What is it
The STRIDER 16 Sport model is a bike that is proving to be a big hit with kids who are just learning to ride for the first time and kids who are dealing with special needs challenges, such as Dyspraxia and Downs Syndrome. Designed by the industry leading balance bike specialists, STRIDER, the 16″ is the perfect size for 6- 12 yrs olds and is a natural progression from the 12″ bikes for those that find pedalling, balancing and negotiating where they are going all too hard to do at once.
By having no pedals the bike is propelled using feet flat on the floor and with nothing complicated it allows all children to learn balance in a safe way and at their own pace.
Its lightweight at 8kg, but durable enough to carry riders up to 85 k.g. The cross terrain tyres offer a smooth ride on all surfaces while maintaining traction in the dirt. The fully padded seat is mounted on a rail allowing multiple front to back and seat angle adjustments.
Machined aluminum quick release allows “No Tools” saddle height adjustment. Unique, footrests can be added or removed to adjust to the rider’s size and ability. Frame mounted front and rear v brakes grace the 16″ model. These brakes offer greater stopping power compared to a standard caliper style brake and can be interchanged between left and right hands to suit individuals.
Strider run Striderability classes across the UK and these bikes are proving a huge hit with cycling instructors keen to expand the age range that balance bikes can assist. In addition Strider run family fun days to include the 16″ bikes and children and adults with special needs.
Strider are giving free bikes to organisations that fit the criteria to assist kids and adults ride bikes. For more information please visit http://www.striderbike.co.uk/strider-rider-fund
What our team of testers said
"His mum has been encouraging him to learn on his bike at home but he doesn't like it, this is much more grown up." - Key worked of boy aged 5 with autism
"Ride green bike." - Boy aged 5 with autism
"This is much easier to ride because I don't have any pedals." - Boy aged 9 with asperger's and co-ordination and balance issues
- Helps develop core stability
- Develops balance & coordination
- Encourages multi-tasking
- Can aid learning to ride a bike
- Develops Gross Motor Skills
What our experts think
We tried the Strider 16″ Sport Balance Bike out at a school for children with special educational needs, including those on the autistic spectrum and with motor skill delay. Although some seemed nervous at first, they were encouraged to try riding the bike and seemed to really enjoy it! One key worker for a girl with autism began by pushing her on the bike, but said that with more time she could increase the child’s confidence and encourage her to ride the bike with less support.
We love that while the Sport Balance Bike offers an easier to use alternative to a normal bike, while being modern and appealing to older children. Riding a balance bike is great for developing balance and co-ordination. It also promotes active play, helping keep children fit and healthy and strengthen gross motor skills.
- RRP: £165
- Brands: Strider Bike UK
- Weight: 8kg
 => Autistic children
 => Dyslexic children
 => Dyspraxic children
 => Children with speech issues
 => Children with ADD
 => Children with developmental delay
- No batteries required
- Special Needs Autistic children
Children with speech issues
Children with ADD
Children with developmental delay
- Toy Types: .Toys
Ride-ons, scooters, cycles and wheeled toys
- Types of skills developed: Core stability & balance
Gross motor skills
Personal, social & emotional development
Physical & motor skills
Teamwork, turn taking & sharing