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Skills for the future.
It was only a matter of time since your little superstar started running around the front yard that life on two-wheels would come calling. Happily, you can settle the nerves and help your little tike learn valuable skills with the 2017 Cleary Starfish 12in Kid’s Balance Bike. With no pedals, forward motion is driven one foot at a time in the quest for adventure, and the much need skill of balance is learned naturally. And if your pip-squeak gets going a bit too fast for their liking, front and rear brakes are there to keep growth a bit more manageable for you both.
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- Q & A
Daughter Loves it
Bought for my daughter for Christmas. She's just used it inside so far (winter), but she loves it already. She's going to get a lot of use out of it as the weather gets warmer!
great first bike
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I love this bike. I bought it for my son for his 2nd birthday. He loves it. I love the sturdy tires and overall design of the bike. I was worried about giving him a bike with breaks at such a young age but he picked it up super fast and now I'm so glad he has them. He stops at street corners really well and it learning how to get his stride on. The handle bars seem to be comfortable on his hands.
Best balance bike around
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This met all my balance bike requirements: real (pneumatic) tires, real brakes, and actual (read: replaceable) bike components.
I got this as a Christmas present for my then 16 month old daughter. It's still a little big for her (at 18 months), but my 3 year old son prefers borrowing his sister's pink balance bike instead of riding his old Trek Grommit. He went from basically walking while straddling the bike to coasting for a few seconds at a time within an hour. After a few weeks he's gotten to the point where our house is the limiting factor to his balancing (winter in Minnesota leaves few outdoor options). Still adjusting to the braking, but he is fascinated by pulling the levers and watching the brakes move - he's much better with the hand brakes than the coaster brake on his bike.
Now he wants a bike just like his sister's but with pedals (his words, not mine), so we'll be upgrading from his Grommit to a deep blue Gecko/Hedgehog for his birthday.
There are cheaper options, sure, but I have yet to see anything as well equipped as the Starfish for less money.
Update 3/30: Still love the bike. After 3 months of daily use I put the wheels in the truing stand; after ~1/4 turn on 2-3 spokes per wheel they're perfectly true. While the wheels were off - the factory pre-load on the hubs was a little high, so I cleaned & re-greased the balls & cones (totally unnecessary it turns out) and set the pre-load a little looser. Now the wheels spin forever and the kid flies around at 6-7 mph pretty easily.