Glidebikes has come out with a new 2013 version of their 16″ balance bike with valuable improvements benefiting kids both in fit and a comfortable ride.
One of the most valuable assets to the 2013 Go Glider Air is the adjustable handlebars. As seen in the picture above, the handlebars can reach far down in front so a child who may be slightly too big for a 12″ balance bike, can seamlessly transition to a 16″ balance bike without falling into that “no fit” zone. The seat also goes down to 17.5″. We can now recommend this bike for kids 44″ above and some even as short as 43.5″ tall. We still recommend an inseam of at least 18″.
The Air tires are also a bonus for older kids who are heavier than toddlers and can be a little more comfortable with the bounce and give of inflatable tires. They also have a heartier grip on the pavement.
Here is a child about 43″ (the very starting range) of the Go Glider Air. Removeable pegs are also a bonus for kids who are more timid or need the least amount of distraction when starting out. Comes in 5 colors! Blue, Red, Green, Orange, and Pink!
Remember to choose the Go Glider Air tires if you are looking for these new features. Glidebikes still has a decent stock of EVA tire 16″ Balance bike which are great for kids around 6 – 10 years old and if you are looking for no hassle tires that never need inflation.
May is national bike month and the perfect time to get your toddler, preschooler or school age child on a balance bike and riding!
Is your child too young? Mostly likely not. Check out this tot above on a Strider Prebike – one of the best for the youngest riders starting as young as 16 – 18 months old. Great thing about a Strider Prebike is it’s adjustability – adjusting up to fit kids as old as 4 -5 yrs old and a large variety of accessories such as colored grips, seats, wheels, and pneumatic air tires as an option.
Balance bikes are not just for toddlers though! Preschoolers ages 4 -5 and school age kids 5 – 10 can also gain confidence in biking and benefit from a balance bike.
The Mini Glider and FirstBIKE have gained popularity with the 3 – 5 yr old range and the slightly larger frame has a nice fit for the taller or older preschooler. Remember, balance bikes are not suppose to fit like a pedal bike where you need to be high off the ground to for the pedal radius. You usually go a size down for a balance bike so kids can have their feet flat on the ground and can manage the size and weight of the bike easily.
A bike that has gained a tremendous momentum in the last few years is the 16″ Go Glider bike by Glidebikes. This is sized for kids turning 5 – 10 yrs old (about 44″ – 54″ tall). This bike has helped 1000’s of school age kids get off training wheels and riding with their friends.
Bottom line is that it’s hard to go wrong in getting a balance bike for your child. It’s not only fun to use, but teaches essential skills that keep kids off training wheels and into the fun world of biking and even younger ages than ever imagined before.