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Bikes for kids ages 2 and up to the 3rd Birthday

2 year old on FirstBIKE

Bikes for kids ages 2 and up to the 3rd birthday:  These kids are definately ready to start experimenting with a balance bike both physically and developmentally!  

The problem a lot of parents face at this age is getting the right size bike for this age.   We have heard many times that parent unknowingly buy a bike with a seat height that is too high for their child this age because a lot of bike companies label their bikes "for kids 2 - 5 yrs old". However, this is not always true and the seat height may be too high for your child to ride at first.   

On the opposite spectrum, we've had kids turning 3 who are the size of a 4 1/2 year old that needs to be on the largest 12" bike instead of a bike based on his age alone.

Things to think about:

  • Kids turning 3 and younger usually still have a pretty short inseam, plus they are still developing their coordination skills.   So it's important to measure their inseam and not buy something too big or heavy that they "will grow in to" .  Many of these kids will be able to pedal bike within a year - so it doesn't have to last 2 -3 yrs (maybe a hand me down for the next one or neighbor!)
  • Kids closer to 24 months will not be able to use a handbrake yet - however, kids close to 3 may be able to depending on their coordination skills.   Kids will automatically use their feet and ignore a handbrake until they are ready.  It is good to not force them to learn or use the brake before they are ready because you want them to stop immediately when they need to and this instinctually will be with their feet. 
  • If you child's inseam is greater than 13 - then toggle between these choices and the next size up.  If their inseam is 14" or greater, the next size up may be the category you should focus on more.

Bikes in this age range:

1.  Strider Prebike:  This bike has a great range on it - from 11" up to 20" with the XL seat (though kids with an inseam over 16" should choose a bigger bike if they are just starting out).  Easy to use, easy to carry for both kids and parents, throw on the back of the stroller, under your arm.  If you want ease and convenience (and lightweight!) this may be your choice.

2.  Kinderbike Laufrad and Mini  (and possibly the Morph).   If your child's inseam is 13" or longer, we suggest the Laufrad regular over the Mini because the kids will have a longer use on the older end of the bike.  These bikes have air tires and handbrakes and are built like a real bike.   The new Kinderbike Morph which may be released late Fall 2013 is suppose to have a seat range of 12" - 20" and transition into a pedal bike and may be able to fit kids as young as 2 1/2 up to 6. 

3.  Glide Bikes:  Ezee Glider for 20 months and up and the Mini Glider for 2 1/2 and older. The Mini glider fits kids closer to 3 alittle more comfortably because the seat is set back alittle more from the handlebars which are set wider apart than on the Ezee Glider.  These bikes are fairly lightweight at only 8 - 8 1/2 pounds and come with a patented foot peg which is removeable without a tool if you prefer to not have it.  Also has a handbrake and comes in several appealing colors.

4.  Scoot Mini by Ridgeback:  This new bike by well known bike company in the UK has a nice seat range of 11" - 17" and comes with high end parts including air tires and aluminum rims and a handbrake.  If your child's inseam is 14" or taller, then step up to the regular Scoot.

5.  FirstBIKE:  This is a great quality bike (pictured above) - but you will probably will have to buy the lowering kit and the child should be closer to 3 or a tall 2 1/2 year old.  The Street model will be lower to the ground than the Cross or Special Editions. Your child's inseam should probably be close to 13" to fit comfortably on this bike due to the wider seat (which is very comfortable!)

6.  Early Rider Lite and Wishbone wooden bikes:   Both of these high end wooden balance bikes are works of art and will fit kids between 2- 3 and grow with them until 5 yrs of age.  We now have plenty of XL seats for the Early Rider series.

 

 


Early Rider Lite Balance Bike

CODE: 500

$170.00   $145.00
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The Early Rider Lite Balance Bike is the lightest and smallest of the beautiful Early Rider Series. At an amazing 7 pounds and a seat height starting at... More

2013 ST-4 Red Strider Bike
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Free shipping!  Shiney Fire Engine Red Strider balance bike - Newest edition ST4!  Packed with features for a comfortable ride for your toddler.  Best selling balance bike worldwide and easiest starting bike for kids as young as 17 months old!   Larger replacement seat as child grows and fits well up to the 5th bday!  Now with sealed bearings wheels for longer lasting ride in the elements such as water, sand, dirt.  Get your strider top of the line bike today!


2013 ST-4 BLUE Strider Bike
$119.00   $89.00
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Free Shipping for your Blue Strider ST4 - great glossy deep blue loved by boys and girls alike!  Packed with all the new 2013 features - perfected for toddlers as young as 17 months, but the ability to grow with them until the 5th birthday!  The lightest balance bike on the market and fastest growing balance bike in the world.  Now comes with sealed bearings and powdered coated paint for longer lasting quality and use.  You can't go wrong with at Strider bike!


2013 ST-4 GREEN Strider Bike
$119.00   $89.00
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Free shipping on your Green ST4 Strider bike!  A great color to share with boys and girls and a great color to accessorize with Strider accessories! (see build your own strider above)  Packed with all the great features of the newest Strider bike available, the Green Strider comes with toddler sized seat and handgrips, and sealed bearings which protect against elements such as rain, sand and dirt from wearing down your wheel.  Buy one of the most popular balance bikes in the world and you will feel your money has been well spent!


2013 ST-4 ORANGE Strider Bike
$119.00   $89.00
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Free shipping!  The Orange Strider prebike reminds me of a perfectly colored pumpkin!  Shiney and ready to ride, the ST4 Strider bike is the best balance bike for the youngest toddlers starting as young as 17 months, with toddler sized seat and handgrips, but with a frame sized perfect for several years of growth.  An XL seat and post allows your child to use this bike up to 5 years of age!  Sealed bearings and powder coated paint gives you the assurance it will last as long as you need including up to several kids waiting in line. 


2013 ST-4 PINK Strider Bike
$119.00   $89.00
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Free shipping for this pretty in pink Strider ST4 bike!  The perfect choice for the child who loves pink!  This latest model of Striders balance bike is packed with high quality features such as quick releases for handlebars and seat post for easy adjustment,  wide adjustment of handlebar height and seat height fitting kids as young as 17 months and up to 5 years of age.   Sealed bearings provides assurance for longer lasting wheels through water, sand, dirt - all the fun places kids like to roam.  Getting a Strider bike, the most popular balance bike for toddlers, will be one of your favorite purchases for your child!


2013 ST-4 YELLOW Strider Bike
$119.00   $89.00
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Free shipping! The yellow Strider balance bike is bright, fun, and loved by both genders.   The Strider prebike is a top selling brand in the world and for a good reason.  Packed with features loved by kids and parents, this pedal free bike is both small enough for an 18 month old, but will grow with your child up to their 5th birthday!  Sealed bearings, quick releases on both the handlebars and seat posts, many accessories to style to your liking all add to the appeal and safety of this toddler bike.


Build your own Strider ST-4 Bike
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The Strider bike company has several fun and amazing accessories to make your New ST-4 Strider truly your own! Choose your favorite team colors!  Mix... More

2013 Orange EZee Glider Air

CODE: 402

$109.99   $95.00
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The Orange Ezee glider bike is a fun color for both boys and girls and can easily be passed down to siblings when ready.  A smaller version of the Mini Glider, the ezee glider has all the features you are looking for.  Air tires for great traction and bounce,  small foot pegs that can be removed during the early days,  child sized handbrake, quick release on the seat for fast adjustment when you are on the road, and low starting handlebars for easy reach and will grow with your child.  The orange ezee glider is a great first bike choice that will grow with your toddler as they do!


2013 Black EZee Glider Air

CODE: 402

$109.99   $95.00
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The Black Ezee glider bike is great for the younger toddler with perfectly sized specs for easy handling!  This ezee glider bike has air tires, handbrake to use when ready, and removeable foot pegs when ready for gliding!  Handlebars adjust up/down as your child grows.  Quick release on the seat stem for quick adjustment as your child grows.  The balck ezee glider looks daring like a motorcyle that your child will be intrigued to get on and ride!