From time to time we sit up and take a look around other balance bikes on the market. We talk to a lot of parents and one issue that has been very much discussed are the different seats on balance bikes
Recently we were sent a bike that was being advertised as an alternative to our STRIDER. We thought it might be interesting to run a comparison of the two bikes over the next few blog posts.
So lets start with seats for balance bikes
STRIDER's 12 Sport comes with two seat posts. One that is a mini toddler sized seat, that has a black post and a small moulded saddle to accommodate the narrow hip spacing of the under threes - any wider and you are putting too much strain on the hips. Some claim that is it looks hard but its by design. Most of our kids are still in nappies at this stage so a wipe clean seat that can accomodate the bulk of a nappy is ideal. The other is a longer black post with a padded moulded saddle to accomodate the wider hips of older children and extend the length of the post so it can be used by taller children. Both have electrodeposited paint to minimise scratches and prevent rusting. After all a STRIDER is a go anywhere at anytime bike!
Some other cheap imitation strider balance bikes offer just one post, with a silver post, loosely stapled seat covering and to our horror the ends were rough enough to cut fingers and wide enough an opening to get a toddlers thumb well and truly stuck. Some seats for balance bikes shouldn't be available for children this young
STRIDER pass the rigorous safety testing for 18 months and over for good reason!
Go on turn over the seat and have a look! Not all seats for balance bikes are the same.