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October 28, 2009

New York Times Reports on Balance Bikes 3 Yrs. After Cycling Dude's 1st Story

The Fish Wrap of Record was so embarrassed by the shame of being scooped by the likes of The Cycling Dude that it took almost 3 years for them to get over it, and do their own story...

Ok, ok, maybe not, but who can resist teasing The Gray Lady? ;-D

My friend Randy Eady, of Glider Rider, has alerted me to a story in the New York Times, by Yishane Lee,  that gives very brief opinions on several bikes, including Glider Rider, providing pictures of each model, prices, and website links.

( FULL DISCLOSURE: My "Scoops" of the Venerable Times = Raising a Cyclist in 21st Century America Pt. 1, and Pt. 2, Cycling Dude Promoted at Florida Conference!, So Easy a 3 yr. old can do it! )

The test rider was the 2 yr. old son of a bike shop sales rep in Maryland and DC, and Dear Old Dad provided the opinions on each bike.

For instance, this was his opinion on Glider Rider, a bike that was not his 1st, or 2nd, choice of the 5 bikes discussed:

This 10-pound, steel-and-aluminum bike holds up to 90 pounds, and its lowest fully adjustable seat setting is 12.5 inches. Although Mr. Bartolome praised the footrest and kickstand, he had mixed feelings about the handle behind the seat. “I used it to steady the bike while Velo steered on his own,” he said, but holding onto Velo instead of the bike felt safer. “The hand brake was difficult even for me to pull back,” he added.

Obviously these thoughts are not a detailed review of each product, but they DO give parents some preliminary thoughts to work with, from a parent, with an age appropriate child, who happens to be an Cycling Industry person as well.

With the links provided, and a little Google Searching, any parent interested in any of these bikes can learn all they need to know to make the right decision for their child.

Read the story here.


***UPDATE - 12:20PM***

Randy Eady responds to Opinion of Tester on Glider Rider:

"Too bad the tester didn't understand the grip behind the seat was for carrying the bike...when your toddler bailed out after riding for awhile...

He apparently used it to guide his young son--which defeats the point of having them balance for themselves...ah well!

It IS a pretty picture. ;-D

BTW: Donating the two testers to a local charity called TLC Mobility for their annual Differently Abled Toy Drive."



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My son loves his Strider.

He wakes up everyday looking to ride it around the block.

Posted by: Kenneth Elliot | Jun 18, 2010 7:21:30 AM

Add me to the list of parents whose son loves his Strider.

Posted by: Gerry | Dec 17, 2010 9:24:13 AM

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