The answer is YES - and I have proof. Watch the video below to see Adalyn go from her first day on the STRIDER Bike (June 5) to her first time on a pedal bike with no training wheels (July 19):
It's shocking to see how quickly Addie took to the Strider 12" Sport Bike - but as the video above shows, balance was learned by changing the method of propulsion from pedaling to "striding." While we've temporarily gone backwards for her first pedal experience devoid of training wheels (to the Cinderella bike), I have no doubts that she'll soon have the training wheels off of her 20" bike as well. And while Finley wasn't ready to tackle the Strider on day one (she was quite frightened by it), she's now warmed-up to it and is striding herself - three years ahead of where Addie was in the grand scheme of things. It's long-been debated that trikes and training wheels can hinder the development of balance rather than help... and from what I've seen here, that may be completely accurate.
*Please Note: While my girls are featured at times not wearing one under my supervision, a helmet is recommended when using the Strider - or any bike.
For us, the next step is getting Finley to ride her 12" pedal bike on her own, and for Addie it will be the 20". As tested here at Rock Father HQ, the STRIDER 12" Sport Bike starts at an MSRP of $119, with additional accessories available. To check out the entire line of bikes for kids of all ages (grownups, too), check out my associate - Amazon.com/strider.
Absolutely 100% Rock Father Approved!