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Sandra Gordon on Jun 4, 2010 at 3:15PM

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Skuut

Skuut

a Sandra Gordon on Apr 17, 2010 at 4:12PM

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Bike Stats
Bike weight: 10 lbs.
Best for kids aged: 2 to 4
Type of bike: Chainless push bike
Rider level: Beginner
Price: $99

Get it Now: Hearthsong.com

Expert review: The Skuut is a balance bike for 2- to 5-year-olds that's wooden, not alloy, which gives it a unique, handmade aesthetic in a lightweight yet sturdy frame. It doesn't have foot pegs, so when kids learn to cruise on it, their feet dangle at the sides. There are no hand brakes, but tires are air-filled for a smoother ride. It's also easy to assemble, thanks to the detailed instructions and the included allen wrenches.

Why we love it: Sits low to the ground, making it simple for toddlers to maneuver; straightforward assembly; air-filled tires offer a cushy ride; easy reach to the handlebars.

What we wish it had: Foot pegs, which let riders rest their feet.

Great for: Toddlers and preschoolers who haven't tried a bike with training wheels yet.

Bottom line: The wooden aspect of the Skuut makes it lightweight yet sturdy. It's a smart choice for 2- to 4-year-olds without previous cycling experiencing, and the price is great.

What our parent tester thought:
"Use this bike before riding a bike with training wheels."

"Once I demonstrated 'gliding,' my son attempted to pick up his feet. Then, it was easy for him to get off and running."

-- Maureen, and her 3-year-old son, of Collierville, Tenn.

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