My 4 year old is having a very difficult time learning how to ride a bike…the fact that our driveway is an incline does not help the issue. We have tried conventional bikes with training wheels with no success. It also doesn’t help that I have a 2 year old who wants to do everything his older brother does. I recently found a company called Boot Scoot Bikes that may be the answer to our problem. A little about the owner of Boot Scoot Bikes:
Hi, I’m Katie Stirling, founder of Boot Scoot Bikes, LLC. Though Boot Scoot Bikes was founded in November 2007, its real inception began over a year earlier on a trip to Germany and Switzerland. While hiking in the Swiss Alps with my husband and then one-year-old son, a toddler zoomed past us on two wheels. I was amazed at the toddler’s ability and began asking his parents about his bike. To my surprise, I discovered that pedal-less “walking bikes” have been popular in Europe for several years.
Upon returning home, I began searching for a similar bike for my son, but was shocked at the prices of the wooden European models. Unable to find exactly what I wanted at a reasonable price, I decided to develop and manufacture a more cost-effective and durable bike, and now I’m sharing that with you.
My husband and I love the outdoors and we want to pass that love on to our children and yours. A Boot Scoot will encourage your child to get outside in the fresh air and sunshine (but as I have found, they also work great in unfinished basements or even around the family room, if the tires are clean).
Boot Scoot Bikes are cute and extremely durable, making it possible for your child to teach a younger sibling how to ride when he or she moves on to a traditional bicycle. Best of all, though, your child will gain confidence and agility while playing and exercising outdoors.
Most children start by walking while straddling their Boot Scoot. When they become more comfortable, they will begin to sit on the seat, push themselves forward, and maintain balance with both feet. As they learn to balance on their own, they will begin to lift their feet for short distances. Before long, they’ll be cruising along and you’ll have to quicken your pace just to keep up. Some children take a few days, others a few weeks to get the hang of it. No matter how long it takes, your child will have fun learning to ride their Boot Scoot.
Boot Scoots are designed for children ages 2 through 6. A more specific indication that your child is ready to start riding is their inseam. The seat height of our smaller model, the Zoomer, adjusts from approximately 14”-17” with a quick-release collar. Most children are ready to ride either on or soon after their second birthday. The Cruiser’s seat adjusts from 17”-20” and it weighs a little more, making it perfect for slightly older children, typically ages 3-6. If your child’s inseam is at least 14”, they are ready to ride! The maximum recommended weight is 80 lbs.
The Zoomer retails for $75.00 and the Cruiser retails for $85.00.
My take: I chose to review the Zoomer since my 2 year old will also be using the bike. The 4 year old of course didn’t want anything to do with it until he saw his younger brother lunge for it. So far we have gotten the 4 year old to walk while straddling the Boot Scoot Bike. The more attention I pay towards him the less he does (typically kid). I have been purposely turning my back and letting him try to figure it out on his own. He stays longer on this bike than any other bike he has ever tried…he won’t even touch the bike with training wheels now. I also like how the 2 year old can use this bike…his feet are still a little too short to reach the ground but he is learning the basics and feels like his big brother more and more each day with this bike.
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