"We found out about balance bikes from a nephew. Our son, then aged 4, was having a hard time on a bike with training wheels, so we decided to try a balance bike for him. We liked that the Go Glider had an extended seat sized for a big preschooler, but was still very light (he could pick it up and put it in the car trunk by himself). Bike riding quickly became his favorite outdoor activity; the only problem we had was that his 2-year-old brother was fighting him to ride the bike (so we got another balance bike for him).
It's now a bit more than a year later. This year our now 5-year-old transitioned almost effortlessly to a regular bike without training wheels. He still likes to tool around on the Go Glider as well. I am 100% sold on balance bikes as the best way for any child to learn to ride a bike--and to have good fun outdoors in itself."
– Kelvin Smith
"I would just like to let you know that this afternoon my daughter learned to ride a bike!
We have been building up to it since we got the bike for her birthday, using just the foot-pegs, no pedals. Slowly we have gone from just going along balancing to finally lifting feet up onto the pegs. In fact, feet up on the pegs was only this morning, but that was the confidence boost she needed - and she actually asked me to put the pedals on!
There was a trial run, just scooting with one foot on the pedals, then without exaggeration, she just lifted both feet onto the pedals and made two or three revolutions. Well that was it. If you have done it once, the rest is just practice - within five minutes she had maneuvered a gentle corner at the bottom of our road and was all for cycling off before mum and I told her to hold up!
This is a girl who is dysprxic, dyslexic, has hyper-mobility, poor core strength and has speech and language processing problems. This is a girl who takes stairs one tread at a time so as not to over balance. She showed off to her elder brother by using the pedals properly to push off from a standing start.
Your bike is one of the best investments we have ever made. I have tried three wheeled scooters, 'over-sized' scooters, bikes with training wheels - all relegated to the bottom of the garden. A 12 year old girl does not want a bike with training wheels. Even without the pedals your glide bike looked like a 'proper' big girls bike. The sit up and beg riding position and the low center of gravity coupled with excellent proper brakes gave her the confidence to balance and then, today to ride a bike.
A whole new world has opened up. She is already talking of cycling to the town center with me.
"Thanks for sending out the rear wheel for my sons Ezee Glider! Y'all are awesome and he cannot waiiittttt to get back up and running :) As soon as I can get his back wheel put back on we will be out and about and I will post a picture of him on his favorite toy...seriously, your bikes are phenomenal everywhere we go on it people ask about it. You've done such a great job with them! Thanks so much for all your help..."
– Alli Hogan
" 5.0 out of 5 stars Best Money I ever spent, July 12, 2012
I purchased this glide bike for my Son when he was less than two for Christmas. Everyone thought I was crazy. By the spring at less than 2 1/2 he was riding this and a big boy bike (no training wheels). Now, three years later I have taught countless neighbors and relatives using this bike. Almost every visitor to our house who is a non rider, leaves being able to ride. The bike has held up well and still looks great. No glide bike I have seen balances at such a low speed and makes learning to ride so natural and easy. "
– Chris Roddy
"I never leave a review unless the product is terrible. But let me make this extremely easy for anybody on the fence.....IT WORKS! My very tall 6yr old son learned how to ride a real 20" bike with no training wheels after only 4 evenings on the GO GLIDER. We tried for 3 LONG years to teach my son how to ride. I have never had a better feeling on spending money on my child then this. We just left Disney and that felt like a waste of money compared to this...I wish the internet world could see my son's face right now. And to be specific, I think separating the two components of bikeriding is key. He knew how to pedal, but the training wheels stopped him from balancing. The bike is soooo light weight. Long story short I will be ordering a Mini-Glider for my 3 year old. Thank you Glide Bikes!"
Every night after dinner, my 5 year old hops on her glide bike & we take a walk/ride. She loves that it looks like a bike, but is different enough that everyone oohs & ahhs over it. She loves the kickstand too! It was easy to assemble. (Ours came with 2 seats, normal?) It is pretty self explanatory as to use, no one has to hold on or demonstrate to her. I also like that she can use it this summer & by next summer my now 18 mos old will be ready to use it. The seat range on it is really great! It raises & lowers so I really think it is a great value!
– mom-o-deux from ga
"Bike you kid will love!
I bought this for my two and a half year old. She was asking for a bike and when I let her try a tricycle,a bike with support wheels and a balance bike I saw she took to the balance bike most. It is a good idea for kids who still find it hard to pedal. On this bike she quickly learned to ride rather fast, occasionally taking her feet of the ground, to keep her balance and to steer. The seat and the handle bar can be height adjusted, so the bike can be used for a few years .It is the only bike with a foot bar which rotates into on and off position.
– Konstantinov Irina from Montreal, QC
"Like others have noted, my son, age 2.75 yrs was able to use this immediately. By the third time out he could go more than 1/4 mile. He has not learned to use the brake yet. He adores this bike and rides it at any opportunity. It is great that the glide bar can be rotated 90 degrees out of the way of the feet with a simple button and hole mechanism. We have not yet put the glide bar for the feet in position yet to be used. It is great that the seat is so easily adjustable so that other kids can use and then be switched back to the right height. (Feet need to be able to be flat on the ground). It is great that it is so light - very useful when you have to carry the child in one arm and the bike in another. Easy to assemble. Great that the weight capacity is 100 lb because the older brother likes to take a spin because it is irresistable. Be sure to have child wear a good helmet at all times. ."