I think I’m becoming obsessed with bicycles. My son is 3 1/2 and desperately wants to be a big kid and ride a big kid bike, but his gross motor skills are not quite where he can successfully pedal a bike (with or without training wheels). Here’s where TykeRider comes in. They sent us the Early Rider for a review.
First of all, the bike itself is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. Gorgeous as in, very very well constructed hardwood bike frame. Beautiful craftsmanship. Beautiful design. The padded leather seat is absolutely in line with the style of this bike and looks so cool…and feels so comfy (I asked). I kid you not, when I see this bike I always hear “Get your motor runnin’…head on the highway!!” in my head. I think its the super cool flames branded on the sides. This bike is TOP notch for quality and design and I love it. More importantly- its built well and is very sturdy- so its safe. Kids like it because its COOL and, well, fun to ride on.
I want one for me. I do.
I say this, and I can use pedals. But these balance bikes are just cool. They look nice, they ride nice, and they let kids learn to balance while they ride- something training wheels don’t allow. (My Busy girl, age 5.5, she has had a bike with training wheels for three and a half years already. Two 20 minute stints with a balance bike, and she didn’t look back. No more training wheels. And not a single bloody knee for her!!). My son, bless his little heart, adores this bike. He is so excited about it, and he’s always asking to ride on it. He even asked for the first time to bring it to the park yesterday- and I let him- the look of pride on his face when kids were saying how cool HIS bike was, even kids bigger than him, was just awesome for me to see. I think I had about 10 other moms comment on his bike. It is a pretty beautiful piece of art, aside from its function!
Aside from his joy at the cool bike? My little guy zips all around on his ‘big kid bike” and I can tell just by his face that he feels awesome about riding his bike. His balance improves daily. His coordination is improving- and I can see that the more he uses this bike, the more confident he’s feeling with himself. It makes this mama’s heart very happy to see him so successful with this- we’ve tried several different sized bikes for him, and I realized that it wasn’t the bike size issue, and am so happy to have found something he can be successful at and feel success with!
• Environmentally friendly, FSC-certified birch
• Water and weather proof marine-grade ply
• Weighs in at 7 lbs, tested for children up to 100 lbs
• Two levels of steering – Restricted and Unrestricted
• Adjustable seat and reach
• Pneumatic tires with aluminum rims
• Notched fork ends for quick assembly
• Branded flame and logo detail, tire hot patches
• Embroidered faux leather seat pad
These bikes are not cheap- but I’ve said before and I’ll say again- sometimes, things are worth paying more for. I’d buy this in a heartbeat- why? I can guarantee it will last at least through all three of my kids’ use- and more. This is the kind of thing that can be handed down and down- and then down again- and it’ll hold up. I’m sure since its wood it’ll eventually need some refinishing, but the quality is there. We’ve bought cheaper items and regretted it very, very quickly. They don’t last. Sure, its nice to spend less money at first, but when you end up buying it in triplicate or more, it doesn’t end up costing any less.
Now, what good is a bike without a proper helmet to protect your child’s little head? Baby B got this Little Nutty Star Bright Helmet- and holy moly is it cute. Maybe I’m biased. I just love this helmet. The retro design, the fun print- the safety features- the adjustable sizing…I love it all. They have adult sizing too…I think this may be my bike helmet I’ve been waiting to find!!
Ages 2 – 5 years old.At last – a cool skater-style helmet with ‘Dial-to-Fit’. Just turn the dial on the back of the helmet to make it fit your child’s head exactly, growing as the head grows from 18-20.5″.
• Spin-Dial Fit System
• ABS injection shell
• EPS Shock absorbing liner
• Classic 11 vents design for the perfect ventilation
• Full surround interior
• Quick release buckles
• CPSC & CE EN 1078 Multi Sport Standard Safety
This is truly the first helmet I’ve found that says it will fit a toddler that actually does fit a toddler. I’m ecstatic about it. You can see she’s loving it too (please ignore the watermelon stains on her outfit) and has zero resistance to wearing this helmet- I’d gotten her a different one for Easter and she will not let that helmet near her head. She freaks out. Adjusting the size larger or smaller is so simple and so user friendly!!
Samples of these products were provided for my review through my affiliation with Family Review Network and TykeRyder.com. Opinions expressed within are my own.
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