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Mini 12” Glider Bike MG12R by GlideBikes Review

Are you looking for a fantastic “wow”  gift for a birthday or the holidays? If so, then I highly recommend the Mini 12” Glider Bike MG12R by GlideBikes. The innovative Mini 12” Glider Bike was designed for beginning learners ages 2-5. I was fascinated by the fact that the Mini 12” Glider Bike does not have petals, crank set, chain or training wheels and really helps to teach your child to learn to ride and balance on their own. The new 2010 model has been redesigned to “allow the seat to lower to 12” and the handle bars to adjust to accommodate the youngest riders.”

We decided to surprise our youngest son with a red Mini 12” Glider Bike for his 3rd birthday. He had been riding a small bike with training wheels but we really wanted him to start to learn how to ride and balance on his own without coming to rely on those training wheels for the long term. When the box first arrived, my husband and I were shocked at how light it was….one very impressive feature of the Mini 12” Glider Bike is that it is only 8 lbs to make for safer learning and maneuvering. I thought it would take forever to put it together but in less than 15 minutes it was ready to ride.

You should have seen Jacob’s face when his daddy presented him with his shiny red Mini 12” Glider Bike. He jumped up and down and got so excited shouting, “My very own bike just for me?” Poor little Jacob is the youngest…..our kids are 3, 4 and 5 so he always got the hand me down bikes until the arrival of his brand new Mini 12” Glider Bike. He raced to put on his safety helmet and then got on. He wobbled a bit at first and I was afraid he would be a bit tentative since he is used to the training wheels. Then….he was off. I turned around for a second and when I looked back for him he was using his feet to “walk” the bike and then started moving a bit faster. By the end of the first week he was really learning to balance and was so much more stable and confident. Before we knew it he was grabbing his Mini 12” Glider Bike instead of his old favorite with training wheels. He hasn’t yet pulled up his feet to glide but his big brother did demonstrate it much to applause of all the young kids in our neighborhood. In fact, when my kids are out riding it, we some how become the most popular house on the block.

Here are some neat features for the Mini 12” Glider Bike:

  • Sized for ages 2-5 with inseam of 12-17″ (pant size 2T-5)
  • Child’s weight up to 100 lbs
  • Lightweight at 8 lbs. for safer maneuvering
  • Durable, alloy frame featuring mountain bike geometry
  • Quick release seat clamp allows easy height adjustments from 12-18.5″
  • Durable 12″ EVA foam tires never need air

Do you want to see how it works? Check out the You Tube video “Introducing the Mini Glider”.

My son really likes his Mini 12” Glider Bike. My only wish is that we should have gotten this as our children’s first bike instead of the traditional style with training wheels. This is an excellent first bike and would be so much fun for any young boy or girl ages 2-5.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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