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MiniGlider Bicycle

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Our Price: $99.00
Ages: 2-7
Grade Levels: Preschool-2nd

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Product Code: 176MINI
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If They Can Stand, They Can Glide

A glider is a brilliant asset for an active child. It is so brilliant, in fact, that the concept has been duplicated around the world. Let us tell you what to watch for so you don't get stuck with a lemon; but first, let us tell you why gliders are so revolutionary.

Training wheels and pedals hamper balance

The conventional children's bicycle relies on pedals and training wheels. Training wheels prevent a child from discovering that when a bike leans he should turn the wheel in the right direction to restore balance. Worse yet, by preventing a natural lean, training wheels can cause the bike to fall over in a turn. As a result, the average child spends two to three years on training wheels. And pedals can make it very difficult for a child to learn how to balance because he can't get his feet off the pedals and on the ground quickly enough to restore balance, so he falls over. Not fun. Remove pedals and training wheels from the mix and you have a glider. With gliders, children learn on their own at their own pace, starting by walking and pushing, then graduating to gliding on two wheels.

What to look for in a glider

If you are in the market for a glider, consider a Mini-Glider or a Go-Glider. They are both made of a lightweight, high-quality alloy, weigh just about eight pounds, and are super strong. There's nothing to rust, not even a chain, which in Washington's rain is significant! Theses gliders combine a lower center of gravity and seat height with the front wheel being placed further in front of the handlebars, making the bike easier to steer, and more importantly, making it nearly impossible for your child to go over the bars. Adjustable BMX-style handlebars have an upright ergonomic seating position that grows with your child, and the ergonomic seat has a quick release clamp for tool-free seat adjustments. Unlike others, Mini-Gliders and Go-Gliders come with a front hand brake. Of course, your child can always stop by dragging his feet, but the brake on these gliders introduces him, in a non-stressful way, to what will be a typical asset on a regular bike. The footpegs are another unique feature -- children love having a place to rest their feet. Finally, the tires are solid, no-pump EVA foam tires, with lots of traction.

Equally valuable for children with special needs

These gliders are suitable for children ages one to nine years old. While any child will have a blast with a glider, we have found that they are particularly valuable for special needs children. Autism and other neurological conditions make riding a conventional bike beyond the abilities of many children. Cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities may prohibit biking, but if the child is mobile enough to use a walker, he may be mobile enough for a glider. Every glider is guaranteed to be free of manufacturing defects for one year.

Sizing information

Your child's inseam should be a minimum of 12" to Fit the MINI GLIDER. The seat will adjust up 18.5". The 16" GO GLIDER model has a minimum inseam of 17.5". To measure your child's inseam, have him stand up straight with his legs slightly apart. Using a measuring tape, measure from his crotch to the floor. Record the length in inches; this is his riding inseam. The best fit will allow the child to place his feet flat on the ground with a 40 degree bend (see picture) in the knee when seated. A bike too large does not promote learning.
  • High quality ballbearing headset for smoother steering and longer life
  • Adjustable BMX style handlebars for a more upright ergonomic seating position that grows with your child
  • Alloy quick release seat clamp for tool-less seat adjustments, a more ergonomic seat
  • Designed in the USA after our handmade PV Glider.
  • Made in China out of High Quality Alloy.
  • Finished off in durable colorful metallic paint.
  • Air-free EVA foam tires -- say goodbye to flats and pumping up tires! Only 8lbs.
  • Kickstand

  • Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 8 Write a review.

      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    We Love this Bike! June 2, 2012
    Reviewer: Sara  
    We bought his for our son's third birthday. He was riding it around the house as soon as it was assembled. He loves to ride his "big bike" like his big brother and sister! And they also love to ride it. The hand break lever seems too big for him to keep his fingers on it, but he can't get his fingers to it in time if he doesn't, so he has had a few tumbles from going too fast. He still likes to use his little tricycle from time to time, but usually chooses this one.

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    Best Toddler Bike June 1, 2012
    Reviewer: Researcher Mama  
    I LOVE this bike! We got it for our son a year ago-it is an absolute favorite. I am amazed at how quickly it teaches balance. He cruises down big hills with complete ease. This is way better than training wheels!

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    My son is absolutely thrilled. October 25, 2011
    Reviewer: John L. from Hayward, CA United States  
    My son now can ride his bike just like his older siblings. Everywhere we go everyone oogles over his miniglider. We got it for my son's 2nd birthday and it fits him perfectly with of course room to grow. It is the coolest thing on the block! My son is a rough and tumble kid and it has withstand his abuse so far. My son has pdd-nos and I have seen him grow in confidence since he started riding his miniglider.

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    Makes them feel like one of the big kids. June 30, 2011
    Reviewer: Cheri from WA United States  
    My three year old loves her new MiniGlider Bicycle.  Although she is proud of her new "big girl bike", she is a little hesitant to ride it much.  I think if you have a more timid child, two would be to young.  Her three and one-half year old cousin loves it.  He jumped on and was whizzing all over.  Her nine year old sister likes it even more.  It is sturdy enough for her and light enough for her to take places she wouldn't lug her own bike.  She loves to take it to the top of our grassy hill and fly down.  The hand brake really works well, thankfully.  

    It seems really well made.  I researched around and found one at Wal-Mart for $27.  I then read review after review that said the seat broke the first time they used it!!  You get what you pay for, and we are pleased with the durability of the Mini-Glider.

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    Great bike, but not if your two-year old is short. May 6, 2010
    Reviewer: Tamsyn Spackman from Logan, UT United States  
    My little boy loves this bike, and is very proud of it.  We do wish we had waited to buy it though.  I jumped the gun with the reviews and bought it for our two-year-old's birthday.  He's almost three now and is just barely big enough to use it.  Had it been smaller, I have no doubt that he would have been able to use it.  It was a great investment purchased prematurely.

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