Sunday, June 23, 2013

Striders

We surprised the boys with new bikes (and helmets, of course!) recently!



I had seen this little bike with no pedals once or twice here in Korea, but I had no idea what they were called until we met an American family at the playground, whose two small kids rode up on their own Striders, who explained the idea behind the Strider.  We decided this was something we wanted the boys to give a try, but it took the help of a Korean woman at Talton's work to help him order the bikes and helmets on the Korean website because the American website doesn't ship to South Korea.  I'm so thankful for kind people who help us out from time to time.

Here's the information on the purpose of a Strider, taken straight from their website:
"If your toddler can walk, your toddler can ride a STRIDER™. STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows even the youngest children to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime. STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer."
Learn more at www.striderbikes.com .




Connar was so psyched about the helmet that he insisted on wearing it while he ate dinner.  Oh, and then he chose to sleep with it over a toy that night.  :)

T went to work putting those babies together after the boys went to bed.  We decided to store them in our room this first night, because we knew they would be looking for them in the morning and would have to wake us up before riding off into the sunset.  :)

There are many colors of bikes and accessories you can purchase to make it all original.
 

When I got back from the gym at 7:15 in the morning after Talton put them together, Connar met me at the front door with his helmet on and sitting on top of his new bike.  :)  Talk about excited.

It takes some getting use to sitting on the seat while walking it at the same time...

This was the first morning the boys rode their bikes around the living room, so you can see that they don't quite have the hang of it yet.  (The video starts out a little dark, but it gets better.)

Only one helmet was ordered at first by accident, so when Parker's came in the next week he put that baby on his noggin and rode away.

Aren't the boys too cute on these little bikes?!
 

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