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    Wtb: balance bike

    I'm looking for a used balance bike for my 2 year old son. Does anyone have one that their kid has outgrown that is still in good condition?
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    check ebay under the seller Taddwholesale

    They have a bunch of the wooden Skuut bikes for sale. They are in Lebanon and I buy a lot from them.

    We have a Strider and like it, but it won't be for sale for a few more years.

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    I bought a Strider at Essex for $32. Worth a look. They are an over-stock liquidation type operation, so no telling what they'll have, when.

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    Re: Wtb: balance bike

    Quote Originally Posted by homer View Post
    I bought a Strider at Essex for $32. Worth a look. They are an over-stock liquidation type operation, so no telling what they'll have, when.
    We've bought quite a bit of stuff from there.
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    Walmart sells a balance bike about $40. It is definitely not a super high quality machine, but does the job that it was built to do. Sounds like the Strider deal is excellent if you can find it.

    And from my honest opinion and experience, don't spend too much money on a balance bike for the first go around. My daughter WOULD NOT RIDE ANYTHING WITHOUT PEDALS. End of story. If it wasn't like daddy's bike she wanted nothing to do with it.

    The good news is that after I finally broke down and bought her a standard kids bike with training wheels, it took about 2 weeks before she was ready to take the training wheels off and she was cruising along on two wheels with no trouble. After a few months of that I started taking her on trails, and she's done great.

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    When my son was four, his uncle gave him the bike previously ridden by his son. It's a cheap bike, but a good 'first' bike with training wheels and was close enough to fitting my son. I took off the training wheels and lowered the seat down so that my son could put his feet flat on the ground. I took off the pedals, leaving the cranks, and viola, he now has a balance bike. AND, once he mastered that (which was quickly - like less than a week), i put on the pedals and the same bike (still with no training wheels - he NEVER used them) served as his first 'real' bike for a little better than a year.
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    The Walmart bike is fine for starting (2 1/2 -3). It's small, with small wheels, which was fine. We happened across the Strider at Essex. Before I could show it to him, he was on it and gone all over the store. Bigger wheels and more rake in the fork makes it way better on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TryFour View Post
    with training wheels
    Kids are peculiar... Did "Daddy's" bike have training wheels?

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    i saw these the past few times i was in there, but figured i could find a better deal than $30.
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    probably depends how old they are, but i wouldn't mess with the walmart bike. the tires don't even seem to be round. my soon to be two year old is all over on her strider, and loves her "bike". i got it for her when she was 18 months, and she mostly just walked it around. she is starting to coast a little now. it won't be long before she's really moving.

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    And then, there is the flip side!
    I know a person that wants to sell the one they aren't using, but it's pink.
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    How did you change the tires?

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    12" stroller mags and Specialized Rhythm tires.

    She rolls 9.5~10 mph around the block with these, not for beginners! LoL
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