Also VERY interested in WOOD VS. METAL? and AIR VS. FOAM tires?
Just to let you guys know, upsideover.com has a great price on Striders right now. I just ordered one for DS's 3rd birthday and it was $59 with free shipping. Sadly, only orange is still in stock. When I ordered it a few days ago they had every color in stock except green.
Last year when I was looking at balance bikes I considered the KinderBike. But I couldn't believe how much the price went up this year. Last years were about $60 I think (with "seconds" available at about $45), now they're over $100. The good deal on the Strider I got was enough to sway me towards that one. I can't wait to get it. I'm not sure I'll be able to wait until DS's birthday to unveil it.
Strider! We have one for our son and nephew. They have an awesome seat adjustment that goes very small to tall. AND you can buy an even longer seat post for a very tall kid! They are build to LAST. They ride great on pavement, dirt, grass, etc... The boys ride them EVERYWHERE. Now they just made a SNOW attachment so kids can ride in the snow! Strider all the way!
We ordered a Wee Ride. It was less than $50 and we love it. You don't have to pay a hundred bucks for a balance bike. You can also take the wheel assembly off a small regular bike and be done with it.
I could seriously get very angry with the Strider Company for posting a picture of a kid riding without a helmet in a commercial on this website. Completely irresponsible. Some of the pics had kids with helmets and some did not. Unacceptable, and I don't stand on ceremony about much.