Steer Factor

early rider bike!

You’d like to keep your munchkin swaddled in her car seat until college.

Sorry: You have to remove life’s training wheels someday. (Le sigh.)

Start slowly with an Early Rider learner bike, a Euro invention that just arrived stateside. The clever contraption turns traditional learning-to-ride philosophy on its head by teaching tykes to balance from day one.

The idea is simple: The lack of pedals forces kids to propel themselves with their feet. As their sense of stability develops, they’ll walk, scoot, then zoom.

Begin with Lite, a smaller model suitable for those 20 months and older, then graduate to the more robust Classic (ages 2 to 5) or Evolution (ages 3½ to 6) styles. When it comes time for an actual big kid’s bike, there’s no teary, knee-skinning transition.

So you get the brake you deserve.

Available online at For more information, go to

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Photos: Courtesy of Early Rider; Courtesy of Scandinavian Child