. Without footrests, the riding and gliding experience of riding a balance bike is greatly reduced and uncomfortable, as the rider must then hold their feet in the air while trying to balance and steer all at once. Adding the footrests encourages the rider to create enough momentum to then place their feet on the footrests and glide with full balance as long as possible. We can’t speak for every other bike company out there, but at Strider we want you and your child to get as much value out of your balance bike as possible. By adding the footrests it increases the comfort of learning how to ride making your child enjoy it last much longer. Strider Balance Bikes are the optimum standard for footrests.
The 12” Pro frame, has a larger ergonomic footrest built in. So called a Pro as it is used by the children of Dame Sarah Storey and Mark Cavendish, therefore providing a slightly larger and raised textured surface for riders to place their feet and ensure a firm grip for advanced riding. This product is available exclusively on the Strider 12 Pro.
Then your child will be able to jump anything! Here is Casey Lister aged 4 showing that anything is possible once you have learnt with balance bike footrests.