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Balance bike/glide bike

October 9, 2012

Something new has come down t he pike folks…..the Skuut! My just turned three grandaughter got one for her birthday and is having a ball learning how to balance, glide, turn, etc. I had never heard of a balance bike or glide bike but in looking at the history of bicycles, this is the they were first built! They had no pedals, but functioned more like a sophisticated scooter.

So now teaching young kids to ride a bike with training wheels is a thing of the past. thanks to the Introduction of the glide bike — a perfect push bike for kids. Glide bikes are small balance bikes without the usual “bike” features. They have no pedals, no gears, no chains, and best of all, no training wheels. And they don’t need them! Eliminating these features makes them an excellent training bike for young children or special needs children. Managing pedals is one of the most confusing elements of bike riding for the young child. It often interferes with the more important skills of balance, posture, and steering control. Bike chains and gears are among the leading sources of injury to a young rider and leading cause of crashes. You don’t have to worry about that pesky lose shoelace getting caught in the chain ever again! The lack of these features creates a true glide bike, which is the proper tool for bike training young children.

A balance bike works by giving the child a gentle transition from walking to riding. A glider bike is low to the ground, allowing the child to easily touch the ground with both feet at any time. This gives the child maximum control and will keep them from panicking when they feel like they can’t touch the ground. This will lead to greater feelings of confidence and a much accelerated learning curve. The child propels the bike very much like walking and can simply lift their feet to practice balance and steering skills. It is also much easier for a balance bike to be “adult propelled”. This push bike for kids allows them to place their feet on the low foot bar so the adult can give them a gentle head-start push.

Glide Bikes, Balance bikes have low speed downhill geometry of just 2 mph(patented). They are also very light at just 8 or 10 pounds, so they are easy for a young child to manipulate. Riders as young as eighteen months can begin their bike riding adventures easily and safely with glide bikes.

Glide bikes! I am a big fan! Christmas is coming. If the precious little one in your life does not have a glide bike I highly recommend it as THE perfect holiday gift from Mom & Dad, Grandma & Grandpa, that special auntie or uncle, big brother or sister. Time to shop!

Here is my grandaughter, Gabriela, on her first ride on her new Skuut! Such fun!


Here’s to beautiful fall days, holiday shopping fun, and great balance bike riding to all the little ones in your lives.

Chatty Grandma




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One Comment
  1. Jeannie permalink

    You have written the best advertisement for this incredible Skuutt! and I have to agree with you. I could use one as an adult! Do they make big ones?

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