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This one is definitely not a stupid question. Rather, one that probably doesn’t get asked much, therefor it’s hard to find the answer. Jelena’s question is where they can find an adult balance bike for their 12 year old son with Autism.

Specifically, Jelena is looking for the Super Glider Adult folding balance bike in Ocean Blue from Glide Bikes. Basically the Super Glider we saw at Interbike in 2014 but with the ability to fold up.

Unfortunately, it looks as if the Super Glider and the Super Glider folding bikes have been discontinued by Glide Bikes, which is a shame. The bike had a cool design that included a modular drivetrain section that could be replaced with foot pegs for a true glide bike, and the 20″ wheels with 2.35″ tires could support 250lbs. We haven’t been able to get a hold of Glide Bikes yet, but if we hear back from them otherwise, we’ll come back and update the post.

However, there are still options for adult balance bikes if you don’t mind that they don’t fold up. The top choice would probably be the Strider 20 Sport Balance bike. Like the Glide it uses 20″ wheels and a low slung frame with high rise handlebars for comfortable position that’s easy to get on and off, but it also includes optional foot rests at the bottom of the seat tube. Strider’s testimonial points out that the foot rests can be used by the rider, or by a caregiver or therapist and they can actually ride along and help steer to give the rider the feeling of balance.

Equipped with two hand brakes, the Strider 20 is meant for riders 10 and up with a 242lb weight limit, and has a seat height range of 67.3 – 81.9 cm (26.5 – 32.3 in) and is said to fit inseams of 69.9 – 84.6 cm (27.5 – 33.3 in). Available in 5 colors (including blue), the bike sells for $219.99.

The Kazam Swoop is also an option that runs 20″ wheels. It is built with cheaper components and only one hand brake and does not offer the option of the foot rests, but the result is a cheaper bike at $129.95 that also has a lower standover. It appears that some for sale online also have a backrest for the seat, but the Kazam website no longer shows it, so double check before ordering if that’s something you want. The Swoop also has less of a range for seat height, measuring only 25 – 28″ meaning the Strider will provide an additional 4″ of height which would be good down the road.

Those are the two adult balance bikes we know of, but if there’s more we missed drop them in the comments below. We hope this helps, and your son gets to experience the joy of two wheels!

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9 COMMENTS

  1. If the folding requirement is a must, get a Dahon Briza and remove the drivetrain. If it doesn’t need to fold, get a Specialized Roll Low Entry and strip it down instead

  2. Jelena, if you follow the comments above, they can open up a much larger selection of bicycle; however, the geometry on most adult bikes will not be great for balance type use where one tends to sit more upright). Keep this in mind. You may need to adapt the handlebars to a riser/bmx style that you see in most of the glider designed bikes. Most folding bikes have adjustments though so it may be fine.

    You can also likely contact Dahon or Bike Friday. If the geometry works they may be able to build a bike for you without the drivetrain as a special request (they aren’t huge companies)

  3. One thing we are looking for is a stable bike. I am looking at stability wheels to add to my wife’s Townie. However the lower drop tube of the swoop is one thing I look for. Flexability of some people with mobility issues can be compromised. Currently looking at trikes but nothing appealing that we see on the market.

  4. The one-speed Townie with 24” wheels has the upright seating position desired and with the seat at the proper height, you are supposed to be able to put your feet flat on the ground with legs extended. It also has the right rear wheel mounting to allow for “stability wheels” (although I would recommend against this at all costs). Any competent shop selling this model can remove the pedals to make it a balance bike. Although pricey, it is a lighter aluminum rather than steel frame typical of the less expensive options, the pedals put back on allows for the rider to use the bike longer, and it is an easier resell should it be outgrown or not used.

    I’ve had success with this method for adults and special-needs situations that did not warrant the tricycle solution.

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