"Orange Go Glider
My son has Down Syndrome and got this balance bike for his 7th birthday, he so much wanted to ride a bike like his buddies but steering,balancing and pedallng simultaneously
Was just too much for him.So last birthday he got a great Kettler pedalcar,but we had to find out that he did not have nough strength and stamina to pedal that for longer.
After a lot of research on the net, I came up with this balance bike for bigger kids. He is 70pounds and about 50" tall, so most all of the balance bikes on the market were too small for him..
The Go Glider is perfect size, it will grow with him for quite a time and guess what...
It took him about 1 minute to ride it balanced and steering it around corners. Yeah for the Glider!
I am so impressed with the lightweight and the sturdy quality.I think I might just get a big one or myself!!!!
Would I recommend it.? I can only say, anytime.If my son can ride it and have fun with it so will any child.
And what is the best part about it, it looks cool and stylish and orange is his favorite color and all of his friends want to ride it.
You guys made my son soooooo more able and happy.
You recently have been communicating with my mom, Donna D and were so very kind and helpful in the ordering of a bike for my daughter Maya! I just wanted to send you two photos of Maya getting her new bike on Christmas morning and thank you so very much for giving us both a light and bell for free with the bike purchase! My daughter absolutely loves her new bike and the accessories that you included and she gets better and better at “riding” it each day! She currently just likes to put her feet on the foot pegs and have us push her around. I think we will need to temporarily remove the pegs so that she can get the idea of pushing herself around (and give mom and dad’s backs a break! J).
I know my mom had such a wonderful experience ordering my daughter’s bike from you and your company and I too want to thank you for such a great experience as well. I have a lot of respect for you designing a bike for your kids as you were so tired of dealing with training wheels! I will gladly tell other parents about my experience with your company and how much my daughter loves her new bike!
Thank you again!"
– Marti Krause
"This bike is fantastic! My 3 year old son loves this bike and can comortably fly down hills with his feet up balancing the whole way. After owning the bike for 1.5 years we needed a quick part, due to normal wear/tear, and Ed shipped the part out immediately, free of charge. Now my son is back up on the glider and flying around the neighborhood again. He is 3! Thanks, again. This is a great product!"
– Chris Natick, MA
"I purchased a Go Glider a few weeks ago. Our kids had training wheels on their bikes and, due to busy schedules, we got a late start on the business of teaching them to ride without them. I did a lot of research on the best way to teach them how to ride and I found balance bikes. The reason that I did so much research is because I never learned to ride a bike myself. When my sister tried to teach me, the experience was so traumatic that I stopped and never tried again. I wanted my kids to have a better experience. So, we bought a Go Glider for my 7, 6 and 6 year olds to share. My 7 year old has been out 3 times, with no more than 15 minutes on the glider each time. On her 3rd outing, she was already trying out the pedals on her regular bike. Amazing! No bumps, bruises, fear, or stress! The 6 year olds are taking a little longer, but I'm sure they'll be there soon after they see the progress their big sister has made. I only wish that I had discovered glide bikes when the kids were 2 years old. We never would have wasted our time with training wheels.
– Brandy , Plano, Texas
"Despite all our encouragement, which included several different bikes, stabiliser adjustments, pushing, towing, and lots of gasping for breath as well as professionally run courses, there had been an increasing amount of frustration on all our parts as eventually my six year old son used up every excuse in the book to avoid going anywhere near a bike never mind sit on one or ride it. It was clear he was going to be 'one of those' children who would never learn to ride a bike, despite his twin sister riding a bike since being under five. To all intents and purpose we gave up.
As part of my job as a Paediatric Physiotherapist I had seen balance bikes advertised in several publications and had read a report from another Physiotherapist who had a good result with her child. Unfortunately all the bikes I looked at were too small. When my son was six and a half I was made aware of glider bikes and we got the Go glider model three months ago. My initial impression was of the light weight of the glider bike compared to my son's latest bicycle. I was also very impressed with the quality of construction and finish. My son liked the brake, side stand and the wheels which 'were like Daddy's motorbike'. However, despite this positive first impression my son was still very reluctant to try it, as after so much failure he was convinced he wouldn't be able to manage it.
One Saturday morning as my wife left to go shopping her parting words were ‘just see if he will have a go on that glider bike '. Having spent the previous few days trying the pedal bike with varying degrees of failure, I have to say I was not keen. After a little bribery an agreement was made where he would have a go, in exchange for his favourite batman DVD on the TV. We started off with a gentle push and glide to see how far we could go with a new greater distance and much praise every time he beat the last ‘world record'.
By the time my wife returned for lunch, he was using the glider bike independently, happy and keen for her to see his skill (and the batman DVD was forgotten). When she popped out for an hour later in the afternoon, he asked for another go 'just to see if he could still do it'. I suggested we get his bike as well, to see what it was like compared to his glider bike. We had a quick push and I said if he felt like it he should have a go at pedalling. To my utter astonishment he proceeded to pedal off into the distance (it turns out, too scared to turn and unable to stop because the brakes were too stiff compared to the glider bike!) upon my wife's return she was amazed to see a child who that morning was positively unwilling to even sit on a bike proudly pedalling up and down outside our house! I would love to think that this was due to my skill but in reality I know it was down to the glider bike. In the following weeks he has used his glider bike to try new things transferring these skills to his push-bike.
The only negative is the fighting between him, his sister and their friends over who gets to use it! I am quite confident that without the glider bike my son would have not learned to ride a bike. We were all completely disheartened and this was our last go. Having seen the change in my son, I cannot recommend the product highly enough and am more than happy to provide this testimonial."
– UK review Never Ever Give Up
Dear Mr Mulcahy,
I am writing to you with a progress report concerning the Glider Bikes we purchased from you earlier this year.
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, the Glider Bikes have proved to be a huge success with our children. They are extremely popular and are always in use as soon as we are outdoors, being the first piece of equipment that the children ask for.
There have also been many other benefits for the children apart from just being a fun and exciting activity. We have noticed:
Increased balance and co-ordination skills with children moving at a greater pace and for longer distances before needing to put their feet on the ground.
They are also show greater spatial awareness and an understanding of how an increase in speed will need to be matched by looking further ahead to look for upcoming obstacles and allowing for a greater breaking distance.
An understanding of why a crash helmet must be used before being allowed to use a Glider.
Better skills of co-operation while waiting in orderly lines for their turn.
Transferring knowledge and techniques of how to get the best performance from a Glider through discussion with their friends and observation of their peers in action.
The Glider Bikes have been a valuable resource in our children's development and we look forward to increasing our stock in the future. I would be happy to recommend the product to other schools, parents and sporting agencies.
Newker Primary School
Chester le Street
– Andrew Bell of the UK Glide Bikes making a differance
I talked to you on the phone this morning about my son's MiniGlider brake issue.
I appreciate your promptness and will definitely still recommend this bike as my 3.5 yr old boy already seems comfortable gliding downhill with his feet on the pegs...after only 2 days!
He also would not put it down...made me ride around for hours on Saturday and Sunday!
(I posted a 1st day video on your FB)"
– Ken, Sterling, VA
"I cannot say enough about this bike. We got the bike in December for our three year old. He rode it a couple of days in California while we were there on vacation. He didn’t ride the glide bike again until the weather here in the Midwest was warmer (maybe around March) and he rode a time or two each week since then. He asked two days ago if he could ride “the bike with the pedals.” So, we let him, and within two tries he was riding the bike, pedals and all without any issues. He also turns the handle bars while he’s riding. The only problem is that the bike we have for him is too tall. So, we hold it while he gets on, he starts all by himself, and when he wants to stop, he stops the bike and falls so that he puts his foot down. The problem we have now it that I can’t find a bike short enough for our three year old that does NOT have training wheels! It’s amazing. We are so happy, and he is too!"
– Consumerator, California
"I researched available balance bikes and decided that the Mini Glider is the best for my son. He loves it and couldn’t be happier. (He has the blue one, but the color doesn’t make a difference.) Here’s what sets the Mini Glider apart from the other choices:
- Super lightweight. Shipping weight is 6 pounds. Compare to the 14 pound Kettler Sprint. The lighter, the easier for a young child to manipulate. Watch my son mount, turn around, dismount, and even lift his Mini Glider with ease.
- Foot pegs for ease of riding and transition to a pedal bike. Most brands have no foot rest for training foot position. The Glider Rider Bike has a 10-inch footplate, but my son’s shoes are already 9 inches long. His big feet fit on the Mini Glider’s foot pegs with no trouble.
- Hand brake. Some others leave this out, saying that the child shouldn’t go faster than his feet can stop him. My son figured out how to use the brake on his own. It is helpful to him when stopping at the bottom of a hill. At the end of the video, just before the last notes of the music, you can hear the “Shhh” of the brake as he brings the glider to a safe stop.
- Solid, no-pump tires. With a vehicle this lightweight, you don’t need the hassle of airing up tiny tires. These tires are sturdy and give plenty of traction.
- Seat height easily adjusts with the turn of one bolt.
- Minimal assembly required. Simply insert the handle bars, tighten with the included tool, adjust the seat, and go.
- Excellent customer service from the manufacturer. I had a question about adjusting the brake, and when I called the # in the instruction manual I spoke to a real person immediately.
My son is a tall (44-inch) 4 1/2 year old. Not particularly athletic or graceful, it took him until the age of 4 to learn to pedal a tricycle. When he became interested in bicycles, I got him the Mini Glider. At first, he straddled the seat and waddled with the glider. He soon progressed to walking, running, one-foot-pumping, and coasting with his feet on the foot pegs. The video shows his amazing progress from his second day of riding the glider through 2 1/2 weeks of learning. He loves showing off his skills to everyone, and he wants to go riding every day.
Edit: The new model now offered for sale has a quick-release seat clamp. No tool is needed to adjust the seat. They have also made the handlebars adjustable, for an even more customizable fit. Excellent!"
– TX Mom of 2, North, Texas
"These are awesome! I chose this brand after reading a review on a few brands in a NY Times article. After struggling with a clunky, heavy, tippy training wheel bike that never gets ridden we decided to try this route. We are only on ride #3 and the confidence is unbelievable. My daughter can go most anywhere on this and is now even putting her feet up on the pegs for short distances. She is 4 (almost 5) and hope she will soon be moving on to her big girl bike so little brother can have a shot."
– Sistersmom, Bothell, WA
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