This challenge is what a balance bike prepares you for! By being built low to the ground, designed with low speed geometry, and the omission of chains, pedals and gears, Glide Bikes are able to set up anyone with the best possible scenario for learning balance, allowing them to be more confident and achieve more in less time.
The design of every Glide Bikes model makes it the perfect learning tool for children of all abilities, including those with special needs. The bicycle’s capacity to balance at slow speeds allows children to become familiar with the feeling of balancing early on. The bike continues to give them more and more confidence as they begin to spend less time with both feet on the ground, and more time balancing. Discover the perfectly sized bike for your child with our sizing chart!
Glide Bikes were created so that children, while seated, could place both feet on the ground at any given time. Their feet operate as both the gas and the brakes. “Running” with the bike generates the momentum needed for kids to begin experimenting with balance, and if a child ever feels uncomfortable or about to fall they simply need to place their feet on the ground to avoid falling over.
Glide Bikes are light and safe, weighting in at just 8-10 pounds. This allows children to easily handle and manipulate the bike without any fear that it will be too heavy to operate. Glide Bikes are also designed with our patented low speed geometry which allows children to balance at the slow speed of 2 mph. Riders as young as 18 months can begin their bike riding adventures easily and safely with Glide Bikes.
Our flagship Mini Glider is perfect for the beginning learner.
The Glide Bikes Super Glider™ is designed for children ages 10 and up. Never learned to ride a bike before? The Super Glider comes with an attachable peg system for use as a balance bike, allowing you the opportunity to test and gain skills in balance before taking off. Once you’ve mastered the balancing portion, just replace the foot peg system with the pedal assembly and you are ready to start cycling. Haven’t ridden a bike in a long time but are looking for a comfortable, easy to balance bicycle? Then look no further than the low to the ground, and intuitive balance design of the Super Glider!
|Balance Bikes||Mini Glider™||Skuut||Strider||Like a Bike Jumper||Specialized Hot Walk|
|Warranty||Lifetime||1 Year||1 Year||2 Years||5 years limited|
|Foot Pegs for Gliding Fun||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Quick Release, Adjustable Seat to Grow with Child||Yes (12”–18.5” range)||No (Tool Required / Limited to pre-drilled holes)||Optional (11”-16” range)||No (Tool required 13.5”-18.5”)||No (Tool required / 1” range)|
|Adjustable Handlebar||Yes – 3”||No||Yes||No||No|
|Geometry||Mountain Bike Design (Lower, safer center of balance)||Not specified||Seat tube angle 70 degrees / Head tube angle 70 degrees||Not specified||Seat tube angle 71.5 degrees / Head tube angle 72 degrees|
|Balancing Speed||1.5 MPH (the lowest & safest speed)||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified||Not specified|
|Tires||EVA Foam (never needs air!)||Air||EVA foam||Air||Air|
|Braking System||Child-sized Hand Brake||No||Optional||No||No|
|Weight||8 lbs.||10 lbs||7 lbs.without Brake||7.5 lbs.||8 lbs.|
|Frame Material||6061 Alloy (Lightweight, Rust-proof)||Wood||Steel||Aluminum||Aluminum|
|Wheels||Smooth-rolling Composite ball bearing||Wood||Plastic mags||Spokes Alloy||Alloy steel spokes|
|Paint||Lead-Free Metallic Red, Blue & Pink||No||Yes (standard gloss)||Yes (Fork and rear end)||Yes|
|Steering||Limited range prevents accidents||Limited range||Unlimited Range||Limited Range||Unlimited Range|
|Weight Limit||100 lbs.||Not specified||50 lbs.||Not specified||Not specified|
|Head Set||Ball bearing (Adjustable, long-lasting)||No (wood on wood)||Plastic bushing(short life span / not adjustable)||Ball Bearing||Ball Bearing